Australia manager Alastair Clarkson at this morning’s press conference. Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Cathal Noonan

Australian coach Alastair Clarkson has expressed the hope that the international rules series will revert to a two-test series. Speaking at this morni(...)

Ireland’s Paddy O’Rourke and Colm Begley take the field for last weekend’s practise match in Melbourne. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

The news that Essendon pair Jobe Watson and Dustin Fletcher have been cleared to play for Australia in Saturday’s Test match in Perth has focused atte(...)

 Ireland captain Michael Murphy and manager Paul Earley at the squad announcement this morning.  Photograph: Cathal Noonan / Inpho

Ireland International Rules manager Paul Earley has named his 25-man panel for next month’s one-game test against Australia in Perth.Donegal’s Michae(...)

Tyrone’s Seán Cavanagh finds his way blacked by Armagh’s  Stephen Harold during the  All-Ireland SFC  Round 2B Qualifier at Healy Park in Omagh. Photograph: Andrew Paton/Inpho/Presseye

Tyrone 0-10 Armagh 0-13 Tyrone have kissed goodbye to the 2014 football championship, dumped out on their own turf by an Armagh team clearly more inte(...)

Dublin’s Stephen Cluxton: has helped transform  the goalkeeper’s traditional role  into something much more fundamental to how the team operates. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

Here’s a story, true as God. I was talking to John O’Dwyer the other day, Micko’s son. He started telling me about how his brother Haulie (Micheál) ha(...)

Tyrone’s Conor Gormley surrounded by Vinny Corey, Darren Hughes and Conor McManus of Monaghan during yesterday’s clash. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Monaghan 1-12 Tyrone 0-14Tectonic stuff in Clones, Ulster Championship to the nth degree. Collisions to make the teeth rattle, black cards to make the(...)

Tyrone’s Justin McMahon claims possession ahead of Monaghan’s  Kieran Hughes during the Ulster SFC quarter-final clash in Clones. Photograph:  Donall Farmer/Inpho

Monaghan 1-12 Tyrone 0-14It was nervy stuff in the end but Monaghan flopped over the line and ended a run of championship defeats to Tyrone that stret(...)

The presumed absence of Conor McManus (above) has a part to play, obviously. Though he looks certain to appear at some stage, Monaghan are plainly a reduced force without him.  Photograph: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

There is a definite sense of now or never for Monaghan here. The mental block certain counties have when it comes to certain other counties is irratio(...)

Tyrone’s Peter Harte and Conor Maginn of Down battle for possession during the Ulster SFC preliminary round replay at Páirc Esler in Newry. Photograph:   Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Tyrone 3-11 Down 0-12: Second chances are meant to be grabbed with both hands and Tyrone certainly made sure of that in Newry on Saturday night as the(...)

Tyrone goalkeeper Niall Morgan takes to the line after receiving a black card in last week’s drawn Ulster senior football Championship preliminary round game against Down at Healy Park. Photograph: Inpho.Omagh, Tyrone 18/5/2014Tyrone vs DownTyrone’s Niall MorganMandatory Credit ©INPHO/Presseye/Russell Pritchard

Both teams would have been disappointed with last week’s outcome. Down manager James McCartan understandably said that he’d have taken a draw at ha(...)