Aston Villa’s Andreas Weimann celebrates scoring his side’s winner against Stoke City at the  The Britannia Stadium, Stoke. Photo: Lynne Cameron/PA

Stoke City 0 Aston Villa 1 Alan Hutton’s impressive first competitive game for Paul Lambert after two years in the wilderness could point to a turna(...)

Longford’s Kevin Diffley gets past Derry’s Mark Craig in the GAA Football All Ireland Senior Championship Qualifier Series Round 1A, at Celtic Park, Derry, at the weekend.  Photograph: John McIlwaine/Inpho

Longford might have needed a 66th-minute goal from substitute Mark Hughes to seal victory over Derry at Celtic Park but this was no smash and grab eff(...)

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill: “If  he wants to call me, fine. If he phones me some time in July, of course I’ll pick up the phone and I’ll speak. But I’m not chasing it anymore.” Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Stephen Ireland appears to have driven another nail into the coffin containing his once promising international career.The Stoke City midfielder, who (...)

 A banner showing support for Ryan Giggs during the  Premier League match between Manchester United and Norwich City at Old Trafford. Manchester United  paid €87 million in interest and other finance costs in 2012-13.  Photo:  Laurence Griffiths/Getty

Premier League clubs paid their players and other staff a record €2.19 billion in 2012-13, up 11 per cent on the previous year, according to a review (...)

Two-goal hero Christy Fagan eludes the challenge of Athlone’s Derek Prendergast at Richmond Park. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

St Patrick’s Athletic 4 Athlone Town 0 Helped by a brace(...)

 Stephen Ireland of Stoke City battles with Yoan Gouffran of Newcastle United during the Barclays Premier League match. Photograph:   Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

Stoke City midfielder Stephen Ireland has taken what looks likely to prove to be another significant step towards an international return by s(...)

 Ahmed Elmohamady of Hull City challenges Stephen Ireland of Stoke City during the  Premier League match  at the Britannia Stadium. Photograph: Paul Thomas/Getty Images

Stephen Ireland believes that his revival as a Premier League player with Stoke could lead to a return to international football. The 27(...)

Peter Crouch’s  shot deflects into the goal off  Peter Odemwingie for  Stoke City’s first goal in their Premier League game against  Aston Villa at Villa Park. Photograph:  Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images

Aston Villa 1 Stoke City 4: They only have seven games left, but as things stand (...)

Republic of Ireland striker Jon Walters will miss an important part of Stoke City’s Premier League run in after h(...)

 Jonathan Walters (centre) being sent off by match referee Andre Marriner (left).  Photograph: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

Stoke have lost an appeal against Republic of Ireland striker Jonathan Walters’ red card in the 1-1 draw with Norwich on Saturday, the English(...)