Tottenham will probably fall short in the English Premier League title race but that is not a reason to think the manager Mauricio Pochettino is not putting together a coming team for next season. Photograph: Lee smith/Reuters

There are those of us who have felt the praise directed Tottenham Hotspur’s way this season, particularly of late, has been over the top. Tottenham ar(...)

Howard Marks has died age 70. Photograph: Ian West/PA Wire

Former British drug smuggler Howard Marks, who wrote about his exploits in an autobiography, Mr Nice, has died at the age of 70 after suffering from b(...)

James McClean celebrates after slotting home a penalty  in the friendly international against Slovakia at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/EPA

Republic of Ireland 2 Slovakia 2 If Slovakia really left thinking that this is typical of what they can expect from England and Wales in June then th(...)

Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp speaks to Christian Benteke as he prepares to come on during the Premier League defeat to Southampton at St Mary’s on Sunday. Photograph: PA.

Christian Benteke appears to have accelerated his likely departure from Liverpool this summer by questioning why Jürgen Klopp “ignores” him. The Bel(...)

Damien Delaney has been omitted from Martin O’Neill’s squad for the upcoming friendlies against Switzerland and Slovakia. Photo: Tony Marshall/Getty Images

Martin O’Neill appears to have drawn a line under the exclusion of Damien Delaney from his international squad, killing off any chance of a return by (...)

Southampton’s Shane Long celebrates scoring against Chelsea. Photo: John Sibley/Reuters

Southampton 1 Chelsea 2 Chelsea recovered from conceding the opening goal to earn an impressive 2-1 Barclays Premier League win at Southampton. Eve(...)

Brendan “Paddy” Finucane in the cockpit of his plane.

The story of the life of an Easter Rising rebel’s son who went on to become a celebrated RAF ace in the second World War is being made into a document(...)

Wayne Rooney scored Manchester United’s third in their 3-0 win over Stoke City. Photograph: Reuters

Wouldn’t you just know it? You wait 11 games for a first-half goal at Old Trafford and then two come along at once. Either Stoke have hit an unusually(...)

The river Aire, in Leeds, England: Aer Lingus Regional plans to launch a service from Cork Airport to Leeds Bradford Airport in March next year. Photograph: Chris Hepburn/Getty Images

Aer Lingus Regional plans to increase its passenger numbers at Cork by 60,000 next year as part of an expansion that will see it add two new routes a(...)

Jack Grealish has a chance to get back in good books at Aston Villa. Photograph: Martin Rickett/PA.

If Jack Grealish refrains from doing anything to annoy Remi Garde during – and after – his outing for Aston Villa’s under-21 team against Derby Count(...)