Kilkenny’s Walter Walsh:  “Every player wants to be playing, but if someone is going better than you they deserve to be playing.” Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Around 8pm on Friday evening, Brian Cody will assemble the entire Kilkenny hurling squad in the upstairs meeting room adjacent to Nowlan Park. In his (...)

Brian Cody: “We learn from each other, and we learn from matches. We learn from all the various aspects of the game.” Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Don’t look back. It’s the same beginning, every year, because the last thing Brian Cody wants to talk about before an All-Ireland hurling final is the(...)

Nickel Ashmeade, Usain Bolt, Nesta Carter and Astafa Powell take a picture with fans after winning gold in the 4x100m men relay during the Beijing 2015 IAAF World Championships at the National Stadium. Photo: Diego Azubel/PA

Nine days and every possible superlative later not even Sebastian Coe could have envisaged it all ending so majestically. And not just the way Asbel K(...)

Rob Heffernan came fifth in the 50km race walk in the World Championships in Beijing. Photograph: Inpho

He vowed not to surrender his World Championship title without a fight and so it proved, Rob Heffernan displaying typical courage and determination be(...)

Netherlands’ Dafne Schippers crosses  the finish line to win the 200m women’s final at the World Championships in Beijing. Photograph: Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty Images

Move over, Usain Bolt. Here comes Dafne Schippers. Because anyone who thought things might slow down a little inside the Bird’s Nest in the absence of(...)

Gold medallist Usain Bolt turns to wave to the crowd during the victory ceremony for the men’s 200 metres. Photograph: Getty Images

For a sport reportedly on its deathbed, might events in Beijing over the last seven days be considered a glorious resurrection? It certainly takes so(...)

Rob Heffernan on issue of doping in his event: “I hear about all these doping allegations, and I think to myself, ‘sure I’ve already known this the whole time.” Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

The last thing Rob Heffernan needs is any reminder of how difficult it is to defend a World Championship title. Especially in the 50km walk. In the l(...)

A cameraman riding a segway drives into a celebrating Usain Bolt after the men’s 200m final at the Bird’s Nest in Beijing. Photograph: Rolex De La Pena/EPA

They came to see another shootout between hero and villain. They left having seen a near massacre. Not just the way Usain Bolt took out Justin Gatlin (...)

Usain Bolt rounds the bend in his 200m semi-final at the IAAF World Championships in Beijing. Photo: Andy Lyons/Getty Images

So, four days after Usain Bolt evidently saved athletics, comes the very real possibility of Justin Gatlin doing the alternative. That’s not saying(...)

 Ciara Everard of Ireland competes in the Women’s 800 metres heats during day five of the 15th IAAF World Athletics Championships Beijing 2015. Photograph: Michael Steele/Getty Images

Ciara Everard and Ben Reynolds found the going tough as they were knocked out of their respective heats in the 800m and 110m Hurdles on day 5 of the I(...)