Donegal’s Ryan Bradley and Michael Darragh MacAuley of Dublin during the sides’ All-Ireland football semi-final at Croke Park in August 2011. Photograph: James Crosbie/Inpho.

People are fickle, aren’t they? When Donegal were coming through in 2011 and 2012, people were up for them because they were an underdog. Then when th(...)

Louis van Gaal says he will have a say in next year’s pre-season schedule at Manchester United. Photograph:  Clive Mason/Getty Images

(...) we have to see if the performance (in games) is top level.“But I am very happy with the labour that(...)

(...)-generation learners, the volunteers teach English through lessons, games and songs. More than that though, they boost(...)

Brazil’s new manager Dunga smiles during a news conference in Rio de Janeiro. Photograph:  REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes

Games in Rio in 2016.That will demand a major change in Dunga’s philosophy. He brought the oldest squad(...)

David O’Hare: Put up a great fight against Yannick Jankovits. Photograph: INPHO/Cathal Noonan

(...) professional. Dudley, who is in college in the US, was 5-3 down in the opening set before winning seven games(...)

 Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill, left, and assistant manager Roy Keane during their first live joint interview, at the introduction of Club Ireland, an FAI premium ticketing scheme. Photograph:  Barry Cregg/Sportsfile

Roy Keane has acknowledged the steady decline in the number of Irish players involved with the game’s(...)

Demonstrators with the pro-independence Catalan National Assembly hold a giant banner with an image of US president Barack Obama at Plana square in Badalona, near Barcelona. Photograph: Gustau Nacarino/Reuters

Rajoy are old enough and responsible enough not to avoid their commitments with ambiguous games or a(...)

Contenders: Not just the big three. Photograph: INPHO/Cathal Noonan

(...) commitment to Gaelic games at the highest level not only curtails social and family life, it also greatly(...)

The Portal del Morumbi camp, in one of the richest areas in Sao Paulo, which is occupied by 4,000 homeless families, supported by the Homeless Workers Movement. The MTST has intensified its protests in Sao Paulo in the last week, having compromised with the Brazilian government for a truce during the World Cup. Photograph: EPA/Sebastião Moreira

(...) and the games went ahead in stadiums finished or not and the football, Brazil’s historic meltdown(...)

Defender Liam Rushe, right, has put the Dublin hurlers’ poor Leinster final showing against Kilkenny down to abandoning their original game plan in the face of intense Kilkenny pressure. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Liam Rushe actually uses the word “depressed”, and presumably not lightly. His melancholy may not make the Diagnostic Manual of Mental Disorders, but (...)