Azerbaijan medal hopeful Collazo Sotomayor was born in Cuba. Photograph: Getty.

After spending €85 million on the opening ceremony, €540 million on a new stadium to stage it, plus that reported €9 billion on running the entire sh(...)

Russia’s Bator Sagaluev beat Brendan Irvine of Ireland in the light flyweight final of the European Games at Crystal Hall, Baku. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho.

Even if these European Games turn out to be nothing more than a minor rumble in the sporting jungle they will always be remembered by Brendan Irvine. (...)

Ireland’s Brendan Irvine takes a strong left from Russia’s  Bator Sagaluev during their  light-flyweight final at the European Games in Baku, which was won by the Russian on a split decision. Photo: Stoyan Nenov/Reuters

So it’s not yet a first European Games gold medal for Ireland, Brendan Irvine narrowly losing out in the light flyweight final to the fiercely competi(...)

Not everyone can put an exact value yet on a European Games gold medal, although Brendan Irvine clearly has. In earning the right to contest the final(...)

Katie Taylor in action against Ida Lundblad of Sweden in the women’s lightweight quarter-finals at the European Games in Baku. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

It may or may not be a warning sign that the most impressive women’s lightweight in Baku right now is not necessarily Katie Taylor. At least not after(...)

Martin Fagan: 31-year-old athlete said he is “happier not running right now”. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

So after much consideration it seems Martin Fagan has had enough of competitive running, retiring less than two months after becoming the first and s(...)

 Ida Lundblad of Sweden (red) and Katie Taylor of Ireland (blue) compete in the Women’s Boxing Lightweight (57-60kg) Quarter Final during day twelve of the Baku 2015 European Games. Photograph: Matthias Hangst/Getty Images

Even by her own awesome standards this looked perfectly simple, Katie Taylor now assured of at a least a bronze medal at these European Games - and cl(...)

Ireland boxing coach Billy Walsh wants an irish boxer to qualify for all 10 weight divisions at Rio Olympics. Photograph: Inpho

Everyone knows Billy Walsh treats the Irish boxers like they’re family. Whether they’re actually family or not. So he’s crushed when they lose and ela(...)

Temperatures continue to soar in Azerbaijan, rising above 35 degrees yesterday, which of course meant spending the morning down by the pool. As in (...)

After 12days the European Games are feeling more and more like the OIympics. Photograph: Epa

Day 12, and by now, Baku is beginning to feel less like a European Games and more like an Olympic Games. The steady rush between venues. The dizzy spe(...)