Scott Evans recently made the top 25 in the world rankings in Badminton with only four other European players ahead of him. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho.

The first wave of Irish athletes selected for the inaugural European Games comes to 36 with more names promised in the coming weeks. Katie Taylor hea(...)

Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark stretches for a return during her match against Barbora Zahlavova Strycova. Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

Caroline Wozniacki unintentionally became embroiled in an issue that is gathering momentum at Wimbledon. The Danish player fell out at the fourth rou(...)

Petra Kvitova serves to Mona Barthel of Germany in their second round match at Wimbledon yesterday. Photograph: EPA

On the big screen on Henman Hill – Murray got the trophy, Henman keeps the hill – they showed old footage of Petra Kvitova beating Maria Sharapova in(...)

Maria Sharapova of Russia hits a return to Samantha Murray of Britain   on her way to a 6-1, 6-0 victory at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships, in London. Photograph: Reuters

The “shaky” start Maria Sharapova was referring to was the lone game she could not prevent Samantha Murray from winning at the beginning of the first(...)

Maria Sharapova celebrates after winning her first round match against Samantha Murray. Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images

Former champion Maria Sharapova showed no mercy to British wildcard Samantha Murray in a brutal 6-1 6-0 first-round victory at Wimbledon on Tuesday.T(...)

Rafael Nadal of Spain poses with his trophy  near the Eiffel Tower, a day after winning the men’s singles final.   Photograph: Gonzalo Fuentes

Rafael Nadal’s incredible records at the French Open can be matched because he is “not special”, according to his coach and uncle Toni. Nadal fought(...)

Andy Murray  reacts during his defeat at the hands of Rafa Nadal  in Paris. Photograph: Jean-Paul Pelissier/Reuters

Andy Murray’s French Open came to a brutal end with a thrashing by Rafael Nadal, who will bid for an unprecedented ninth French Open title against Nov(...)

The broken racket of Novak Djokovic  after he smashed it during his men’s semi-final match against Ernests Gulbis. Photograph: Vincent Kessler/Reuters

Novak Djokovic reached his second French Open final with a four-set win over Ernests Gulbis.Djokovic, who is chasing the one grand slam title still to(...)

 Maria Sharapova of Russia celebrates victory during her women’s singles semi-final match against Eugenie Bouchard of Canada  at Roland Garros. Photograph:   Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

Maria Sharapova booked her place in the French Open final for the third year in a row when she beat up-and-coming Canadian Eugenie Bouchard 4-6 7-5 6(...)

Simona Halep of Romania returns the ball to Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia during their quarter-final at the French Open  at the Roland Garros. Photograph: Stephane Mahe / Reuters

Romanian fourth seed Simona Halep outfoxed former French Open champion Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia 6-2 6-2 to reach her first grand slam semi-final(...)