Alberto Salazar: Nike’s Big Bet’s homage to Alberto Salazar pushed the  idea that would probably make Lance Armstrong laugh. Maybe Salazar was this misunderstood genius who just pushed to the limits without stepping over the line.   Photograph: Andy Lyons/Getty

Documentary’s theme of a ‘misunderstood genius’ seems dangerously wide of the mark

Hilda Breslin: the president of the Camogie Association faced an early crisis over the controversial proposals on the season that have now been withdrawn. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Start to the new season embroiled in unnecessary controversy

 A fan in a wheelchair makes his way into St Mary’s Stadium in Southampton. Photograph:  Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

Accessibility is about much more that just the physical when it comes to clubs and grounds

Dr Una May of Sport Ireland: ‘We’ve been successful in getting people to open their eyes to new opportunities and new target audiences, and new ways of delivering their sport.’ File photograph: Inpho/Morgan Treacy

People just looking for camaraderie and to stay fit often feel left out

 Christen Press, right,  of Manchester United celebrates with teammates Ella Toone, Jackie Groenen and Lauren James after scoring against West Ham at Old Trafford. Photograph:  Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

USA and Man United star’s daily activism challenges stereotypes and breaks barriers

The final scoreboard tells a sorry tale following  France’s routing of Wales in the Six Nations. Photograph: Damien Meyer/AFP/Getty

Watching amateurs being humiliated by pro teams won’t entice any girl to take up the sport

Football Beyond Borders is an education and social inclusive charity using the power of football to change the lives of young people. Photograph: Fiona Goodall/Getty Images

Charity has designed a programme aimed at girls that also develops social and emotional skills

Bobby Clay  wins the women’s junior race during the Great Edinburgh cross-country  in Holyrood Park in 2016. Photograph:  Ian MacNicol/Getty images

Absence of menstrual periods is so common among women who exercise

An empty Páirc Uí Chaoimh plays host to the Munster hurling semi-final between Limerick and Tipperary last November.  Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Evidence from the Bundesliga shows lack of home support is having a telling impact

Barcelona president Joan Laporta this week couldn’t name a single female football player at the club, despite former Euros and The Best Fifa Women’s Player winner Lieke Martens (pictured) being the club’s most outright signing. Photograph: Urbanandsport/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Joanne O’Riordan: We need to normalise women in leadership, broadcasting and sporting roles

Ruthie Bolton, a point guard for the United States, pictured in 1994. Photograph:  Tony Duffy/Allsport/Getty

Two-time Olympic gold medallist and WNBA Hall of Famer likes to lead by example

Ayeisha McFerran, Ireland’s hockey goalkeeper, celebrates qualifying for the Olympic Games  after victory over Canada. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Niamh Tallon identified a gaping void and set up a website to provide quality news and content

Nike, New Balance, Adidas and other footwear companies are going to want their brand, their shoe and their athlete as top dog

Changes in training may have allowed athletes to simply run more and become stronger

BT Sport presenter  Karen Carney received toxic comments, death threats and outright sexism after Leeds United picked up on some of her comments in a tweet. Photograph: Catherine Ivill/Getty Images

Everyone offers immediate help but few solutions to problem that's getting worse

Tampa Bay Buccaneers’s   Antonio Brown celebrates after catching a   touchdown pass against the Kansas City Chiefs. Photograph:    Chris O’Meara/AP

Super Bowl involved players who have turned women into victims

Teams prepare to start the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge in 2013. Photograph: Ben Duffy/Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge/Getty

Carroll is raising money for charity as she races from the Canary Islands to Antigua

Jessie Barr: ‘If you’re only accountable to yourself, it’s very easy to go easy on yourself.’ Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Sports psychologist Jessie Barr has some tips on how to stay focused on your fitness goals

Ted Lasso is  based on the character NBC showcased during their Premier League coverage in 2013. The idea  had potential: a lower league college football coach from Kansas drafted to London Premier League Team AFC Richmond to help the club.

Despite everything thrown at him, the football coach has something to covet – optimism

While I used my laziness as an excuse to hide from exercise or working out, the truth is I just hadn’t found what suited me and my body. Photograph: Getty Images

We take fitness for granted, but many with disabilities have difficulty accessing facilities

ESPN The Body issue came to an end in 2019. Photo: Getty Images

Joanne O’Riordan speaks to photography editor Nancy Weisman on her experiences

Galway take on Cork at Croke Park in the moved All-Ireland semi-final. Photograph: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

Systematic change is needed to give women a fairer claim to facilities and venues

Andy Murray (right) with his brother Jamie and mother Judy.  Judy gave her sons the opportunity both to succeed and sometimes to fail. Photograph:  Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images

New sports psychology book examines factors behind development of top-level athletes

Peamount’s Niamh Farrelly leads celebrations after the club clinched the Women’s National League title by defeating Shelbourne in a crucial clash at Newcastle, Co Dublin. Photograph: Ken Sutton/Inpho

Crucial investment needed to fund the development of the Women’s League

Natalie Achonwa: ‘Being part of a league that’s 80 per cent black women is how my desire and use of my platform has changed, especially now.’ Photograph: Jeffrey Brown/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The Indiana Fever player is keen to use her platform to highlight racial inequality

Cork’s Saoirse Noonan. Photograph:  ©INPHO/Laszlo Geczo

Cork footballers are on the cusp of a breakthrough

Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Players received a message that their games were off just 24 hours before throw-in

Monaghan referee Martin McNally is excited to be involved in the 2020 football championship. File photograph: Inpho

Monaghan referee Martin McNally is excited to be involved in this unique championship

Edel Thornton pictured at the launch of the 2013-14 Irish basketball season. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Cork 23-year-old isn’t your average athlete, and she isn’t your average basketballer

 Easkey Britton: “For me, it’s been this constant force and a really positive one in my life, to have that connection with the outdoors and something like the sea.”

Easkey Britton is a strong advocate of the healing and therapeutic properties of water

Cork’s camogie and ladies teams are facing a number of fixture clashes over the coming months. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Condensed calendar has led to more fixture clashes and tough decisions for players

Justine Dupont competing last December in Nazare, Portugal. Photograph:  Stefan Matzke/Sampics/Corbis via Getty Images)

Joanne O’Riordan: Being one of world’s top big wave surfers doesn’t happen by accident

Mental health literacy is crucial as it is closely related to help-seeking behaviour and mental health outcomes.

Constant and determined commitment required to develop effective mental training regime

 Clive Tyldesley commentating on the  Scottish Premiership match between Rangers  and St Mirren at Ibrox  in August. Photograph: Willie Vass/Pool via Getty Images

Life in the commentary box and an enlightening bus trip to Ballybofey

Jade Wheatley from Australia taking part in the Bali Adaptive Pro, an international contest for surfers with disabilities, at Canggu beach on Indonesia’s resort island in  September, 2019. Photograph: Sonny Tumbelaka/AFP via Getty Images

Adaptive surfing has taken off around the world and is on the list for future Paralympics

Shelmaliers’ Brian  and Glen Malone (centre) celebrate  the Wexford SHC Final victory over Naomh Éanna at   Wexford Park. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

After winning a county hurling title with his club, Malone is back on the football beat

  Washington Mystics players  each wear white T-shirts with seven bullets on the back protesting the shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Photograph: Julio Aguilar/Getty Images

The recent shooting of Jacob Blake brought an incredible response from US athletes

During sports like swimming you can quite easily get into an induced panic stage just from your breath. Photograph:  Robert Cianflone/Getty Images

Breathing expert Eoin Burns on why learning to breathe through your nose is key

 Tipperary’s dual star Orla O’Dwyer will once again kit out for the Brisbane Lions. Photograph:  Chris Hyde/Getty Images

So many Irish women footballers are joining the AFLW, it must be doing something right

‘You gotta get ’em up there, girls!’: Tampax’s banned Tampons & Tea television advert

Joanne O’Riordan: Orreco and Dr Georgie Bruinvels are changing attitudes

Shelbourne take on Waterford at Tolka Park - you can stream the rest of the League of Ireland season for €55. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

A wealth of sport is available on the internet but once again women have been left behind

Players are following the rules but delighted to be back as GAA season resumes. File photograph: Inpho

Joanne O’Riordan: Killarney Legion GAA club give an insight into the new normal

 Amy Rodriguez  of Utah Royals FC beats  Nichelle Prince  of the Houston Dash to the ball  during the second half in the quarter-final match of the NWSL Challenge Cup at Zions Bank Stadium  in Herriman, Utah. Photograph: Maddie Meyer/Getty Images

It’s been far from plain sailing but could provide blueprint into what sport will look like

Sarah Colgan, cofounder of the 20x20 initiative: ‘What 20x20 wants to give everybody is a big hug and the opportunity to experience the gift of being active.’ Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Joanne O’Riordan: Why aren’t we exercising more? 'No Proving, Just Moving' explained

New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone (right) watches his team play in a simulated game before the start of the 2020 Major League Baseball  season at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, New York on Monday. Photograph: Jason Szenes/EPA

We’re all eager to get back to our sports, but it takes just one outbreak and it’s game over

Michelle Finn at the 2019 IAAF World Athletics Championship in Doha, Qatar in September 2019. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

The Cork steeplechaser is determined to get over the hurdles and qualify for Tokyo

Joanne and Steven O’Riordan

Joanne O’Riordan: My own brother’s story is a heartfelt plea for inclusivity in the game

Tyson Fury celebrates his win by TKO in the seventh round against Deontay Wilder in February. Photo: Al Bello/Getty Images

Most with vested interests in big fights are happy to ignore anything that could harm them

Quarterback  Jimmy Garoppolo  of the San Francisco 49ers throws a pass against the Kansas City Chiefs during  Super Bowl LIV at Hard Rock Stadium  in Miami at the start of February. Photograph: Rob Carr/Getty Images

The former sports journalist has seen plenty of changes at one of America’s biggest teams

US president Barack Obama holds a jersey while posing for a picture during an event to honour the Minnesota Lynx team for its 2015 WNBA championship victory, in the East Room at the White House in June , 2016. Photograph: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

League changed its stance and got behind the movement after initially fining clubs and players

‘Effectively, wipe your mind of everything but where you want the ball to go,’ says Bob Rotella. Photo: Andrew Redington/Getty Images

Renowned psychologist speaks about his work and getting through lockdown

Fans watching the FA Women’s Super League match between Spurs and Arsenal at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on November 17th, 2019 in London. Photograph: Kate McShane/Getty Images

Women’s game has to accept financial instability and that it is different to men’s game

 Real Betis coach Rubi wearing a face mask while observing players from a balcony during a training session at the Luis del Sol training ground in Seville. Photograph:  Fernando Ruso/Real Betis/AFP via Getty Images

Putting my wants ahead of those who find themselves compromised is a bit of a tall ask

Cork senior football captain Doireann O’Sullivan is taking part in a virtual skills challenge to raise money for LauraLynn Children’s Hospice. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Players are finding new ways to make a difference in these uncertain times

 Phil Neville gave us soundbites for years to come throughout last summer’s Women’s World Cup. Photograph: PA

Joanne O’Riordan: England women’s manager was outspoken but tactics were lacking

Sergi Roberto of Barcelona scores their sixth goal past goalkeeper Kevin Trapp of PSG during the 2017 Champions League Round of 16 second leg match at Camp Nou. Photo: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

Joanne O’Riordan: Picking one was impossible so I’ve divided it into men and women

Joanne O’Riordan: Picking one was impossible so I’ve divided it into men and women

Kely Nascimento-DeLuca with her father Pelé. Photograph: Courtesy of Kely Nascimento-DeLuca

In new film, Pelé’s daughter looks at the myriad challenges facing women in football

Conor Keane of Killarney Legion takes a free during the Kerry SFC final replay against South Kerry in November 2015. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

I have rediscovered my ability at heading a ball during quarantine

Why am I so selfish when so many are going through so much

Joanne O’Riordan: ‘I’m not saying yoga is absolutely for everyone. But in two of my greatest times of need, it has definitely gotten me out of a hole.’ Photograph:  Phil Walter/Getty Images

‘My one constant is the 20 minutes of stretching and breathing every day’

Aoife Murray: over 18 season’s as Cork senior goalkeeper she  embraced her position and raised it to an incredible standard while winning every honour in the game. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Cork goalkeeper continually drove standards during a long successful career

Nneka Ogwumike: The WNBPA president spearheaded negotiations on a new collective bargaining agreement. Photograph: Christian Petersen/Getty Images

Joanne O’Riordan: Ireland can learn a lesson in how to chip way at gender equality

Aine O’Gorman: Peamount United star has won 100 caps and scored 13 goals since making her debut for the Republic of Ireland in 2006. Photograph:   Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Vastly experienced international eager to help the Republic’s qualification bid

Mo Farah: Apparently Mo has trouble hearing, trouble remembering, has problems filling out his whereabouts forms, goes to the wrong country. Photograph: Kamil Jrzaczynski/AFP via Getty Images)

The debacle UK Athletics and Ukada find themselves in is farcical and nonsensical

Chelsea Women’s manager Emma Hayes has noted a link between her players’ being on their periods and a dip in performance. Photograph: Getty Images

Chelsea involved in training programme linking all sessions to the menstrual cycle

Leona Maguire finished tied for fourth in Australia. Photograph: Stacy Revere/Getty

Staging concurrent events with the men’s tour can help broaden the appeal of the game

Waterford’s Caoimhe McGrath shoots on goal under pressure from Cork’s Saoirse McCarthy and Libby Coppinger during the Littlewoods League clash at Páirc Uí Chaoimh.  Photograph: Ken Sutton/Inpho

Increased physicality in the game will be attractive for both players and spectators

Slaughtneil’s Aoife Cassidy in action against St Martin’s in the All-Ireland senior camogie club  final in Croke Park last March. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Word ‘unreal’ is very apt when discussing success and legacy of teams from Derry village

Orla Finn of Cork faces off Rachel Ruddy of Dublin. Both teams are gearing up for this year’s season of women’s football. Photograph: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

This year is going to be another year of development for the Cork squads

The German soccer team giving a  Nazi salute at the Berlin Olympic games in 1936. Photograph:  Photo12/Universal Images Group via Getty Images

They've money to dry their tears, but they also have a platform. Some are not afraid to speak

Cora Staunton: warned last year about the imminent drain of top intercounty talent to Australia. Photograph: Tommy Dickson

Australian option is attractive – especially if our GAA/LGFA can’t provide the basics

Killarney Legion’s James O’Donoghue with Joanne O’Riordan after victory in the Dr O’ Donoghue Cup. Photograph: Killarney Legion Twitter account

There were tears of joy from fans and players after the unthinkable was achieved

United States forward Megan Rapinoe  might have made my top 10 list when it comes to influence and inspiration, but my winner was Julie Ertz or Lucy Bronze. Photograph: Getty Images

Joanne O’Riordan: Awards are just popularity contests for the players who have a profile

Dublin’s Lyndsey Davey and Sarah Fagan celebrate winning the senior football All–Ireland in Croke Park. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

We cannot rely solely on inspiration from the top teams to lift the standards below

 Saki Kumagai of Olympique Lyonnais and Veronica Boquete of PSG in action. Vero moved to PSG after criticising the conditions  of the women’s game in Spain. Photograph:   Matthew Ashton/AMA/Getty Images

Spain’s FA, players’ association must put past conflicts behind them to strike pay deal

Republic of Ireland head coach Vera Pauw and assistant coach Eileen Gleeson stand for the anthems ahead of the  Uefa Women’s European Championship qualifier against Greece in  Panionios, Athens. Photograph: Greg Hellas/Inpho

Dutch coach’s previous jobs have led to stronger foundations for women’s football

Donaghmoyne’s Amanda Casey lifts the LGFA  All-Ireland senior club title at Parnell Park in 2016. Photograph: Tommy Grealy/Inpho

Mourneabbey set to renew their rivalry with formidable Donaghmoyne

NC Courage’s Irish player Denise O’Sullivan has shone for the US club since joining them. Photograph: Getty Images

Cork native is enjoying a stellar career with North Carolina Courage

Bulgarian fans chanted racist abuse and  and gave the Nazi salute during the European Championship defeat to England  at the Vasil Levski National Stadium in Sofia. Photograph: Nikolay Doychinov/AFP/Getty   Images

Uefa’s three-step protocols wholly insufficient to confront a growing menace

 The Netherlands’ Sifan Hassan reacts after winning the Women’s 1500 metres final at the   Athletics World Championships  in Doha. Photograph:  Karim Jaafar/AFP via Getty Images

Events in Doha were mind-blowing – but for all the wrong reasons

Rows of empty seats and sparse attendances have become  a familiar sight at the   World Athletics Championships in Doha, Qatar. Photograph: Diego Azlubel/EPA

Some athletes end up in hospitals while others celebrate in half-empty stadiums

Japan goalkeeper Ayaka Yamashita: she  proved it’s all down to reflexes, reactions and  good fortune to be a top goalkeeper. Photograph: Craig Mercer/MB Media/Getty Images

According to Fifa this year’s World Cup was the most technical, most skilful and most dramatic

Voluntary work is often considered a  pillar of the community, and it is these people who  bind our community together. Photograph: Getty Images

Think of unsung hero who made you a cup of tea to remind you comeback is bigger than setback

The Galway team celebrates victory over Kilkenny in the All-Ireland senior camogie  final in  Croke Park. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

A very successful weekend in soccer and camogie can be built upon

 Andrew Luck: the Indianapolis Colts player was booed  at Lucas Oili Stadium after the preseason game against the Chicago Bears when  it was announced that he would be retiring for health reasons. Photograph:  Justin Casterline/Getty Images

So-called Colts ‘fans’ show contempt for the long-term health of their former player

Fans use the separate entrance for wheelchair users at German club FSV Mainz’s stadium. Photograph: Getty Images

Disabled fans find themselves left outside in the cold, with few people willing to help

Dublin’s Aoife Kane in action against Cork’s Eimear Kiely during the league semi-final at Nowlan Park. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Dublin put their title on the line against great rivals Cork while Mayo face Galway again

 Natalya Coyle  competes in the European  Pentathlon Championships last week in Bath, England. Photograph: Michael Steele/Getty Images

Team boasts quality and quantity, and has medal opportunities in athletics and boxing

Cork’s Hannah Looney  celebrates with the O’Duffy Cup after winning the   2018 All-Ireland senior camogie  final against  Kilkenny at Croke Park. Photograph: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

As sports fans we want to see the best of both codes on the pitch as much as possible

Sarah Rowe kicks a point despite the efforts of Donegal’s Niamh Carr during the clash  at Bord Na Mona O’Connor Park in Tullamore, Offaly. Photo by Ben McShane/Sportsfile

Mayo take big scalp on way to quarter-finals but Dublin remain the team to beat

China’s Sun Yang is swimming under a cloud in Gwangju with a doping case against him set to be heard at the Court of Arbitration for Sport in September. Photograph:   Manan Vatsyayana/AFP

Horton, King and Scott shouldn't have to show respect to someone who doesn't reciprocate

England’s captain Eoin Morgan lifts the World Cup. But since the UK Government took cricket off the list of protected broadcast events, viewing numbers for the sport have collapsed dramatically – with detrimental knock-on effects for clubs. Photograph:  Glyn Kirk/AFP/Getty

Restricting drama for declining viewerships not the way forward for any sport

 The USA celebrate winning the Women’s World Cup  final  in Lyon. ‘The USA brought a new form of bravado to women’s sports.’ Photograph: Christophe Simon/AFP/Getty Images

Momentum from tournament packed full of storylines must not be squandered

I’m sure no parent sets out to be that pushy parent that everyone hate, but the chances are your behaviour is ruining your child’s happiness

Children do not need shouts about performance from parents on sidelines

 Cameroon players  arguing with referee Qin Liang following England’s second goal during their    World Cup  match in Valenciennes, France. Photograph:  Robert Cianflone/Getty Images

Why does women’s sport seemingly have to inspire future generations of wholesome players?

Saoirse Noonan of Cork  with her father, Peter,  following the TG4 Ladies Munster senior football final victory over   Waterford   at Fraher Field in Dungarvan. Photograph:   Harry Murphy/Sportsfile

Former soccer star and super sub’s impressive scoring rate proving a huge asset

A view of a match ball during the game between Argentina and Japan in Paris. Photo: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

There is no better time to be alive than during an international tournament

Allyson Felix: When she went on maternity leave from the track, Nike wanted to pay her 70 per cent less than before. Photograph: Ezra Shaw/Getty

Nike has always been proactive. It needs to go all in to support its female athletes

Olympique Lyonnais Féminin players celebrate after beating Barcelona in the  Women’s Champions League final  in Budapest, Hungary. Photograph: Getty Images

Olympique Lyonnais Féminin have reached incredible heights under club owner Aulas

Alex Scott interviews Raheem Sterling at the BT Sport Industry awards. Photograph: Jeff Spicer/Getty

Nature of sports broadcasting is changing - an increase in women is to be welcomed

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