Katie Taylor celebrates her gold medal win in the European Games in Baku with her coaches Pete Taylor, Zaur Anita and Billy Walsh. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

Get Billy Walsh to prepare, prepare to succeed. If the last two weeks in Baku confirmed one thing it’s the increasingly reducing odds that as long as (...)

Ireland badminton player Scott Evans in action during the European Games in Baku. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho.

First European Games or not, it wasn’t supposed to end like this, if not for Sean McComb, then definitely not for Scott Evans. Because while McComb(...)

Katie Taylor is through to the lightweight final at the European Games after a semi-final win over Yana Alekseevna. Photograph: Inpho

It was at times unbearable tense and not helped by the wildly partisan crowd, and then came the enormous relief, as Katie Taylor just about out-classe(...)

Scott Evans reached the last eight of the men’s badminton after a straight sets win over Bulgaria’s Blagovest Kisyov. Photograph: Inpho

Scott Evans made light work of Bulgaria’s Blagovest Kisyov as he strolled into the men’s badminton last eight at the European Games in Baku. Evans, se(...)

Not everyone can put an exact value yet on a European Games gold medal, although Brendan Irvine clearly has. In earning the right to contest the final(...)

Temperatures continue to soar in Azerbaijan, rising above 35 degrees yesterday, which of course meant spending the morning down by the pool. As in (...)

Ireland’s Scott Evans is a serious medal candidate in badminton at the European Games in Baku. Photograph: Getty.

There is no limit to our welcoming into the Kingdom of Azerbaijan. Such is their lavish consideration of our needs that they built the Baku Sports Hal(...)

Scott Evans only needed 24 minutes to defeat his first opponent, Georgios Charalambidis from Greece (21-7, 21-9) at European Games in Baku. Photograph: Getty.

From their first conception to their swift fruition Scott Evans has been eyeing up these European Games, and now we know exactly why. In a game where (...)

China’s Ma Jin attempts to hit a return as her partner Xu Chen looks on during their mixed doubles match against Norway’s Mads Pieler Kolding and Kamilla Rytter Juhl at the Badminton World Championships in Guangzhou. Photograph: Reuters

Ireland’s Chloe Magee bowed out of the World Badminton Championships in Guangzhou at the first round stage this morning as she suffered a 21-14, 21-14(...)