Sound footage: Neymar in Beats’ star-studded The Game Before the Game promo video

Poor Neymar. The suits in Fifa have ordered the Brazilian footballer to remove his beloved Beats headphones when in or around World Cup stadiums fo(...)

Katie Taylor will fight in the European Championships in Bucharest. Last year the event was cancelled. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Sometimes it seems as though Katie Taylor simply salted herself away after the summer of the Big Bang. Sometimes it feels like she appears on the skyl(...)

 Cones and barricades sit at the entrance to Olympic Park, the primary set of venues being built for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, earlier this month as more than 2,000 workers went on strike at the site. Photograph: Mario Tama/Getty Images

International Olympic Committee (IOC) vice president John Coates has called Brazil’s preparations for the 2016 Rio Games “the worst” in his exp(...)

Construction workers on strike stand outside the Rio 2016 Olympic Park. Photograph: Ricardo Moraes / Reuters

Workers at the main venue of the 2016 Olympic Games have voted to continue their strike indefinitely, just days before officials from the Inte(...)

Richard Coakley who won silver at the first World Cup in Sydney, representing Australia,   is unsure about moving back into the Ireland system.

After the rain and winds comes a storm of activity. The Ireland team to compete in Piediluco in Italy next we(...)

Golf Federation president Peter Dawson has expressed his disappointment and concern at the state of preparations for golf’s return to the Olymp(...)

UCI president  Brian Cookson. Photograph:  Jon Buckle/PA Wire

Brian Cookson, the head of cycling’s governing body, has called for a radical overhaul of the Olympics to be considered, with some indoor sport(...)

Two athletes have returned positive doping samples at  the Sochi Winter Games. Photograph: Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters

Italian bobsleigh athlete William Frullani has tested positive for a banned substance at the Sochi Winter Olympics and will not compete with t(...)

Winner Maddie Bowman of the US  after the women’s freestyle skiing halfpipe finals at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games in Rosa Khutor. Photograph: Dylan Martinez/Reuters

American Maddie Bowman laid down two unmatched runs to become the first women’s free ski halfpipe Olympic champion on Thursday and help fulfil(...)

Rengin Yurdakul: ‘I don’t even speak the language of my ancestors but I feel a deep pain – I feel that I’m Circassian; it’s who I am.’ Photograph: Stephen Starr

The opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics last Friday week presented the world with a history of Russia equally romantic and fanciful. But a (...)