Jim Gavin: “He was in the dressing room at our shoulder in victory and defeat. If one was going to battle, Andy Kettle is someone that you would want at your side.” Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

The passing of Dublin county board chairman Andy Kettle on Tuesday has led to shock, grief and warm memories emanating throughout GAA circles for a(...)

Referee Kevin Friend shows a yellow card to Diego Costa of Chelsea after a clash with Sunderland’s Wes Brown during the Premier League match at the Stadium of Light. Photograph: Tony Marshall/Getty Images
The Sunday Morning Sports Briefing
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  • November 30, 2014, 07:30

Diego Costa has missed enough Chelsea matches thanks to his dodgy hamstrings but the league leaders will miss him for Wednesday night’s league game(...)

Bernard Brogan of the 2013 All Stars in action against  Fionn Fitzgerald of the 2014 side at the   Irish Cultural Centre in  Canton, Massachusetts. Photograph:   Ray McManus/Sportsfile

2013 All Stars 10-7 2014 All Stars 5-5There was an easy win for the 2013 team, managed by Dublin’s Jim Gavin, in the GAA-GPA All Stars exhibition matc(...)

Former AFL player Michael Quinn believes that Patrick Dangerfield could prove a handful for Ireland in Saturday’s match in Perth.  Photograph: Mark Kolbe/Getty Images

Given its hybrid dynamic, success in the International Rules series has always been dictated by an ability to adapt, something former Essendon and now(...)

Gavin Burke of St Vincent’s collides with Shane Lyons of St Oliver Plunkett’s during the Dublin Senior football club final at Parnell Park, Dublin, last night. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

St Vincent’s 0-14 St Oliver Plunkett’s Eoghan Ruadh: 1-10 There was a moment, late last night, when Diarmuid Connolly was seemingly motoring down a cu(...)

Diarmuid Connolly scores a goal for St Vincent’s against Ballyboden St Enda’s during their Dublin senior football club semi-final at Parnell Park, Dublin. Photograph: Inpho

St Vincent’s and St Oliver Plunkett’s/Eoghan Ruadh advanced to the Dublin Senior Football Championship final after respective semi-final wins over Bal(...)

Senator Marc MacSharry snapped at Senator Mary White, when interrupted:
“You’re an ignorant goat.” Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

In recent years, budget night in the Dáil bar has been a rather dull and subdued affair.The place used to be heaving during Fianna Fáil’s heyday. It g(...)

Donegal fall: A dejected Bernard Brogan near the end of the All-Ireland semi-final. Photograph: Inpho/James Crombie

What man could argue with Bernard Brogan’s assertion; it hurts more when you’ve left something behind. He means football. Life seems fine. Busy morni(...)

“You can measure everything, but how important is the piece of information is the important thing. You could end up with paralysis by analysis. It can go wrong if you’re spending too much time trawling over data with little effect” – Cork manager Brian Cuthbert. Photograph:  Russell Pritchard/Presseye/Inpho

Pep Guardiola, who is widely lauded as the most original thinker in soccer coaching at the top level, says his favourite part of the job is when he’s (...)

Donegal’s Neil McGee gets a challenge in ahead of Dublin’s Eoghan O’Gara in Sunday’s All-Ireland football semi-final at Croke Park. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

It was while driving to an International Rules training camp that the text came through and Michael Murphy didn’t hesitate. He turned the car around a(...)