Tyrone’s Seán Cavanagh gets his shot away despite the attempted block of Sligo’s Brian Curran during the  All-Ireland Round 4B qualifier at Croke Park. Photograph:  Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Mickey Harte’s side keep up 100% record in round four as momentum grows

Mark English running in the Cork City Sports in early July. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Ireland 800m runner was a UCD class-mate of two of the Berkelely tragedy victims

Kerry’s Stephen O’Brien in action against Cork in the Munster SFC Final replay against Cork in Killarney. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Colm Cooper again starts on bench as defending champions face Kildare in Sunday’s quarter-final

Derry footballer Aaron Devlin passed away on Thursday after battling an aggressive strain of meningitis. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Ballinderry player was battling an aggressive strain of meningitis

Limerick’s Cian Lynch and Clarecaptain   Conor Cleary will be in action in the Munster U-21 final at Cusack Park. Photograph: Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile

Limerick star Cian Lynch braced for final at a packed Cusack Park

Former  Cork manager Brian Cuthbert looks dejected at Semple Stadium during his side’s loss to Kildare. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Footballers beaten by Kildare in qualifiers having almost toppled Kerry in Munster final

Clare and Dublin will meet in a play-off at Semple Stadium in Thurles on Saturday.  Photograph: Inpho

Winners face two games in three days as Wexford quarter Wexford set for Bank Holiday Monday

Dublin’s quarter-final last season drew over 72,000 to Croke Park. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Crowd of 50,000 expected at Croke Park for quarter-final double-header

Philly McMahon dismisses notion that an easy run in Leinster has left Dublin unprepared. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Dublin corner back enjoys supporting attack but stresses stopping opposition is priority

It’s been a contrasting week for Cork and Galway GAA. Photograph: Inpho

Gavin Cummiskey and Ian O’Riordan with the main talking points from the weekend

 Jonathan Glynn gathers the ball from his tap over before scoring Galway’s  first goal  in the  All-Ireland hurling quarter-final at Semple Stadium in Thurles. Photograph:  Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Tribesmen showing form reminiscent of 2012 as they set up Tipperary semi-final

Fermanagh’s Seán Quigley: is Fermanagh’s outright top championship scorer and is likely to be marked by Westmeath’s Kieran Gavin. Photograph: Inpho

All-Ireland SFC Qualifiers Round 4A, Kingspan Breffni Park, Saturday, 5pm (Live on Sky Sports 3)

Cork’s Colm O’Neill had a disappointing game in the replayed Munster final against Kerry last Saturday. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho.

All-Ireland SFC qualifier, Semple Stadium, Saturday, 7.0 (Live on Sky Sports 3)

Jamaica’s Usain Bolt does his trademark “lightening bolt” after winning Olympic gold in the 200m in London. Photograph: Martin Rickett/PA Wire.

Proving innocence around doping is more difficult than proving guilt

Jamaica’s Yohan Blake (centre) on the way to winning   the Aon Men’s International 100m in Santry. His time of 10.12 is the fastest ever run in Ireland.  Photograph:  Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Jamaican sprinter sets Santry alight as he comes home in 10.12

Jamaican sprinter Yohan Blake looks on in front of a Swiss flag prior to compete the men’s 100 m sprint race during the Spitzen Leichtathletik Luzern meeting on July 14th, 2015. Photograph: FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images

Things have changed since London 2012, but world’s joint second-fastest still worth seeing

Galway’s Joe Canning has scored 4-32 in the championship so far this season, including a goal against Kilkenny. photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho.

Manager Anthony Cunningham’s confidence in his charges based on past evidence

Kildare manager Jason Ryan: he has made several adjustments since the Dublin defeat, with corner forward Niall Kelly and midfielder Tommy Moolick making their returns to the starting 15. Photograph: INPHO

Mick O’Dowd in line for further two years as Meath senior football manager

Eoin Cadogan is named in midfield by Cork manager Brian Cuthbert for Saturday’s qualifier against Kildare. Photograph:   Donall Farmer/Inpho

Brian Cuthbert makes changes from disappointing defeat to Kerry in Munster final replay

Waterford’s Noel Connors in action with Cork’s  Patrick Horgan.  Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Experienced defender wary of Dublin’s challenge in Sunday’s quarter-final

Kieran Martin of Westmeath holds possession against Meath’s Donncha Tobin an during the Leinster SFC semi-final at Croke Park last month. Photograph: James Crosbie/ Inpho.

Fermanagh carry serious threat but versatile Footballer of the Month is ready for battle

At the launch of the  All-Ireland senior championship series at the Gap of Dunloe  were from left, James O’Donoghue, Kerry, Dublin’s Philly McMahon and Mayo’s Cillian O’Connor.  Photo: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

Star forward agrees vital penalty call in drawn game was a contentious decision

 Conor McManus: “We have been to the last two quarter-finals and not gone any further. We want to win our next game and it is down to us.”  Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

Ulster title just a step along the road for Monaghan this time

Andy Smith: “We built a bit of momentum through the Leinster campaign and we just have to bring that confidence into the quarter-final now.”  Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Midfielder desperate for Tribesmen to defeat Cork and advance to the All-Ireland semi-final

Cork manager Brian Cuthbert was disappointed his players failed to kick on in the second half of the replayed Munster final. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Manager knows the path ahead is much trickier after Munster final replay defeat

Paul Geaney scores Kerry’s crucial goal despite the efforts of Cork’s Michael Shields at Fitzgerald Stadium in Killarney. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Cork left facing a quick test against Kildare – with Dublin awaiting the winners

Colm Cooper is battling to regain his place in the Kerry team. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Kerry forward delivers reminder of talent with productive 25 minutes in Killarney

 Yellow jersey:  ‘I ride clean and Team Sky rides clean,’ says Chris Froome. Photograph:  Yoan Valat/EPA

The better the Tour de France leader does, the more superhuman his data will look

Steven Colvert intends to return to competitive racing after the completion of his ban. Photograph: Ian MacNichol/Inpho.

Sprinter maintains innocence despite appeal failure of two-year doping suspension

GAA president Aogán Ó Fearghail is keeping an open mind.

Aogán Ó Fearghail believes the hurling league will be altered but provincial football championships will remain in place

Kerry manager with his players during the Munster SFC final against Cork at Fitzgerald Stadium, Killarney. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho.

Kerry manager believes players’ mindset was not totally right before drawn game with Cork

Tipperary’s Michael Breen, who will line out at full back for the under-21s, in action in the senior Munster final against Waterford. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Tipp side boasts four of Eamon O’Shea’s senior panel that won provincial title

Waterford’s Noel Connors at the launch of the All-Ireland senior championship at Dicksboro GAA club in Kilkenny. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Trip to Ennis holds no fears for Déise young guns, believes senior star

GAA president Aogán Ó Fearghail rejected the suggestion that media reaction had forced the CCCC to investigate the matter. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

GAA president calls on all parties to co-operate fully with investigation

Kieran Bergin battles past Kilkenny’s Eoin Larkin in last year’s replayed All-Ireland final. Photograph: Alan Betson

With Eamon O’Shea set to leave, defender doesn’t want any regrets at end of season

 Brian Whelahan on the sideline during a  National League match in 2014. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Former All-Ireland winner first high-profile managerial casualty of the season

The GAA have launched a probe into an incident which left Dublin footballer Davey Byrne with serious facial injuries. Photograph: Inpho

Aogán Ó Fearghail: ‘When an incident occurs, if it occurs, it should be investigated in the exact same way for all games.’

Full forward Damien Comer celebrates scoring Galway’s all-important goal against Armagh at the  Athletic Grounds. photograph: Declan Roughan/Presseye/Inpho

County hoping to build on first away win in qualifiers since triumphant 2001 season

Pádraic Maher should be back in time for Tipperary’s All-Ireland semi-final in August. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Clare under-21s embark on four-in-row quest against Waterford in Cusack Park

Galway’s Fiontan O’Curraoin and Armagh’s Jamie Clarke Photograph: Declan Roughan/Inpho/Presseye

Damien Comer goal early in the second half proves crucial as Tribesmen advance to third round

Sara Treacy was one of three Irish athletes to make the qualifying time for the 3,000 metres steeplechase at next year’s Olympics in Rio during a race in Letterkenny. Photograph: Sasa Pahic Szabo/Inpho

Kerry O’Flaherty, Michelle Finn, and Sara Treacy all run inside time for 3,000m steeplechase in Rio

Thomas Barr celebrates after winning the men’s 400m hurdles in Gwangju, South Korea. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho.

University of Limerick student becomes only fourth Irish athlete to win gold at Games

Daniel Komen of Kenya celebrates after breaking the 5,000m world record at the IAAF Van Damme Memorial Grand Prix in Brussels, Belgium, in 1997.

Television audiences will always miss spectacle of the speedy Kenyan

Thomas Barr, University of Limerick, (Waterford) after finishing first in the Men’s 400m hurdles with a time of 49.96. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Ciara Everard had to settle for sixth place over 800m

Mo Farah of Britain wins the 5,000 metres race ahead of Yomif Kejelcha of Ethiopia at the IAAF Diamond League meeting in Lausanne, Switzerland. Photograph: Pierre Albouy/Reuters

British runner lost lead to young Ethiopian Yomif Kejelcha on final lap before rallying

Westmeath’s John Egan came on against Meath in the Leinster SFC semi-final with 10 minutes to go. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho.

Dublin a tougher prospect than Meath were and 70 minutes at full tilt will be needed

Jamie Clarke in action for Armagh against  Aaron Murphy in the qualifier victory over Wicklow last month. Photograph: Jonathan Porter/Inpho

GPA ambassador admits teams will do whatever it takes to win

Seamus Callanan: “he’s toughened up and his confidence has just grown”. Photograph: INPHO/Cathal Noonan

Tipperary experience predicted to overcome new and coming team Waterford

Kevin McManamon is well aware that he is not guarenteed a place in the Dublin team for their Leinster Senior Football Championship final against Kildare. Photo: Donall Farmer/INPHO

Dublin forward reveals he is not sure of a place in Sunday’s Leinster final

Mark English looks despondent after finishing third in the Men’s 800m at the Cork City Sports today. Photo: Morgan Treacy/INPHO

Both athletes faded towards the end of their races and will have work to do

Westmeath captain Ger Egan battles with Meath’s Donal Keogan during the Leinster GAA Football Senior Championship semi-final at Croke Park. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

More than miracle needed for challengers to beat Dubs, says manager Tom Cribbin

Pictured at the launch of the TG4 Ladies All Ireland Football Championship are Ciara O’Sullivan, Cork, and Lyndsey Davey, Dublin. The championship, which begins with the first matches on July 25th will culminate with the TG4 All Ireland Finals in Croke Park on September 27th. Photo: Sportsfile

Both the Cork football and camogie teams are due to play on Saturday

Anthony Cunningham’s Galway produced a loose performance as they lost to Brian Cody’s Kilkenny at Croke Park on Sunday. Photograph: Inpho

Seán Moran, Gavin Cummiskey and Ian O’Riordan with the main talking points

Conor Lehane scored Cork’s opener in their Round 1 qualifier win over Wexford. Photograph: Inpho

Summer comes to a premature end for Liam Dunne’s men at a windy Wexford Park

John Lenihan  won the annual  Carrauntoohil mountain race  19 times, the first time in 1988. No man has run that route faster since.  Photograph:  Valerie O’Sullivan/Sportsfile

New book tells the extraordinary story the legendary mountain runner from Kerry

Pauric Mahony at the launch of the GPA’s new ‘Fair Play Campaign’  at Tailor’s Hall, Back Lane, Dublin. Photograph: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

Missing the championship campaign a cruel blow for Déise’s top scorer

Dublin’s Diarmuid Connolly scores his side’s  fourth goal against Kildare in the Leinster semi-final at Croke Park last Sunday. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Qualifier against Offaly no easy assignment for Jason Ryan’s Lilywhites

Katie Taylor celebrates her gold medal win in the European Games in Baku with her coaches Pete Taylor, Zaur Anita and Billy Walsh. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

Coach Billy Walsh prepared Irish boxers by bringing them on training camp in Azerbaijan

Katie Taylor’s determination to keep winning gold medals shows no signs of tapering off. Photograph: Ryan Byrne

Katie Taylor refuses to rest on laurels as her focus turns towards Olympics

Katie Taylor dominanted Estelle Mossley to win Ireland’s first gold medal of the European Games. Photograph: Inpho

Golden day for Ireland as Taylor sees off Mossely before O’Reilly stuns the Crystal Hall

 Katie Taylor in action against Azerbaijan’s Yana Alekseevna in the women’s light 57-60kg semi-finals in Baku. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Olympic champion aiming for 18th major title in her bout against Estelle Mossely

Ireland badminton player Scott Evans in action during the European Games in Baku. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho.

Sean McComb happy to be going home with bronze while Scott Evans is gracious in defeat

The president of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev congratulates gold medalist and compatriot Ilham Zakiyev at the European Games in Baku. Photograph: Getty.

Jury still out on whether inaugural European Games was a real success

Katie Taylor is through to the lightweight final at the European Games after a semi-final win over Yana Alekseevna. Photograph: Inpho

World champion edges a split decision over Yana Alekseevna and a partisan home crowd

 Grainne Dwyer of Ireland holds off Tatiana Petrushina of Russia during the 3X3 basketball quarter-final. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Irish swimming quartet finish sixth in women’s 4x100m medley relay final

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

Azerbaijan’s huge investment not reaping all the rewards they may have wished for

Russia’s Bator Sagaluev beat Brendan Irvine of Ireland in the light flyweight final of the European Games at Crystal Hall, Baku. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho.

Ireland’s first medal winner at European Games is looking to greater things for future

Ireland’s Brendan Irvine takes a strong left from Russia’s  Bator Sagaluev during their  light-flyweight final at the European Games in Baku, which was won by the Russian on a split decision. Photo: Stoyan Nenov/Reuters

Belfast fighter loses narrowly to Russia’s Bator Sagaluev in light flyweight final

Belfast boxer and badminton top seed Scott Evans set sights on greatest prize

Katie Taylor in action against Ida Lundblad of Sweden in the women’s lightweight quarter-finals at the European Games in Baku. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Even if judges favour home boxers, Taylor ready to rumble against Yana Alekseevna

Martin Fagan: 31-year-old athlete said he is “happier not running right now”. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Mullingar athlete (31) says working 50 hours a week ‘took away from the enjoyment’

 Ida Lundblad of Sweden (red) and Katie Taylor of Ireland (blue) compete in the Women’s Boxing Lightweight (57-60kg) Quarter Final during day twelve of the Baku 2015 European Games. Photograph: Matthias Hangst/Getty Images

Michael O’Reilly also secured another boxing medal but Darren O’Neill falls short in Baku

Ireland boxing coach Billy Walsh wants an irish boxer to qualify for all 10 weight divisions at Rio Olympics. Photograph: Inpho

Boxing coach set on qualifying an Irish boxer in each of Rio’s 10 weight divisions

3x3 basketball and badminton teams also compete as temperatures rise in Baku

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

Impressive operation ran in Baku could make it may be good training for Rio – or 2024

Ireland’s Sean McComb is into the semi-finals of the European Games. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Unanimous victory for Belfast fighter, oozing confidence and winning all three rounds

Ireland’s Scott Evans is a serious medal candidate in badminton at the European Games in Baku. Photograph: Getty.

Sonia O’Sullivan agrees European Games are lacking top-level track and field events

Scott Evans only needed 24 minutes to defeat his first opponent, Georgios Charalambidis from Greece (21-7, 21-9) at European Games in Baku. Photograph: Getty.

Ireland’s badminton star looking for rewards at European Games

Brendan Irvine celebrates after beating home favourite and top seed Salman Alizada. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Ceire Smith and Dean Gardiner miss out but six more Irish quarter-finals to come

Another victory there will guarantee Katie Taylor at least a bronze medal at the European Games.

World champion will meet Sweden’s Ida Lundblad in quarter-finals on Wednesday morning

Ireland’s Brendan Irvine celebrates with boxing coach Billy Walsh. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

‘I’m delighted to win the medal, but this is only the start of the journey for me’

Ireland’s Darren O’Neill, who fights in the  Men’s Heavy 91kg class. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Smith, Irvine and Gardiner all in action today with medal glory within grasp

Katie Taylor talks to the media after beating Bulgaria’s Denitsa Eliseeva in the women’s Light 60kg round of 16 at the European Games in Baku. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Olympic champion hunting down 18th major title in 10 years at European Games

Ireland’s Kieran Behan on his way to finishing fourth at the European Games. Photograph: Francois Nel/Getty Images for BEGOC

Gymnast who has defied host of obstacles misses out on medal by .144 of a point

Katie Taylor celebrates after beating Bulgaria’s  Denitsa Eliseeva in a women’s lightweight bout at the European Games   in Baku. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Olympic champion gets European bid off on the right foot in Baku

Ireland’s Kieran Behan finished in fourth place in Baku. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

‘Of course fourth place is one of those agonising positions to be in’

Ireland’s super-heavyweight Dean Gardiner beat Italy’s Guido Vianello at the Crystla Hall in Baku to make the quarter-finals of the European Games. Photo:  Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Irish trio enjoy wins in Baku as Miles Casey and Michaela Walsh fall short

 Ireland’s Kieran Behan competing at European Games in Baku. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Sean McComb hungry to get on podium as Irish boxers get ready for busy day

Katie Taylor will meet Bulgaria’s Denitsa Eliseeva in Sunday’s bout at the European Games in Baku. Photo: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Olympic champion wants gold in Baku with Bulgarian rival providing first hurdle

Ireland’s Brendan Irvine in action during his victory over Bulgarian Tinko Banabakov in the light flyweight last 16 clash in Baku, Azerbaijan. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Cavan’s Ceire Smith also in the last eight after a unanimous win over a Norwegian

The Crystal Hall arena in Baku, Azerbaijan, the venue of several sports competitions of the 2015 European Games. Photograph: EPA.

One of the problems with these European Games is that the medals mean different things to the different events

Ryan Mullen in the Men’s Individual Time Trial during day six of the Baku 2015 European Games at Bilgah Beach. Photograph: Jamie Squire/Getty Images

Irishman pedals through pain barrier to record eighth best time in men’s time trial

Ireland’s Kieran Behan in action at the National Gymnastics Arena, Baku, Azerbaijan, in the European Games. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Olympian gymnast finds championship a profitable stop on road to Rio Games

Judges take little notice as an athlete competes in the trampoline individual qualification during day five of in Baku yesterday. Photograph: Matthias Hangst/Getty Images

In the absence of proper athletics events, European games may struggle to gain credibility

Baku 2015 European Games, National Gymnastics Arena, Baku, Azerbaijan 15/6/2015Gymnastics ArtisticIreland's Kieran Behan Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Ryan Byrne

Hopes are high for the 12-strong Irish boxing team, but it won’t be a pushover

Irish gymnast Ellis O’Reilly in action on the vault yesterday. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Ireland’s Aileen Reid endures disappointing triathlon, finishing sixth

Ireland’s Mark English could only finish seventh behind winner David Rudisha in the 800 metres at the New York Diamond League meeting. Photo: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

David Rudisha storms to victory in the 800m in a season’s best time

Aileen Reid finished sixth in the triathalon at the European Games. Photograph: Epa

Reid comes sixth after Switzerland’s Nicola Spirig leads breakaway group to win gold

Boxer Katie Taylor leads the Ireland team into the stadium during the opening ceremony for the  2015 European Games at the National Stadium  in Baku, Azerbaijan. Photograph: Francois Nel/Getty Images

Katie Taylor and Aileen Reid among Irish trying to win medals – and a bit of history

Men wave as they pose for a picture in front of the Olympic stadium in Baku yesterday. Photograph: Kirill Kudryavtsev/ AFP/Getty Images

Why now, why Azerbaijan, and how will the Irish do

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