Gary Kelly celebrates after scoring for Ireland against Germany in Hanover in 1994, the only occasion that Ireland have  beaten  holders of world cup. Photograph:  Billy Stickland/Inpho

Happens more often than you’d think, this sort of fixture. Not Ireland v Germany specifically, more Ireland v the like of Germany. Or to put more f(...)

Ireland supporters feel the strain during the World Cup Pool D game against Italy at the Olympic Stadium. Photograph:  James Crombie/Inpho

Well, aren’t we the neighbourly lot altogether? All this talk about the tournament losing its spark with England’s exit on Saturday night was hard to (...)

Diego Maradona reacts before the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool C match between Argentina and Tonga at Leicester City Stadium. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty Images

Argentina 45 Tonga 16 Argentina took a huge step to the World Cup quarter-finals with a comprehensive win over Tonga in front of football great Diego (...)

 Argentinian fans arrive for the Rugby World Cup 2015 Pool C match against Tonga at Leicester City Stadium.Photograph: EPA

Argentina go into their Rugby World Cup Pool C match against Tonga on Sunday with a late change to their bench, Facundo Isa coming in for veteran flan(...)

Mike Tyson is defeated by James ’Buster’ Douglas in Tokyo.

It was instantly apparent that Japan’s victory over South Africa on Saturday evening was destined to enter the canon of sport’s great upsets. Like al(...)

Argentina’s former player Diego Armando Maradona is set to run for the Fifa presidency according to South American media reports. Photo: Getty Images

Diego Maradona wants to stand for the Fifa presidency to succeed Sepp Blatter, according to reports in South America. Maradona, 54, has been a fierce (...)

FC Barcelona’s Argentinian striker Leo Messi jubilates his first goal against Bayern Munich during the Uefa Champions League semifinal first leg match. Photo: Alejandro Garcia/EPA

Perhaps the most striking thing about Lionel Messi’s second goal against Bayern Munich at the Camp Nou on Wednesday night was its gentleness. There(...)

Rafael Benitez’s Napoli side could still land only their second European title and qualify for next year’s Champions League. Photo: Carlo Hermann/AFP

Napoli’s season has already been written off as a failure by critics, but Rafael Benitez’s side could still land only their second European title and (...)

Former Cuban president Fidel Castro and president of Cuba’s University Students Federation (FEU) Randy Perdomo look at a newspaper during a meeting in Havana in this picture provided by Cubadebate. Photograph: Cubadebate/Reuters

Photographs of former Cuban leader Fidel Castro (88) have appeared in official media for the first time since August. The images were take(...)

Jonas Gutierrez is aiming for a return to first team action following his recovery from testicular cancer. (Photograph: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire)

Jonás Gutiérrez has said that a return to first-team football with Newcastle after overcoming cancer would trump all his other achievements in the gam(...)