THE BEST The Bloodied Field by Michael Foley (O’Brien Press, €16.99) A sports book, a history book, a thriller. Like a quietly determined geek wit(...)

The Republic of Ireland team celebrate their third goal of the game last night in the Aviva. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho
The Morning Sports Briefing
  • Sport
  • November 19, 2014, 08:30

There may have been no hint of Celtic Park’s intensity, but after a testing week for the Republic of Ireland squad and management they bounced back(...)

Travis Tygart, CEO, US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) speaking at the Irish Sports Council’s information day at Croke Park, Dublin. Photo: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

The last question Travis Tygart wants again is exactly how he took down Lance Armstrong, although he smiles in the face of monotony, knowing full wel(...)

‘What’s the secret to happiness?’ ‘Realising unhappiness is also fleeting.’ Disappearing ghost On January 29th Paul Kimmage and Brian O(...)

Eric Holder: he will remain in office until a successor is nominated and confirmed, the justice department said. Photograph: Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP

Eric Holder, the first black US attorney general and one of President Barack Obama’s closest allies, is to step down after a contentious term marked (...)

Rough ride: the doping whistleblower Paul Kimmage still asks tough questions

Obsessives are the stuff of often weirdly compelling television. Take the parents in Child Genius (Channel 4, Monday). The series, back for a second y(...)

Caroline Wozniacki will run the New York City marathon on Marathon on November 2nd. Photograph: Erdem Sahin/EPA

The aftermath of a failed relationship: Rory McIlroy walks 18 holes; Caroline Wozniacki runs 26.2 miles. Wozniacki, the world’s 13th-ranked female ten(...)

Astana chief Alexandr Vinokourov: with Tour winner Vincenzo Nibali. The team manager tested positive for blood doping in 2007 when a professional rider. Photograph: Bryn Lennon/Getty Images

The UCI president Brian Cookson has called upon Alexandr Vinokourov and Bjarne Riis, the heads of the two most prominent teams in this year’s Tour de(...)

Fame or Shame? Many of the controversial baseball figures  remain steadfastly perched on the ‘never-tested-positive’ rampart.

Knowing little about baseball, and caring even less, it was only Charlie Sheen’s doleful eve-of-marriage declaration that he was about to “ship the pe(...)

Shane Meadows, whose 2007 film The Living Room, about musician Gavin Clark, is ‘about our friendship and relationship and seeing him trying to overcome a massive demon and perform live solo for the first time’

It’s time to take a look at one of Shane Meadows’s back pages. The English film director may be best known for such dark treasures as Dead Man’s Sh(...)