In the league, St Tiernach’s Park in Clones  is different. The house is open . . . the stewards are so chilled that they all but affect a Jamaican patois in their welcome. Photograph: Andrew Paton/Inpho/Presseye

And here it comes, bless its tattered soul: the league, the league, the league. Across the Atlantic, they are under the delusion that the NFL is a the(...)

Cam Newton dives to score one of his two touchdowns in the Carolina Panthers’ win over the Arizona Cardinals. Photograph: Getty

Carolina Panthers 49 Arizona Cardinals 15 The Carolina Panthers, led by all-around quarterback Cam Newton and a defence that forced seven turnovers(...)

Denver Broncos linebacker Shane Ray reaches for New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady during the second half of their AFC Championship at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver. Photograph: Larry W Smith/EPA

Denver Broncos 20 New England Patriots 18 Peyton Manning out-gunned great rival Tom Brady as the Denver Broncos, behind a ferocious defence, edged t(...)

 Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning hands the ball to running back CJ Anderson. Photograph: EPA

Denver Broncos 23 Pittsburgh Steelers 16 The Denver Broncos overcame an unspectacular outing by Peyton Manning on Sunday to earn a gritty 23-16 win o(...)

Dara Bree: ‘The people of Boston are welcoming to newcomers.’

“Wait, which one is Galway again?” asked the bemused but enthusiastic American family who came to Boston’s Fenway Park on a frigid afternoon for the (...)

 A Green Bay Packers fan wears a cheese hat as he supports his favourite team. Photograph:  Joel Auerbach/Getty

On the wee coffee tables flanking the comfy armchairs in his den, Vinny Fitzpatrick carefully placed his cheese board selections. The cheeses acknowl(...)

Darrius Heyward-Bey, #88 of the Pittsburgh Steelers can’t make a catch  during the third quarter at FirstEnergy Stadium on January 3rd, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. Photograph: Jason Miller/Getty Images

Unless teams jockeying for seeding truly thrills you, this wasn’t one of the most memorable week 17s in NFL history. On the last Sunday of the regul(...)

New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham catches the game-tying touchdown  despite the coverage of Carolina Panthers cornerback Josh Norman during the game  at MetLife Stadium  in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Photograph: Al Bello/Getty Images

Odell Beckham Jr wowed fans last year as he compiled a record-setting rookie season despite having missed the off-season and the first four games of t(...)

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady chats with Donald Trump. Photograph:  Donna Connor/WireImage

Even in this most shrill and casually offensive American presidential election campaign, arguably the most perplexing statement of all came from an NF(...)

James White scores one of his two touchdowns for the New England Patriots against the Buffalo Bills. Photograph: EPA

The undefeated New England Patriots survived a physical war and topped the Buffalo Bills 20-13 on Monday night. Running back James White scored his fi(...)