England fans sing their national anthem before the friendly match with the Republic of Ireland at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty Images

It’s not often we have England for Sunday lunch, but happily the visitors to the Afifa were impeccably behaved this time, apart from those moments whe(...)

The anti-Blatter? Soon after UEFA president Michel Platini  voted for Qatar to host the World Cup,  his  son was appointed  chief executive of a Qatar-owned sports company. Photograph: Ruben Sprich/Reuters

For a minute there, we were able to forget the week’s messy business, the Lionel man cleansing our footballing souls on Saturday night with a goal of (...)

 Bill O’Herlihy with John Giles (left) and Eamon Dunphy:  Some treat sport too seriously, others not seriously enough, because they don’t get the impact it can have on people’s lives – O’Herlihy got the balance just right. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien / The Irish Times 6:03

Bill O’Herlihy would most probably have smiled to see himself top of Ireland’s Twitter trending list all day as tributes poured in after news of his p(...)

Newcastle United caretaker manager John Carver celebrates after Newcastle United’s Argentinian midfielder Jonas Gutierrez scores during their Premier League match against West Ham United at St James Park. Photograph: AFP

It was “Squeaky Bum Tyne”, as one headline rather excellently put it yesterday ahead of Hull (and their Geordie manager) and Newcastle’s efforts to cl(...)

The RTE panel of Colm O’Rourke, Joe Brolly and Pat Spillane were back this weekend. Photo: Inpho

Summer might actually have been 17 days old by the time The Sunday Game kicked off yesterday, but, as we know, it doesn’t officially start until we he(...)

Darren Smith: is returning to New Zealand to be with his family. Photograph: INPHO

Darren Smith has announced that he will step down as coach of the Irish women’s senior hockey team after next month’s World League round three in Vale(...)

 Katie Walsh  after winning the Irish Grand National Steeplechase on board the 20-1 shot Thunder And Roses, trained by Sandra Hughes, at Fairyhouse, Co. Meath. Photograph: Inpho

It was back in 2010 that Katie Walsh won her first Sportswoman of the Month award after a memorable visit to Cheltenham where she had two rides – and (...)

Floyd Mayweather jnr, in action here against Manny Pacquiao, picked up $180 million for his win. Photograph: Monica Almeida/The New York Times

Well, that was a crackin’ week, starting Monday, as weeks often do, with a flick over to Newsnight to listen to the latest pre-too-close-to-call-elect(...)

Mayweather versus Pacquiao was unavoidable be it outside Operation Princess HQ or with Chris Eubank on Clare Balding’s couch. Photograph: Esther Lin/EPA

There really was no escaping The Fight of the Century™ all week, no matter how hard you tried, and even if you settled down in front of your telly to (...)

Tony McCoy with Jonjo O’Neill at Sandown racecourse. “We’ll never see the likes of him again,” said O’Neill. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

The cheering was so tumultuous as AP McCoy returned from his final race, his horse Box Office was probably thinking third is the new first, his ears p(...)