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Louis Oosthuizen and Adam Scott among players to have withdrawn from Rio Games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

We’re on the hunt for Ireland’s best sports club, and we want you to help by nominating yours. The winner of the competition – and(...)

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

World Anti-Doping Agency director general David Howman. Photograph: Getty.

Use of drugs by non-professionals is becoming an increasing concern for authorities

Director general of Wada, David Howman, is to step down from the role in June. Photograph: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile.

Wada director general David Howman voices fears of drugs in amateur and underage sport

David Howman: “We’ve got to get to the level of secondary school or high school principals, because they have the responsibility, not just sport.”

David Howman was speaking at Sport Ireland’s anti-doping review

Cork’s Stephen Cronin tackles  Kerry’s Barry John Keane in last year’s Munster football final. He subsequently broke his leg while playing for his club Nemo Rangers. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Cronin leads Rebels in provincial Under-21 decider eight months after breaking leg

Tyrone footballer Colm Cavanagh: “The balance can be achieved but you have to plan your time very well.” Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Moy player baffled by apparent arson attack at the club’s newly built gym facility

Colin Fennelly: “It’s not pure luck that you win all those trophies” Photo: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Classy forward quick to dispute the views of the former Clare manager

Kilkenny  outclassed Offaly by 24 points last  Sunday.  “I don’t believe that one game and one result should overall change how it’s run,” said Ó Fearghail. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

GAA president says any format chosen will inevitably produce some anomalies

Páraic Duffy has defended the decision to move Roscommon’s Division One clash with Dublin to Carrick-on-Shannon. Photograph: Inpho

‘So you can’t win in this situation, and I don’t think too many people were inconvenienced’

Wexford’s Liam Ryan attempts to gather the ball under pressure from Waterford’s Maurice Shanahan during their Allianz League clash. Photo: ken Sutton/Inpho

The hosts ran Waterford close with a Maurice Shanahan point proving the difference

Joe Gough of Ireland celebrates winning the men’s 800m masters final at the World Indoor Championships in Oregon. Photograph: Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Eamonn Coghlan’s TV series ‘Super Fit Seniors’ shows how older athletes can inspire

Shane Dooley: talented forward will be available to help Offaly’s cause against Kilkenny at Nowlan Park.  Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Faithful County face trip to Nowlan Park to take on Kilkenny in league quarter-final

Dublin manager Ger Cunningham: will be aiming to lead his charges to victory over Limerick at Parnell Park on Saturday. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Work rate identified as key factor for Dubs as they host Limerick in league quarter-final

A ground official working on the pitch at Dr Hyde park before the Roscommon versus Mayo clash last Sunday. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

County officials confident pitch will be ready to host eagerly-awaited high-profile clash

Kerry’s Donnchadh Walsh in action against Karl  O’Connell of Monaghan during the Division One clash at Clones. Photograph: Andrew Paton/Inpho

Kingdom boss Eamonn Fitzmaurice keen to see his men continue their excellent run

David Moran’s Kerry turned things up a notch in the second half against Monaghan. Photograph: Inpho

Eamonn Fitzmaurice’s team hit another gear in second-half for their latest win in Clones

Ireland’s Paul Pollock (r) continues to strengthen his chances of competing in the Rio Olympics Photograph: INPHO/Sasa Pahic Szabo

Leads Ireland to seventh place finish at World Half Marathon championships

Children running during the Spar Mini Great Ireland Run in 2015. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Irish government should take note of what’s happening in a primary school in Scotland

 Rob Heffernan on his way to fourth place in the 50km walk at the 2012 London Olympics. On Thursday he was awarded the broze medal. Photograph: Inpho

Olive Loughnane will also be officially upgraded to World Championship gold from the 20k walk in 2009

The recent bad weather has been unkind to the playing surface at Semple Stadium. Photograph: Inpho.

Assurances given playing surface in Thurles is being minded ahead of major fixtures

Mick Fitzsimons: “Even with the few vacancies now, I would have still fancied my chance to try to break back into it.” Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Versatile All-Ireland-winning defender back battling for a starting place with Dublin

Mayo manager Stephen Rochford has called up a number of players from Castlebar Mitchells. Photo: Inpho

Mayo manager in need of every help as his side face crucial tie with Roscommon

Kerry’s Bryan Sheehan in action against Mayo’s Conor O’Shea at Castlebar. Photograph: Andrw Paton/Inpho

Kingdom stalwart suffered a hand injury during the victory over Mayo

Paddy Andrews: “Guys are just comfortable and we know what we’re doing, we know how to win the games.” Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Classy forward taking nothing for granted as they renew rivalry with Ulster visitors

Rob Heffernan during the London Olympics four years ago. Photograph: Getty Images

The Court of Arbitration for Sport will deal with the cases of the six Russian athletes

Peter Sagan: Slovakia’s reigning world road race champion raised eyebrows when he showed  up for last week’s Tirreno-Adriatico spring classic with unshaven legs. Photo: Angelo Carconi/EPA

Top cylists and swimmers too will always seek any advantage to be a cut above the rest

Rose-Anne Galligan runs in the heats of the 1,500m at the World Indoor Athletic Championships in Portland, Oregon on Friday. Photograph:  Adam Jastrzebowski/Inpho

Meath athlete is Ireland’s sole participant at World Indoor Championships

Cushendall’s Shane McNaughton (left) with his father Terence “Sambo” and brother Christy. Photograph: Jonathan Porter/Inpho.

After All-Ireland final against Na Piarsaigh it off to New York to live acting dream

Oisín Gough battles against Michael Walsh during last week’s away victory over Waterford at Walsh Park. Photograph: Ken Sutton/Inpho

In-form defender looking forward to side’s next big test – this time against Kilkenny

Darragh Nelson: “And any team that beats Crossmaglen deserves to be strong favourites. This is all new to us, a first time for the club.” Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Former Dublin panelist leads his side against Castlebar in pursuit of All-Ireland club title

 Oulart-The Ballagh’s Eoin Moore in action against Na Piarsaigh’s David Breen in the semi-finals. Photo: Ken Sutton/Inpho

Munster champions captain well aware of the threat of perceived outsiders Cushendall

 Jim McNamara was different in that he didn’t just touch the elite end of distance running, he also “touched the ordinary end”.  Photograph: Tomás Greally

Funeral mass hears of an athlete with an extraordinary ability to get the best out of himself

Down’s Joe Murphy attempts to block  Dublin’s Kevin McManamon during the Allianz Football League Division One game at  Páirc Esler in Newry. Photograph:   William Cherry/Inpho/Presseye

Early goal proved a false Down for home side in Newry

 Maria Sharapova’s racket sponsor is backing the grand slam winner and is planning to extend its contract with her despite admitting to failing a drugs test. Photo: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Understanding difference between what is designed for athletes and what isn’t is not easy

Colin Jackson   was in Dublin to encourage runners  to sign up for the Irish Wings for Life World Run race in Dœn Laoghaire on 8 May. Registration is now open at www.WingsForLifeWorldRun. Photo: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Former world champion says some looking for the fast-track to success

Kilkenny’s Richie Power came on for the last 14 minutes of last year’s All-Ireland final against Galway. Photograph: Ryan Byrn/Inpho.

Retired Kilkenny star regrets not taking more time to recuperate from knee injury

Neil McGee of Donegal picks up a blood injury. Photo: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Donegal player hopes to be available for Sunday’s match against Roscommon

Maria Sharapova claimed to have been taking meldonium for 10 years and to be unaware it was added to Wada’s prohibited-substance list. Photograph: Thomas Peter/Reuters

Croke Park says members need to be absolutely sure of what they put in bodies

Mark English will run the 800m at the  World Indoor Championships in Portland, Oregon. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

English qualified under IAAF athlete quota scheme after just missing out on time

Kerry U-21 manager Jack O’Connor: “We had the minors for two years and we felt that the next challenge was to try and develop that group.” Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Talented Kingdom side set to host Munster champions Tipperary in Tralee

Dr Giles Warrington said it is too early for athletes to be making decisions about whether or not to compete. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/INPHO

Irish Olympic medical team is working with Department of Foreign Affairs and HSE

 Brendan Maher at Leinster Cricket Club, Rathmines, ahead of AIB’s ‘The Toughest Trade’ documentary series. Episode one  is aired on RTE2 tonight at at 9.55pm. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Tipp hurler joined Adelaide Strikers as part of ‘The Toughest Trade’ documentary series

Roscommon fans celebrate a score from their team in their win over Down in the Allianz Football League Division One clash at Pearse Park. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

The home side looked well in control as they moved up to second place in Division One

The junior boys go through their paces at the All-Ireland Schools and Irish Universities Cross Country Championships at the Sligo Showgrounds. Photograph: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile.

St Flannan’s student retains senior title after racing away from impressive pack

A jogger runs on a snowy day near the small Bavarian village of Olching near Munich. Photograph:  Christof Stache/AFP/Getty Images

Medical experts falling over each other in the race to trumpet the latest benefits of running

Patricia Amond-Lawler: “These days it does help sustain my faith in athletics because at that age it’s all about school rivalry, fun and watching real raw talent shine.”

Patricia Amond-Lawler was one of the early stars of Irish schoolgirl track and field events

Limercik’s David Breen: “It was disappointing there was an opportunity to shorten the calendar year and it hasn’t been taken.” Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Limerick star regrets missed opportunity to ease the burden on hard-pressed players

Dublin’s Eoin Murchan: “You know when you’re playing Meath, when they see a Dublin jersey, they’ll go all guns blazing for you.” Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Dessie Farrell’s side host Royal County in Leinster quarter-final at Parnell Park

One-match ban will rule Ballyboden midfielder out of showpiece at Croke Park

Marcus Lawler, who took the men’s 200m title at the National Senior Indoor Championships in Athlone on Sunday. Photograph:  Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

Down sprinter Ben Reynolds produces personal best in silky display of 60m hurdling

Down’s Mark Poland and Kerry’s Fionn Fitzgerald fight for a breaking ball. Photograph: Matt Mackey/Inpho

Eamonn Fitzmaurice: ‘I think Down played below par, I think they’re better than that’

 UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor laughs during a news conference with lightweight contender Nate Diaz. Photograph: Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images

Failure to recognise Irish all-time legends asks real questions of UFC fighter

Rob Heffernan: “I train twice a day. I sleep during the afternoon, and I have four kids. So I really haven’t got time to worry about what’s going on with this right now.” Photograph: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Irish walker knows he can’t dwell on possible London bronze with Rio in his sights

Tipperary’s Jimmy Feehan: “If you’re playing on a county senior team, you want to be playing against the best players.”Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Concerned counties and GPA united in their opposition to Central Council’s proposal

Down manager Eamonn Burns: “We definitely showed a good deal of improvement in the Monaghan game.” Photograph: Jonathan Porter/Presseye/INPHO

Cooper, Donaghy, Ó Sé, Sheehan may play part for Kingdom in relegation battle

Lack of a proper trial at senior intercounty level seen as a major drawback to proposal

Davy Fitzgerald: “This is still a very competitive division, trust me. We have to go down to Laois and to Limerick still . . .” Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Like Waterford’s Derek McGrath, Clare’s manager wants an expanded top flight

Jack Anderson:  “In many ways Cas has become the agenda-setter for the laws around sport.” Photograph: Queens University Belfast

Professor of Sports Law at Queen’s University Belfast on Cas, sport’s Court of Arbitration

Clare manager Davy Fitzgerald is spoken to by referee James McGrath during his team’s win over Wexford. Photograph: Ken Sutton/Inpho

‘I want us to be competitive, and we’re there or thereabouts. We’ll keep plugging away’

Mick Clohisey finished 10th in the Seville Marathon, his time of 2:15:10 making him the second-fastest Irish qualifier to date for the Rio Olympic Games. Photograph:  Sasa Pahic Szabo/Inpho

Raheny Shamrocks runner clocks 2:15:10; Ciara Mageean breaks Irish record in New York

Ireland’s Rob Heffernan finished fourth in the 50km walk at the London 2012 Olympic but is now in line to get the bronze medal. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho.

Conclusion of Russian doping scandal should see Olympic 50km walker get just deserts

Joint captain of Roscommon under-21 footballers Cathal Compton enjoyed a couple of hectic months last year. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho.

The potential re-grading of minor and under-21 championships has pros and cons

Ireland’s Mark English was running in Sweden. Photograph: Ian MacNicol/Inpho

UCD student has already qualified for the 800m in the Olympic Games

Seán Cavanagh at the launch of the 2016 EirGrid All-Ireland Under-21 Football Championship at Croke Park. Photograph: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Tyrone footballer claims players often do not know what can and cannot be taken

There is also an allocation of €8.36 million to fund the high performance units of the Olympic sports.,

Government announces allocations for the 59 national governing bodies of Irish sport

Former Meath footballer Trevor Giles in attendance at the launch of the 2016 EirGrid GAA Football U21 All-Ireland Championship. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Money received by champions roughly exceeds total for other 31 counties

Ballyboden St Enda’s Declan O’Mahony is shown a red card during the AIB All-Ireland club semi-final against Clonmel Commercials.  Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Dublin champions keen to have their big midfielder available for All-Ireland club final

Jack Guiney had returned to the Wexford hurling panel this season having been dropped for disciplinary reasons last year but has now withdrawn for personal reasons. Photograph: Inpho.

Talented forward was named at full forward for league opener against Limerick

Michael Darragh MacAuley of Ballyboden (l) with Luke Moore of Clonmel Photograph: Inpho/Donall Farmer

Clonmel looked to have Croke Park trip secured before late Ballyboden ressurgence

Sergiu Ciobanu (centre) in action during the 2015 European Cross Country Championships in  Hyeres, France, last December. Photograph: Inpho

Olympic marathon qualification better served without the blazers and boardroombook

Walter Walsh in action against Clare. Walsh played in all of Kilkenny’s league and championship games last year. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Kilkenny forward eager to remain on upward curve after strong showing last season

Michael Quinlivan of Clonmel Commercials in action against Nemo Rangers’ Aidan O’Reilly during the AIB Munster Club Senior Football Championship Final in Mallow. Photograph:  James Crombie/Inpho

Clonmel face a different challenge as they take on Ballyboden St Enda’s

Veteran downplays tie as being a case of the poor old David versus the rich new Goliath 

Noel McGrath at the launch of the 2016 Allianz Hurling League on Monday. Tipperary face Dublin in Thurles next Saturday. Photograph: Brendan Moran/SPORTSFILE

Illness curtailed Noel McGrath’s season last year, but he’s looking forward to 2016

Ireland’s Ciara Mageean already has an Olympic qualifying time in the bag. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

1,500m runner qualifies for World Indoor Championships with strong run in Germany

Sonia O’Sullivan competes in the 5000m at the World Championships in Stuttgart in 1993. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Revelations offer grim insight into how much the Irish runner was denied in career

Ireland’s Sonia O’Sullivan on her way to finishing second at the 1993 World Championships in Stuttgart. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Romanian beat Irish athlete to first place in 5,000m at the Sydney Games in 2000

   Sonia O’Sullivan may be in line for  much-belated World Championship gold medals  after cold truths appear to have emerged about the notoriously dominant Chinese women’s distance runners of the early 1990s. File photograph: Julian Finney/Getty Images

Chinese women’s distance runners were ‘forced to take large doses of illegal drugs’

David Redmond in action for Oulart: “We have a better team now, a better balanced team than we ever did. And I think a kind of a stubbornness about us too.”  Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Wexford champions relieved to finally win Leinster and reach All-Ireland semi-final

Wang Junxia and  Ma Junren. Photograph:  Anton Want/Allsport

Chinese media reports that athletes were given ‘large doses of illegal drugs’

Kevin Downes: “No Limerick club has won the All-Ireland, and Limerick haven’t won an All-Ireland since ’73. So you can’t walk away from that.” Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Limerick club targeting All-Ireland club final after defeats in both 2011 and 2013

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