Latvian Kristaps Porzingis, who  was drafted number four overall by the New York Knicks, towers over NBA commissioner Adam Silver, at the Barclays Center in New York. Photograph: Earl Wilson/The New York Times

New York Knicks fans have little faith obscure seven-foot Latvian can revive them

Rory Kavanagh and current Derry manager Brian McIver celebrate Donegal’s National League final victory over Mayo in 2007. Given the transformation of Donegal football, the win has been reduced to a footnote, but it was only the county’s second senior national title. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Derry man was close to achieving breakthrough during tenure with neighbouring county

Liam Dunne: “We expected a lot of ourselves. We felt we were very well prepared. But obviously some things weren’t right.” Photo: James Crombie/ Inpho

Wexford manager struggles to explain away another black day for Wexford hurling

Kilkenny’s TJ Reid  is brought down for a penalty by the combined efforts of Matthew O’Hanlon and Liam Ryan of Wexford during the Leinster SHC semi-final at Nowlan Park.  Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Glenmore player scores 3-5 from play on championship debut at Nowlan Park

In his role as club manager or pundit you couldn’t listen to Martin O’Neill without grasping how enthralled he is by the game. As Ireland manager, he has cut a much more subdued figure. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Expecting international stars to materialise just like that is no longer way forward

A determined Karl Lacey keeps Tony Kernan at arm’s length at the Athletics Ground. Photograph: Andrew Paton/Presseye/Inpho

Kerry, Donegal and Mayo tighten grip locally as Wicklow almost pull off shock

Ireland manager Martin O’Neill cuts a frustrated figure. Photograph: Inpho/Cathal Noonan

Republic of Ireland’s hopes of reaching finals hang by thread after disappointing draw

Armagh manager Kieran McGeeney talks to his players after the final whistle against Donegal. Photograph: Andrew Paton/Presseye/Inpho

Rory Gallagher pleased with Donegal’s hunger as they brush aside rivals

Martin O’Reilly scores Donegal’s second goal in their comfortable Ulster Championship win over Armagh. Photograph: Inpho

Early Paddy McBrearty goal sets the tone as Gallagher’s men breeze into Ulster semis

Donegal’s Mickey McDonald, who is Rory McIlroy’s uncle, in action in 1982: “I would have said that we expected to go there and win because we had won in 1980. But it was tough, end-to-end football”

As they meet Donegal, Rory McIlroy’s uncle Mickey McDonald recalls that tense moment

Robbie Brady gets above Raheem Sterling during the drab stalemate at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

Martin O’Neill tunes up side for vital qualifier but Jack Charlton gets loudest cheer of day

The late Jerry Collins in action for New Zealand during the 2007 World Cup. Photograph: William West/Getty Images

All Black lit up forlorn November afternoon when he visited Donegal a decade ago

Mark Lynch: “Aye, well, we have been involved in a lot of games where we have played open attacking football and we have been praised for it. But we ended up getting beat. So you do have to weigh the options up.” Photograph: Lorcan Doherty/Inpho/Presseye

Derry need a result against heavily favoured Down in Sunday’s Ulster SFC clash

“We could have won four of five All-Irelands in a row,”says Galway’s two-time All-Ireland winner (1987 and ’88) Tony Keady, seen here during the 1990 All-Ireland hurling final loss to Cork. Photograph: Inpho

Twenty seven years on from the county’s last All-Ireland triumph, there is belief that another is close

Sepp Blatter: elected for the fifth time as president of Fifa despite the ongoing corruption scandal. Photo: Walter Bieri/EPA

Underpaid workers are dying in their droves in the name of football’s greatest tournament

Limerick manager TJ Ryan celebrates his side’s goal in the victory over Clare at Semple Stadium. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Magnanimous Davy Fitzgerald already working on ways to end Clare’s bad streak

Limerick’s Shane Dowling celebrates scoring a point at Semple Stadium. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Davy Fitzgerald praises opponents but says Clare are not far away

Tyrone’s Justin McMahon and Peter Harte get up close and personal with Donegal’s Michael Murphy in Ballybofey last week. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Fiercely competitive province always produces compelling drama the locals savour

London manager Paul Coggins is carried by his jubilant team members after their famous 2013 victory over Sligo in the Connacht championship. Photograph: Jim Keogh/Inpho.

Improvements in results for the English capital have served to give players an added dimension of identity

Donegal’s Michael Murphy and Tyrone’s Ronan McNabb exchange words during the Ulster senior championship match at Ballybofey, Donegal. Photograph: Inpho

Both managers take positives out of performance’s from their respective sides

Steven Gerrard was given a standing ovation at Stamford Bridge as Chelsea fans recognised the passing of a major figure in their period of devoting themselves to football. Photograph: Peter Byrne/PA Wire.

If the Liverpool captain holds it together at Anfield he will be in the minority

Rory Gallagher was always likely to be in the frame to succeed Jim McGuinness, despite their abrupt parting of the ways. Photograph: Lorcan Doherty/Presseye/Inpho

Donegal manger’s influence will be easier to recognise than during league campaign

The Wexford football team of 1915-18 was led by the irrepressible Seán O’Kennedy

Donegal manager and Celtic performance consultant Jim McGuinness. Photograph: Inpho Donegal manager and Celtic performance consultant Jim McGuinness. Photograph: Inpho

Former manager looking forward to some time out from his role with Celtic

“I think the Tyrone players do have confidence,” Darren McCurry says. “It’s about gelling as a team and playing well on that particular day. Sometimes we got the rub of the green, sometimes we didn’t.” Photograph: Russell Pritchard Inpho.

Forward understands Owen Mulligan’s criticism but believes hard work can pay off against Donegal

Donegal’s Mark McHugh in action against Mayo in the 2013 All-Ireland final. He is the only one in the squad with a winner’s medal who did not experience last year’s final defeat. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Playmaker missed the 2014 All-Ireland but says the squad are driven by that ‘grief’

The Dublin team make their way to Hill 16 in 2006 after Mayo choose to warm-up in front of it. Photograph: Inpho

Warming up in front of the Hill example of how Croke Park is never truly neutral for the Dubs

Waterford’s Noel Connors and Kevin Moran celebrates at the final whistle of the league final. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

‘Championship is championship’ Waterford defender is wary of a Cork backlash

Waterford’s Austin Gleeson, Martin O’Neill and Pauric Mahony celebrate with the trophy. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

Waterford manager says plan is to play more attacking game as team develops

Waterford’s Noel Connors and Kevin Moran celebrate securing the county’s third league title with a 10-point victory over Cork. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Derek McGrath’s rejuvenated side overwhelm Cork to delight of Déise fans

WBC/WBA welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather  and WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao pose ahead of their unification title fight at the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino. Photograph: John Gurzinski/AFP Photo/Getty Images

Even if Pacquiao humiliates his opponent, it won’t be represent any kind of atonement

Dan Shanahan motivates some of the Waterford players before their league semi-final with Tipperary. “It has been easy going training because we have won a few games and the atmosphere is really good,” he says. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Waterford selector is fully immersed in his second hurling life for the county

Still green: Jack Grealish celebrates scoring for Ireland Under-21s in 2013. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Choice on international future is one the 19-year-old must be allowed to take time over

Jim Gavin’s Dublin are challenging for their third league title in a row but no longer possess the aura of invincibility that developed around the side last year. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Gavin unwilling to leave team open to kind of lightning raid that derailed them last year

Back to the Future: Christopher Lloyd and Michael J Fox with their DeLorean time machine

Created by a ‘con man’, immortalised by Hollywood, and built in Belfast at the height of the Troubles, John DeLorean’s DMC-12 was (...)

A police officer runs in front of the blazing main stand at Bradford City’s Valley Parade football ground, where 56 people lost their lives. Photograph: PA Wire

Club chairman was connected to eight other fires before 1985 disaster

The successful appeal of Séamus Callanan’s red card suspension restores the focal point of Tipperary’s attack. Photograph: Inpho

Preview: Allianz Hurling League semi-final – Tipperary v Waterford, Nowlan Park, 4pm , TG4

Rory McIlroy shares the sporting firmament with fellow megastars Messi, Federer, Kobe and LeBron. Photograph: Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

What is staggering about golfer’s story is that it seems somehow predestined

Donncha O’Connor was a key member of the Cork side that won the All-Ireland final in 2010. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Cork forward is one of few survivors from 2010 and has knack of scoring when it matters

Donegal’s Martin McElhinney in action against Mayo’s  Donal Vaughan last weekend. Photo: Mike Shaughnessy/Inpho

Young Rebels will be looking to impress in headquarters semi-final clash

Denis Bastick: said Dublin created a lot of chances against Derry’s defensive structure. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

‘No two games the same,’ warns midfielder before semi-final rematch

Monaghan goalkeeper Rory Beggan taking a long-range free against Dublin last week.  Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Keeper Rory Beggan wary of Dublin challenge in Division One semi-final

Monghan’s Owen Duffy and Dublin goalscorer Brian Fenton. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Articulate response imaginable to weeklong conversation on the demise of Gaelic football

Tyrone manager Mickey Harte says it is not his job to entertain. Photograph: Lorcan Doherty/Presseye/Inpho

All-Ireland final in 1990 shows past also had games short on entertainment

Kerry captain Kieran Donaghy has been a central figure for the county so far this season. Photograph:  Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Fitzmaurice’s face relegation but there’s no panic after what transpired last season

Martin McElhinney in action against Kerry’s Bryan Sheehan and Anthony Maher. “We are not safe. We have to go and put on a performance against Mayo and that is going to be hard without Michael Murphy.” Photo: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Win over Tyrone should ensure top-flight status but side now focused on Mayo test

Ryan McHugh slots home Donegal’s goal in the Allianz Football League Division One game against Tyrone at  Ballybofey. Photograph: Lorcan Doherty. Photograph: Inpho/Presseye

Donegal run out easy winners in Ballybofey as Tyrone left with huge task to avoid relegation

New stadia, like The Emirates above, have helped transform England’s football tradition from a national embarrassment to an international phenomenon. Photograph: Ian Kington/Getty Images

Moving to a new stadium can have a curious impact on a team’s fortunes

It was the Jim McGuinness-managed Donegal that knocked Mickey Harte’s Tyrone off their perch in Ulster.  Photograph: Russell Pritchard/Inpho.

More than just another league encounter as Donegal’s Ulster dominance to be contested

Henry Shefflin leaves after the press conference announcing his intercounty retirement. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho.

Life went on. Time didn’t stop. But all of Kilkenny had the sense of an ending

His marksmanship, his ball-winning, his passing, his tenacity, his temperament and, perhaps best of all, his instinct for delivering the plays that simultaneously steeled his Kilkenny team mates and withered the belief of opposing counties. He worked like a demon and hit hard. He made Kilkenny seem invincible.

Keith Duggan looks back at the career of one of the GAA’s immortal figures, a persona who might just overshadow them all

Davy Fitzgerald:  Reiterated his certainty that nobody had been treated unfairly before stonewalling all-comers. Photograph: INPHO

Is the humiliation of promising young players not too high a price for glory?

Waterford manager Derek McGrath with selector Dan Shanahan: McGrath has said that performance and not promotion was his ultimate goal for the league – now both are attainable. photograph: inpho

Without drama or fuss, Derek McGrath has been blending experience and youth in his Deise side – now they face a vital test against(...)

 Mayo’s Lee Keegan: “They looked sharper and hungry for the ball. A lot of our guys didn’t get out of second gear  and you could see it.” Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Nature of the home hammering by Dublin a major embarrassment for Mayo camp

Denis Bastick scores  Dublin’sopening goal during the Allianz Football League Fivision One game against Mayo at   MacHale Park in Castlebar. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Jim Gavin’s men produce impressive display to ease to big win

 David Bentley, Jackie Tyrell and Aaron Kernan feature  in “TheToughest Trade”. The  documentary film  follows the GAA players  who experience professional sports of baseball and football while former professional athletes David Bentley and Brian Schneider experience the life of an amateur GAA club player with Crossmaglen Rangers, Armagh, and James Stephens, Kilkenny. Photograph: Sportsfile

‘The Toughest Trade’ exploited the true point about Gaelic games. The county dressingroom is just a temporary home. In the end p(...)

Clare manager Davy Fitzgerald: his team will be looking for a first league win of the season when they host Dublin. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Allianz Hurling Leagues: Previews

Kilkenny’s Paul Mulrphy tackles Galway’s Jonathan Glynn at Pearse Stadium in Galway. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

Despite successive defeats champions still believe they can retain their league crown

Paul Galvin: realised he had called time on himself a few seasons too early and decided to return to the Kerry panel. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

Ante has been upped as Kerry veteran returns to a very different dressingroom

GAA president  Aogán Ó Feargháil with  Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan, minister of culture, youth and community development, after he presented him with a hurley  at the GAA World Games in  Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

This weekend’s World Games in Abu Dhabi are as much about staying in touch as spreading the word

Neil Gallagher is tackled by Cork’s Kevin O’Driscoll and Mark Collins during Donegal’s 0-12 to 1-8 victory. Photograph: Andrew Paton/INPHO/Presseye

Narrow wins the story of a scrappy, weather-affected Allianz League weekend

Donegal’s Michael Murphy of Donegal gets away from Tomás Clancy and Michael Shields of Cork during their national league game at Ballyshannon. Photograph: Andrew Paton/Presseye/Inpho

Captain Michael Murphy sees red as home side are almost pegged back

Kieran Donaghy: This time last year the conventional wisdom suggested he was all but done and dusted. Now he’s captain of the All-Ireland champions.  Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

The transformation in Kieran Donaghy’s footballing fortunes has been remarkable

Donegal’s Colm McFadden holds off Cork defenders during the All-Ireland semi-final in 2012. The meetings between the sides have been important staging posts in their respective fortunes over the last six years. Photograph: Donall Farmer/INPHO

Teams cross paths in the Allianz League as they both search for new identities

Tipperary goalkeeper Darren Gleeson: “Winning is oinfectious.”

All Star goalkeeper wants his team to keep winning as they develop new players

Tipperary’s Padraic Maher, Gearoid McInerney, Gearoid Ryan and Conor O’Brien with James Regan and Joseph Cooney of Galway during their Allianz Hurling League Division 1A clash in Semple Stadium. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Goals from John O’Dwyer and Séamus Callanan help see off battling Tribesmen

  Jimmy Barry-Murphy gets away from Galway’s Sylvie Linnane in the 1986 All-Ireland Final. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

A folk hero for his on-field exploits, JBM has no time for nostalgia as he plots a route back to All-Ireland

Johnny Sexton is returning to the Ireland team after a 12-week absence due to concussion. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Sexton warned by light-hearted club-mate to ‘wear helmet’ for Ireland-France clash

Corofin’s Gary Sice: “To come out of Dublin, never mind Leinster, two years in a row is a serious feat . . . but we will have a good crack at them.” Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

Galway star was 12 when his club last claimed All-Ireland honours

Sean Cavanagh battles for the ball with Mayo’s Colm Boyle on a day Tyrone ran out winners at MacHale Park. Photograph: Mike Shaughnessy/Inpho

Mayo’s hard-running game hits wall as Ulster side show old streak of defiance

Tommy Bowe, or should that be Tommy Booooooowe, scores a try against England at Twickenham in 2010. Photograph: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

It’s our chance to savour George’s long goodbye but when Bowe scores – be cool

Ballyhale Shamrocks manager Andy Moloney is wary of favourites tag against Gort. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpo

Henry Shefflin friendship meant Tipp man was almost local long before he became manager

Dublin’s John Small tries to block John O’Rourke’s kick as Cork got their Allianz League campaign off to a winning start at Páirc Uí Rinn. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Strong finish from Brian Cuthbert’s men denies visitors in fast, entertaining match

Cork vs Dublin - John Small of Dublin with John O’Rourke of Cork during Allianz League encounter on Sunday. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Allianz League victory for the Rebels against experimental Leinster champions

Marshawn Lynch of the Seattle Seahawks attends, but does not participate  in,  a Super Bowl XLIX media event at the Arizona Grand Hotel, Arizona. Photograph: Christian Petersen/Getty Images

Seahawks running back’s refusal to answer media questions has highlighted just how much nonsense, how much silliness, precedes bi(...)

Donal Vaughan: despite growing up in Cork, he has been shaped by Mayo and winning an All-Ireland final with the county is what drives him. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The Mayo defender has come close to winning an All-Ireland medal and still believes it can be done

Senan Kilbride is eager for Roscommon to progress in Division Two of the National Football League. Photograph: Ryan Byrne.

Senan Kilbride optimistic about his county’s chances as they step up to higher division

 Roscommon’s Niall Daly in action against Galway’s Danny Cummins during the FBD final at Kiltoom, Co Roscommon. Photo: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Three goals early in the third quarter prove pivotal for John Evans’ young side

It is clear that referee Alan Wilkie’s regulation Umbro shorts are at least two inches too short, as if they have shrunk in the machine. Photograph: Shaun Botterill/AllSport

Everyone of age remembers where they were on January 25th, 1995

Eamon O’Shea acquired the reputation of being an innovative  hurling coach and when Liam Sheedy invited him in to join the Tipperary set up, the players instantly responded to  his training methods. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Tipperary manager believes essence of life is to ‘keep on and be better’ – it’s an attitude he brings to hurling too

Clare’s Patrick Donnellan tackles Conor O’Mahony of Tipperary. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Waterford Crystal quarter-final: Clare withstand late Tipp recovery

Andrew Quarless  of the Green Bay Packers leaps into the crowd after scoring a touchdown against the Dallas Cowboys in the first quarter of the 2015 NFC Divisional Playoff game at Lambeau Field on January 11. Photograph: Al Bello/Getty Images

Super Bowl one game away for franchise that’s owned by own community

Connacht’s Quinn Roux in action against La Rochelle in the Challenge Cup. The South African lock has settled into life on the western seaboard. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Pat Lam’s side send out ambitious message in securing services of big South African

Aly Muldowney will be up against many former team-mates in Sunday’s Challenge Cup match. Photograph: INPHO/James Crombie

English secondrow has been one of a chorus of unsung heroes for Connacht this season

Tighthead Nathan White was in the wars for the Connacht Eagles in an A match against Leinster on Wednesday. Photograph: INPHO/James Crombie

Centre’s ankle injury keeps him out but Nathan White may return at La Rochelle

Connacht’s players celebrate their defeat of Munster on New Year’s Day. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Buses that crowd the Sportsground are testament to the province’s hard work

Terry Hyland stands behind his Cavan team before their All-Ireland quarter-final match against Kerry in 2013. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Manager hoping to translate three years of under-21 success into an Ulster title

Ewan Weldon and Jordan Lee  have both been selected for the Irish U-15 schoolboys basketball squad. The boys play with St Brendan’s College and St Pauls Basketball Club in Killarney. Photograph: Eamonn Keogh/MacMonagle, Killarney

Jordan Lee has perfected his favourite shot by practising it thousands of times

One of the seminal moments of Irish sport in 2014 was Brian O’Driscoll’s last home game for his country, against Italy in the Six Nations Champions. Photograph: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

Brian O’Driscoll had a long farewell, Brazil’s beautiful game died a death and Fifa remain in a world all of their own

Hundreds of Cubans wait in line to apply for tourist visas to visit the US at the American Interests Building in Havana, this week. Photograph: Meredith Kohut/The New York Times

Excellence of the national team has always been a source of pride to the Castro regime

The  physicality of the collisions  in international rugby is breathtaking  but so too the athletic prowess,  as demonstrated here by  Australia’s Kurtley Beale, who beats team-mate Israel Folau and Ireland’s Rob Kearney to the ball at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire.

Transformation of the game in two decades has been phenomenal

Mils Muliaina keeps a close eye on his teammates during a Connacht training session last week. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

New teammates benefitting from All Blacks influence at the Sportsground

Kilkenny’s JJ Delaney was one of the greatest defenders in the history of the game. Here he keeps a close hold on Waterford’s Stephen Molumphy. Photography: James Crombie/Inpho

Absence of legendary defender will be felt at Nowlan Park as the next generation rises

Connacht’s Denis Buckley is tackled by Steven Shingler and Johan Snyman of Scarlets at the Sportsground. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

Pat Lam’s improving young side are ready for Bayonne test in European Challenge Cup

Robbie Henshaw: still recuperating from the hip pointer strain he picked up during Ireland’s autumn series. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho.

Ireland centre likely to be rested for Challenge Cup match against Bayonne

 LeBron James (number 23) of the Cleveland Cavaliers shoots   against the Washington Wizards on November 26th, 2014. Photograph:  Gregory Shamus/NBAE via Getty Images

‘His Miami years were about establishing his individual prowess, the Cleveland project will define James’s stature in the game’

Jack Kyle spent 35 years working in Zambia after hanging up his rugby boots. Photograph: Frank Miller

His name became a kind of shorthand for talent on field, as well as for manners off it

Benny Coulter and Aidan O’Mahony on the turf during Down’s memorable win over Kerry in 2010. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Down forward never won medals that his ability deserved

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