Stephanie Roche has been invited to spend the day at the White House by US president Barack Obama for St Patrick’s Day this year. File Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Stephanie Roche has been invited to spend the day at the White House by US president Barack Obama for St Patrick’s Day this year. The 25-year-old mad(...)

Italy’s former World Cup winning captain Fabio Cannavaro has been handed a 10-month jail sentence. Photograph Robert Cianflone/Getty Images

Fabio Cannavaro has been sentenced to 10 months in prison for breaching orders to keep out of his property after it was seized by authorities.The 41-y(...)

Real Madrid celebrate during the La Liga match between Elche FC and Real Madrid - manager Carlo Ancelotti forsees the league title being decided on the final match day. Photograph: Manuel Queimadelos Alonso/Getty Images

Real Madrid may have extended their lead over second-placed Barcelona at the top of La Liga to four points on Sunday but coach Carlo Ancelotti still (...)

Barcelona’s Luis Suarez speaks with team mate Lionel Messi during their match against Malaga at Camp Nou. Photograph: Albert Gea/Reuters

Barcelona talisman Lionel Messi has been the driving force behind their recent prolific form but was largely anonymous in a costly home defeat by Mala(...)

Former Italy and AC Milan boss Arrigo Sacchi has denied he is a racist after he said there were too many ’coloured’ players in Italian youth teams. (Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images)

Former Italy head coach Arrigo Sacchi has denied being racist after saying there are “too many players of colour” in youth teams.Speaking at an awards(...)

Queens Park Rangers’  caretaker manager Chris Ramsey in the dug out during the away win over Sunderland.  Photograph: Ian MacNicol/AFP/Getty Images

Chris Ramsey has emerged as a serious candidate to get the manager’s job at Queens Park Rangers until the end of the season, after impressing since ta(...)

Marco Reus has committed his future to Dortmund. Photograph: Martin Rose/Bongarts/Getty Images

Sought-after Germany forward Marco Reus has committed his future to Borussia Dortmund until 2019.The 25-year-old had been linked to Real Madrid and se(...)

Real Madrid’s Portuguese striker Cristiano Ronaldo held his birthday party after 4-0 loss against Atletico Madrid during their Spanish Primera Division league soccer match. Photograph: Javier Lizon/EPA

Cristiano Ronaldo’s agent has defended the FIFA Ballon d’Or winner after he was criticised for throwing a lavish 30th birthday party on Saturday hours(...)

Gareth Bale has fallen from grace as Real Madrid go through a sticky patch since the start of the year. Photograph: Reuters.

A strange thing has been happening recently at Real Madrid, who have started 2015 with only five wins in nine games. Considering they had won the pre(...)

 Cristiano Ronaldo (right) of Real Madrid after  Atletico  Madrid scored their third goal  at Vicente Calderon Stadium. Photograph:  Denis Doyle/Getty Images

Atletico Madrid tore apart city rivals Real Madrid 4-0 at home to open up the La Liga title race on Saturday in a triumph crowned by a spectacular ov(...)