Christen Press looks dejected following the USA’s defeat to Sweden in Tokyo. Photograph: Dan Mullan/Getty

Naomi Osaka, the USWNT and sport’s role in the strangest of American culture wars

Fernando Tatis Jr in action for the San Diego Padres. Photograph:  Denis Poroy/Getty

Likes of Fernando Tatis Jr take a loan in exchange for a percentage of future earnings

 Phil Mickelson and Jon Rahm play a practice round together at Royal St George’s on Wednesday ahead of the British Open. Photograph:  Andy Buchanan/AFP via Getty Images

The recent unsealing of a transcript from a 2007 court case shone further light on Lefty

Conor McGregor will fight Dustin Poirier in Las Vegas on Saturday night. Photo: Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC

Dave Hannigan: Irish fighter’s bouts barely register but cult of celebrity is strong as ever

Martin Braithwaite’s impressive displays with Denmark these past couple of weeks have spawned speculation about a possible transfer to the Premier League. Photograph: Martin Meissner/Getty Images

Denmark striker is working on ways to offer greater opportunities to African-Americans

Sha’Carri Richardson is primed to light up the Olympic Games next month. Photo: Cliff Hawkins/Getty Images

Dave Hannigan: US is about to fall hard for sprinter but associations raise questions

 Former Michicgan head coach Bo Schembechler pictured in 2005. Photograph:  Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images

The case of Dr Robert Anderson at the University of Michigan is the latest in a long line in college sports

 In 1928 O’Callaghan was the first citizen of the Irish Free State to win an Olympic gold medal. Photograph: Sean Sexton/Getty Images

America at Large: He signed on to something in the US more showbiz than sport

Floyd Mayweather and Logan Paul face off during a press conference to announce their June 6th fight  at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida. Photograph:  Cliff Hawkins/Getty Images

Greatest boxer of his generation prostitutes his fistic legacy one more time

Van Doren agreed to sell hard-up skaters one shoe at a time because their back feet always wore out quicker. Photograph: Getty Images

Vans founder said his company just kept sewing their shoes with moms in mind

Marv Albert became synonymous with the NBA, his distinctive catchphrases segueing from the court into popular culture. File photograph: Mitchell Leff/Getty Images

America at Large: voice of the NBA has been routinely described as an icon, a legend

 Trainer Bob Baffert  raises the trophy after winning the  Kentucky Derby with Medina Spirit, his seventh career Kentucky Derby win, at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky. Photograph:  Andy Lyons/Getty Images

Evidence suggests sport’s problems go much deeper than top trainer’s indiscretions

Tampa Bay Buccaneers owner Joel Glazer holds the Lombardi Trophy after his team defeated the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LV in February. Photo: Patrick Smith/Getty Images

Those who write the cheques call all of the shots and even get handed the trophies

 Caitlyn Jenner has launched her campaign to become the next governor of California. Photograph: Chelsea Guglielmino/Getty Images

Her intention to run as a Republican could face pushback from both sides of political divide

British boxer Herol Graham with his daughter Natasha after beating Jimmy Price in 1985. His pro career: 48 wins, six defeats and enough blows to the head to wreak havoc on the middleweight contender’s brain. Photograph: Getty Images

New book ‘Damage - The Untold Story of Brain Trauma in Boxing’ is a cautionary tale

Civil rights groups had called for the Masters to be boycotted or moved from Augusta National. Photo: Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images

Baseball governing body has caused division by moving All-Star game from Georgia

 Ty Cobb of the Detroit Tigers slides safely into third base past New York Yankees’ Jimmy Austin during a game at Hilltop Park in 1912 in New York City. Photograph:  Transcendental Graphics/Getty Images

When the Detroit Tigers went on strike in 1912, a 20-year-old student stepped on to the mound

The Syracuse Orange and UConn Huskies tip off to an empty arena in the second round game of the 2021 NCAA Women’s Basketball tournament at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. Photograph: Getty Images

Magically, a workout facility was created overnight after public shaming

Marvin Hagler is hoisted aloft after beating Tommy Hearns in Las Vegas in 1985. Photo: George Tiedemann/Sports Illustrated via Getty Images

Passing of sporting icons becoming all too familiar as middle age ticks along

Mark Pavelich pictured back in 1987. Photograph: Donald Black/Star Tribune via Getty Images

America at Large: Huge hits keep coming as tragic case of Mark Pavelich shines light on issue

On March 8th 1971 in New York at the Madison Square Garden, Muhammad Ali lost the first of his three-fight trilogy with Joe Frazier. Photograph: Getty Images

America at Large: Monday is 50th anniversary of first Muhammad Ali-Joe Frazier bout

Rudy Guiliani during the Ernie Els Els for Autism pro-am in 2015. Photo: David Cannon/Getty Images

Former mayor of New York again displayed his own vulgarity with ‘panties’ story

High School basketball players wear face masks during a meeting between the Reading High Red Knights and the Gov Mifflin Mustangs. Photograph: Ben Hasty/Getty

America at Large: sport and schooling continues with different levels of restrictions

Former world heavyweight boxing champion Leon Spinks, who took the crown from Muhammad Ali in 1978 before losing a rematch, died last week aged 67. Photograph: Getty Images)

Most lovable of rogues was grateful for the epic nights he had in a rollercoaster life

Action between Manchester United and Tottenham at Old Trafford in 1913. Photograph: Hulton Archive/Getty

Attempt ahead of FA Cup semi came during a frenetic time for the IRA in Manchester

Conor McGregor was beaten in the second round on his latest return to the Octagon. Photograph: Jeff Bottari/Getty

In the build-up to Dustin Poirier defeat Irish fighter was painted as a father to root for

The Phipps Bridge Estate in South London was a tough part of town but full of fond memories. Photograph: Google Maps

America at Large: Watching 1990 World Cup on one of South London’s toughest estates

Tom Brady with wide receiver Antonio Brown during a match against Washington. Photograph: Patrick Smith/Getty

32-year-old has been accused of sexual assault but has been a key part of Bucs’ playoff run

Jeannie Morris: “I think after being the wife of an NFL player for 10 years before I started working, I knew that all these guys were among the most insecure people in the world.” Photograph: YouTube

An extraordinary life story included rattling through Connemara in 1973 in a campervan

 Georgia Republican Senate candidate Kelly Loeffler takes questions from the media during a rally on December 20th  in Cumming, Georgia. Photograph: Jessica McGowan/Getty Images

Elizabeth Williams and her team-mates have made a huge stand against their owner

 Muhammad Ali served eight days in prison in 1968 for a road traffic offence. File photograph: Getty Images

In 1968 he learned ‘the only real equality is in the jail . . . and in the graveyard’

Singer and part owner of the Texas Rangers Charley Pride swings a bat during batting practice at Rangers spring training in 2017. Photo: Max Faulkner/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/Tribune News Service via Getty Images

First black superstar of the genre died last Saturday after a life chasing his dreams

Nike turned Colin Kaepernick’s discrimination by the NFL into a slick advertising campaign.

The use of Uyghur labour in Chinese factories continues to be a huge cause of concern

Skyler Badillo complained she had been sexually harassed by former Spanish international David Villa. File photograph: Getty Images

Progress for women in sport remains one step forward and two steps back

Business once dominated by Vegas and the mafia is now respectable - but at what cost?

Paul Hornung signs autographs outside the Schaefer Pavilion at the World’s Fair in Flushing Meadows Park in Queens, New York, New York, June 1965. Photo: Walter Leporati/Getty Images

Former “Golden Boy” of the US died at the age of 84 after a battle with dementia

Donald Trump is still refusing to accept defeat in the US presidential election. Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Dave Hannigan: Trump presidency has dismissed countless life lessons in four years

American footballer and athlete Jim Thorpe  competing for Carlisle Indian Industrial School at the US Olympic trials in Celtic Park in New York in 1912. Photograph: Topical Press Agency/Getty Images

America at Large: The old ground in Long Island City was the scene of an infamous prohibition riot

US president Donald Trump displays a signed copy of an executive order. Photograph: Drew Angerer/Getty

Media caught up with circus act and failing to notice real changes being made

President despises African-American NBA stars because they are truly self-made men

Sue Bird (L) of the Seattle Storm and soccer player Megan Rapinoe at the WNBA All-Star Game 2019 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photo: Ethan Miller/Getty Images

Rapinoe questioning why women’s basketball doesn’t get same exposure as soccer

A woman waves a flag during a pro-Trump rally in front of Trump Tower in New York City, New York, earlier this month. Photograph: Stephanie Keith/Getty Images

US president’s support in Suffolk County is largely drawn from suburban middle-class

Mike Burke (right) chats to New York Mayor Lindsay in 1971. Photo: Anthony Calvacca/New York Post Archives /(c) NYP Holdings, Inc. via Getty Images

Dave Hannigan: New York franchise poor form has brought Burke’s name back up

Radio personality Rush Limbaugh after being awarded the Medal of Freedom by first lady Melania Trump during  US president Donald Trump’s State of the Union address  in Washington, DC. Photograph: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty

Hannity, Limbaugh and their peers exert significant influence in an increasingly polarised USA

LeBron James  of the Los Angeles Lakers taking part in a pre-season game against the Brooklyn Nets as part of 2019 NBA Global Games China at Mercedes-Benz Arena  in Shanghai, China. Photograph:  Lintao Zhang/Getty Images

Having found his voice late in his 20s, basketball’s best player has let it be heard

Corh hurling legend  Christy Ring in action. Photograph:  Connolly Collection/Sportsfile

Greatest hurler of them all was feted by some of America’s top writers on his trips to US

Colby Covington celebrates  his TKO victory over Tyron Woodley in their welterweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event in Las Vegas. Photograph: Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images

Fighter's alt-right, ultra-nationalist, xenophobe schtick is just an act

The hurlers  who toured the United States in 1888, in what became known in the GAA as the ‘American Invasion’

Journalist believed Irish game had the chance to take root in late 19th century America

 Former Notre Dame football coach Lou Holtz speaks during a campaign rally for Republican senate candidate Mike Braun and attended by president Donald Trump at the County War Memorial Coliseum  in Fort Wayne, Indiana in November  2018. Photograph:  Aaron P Bernstein/Getty Images

Former Notre Dame football coach has become a darling of right-wing media

 Franz Beckenbauer of New York Cosmos in 1978: When Ross saw the famous German international   playing at the back on his debut, he phoned down to the dug-out with the immortal advice: “Get the Kraut into midfield! We’re not paying him all that money to play deefence!”    Photograph: Tony Duffy/Allsport

Former New York Cosmos owner Steve Ross’s story a cautionary tale for Dundalk fans

 Shaquille O’Neal speaks  during the 2019 NBA awards  in Santa Monica, California. Photograph: Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Turner Sports

The seven foot one, 25 stone former NBA star is universally popular and TV knows it

Chairman and CEO of the New York Jets, Woody Johnson, is Donald Trump’s ambassador to the UK. Photo: George Gojkovich/Getty Images

Controversial figure has been trying to bring British Open to Trump’s Turnberry

Muhammad Ali stands between rounds next to cornerman Drew Bundini Brown during the heavyweight championship against Earnie Shavers at Madison Square Garden on September 29th, 1977 in New York. Photo: Robert Riger/Getty Images

New book recounts the life and times of Muhammad Ali’s famous cornerman

Super Bowl winner Laurent Duvernay-Tardif will sit out this season with the Kansas City Chiefs to work in the medical system in his native Canada. Photograph:  Mark Brown/Getty Images

Pro players are deciding to opt out of the forthcoming season as US battles coronavirus

Los Angeles Dodgers’ Mookie Betts knelt in protest during the national anthem before his debut against the San Francisco Giants. File photograph: EPA

Dave Hannigan: Just eight per cent of major leaguers today are African-American

Dave Hannigan with his sons Charlile and Finn.

As my eldest son left home I reflected on the last two decades and the experiences of life

 DeSean Jackson announced his intention to visit Auschwitz and to continue to educate himself about the suffering of the Jewish people after recent anti-Semitic social media posts. Photograph:  Mitchell Leff/Getty Images

Lack of critical response from peers after high-profile sports stars’ social media posts

Notre Dame’s Leprechaun mascot leads out the team ahead of a game against the Ball State Cardinals in 2018. Photograph: Jonathan Daniel/Getty

Logo is worth millions to the Indiana college but is beginning to come under scrutiny

Donald Trump welcomes the Clemson team that won last year’s college football championship to the White House. Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

Dave Hannigan: Indentured servitude of the system fully exposed by bizarre attitudes

Foxhall Parker Keene owned horses having been a star jockey and polo player.

One of the most famous stars of the Gilded Age had a particular affiliation with Ireland

Maggie Haney (r) with Riley McCusker after her routine in the Artistic Gymnastics Women’s Uneven Bars Final to win the gold medal during the Lima 2019 Pan-American Games. Photo: Luis Robayo/AFP via Getty Images

Dave Hannigan: It’s the same old, depressing story in gymnastics, only the names change

The Fighting O’Sheas - Brian, Rory, Tom and Mike - lived a life that was one-part West Side Story, two-parts The Harder They Fall.

The Dublin-born educator and boxing coach left a huge mark on his adopted city

The lord mayor of Cork’s feat of endurance and the drawn-out circumstances of his death magnified the cause of Irish independence (...)

US president Donald Trump plays golf at Trump National Golf Club in Sterling, Virginia last weekend. Photo: Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA

US president’s golf exploits widely reported but it doesn’t stop him racking up rounds

Frankie Carbo pictured in 1959. Photograph: Getty

Frankie Carbo’s fearsome reputation let him control the sport in a post-prohibition US

Rocky has been just one of the films Dr Matt Schwartz has used when giving speeches to his staff. Photo: Valery Sharifulin\TASS via Getty Images

Dr Matt Schwartz has been motivating staff with lines from Rocky and other films

 Justin Rohrwasser has some worrying artwork on his left arm. Photograph: Getty Images

Kicker has a symbol associated with a right-wing militia on his left arm

 Donald Trump gets taken to the mat by ‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin. Trump  featured so often in cameo roles in the WWE  that he was eventually inducted into the company’s Hall of Fame.  Photograph: Bill Pugliano/Getty Images

Florida reclassifying WWE as “essential industry” only possible in weirdest of times

The US flag is seen at half-mast on the Brooklyn Bridge in New York on April 11th. Photograph: Johannes Eisele/AFP via Getty Images

The numbers of dead are hard to fathom but the pages of obituaries shed some light on their lives

English music hall entertainer Marie Lloyd (1870 - 1922) at her home in Golders Green, London, with her husband Bernard Dillon. Photo: Topical Press Agency/Getty Images

Dillon and his famous wife Marie Lloyd were the Posh and Becks of Edwardian Britain

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

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