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

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

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