Dublin manager Jim gavin has described Mayo’s Aidan O’Shea as the “form player in Ireland at the moment”. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

When Jim Gavin describes Aidan O’Shea as “the form player in Ireland at the moment”, he’s not just deftly talking up the opposition. If Dublin are (...)

Mayo joint-manager Noel Connelly: “We’ll be focusing on the way Dublin have changed their style of play and gone more defensive in the last year.”  Photo: Mike Shaughnessy/Inpho

Noel Connelly is back in the middle of another decade, guiding Mayo along an All-Ireland pathway. Joint-manager with Pat Holmes – the same combinat(...)

Jim Gavin says players are not given credit for sacrifices they make to play game. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Dublin and Mayo haven’t sold out Croke Park 13 days in advance by playing cynical football, and Jim Gavin also believes some people need to lighten up(...)

Pedro scored the winner for Barcelona in the Super Cup final just hours after it was announced he had asked to leave the club. Photograph: Getty
The Morning Sports Briefing
  • Golf
  • August 12, 2015, 08:28

Harrington and Clarke back Lowry for Major The US PGA Championship begins at Whistling Strait tomorrow with Shane Lowry looking to pick up where he le(...)

Dublin’s Michael Darragh Macauley vies for possession with Fermanagh’s Marty O’Brien. “No one should just be happy getting into the 26. Lads shouldn’t be happy until they have that starting jersey.” Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

So much is made of the strength of the bench in modern football that it may as well be a 21-man game. Or that numbers on the jerseys doesn’t count (...)

James O’Donoghue  injured his shoulder on Sunday, but county website says the player has not sustained any serious injury. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Dublin’s comfortable but not exactly incident-free progress to the All-Ireland football semi-final was the latest step forward in what has been a gre(...)

 Fermanagh manager Pete McGrath and his players salute the team’s fans after Dublin’s victory at Croke Park. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

“For a moment I thought Seán Quigley was going to wave the green flag himself,” was Pete McGrath’s take on Fermanagh’s first goal. “At the end the (...)

Fermanagh’s Marty O’Brien takes to the air against Dublin’s Alan Brogan at Croke Park. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

The Age of Shocks is over. Dublin and Kerry moved remorselessly on to the All-Ireland semi-final after a quarter-final double-bill which contained a (...)

Dublin’s Diarmuid Connolly will be in action for the Leinster champions against Fermanagh at Croke Park. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Husk by husk, grain by grain, the championship winnows down. After the four games this weekend – and assuming we’re spared replays – only five more wi(...)

Jim Gavin: “Their Division Three record and promotion speaks for itself and the way that they have dispatched Roscommon and Westmeath was quite impressive.”

Thursday morning and Jim Gavin faces maybe his biggest task of the week – talking up Dublin’s All-Ireland quarter-final against Fermanagh. His (...)