Ewan Weldon and Jordan Lee  have both been selected for the Irish U-15 schoolboys basketball squad. The boys play with St Brendan’s College and St Pauls Basketball Club in Killarney. Photograph: Eamonn Keogh/MacMonagle, Killarney 3:10

The teardrop is his shot. He uses it when he takes the ball to the basket, where the taller boys wait to use their height and then leap to swat the ba(...)

One of the seminal moments of Irish sport in 2014 was Brian O’Driscoll’s last home game for his country, against Italy in the Six Nations Champions. Photograph: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

It was the winter of the $50 billion Olympic Games, the spring of Brian O’Driscoll’s long goodbye, the summer of Brazil’s humbling and yet again an au(...)

Hundreds of Cubans wait in line to apply for tourist visas to visit the US at the American Interests Building in Havana, this week. Photograph: Meredith Kohut/The New York Times

One of the many myths floating around about Fidel Castro during the most severe years of Cuban-US estrangement is that he almost became a New York Yan(...)

The  physicality of the collisions  in international rugby is breathtaking  but so too the athletic prowess,  as demonstrated here by  Australia’s Kurtley Beale, who beats team-mate Israel Folau and Ireland’s Rob Kearney to the ball at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire.

One truth comes screaming out of this week’s debate about the use of strength-enhancing substances in rugby union: even the insiders are slightly bewi(...)

Mils Muliaina keeps a close eye on his teammates during a Connacht training session last week. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

The Sportsground was in party mood last Saturday evening when Mils Muliaina engaged in a race with the ball after charging down a harassed Bayonne cl(...)

Kilkenny’s JJ Delaney was one of the greatest defenders in the history of the game. Here he keeps a close hold on Waterford’s Stephen Molumphy. Photography: James Crombie/Inpho

It is a moment that matters now nowhere other than deep in the souls of Galway hurling people, in particular those thousands sitting in the tiers of t(...)

Connacht’s Denis Buckley is tackled by Steven Shingler and Johan Snyman of Scarlets at the Sportsground. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

In the Sportsground last Saturday night, Denis Buckley hadn’t even broken sweat by the time he found himself standing with the other Connacht playe(...)

Robbie Henshaw: still recuperating from the hip pointer strain he picked up during Ireland’s autumn series. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho.

Connacht coach Pat Lam is targeting the visit to Leinster in the Guinness Pro 12 on December 19th to reintroduce centre Robbie Henshaw to the side, as(...)

 LeBron James (number 23) of the Cleveland Cavaliers shoots   against the Washington Wizards on November 26th, 2014. Photograph:  Gregory Shamus/NBAE via Getty Images

Although the Miami Heat became the first team since the Boston Celtics ’87 vintage to appear in four consecutive NBA finals series, there was a sense(...)

Jack Kyle spent 35 years working in Zambia after hanging up his rugby boots. Photograph: Frank Miller

One of Jack Kyle’s favourite stories was about the brilliant and untameable Richard Burton. Like most Welsh men of his era, Burton was enthralled by t(...)