Jamie Vardy celebrates his second goal in Leicester’s 3-1 win over Liverpool, their first fixture since the sacking of Claudio Ranieri. Photograph: Michael Regan/Getty

Foxes beat sorry Liverpool to leave Neville and Carragher scratching heads

Leicester City vice-chairman Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha, manager Claudio Ranieri, captain Wes Morgan and chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha with the Premier League trophy. Photo: Nick Potts/PA Wire

Also, Arsene Wenger and his unsavoury company, Merson at it again and more

Ireland’s Jonathan Sexton celebrates kicking a drop goal. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

You can never write off the Germans and you never know which France will turn up

Alex Speers of Pegasus in action last weekend against Cork Harlequins at The Dub, Belfast. Photograph: Rowland White/Presseye/Inpho

Victory over Loreto essential to retain hopes of qualifying for the Champions Trophy

Joanne Cantwell: “The thing I hate more than anything is being called a female sports broadcaster. It’s only when that distinction is no longer made that we’ll be okay.” Photograph: Eric Luke.

Breaking down boundaries always a matter of course for RTÉ sports presenter

Statues in the offing? Terry Hawkridge  and Alan Power of Lincoln City  celebrate Burnley defeat. Photograph:  Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

Plenty of drama in Lincoln win, but nothing beats valour of Des Cahill in face of injury

Karen Bateman of Cork Harlequins in action against Pegasus. Photograph: Rowland White/Presseye/Inpho

Fourth-placed Loreto are 10 points adrift of Cork Harlequins in third

The pick of the IHL games this weekend looks to be the meeting of fourth-placed Loreto and Hermes-Monkstown at Beaufort. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Ards to play in indoor EuroHockey Club Trophy in Lithuania this weekend

 Hannah Tyrrell in action for Ireland sevens against Fiji. “From where I’ve come to where I am now is an exceptional achievement for me.” Photograph:  Matt King/Getty Images

Ireland rugby international has overcome major challenges in her eventful career

Arsene Wenger’s 21-year love affair with Arsenal looks to be coming to its end. Photograph: Marc Mueller/Getty

Bavarian thrashing edges 21-year love affair towards its end

Ireland’s Garry Ringrose on his way to becoming the next Brian. Photograph: Steven Paston/PA Wire

After pummelling Italy mercilessly the Irish team was told it has even more to give

Cork Harlequins celebrate the final whistle after victory over Pegasus. Photograph: Rowland White/InphO/Presseye

Special weekend for students as league win on Saturday puts them on top of the table

 George Best was one of the greatest footballers to ever play in England, but outside of that he was consumed by alcoholism. Photograph: PA

For all the joyous, spellbinding football this new documentary is a gut-wrenching one

Winning the Irish Senior Cup will, of course, guarantee a place in the Champions Trophy.  Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Club face Pembroke at home on Saturday before travelling to face Pegasus in Belfast

Glanmire’s Gráinne Dwyer celebrates with  Chantell Alford after the National Cup final victory over Courtyard Liffey Celtics at the National Arena in Tallaght.  Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Tipperary woman helped lead Glanmire to a third successive league/cup double

Anna O’Flanagan: the Irish international getting her fifth hat-trick of the campaign against Ards, bringing her tally to 20 in 11 games. Photograph: Inpho

Hermes-Monkstown, UCD and Cork Harlequins all won on Saturday and stay on track for Champions Trophy qualification

Greig Laidlaw: “You feared judging by the smiley head on the fella that Princess Ann had just shown him the RTÉ tweet with the clip of mouthy Ronan.” Photograph: Andy Buchanan/Getty Images

Blame for the nightmare in Edinburgh dished up and shared out

Irish Hockey League resumes on Saturday after a seven-week break. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Hermes, UCD and Cork Harlequins currently fill qualifying spots for Champions Trophy

Steven Gerrard and John Terry’s chat on BT Sport almost turned into a counselling session as both consoled each other on their slips which cost their teams trophies. Photo: Getty Images

Former Liverpool captain was the odd guest out in a studio of Premier League winners

Juventus Gonzalo Higuain celebrates after scoring against Sassuolo in their Serie A clash. Photo:  Elisabetta Baracchi/Getty Images

York City hit out at Trump, sacked groundsman of the week and more

 Rafael Nadal  congratulates Roger Federer after the Australian Open final. With a combined age of 65, it was  the mother of all “Oldies But Goldies” contests. Photograph: Scott Barbour/Getty Images

Roger and Rafa dug so deep the court was almost excavated as the years rolled back

Ireland’s Anna O’Flanagan, who was so impressive in Malaysia recently, was on the losing side for Hermes against UCD. Photograph: Rowland White/Presseye/Inpho

Pembroke Wanderers, Pegasus and Cork Harlequins make up last four of competition

The cream has risen to the top in the cup this season with the top five in the Irish Hockey League all making it through to the last eight. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Something has to give this time as both clubs, unbeaten to date this season, clash at Belfield

Juventus vice president and former player Pavel Nedved has given the thumbs up to the club’s new logo. Photograph: Valerio Pennicino/Getty Images

Juve's logo love and hate . . . history bites back . . . Palermo’s revolving door . . . East Timor Samba no more . . quotes of the(...)

Anna O’Flanagan (front): top scorer and  Player of the Tournament. Photograph: Rowland White/Presseye/Inpho

World League semi-finals next up after hosts Malaysia are beaten 3-0 in sixth straight win

Ireland’s Anna O’Flanagan scored three goals against Singapore in Kuala Lumpur. Photograph: Rowland White/Inpho.

Graham Shaw’s side have scored 34 goals in four games and now face Wales in the semi-finals

You’re codding me: Former GAA football star Oisín McConville  has made it to the next round of Celebrity MasterChef Ireland on TV3.  Photograph: Russell Pritchard/Inpho

Winning the All-Ireland seems a doddle compared to Celebrity MasterChef Ireland

Shelbourne Ladies’ Leanne Kiernan celebrates scoring the second of her three goals against  Wexford Youths in the FAI Cup final at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

2016 proved an amazing year for the exciting Shelbourne and Republic of Ireland prospect

Anna O’Flanagan (front): scored four goals against Kazakhstan. Photograph: Presseye/Rowland White/Inpho

Hosts Malaysia next up for Ireland in Pool B of World League Two

 Manchester United’s Paul Pogba reacts after a missed chance against Liverpool. Photograph: Phil Noble/Reuters

Viewers treated to a ‘hard-hitting’ exchange between Thierry Henry and Ibrahimovic

Graham Shaw:  his Ireland side begin their World League 2 campaign against Kazakhstan on Saturday. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Graham Shaw’s team face Kazakhstan, Malaysia and Hong Kong over four days

No-win situation: Plymouth Argyle’s Craig Tanner has a shot blocked  at Anfield. Photograph: Martin Rickett/PA

Battle of the goalless draws at Gander Green Lane and Anfield ends in tedium stalemate

Olympic rowing silver medallists  Gary and Paul O’Donovan (left and second left) with host Graham Norton and other guests on the set  of the Graham Norton New Year’s Eve show. Photograph: PA

O’Donovan brothers steal show, while world greets Mr Borussia Mönchengladbach

 Annalise Murphy  celebrates winning the silver medal in the Women’s Laser Radial class at  the Rio  Olympic Games. Photograph:  Clive Mason/Getty Images

‘I hope I’ve shown what’s possible, not just for sailing but for Irish sport’

Conor McGregor: “I’m sorry I couldn’t make the awards ceremony. You know I love to stick on a good suit and roll in to these awards ceremonies.” Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Compared to all his rivals he is the Star Wars franchise next to their Ros na Rún

Chloe Watkins who scored Hermes’ second goal against Belfast Harlequins. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Pembroke pick up first EY Hockey League win of season against Railway Union

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Graham Shaw: will be hoping Ireland players emerge unscathed from final series of domestic games before World League II campaign in Kuala Lumpur.

Clubs prepare for final outing prior to break for Ireland’s World League II campaign

 Team Turkey: It’s only been a couple of years since 46 of Turkey’s international athletes were added to the IAAF’s banned list, for assorted transgressions, including doping. Photograph:  Tullio M Puglia/Getty Images for European Athletics

If at first you don’t succeed through doping, try buying in athletes from other countries

Hermes-Monkstown’s Anna O’Flanagan was denied the winning goal by UCD’s Katie Mullan. Photograph: Rowland White/Inpho.

Reigning champions still have four-point lead in EY Hockey League despite 1-1 draw

Irish international Hannah Mathews was on target for her club Loreto against Railway Union in midweek. Photograph: Rowland White/Inpho/Presseye

Unbeaten top two meet in intriguing clash at Belfield

Donaghmoyne manager  Francie Coleman:  “Winning a few matches makes it all worthwhile.”  Photograph: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

Francie Coleman finally guides Monaghan team to back-to-back All-Ireland senior titles

Ronnie O’Sullivan’s retirement plans are a little like that pack of reds he expertly dealt with in the deciding frame of his semi-final against Marco Fu. All over the place. Photograph: Mike Egerton/PA Wire

Tiger Woods and Ronnie O’Sullivan are still going strong, hitting little balls with sticks

Alex Speers scored two goals in an 8-0 win for Pegasus at Genesis. Photograph: Rowland White/Inpho/Presseye

Pegasus, Hermes and Pembroke score 21 goals between them without reply

Of the eight scheduled ties,  three are  all-Leinster affairs, another two are all-Ulster games including Lurgan against last year’s beaten finalists, Ards. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Cork Harlequins facing a long trip north to face Belfast Harlequins

Katie Taylor celebrates her win at the SSE Arena in Wembley over the weekend. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Bray boxer’s first pro match but was a straightforward, if understated, affair

Ards defeated Pembroke Wanderers 2-1 in the EY Women’s Hockey League at Newtownards last Saturday. Photograph: Rowland White/Inpho.

Top-two sides Hermes-Monkstown and UCD can both expect wins as they continue to dominate

Kilkenny’s Denise Gaule: outstanding in her county’s  National League and All-Ireland title victories. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Kilkenny camogie star and Cork footballer honoured for their exceptional campaigns

Hermes-Monkstown’s Anna O’Flanagan in action for Ireland against Spain earlier this year: the player bagged a hat-trick in Hermes’ 5-0 win over Ulster Elks.   Photograph: Rowland White/Inpho/Presseye

In-form Hermes clinch their seventh victory in row with 5-0 defeat of Ulster Elks

New Zealand head coach Steve Hansen before his ding-dong battle with Claire McNamara. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Donncha O’Callaghan needed a gumshield – and he was only watching the game

Orla O’Shea of Harlequins with Anna O’Flanagan of Monkstown. Photograph: Rowland White/Inpho/Presseye/

Ten players named in Graham Shaw’s training panel of World League 2 in Malaysia

 Mary Decker, Zola Budd and Maricica Puica (316) during the controversial Women’s 3000 Metres final at the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles. Photo:  Tony Duffy/Getty Images

Athletes who fell out at the 1984 Olympics had a lot more in common than they thought

Liz McInerney had given Hermes a first quarter lead but by half-time they trailed 2-1 to  Cork Harlequins.Photograph: Inpho

Nikki Evans sealed Hermes’ sixth win in as many games with a reverse strike from the top of the circle

James McClean celebrates scoring Ireland’s winning goal against Austria in Vienna. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho.

Vienna bogey busted even with Jim Beglin and George Hamilton tempting fate

Ireland won the three-match series against Scotland 2-0, 2-1 and 1-0. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho.

Hermes-Monkstown and Cork Harlequins to vie for top spot in Hockey League

Kilkenny’s Denise Gaule in action against Cork during the All-Ireland final at Croke Park in September. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Player of the year targets another All-Ireland triumph after an outstanding 2016

 Laura Graham  celebrates completing the 2016  Dublin Marathon at Merrion Square in Dublin City.  Photograph:  Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

National marathon title win in Dublin a big surprise for Co Down mother-of-four

Ireland players celebrate beating the All Blacks. Photograph: Phil Walter/Getty Images

NBC and rugby are hardly a marriage made in heaven – but who really cares now

Ireland captain Megan Frazer will be out of action for several months witha knee injury. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho.

Hockey League resumes with Cork Harlequins and Hermes-Monkstown protecting 100% records

Isobel Joyce in action for Tasmania during the WNCL match against Queensland at Allan Border Field in Brisbane, Australia. Photograph: Jason O’Brien/CA/Cricket Australia/Getty Images

Ireland star prepares for World Cup qualifiers while plying trade in Australia’s top flight

The cover of Molly Schiot’s book.

Molly Schiot has produced a lovely work on trailblazers whose stories were never told

Paul O’Connell went viral as a result of his answer on A Question of Sport and is now known in parts of the world that might still not be aware that a game called rugby even exists

TV View: Ireland hero’s remarkable answer on show received the praise it deserved

Touch Judge Joy Neville during the Challenge Cup clash between Bath and Bristol. Photo: Inpho

The Limerick Grand Slam winner has moved into a role officiating the game

Padraig Harrington drives off the first hole during the last round of Portugal Master golf tournament at Oceanico Victoria golf course in Vilamoura. Photo: Getty Images

Sunday afternoons concluding with a Harrington triumph are the best Sunday afternoons

Leinster and Ulster shined in the  interprovincial tournament in Garryduff. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Ulster’s 4-0 defeat of Connacht seals under-16 glory; Leinster prevail in under-18s contest

The Irish senior hockey squad are preparing for their two matches away to Belgium. Photograph: Ryan Byrne /Inpho

Ulster aim for under-18 three-in-a-row as Leinster target fourth successive under-16 title

Ireland’s Nicci Daly in action against the United States.  “Motor racing and hockey . .  They’re not jobs, they’re my hobbies, my passions.” Photograph: David Aliaga/Inpho

A career in motor racing is put on hold as she continues to pursue her World Cup dream

Railway Union’s Emma Smyth and Emma Lindsay of Lurgan. Photograph: Rowland White/ INPHO/Presseye

Leinster side defeat champions 7-0 at Jordanstown

The late Anthony Foley: “He was big in every way – a big personality, a big sense of humour, generous to a fault.” Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Friends and colleagues clearly felt blessed to have known the Munster rugby great

It promises to be a very busy 2017 for Graham Shaw’s  Ireland women’s international squad. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Head coach picks two panels for series of games against Belgium and Scotland

 Lynn Harvey: “It was only when I hit 30 that I began to blossom. Boxing has allowed me to do that. It’s so much more than a sport for me.” Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

The 35-year-old Dubliner conquered amateur ranks as a late starter before turning pro

 Katie-George Dunlevy  along with her pilot Eve McCrystal in action at the Paralympic Games in Rio.  Photograph:  Jean-Baptiste Benavent/Sportsfile

Dunlevy and McCrystal in tandem for gold medal glory at the Rio Paralympics

Shane Duffy had a moment to forget as Moldova equalised on the stroke of half time. Photogrpah: Reuters

Martin O’Neill’s side emerge unscathed despite moment of defensive self-destruction

A goal from Anna O’Flanagan gave Hermes-Monkstown victory over Loreto, the score coming in the third quarter of a closely fought game at Rathdown

November meeting in Dublin between Hermes-Monkstown and Cork Harlequins looking more appetising

James McClean  hits the crossbar during the World Cup Group D qualifier against  Georgia at Aviva Stadium. Photograph:  Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

Eamon Dunphy wonders why Martin O’Neill’s didn’t take the lift against Georgia

USA’s Patrick Reed and Europe’s Rory McIlroy shake hands after their singles match.  Photograph: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

TV View: Face-off captured the Ryder Cup at its gladiatorial finest

Anna O’Flanagan: scored against Pegasus with just seven minutes remaining. Photograph: Rowland White/Inpho/Presseye

Women’s Hockey: Anna O’Flanagan keeps defending champions ahead against Pegasus

Dublin captain Stephen Cluxton lifts the Sam Maguire after the win over Mayo in the All-Ireland SFC Final  replay at Croke Park. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

‘All you could hope was that the goalie would win that competition Michael Lyster kept advertising for a trip to Abu Dhabi’

Monkstown’s Anna O’Flanagan (right) has scored nine goals in two games. Photograph: Rowland White/Inpho/Presseye/

Women’s Hockey: Free scoring player has scored nine of Dublin side’s 15 goals in opening two games

The American Wags at Brookline in 1999. Photograph: Craig Jones /Allsport

Some say women will never be free until boyfriends and hubbies are also paraded

Cork’s Annie Walsh consoles Dublin’s Niamh McEvoy after the women’s All-Ireland football Final at Croke Park. Photograph: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

Cork triumph by the minimum but Dublin unhappy after score was flagged wide

Dublin’s Noelle Healy is pursued by Cork’s Aisling Barrett in the All-Ireland women’s football final in 2014. This season is 25-year-old Barrett’s ninth year on the Dublin panel. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Dublin captain is not letting hard days against Cork dent her optimism

Mayo’s Cillian O’Connor shakes hands with Dublin goalkeeper Stephen Cluxton during the coin toss at Croke Park on Sunday. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

We may have just witnessed the maddest half hour in the history of GAA football

Daráine Mulvihill, presenter of RTÉ’s Paralympics TV coverage. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

A new baby, a new house. Oh and there’s the Paralympics to present on RTÉ, too

Annalise Murphy: “Every morning I wake up, I feel like I just dreamt about it”. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/INPHO

The sailor’s public recognition levels have soared, but the silver medallist keeps on an even keel

Kilkenny’s Lydia Phelan and Angela Kenneally celebrate after the All-Ireland camogie championship final at Croke Park. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Cats banish the hurt after six All-Ireland final defeats in a row and no title since 1994

Anne O’Brien (pictured right, wearing the number nine) scoring one of her three goals in the 1975 French Cup Final. Photograph: Tony O’Brien

Anne O’Brien did the unimaginable in the 1970s – earn a living playing soccer

Ashling Thompson of Cork and Michelle Quilty of Kilkenny at Croke Park: Victory for Cork  on Sunday will  mean a 27th All-Ireland camogie title for the county. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Cork camogie captain knows final against Kilkenny is winnable but will be tough battle

John O’Dwyer of Tipperary celebrates scoring in their All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship final clash witb Kilkenny. Photo: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

It was hard to find words to describe heroics of Tipp and Cork on an effing great weekend

Partisan US fans cheer during the four balls on the first day of the Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National Golf Club on Friday. Photograph: David J Phillip/Inpho.

All efforts to charm the shouty home crowd unravel as Darren Clarke’s men face fire of fury

Robbie Keane and  his sons Robert and Hudson are applauded off the pitch by team-mates at the end of the game.  Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Tear-inducing clips of little Robbie doing his thing over the years kicked off the night

Dublin’s Eoghan O’Gara and Dean Rock celebrate after defeating Kerry in the  All-Ireland senior football semi-final at  Croke Park. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Joe Brolly suggests Jim Gavin’s side is single-handedly saving the sport

Jenny Egan competing for Ireland at the 2015 European Games in Baku, Azerbaijan. Photograph: Sportsfile

Canoeist’s disappointment did not stop her having a very successful summer

Cliona O’Leary with rowing silver medalists Gary and Paul O’Donovan from Skibbereen.

Deputy head of television sport says event should never have been held in Rio

Jamaica’s Usain Bolt was pretty happy with his work in Rio. Photograph: Getty Images

‘I don’t need to prove anything. What else can I do to prove to the world I’m the greatest’

Mo Farah with his two gold medals for Britain, and indeed they are very proud of him. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

Clare Balding showed us that medal table more times than we’ve had cups of tea

 Pat Hickey: news of his arrest  ended any prospect of a quiet  day for pundits.  Photograph: RollingNews.ie

Ireland deserve a gold medal in the biggest headline-generating small nation category

 Katie Taylor makes her way to the ring with coach Zaur Antia: “Nobody can convince me that Katie lost this fight.” Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Boxer is at a loss over Olympic bout, but coach Zaur Antia is still full of fighting talk

Ireland’s Paul and Gary O’Donovan at the press conference after collecting their medals. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Over to Brazil for a bit of craic, shteak and spuds, like extras from The Quiet Man

Scott Evans of Ireland is now eyeing up a spot in the last 16. Photograph: Harry Engels/Getty Images

Player becomes first Irishman in history to win an Olympic badminton contest

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