Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy with the Claret Jug after winning the 2014 Open Championship at Royal Liverpool Golf Club, Hoylake.  Photo:  Owen Humphreys/PA

Having spent over 40 years logging the failures of dead certs and sure things, Vinny Fitzpatrick felt he’d become immune to sport’s capacity to spring(...)

Lewis Hamilton on stage with presenter Gary Lineker during the 2014 Sports Personality of the Year Awards in Glasgow. Photograph:  David Davies/PA Wire.

The quirky nature of the BBC Sports Personality of the Year is such that nothing can ever be taken for granted, as Rory McIlroy has discovered to his(...)

Carl Frampton of Northern Ireland knocks down Kiko Martinez of Spain during their IBF super-bantamweight world title bout. Photograph  Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

It is one thing to win a world title, but another to take a city with you. Late on a cool Saturday night at the outdoor event in the Titanic Quarter,(...)

Kiko Martinez and Carl Frampton stare each other down during today’s weigh-in ahead of Saturday’s IBF super-bantamweight title fight. Photograph: Matt Mackey/Inpho

Belfast has always seemed to possess a grim sense of humour. That Carl Frampton’s second meeting with Kiko Martinez takes place on the slipway of the (...)

Karl Frampton in Belfast. “I know I’m a smarter fighter, if I listen carefully and execute our game plan, I have full confidence that I will win this fight.” Photo: Russell Pritchard/Presseye/Inpho

Super-bantamweight world title challenger Carl Frampton sits in a chic Chelsea coffee shop sipping green tea. On September 6th he will fight Kiko Mart(...)

One Direction’s Niall Horan (2nd right) meets Queen Elizabeth of Britain at a reception for the Irish community at Buckingham Palace, London. Photograph: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

Three years ago, a photograph of a Cork fishmonger, Pat O’Connell and Queen Elizabeth II, both beaming with laughter, became the image of her S(...)

Floyd Mayweather Jr celebrates his majority decision victory against Canelo Alvarez in their WBC/WBA 154-pound title fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photograph: Al Bello/Getty Images

Floyd Mayweather always knew he was the greatest boxer in the world. He says so most times he opens his mouth, which is a lot. Now Saul “Canelo” Alvar(...)

Barry McGuigan: “Schools struggled to get many of these kids interested in exercise. But this has been amazing.” Photograph: Charlie Crowhurst/Getty Images

Thirty years ago, Barry McGuigan used the emblem of a white dove carrying an olive branch as he navigated his way skilfully through a succession of bo(...)

Carl Frampton will miss Saturday’s fight against Everth Briceno

Carl Frampton has been forced to pull out of Saturday’s super-bantamweight clash with Everth Briceno in London after suffering a perforated ear drum d(...)