Billy Walsh: has overseen spectacular success for Irish boxers in his years as head coach. Photo: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Given how cheaply and meekly the Irish State surrendered its sovereign status in recent years, it really should be no surprise that this sorry mess of(...)

Usain Bolt rounds the bend in his 200m semi-final at the IAAF World Championships in Beijing. Photo: Andy Lyons/Getty Images

So, four days after Usain Bolt evidently saved athletics, comes the very real possibility of Justin Gatlin doing the alternative. That’s not saying(...)

Kenya’s David Rudisha  beats Adam Kszczot of Poland to win gold in the Men’s 800m final at the World Athletics Championships in Beijing. Photograph: Ian Walton/Getty Images

David Rudisha strained every sinew to win gold, Genzebe Dibaba dominated in the way the Kenyan once did and Usain Bolt’s second sprint showdown with J(...)

Kenya’s David Lekuta Rudisha celebrates winning the final of the men’s 800 metres athletics event at the 2015 IAAF World Championships at the “Bird’s Nest” National Stadium in Beijing. Photograph: Getty Images

Kenya’s Olympic champion David Rudisha put three difficult years behind him and trusted his finishing pace to regain the world 800 metres title at th(...)

Mo Farah: hasn’t lost a 10,000m race since the 2011 World Championships. Photograph: Mike Egerton/PA

(all times Irish) 1 Men’s 10,000 metres. Final, Saturday, 1:50pm: The longest race on the track, and trust me, right now impossibly close to ca(...)

Mo Farah of Britain wins the 5,000 metres race ahead of Yomif Kejelcha of Ethiopia at the IAAF Diamond League meeting in Lausanne, Switzerland. Photograph: Pierre Albouy/Reuters

Running it seemed with extra spark and perhaps a little anger Mo Farah is back, winning the 5,000 metres at the Lausanne Diamond League with an astoni(...)

Roger Federer of Switzerland plays a forehand during his Men’s Singles match against Alejandro Falla of Colombia on day one of the 2015 French Open at Roland Garros. Photograph:  Julian Finney/Getty Images

Roger Federer uses a modified eastern grip for his forehand. Or as writer William Skidelsky puts it: “He locates his hand position on the border betwe(...)

Mark English was pipped into second place in the Golden Spike in Ostrava. Photograph: Inpho

Mark English was narrowly denied a victory at the Golden Spike meeting in Ostrava in what was billed as a world record attempt over 600 metres - altho(...)

With his latest medical exams at UCD now over, English is ready to open his outdoor season. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

When an athlete with the intelligence of Mark English calls for lifetime bans for doping offences it’s definitely time to take notice. For Engl(...)

Mark English with his 800m silver medal from the European Championships. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

There’s very little eating Mark English. A bronze medal last year in the European Championships, one colour better this year in Prague with a silver (...)