A participant number tag is seen among running shoes left at the makeshift memorial following the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings, in an exhibit titled “Dear Boston: Messages from the Marathon Memorial” at the Boston Public Library.  The 118th running of the Boston Marathon will be held on Monday. Photograph:  Brian Snyder/Reuter

Last year’s blasts are bound to be on the minds of the 36,000 runners in this year’s edition of the fabled marathon

Niall Bruton celebrates as he wins the Wanamaker Mile at the Millrose Games at Madison Square Garden in 2002.

Top miler’s world was shattered when he was told to give up running because of severe osteoarthritis in his hip, but like all athl(...)

Colm Cooper is resigned to missing the rest of the season, and his first championship match for Kerry in 12 years

Serious injury has deprived Kerry of their star forward but he aims to return in 2015

Dr Una May (left),  the Irish Sports Council’s director of anti-doping, says Gaelic games are not considered  high risk sports for performance enhancing drugs, although they are being monitored for any unusual activity. Photograph: Eric Luke

But Irish Sports Council’s anti-doping director says they’re not seen as high risk

 At annoucement of the the Irish Sports Council 2013 Anti-Doping Testing figures at the Royal College of Physicians.  (left to right)  Dr. Hans Geyer, German Sports University, Cologne,  Dr. Una May, Director of Anti-Doping at Irish Sports Council, John Treacy, Chief Executive, Irish Sports Council, Leo Varadkar, T.D., Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Kieran Mulvey, Chairman of the Irish Sports Council, and Dr. Brendan Buckley, Chairman, Irish Sports Council Anti-Doping Committee. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Athletics, cycling and GAA the three most tested sports last year under the national testing programme

Cork’s Alan Cadogan is chasing his second under-21 Munster title against Tipperary.

Under-21 star believes it is possible to play both codes as long as there is agreement between both managers

Daniel Goulding: will line out in full forward line for Cork against Dublin on Sunday. Photograph: Ken Sutton/Inpho.

Donncha O’Connor and Daniel Goulding brought into forward line

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