Blackburn striker Joshua King on his way to scoring a hat-trick during the 4-1 fifth-round win over Stoke City. King will miss the Anfield clash. Photograph: Paul Ellis/AFP

Blackburn Rovers have found a new way to embarrass the Premier League and it is a darn sight more dignified than the last one. This season the Champi(...)

Ireland’s Paul Robinson stretches for the line in the 1,500m but is beaten to the Bronze medal by Chris O’Hare of Great Britain. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho.

All distance runners know the rule that without a one-stride lead you cannot cut in front of each other. All distance runners know that rule because i(...)

Paul Robinson of Ireland  after finishing fourth in the Men’s 1500m final at the  22nd European Athletics Championships at Stadium Letzigrund   in Zurich, Switzerland. Photograph:   Ian Walton/Getty Images

It began with Paul Robinson feeling desperately gutted at finishing fourth in his European Championship 1,500 metres final, and was soon followed by (...)

Ireland’s Richard Morrissey, Thomas Barr, Brian Murphy and Brian Gregan  celebrate setting a 4x4oom relay national record and  qualifying for Sunday’s final. Photograph: Morgan Treacy / Inpho

Thomas Barr may have missed a place in his hurdles final but he delivered a terrific run over the 400 metres flat to anchor Ireland’s place in the Eur(...)

 Yohann Diniz kisses the hand of Ireland’s Rob Heffernan after the Frenchman won the 50km walk gold medal at the European Athletic Championships in Zurich. Heffernan dropped out of the race after 36km. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

In the end it wasn’t the physical challenge which broke Rob Heffernan’s medal hopes at the European Championship 50km walk, but the mental one. Cut ad(...)

Ciarán Ó Lionáird (centre) will be joined by  Paul Robinson and John Travers in the 1,500 metres at the European Championships next month. Photograph: Inpho

A team of 30 Irish athletes with at least three medal favourites have been selected for the European Athletics Championships, which take place in Zuri(...)

Ciarán Ó Lionáird from Leevale on his way to winning his 1,500m heat at the Morton Stadium.

So the stage is now set for a fascinating 1,500 metres showdown at the National Track and Field Championships at Santry - after the four main contende(...)

Ireland’s Paul Robinson has already ran inside the qualifying time of 3:39.30 for the 1,500m in European Championships but is not yet assured of qualificiation. Photograph: Inpho.

Just when it seemed Athletics Ireland had it nice and straightforward ahead of next month’s European Championships in Zurich, things suddenly turned a(...)

It’s not every night of the week you get to beat the reigning World champion. Coming off the penultimate hurdle, Thomas Barr saw his chance, maintain(...)

Thomas Barr: competes against reigning world champion Jehue Gordon over 400m hurdles. Photograph: Inpho

Time is fast running out for Irish athletes still trying to qualify for the European Championships. The deadline is Sunday week, with the championship(...)