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(...)

Gareth Anscombe will be joining Cardiff Blues next season. The son of sacked Ulster coach Mark called Ulster’s management ’clowns’. Photograph: Scott Barbour/Getty Images

Cardiff’s signing of Gareth Anscombe from New Zealand’s Waikato Chiefs should spice up the Welsh club’s Pro12 matches against Ulster this season. He m(...)

 Mick McCarthy. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Ipswich manager Mick McCarthy and his assistant Terry Connor have signed new three-year deals, the club have announced. McCarthy took charge of the Tr(...)

 Eden Hazard  won the Chelsea player of the year award. Photograph: Michael Steele/Getty Images

Jose Mourinho demanded more from Eden Hazard in presenting the Belgium playmaker with Chelsea’s player of the year award.The self-proclaimed Special (...)

Image of the week: And so it begins The dates you need if you want to either book time off to watch a few pitch meltdowns or bury your head under(...)

José Mourinho of Chelsea looks on during the Uefa Champions League Group E match against FC Basle. Photograph:  Jamie McDonald/Getty Images

Jose Mourinho plans to rotate his squad throughout December after witnessing Chelsea’s less than convincing progress to the Champions League knockout (...)

José Mourinho has been fined £8,000 following his sending off against Cardiff on Saturday. The Chelsea manager admitted a charge of improper conduct (...)

Matt Jess of Exeter Chiefs  scores a try during the Heineken Cup Pool Two match against Cardiff Blues at Sandy Park. Photograph:   Michael Steele/Getty Images

Exeter Chiefs 44 Cardiff Blues 29: Exeter Chiefs showed they were heading into this season’s Heineken Cup with renewed vigour after last weekend’s Avi(...)

Referee Mark Clattenburg was cleared of using racist language towards Chelsea  midfielder John Obi Mikel. Photograph: Nick Potts/PA

Mark Clattenburg is to referee this Sunday’s clash between Chelsea and Swansea, the Premier League has confirmed. It will be the officia(...)

Chelsea's Fernando Torres celebrates with Yossi Benayoun after scoring during the first leg at Stamford Bridge. Photograph: Paul Hackett/Reuters

Ryan Bertrand is to miss Chelsea’s Europa League quarter-final second leg with Rubin Kazan after missing the trip to Russia due to illness. (...)