Leicester striker Jamie Vardy equalled a Premier League scoring record with his goal just before half-time against Newcastle at St James’ Park. Photograph: Nigel French/PA Wire.

Human beings shut inside deep freezers traditionally face unhappy endings but there are exceptions to every rule. Rather than proving the subject of a(...)

Republic of Ireland players  during training at  Abbotstown ahead of the first leg of the Euro 2016 play-off away to Bosnia on Friday. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Martin O’Neill has said that he will take a few days before trying to finalise his approach to Friday’s first leg of Ireland’s European Championship q(...)

Newcastle United’s Rob Elliot punches clear in his side’s 1-0 win over Bournemouth on Saturday. Photo: Adrian Dennis/AP

Steve McClaren believes Rob Elliot has won the right to an extended stint in the Newcastle goal following his match-winning turn at Bournemouth. Ellio(...)

Dundalk’s Richie Towell celebrates with the FAI Cup. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho
The Morning Sports Briefing
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  • November 9, 2015, 08:20

Soccer John O’Shea may still play for Ireland in Monday’s Euro 2016 play-off second leg with Bosnia and Herzegovina, despite Sunderland Sam All(...)

Newcastle United’s Irish goalkeeper Rob Elliot in action against Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium. Photograph: Getty Images

Bournemouth 0 Newcastle 1 Rob Elliot helped ease Ireland’s goalkeeping concerns with an excellent display between the sticks during Newcastle U(...)

Ireland goalkeeper Shay Given goes down injured during the Euro 2016 qualifier against Germany at the Aviva Stadium. Photo: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Shay Given is set to miss both legs of Ireland’s Euro 2016 play-off with Bosnia and Herzegovina this month as he prepares to undergo kneee surgery. Gi(...)

Crystal Palace’s Damien Delaney exchanges words with Manchester United’s Ander Herrera during the Premier League match at Selhurst Park. Photograph:  Anthony Devlin/PA

Crystal Palace 0 Manchester United 0 Manchester United lost ground in the race for the Premier League title with a 0-0 draw at Crystal Palace that cou(...)

Newcastle’s Fabricio Coloccini concedes a penalty against Sunderland. Photograph:  Andrew Yates/Reuters

Newcastle United defender Fabricio Coloccini will not serve a one-match ban after winning an appeal for wrongful dismissal following his sending-off i(...)

Sunderland’s Steven Fletcher scores his side’s third goal during the Premier League game against Newcastle at the Stadium of Light. Photograph:  Lee Smith/Action Images via Reuters/Livepic

Sunderland 3 Newcastle United 0 History repeated itself on Wearside where Sam Allardyce became the fourth successive Sunderland manager to preside ove(...)

Republic of Ireland international Ciaran Clark returns to the Aston Villa squad for their home clash against Swansea. Photograph:   Steve Langan/Inpho

SATURDAY (3.0 unless stated) Aston Villa (19) v Swansea (14) - Live Setanta Sports 1 Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood has a fully-fit squad f(...)