Golden moment: Novak Djokovic after beating Roger Federer in an epic final. Photograph: Getty

Djokovic equals 1980s king of cool Bjorn Borg with five Wimbledon titles under his belt

Novak Djokovic poses with the winner’s trophy on the balcony of the club house after beating Roger Federer to win Wimbledon. Photo: Daniel Leal-Olivas/Getty Images

Longest final in history was eventually decided on a tie break after 12-12 in the final set

On the run: Serena Williams is outplayed during the women’s singles final on Saturday against Simona Halep. Photograph: PA

With just 12 matches since January the 23-time Grand Slam finalist failed to equal record

Simona Halep celebrates winning the women’s singles final following victory over Serena Williams. Photograph: PA

Williams remains one victory away from finally equalling Margaret Court’s record


No crowd favourite but another Grand Slam puts her level with Margaret Court on 24

Roger Federer celebrates match point in his men’s singles semi-final win over Rafael Nadal at Wimbledon. Photo: Carl Recine/Reuters

Swiss player got the better of his old rival Rafael Nadal in a thriller on Centre Court

Rafael Nadal is congratulated by Roger Federer after winning their their match in 2008. Photograph: Getty Images

Tremors from their epic 2008 final are still felt among the Wimbledon halls

 Serena Williams celebrates winning a point against Czech Republic’s Barbora Strycova during their women’s singles semi-final match. Photograph: Getty Images

She has come within a match of equaling the record of Margaret Court’s 24 Grand Slams

Serena Williams celebrates her victory over Alison Riske in their Wimbledon quarter-final. Photograph: Nic Bothma/EPA

Veteran has fought her way into last four with single goal in mind: equalling Court

Roger Federer celebrates beating Kei Nishikori during their men’s singles quarter-final match at Wimbledon. Photo: Adrian Dennis/Getty Images

Defending champion Novak Djokovic also through to the last four after his win

 Roger Federer  celebrates his win over Matteo Berrettini  in their fourth round match at  Wimbledon.   Photogrraph: Epa/Nic Bothma

Both players will be tested by Sam Querry and Kei Nishikori on Wednesday

Serena Williams of the US celebrates winning her quarter final match against Alison Riske at Wimbledon. Photo: Hannah McKay/Reuters

American overcame fellow countrywoman Alison Riske in a three-set marathon

Rafael Nadal removes his head band after his match on day seven. Photograph: PA

Nadal dismissive of the idea the three are sending out a message to rest of the draw

 Cori Gauff during her women’s singles fourth round match against Simona Halep. Photograph: Getty Images

Last year’s French Open champion was the first top-10 opponent she had ever faced

Roger Federer seemed to be in cruise control against Luca Pouille. Photograph:  Glyn Kirk/AFP/Getty Images

Rest of field yet to pose real threat to champion trio of Federer, Nadal and Djokovic

Coco  Gauff  arrives at Aorangi Park for a practice session at Wimbledon. ‘I don’t really believe in fate and destiny.’ Photograph: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

Teenager faces Halep in last 16 while title contenders quietly move through draw

Cori Gauff celebrates her victory over Slovenia’s Polona Hercog. Photograph: Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP/Getty

15-year-old saves two match points against Polona Hercog as fairytale run continues

Novak Djokovic survived a slow start to beat Hubert Hurkacz in four sets. Photograph: Clive Brunskill/Getty

Top seed gets off to a slow start after an issue with his cap before blitzing Pole in four sets

Rafael Nadal celebrates beating Nick Kyrgios on day four of Wimbledon. Photograph: Adam Davy/PA

Australian shows Grand Slam potential but can’t force relentless winner into a fifth set

Serena Williams needed three sets to see off Kaja Juvan at Wimbledon. Photograph: Laurence Griffiths/Getty

18-year-old threatens latest Wimbledon upset before seven-time winner finds her mojo

 Cori Gauff in action during her second round match against Magdalena Rybarikova of Slovakia. Photograph: Getty Images

That’s six sets for two matches so far and sweetly into the third round for Djokovic

Dave Miley: “After Wimbledon I will be travelling to 45 countries.” Photograph: Rod Leon

Miley says his nomination is from Tennis Ireland, and he has support of OFI president Sarah Keane and Sport Minister Shane Ross

Dominic Thiem of Austria waves to the crowd as he leaves the court after loosing to Sam Querrey. Photograph: Getty Images

Roger Federer asked to explain what is going on with seeds five, six and seven falling

 Russia’s Maria Sharapova in action during her first round match against France’s Pauline Parmentier. Photograph: Toby Melville/Reuters

There was no amount of talking to the wall that could help Maria Sharapova this time

Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece acknowledges the fans as he leaves the court after defeat to Thomas Fabbiano. Photograph: Getty Images

Both the of world’s brightest talents failed to find their way past the Wimbledon foothills

 Cori Gauff after her win against Venus Williams at Wimbledon. Photograph: Reuters

The youngest player in the Open Era to qualify moved into round two of Wimbledon

 Ashleigh Barty: “It is always a goal to try and be the best. It’s ultimately why we train, why we compete and play, but for it to happen in this way has been amazing.” Photograph:  Shaun Botterill/Getty

Talented Australian has overcome adversity to rise to the top of the world rankings

 Marian Vajda, Goran Ivanisevic and Novak Djokovic during a practice session ahead of action at Wimbledon. Photograph:  Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

It’s been a stellar year for the world number one who remains as hungry as ever for success

Ireland’s Kurt Walker celebrates with his gold medal at the 2019 European Games. Photo: Soenar Chamid/Inpho

Lisburn native won on a unanimous decision against Mykola Butsenko in Minsk

Ireland’s Kellie Harrington was forced to withdraw from her women’s lightweight final in Minsk. Photo: Soenar Chamid/Inpho

Kurt Walker is Ireland’s last gold medal hope in the men’s bantamweight division

Stefanos Tsitsipas: Currently ranked sixth in the world and seeded seven for Wimbledon, the 6ft4in Greek player is as elegant as he is powerful. Photograph:  Adam Pretty/Getty Images

Since 2002 Federer, Djokovic, Nadal and Murray have been only winners of men's title

Ireland’s Kellie Harrington in action against  Agnes Alexiusson of Sweden in the lightweight semi-final at the European Games in Minsk, Belarus. Photograph: Soenar Chamid/Inpho

Michaela Walsh and Kurt Walker also make it through to finals in Minsk

Joey Carbery: “If you see something, have a go for it, and obviously if it doesn’t work out it’s your responsibility. But there’s never ever really a boundary put on you.” Photograph: Getty Images

‘You can certainly benefit from being a 10 playing fullback because you can kind of get a feel for the game’

Kellie Harrington: preparing for this year’s World Championships, which are scheduled for Ulan Ude, Russia in Octoberthe. Photograph: Inpho

Executive director warns AIBA is nearing insolvency due to €15 debts

A view of the draw for Pool Four of the Champions Cup which pits Munster against formidable holders  Saracens, Racing and Ospreys. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Van Graan’s men draw the short straw while Cullen’s Leinster will be pleased

Munster will face Owen Farrell and Maro Itoje when they take on defending European champions Saracens. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Johnny Watterson looks at the European opposition the Irish will face next season

Munster’s Conor Murray after his team’s defeat to Saracens in the Champions Cup semi-final. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Last year’s beaten Champions Cup finalists Leinster will face Lyon and Northampton

La Rochelle head coach Ronan O’Gara may have to face  his old club Munster in the next Champions Cup. Photograph:   Andrew Cornaga/Inpho

French club’s new head coach’s first big test could be a return to Thomond Park

Former Australia outhalf Stephen Larkham has joined the Munster coaching staff. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Former Australia outhalf has previously worked as attack coach for the Wallabies

Chloe Magee: “Playing well and performing to our best there is no reason we can’t make it. But we have to get a lot of big performances out over the next 12 months.” Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Ireland’s badminton star joins brother Sam in bid to qualify for the mixed doubles in Tokyo

Sarah Keane: “I haven’t spoken to the EOC president myself. He [Kocijancic] has advised that it is standard to invite their former presidents to events  . .” Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

European Olympic Committee continues to stand behind its former president

Ireland’s Ryan Baird receives a red card during the  World  U20 Championship match against Australia  at the  CRAI Stadium in  Sante Fe, Argentina. Photograph: Pablo Gasparini/Inpho

Australia score three tries in four-minute spell during second half

Katie Taylor poses with her belts at   the County Club, Co Meath. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Belgian deserves another shot as Bray boxer says bout in Ireland is not in her near future

Roisin Upton, Ayeisha McFerran,  Gillian Pinder, Anna O’Flanagan and Katie Mullan of the Ireland Women’s Hockey team.    Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Team ranked 8th in the world take on 22nd-placed Malaysia in FIH series in Banbridge

Eugene McGee’s hat-trick against France came on his 280 cap for Ireland. Photograph: Rowland White/Inpho/Presseye

Banbridge player earns 280th international cap in second match of series

Katie Taylor in action against  Delfine Persoon during their world lightweight title contest  at Madison Square Garden in New York. Photograph: Tom Hogan/Inpho

Boxer’s camp pour cold water on idea of rematch with Delfine Persoon in Belgium

 Pat Hickey  at the inaugural European Games four years ago in Baku. Photograph. Inpho

Former OCI president invited to attend as a guest of European Olympic Committees

 Republic of Ireland captain Katie McCabe with team-mate and partner Ruesha Littlejohn, right, at the Aviva Stadium. reland’s largest insurer are lighting up the stadium for the first time with the rainbow collours  Dublin [Gay] Pride until June 8th. Photograph:  Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Ireland women’s captain says ‘speaking out about it is important, I’m not ashamed of who I am’

Jacob Stockdale in action against Wales. He has scored 14 tries in 17 Tests for Ireland. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Deep Christian faith underpins the prolific try-scoring winger’s perspective on life

Ireland’s Gary O’Donovan and Paul O’Donovan competing in Serbia. The big target is next year at the Tokyo Olympics. Photograph: Srdjan Stevanovic/Inpho

Brothers’ jovial personas hide focus and work rate which allows them take on the best

The Sport Ireland Institute’s High Performance Unit. Photograph: Crispin Rodwell

After a difficult gestation and birth, the Abbotstown sports campus is now delivering for Irish sport

Scrum coach John Fogarty is leaving the province after the Rugby World Cup. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/EPA

James Ryan leads new generation who will want to know exactly what they can do better

Michael Conlan lost a highly contentious decision to Vladimir Nikitin at the 2016 Rio Olympics. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Rematch in the professional ranks will take place at Belfast’s Falls Park on August 3rd

Tadhg Furlong takes on Lions teammate Mako Vunipola on Saturday. Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

Johnny Watterson runs the rule over the Leinster XV bidding to defend their crown

Robbie Henshaw has returned from injury to join  Garry Ringrose in the Leinster midfield. Photograph:  Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Combination with Garry Ringrose will be key in Champions Cup final against Saracens

 Jérôme Garcès in action during the Saracens versus Munster clash. The French referee is known for his liberal officiating of the breakdown. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Leinster camp fully aware of the French referee’s particular style in advance of cup final

Leinster hooker Sean Cronin has been struggling with a calf injury. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Stuart Lancaster also said that Rhys Ruddock should be available for selection

Cork Constitution’s Sean French celebrates as he scores against Dublin University in All-Ireland League Division 1A semi-final. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Cork side will look to make fourth consecutive final one to relish against old rivals

Scrumhalf Conor Murray and winger Keith Earls will both start against Benetton at Thomond Park. Photograph: Inpho

Pro 14 quarter-final preview: Munster v Benetton, Thomond Park, 3pm (Live eir sport 1)

James Ryan: “I think Saracens are a different beast to Toulouse. We definitely have to crank it up a few notches as they are the only unbeaten team in Europe this year.” Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

‘We love expressing ourselves with ball in hand. We’ve guys who love playing rugby’

Glenannne’s Shane O’Donoghue and Luke Madeley of Three Rock Rovers in action during last year’s EHYL Trophy Final. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Grange Road side face the hosts in EHYL Champions Trophy semi-final

Ulster’s Darren Cave and Michael Lowry fail to stop Leinster’s Fergus McFadden from scoring a try. McFadden has been banned for six weeks following an incident in the same race. Photo: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Leinster player has been banned for act of foul play involving the head against Ulster

 Members of the St Michael’s Rowing Club who will  defend their title in the Celtic Challenge rowing from Arklow to Aberystwyth, a 155 km journey taking between 20 to 24 hours for the rotating crew of  12 to complete. Photograph: Alan Betson

St Michael's aiming to defend their title in gruelling Irish Sea crossing

Jack Carty: one of the contenders for the Zurich Players’ Player of the Year award following his impressive form for Connacht this season. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Ireland international retains ambitions of making it to the World Cup in Japan

James Ryan is one of four nominations for the Zurich Players’ Player of the Year Award to be announced on May 15th. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Peter O’Mahony, Jack Carty and Tadhg Beirne also up for Players’ Player of the Year

Ulster’s Eric O’Sullivan in action against Leinster in the Champions Cup. ‘Just to think you are on Joe Schmidt’s radar is pretty encouraging.’ Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Ulster prop keen to keep learning in breakthrough season after successful move north

Sean Dancer has been named as the new head coach to the Ireland women’s team. Photograph:  Simon Watts/Hockey NZ

Former Australia U21 player was assistant with the New Zealand women’s team

Rhys McClenaghan in Dublin’s Docklands where the Irish Olympic Team for Tokyo unveiled a new partnership with jobs site Indeed. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho.

Belfast gymnast makes no secret of his medal ambitions at next year’s Games

Pentathlete Natalya Coyle and gymnast Rhys McClenaghan at the Olympic Federation of Ireland  announcement of Indeed as the new sponsor. Photograph:  Chris Bellew/Fennell Photography

Two times Olympian became anaemic ‘and I was getting injured and sick all the time’

Conor Murray and his dejected Munster team-mates after the defeat to Saracens at the  Ricoh Arena, Coventry.  Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Van Graan offers no excuses and admits formidable Saracens were the better team

Saracens man of the match Billy Vunipola is confronted by a Munster fan after his side’s victory in the Heineken Champions Cup semi-final at the  Ricoh Arena. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Choice struck a jarring note after a hugely controversial week for the England international

 Munster’s Conor Murray after the game. Photo: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

‘We got beaten by the better team so no excuses from our side’

 Billy Vunipola and a Munster fan after the Champions Cup game in Coventry. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Vunipola was booed by Munster fans after his controversial social media comments

Munster’s Peter O’Mahony during the second half. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Munster suffer more semi-final heartbreak as Saracens reach Champions Cup decider

Sport Ireland chief execuitve John Treacy: ‘I think you need to remember the clubs, the leagues, the members that are on the council have a responsibility.’ Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

John Treacy confirms no impediment to current members being elected to new set up

Leinster’s Tadhg Furlong goes off injured in the second half of the game at the RDS. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Leo Cullen’s side remain on European footing ahead of Toulouse game

Leinster’s Jordan Larmour tries to avoid the tackle of Niko Matawalu of Glasgow Warriors during the Guinness Pro 14 game at the  RDS. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

‘It’s about putting a nice cohesive week together and making sure we're all good to go’

Leinster’s Rob Kearney on his way to scoring their second try against Glasgow Warriors during the Guinness Pro 14 game at the  RDS. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Scottish side will top Conference A if they can beat Edinburgh at home in final round

YMCA, Cookstown and Cork C of I are involved in a relegation battle in the EY Irish Hockey League. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Three-way relegation battle likely to go down to the wire

Ireland Sevens’s Jordan Conroy in action against Hong Kong in the series qualifier final in Hong Kong Stadium. Photograph:  Yu Chun Christopher Wong/Inpho

Milestone could be achieved in July after side’s most successful Sevens campaign

 Munster’s Ronan O’Mahony scores a try against the All Blacks in Thomond Park. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

The winger sustained a broken leg and dislocated ankle against Treviso two years

Olympic Federation of Ireland president Sarah Keane announced the Finland-based Elamys Group would be the authorised ticket reseller for the Tokyo tournament. Photograph:  Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Sarah Keane says federation is ‘walking the walk’ as it outlines plans for Tokyo 2020

Olympic Federation of Ireland president Sarah Keane expects something in the region of €2m to flow into the OFI over the next two years from IOC funds. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

President says she has been assured sport will be part of tournament despite governance dispute

Conor Murray celebrates scoring a try for Munster against Cardiff Blues at Irish Independent Park in Cork. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Ireland Sevens crew join elite in World Series after their impressive victory in Hong Kong

Benetton’s Tommaso Allan kicks a late conversion to tie the Pro14 game with  Leinster at the RDS. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Valuable test for province's young guns as Benetton snatch a reward from helter-skelter clash

Johnny Sexton and Ross Byrne in training last month. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Munster also face injury worries after Earls, Kleyn and O’Mahony taken off in Cardiff win

Benetton’s Ratuva Tavuyara celebrates with fans after scoring the try that helped level the final score in the Guinness Pro 14 game against Leinster at the RDS. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Italian side had their chances to win yet again at the RDS against sub-par Leinster

Ireland’s Josh van der Flier going off injured against France at the Aviva Stadium on March 10th. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

‘If someone comes in from the side you are pretty exposed, your knees, your ribs’

 Dave Miley is running in the ITF presidential elections scheduled this September of this year. Photograph: Rod Leon

Miley is challenging incumbent ITF president David Haggerty in elections in September

Depending on how Banbridge do at Serpentine Avenue against Pembroke, Three Rock Rovers have the potential to move  up the table

Lower-middle of the table Monkstown have double header against C of I

Dave Miley has received the Tennis Ireland nomination in his bid to become  the ITF president. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Former Irish tennis champion is running for president of International Tennis Federation

Munster’s Tyler Bleyendaal in action  against Edinburgh during the n Champions Cup quarter-final at Murrayfield. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Should Carbery not be fit to face Saracens, classy Bleyendaal will be ready to step up

Tadhg Beirne celebrates Munster’s Champions Cup quarter-final win over Edinburgh. Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

Referee reversed key penalty decision after Munster’s Beirne clashed with Schoeman

Injured Ulster captain Rory Best is consoled by Leinster’s Tadhg Furlong and Jordan Larmour after Saturday’s Champions Cup quarter-final. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Best to have talks with Ulster about possibly extending his future beyond World Cup

Scott Penny: “He’s one of a number of players that will be potentially given opportunities over the next few weeks to put their hand up,” says Leinster scrum coach, John Fogarty. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Fogarty confident young guns ready to step up in the absence of injured Van der Flier and Leavy

Jack McGrath: Ireland prop has enjoyed a glorious career for Leinster since  making his debut for the province in 2010. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Vastly experienced Lions and Ireland prop to join growing Leinster contingent up north

Leinster’s Dan Leavy is tackled by Ulster’s  Eric O’Sullivan and Billy Burns at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Complex knee ligaments damage means Leinster man facing a long, uphill struggle

Leinster’s Dan Leavy is taken off the pitch after injuring his knee during the Champions Cup win over Ulster. Photograph: Donall Farmer/PA

Flanker suffered a serious knee injury during province’s Champions Cup win over Ulster

 Banbridge’s Eugene Magee in action. The player scored two goals against Glenanne on St Patrick’s Day to secure a 2-1 victory for his side. Photograph: Inpho

Hockey: Monkstown up against it as they face league leaders Lisnagarvey

Jack Conan: “I think I have an extra point to prove this weekend because I didn’t feature in a lot of those big games in the latter part of last year.” Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Number eight was restricted to a frustrating bit part in the European run-in last year

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