Henry Shefflin confirmed his inter-county retirement in a press conference yesterday. Photograph: Inpho 6:24

Pro 12 table, need to win their remaining league games if they want to fulfil their ambitions for the(...)

Katie Taylor was in Ballinasloe, Co Galway to surprise Ardscoil Mhuire student Stephanie O’Halloran and present her with the Sky Sports Living for Sport award for ‘Republic of Ireland Student of the Year’. Photograph: Sportsfile

(...) concern every competition she enters seems to be played out under the shadow of next year’s Olympic Games(...)

A ‘ninja council’ has been set up in Japan   to  boost tourism ahead of Tokyo’s hosting of the 2020 Olympic Games

(...) the aims of boosting tourism ahead of Tokyo’s hosting of the 2020 Olympic Games and increasing the(...)

Tom Tierney talking to the Irish backs during the captain’s run recently. The Grand Slam may have slipped out of reach but a second Six Nations in three years is within touching distance. Photograph: INPHO/Morgan Treacy

(...) at the World Cup last August have been decimated by a focus on Sevens and the looming Olympic games(...)

Injury-ravaged Luke Fitzgerald is back in the Ireland team for Saturday’s final Six Nations fixture against Scotland. Photograph: Inpho
The Morning Sports Briefing
  • Sport
  • March 20, 2015, 08:24

(...) miserable Allianz League campaign which has seen them lose three games on the spin after an opening victory(...)

The general idea is that a national league will promote standards and that Ireland will benefit from that and put itself in a better position to qualify for world events such as the Olympic Games

(...) events such as the Olympic Games. The women are trying to do that now in Dublin and the men moved to the(...)

The Irish women’s hockey team begins its qualification campaign for the Rio Olympic Games. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

(...) qualification campaign for the Rio Olympic Games, Ukraine the opponents in their opening pool game of the World(...)

Ireland will be part of a ten-team tournament in Argentina with potentially six places available for Rio 2016 on the line.

(...).Ireland can also take confidence for both scoring the most goals (29 from six games) and not conceding a field(...)

 Roberto Martinez: “one competition shouldn’t get in the way of the other”

Europa League games underlines Everton’s commitment to the competition (especially in comparison to six(...)

A civil aviation accident investigator inspects the wreckage of one of two helicopters that collided in midair, near Villa Castelli, in Argentina’s La Rioja province. Investigators picked through the wreckage of the two helicopters Tuesday, removing cellphones, bits of paper and other charred and unrecognizable items, as France mourned the loss of prominent athletes in Monday’s dual crash in the Andean foothills. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

(...) was like my little brother.”Vastine, 28, won a bronze medal at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, lost(...)