Shane Duffy  has signed for Blackburn Rovers. Photograph:  David Rogers/Getty Images

Blackburn Rovers have strengthened their defensive options with the signing of Republic of Ireland international Shane Duffy from Everton.The 22-year-(...)

Thousands of overseas visitors who had bought tickets to see Garth Brooks have been arriving into Dublin Airport today.  Photograph: Mario Anzuoni/Reuters

The money for more than three-quarters of the tickets for the cancelled Garth Brooks concerts in Croke Park has been refunded, Ticketmaster has said. (...)

BBC One’s Strictly Come Dancing presenting team Tess Daly (left) and Claudia Winkleman

What do Slovenia, Costa Rica, Cambodia and Serbia have in common? They are the newest entrants to what BBC Worldwide calls “the Dancing with Stars glo(...)

Brazil’s president Dilma Rousseff  with China’s president Xi Jinping at the sixth Brics summit in Fortaleza. Photograph: Nacho Doce/Reuters

Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff had some reason to be pleased with herself this week.Not only did she host on Monday a successful meeting of the lea(...)

 Antonio Conte has departed Juventus after winning three league titles with the Turin club.  Photograph:  Valerio Pennicino/Getty Images

The decision of current Italian champions Juventus to part company with coach Antonio Conte has taken Italian football by surprise. Even if both parti(...)

  Argentina’s goalkeeper Sergio Romero reacts after making his first penalty save. Photograph:   Dominic Ebenbichler/Reuters

The Argentinian press hailed Sergio Romero’s “Hands of God” after the goalkeeper’s penalty shoot-out heroics earned victory over Holland in Wednesday(...)

 Dutch coach Louis van Gaal  (second left) looks on during the the semi-final against Argentina at Arena de Sao Paulo.  Photograph: Matthias Hangst/Getty Images

Traditional Dutch frailty in penalty shootouts again proved their Achilles heel when they lost 4-2 on spot-kicks to Argentina after a goalless World C(...)

Victoria Beckham and Samuel L Jackson: Wimbledon buddies. Photograph:  Matthew Stockman/Getty Images

Just when you reckoned there was no sporting life outside the World Cup, along comes Serbia v Switzerland at Wimbledon where, apparently, a tennis tou(...)

Bryan Ruiz of Costa Rica celebrates after scoring during the penalty shootout against Greece. Photograph: EPA

Ahead of a first appearance in the quarter-finals all Costa Rica is dreaming of glory And rather than any signs of nervousness at the exalted c(...)

 Costa Rican jerseys much sought after at World Cup. Photograph: Mast Irham/Epa

Costa Rica have been a World Cup revelation, reaching the quarter-finals for the first time and their success has proved an unexpected bonus for Lott(...)