Northwell Health chief executive Michael Dowling talks to New York governor Andrew Cuomo during a news conference at the Jacob Javits Convention Center  in New York City. Photograph: Noam Galai/Getty Images

Limerick native and boss of a major healthcare provider drafted in to help New York's response

Marcos Llorente scores Atletico Madrid’s  second goal during the Champions League round of 16 second leg match against  Liverpool  at Anfield. Photograph: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

The natural rhythms of our sporting life have been thrown all out of kilter

Tipperary-born Paddy Ryan played a key role in how boxing would be promoted after his legendary fight against John L Sullivan in 1882.

Tipperary-born boxer to take his place in the International Boxing Hall of Fame

 Actor Michael Caine and England player Bobby Moore of the POW XI celebrate during a match against Germany for the film Escape to Victory. Photograph:  Allsport UK /Allsport

Late actor turned in a fine performance as the ‘good German officer’ in war-time film

Joe Biden:  now regarded as the Democratic  Party’s main hope of unseating a White House incumbent who lies even as he breathes. Photograph: Scott Olson/Getty Images

Trump so mendacious that his relationship with factual truth is practically non-existent

Maurkice Pouncey of the Pittburgh Steelers has come out strongly against the new NFL Collective Bargaining Agreement. Photograph:  Al Pereira/Getty Images

Proposed new Collective Bargaining Agreement keeps the power firmly with the owners

 Tyson Fury  arrives to the ring before the WBC World Heavyweight Championship title fight against  Deontay Wilder  at the Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Photograph: Etienne Laurent /EPA

The British fighter might just play perfectly with the US president’s base of supporters

Portland Timbers  supporters unveil a flag in tribute  to their former player Jimmy Conway ahead of the game against  the Vancouver Whitecaps at Providence Park in Portland last Saturday. Photograph: Diego Diaz/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The Dubliner’s time playing in the North American Soccer League was the start of a love affair with the city

Eintracht Frankfurt’s Alfred Pfaff is carried in triumph after his side’s title-winning success in 1960. Photograph: Keystone-France/Gamma-Keystone via Getty Images

Club’s historic USA tour in 1951 proved lucrative – but torrid finale against Glasgow Celtic exacted a physical price

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson (c) with his mother Ata and father Rocky. Photo: Michael Tran/FilmMagic

Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson’s father changed the industry when he broke through

  Since Conor McGregor last fought in the octagon, as opposed to in bars, the game has changed. Photograph:  Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP via Getty Images

Promoting Dubliner’s UFC return like any other fight is evidence of the normalisation of grotesque

 Claressa Shields: “I’m getting judged because I’m from Flint, Michigan and I’m one of the baddest motherf**kers out there.” Photograph: Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

American woman bidding to become fastest boxer in history to win world titles in three divisions

Andrew Giuliani hits from a bunker on the 13th hole during the first round of the South Georgia Classic Presented by First State Bank and Trust Company at Kinderlou Forest Golf Club in Valdosta, Georgia. Photo: Chris Condon/PGA TOUR

Son of president’s personal lawyer earns over $90,000 a year in the White House

LeBron James and his son LeBron James jr on the court after the Los Angeles Clippers and Los Angeles Lakers basketball game at Staples Center. Photograph: Kevork Djansezian/Getty

Bronny following in his father LeBron’s footsteps by attracting fame at a young age

Don Larson of the New York Yankees pitches to Jim Gilliam of the Brooklyn Dodgers as catcher Yogi Berra and umpire Babe Pinelli look on during the 1956 World Series  at Yankee Stadium in  New York. Photograph: Stanley Weston/Getty Images

Acclaimed for his books on the sport, but Harold Seymour never gave his wife credit

 Greg Schiano:  American football coach signed  an eight-year $32 million deal last weekend despite   Rutgers University’s athletics department  showing  a budget deficit of $192.2 million since 2012. Photograph:  Grant Halverson/Getty Images

University agrees to coach’s exorbitant demands in an effort to revive the glory days

Alex Rodriguez  before a game between the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees on September 8th, 2019, at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. Photograph: Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images

A credit card company is paying to have a serial cheater pitch its services

At a public appearance the day before the fight, Muhammad Ali brought the house down pretending to mistake an elderly lady for Joe Frazier. Photograph: Focus on Sport via Getty Images

Boxing great’s bout with ‘Wayne Gretzky’s bodyguard’ lived up to pantomime of billing

Ronnie O’Brien playing for the Republic of Ireland Under-21s. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Former Republic of Ireland star played for Carlo Ancelotti’s Juventus in his early career

 Portland Thorns supporters display a sign against racism in Oregon after their goalkeeper Adrianna Franch suffered racial abuse during an  away match in Salt Lake City, Utah. Photograph:  Diego Diaz/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images.

By every index hate crimes have gone up year-on-year since 2016 election.

Vlatko Andonovski at a news conference to announce his appointment as the new head coach of  the US  women’s national soccer team in New York. Photograph: Brendan McDermid/Reuters

Macedonian’s task with the US women’s team is to maintain success – with style

Patrick Day celebrates his unanimous decision over Eric Walker for the WBC Continental Americas Jr. Middleweight championship in 2017. Photo: Rich Schultz/Getty Images

Earlier this month the young fighter became the third boxer to die in the ring since July

 Sports Illustrated announced last week that it was laying off half its staff. Photograph: Jeenah Moon/New York Times

From over three million copies a week, magazine has seen business model steadily eroded

Elena Delle Donne: has been breaking scoring records as she bids to  lead the Washington Mystics to a WNBA title.  Photograph: David Ramos/Getty Images

Relationship with ‘most unique sister in the world’ keeps Washington Mystics’ scoring star perfectly grounded

A Texas flag flies at half mast during a prayer services at the La Vernia High School Football stadium to grieve the 26 victims killed at the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs on November 7th, 2017. Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images

Dave Hannigan: Five consecutive weekends with attacks have led to ramped up security

 Citadel’s  Jacob Godek kicking a field goal against Georgia Tech. The Citadel’s heroics sparked an all too brief discussion about guarantee games. Photograph: Getty Images

Major football colleges can hire opponents for big money to boost their win record

Over the course of nearly two decades knocking around youth sport on Long Island, I have witnessed so many disturbing cameos.

Dave Hannigan: In almost two decades on Long Island I’ve seen some disturbing cameos

Former baseball star Curt Schilling has been one of the more high-profile supporters of Donald Trump. Photograph: Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images

Former Red Sox pitcher’s possible Congress bid gets backing from the president

It didn’t take Dave Hannigan’s father long to find the passages about legendary Cork hurler Christy Ring. Photo: Connolly Collection/Sportsfile

Dave Hannigan: Sports reminiscence therapy now being used across the United States

Jared Lorenzen of the New York Giants sits in the stands at a media briefing ahead of Super Bowl XLII in 2008. Photo: Scott Halleran/Getty Images

Former New York Giants quarterback died last month after a lifetime of weight issues

Lebron James and agent Rich Paul. Photo: Jerritt Clark/Getty Images for Klutch Sports Group

College basketball governing body caved quickly on new rule when James got involved

Megan Rapinoe speaks at the homecoming celebrations for the US women’s soccer team in New York after they won the World Cup. Photo: Ira L. Black/Getty Images

Dave Hannigan: Women's game on a high after World Cup win but only for a few

US president Donald Trump presents Tiger Woods the medal of freedom during a ceremony in the Rose Garden at the White House. Photograph: Getty Images

The president counters critics by exploiting every athlete willing to associate with him

Dave Hannigan’s former family house (right) in Clashduv Park, Togher, Cork. Every time I came in from playing, my mother’s radar pinged and her voice came booming from within: “Go round the back, there’s mud on your shoes”.

I cast an emigrant’s misty eye over the house that used to be my Cork family’s home

Bobby Bonilla last played for the New York Mets two decades ago. Photo: Stephen Dunn/Getty Images

Former player is paid over $1 million every year despite last playing two decaded ago

Kellen Winslow Jr could spend the rest of his life in prison. Photo: Cliff Welch/Icon SMI/Corbis via Getty Images

Details of former Cleveland Browns tight end’s convictions have emerged in court

 Eamon de Valera addressing a meeting in Los Angeles on his US tour as priomh-aire of Dáil Eireann. Photograph: Hulton Archive

Huge crowds turned up in 1919 to hear from the self-styled ‘president of the Irish republic’

Jaelene Hinkle:  “If I never get another national team call-up again then that’s just a part of His plan, and that’s okay.”  Photograph: Diego Diaz//Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Fundamentalist Christian Jaelene Hinkle refused to wear jersey supporting LGBT rights

Don Elbaum (left) speaks to Vernoca L. Michael and ring announcer Larry Tornambe in Philadelphia. Photo: Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post via Getty Images

Legendary promoter was part of Al ‘Blue’ Lewis’ camp when he fought Ali in Dublin

Zdeno Chara of the Boston Bruins stands on the blue line before taking on the St. Louis Blues in Game One of the 2019 Stanley Cup Finals at TD Garden  in Boston, Massachusetts. Photo: Dave Sandford/NHLI via Getty Images

Slovakian captain of the Boston Bruins is a different type of sportsman in many ways

Dr Richard Strauss was found to have sexually assaulted more than 170 Ohio State athletes, male and female, over a 20 year period during his time as chief doctor. Photo: Angie Wang/AP Photo

Report released shows Dr Richard Strauss sexually assaulted more than 170 athletes

Brandel Chamblee:  On the Golf Channel, a network which most of the time is the sport’s equivalent of state-run TV, his outbreaks of candour have made him persona non grata among many of the leading pros. Photograph:  Scott Halleran/Getty Images

America at Large: American golfer-turned-pundit is not afraid to ruffle a few feathers

Muhammad Ali: in trying to exalt Medenica’s medical prowess, Ali’s shambolic performance unintentionally weakened his testimony.  Photograph:  Andrew H. Walker/Getty

In his desperation due to poor health, the greatest put his faith in Dr Rajko Medenica

Richard Dormer: arrived in New York as an 18-year-old and after a career in law enforcement  rose to the rank of Suffolk County Police Commissioner.

America at Large: Emigrant excelled in US but never forgot his roots or his sporting passions

Coach Sylvia Hatchell: according to several witnesses she  regularly put the health of individual players at risk, forcing them to play and to train when battling torn labrums, torn knee tendons and even a broken hand.  Photograph:  Jim McIsaac/Getty Images

Racist allegations against Sylvia Hatchell just the latest incident in crazy college sports world

Ian Poulter retrieves his ball out of Rae’s Creek, the water hazard that winds through Amen Corner, lovingly named for John Rae, the Irish-born fur trader, slave owner, and convicted murderer. Photograph: Harry How/Getty Images

Whiff of racism never far away from a club with a distinctly southern heritage

Lauren Isackson was on the women’s soccer roster at UCLA in 2017, despite never having played soccer before. Photo: Aubrey Washington /Allsport

US college system is rife for corruption as wealthy parents pay their kids’ way to the top

New York City FC’s Yankee Stadium: currently averages attendances of around 23,000 with a small number of disruptive neo-Nazi ultras. Photograph: Elsa/Getty

Commissioner's tepid response to New York City FC ultras was disconcerting

Irish mixed martial artist Conor McGregor joins the St Patrick’s Day Parade in Chicago. Photo: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Dave Hannigan: Fighter now in grimy netherworld of being famous because he’s famous

US’s forward Megan Rapinoe (L) celebrates her goal with teammates Alex Morgan (C) and McCall Zerboni during the Tournament of Nations women’s football match between Brazil and the US in Bridgeview, Illinois. Photograph: Jim Young/AFP/Getty Images

Team has been battling their own governing body for years and now it's crunch time

 Barry McGuigan  in action against  Eusebio Pedroza  at Loftus Road Stadium,  London in 1985. “I thank God every day that I didn’t beat McGuigan,” said Pedroza. “If I had, I would not have left that place alive. They would have torn me to shreds.” Photograph: Steve Powell/Getty Images

Panamanian who juggled politics and boxing lost his world title to McGuigan in 1985

Katie Taylor lifts the WBA lightweight title belt aloft after defeating Anahi Esther Sanchez at the  Principality Stadium, Cardiff in 2017.  Photograph: Lawrence Lustig/Inpho

America at Large: Too many women with poor records somehow fighting for world titles

Kansas Jayhawks’ Silvio de Sousa  celebrates cutting down the net after defeating the Duke Blue Devils  in the 2018 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament Midwest Regional at  in Omaha, Nebraska. Photograph: Jamie Squire/Getty Images

The kid from Angola was controversially banned from playing following NCAA ruling

Tiger Woods and wife Elin watch as Pete Sampras and Roger Federer of Switzerland play an exhibition match at Madison Square Garden in New York City in 2008. A year later the scandl broke around Woods. Photo: Nick Laham/Getty Images

Golfer gave 12-page exclusive to Men’s Fitness in 2007 but it was all a ruse to cover affairs

New England Patriots’ Julian Edelman celebrates with the Vince Lombardi trophy after winning the Super Bowl LIII. Edelman missed the first four games of the season through a drug suspension. Photo: Mike Segar/Reuters

Patriots receiver was suspended for four games but on Sunday named Super Bowl MVP

Tom Brady of the New England Patriots being interviewed by Jim Nantz. Photograph: Jim Rogash/Getty Images

America at Large: Critics argue commentator is more strident about the colour of his toast than the sports he covers

Caydee Denney and John Coughlin skate in the pairs short program during the 2014 US Figure Skating Championships. Coughlin took his own life last week after allegations of sexual misconduct. Photo: Jared Wickerham/Getty Images

US figure skating personality had been accused of sexual offences against minors

Kansas City Chiefs  defensive line coach Britt Reid with Allen Bailey during a game against the Oakland Raiders at Arrowhead Stadium  in Kansas City, Missouri, in December. Photograph: David Eulitt/Getty Images

Kansas City Chiefs’ defensive coach has beaten addiction. His brother was not so lucky

Tom Brady  with Alex Guerrero who is  his  personal body coach and godfather to one of his children. Photograph: Elsa/Getty Images

New England Patriots quarterback is devoted to Alex Guerrero’s bizarre methods

 Quarterback Philip Rivers  of the Los Angeles Chargers stands during the national anthem before a game against the Denver Broncos at Broncos Stadium at Mile High  in Denver, Colorado. Photograph:  Dustin Bradford/Getty Images

Los Angeles Chargers' celebrated quarterback has yet to play in Super Bowl

Former Chicago Bears running back Merril Hoge (right) alongside George Martin, executive director of the NFL Alumni Association, during a US house judiciary hearing on head injuries among NFL players. Photograph: Scott J Ferrell/Congressional Quarterly/Getty Images

America at Large: Former running back forced to retire is challenging real science

Josef Martinez  of Atlanta United after scoring against the Portland Timbers in the   MLS Cup  in Atlanta  on December 8th. Photograph:  Kevin C Cox/Getty Images

Rather than pay fading stars millions to attract casual fans, MLS champions have built a proper team

Ali in Beirut in 1985 after he was sent to help secure the release of US prisoners. Photo: Arnaud Borrel/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images

Boxer was sent a number of times to negotiate the release of American prisoners

 William Goldman at the New York Knicks and Minnesota Timberwolves NBA game at Madison Square Garden in December  2003. Photograph: Ray Amati/Getty Images

America at Large: The screenwriter missed his own Oscar win to watch the New York Knicks

Joe Frazier drops Muhammad Ali during the 15th round  of ‘The Fight of the Century’ at Madison Square Gardens. Photograph:  Keystone/Getty

Jerry Perenchio was the brains behind ‘The Fight of the Century’ won by Joe Frazier

Hall of Fame inductee Willie O’Ree is honoured prior to the 2018 Hockey Hall of Fame Legends Classic Game at the Scotiabank Placein Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Photo: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

The first black man to play in the NHL has finally been recognised in the hall of fame

Jon Gruden is finding it quite tough at the Oakland Raiders with just one win from eight. Photo: Dan Istitene/Getty Images

America at Large: TV broadcaster signed with former club for most lucrative contract ever but has lost eight of first nine footbal(...)

James and Mbappe exchange shirts last August.

Barcelona may play Girona in Miami while jerseys are becoming a lot more common

 Quarterback Steve Young of the Los Angeles Express in action  during an USFL game at the Coliseum in Los Angeles in 1984, California. Photograph:  Alvin Chung/Allsport

One of the many ‘colourful’ club owners was Donald J Trump of the New Jersey Generals

Beto O’Rourke, running for the US Senate seat, addresses supporters during a campaign rally at Texas Southern University in Houston last week. Photo: Loren Elliott/Reuters

Robert ‘Beto’ O’Rourke isn’t a typical senator but is he hoping to shake up the state of Texas

Conor McGregor walks into the cage before fighting Khabib Nurmagomedov in their lightweight title bout at UFC 229 in Las Vegas. Photo: John Locher/AP Photo

In a sport where verbal crime pays, the Irishman is laughing all the way to the bank

Katie Ledecky of the United States leads the field in the  800m freestyle final at the  2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium in Rio de Janeiro. Photograph: Adam Pretty/Getty Images

After winning four Olympic golds in Rio, the swimmer was happy to be just another teenager starting college

Anthony Kim of the USA celebrates with an American flag after the USA 16 1/2 - 11 1/2 at the 2008 Ryder Cup in Kentucky. Photo: Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images

Brash youngster who beat Sergio Garcia in Valhalla has been missing in action

The basement where boxers trained in the Kronk boxing gym. The Kronk was a place that welcomed any kid searching for a purpose or an outlet. Photograph: Getty Images

Gym produced 30 world champions, three Olympic golds, and saved lives of hundreds more

American actor Burt Reynolds holds a helmet while standing in a ‘Mean Machine’ football jersey in a still from the film, The Longest Yard, directed by Robert Aldrich, 1974. Photo: Paramount Pictures/Courtesy of Getty Images

After Reynolds's death last week he was honoured by his old college football team

Former Germany striker  Gerd Mueller in action for  the Fort Lauderdale Strikers  during an NASL game circa 1979. Mueller played for the Strikers from 1979-81. Photograph: Getty Images

There would be no Major League Soccer today without him and a few other visionaries

 Attorney Gloria Allred holds a t-shirt that reads ‘$7.25’ during a press conference about the low pay and treatment of former Houston Texans cheerleaders, outside the National Football League  headquarters on Park Avenue,  in New York City. Photograph:  Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Latest lawsuit alleges humiliating treatment of poorly-paid women by Houston Texans

University of Maryland player Jordan McNair, who died in June after collapsing during a training session. Photograph: Barbara Haddock Taylor/Baltimore Sun/TNS via Getty Images

American sport is in a toxic cycle of win at all costs – even if the cost is a player’s life

Mike Trout: despite comparisons to Mickey Mantle, the New Jersey prodigy doesn’t even feature on the top-five-selling baseball jerseys.  Photograph: Harry How/Getty Images

Los Angeles Angel could be the greatest ever but he is also America’s best kept secret

A combination photo of NBA basketball player LeBron James and US President Donald Trump. Photo: Robert Galbraith/Reuters, Leah Millis/File Photo

Basketball star has long been an outspoken activist and won’t back down even for Trump

 Jimmy Garoppolo: “Even social media, I’m not out there a ton. But my life’s looked at differently. I’m under a microscope.”  Photo: by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

Tabloid spotlight on San Francisco’s quarterback after date with adult film star

Katie Taylor celebrates her win over Victoria Bustos  after their WBA & IBF world lightweight title unification bout in New York City. Photograph:  Elsa/Getty Images

Can a sport be deemed professional if most participants cannot earn a living wage from it?

Papa John’s founder  John Schnatter  in Indianapolis, Indiana, in May 2015. File photograph: Michael Hickey/Getty Images

America at Large: Pizza company founder’s use of N-word led to immediate backlash

Kevin Na holds aloft the trophy after winning A Military Tribute At The Greenbrier last week. Photo: Getty Images

A Military Tribute At The Greenbrier on the PGA Tour is the latest propaganda exercise

 John Sterling: New York Yankees’ radio broadcaster. The team plays 162 regular season games and he hasn’t missed a single one since 1990. Photograph:  Jim McIsaac/Getty Images

America at Large: No catchphrase too corny for New York club’s long-serving commentator

  Poet Donald Hall, who died aged 89 last weekend, at his home in Wilmot, New Hampshire in June  2006. Photograph: Bob LaPree/The New York Times

Poet and baseball devotee tried out for Pittsburgh Pirates and wrote over 50 books

In April 1983 Muhammad Ali set off on an eventful roadtrip. Photo: Getty Images

In 1983 Ali set off on a drive from Chicago to LA in a gold-plated 1978 Stutz Bearcat

Dwayne Wade: “I think enjoying wine comes with age and sophistication and a certain kind of maturity.” Photograph: dwadecellars.com

Just what is it that has America’s NBA stars dribbling by day and drinking fine wines by night?

 Becky Hammon in 2016, as assistant coach of the San Antonio Spurs. Photograph:  Christian Petersen/Getty

She’s proven she’s good enough but will a team be bold enough to give her the chance?

The Incredible Hulk and Lou Ferrigno at a celebrity red carpet event in Los Angeles, California, in 2017. Photograph: Getty Images

A history with steroids does not disqualify ‘The Incredible Hulk’ from serving on Trump council

Jack Johnson on July 4th, 1910, before his successful title defense against ‘’The Great White Hope’’ James J. Jeffries in Reno, Nevada. Donald Trump has said that he may offer the former world champion a full pardon. Photo: Sporting News/Sporting News via Getty Images

America at Large: Trump has said he may offer a full pardon to convicted boxer Jack Johnson

 Zlatan Ibrahimovic of Los Angeles Galaxy celebrates his  goal against the Chicago Fire at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Illinois. Photograph:  Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

Sweden’s outspoken veteran embracing one last spin on the celebrity merry-go-round

William Nack at the premiere of Secretariat in 2010 Photograph: Alberto E Rodriguez/Getty Images

Late, great writer had exceptional talent and love for scribes such as Seamus Heaney

Flowers lie at centre of the ice as people gather for a vigil at the Elgar Petersen Arena, home of the Humboldt Broncos, to honour the victims of a fatal bus accident on  April 8th. Photograph: AFP Photo

You must understand that in Canada, there is hockey and then there is everything else

Conor McGregor during the weigh-In  last August in Las Vegas for the  Mayweather fight. Photograph: Derek Hogan/Inpho

McGregor earned more in a carnival sideshow last summer than he earned in cage career

Delonte West: suffered with  bipolar disorder that eventually cost him his NBA career. Photograph: Michael Mulvey/Washington Post/Getty Images

Revelations from stars like Kevin Love and DeMar DeRozan bring issue to the fore

Some commentators in the American media are questioning whether any club should be getting into what is essentially a moral judgement for the individuals involved.

Spring training in Arizona includes a lecture from lobby group ‘Fight The New Drug’

George Plimpton plays against a blindfolded Paul Magriel in 1977

America at Large: The professor of mathematics became a backgammon master before hitting the poker tables

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