Essendon’s Dustin Fletcher seen above representing Australia in the International Rules series, has along with Jobe Watson and 32 other players been cleared by an AFL anti doping tribunal. Photo: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

An anti-doping tribunal has thrown out drugs charges against 34 professional Australian Rules footballers who were swept up in a sweeping probe that h(...)

Cork’s Ciaran Sheehan (left) leads the charge, with Down’s Damien Rafferty and Conor Garvey on his shirt-tail. Sheehan is expected to play his first AFL match on Saturday. Photograph: Eric Luke / THE IRISH TIMES

Former Cork footballer Ciaran Sheehan is expected to be named in the Carlton team to play Gold Coast in the Australian Football League (AFL) at Etihad(...)

Author Liz Nugent. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

A change is as good as a rest, so with the new year looming, and with it talk of resolutions, is it worth going a step further and and signing up for (...)

Essendon Bombers AFL coach James Hird leaving his home in Toorak, Melbourne. Photograph: Scott Barbour/Getty Images

The Australian Football League (AFL) has charged top-flight Australian Rules club Essendon Bombers and four senior officials for bringing the game int(...)

 Welshman George North keeps his eye on the ball as he tries his hand at hurling during the British and Irish Lions training session held at the Anglican Church Grammar School   in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. Photograph:  David Rogers/Getty Images

Israel Folau’s stunning rise from rugby union debutant to Australian international in four months has thrust him into a baptism of fire against the B(...)