Azerbaijan medal hopeful Collazo Sotomayor was born in Cuba. Photograph: Getty.

After spending €85 million on the opening ceremony, €540 million on a new stadium to stage it, plus that reported €9 billion on running the entire sh(...)

After 12days the European Games are feeling more and more like the OIympics. Photograph: Epa

Day 12, and by now, Baku is beginning to feel less like a European Games and more like an Olympic Games. The steady rush between venues. The dizzy spe(...)

A  memorial book during the funeral of Ray Treacy at the Church of St Laurence O’Toole, Kilmacud, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins

Mourners at the funeral of former Ireland international soccer player Ray Treacy were asked to smile one more time for a man held dear in the world of(...)

Kieran Mulvey, Chairman, Irish Sports Council says that increased funding will increase participation and enhance high performance - A total of €8.16m will be invested in 22 Performance Plans which will support Ireland participation at the 2016 Rio Olympic and Paralympic Games. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Payday for the 59 national governing bodies of Irish sport - and with the Rio Olympic countdown well underway, Government funding for 2015 is up on la(...)

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The gyms are full to capacity and there are joggers everywhere this time of year as people struggle to get fit. But what does it mean to be fit and(...)

There are fears over the water quality for the sailing events at the Rio Olympic Games but Ireland’s chef de mission, Kevin Kilty, says ultimately it will be up to the International Sailing Federation to decide whether or not it is safe for sailing. Photograph: Buda Mendes/Getty Images

Kevin Kilty knew he’d accomplished his first mission when he suddenly joked to himself: “If I’m ever going to have a heart attack, this is the plac(...)

Ireland rugby players Jenny Murphy, Sophie Spence and Shannon Huston who are hoping to qualify for the rugby sevens at the Rio Olympics in 2016. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Only 13 shopping days until Christmas, only 603 training days until Rio. They may not appear like similarly pressing countdowns, although it could be (...)

Europe Ryder Cup winning team captain Paul McGinley  back in September. Photograph: Jamie Squire/Getty Images

The Olympic Council of Ireland has unveiled the Team Ireland leaders for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, and an “honoured” European Ryder Cup captain Paul(...)

Tiger Woods is propping up the leaderboard after carding a five over par opening round of 77 at the Hero World Challenge on his return form injury
The Morning Sports Briefing
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  • December 5, 2014, 08:35

World Cup bid The Rugby World Cup is less than a year away and hopes of an Irish victory are higher than ever. But, if Joe Schmidt’s men fall s(...)

Maire Geoghegan-Quinn’s five year term as commissioner for research, innovation and science comes to an end in November. File photograph: Alan Betson / THE IRISH TIMES

Ireland’s outgoing EU Commissioner Maire Geoghegan-Quinn has been awarded the Légion d’Honneur by French president Francois Hollande, the highest hono(...)