Russia’s midfielder Roman Zobnin and Russia’s forward Artem Dzyuba celebrate the opening goal against Saudi Arabia  at the Saint Petersburg Stadium. Photograph: Gabriel Bouys/AFP/Getty

Ian O’Riordan: Given the cheating endemic in Russian athletics, questions will be asked

Andy Moran: returned to action off the bench in Mayo’s big win over Limerick at the Gaelic Grounds. Photograph: Oisín Keniry/Inpho

Mayo ready to take another step on redemption road as they travel to Tipperary

 Sophie O’Sullivan is presented with a medal from her mother Sonia at the Cork City Sports last year. Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

Sonia O’Sullivan’s daughter will run at European Youth Championships

Dublin’s Eric Lowndes with Kevin Murphy of Wicklow. “It’s not that you’ve arrived once you have it [the Dublin  jersey]. It’s about holding on to it as well.” Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inphocc

Once Lowndes got that senior Dublin jersey he has worked extra hard to keep it

 Evan Comerford punches the ball away after coming on for Stephen Cluxton the last day. Photo: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Dubs boss Gavin backs reserve goalkeeper to replace captain if needed in Leinster final

GAA headquarters will stage three hurling matches this Saturday afternoon Photograph: Inpho

Croke Park has been the venue for a host of major concerts this summer

Dublin’s Stephen Cluxton is fouled by James McGivney of Longford during the Leinster SFC semi-final in Croke Park. Photo: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Cluxton sustained a rib injury in Dublin’s 19-point semi-final win over Longford

Shane Walsh celebrates the Connacht final win over Roscommon: “It’s a young group so there’s definitely so much more I think in this group.” Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Connacht title ensures Tribesmen are the first team through to the new Super-8 phase

Cork’s Christopher Joyce is tracked by Tom Devine of Waterford during the Munster SHC Round Five match at Semple Stadium, Thurles. Photograph: Inpho

Defender says Clare will be be favourites given their current form with three wins in a row

Derek McGrath has stepped down as Waterford manager but has not ruled out a return to management at some stage in the future. Photograph: Oisín Keniry/Inpho

McGrath says he needs a break from management and told players at emotional meeting

Broadcaster says issue was down to list of ’black outs’ they were provided

Cork’s Mark Coleman with Colin Dunford of Waterford in action during the Munster SHC round-robin match at Semple Stadium. Photograph: Oisín Keniry/Inpho

Déise boss Derek McGrath will take his time deciding if he will stay on with county

Blackrock AC athlete continues brilliant form at event in Germany

In 1994, at the Irish senior championships, they were pulling runners out of the mud for hours afterwards. There must be dozens of spikes still buried in those fields, lost souvenirs of a running war.

County’s footballers looking forward to throwing down the gauntlet to Galway again

Michael ‘Brick’ Walsh: will make a record 74th championship appearance when he turns out for Waterford against Cork on Sunday. Photograph: Ken Sutton/Inpho

‘Brick’ set to make record championship appearance as McGrath’s men bow out

Dan Martin celebrates after crossing the finish line to win the fifth stage of the 70th edition of the Critérium du Dauphiné cycling race. Photograph: Philippe Lopez/AFP/Getty Images

Irish rider will concentrate on his own form in this year’s race, one of the toughest

Dublin’s Stephen Cluxton is fouled by James McGivney of Longford during the Leinster semi-final. Photo: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Dublin goalkeeper suffered an injury in semi-final win over Longford last week

Podge Collins celebrates Clare’s dramatic late win over Tipperary in Thurles. Photograph: James Crombie

Limerick in talented forward’s sights after his impressive impact against Tipperary

Mayo’s Lee Keegan: made his first appearance of the summer, coming off the bench, in Mayo’s win against Limerick last Saturday. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Both counties looking to extend their football championship run further into the summer

Shane Dowling: “We’ve a good team, have built a  good base, and we’re going to drive on from hereI.”  Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

‘We have the right people involved now, have players that are good enough’

Limerick’s Graeme Mulcahy scores a goal despite the best efforts of Waterford’s Conor Gleeson during the Munster SHC round-robin game at the  Gaelic Grounds. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/inpho

The Déise's season is over after this heavy round-robin defeat at the Gaelic Grounds

Ireland’s Phil Healy continued her brilliant form in Geneva. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Cork athlete improves her 200m and 400m personal bests yet again

Carlow management Turlough O’Brien and Steven Poacher. Photograph: Ken Sutton/Inpho

The Newry man has worked wonders: ‘Suddenly there’s pride in wearing the Carlow jersey again’

Phil Healy: the runner  would be the first to admit her title of Ireland’s fastest woman may not last long. File photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

In sun-kissed Morton Stadium in Santry on Wednesday, a rare sporting moment came

Dublin are in action this weekend for their Leinster SFC semi-final. Photo: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Qualifiers, Leinster semi-finals and an Ulster semi-final are all on the menu this weekend

Carlow’s Paul Broderick is looking forward to a Leinster SFC semi-final in Croke Park. Photo: Ken Sutton/Inpho

Paul Broderick has been plagued by injuries but now has a Leinster semi-final to come

Carlow manager Turlough O’Brien: “I think Carlow are showing now that a team that is well organised, structured and prepared can compete.” Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Manager rails against media bans and pundits talking down their own counties

Waterford’s manager Derek McGrath and Tipperary’s manager Michael Ryan at the final whistle of their Munster SHC clash. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

Derek McGrath was keen to move on from the controversy of Jason Forde’s score

Austin Gleeson of Waterford catches the ball in the square, the umpires ruled the ball had crossed the line and awarded the goal, during the Munster GAA Senior Hurling Championship Round 3 match between Waterford and Tipperary at the Gaelic Grounds, Limerick. Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile via Getty Images

Austin Gleeson looked to have caught the ball on the line but umpire awarded Tipp the goal

Sarah Healy broke Ciara Mageean’s 1,500m record in Tullamore on Sunday. Photograph: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

Sarah Healy breaks Ciara Mageean’s 1,500m record, Gary O’Hanlon wins Cork marathon

Runners during last year’s Dublin Marathon. Photo: Inpho

All 20,000 starting spots have been sold for the race which takes place on October 28th

Kerry footballer Aidan O’Mahony: got off with a warning in 2008 after twice the permitted level of asthma medication salbutamol was found in his system. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

What do GAA players have to hide? It should be willing to be tested the same as other sports

Galway’s Eoghan Kerin celebrates with team-mates after the Connacht quarter-final victory over Mayo at McHale Park in Castlebar. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Tribesmen hopeful of a good year but defender unwilling to look beyond Sligo clash

Cian Lynch in action during the victory over  Tipperary at the Gaelic Grounds. “We’ve 100 per cent belief in ourselves and the management team.”  Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Two-time All-Ireland U-21 winner now fitter, faster, stronger and more productive

Derek McGrath: the Waterford manager is faced with an unprecedented list of casualties and absentees. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

McGrath could be without nine All-Ireland final starters for the clash against Tipperary

Eamonn Fitzmaurice: said Killarney basketball coach James  Weldon ‘has a different eye and a different take on things’. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Kerry boss still working with extended panel of 40 as he plots summer campaign

James McCarthy at  AIB’s announcement of a five-year extension of its GAA sponsorship. Photograph: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

As Dublin head into the Leinster semi-final, McCarthy says they must stay focused

Mayo manager Stephen Rochford: “We’re very much looking at ourselves, with regards to what we can improve on, and that will continue to be our focus.” Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Stephen Rochford determined to steer a steady course on Mayo’s route to football qualifiers

Thomas Barr won the 400m hurdles at the Irish Life Health AAI Games in Morton Stadium, Santry, Dublin. Photograph: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

Neville, Akpe-Moses, Scott and Adeleke set new national junior record in 4x100m relay

Dublin’s Brian Fenton scores a goal in the Leinster SFC quarter-final at O’Moore Park in Portlaoise. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Four first-half goals left Jim Gavin’s champions 18 points up at half-time in Portlaoise

Tipperary manager Liam Kearns will hope his team can book their place in the Munster final this weekend. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

All team news ahead of weekend’s matches in all four provincial championships

Wicklow’s Sean Furlong celebrates with a team-mate at the final whistle after the Leinster championship victory over Offaly at O’Moore Park, Portlaoise. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

But clash with All-Ireland champions Dublin a special day for football folk in the county

Chris Froome of Team Sky crossing the finish line to win the 19th stage of the Giro d’Italia. Photograph: EPA/Daniel Dal Zennaro

British rider made what seemed impossible happen on stage 19 of Giro d’Italia

Germany’s Richard Ringer crosses the finishing line to win the 2018 European 10,000m Cup at Parliament Hill Athletics Track on Saturday in London. Photograph: Bryn Lennon/Getty Images

Night of the 10,000m PBs event has brought much-needed excitement to the European Cup

Laois manager John Sugrue with his son Conor: “The Leinster championship is still special, gives you that local sense.” Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

The Leinster title seems to be drifting away, but the manager is not giving up the chase

Dublin’s Michael Fitzsimons tries to block an effort from Meath’s  Kevin Reilly during the 2010 Leinster semi-final which Meath won 5-9 to 0-13. It was Dublin’s last defeat in Leinster. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Defender vividly recalls side’s last defeat – in 2010 – in the Leinster championship

Irish Olympian John Lawlor, who finished fourth in the Rome games in 1960, has died aged 84. Photograph: Boston University Athletics

A giant of Irish hammer throwing, he finished fourth in 1960 Olympics in Rome

Matthew O’Hanlon: “The camp this week will be full of confidence after getting a win, as opposed to a close loss.” Photograph: Ken Sutton/Inpho

Offaly challenge looms but victory over Dublin has established precious momentum

Davy Fitzgerald celebrates Wexford’s win over Dublin. Photograph: Tommy Greally/Inpho

Wexford boss Davy Fitzgerald laments his side having to play four games in four weeks

Dublin’s Fiontan McGibb challenges   Wexford’s Aidan Nolan during the Leinster SHC round-robin game at  Innovate Wexford Park. Photograph: Tommy Greally/Inpho

Late points from Rory O’Connor and Harry Kehoe seal it for home side

Efrem Gidey won the senior boys 5,000m at the Leinster championships in Santry. Photo: Inpho

Eritrean-born student created history in a stunning victory

Irish rider Sam Bennett Bora-Hansgrohe celebrates as he crosses the finish line to win the 12th  stage of the Giro d’Italia. Photograph: Daniel Dal Zennaro/EPA

Irishman has made the podium six times in the first 13 stages – including two outright wins

Offaly manager Stephen Wallace pictured in the stand (while serving a ban) during Sunday’s game against Wicklow. Photo: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

County board came to the decision after the shock defeat to Wicklow at O’Moore Park

Jason Forde in Allianz Hurling League final  action against Kilkenny. He scored 7-72 in the league, including 2-12 in the final loss to Kilkenny. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Top-scorer in the league, he awaits the return of Seamus Callanan to the attack for Limerick

Cork’s Alan Cadogan in action  against Tipperary in March. Photograph: Conor Wyse/Inpho

Eoin Cadogan switches from football to hurling ahead of Championship clash with Clare

Conor McDonald: “After the last couple of years, we have tried to base our performances on consistency.”  Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Conor McDonald ready for what looks like a rejuvenated Dublin side on Sunday

Cork’s Eoin Cadogan: “For the whole group the first game is going to be the number one focus – then park it whether you win or lose and move on.” Photograph:  Bryan Keane/Inpho

Latest Munster showdown between Cork and Clare at Páirc Uí Chaoimh on Sunday

Wicklow are frustrated that they can’t play their home quarter-final against Dublin in Aughrim. Photograph: Inpho

Seán Moran and Ian O’Riordan take a look back at the weekend’s big talking points

Lizzie Lee in action at the European Cross Country Championships in Slovakia. Photograph: Inpho

‘The marathon is not a young women’s game’ - Lizzie Lee is almost 38 and a mother of two

Donegal’s Michael Murphy impressed in the win over Cavan on Sunday. Photograph: Evan Logan/Inpho

Their unbeaten run at Ballybofey continues, which goes back eight years now to 2010

John Treacy, CEO of Sport Ireland, at the launch of the Irish Sports Monitor report in Dublin. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

More than half the population can’t fit some sort of physical exercise into their week

 Mayo’s Andy Moran with Paddy McGrath of Donegal. “If I feel sorry for myself for five minutes I’m dead.” Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

‘I burst myself to win the All-Ireland. If it doesn’t happen I can’t do any more’

 Donegal  manager Declan Bonner: “We were basically a point away from a very good league campaign in our eyes.” Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Relegated Donegal meet promoted Cavan in Ulster Championship preliminary round

John Treacy, CEO of Sport Ireland, at the publication of the 2017 Irish Sports Monitor at the Royal College of Physicians, Dublin. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Irish Sports Monitor: rugby does not register in top 12 when it comes to sport participation

Joe Canning in the 2017 All-Ireland senior hurling final in Croke Park. “At the end of the day the championship is your number one, and when we heard the draw Offaly was our main target, simple as that.” Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Galway begin defence of their All-Ireland title against Offaly on Saturday

Sky’s fifth season of championship coverage on its pay-per-view platform focuses even more exclusively on the latter stages of the championship. Photograph: Clive O’Donohoe/Inpho

Smaller provincial matches will be the losers as Sky and RTÉ announce line-up

 Wicklow manager John Evans: “We had two belts of snow, the rest of the country only had one,” File photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Champions’ record deal with AIG contrasts with a struggle for suitable training conditions

Philly McMahon lifts Sam Maguire after Dublin’s All-Ireland SFC final win over Mayo last year. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

New deal with insurance firm believed to be worth in the region of €1 million per year

Dublin’s Sinead Aherne is tackled by Mayo’s Orla Conlon and Doireann Hughes. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Sinead Ahern’s 1-9 steers All-Ireland winners to more silverware at a sunny Parnell Park

Jamie Clarke: the former Armagh star will add considerable guile to the   New York attack against Leitrim. Photograph: William Cherry/Presseye/Inpho

Sligo expected to prevail at London’s expense in Ruislip on opening championship weekend

The big worry in Ireland  is where exactly are the massive doses of steroids that are not seized ending up? Photograph: Getty Images

Sport Ireland is not in the business of policing amateur or recreational sport

If Tipperary footballers beat Waterford in the Munster Football Championship, they are  down to play Cork at 7pm on  May 26th, and in Connacht the meeting of Roscommon and New York/Leitrim is set for 5.30pm

Leinster GAA chairman suggests some throw-in times are open to manoeuvre

Jim Gavin at the launch of the 2018 Leinster Football Championship at Trim Castle in Co Meath. He did not  mention a fourth successive All-Ireland for Dublin

Dublin manager says team’s focus is on facing winners of Offaly and Wicklow

 Diarmuid Connolly  and Jim Gavin celebrate  Dublin’s Leinster Final win at Croke Park in 2014. Photograph:  James Crombie/Inpho

Dublin manager says door remains open for forward to return this summer

Sonia O’Sullivan in Cabinteely ahead of her 100th parkrun. Photograph: Sportsfile

‘It’s only taken me close to 13 years but each run has a different story, a different memory’

South Africa’s Caster Semenya celebrates with her national flag after winning the athletics women’s 800m final during the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games. Photo: Saeed Khan/Getty Images

South African will need to artificially reduce testosterone levels in order to compete

Paul Mannion scores a goal against Mayo in the Allianz League. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Forward unsure if Kilmacud Crokes clubmate Rory O’Carroll will ever return

Eoin Cadogan has said his days with the Cork footballers are over. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Dual-star says playing both codes ‘not sustainable anymore’ as he focuses on hurling

Dynamic full-forward fully focused for now on Connacht showdown with Mayo

Cuala’s Sean Moran  is presented with the  AIB GAA Club Hurler of the year award by  GAA president  John Horan, left, and Denis O’Callaghan, Head of AIB Retail Banking at Croke Park. Photograph: Sportsfile

Survey suggests 67 per cent of respondents satisfied with Club Player Association actions

Mo Farah reacts after crossing the finish line to finish third in the London Marathon. Photo: Daniel Leal-Olivas/Getty Images

British runner finished third in London but was quite a way off the pace of Kipchoge

Mo Farah of Britain crosses the finish line to take third place during the Virgin Money London Marathon. Photo: Justin Setterfield/Getty Images

British runner never really had a chance against the impressive Kenyan but took third place

 Mo Farah at a press conference ahead of the  London Marathon. Photograph: Justin Setterfield/Getty Images

Athlete is up against Kipchoge in first marathon since losing 5,000m event last August

Paul Geaney: “We’ve been tipping away a small bit with Kerry, but the focus has been on the clubs this month.”

Kerry forward happy county has blooded some new talent as championship beckons

Andy Moran heads for the dressing room after receiving a black card in the defeat to Tyrone at Elverys MacHale Park, Castlebar. Photograph: Evan Logan/Inpho

Mayo veteran happy the county discovered ‘serious players’ during league campaign

Seán Óg Ó hAilpín: won three All-Ireland senior titles with Cork during his outstanding career.

Cork legend now happy to concentrate his efforts at club level with Na Piarsaigh

Dublin’s Cian O’Sullivan  at the launch of the #AllIrelandSmiles campaign for 2018. “Hopefully now, in the next number of weeks, I’ll be back playing, back training.” Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Centre-back’s recovery from a dislocated shoulder going according to plan

Con O’Callaghan: played a major role in Cuala’s retention of the All-Ireland club hurling  title.  Photograph: Oisín  Keniry/Inpho

All-Ireland champions and beaten finalists have six players each on selected team

Dermot Connolly: has played a major role in Dublin’s five All-Ireland wins since 2011. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Speculation is rife in the capital about the future intentions of the St Vincent’s man

Belgium’s Michael Goolaerts of Veranda’s Willems-Crelan cycling team receives first aid after a crash during the 116th edition of the Paris-Roubaix one-day classic cycling race. Goolaerts later died of a cardiac arrest. Photo: David Stockman/Getty Images

It was a week of heartbreak and sorrow with some cases a lot more serious than others

Ciarán Kilkenny in action for Castleknock. The Dublin player faces a busy few weeks with his club in both the hurling and football championship. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

90 club games will have been completed in the Kingdom by the first weekend in May

 Johnny Glynn celebrates after Galway’s win over Tipperary in the 2017 All-Ireland SHC semi-final at  Croke Park. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Hurler was travelling back and forth to the USA during All-Ireland winning season

Diarmuid Connolly:  It’s understood he  hasn’t been training with his club ahead of their clash with Skerries Harps. Photograph: Inpho

St Vincent's open the defence of their Dublin title against Skerries Harps on Thursday

Wexford’s  Lee Chin in attendance in Croke Park  at the launch of the 2018 Beko Club Bua award scheme.  Photograph: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Life as a full-time amateur GAA player has its challenges – especially when injury strikes

  Ciarán Kilkenny in Croke Park  at the launch of the 2018 Beko Club Bua award scheme, Leinster GAA’s accreditation and health check system for clubs in the province.  Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Adapting to different positions a welcome challenge for Castleknock club man

Ciaran Mageean congratulates Caster Semenya after the South African won the athletics women’s 1500m final during the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games at the Carrara Stadium on the Gold Coast. Photo: Adrian Dennis/Getty Images

The Northern Ireland runner finished 13th behind South African Caster Semenya

Spain’s Sergio Garcia   after winning the 2017 Masters. In some cases the winner might  surrender that winning cheque and happily walk away with just the blazer.  Photograph:    Reuters/Mike Segar

The winner of the Masters gets a hefty cheque of $1.9m – and a blazer in green

Tipperary’s Brendan Maher and Cillian Buckley of Kilkenny ahead of the   Allianz  League Division 1 hurling final which takes place at Nowlan Park,  Kilkenny, on Sunday.  Photograph: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

‘It’s about getting that balance where you’re getting the work in but also staying fresh'

Kilkenny’s Cillian Buckley: “I suppose we’ve had to try and adapt to the different formats and different formations that you’re coming up against on the field.”   Photograph: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

Kilkenny captain believes possession has now become much more important

A section of the playing grounds at Dolphin Park, at the far left of the above picture are, are to be sold.

Club say sale of a section of Dolphin Park fields a ‘long term commitment to local area’

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