GPA CEO Dessie Farrell, GPA chairman Séamus Hickey, GAA president Aogán Ó Fearghail and GAA director general Páraic Duffy at  Croke Park. Photograph: Piaras Ó Midheach/Sportsfile

New agreement with GAA a substantial improvement for the players’ body

Derek McGrath: “Now I reckon we’ll be 4/1, 5/1, for the semi-final. And that’s a great place to be.” Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

‘It’s a great place to be – in the last four’ says relieved Waterford hurling manager

Waterford’s Michael Walsh with Matthew O’Hanlon and Liam Ryan of Wexford during their All-Ireland quarter-final encounter. Photo: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

In a poor game at Semple Stadium Wexford’s truckload of wides cost them semi final place

Ireland’s Ciara Mageean came second to England’s Alex Bell in the 800m at the Morton Games on Friday. Photograph: Inpho.

Olympic hopeful just misses out in 800m but believes it will help in 1,500m in Rio

Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt holds out his arm with a sticking plaster on during a press conference in London ahead of the Anniversary Games. Photo: Justin Talliss/Getty Images

After the ‘good versus evil’ showdown last August, Bolt is trying to get back to normal

A last-ditch effort by Irish marathon runner Sergiu Ciobanu to get a place at the Rio Olympics has failed, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) dismissing his appeal against the selection policy of Athletics Ireland. Photo: Inpho

Moldovan-born marathon runner claimed he was unfairly treated in Rio team selection

CAS have upheld the Rio Olynpics ban of 68 Russian athletes after appeal. Photograph: Afp

Russia are now on the brink of an outright ban from next month’s games in Brazil

Dublin’s Dermot Connolly at the GAA launch of the   All-Ireland football series at the  East Pier in Dun Laoghaire, Dublin. Photograph:  Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Dublin forward says he and his team are focussed on lifting another All-Ireland title

Tyrone’s Tiernan McCann at the launch of the 2016 All-Ireland senior football series. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Wing back delighted with response of team after Mattie Donnelly was given black card

An independent report commissioned by the World Anti-Doping Agency has confirmed widespread state-sponsored Russian doping at Sochi 2014 . Photograph: Getty

Wada - widespread state-sponsored Russian doping occurred at Sochi 2014

OCI chairman Pat Hickey has slammed a report calling for an outright Russian Olympic ban, which is due to be released on Monday. Photograph: Inpho

Head of OCI questions integrity of independent report to be released on Monday

 Rory McIlroy walks up the 12th fairway during his second round of the British Open at Royal Troon. Photograph: Glyn Kirk/AFP/Getty Images

Maybe we can all come clean on why golf never deserved to be invited back in the first place

Joe McQuillan books Donegal’s Neil Gallagher and Tyrone’s Sean Cavanagh in last season’s clash between the counties. Photograph: Lorcan Doherty/ Presseye/Inpho

Donegal have history on their side but Cavanagh says his side are ready to turn tables

Dublin football manager Jim Gavin. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw.

Dublin manager not thinking beyond Leinster football final against Westmeath

Ireland’s Ciara Mageean celebrates winning a bronze medal in the women’s 1500 metres at the European Championships. Photograph: Karel Delvoije/Ipho

European Championship 1,500m medal can prove the perfect confidence boost

Sabrina Wiedmar completing the Dál Riata swim, from Mull of Kintyre on the Scottish coast all the way to Cushendun, 17 kilometres away on the Antrim coast.

Ian O’Riordan on the long distance swimmer who conquered the deadly Dál Riata route

Rob Heffernan is the first Irish athlete to  be  selected for five consecutive summer Olympic Games after being named among a 17-strong team for Rio. Photograph:  Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Corkman becomes first Irish athlete to be selected for five consecutive Games

Ciara Mageean of Ireland with the bronze medal she won in the Women’s 1500m Final at the Olympic Stadium in Amsterdam.

Tough times explain why Mageean’s bronze medal in Amsterdam was so justifiably celebrated

Ireland’s Ciara Mageean celebrates after winning the bronze medal in the 1500m  at the European Athletics Championship in Amsterdam. Photograph:  Karel Delvoije/Inpho

So close to silver - joins Sonia O’Sullivan and Derval O’Rourke on European podium

The Irish men’s 4 x 400m relay time wait nervously for confirmation of their time after finishing fourth in heat one at the European Athletic Championships at the Olympic Stadium, Amsterdam. Photograph: Karel Delvoije/Inpho

4 x 400 team will have a chance to make Olympics in Sunday’s European final

South African-born distance runner competed in three Olympic Games for Ireland. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho.

Alistair Cragg represents how Ireland is willing to take top athletes in as our own

Ireland’s Ciara  Mageean leads during her qualifying heat for the women’s 1500 metres at the  European Athletics Championships  in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Photograph: Ian MacNicol/Getty Images

‘It’s fantastic, and I really can’t sum up how it feels to be back in an Irish vest’

Thomas Barr of Ireland during Thursday’s 400m hurdles semi-final at the European Championships at the Olympic Stadium in Amsterdam. Photograph: Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty.

400m hurdler fails to make final but is now looking to Rio after recovery from injury

Sara Treacy is in confident mood for the Olympics. “Everything indicates I’m in shape to run a personal best,” she says. “I just have to do it. It’s all about Rio.” Photograph: Christian Petersen/Getty Images

Meath steeplechaser wants to give it best shot before knuckling down career in medicine

Fionnuala McCormack (centre) running in the 10,000m final at the  European Athletics Championships in Amsterdam. Photograph: Karen Delvoije/Inpho

Wicklow athlete has to settle for fourth in 10,000m final at European Championships

Ireland’s Brian Gregan in action in Amsterdam on Wednesday. Photograph: Karen Delvoije/Inpho

David Gillick bows out of 400m during heat two in Amsterdam - ‘it’s great to be back here’

 Fionnuala McCormack: running in the 10,000m at the European Athletics Championships. Photograph: Cody Glenn/Sportsfile

Fionnuala McCormack and David Gillick among Irish medal hopefuls in Amsterdam

Armagh manager Kieran McGeeney on Dublin: “They are class, and there’s no point taking away from it.”  Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Armagh manager believes O’Carroll and McCaffrey are a big loss for Jim Gavin

Usain Bolt (second from left) in action during the Jamaican Olympic trials in Kingston. Photograph: Gilbert Bellamy/Reuters

Sprinter suffered grade-one tear during Jamaica trials

Lance Armstrong in a slight lead over Marco Pantani during stage 12 of the 2000 Tour de France between Carpentras and Mont Ventoux. Photograph: Getty Images.

As the 103rd edition of the race sets off it will once again try to escape shadows of cheating

David Rudish  walks with  Brother Colm O’Connell  ahead of a track training session at Moi University   in Eldoret, Kenya in 2012. Photo: Michael Steele/Getty Images

‘It would be misleading to say I knew his mental or physical strength. He has not been in touch for a long time’

Galway’s Conor Cooney: his red card in the Leinster GAA Hurling Senior Championship semi-final against Offaly has been rescinded, so he will be free to play in Sunday’s showdown with Kilkenny. Photograph: Tom Beary/Inpho

Reversal of red card for forward means Tribesmen at full strength for Sunday’s final

Fitzgerald Stadium in Killarney. Won’t be hosting the bumper attendance which would usually be present for a Kerry v Cork Munster final. Photograph:  Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

Small band of Tipperary fans expected to head to Killarney for clash with Kerry

Football qualifer could be switched to Gaelic Grounds

Thomas Barr will compete for Ireland in the European Championships before making the trip to Rio for the Olympics. Photo: Inpho

Thomas Barr and Ciara Mageean are two of the Olympics-bound athletes making trip

 Westmeath’s James Dolan: “I’m sure we’ll go in a lot more focused, and the occasion will be kind of taken out of it. But we’ll go up and enjoy it too, because they don’t come around very often.” 

Despite setbacks and relegation, team relish another final showdown with Dublin

 Conor Duffy of Glaslough Harriers AC celebrates after winning the Men’s 5000m ahead of Conor Bradley of City of Derry AC Spartans, right,  in Santry. Photograph: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

Victory in the 800 Metres a huge relief for the UCD athlete as he looks forward to Rio

Donegal’s Michael Murphy and Vinny Corey of Monaghan in action during the Ulster SFC semi-final at Breffni Park. Photograph: Andrew Paton/Inpho

Conor McManus keeps his composure to earn Ulster champions a deserved replay

Donegal’s Michael Murphy and Vinny Corey of Monaghan in action during the Ulster SFC semi-final at Breffni Park. Photograph:  Andrew Paton/Inpho

Two sides to meet again next Saturday to decide who will play in Ulster final

Irish triathlete Bryan Keane: “For me it was about how I could achieve it, because it has been something I’ve dreamed of my whole life.” Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Ireland’s only qualifier for men’s triathlon in Rio 2016 has been working at it for 24 years

Mark English has returned to full training following injury. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho.

Mark English and Thomas Barr return after injury to begin road to Rio in earnest

Ireland’s Rob Heffernan will soon receive his 2012 Olympic bronze medal for the 50km walk. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho.

Delayed presentation of Olympic prizes does not diminish the achievement of winning

Westmeath manager Tom Cribbin is not looking beyond Sunday’s game with Kildare. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho.

Manager Tom Cribbin open about his side’s chances Leinster semi-final

Denis Bastick: “There was a great shift in our mentality as a team and it probably took that All-Ireland win in 2011 to get to that stage.” Photo: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Dublin veteran keenly aware of the traditional keen rivalry with the Royal County

Jamie Farrell of Laois celebrates scoring a point against Armagh. Photo: Tom Beary/Inpho

Kieren McGeeney’s Armagh win reprieve following replacements blunder at O’Moore Park

Galway’s Liam Silke and David Wynne celebrate after their side’s shock victory over Mayo in the Connacht GAA senior football semi-final on Saturday.  Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

‘Once we conceded the goal, Galway got second breath and kicked on’

Anne Jennings is training for a 24 hour-race in Belfast: ‘The aim in Belfast is to get to the 100-mile mark, and there’s no better way to do that than with people around you.’ Photograph: Alan Betson

Anne Jennings loves running for ‘as long as she can’. That means six marathons in six weeks and now, a 24-hour race

 Mayo’s Keith Higgins is crowded out by David Wynne and Declan Kyne. Photo: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Rank outsiders record their first win over Connacht rivals since 2008 at McHale Park

 Sebastian Coe, president of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) at a news conference after a council meeting in Vienna, Austria. Photograph: Lisi Niesner/EPA

IAAF votes to extend sanctions against Russia over continued use of illegal doping

Shane Long and Seamus Coleman. Long  won a string of national titles as an athlete including an under-16 double over the 100m and 250m hurdles in Tullamore in 2002. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

The likes of Shane Long, Robbie Brady and Coleman move like natural athletes

All-Ireland winning hurler Michael Duignan of Offaly laments the decline in fortunes for his county in recent years. Photograph: Matt Browne/Sportsfile.

All-Ireland hurling winner fears for worse if county cannot address current failings

Former Tyrone forward Brian McGuigan: “I would have always tried to find pockets of space out on the wing and at the top of the D, but there is just no room to manoeuvre anymore.” Photograph: INPHO/Donall Farmer

Brian McGuigan: traditional role of a centre forward largely eliminated by modern tactics

Stephen O’Brien: “The players and management have to get back to basics.” Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Former All Star defender says conceding 3-15 in first big game in Munster ‘unacceptable’

Kerry’s Stephen O’Brien celebrates after scoring an early goal in the Munster SFC semi-final against Clare at Fitzgerald Stadium in Killarney. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Kingdom will meet Tipperary in decider after Cork beaten in Thurles

The 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, has been highlighted as having had a huge doping irregularities.

IAAF have to decide whether to allow a country tarnished by systematic doping compete at Olympics

Galway’s Joe Canning with Tommy Gallagher of Westmeath. Photo: Tommy Grealy/Inpho

Last year’s beaten All-Ireland finalists eased their way into the Leinster SHC semi-finals

There is  increasing evidence that the war on drugs is no longer limited to the professional sport. Photograph: Getty Images

Testing times for sport with some calling for legalisation of performance-enhancing drugs

 Michael Darragh Macauley: was among the travelling fans when Dublin last played a Leinster clash outside of Croke Park ten years ago. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Experienced pair unfazed by the prospect of a Leinster clash with Laois in Nowlan Park

Waterford’s Austin Gleeson is looking forward to facing Clare again. “The second day then was a lot more open, and I expect Sunday to be exactly like that again.” Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho.

Talented Mount Sion man looking forward to renewing battle with Clare

Dublin haven’t played a Leinster Championship match outside of Croke Park since 2006. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho.

Over 10,000 tickets are still available for SFC clash with Laois at Nowlan Park

Paul Pollock’s place at the Rio Olympics is in doubt after the Olympic Council of Ireland withheld his selection. Photograph: Inpho

Paul Pollock selected ahead of ex-Moldovan athlete Sergiu Ciobanu despite slower time

American athlete Jesse Owens (1913-1980), winner of four gold medals at the 1936 Olympic Games revisiting the Olympic stadium in Berlin, the scene of his former victory. Photograph: Express/Getty Images

Hero to zero: from sweet high of Jesse Owens to depressing low of Ben Johnson

 Ben Johnson   prior to the start of the men’s 100m Final at the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul, South Korea. Photograph:  Tony Duffy/Allsport

It’s 28 years since the infamous 100m final at Seoul Olympics

Michael Darragh MacAuley: “I nearly feel a bit guilty because the lads  worked their socks off all year and I only scraped in to rob a medal.” Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Jim Gavin knows change is good even for champions, says Michael Darragh MacAuley

Sergiu Ciobanu: “I have placed reliance on the published selection policy and have used that selection policy as the basis of my preparations for the Olympic Games. It’s disgusting to see that rules were not respected.”

Athletics Ireland rejects former Moldovan runner’s claim of bias in selection process

 Mick Clohisey, along with Kevin Seaward and Paul Pollock, make up the Ireland team for the Olympic marathon in Rio this summer. Photo: Inpho

Kevin Seaward, Dublin’s Mick Clohisey and Paul Pollock will make up the team for Rio

Usain Bolt is the shining light as athletics continues to face into dark controversies. Photo: Getty Images

Now more than ever, the sport needs Usain Bolt not just on the track but also off it

‘Athletics is not about dopers. It’s about being the best you can be’

 Wexford’s Conor McDonald at the launch of the Bord Gáis Energy U21 Hurling  Championship at  Kilmacud Crokes, Glenabyn, Stillorgan, Co Dublin. Photograph:  Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

Talented forward hoping Model County can end their Dublin hoodoo at Croke Park

Waterford hurler Austin Gleeson, Limerick hurler Seamus Hickey, Clare hurler Podge Collins and former Kilkenny hurler Henry Shefflin at the launch announcing Centra’s continued sponsorship of the  All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship.  Photograph: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

Kilkenny legend doubts if either team up the task of taking on All-Ireland champions

Offaly’s Niall McNamee in action against Longford: “It’s just a really brilliant feeling, not just for the team and for the panel, but for the supporters as well.” Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Faithful stalwart relieved county have finally ended nine-year wait for a championship win

Brian Cody and Eoin Larkin: the James Stephens player has won eight All-Ireland medals and is one of Kilkenny’s most trusted lieutenants. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Veteran forward hits seven points as he reminds Brian Cody of his value to Kilkenny

Offaly’s Graham Guilfoyle scores his side’s first goal of the game against Longford. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Impressive second half showing wins high scoring encounter against Longford

Cork’s Eoin Cadogan wants his team to earn back some respect. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Rebels are looking for positives, firstly they need to believe in themselves again

Shane Ryan has been living in his parent’s home country for one year so is now eligible to compete for Ireland at the Olympics. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho.

US-born swimmer now eligible to compete for Ireland at Olympics after 365-day wait

Shane O’Donnell: admits he just wasn’t on from in Sunday’s final replay. Photograph: Ray McManus/Sportfile

Clare forward waiting for confidence to return following ankle injury

Roscommon’s Cathal Cregg with New York’s Killian Moynagh during the  Connacht championship clash at Gaelic Park, New York. Photograph: Ed mulholland/Inpho

Following the scare against New York, facing Leitrim away looks a tricky assignment

Boxer Michael Conlan is one of  10 athletes featured in the new RTÉ series ’Road to Rio’ that begins on Wednesday night. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

New RTÉ series has followed 10 Olympic journeys around the world over the last four years

Waterford players warm down after playing extra-time in drawing against Clare in Allianz Hurling League Division 1 final at Semple Stadium. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho.

Waterford manager Derek McGrath takes positives despite wasteful display from his side in front of posts

Olympic Council of Ireland officials and qualified Team Ireland atheletes mark the 100 days from Rio countdown in Dublin this week. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Kevin Seaward, Mick Clohisey, Sergiu Ciobanu and Paul Pollock vie for three places

Boxer Paddy Barnes, flag bearer for the Ireland team at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, with Olympic Council of Ireland president Pat Hickey. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho.

OCI president Pat Hickey says clean athletes should not be tarnished by cheaters

Team Ireland boxer Paddy Barnes who was named as flagbearer for Team Ireland for the forthcoming Rio Olympic Games during a press conference to celebrate 100 Days out from the Rio Olympic Games. Photo: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

The Belfast boxer has been selected to carry the Irish flag at the Maracanã Stadium

Kerry’s Aidan O’Mahony is sent off by referee Eddie Kinsella at the Division One final in Croke Park. Photograph: INPHO/Ryan Byrne

Kerry manager concedes there is a gap to Dublin but he does not think it is huge

Ronan O’Neill celebrates scoring Tyrone’s goal in the Allianz Football League Division 2 Final against Cavan at Croke Park. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Mickey Harte’s men see off Cavan in all-Ulster Division Two decider

Australia’s Adam Scott admitted that winning an Olympic medal wasn’t something he’d ever aspired to. Photograph: Jung Yeon-Je/ AFP Photo/Getty Images

Louis Oosthuizen and Adam Scott among players to have withdrawn from Rio Games

Phil Healy of UCC in action at the Irish Universities Athletic Association Track & Field Championships 2016 at Morton Stadium in Santry. A video of her performance in the anchor leg of the 4x400m has gone viral around the world. Photograph: Cody Glenn/Sportsfile.

Raw excitement and innocence helps anchor 4x400m relay leg by UCC student go viral

Colm Cavanagh: “Peter has come in and done a tremendous job. He’s a superb coach . . ”.  Photograph: Cathal Noonan/inpho

Strength and conditioning coach’s role having desired impact in Red Hand camp

Cavan’s Gearoid McKiernan in action against Fermanagh. Photograph: John McVitty/Inpho/Presseye

Terry Hyland’s side developing a keen attacking instinct with number 11 playing key role

Kerry’s veteran midfielder Bryan Sheehan is challenged by Mayo’s Conor O’Shea during the Division One campaign last month. Photograph: Andrew Paton/Inpho

Allianz Football League – Division One final: Midfielder points to balance of not picking up injuries and keeping fresh

Denis Bastick has won all three of his All Ireland medals in his 30s. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Midfielder’s decision to stay on for another year motivated by desire to win another Sam

Mickey Harte: “I believe we have the potential to be back in that zone again, that there is a really good bunch of players there.” Photograph: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

Veteran Tyrone boss wants silverware this year – beginning on Sunday against Cavan

Pádraig Walsh: “They’re a quality team, this Clare team, and I suppose it has been a while since we were opened up like that.” Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Kilkenny defender says Clare defeat shows there’s very little between the top teams

Roger Bannister about to cross the tape at the end of his record breaking mile run at Iffley Road, Oxford. He was the first person to run the mile in under four minutes, with a time of 3 minutes 59.4 seconds. Photograph: Norman Potter/Central Press/Getty Images

Roger Bannister returned from Olympic failure to reach target few thought possible

Loyal followers: fans watch Loughmore-Castleiney play. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

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Austin Gleeson is one of the young Waterford players to have become physically stronger, according to manager Derek McGrath. Photograph: Ken Sutton/Inpho

Deise manager admits team’s goal record is poor but there is no panic in camp

Linda Byrne competing for Ireland in the Women’s Marathon at the London Olympics: “I went into a new low, and I found it very hard to get out of it.”  Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Athlete fit and healthy again after suffering some dark times mentally since London 2012

TJ Reid: “There certainly won’t be any pictures going up on the walls saying ‘Ger Loughnane this and Ger Loughnane that’”  Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Hurler of the Year ignores Loughnane’s view as he focuses on upcoming Clare challenge

   Aidan O’Shea: “They are a very talented group of lads and obviously we have a good crew of them in with us at the moment.”

‘They are great leaders already, at 21 years of age. Hopefully a few more will knock on in the next few years too’

Kerry manager Eamonn Fitzmaurice: “There’s a great collective thing there at the minute, a sense of selflessness. ” Photograph: Inpho/Cathal Noonan

Kingdom faces sterner test against Dublin after easy victory over Roscommon

Colm Cooper scored Kerry’s opening goal against Roscommon. Photograph: Inpho

Kingdom put on an exhibition at Croke Park to reach first league final since 2009

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