The Ireland Women’s hockey team are primed for the World Cup. Photo: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

After failing agonisingly to reach the Olympics, Ireland eager for World Cup action

Germany’s Angelique Kerber celebrates after defeating Serena Williams to win the  women’s singles final at  Wimbledon. Photograph: Nic Bothma/AFP/Getty

Great American must wait for her 24th Grand Slam title as German prevails 6-3, 6-3

Novak Djokovic celebrates his victory over Kevin Anderson in the men’s  singles final at  Wimbledon. Photograph:  Julian Finney/Getty Images

Serb completes convincing straight-sets victory over Anderson to claim Wimbledon crown

Runner-up Serena Williams and winner Angelique Kerber  with the trophies after the women’s singles final at Wimbledon. Photograph:  Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

German player denies American a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam

 Novak Djokovic celebrates winning his semi-final match against  Rafael Nadal on Centre Court at Wimbledon. Photograph: Andrew Boyers/Reuters

Serb reaches fifth singles final after two-day classic

Serena Williams and  Angelique Kerber in action during the women’s final at Wimbledon in 2016. Photograph:    Julian Finney/Getty Images

Serena could win 24th Grand Slam in just 14th match into comeback

Georgia Drummy’s Junior Wimbledon is over after she and her American partner Alexa Noel lost in the doubles quarter-finals. Photograph: Steven Paston/PA

18-year-old and her American partner Alexa Noel knocked out in the quarter-finals

  Kevin Anderson (right) hugs  John Isner after winning their men’s singles semi-final match at Wimbledon. Photograph: Oli Scarff/AFP

Big serving Friday afternoon epic was the longest semi-final in the history of Wimbledon

John Isner: Since 2010, Wimbledon has been a “house of horrors” for him. Photograph: Nic Bothma/EPA

American in ‘very good spot’ ahead of semi-final encounter with Kevin Anderson

Serena Williams returns a shot against Julia Goerges during their women’s singles semi-final at Wimbledon. Photo: Ben Curtis/Getty Images

History chaser continues remarkable run after recently returning from giving birth

Georgia Drummy and her partner Alexa Noel are into the last eight of the girls doubles in Wimbledon. Photograph: Getty Images

The 18-year-old from Dublin and her American teammate now face number two seeds

England fans watch England’s 2018 World Cup semi-final loss to Croatia. Photo: Toby Melville/Reuters

The three and a half week party is over and football is not coming home from Russia

 Kevin Anderson  celebrates winning match point against Roger Federer during their men’s singles quarter-finals at Wimbledon. Photograph:   Michael Steele/Getty Images

Nadal also taken to five sets by Del Potro; Djokovic and Isner complete last four

  Serena Williams celebrates winning her quarter-finals against Camila Giorgi on Tuesday. Photograph: Julian Finney/Getty Images

Despite success All England crowd haven’t always warmed to the American

Argentina’s Juan Martin del Potro celebrates after beating France’s Gilles Simon 7-6, 7-6, 5-7, 7-6 during their men’s singles fourth round clash at Wimbledon. Photo: Oli Scarff/Getty Images

The Argentine has overcome injury problems to book a place in the quarter-finals

reland’s Georgia Drummy teamed up with American Alexa Noel to win their first doubles match in the Wimbledon Junior competition on Tuesday. Photo: Inpho

The 18-year-old from Dubliner lost in the girls singles event last week when she was beaten by the Chinese 10th seed Xinyu Wang

Angelique Kerber celebrates her win against Daria Kasatkina on day eight of the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon. Photo: John Walton/PA Wire

Meanwhile, Serena Williams dropped a set but still eased past Camila Georgi

 Roger Federer  serves against Adrian Mannarino  during their men’s singles fourth-round match on Centre Court at Wimbledon. Photograph:  Clive Mason/Getty Images)

Opening set against Adrian Mannarino was more akin to performance art

Serena Williams  in action during the fourth-round match against Russia’s Evgeniya Rodina at Wimbledon. Photograph: Toby Melville/Reuters

Russia’s Evgeniya Rodina no match in Round of 16 battle of the tennis moms

  Roger Federer during practice ahead of his match with   22nd seed Adrian Mannarino. Photograph: Tony O’Brien/Reuters

Five of top 10 men’s seeds in action in week two, with Mannarino facing Federer

Andy Murray: decided he wasn’t  ready to return at Wimbledon after a long absence due to hip surgery. Photograph: Peter Nicholls/Reuters

Murray just the latest to discover he has been writing cheques his body can’t cash

Simon Easterby will take charge in Belfast this week. Photograph: Inpho

New head coach, Dan McFarland may not be arriving until midway through the campaign

Roger Federer: he will be 37 in August but is   bidding to claim a remarkable ninth Wimbledon men’s singles title. Photograph: Matthew Stockman/Getty Images

The world of tennis looks more open now that it has been for some time

Michael Conlan talks at a press conference ahead of his fight against Brazilian Adeilson Dos Santos in Belfast on Saturday night. Photograph: Jonathan Porter/Inpho/Presseye

Featherweight to make pro home debut in Belfast on Saturday

Paralympic swimmer Ellen Keane. Photograph: David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile

The 23-year-old is happy with her body, and now has the work ethic to go with her talent

A security guard loses his trousers as he chases down a pitch invader after Ireland’s win over Australia at the Allianz Stadium in Sydney. Photograph: Brook Mitchell/Getty Images

Series win for Ireland a fitting end to three titanic, tight, tussles

 Tadhg Furlong of Ireland makes a break during the  win in Sydney. Photograph: Mark Kolbe/Getty Images

Tadhg Furlong is the pick of the bunch as Ireland seal famous win down under

Michael Conlan hasn’t boxed in his home city of Belfast since December 2010. Photograph: Inpho

‘He has challenged for the world title . . . and I believe it’s a test I am ready for’

Georgia Drummy will be competing in Wimbledon next month. Photograph: Zak Kaczmarek/Getty Images

This will be Dubliner’s final year as a junior player and she’s ranked 39th in the world

Pool 1 after the draw for next year’s Heineken Cup in  Lausanne, Switzerland. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

European champions face Wasps, Toulouse and Bath following draw in Switzerland

Jonathan Sexton acknowledges the crowd after the Champions Cup quarter-final against Wasps at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph:  Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Wasps, Toulouse and Bath make up a tough Pool 1 of the Champions Cup

Paddy Jackson taking part in his first training session with Perpignan on Tuesday. Photograph: Raymond Roig/AFP/Getty Images

Former Ireland and Ulster outhalf could play at Sportsground as early as October 12th

New Zealand’s Waisake Naholo and Beauden Barrett tackle Jared Payne of Ireland during the Guinness Series clash in 2016. Photo: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Ticket prices for category 1 and premium level have risen €15 since last game in 2016

Leinster players celebrate with the Pro14 and Champions Cup trophies. Photo: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Defending champions will be in Tier 1 when the draw takes place on Wednesday June 20th

Ireland’s Kellie Harrington made her exit from the European Boxing Championships in Sofia on Monday with a bronze medal. Photo: Tommy Dickson

Both Irish boxers lose on split decisions in semi-finals

 Rafael Nadal celebrates after victory over Austria’s Dominic Thiem during their men’s singles final at Roland Garros. Photograph: Christophe  Archambault/AFP/Getty Images

Final-set cramp wasn’t enough to keep Spaniard away from his 11th French Open title

Tolu Latu celebrates after Australia win a crucial scrum penalty at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane. Photograph: PA

The Wallabies played with all the belligerence of a Michael Cheika team roasting

Ireland head coach Craig Fulton “is going to be a hard act to follow”. Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

Frustrated coach’s Belgian move could not have come at a worse time for the team

Michaela Walsh won Ireland’s first medal at this year’s European Championships. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Belfast featherweight beat Belarussian Helina Bruyevich to win Ireland’s first medal

Ulster Rugby’s Chief Executive Shane Logan will leave the province. Photo: Jonathon Porter/Inpho

Logan has been with the province for eight years and departure follows a year of turmoil

Eamon Dunphy and Damien Duff with presenter Darragh Maloney. Photograph: Donall Farmer

As Duffer prepares for Russia, he remembers watching the World Cup as a boy

Eamon Dunphy: “Qatar, which is a pretty appalling place, has the 2022 World Cup.” Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The pundit is concerned about the potential for trouble at the Russian World Cup

 Katie Taylor with her father Pete Taylor (left): home town fight was deemed impossible  due to security issues around boxing. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Latest boxing-linked shootings remind of criminal connections with the ring

A 2012 file photograph of boxing coach Peter Taylor with then taoiseach Enda Kenny at the Bray Boxing Club. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Father of Olympic champion Katie has been operating gym and fitness business

Ireland forward Katie Mullan

Ireland, ranked 16th, have set the target of getting out of a tough group in London

William Buick riding Masar wins The Investec Derby at Epsom. Photograph:  Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Strong police presence ensures racecourse decorum is maintained on Derby Day

Emmanuel Petit: “I think we are surprised at what [Zinedine Zidane] has done as a manager with Madrid”

Midfielders shared moment in French football history by scoring in 1998 World Cup final

Ireland head coach Craig Fulton will depart after the three matches against France in June. Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

The most successful coach in history of Irish hockey to become Belgium’s assistant coach

Joe Schmidt: “I think it is a good opportunity for him to get in at 10. But he is going to get competition from Tyler [Bleyendaal], Ian [Keatley], JJ [Hanrahan]. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

‘It’s a good move because that’s what you’ve got to make it’ Ireland coach advises Carbery

Johnny Sexton during Ireland training ahead of the tour to Australia. Photo: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Regular captain Best ruled out of the three upcoming Tests in Australia

Joey Carbery will be changing the blue of Leinster for the red of Munster. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Irish outhalf will depart Leinster for Thomond Park for gametime at outhalf

Annalise Murphy  competes in the Rio Olympics in 2016, where she won two silver medals. Photograph: Benoit Tessier/Reuters

Nation similar in population has won over four times more medals than Ireland since 2000

Kellie Harrington: “Light welterweight was 64kg. I was never actually 64kg. I was always lighter than 64kg but now I look bigger than I did when I was at 64.” Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

‘I feel I’m in the shape of my life. I feel physically fitter and stronger than ever’

Leinster’s Jonathan Sexton celebrates with fans after the Pro14 final win over Scarlets. “In the Racing games we didn’t score any tries. We had chances. We didn’t take them. Today we managed to take them.”  Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

A few magical moments against Scarlets capped a long season of effort and success

Scarlets  head coach Wayne Pivac at a press conference at Aviva Stadium ahead the Pro14 final. Photograph:   Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Ken Owens says side take confidence from knowing they’ve triumphed in Dublin before

Leinster’s Jack Conan, Robbie Henshaw, Jordan Larmour and Andrew Porter celebrate with the European Rugby Champions Cup trophy after beating Racing 92 in the final earlier this month. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Study shows when the going gets tough, favourites are more likely to quit

Brendan Ingle displays his MBE in 1999. The boxing trainer has died at the age of 77, the British Boxing Board of Control has confirmed. Photograph: Fiona Hanson/PA

Irishman trained four world champions, including Johnny Nelson and Naseem Hamed

James Ryan: has ticked the boxes at senior level faster than many expected. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

James Ryan is the “Big Cheese” to Tadhg Beirne’s Pizza deliveryman

Leinster prop Jack McGrath at a press conference ahead the Pro14 final against Scarlets. Photograph:  Gary Carr/Inpho

Leinster prop says fourth encounter this season with Scarlets will be a ‘funny one’

Jordan Larmour: “If you told me that at the beginning of the season I wouldn’t have believed you.” Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

Pro14 final beckons for Leinster star following Grand Slam and Champions Cup glory

Leinster outhalf Johnny Sexton with the Champions Cup trophy after their win over Racing 92 in Bilbao. Photo: Getty Images

Johnny Sexton, Robbie Henshaw, Dan Leavy and Isa Nacewa should all be fit for Scarlets clash

Munster head coach Johann van Graan: “My belief in rugby is that every week’s different. This is a whole new ball game, new referee, new teams.”  Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Munster coach can’t wait for the chance to take on European champions in Pro14 semi-final

Ireland and Pakistan teams after day 5 of the Test match at Malahide. Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

Irish status grows with O’Brien’s century, Jagger’s bling and Pakistan’s gravitas

Peter O’Mahony during Munster  squad training in Limerick on Monday. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Munster player expects to meet a refreshed Leinster at the RDS on Saturday in semi-final

Munster head coach Johann van Graan is confident his side can overturn Leinster in their Pro14 semi-final. Photo: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Munster coach believes his side can catch Leinster out in Pro14 semi-final at the RDS

Leinster players celebrate with the trophy Champions Cup trophy after beating Racing 92 in the final   at the San Mames Stadium in Bilbao. Photograph: Christophe Simon/AFP/Getty Images

Province started strong with a convincing victory over Montpellier in October last year

The  ninth hole on the King’s Course at  Gleneagles. Glasgow will use Gleneagles to promote its  golf tournament.  Photograph: Getty Images

All competitions in the two cities will run over 11-day window from August 2nd-12th

Devin Toner: “It’s a bit of a double-edged sword. Do I bluff him or do I not bluff him?”.

Lineout contest will prove pivotal when Leinster take on Racing 92

Yvonne Montgomery this year has been racing on a 1989 Kawasaki ZXR400 and a 2007 Suzuki GSXR 600, averaging 160km/h  and tipping 217km/h. Photograph: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press

Montgomery insists age and gender don’t matter at all, rather ‘it’s how you see yourself’

Racing’s   Joe Rokocoko:  “This is a totally different team to what we’d had.” Photograph: Getty Images

Racing winger stresses importance of starting the match strongly

Leinster’s Robbie Henshaw beats Gareth Davies of the Scarlets in the  Champions Cup semi-final at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin on April 21st. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Leinster player puts injury behind him to throw himself into Champions Cup final

Stuart Lancaster believes Joey Carbery should have the final say over his Leinster future. Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

Leinster coach wants 22-year-old to remain with the province rather than move to Ulster

Devin Toner has praised the likes of youger players such as James Ryan and the impact they have had on Leinster this season. Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

Devin Toner says hungry new breed have strengthened the province this season

Leinster coach Stuart Lancaster believes Joey Carbery should remain with the province. Photo: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Meanwhile, Rhys Ruddock and Fergus McFadden are unavailable for Champions Cup final

Katie Taylor  at the County Club, Dunshaughlin, Co Meath, on Thursday. “I’d love to unify the division, that’s my ambition.”  Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Taylor’s eyes already on next fight which will take place in the UK in July

Given Three Rock Rovers’  home advantage at Grange Road and strong form, many neutral observers  see a  Rovers final against Glenanne

EY Champions Trophy semi-finals see Glenanne v Pembroke and Three Rock Rovers v Lisnagarvey

Ulster captain Rory Best scores a try against Munster at Thomond Park, Limerick.   Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Ulster fell at the last lineout, but this was just the final blow in a doomed campaign

Leinster’s Joey Carbery: IRFU and Leinster are discussing possibility of fullback moving to Ulster to don the number 10 shirt. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Decision to move north could be taken out of player’s hands, claims Ulster director of rugby

 Katie Taylor takes on Victoria Bustos, at the Barclays Centre, Brooklyn, New York, US. Photograph: ©INPHO/Matt Heasley

Irish boxer shows no signs of slowing down after successfully unifying lightweight titles

Ulster operations director Bryn Cunningham

Province confirm they have secured the services of a new head of coaching

Ulster captain Rory Best speaks in the team huddle after the Guinness Pro 14 game against Munster at  Thomond Park. photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Operations director Bryn Cunningham says province must wait a few weeks to name coach

Tempers flare between Ulster’s Rory Best and Rhys Marshall of Munster during the Guinness Pro 14 game at  Thomond Park. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Ulster will now face European Champions Cup playoff against Ospreys

Katie Taylor and Victoria Bustos in New York. Photograph: Matt Heasley/Inpho

Irishwoman hoping for ninth professional win in Saturday’s bout with Argentinian champion

Ulster’s Craig Gilroy in action against  the  Southern Kings in February: winger returns for the Munster clash after serving his suspension. Photograph:  Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Rory Best, Iain Henderson and Craig Gilroy return for crunch visit to Thomond Park

Ulster head coach Jono Gibbes at a press conference at Kingspan Stadium. Photograph: Matt Mackey/Inpho

Meeting comes after an open letter signed by over 90 journalists was sent in protest

Three teams are still in contention for final Champions Trophy place on Saturday. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Pembroke, Banbridge and Monkstown vying for the last semi-final place on offer

Munster’s Keith Earls is tackled by Racing 92’s Henry Chavancy in Bordeaux. “We knew they could get tired in the last 20 or30 minutes.” Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Ireland winger says Munster need a stable base in the wake of their defeat to Racing

Joey Carbery: As Sexton’s heir apparent and with a World Cup in 18 months, Schmidt’s concern is how Carbery can develop as an outhalf given his lack of game time in the role at Leinster. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

IRFU reportedly gave Leinster an ultimatum to chose between Carbery and Ross Byrne

Leinster supporters during the European Champions Cup semi-final match at the Aviva. Photograph: Sportsfile

Scott Fardy and best laid plans, Racing opt to chop not choke, and rugby at what cost?

Teddy Thomas scores a try for Racing 92 in their Champions Cup semi-final win over Munster. Photo: Nicolas Tucat/Getty Images

Teddy Thomas was sensational in opening quarter of the game as Racing stormed ahead

Munster’s South African lock Jean Kleyn in action at the Chaban-Delmas Stadium in Bordeaux. Photograph: Getty Images

A day to forget for Munster as Champions Cup challenge ended by half time

Ulster’s John Cooney in action against Ospreys – injuries saw the scrumhalf moved to outhalf during the game. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

People will have their own view of at what point in history poor choices were made

  Paddy Jackson  and Stuart Olding:  were acquitted of rape charges but the trial generated unprecedented media interest in Ulster. Photograph:  Niall Carson/PA Wire

Decision to bar some members of the press came in the wake of rape trial furore

Ireland senior men’s coach, Craig Fulton. Photograph: Mervyn McClelland/Presseye/Inpho

Entering teams in the European Championships has funding implications

Dan Leavy: 'I think if you are second guessing yourself in the backrow, especially as a seven going for the ball you are going to hurt yourself.' Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Backrower throws himself into everything he does – that includes seeing off Seán O’Brien

Robbie Henshaw training with Leinster on Monday. “Robbie is good to go. He has ticked all the boxes he needs to tick,” said Stuart Lancaster. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Luke McGrath in race to recover in time for European Champions Cup semi-final

Seán O’Brien is being assessed ahead of Leinster’s Champions Cup clash with the Scarlets. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Leo Cullen facing potential selection headache as Luke McGrath battles for fitness

Tom Daly returned to competitive action for Lansdowne. Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

Chris Ashton breaks a Top 14 scoring record, Edinburgh off to a flyer against the Scarlets

Bringing the game into disrepute: Stuart Olding and Paddy Jackson in 2016. Photograph: Darren Kidd/Presseye/Inpho

Exeter Chiefs team deny reports that they are in negotiations with Stuart Olding

 Robbie Henshaw  took part in the captain’s run on Friday and also warmed up with Leinster on Saturday before their doomed Pro14 league match with Benetton Treviso. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Centre injured in Six Nations close to being fit enough for Scarlets encounter, says Cullen

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