Minister for Education and Skills Jan O’Sullivan said the changes are aimed to offer viable alternatives to third level education. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

A major overhaul of state-sponsored apprenticeships has been unveiled, aimed at providing school-leavers with a “viable, legitimate, positive alternat(...)

Robin van Persie is on the verge of completing a move to join Turkish side Fenerbahçe. Photograph: Getty

The Manchester United striker Robin Van Persie is edging closer to a move to Fenerbahce after reaching an agreement in principle with the Super Lig si(...)

Former Sampdoria manager Sinisa Mihajlovic is the new AC Milan coach, reports. Photo: EPA

AC Milan dismissed manager Filippo Inzaghi on Tuesday after a disappointing season in which they finished 10th in Serie A and failed to qualify for Eu(...)

“I can’t remember ever any manager telling me ‘This is the way to play for a draw’,” said Scotland boss Gordon Strachan.

No world class players. Just good, good players. Gordon Strachan, a familiar face and voice in his role as television analyst, enters the Lansdowne Ro(...)

‘The world of football has possibly never known a man to distribute the ball like Xavi Hernández (L). Arguably only Andrea Pirlo (R) in the modern game can rival him in being so niggardly with possession.’ Photographs: Reuters and EPA.

Someone calculated that the gematria values – where a numerical value is assigned to a letter – of Xavi (56) and pass (55) and they are almost iden(...)

Cormac Moore and Daniella Moyles have replaced former hosts Ryan Phillips and Tracy Clifford after six-and-a-half years on Spin 1038’s ‘Fully Charged’

Friday was a “totes emosh day in Spin towers”, as breakfast hosts Ryan Phillips and Tracy Clifford signed off after six-and-a-half years – their goodb(...)

Rio Ferdinand has said he has been “overwhelmed” by the support he has received in the wake of the death of his wife, Rebecca Ellison. Photograph: PA

Rio Ferdinand has described being “overwhelmed” by the support he received from football fans after his wife died.The former England captain said Rebe(...)

“A great pro, his nice, self-deprecating sense of humour concealing a steely resolve to get the job done. Steve was up for every game . . . if you were to create the perfect club captain it would be Brucey,” said Roy Keane of former Manchester United team-mate Steve Bruce.  Photograph: Ryan Browne/PA.

In the passage behind the pressroom, where the heat and scrutiny had been intense, Steve Bruce stared downwards as he spoke. He looked pale and forlor(...)

Rory McIlroy was named Golfer of the Year and Players’ Player of the Year at the the European Tour Players’ Awards. Photo: Andrew Boyers/Reuters

Rory McIlroy was honoured as Golfer of the Year and Players’ Player of the Year at the the European Tour Players’ Awards on Tuesday evening.The world (...)

Pep Guardiola speaks to Lionel Messi at half-time during the Champions League semi-final at the Allianz Arena. Photo: Adam Pretty/Bongarts/Getty Images

“Raus mit applaus!” was the headline in the German tabloid Abendzeitung after Bayern Munich’s energetic but ultimately rather meek and bloodless exit (...)