New signing Pedro scored on his Chelsea debut helping his side to a 3-2 win away at West Bromwich Albion. Photograph: Epa

West Bromwich Albion 2 Chelsea 3 The good news for Chelsea is that the defence of their title is up and running with a first victory of the sea(...)

Bournemouth’s Eunan O’Kane has been named in martin O’Neill’s provisional 37-man squad for next month’s Euro 2016 qualifiers against Gibraltar and Georgia. Photograph: PA

As he named a hugely extended squad for next month’s European Championship qualifiers against Gibraltar and Georgia, Republic of Ireland manager Marti(...)

 Vincent Kompany scores  Manchester City’s  third goal during the  Premier League match against  West Brom  at The Hawthorns. Photograph: Michael Steele/Getty Images

West Brom 0 Manchester City 3 These are only the embryonic stages of the new Premier League season so perhaps there should be a note of caution attach(...)

Derry footballer Aaron Devlin passed away on Thursday after battling an aggressive strain of meningitis. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

The shock and sadness at the passing of Derry intercounty footballer Aaron Devlin after a short and sudden illness is being felt throughout the GAA co(...)

Rotherham and former Rangers defender Kirk Broadfoot has been handed a record ban by the English FA for an incident involving Ireland winger James McClean. Photograph: PA

Rotherham and former Rangers defender Kirk Broadfoot has been banned for 10 games by the English FA for targeting abuse at Ireland international winge(...)

Tony Pulis and James McClean have spoken about his national anthem snub. Photograph: Alex Menendez/Getty Images

West Brom manager Tony Pulis has told James McClean that he must protect his reputation after his snub of the English national anthem. McClean (...)

Martin O’Neill says he was never interested in a return to the Premier League. Photograph: Inpho

Martin O’Neill says there was never any way that he was going to leave his role as Ireland manager midway through a campaign in order to return to Lei(...)

 Stephanie Roche in action for Ireland against the US in a friendly in San Jose in May, a match the home side won 3-0. Photograph: Brian Bahr/Getty Images

Upstairs in the clubhouse named after Bob Paisley, Sunderland Ladies football team are tucking into post-match chicken and steamed veg. There is a col(...)

Republic of Ireland international James McClean has signed a three-year deal to join West Brom from Wigan. Photo:  Cathal Noonan/Inpho

James McClean will return to Premier League action after West Brom made the Republic of Ireland winger their first signing of the summer. The 26-year-(...)

Wes Hoolahan and Scotand’s Scott Brown battle for possession at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

The Republic of Ireland manager seemed to have stumbled upon a system that works. That accommodated Wes Hoolahan. That had Scotland on the rack for(...)