Ireland’s Lynne Cantwell: “We do want to win it, that’s very much what we talk about”. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Officially she has 83 caps, the most decorated Irish woman rugby player. Unofficially, with the uncapped friendly matches and the Sevens games she has(...)

German players pose for the winners’ photo after winning the FIFA World Cup: while talent is a prerequisite, organisation and hard work make a big difference.Photograph: EPA/Ballesteros

Adam Smith’s most profound insight was on the relationship between the division of labour and the extent of the market. The old sage would even have b(...)

Angelique Kerber of Germany celebrates during her  fourth-round match against Maria Sharapova of Russia at Wimbledon. Photograph: Al Bello/Getty Images

Oh. I. Say. Now Maria Sharapova, the favourite, is gone, too. In a women’s competition distinguished by shock results – with incredulity only fraction(...)

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(...)

Eugenie Bouchard of Canada reacts after defeating Alize Cornet of France in their women’s singles tennis match at the Wimbledon . Photograph: Toby Melville/Reuters

Eugenie Bouchard remained on course for a third successive grand slam semi-final as she overcame Alize Cornet on Centre Court at Wimbledon.The 20-yea(...)

Top seed Serena Williams’s challenge for a sixth Wimbledon singles title fizzled out with a shock 1-6 6-3 6-4 defeat by France’s Alize Cornet on Satur(...)

Denmark’s Caroline Wozniacki celebrates a point in her match against Croatia’s Ana Konjuh during day five of  Wimbledon. Photograph: Anthony Devlin/PA

Caroline Wozniacki raced into the fourth round of Wimbledon and then declared: “I’m not a victim”. The former world number one ended the run of(...)

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(...)