GAA President Liam O’Neill with Home to Hurl players Kevin Maher, on his arrival home from Melbourne, and fellow members of the Gornahoe Glengoole hurling team in Tipperary who have also arrived home  for the charity match. Photograph: Alan Betson

Meet a GAA player who flies 10,000 miles across the world for a single game and you meet a spirit of determination. It is the lure of a winter’s match(...)

West Ham’s Andy Carroll  celebrates scoring in the  Premier League match against  Leicester City at the Boleyn Ground. Photograph: Jamie McDonald/Getty Images

Premier League round-up: Andy Carroll was on target as West Ham’s fourth win in five games ensured Leicester would be bottom of the Premier League at (...)

Sheffield United’s Marc McNulty is mobbed by team mates after he scored the winner in the Blades’ 1-0 victory over Southamption at Bramhall Lane

Sheffield United 1 Southampton 0Sheffield United reached their second semi-final in a matter of months after once again belying their league status ag(...)

Manchester United’s Robin van Persie celebrates scoring his sides second goal of the game during the Barclays Premier League match at St Marys, Southampton. Photograph: Nick Potts/PA

Neither the leaders nor the reigning champions will be quaking in their boots just yet, but that ominous rumbling at their backs is Manchester United (...)

Southampton manager Ronald Koeman: “It’s 38 games and I wasn’t celebrating a party after 10 games”. EPA/ANDY RAIN

After a while the questioning about Louis van Gaal began to bore Ronald Koeman, but something else also bothered him: his answer. He had known that a(...)

Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez celebrates scoring his sides first goal of the game during the Barclays Premier League match at the Emirates Stadium, London. Photograph: John Walton/Pa

Arsenal 1 Southampton 0 Arsenal have their momentum. This had been billed as the night when they would build upon the encouraging wins over Bor(...)

Frank Lampard of Manchester City shoots past Maya Yoshida of Southampton to score their second goal during the Premier League match  at St Mary’s Stadium. Photograph: Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

Southampton 0 Manchester City 3The champions are stirring. Manchester City’s third win in eight days has shaved the distance between them and Chelsea (...)

Ireland Manager Martin O’Neill and his backroom team. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Having regularly bemoaned the lengthy periods of inactivity through his first few months in the job and itched to get going on the competitive front, (...)

The  Republic of Ireland’s James McClean scores  his side’s third goal against the USA at the  Aviva Stadium, Dublin. Photo:   Brian Lawless/PA

A comprehensive victory that should alleviate some of the pain from last Friday’s defeat in Glasgow.We need to start with Robbie Brady’s excellent dis(...)

Anthony Pinlkington dinks the ball over an onrushing Hamid for Ireland’s opener against the USA at the Aviva Stadium tonight

Ireland 4 USA 1 23 Shay Given 7/10 Aston Villa One early tip away, vital 80th minute save and spread himself for Chris Wondolowski’s ch(...)