Sachin Tendulkar and Shane Warne: will captain two teams of former greats in a Twenty20 game at the New York Mets’ Citifield. Photograph: Earl Wilson/The New York Times)

In Cork-born Joseph O’Neill’s celebrated novel Netherland, a Trinidadian dreamer named Chuck Ramkissoon aspires to building a world-class cricket stad(...)

Yasir Shah celebrates after his unplayable delivery removed England’s Samit Patel. Photograph: Reuters

Pakistan are in the driving seat after three days of the final Test. A day of toil for England in which, not for the first time in this neck of the wo(...)

Australian rules football star Adam Goodes, who is contemplating retirement from the game because of continuing racial abuse. Photograph: Jason Reed/Reuters

Adam Goodes should be playing tonight for the Sydney Swans, but instead he is thinking about retiring from the Australian Football League. The 35-yea(...)

Large crowds gather around the 10th green during day one of the Irish Open at Royal County Down. Photograph: PA

The Irish Open attendance figures are predicted to be off the charts at Newcastle. As dogged golf fans ignored the squalling showers that swept ove(...)

 Rory McIlroy signs autographs for fans at Royal County Down Golf Club, Co Down.  Photograph:  Cathal Noonan/©Inpho

Martin McGuinness and Rory McIlroy made quite the pair at Royal County Down, the 18 holes of dunes and sand where this year’s Irish Open will be pla(...)

Shane Warne, Darren Clarke and BBC presenter Stephen Watson share a joke after playing in the Irish Open Pro-Am at Royal Co Down. Photograph: Mark Runnacles/Getty Images.

Stephen Watson managed to record a par and two spectators on the front nine. The face of BBC Sport Northern Ireland was persecuted by a misbehaving dr(...)

England practice their catching during the nets session at the Sydney Cricket Ground, Australia. Photo: Anthony Devlin/PA

With its grand central harbour and flocks of strolling pleasure-seekers Sydney tends to have the air of a city of departures and farewells.Not least f(...)

A dejected Michael Clarke, Australian captain, walks out for the presentation after day five of the first Ashes Test match between England and Australia. Photograph: Gareth Copley/Getty Images

Tattoos! Why? An expression of individuality? Hardly. It’s impossible to go anywhere without being ubiquitously treated to acres of flabby pseudo-Kanj(...)

Former Ireland bowler Boyd Rankin bowling during an England net session at Trent Bridge.

Irish cricket followers played a game of will they, won’t they in the past week after England called up former Ireland opening bowler Boyd Rankin as i(...)