Simona Halep of Romania celebrates her win over Serena Williams during their WTA Finals  match in Singapore. Photograph: Edgar Su/Reuters.

(...). Against Simona Halep, she was served up a different one – embarrassment.One of the game’s all-time greats(...)

Bayern Munich’s  Arjen Robben gave his former Chelsea team-mate  Ashley Cole the runaround during Tuesday night’s 7-1 win over Roma   at the  Stadio Olimpico. Photograph:  Alexander Hassenstein/Bongarts/Getty Images 1:26

Having “sacked” Roma with an imperious 7-1 Champions League drubbing at the Olympic Stadium in Rome(...)

Oscar Pistorius may not be able to defend the gold medal he won for South Africa in the Men’s 400m T44 at the London 2012 Paralympic Games. Photograph: Bryn Lennon/Getty Images

(...) the Olympics and Paralympics in London in 2012, would be banned from the Rio Games even if he had been(...)

“Rugby is being sold as an Olympic sport while hockey never really pushed that point home and at the high end it’s probably the biggest selling point in the marketing locker.”

(...) people and the chance to qualify for an Olympic games is simply amazing.”The IRFU email went on to(...)

Nicholas McDonagh’s high-flying working life has taken him from London to Dubai via Sydney

(...) in Sydney. It was good timing. The Australian economy took off after the 2000 Olympic Games. “It was(...)

A budget of just under €600 million has been allocated for the maintenance and improvement of national, regional and local roads. Photograph: The Irish Times

(...) athletes in their preparations fo rthe 2016 Olympic Games in Rio,” he said.

 Ireland players Jenny Murphy, Sophie Spence and Shannon Huston. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

(...) competes on an international stage and is seeking qualification for the 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil(...)

Family fun with the Jamaican bob-sledding team in Cool Runnings

Jamaica national bobsled team’s 1988 Olympic debut, this charming sporting underdog comedy is deservedly(...)

Michael Phelps: “Swimming is a major part of my life, but right now I need to focus my attention on me as an individual, and do the necessary work to learn from this experience and make better decisions in the future.” Photograph: Stuart Palley/The New York Times

(...). The blueprint for becoming the most decorated athlete in Olympic history required Phelps, 29, to be a(...)

Ireland’s Sanita Puspure: the rower is one of Ireland’s hopes for Rio 2016. Photograph: Francisco Leong/AFP/Getty Images

The project to form a men’s crew that could qualify a boat for the 2016 Olympic Games was dealt a(...)