Michael Conlan’s post-defeat interview was grief in sport at it’s most cruel. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

From Thomas Barr’s heroics, to the lows of Michael Conlon and Katie Taylor’s exits

Billy Walsh believes that both Shakur Stevenson (red) and Michael Conlan are destined to make it to the top echelons of professional boxing. Photograph: Yuri Cortez/AFP/Getty Images

Boxing coach insists he won’t break his contract in America to return home

Michael Conlan was devastated  following his defeat to Vladimir Nikitin of Russia. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Coaches feared worst after O’Reilly scandal but standard of judging still left them shocked

Mo Farah is going for gold number four. Photograph: Lucy Nicholson/Reuters

Belief will be suspended by many as Briton goes for his fourth Olympic gold

John Delaney, Pat Hickey, and Delaney’s partner Emma English. Photograph: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile via Getty Images

Controversial president of Olympic Council of Ireland has clearly thought about ‘handover’

Triathalon winner Alistair Brownlee (L) was followed home by brother Jonny in Rio. Photograph:  PA

British siblings deliver fine performance at Copacabana as they improve on London

Leona Maguire and her caddie Lisa Maguire during the first round of the Women’s Strokeplay at Olympic Golf Course in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Photograph: Scott Halleran/Getty Images

Top amateur thee over after first round while Stephanie Meadow finishes six over

Ireland’s Leona Maguire during her first round at the Olympic Golf course. Photograph: David Davies/PA

‘I just didn’t hole enough putts. I had a lot of chances. I hit a lot of really good shots’

Ireland’s Katie Taylor after losing her fight on Monday afternoon. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Whatever judging criteria was applied, Michael Conlan’s defeat is a grave injustice

Lydia Ko poses  during a practice round prior to the women’s individual stroke play tournament at the Olympic Golf Course in Rio. Photo: Ross Kinnaird/Getty

World’s number one is already a double Major winner at just 18 years of age

Happier times - Ireland’s Michael Conlan with his Dad and coach John Conlan and coach Zaur Antia. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Coach John Conlan says IABA association president Pat Ryan should clarify matter

A distraught Michael Conlan following his defeat to Russia’s  Vladimir Nikitin in the quarter-finals of the men’s bantamweight at the  Riocentro. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

‘I’m absolutely devastated . . . my Olympic dream was robbed from me today’

Ireland’s Michael Conlan reacts after Russia’s Vladimir Nikitin is awarded the bantamweight quarter-final bout on a unanimous decision. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Vice-president Tom Virgets answers questions after controversial Rio bout

Ireland’s Annalise Murphy returns to shore after her race was called off. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

‘We have to do this all the time in sailing. I’ll just go home, relax, come back tomorrow’

USA coach Billy Walsh with flyweight boxer Antonio Vargas before his round of 32 win over Brazil’s Juliao Neto in Rio. Photograph:  Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Katie Taylor’s defeat is the final straw for a sport that’s in crisis

Michael Conlan in action against Aram Avagyan of Armenia. Photo: Peter Cziborra/Reuters

Irish coach scathing over failed drugs test after watching son win opening bout in Rio

Katie Taylor “not lacking any confidence and is always looking to improve.”

Despite two defeats this year, Taylor is still the number one ranked boxer in the world

Ireland’s Scott Evans  celebrates defeating Ygor Coelho de Oliveira of Brazil during the men’s singles group K match at Riocentro  in Rio de Janeiro. Photograph: David Ramos/Getty Images

Irish badminton star had to battle against partisan home crowd at Riocentro

Ireland’s Steven Donnelly dejected as Mohammed Rabii of Morocco celebrates his victory. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Wholehearted Irish boxer edged by welterweight world champion Mohamed Rabii

Men’s flyweight 52kg round of 32 - Brendan Irvine versus Shakhobidin Zoirov. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The 20-year-old beaten by Uzbek Shakhabidin Zoirov on a unanimous decision

Yuliya Stepanova, the whistleblower who revealed the depth of  cheating in Russia. Photograph: Isaiah J Downing/Reuters

Since Wada was established, doping in sport seems to have increased not declined

 Annalise Murphy waits to compete in the delayed Women’s Laser Radial class on Day 7 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Marina da Gloria in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Photograph:  Clive Mason/Getty

Irish sailor forced to battle following a difficult day of competition

Ireland’s Padraig Harrington during the first round of the Olympic Golf event at the Olympic Golf Course, Barra, on the sixth day of the Rio Olympics Games. Photograph: PA

The three-time Major winner is now revelling in his new status as an Olympian

 Padraig Harrington of Ireland on the first tee during the first round at the Olympic Golf Course in Barra da Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro. Photograph: EPA

Australian Marcus Fraser leads after the first round of the Olympic Golf event in Rio

Ireland’s Michael O’Reilly (right) lands a punch on Azerbaijan’s Xaybula Musalov during their boxing men’s middle (75kg) match at the Baku 2015 European Games in Baku June, 2015. Photograph: Getty Images

Contender blessed with such high hopes returns home to bleak future in the sport

Joe Ward is heading home from the Olympics after he lost his opening bout to Ecuador’s Carlos Andres Mina on a split decision. Photograph: Reuters

Relentless Carlos Andres Mina causes upset after referee penalises Westmeath boxer

Britain’s Jack Laugher and Chris Mears compete in the men’s synchronised 3m springboard final at the Maria Lenk Aquatics Stadium in Rio de Janeiro. Photograph: Gabriel Bouys/AFP

Chris Mears was told he would never compete again after rupturing spleen

Mitch Darling scores Ireland’s second goal in the Olympics hockey game with Germany at the Olympic Hockey Centre in Rio. Photograph: Vasily Fedosenko/ Reuters

Craig Fulton’s side must now look to Canada and Argentina after suffering third straight loss

Netherland’s Mirco Pruijser  celebrates scoring a goal against Ireland.  Manan Vatsyayana/AFP/Getty Images

Conceding five goals to the Netherlands was a body blow to Craig Fulton’s side

Egypt’s Doaa Elghobashy reacts during the women’s beach volleyball qualifying tie against Germany. Photograph: Yasuyoshi Chiba/Getty Images

While fitness and skills are evident in beach volleyball, it is also apparent that looks count

Sonny Bill Williams of the New Zealand rugby sevens team is also accomplished at rugby union, league and boxing. photograph: Phil Walter/Getty Images.

A marque name for the All Blacks has to see off Fiji to keep to normal high standards

China’s Li Xiaoxia is defending her table tennis title in Rio. Photograph:   David Ramos/Getty Images

The game you may remember from your youth has moved up a gear

Li Yajun  of China competes during the women’s 53kg Group A weightlifting contest. Photograph: Lars Baron/Getty Images

The crowd wanted to see leading lifter Li Yajun in action

Ireland head coach Zaur Antia, speaking after Steven Donnelly (pictured) won his opening bout, shed little light on the Michael O’Reilly situation: “We don’t know what happened yet but we will see what happens later.” Photo: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Information vacuum far from ideal as saga overshadows boxing competition

Indian and Ireland players fight for the ball. Photo: Getty Images

Ireland give India a scare but unable to claim a share of the spoils

Michael O’Reilly in action against Bektemir Melikuziev of Uzbekistan at the AIBA World Boxing Championships in Doha in 2015.  Photograph: Warren Little/Getty Images.

Strange lack of urgency from association ahead of upcoming bout

Boxer Michael O’Reilly: it is not known what banned substance caused the positive result in his “A” sample. Photograph: Paul Mohan/Sportsfile

Call for Irish Olympic boxer to be removed from Athletes’ Village after positive result

Ireland’s Michael O’Reilly shows off the gold medal he won in the European Games in Baku in 2015. Photograph: Inpho

Olympic Games’ first doping scandal unexpectedly involves Ireland and not Russia

Irish Olympic boxer Michael O’Reilly was due to compete on August 12th, having received a bye in the first round. Photograph: Tommy Dickinson/Inpho

Middleweight can get ‘B’ sample tested but cannot compete until investigation ends

Saskia Tidey of the Ireland 49erFX Olympic sailing team. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho.

Sailor knows she and team-mate Andrea Brewster are considered medal outsiders

Age: 43. Event: 3-Day Eventing. Hometown: Wicklow

Age: 34. Event: Dressage.Hometown: Kildare

Age: 22. Event: Light heavyweight. Hometown: Moate

Age: 20. Event: Flyweight (52kg). Hometown: Belfast

Age: 27. Event: Welterweight (69kg). Hometown: Ballymena

Age: 24. Event: 72-hole strokeplay. Hometown: Portrush

Age: 30. Event: Lightweight (60kg). Hometown: Bray

Age: 24. Event: Bantamweight (56kg). Hometown: Belfast

16-man squad for Rio

Age: 29. Event: Light flyweight (49kg). Hometown: Belfast

Age: 31. Event: 49er. Hometown: Bangor

Age: 31. Event: Showjumping. Hometown: Thurles

Age: 38. Event: 3-day eventing. Hometown: Tipperary

Age: 44. Event: 72-hole strokeplay. Hometown: Dublin

Age: 21. Event: 72-hole strokeplay.Hometown: Cavan

Age: 29. Event: 72-hole strokeplay. Hometown: Waterford

Age: 33. Event: – 49er FX. Hometown: Headley Down, UK

Age: 28 Event: 49er. Hometown: Belfast

Age: 26 Event: Laser Radial. Hometown: Dublin

Age: 20. Event: Laser. Hometown: Carlow

Age: 22 Event: 49er FX. Hometown: Dún Laoghaire

Age: 23. Event: Middleweight (75kg). Hometown: Clonmel

Age: 30 Event: 3-day Eventing. Hometown: Hillsborough

Age: 29. Event: Lightweight (60kg).Hometown: Mullingar

Michelle Smith with her three Olympic Gold medals in Atlanta. Ireland became pro- or anti-Michelle Smith and divided down the line of whether they believed in her swims or not. Photograph: Eric Luke

Commentators recall how they felt when swimmer won three gold medals in Atlanta

Age: Event: 3-day eventing Hometown: North Wales

Robbie Henshaw is hopeful of recovering from injury and being fit to play with Ireland again for the historic meeting with the All Blacks at Soldier Field, Chicago, in November. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho.

Centre is optimistic about recovery and working with his new Leinster team-mates

Robbie Henshaw: I was pretty shocked . . . The only thing I can do is do the best I can to recover and get back.” Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Torn knee cartilage could mean new signing out for Champions Cup matches in October

Andrew Johnston is the 27-year-old golfer from London who parties and likes his mates, actually has mates. Beef’s beard makes Shane Lowry’s look like a finely sculpted piece of artwork. His smile is a million dollars. Photograph: Craig Brough/Reuters

Faldo gives the impression he’s rushing off to his bigger earner on another network

American claims seventh Wimbledon crown to reestablish her dominance

Andy Murray saw off Milos Raonic in straight sets to win Wimbledon for a second time. Photograph: Reuters

Scot wins a third Grand Slam after supreme straight sets victory over Milos Raonic

 Serena Williams celebrates winning her 22nd Grand Slam title after  victory over Germany’s Angelique Kerber at Wimbledon. Photograph: Toby Melville/Reuters

American beats Germany’s Angelique Kerber in straight sets on Centre Court

Serena Williams: “I prefer the words ‘one of the best athletes of all time’.” Photograph: John Walton/PA Wire

Angelique Kerber hopes her dynamism will make her first German to win in 20 years

Roger Federer reacts after losing a point to Canada’s Milos Raonic during their men’s semi-final match. Photograph: Leon Neal/AFP/Getty Images

Andy Murray eases past Berdych but Centre Court crowd is denied dream final

Roger Federer will meet Milos Raonic in the men’s singles semi-final at Wimbledon. Photograph: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

Roanic and Berdych will enter semi-final stage as underdogs but not without hope

Angelique Kerber beat Venus Williams 6-4 6-4 to win a place in the Wimbledon final against  Serena Williams. Photograph: Adam Davy/PA Wire.

American needs only 48 minutes to book place against her Australian Open conqueror

Germany’s Angelique Kerber reacts after winning a point against Romania’s Simona Halep during their quarter-final match at Wimbledon. Photograph: Getty Images

The German fourth seed will fancy her chances against Venus Williams

Andy Murray celebrates winning his match against France’s Jo-Wilfried Tsonga at Wimbledon. Photo: Reuters

Swiss player came back from two sets down while Murray fought of resurgent Tsonga

USA’s Venus Williams in action against Kazakhstan’s Yaroslava Shvedova. Photograph: Tony O’Brien/Reuters

Venus and Serena Williams get off to a rickety start before getting back on form

Canada’s Milos Raonic: A win over Sam Querrey would put him in a head-to-head with either Roger Federer or Marin Cilic for a place in Sunday’s final. Photograph: Adam Pretty/Getty Images

The Canadian will face Federer or Cilic if he makes it to Sunday’s final in England

Andy Murray stretches to return against Australia’s Nick Kyrgios, who said after the first set “the rest of the match was pretty pathetic”. Photograph: PA.

The Scot eased past brooding Aussie in to ninth consecutive Wimbledon quarter-final

Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia during her fourth round match against Poland’s Agnieszka Radawanska at Wimbledon. Photograph: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

Serena Williams comes through her match against Russia’s Kuznetsova

US player Serena Williams has been ‘flirting with calamity and powerfully dominant’  at Wimbledon. Photograph: Glyn Kirk/AFP/Getty Images

Not even top seeds are having a smooth passage with outcomes ‘all over the place’

Novak Djokovic appeared distant and uncomfortable throughout his match against Sam Querrey, which he lost in four sets. Photograph: Stefan Wermuth/Reuters

Uncertainty remains over world number one’s mental and physical state after defeat

Serena Williams gestures during her match against USA’s Christina McHale Photograph: Stefan Wermuth/Reuters

Venus Williams through to third round but was also made to struggle for victory

Britain’s Heather Watson vents her frustration by bouncing her racquet off the court after she lost a game against Germany’s Annika Beck during their women’s singles first-round match at Wimbledon. Photograph: Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty Images

Disgruntled Briton discusses perils of Twitter after losing epic tussle 12-10 in final set

Canada’s Milos Raonic returns against Italy’s Andreas Seppi during their men’s singles second round match. Photo: Getty Images

Former greats that still attract as much attention as the players on parade at Wimbledon

Britain’s Johanna Konta on her way to defeating Puerto Rico’s Monica Puig during their first round match on the third day of the Wimbledon Championships. Photograph: AFP

Australian Open semi-finalist shows fighting spirit on show court despite home crowd ambivalence

Britain’s Marcus Willis celebrates winning his first game of the match in the second set against Switzerland’s Roger Federer at Wimbledon. Photograph: Glyn Kirk/AFP/Getty Images

Centre Court crowd delight in British underdog’s efforts to topple a legend

Supporters brave the elements during day three at Wimbledon. Photograph:    Jordan Mansfield/Getty Images

Plans to put roof on No 1 Court will improve lot of paying public

Andy Murray is through to the second round of Wimbledon. Photograph: Getty

Nick Kyrgios beats Radek Stepanek and Juan Del Potro makes winning Wimbledon return

Serena Williams cruised into the second round of Wimbledon. Photograph: Reuters

Defending champion beats Amra Sadikovic in straight sets but age question still lingers

Spain’s Garbine Muguruza celebrates beating Italy’s Camila Giorgi in their women’s singles first round match on the first day of the 2016 Wimbledon Championships. Photo: Getty Images

French Open champion Garbine Muguruza left her opening match a relieved second seed

 Novak Djokovic celebrates winning his match against James Ward. Photo: Paul Childs/Reuters

Djokovic surgically precise in his first Centre Court clinic of the year on Monday

Roger Federer of Switzerland talks to Jiri Vesely of the Czech Republic during a practice session prior to the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club. Photo: Getty Images

Both aim to claim a place in the history books by winning the grand slam title in SW19

Ireland’s Ashleigh Baxter is tackled by  Chen Keyi and Yang Min of China during the Women’s Sevens Rugby Global Olympic Qualifying Tournament at UCD. Photograph:  Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Wins over Trinidad & and Tobago, Portugal and China on opening day at UCD

Nick Kyrgios: ranked 18 in the world, but has won just one career tournament. Photograph: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

Nick Kyrgios and Bernard Tomic can do well at Wimbledon if they behave themselves

Michael O’Reilly will compete in the Rio Olympics after a quarter-final win in Baku on Thursday. Photograph: Inpho

Joins Katie Taylor, Paddy Barnes, Joe Ward and four other Irish boxers on the plane

Eoin Reddan has announced his retirement. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

‘I’ve been privileged to be part of so many successful teams over course of my career’

Ireland defender John Jackson is in line to win his 200th cap over the coming weeks. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Squad will play in Six Nations event in Spain before Dutch double-header in Cork

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