Mancherster United celebrate their 1999 European Cup final win over Bayern Munich. Photograph: Phil Cole/Allsport

Sheringham, Solskjaer, The Treble and the surges of joy which only sport can bring

David James and Joe Hart train during the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. Photograph: Jewel Samad/Getty/AFP

Not a dry eye as Mick McCarthy says goodbye, Faustino Asprilla’s humanitarian gesture

Potters Corner (non-virtual version) en-route to victory in the 2019 Welsh Grand National. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty

Tiger Roll shows his mighty engine again but surely two runs in one day was a bit much?

Dinamo Minsk supporters during Saturday’s derby defeat to FC Minsk. Photograph: Tatyana Zankovich/EPA

Tim Payne breaks lockdown spectacularly, Peter Crouch on meeting his hero in Ibiza

Mícheál Ó Muircheartaigh is helping us all keep the faith. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

89-year-old has painted the garden shed and is still finding joy and wonder in the world

Ireland’s Chloe Watkins in action against Canada in the second leg of the Women’s FIH Olympic Hockey Qualifier at Donnybrook. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

‘I felt bad for even having concerns about the Olympics because this is a global pandemic’

Rumours of a ‘massive’ lasagne being cooked at Wembley proved unfounded. Photograph: Michael Regan/Getty

Antonio Cassano says go forth and multiply, Sinisa Mihajlovic offers a bit of perspective

That Sky Sports News  managed to keep a 24-hour-rolling-sports-news service going when there is next to no actual sports news to report says something of their dedication, creativity and powers of invention. Photograph: Leon Neal/AFP/Getty

Pundit wonders if Premier League season is cancelled will fans get their season tickets back

Diego Simeone celebrates at Anfield after Atletico Madrid’s 3-2 win over Liverpool. Photograph: Julian Finney/Getty

Pandemic is parked as Liverpool are stunned in extra-time

 Chloe Mustaki: “I’m young, this is a time in my life when I need to be pushing myself out of my comfort zone, I feel like there’s no time to be wasting.” Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Facing a year out with injury, the Charlton defender is used to making up for lost time

By the time Rachael Blackmore brilliantly rode Honeysuckle to victory at Cheltenham on Tuesday, the Tipperary woman had already taken our award for February. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Rachael Blackmore named Irish Times / Sport Ireland sportswoman of the month for February

RB Leipzig manager Julian Nagelsmann. Photograph: Focke Strangmann/EPA

Fort William Ultras are on the naughty step, Saarbrucken the giant killers of the week

England’s Joe Marler is seen grabbing Wales captain Alun Wyn-Jones’s groin during England’s victory in the Six Nations at Twickenham. Photograph: Charlotte Wilson/Offside/Offside via Getty Images

It is unfortunate the groin-grab debate took place around International Women’s Day

Alison Meeke: she score right at the end to give  Loreto a 2-1 victory over Alexandra. Photograph: PressEye/Jonathan Porter/Inpho

On Saturday night Loreto, Pegasus and Old Alexandra were all tied on 28 points at the top of the Hockey League table

 Pegasus players celebrate after defeating Loreto in last season’s EY Women’s Champions Trophy final. Photograph:  Freddie Parkinson/Inpho

Loreto are on a 12-game unbeaten run and lead Hockey League by three points

 Lionel Messi is the type of player who comes along every 50 or 100 years, according to Marco van Basten. Photograph: Alex Caparros/Getty Images

Lionel Messi and his PlayStation similarities, Kevin De Bruyne showing up the pundits

Dublin’s Niall Scully trips up a Tyrone player, earning himself a black card, at  Healy Park, Omagh on Saturday. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

TV View: Unlike General Eisenhower, Mickey Harte wasn’t going to call off this offensive

Roisin Upton scored for Catholic Institute against Loreto on Saturday. File photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Storm Jorge forces postponement of two matches and UCD-Muckross tie to be abandoned

Ali Meeke:  missed out on selection for the Canada games but has been recalled for the  forthcoming trip to South Africa where Ireland will face games against the host country, China and Japan. Photograph: Joe Toth/Inpho

Experienced trio of Meeke, Frazer and Carroll return for trip to South Africa

Tyler Toland:  has found it difficult to break into the star-studded Manchester City Women’s side. Photograph:  Alex Livesey/Getty Images

Struggle of the likes of Toland and Barrett to break through is a concern for Pauw

The former sporting director of German club Hoffenheim has recalled the signing of a Brazilian teenager called Roberto Firmino. Photograph: Getty Images

When Rojo clashed with Zlatan: ‘What’s going on with you, big nose? Shut up!’

Ireland’s James Ryan and Robbie Henshaw dejected after the game. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Inner left cheeks take a hammering as pundits try to get their heads around defeat

Before losing 2-0 to Dundee Wanderers in Sunday’s final, Railway had  victories over Portugal’s Grupo Desportivo do Viso and Swansea.  Stock photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Women’s Hockey: Memorable result for Institute as Pegasus have their wings clipped

Roy Keane has been a longtime supporter of the  Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Mellow mood sees no great revelations from the Ireland legend

Some Liverpool fans want Steven Gerrard to receive a Premier League medal. Photograph: PA

Being marked by van Dijk, poo-gate at Hillsborough, and Sol Campbell’s memory

Bohemians’ Keith Ward amused by the conditions during Saturday’s Airtricity  League Premier Division match against Shamrock Rovers at Dalymount Park. Photograph: Brian Reilly-Troy/Inpho

Slim pickings were the order of the weekend, and that’s including the duck

Lucy McKee: scored both goals for champions Pegasus in the 2-1 away win over Railway Union. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Loreto held by Pembroke while Old Alexandra maintain impressive recent form

The late Nikki Dignam (nee Lyons): “She motivated, encouraged and inspired her team-mates. She always enjoyed playing and enjoyed winning more than anyone I know. A true leader,” says Clodagh Grealy. Photograph: ©INPHO/Donall Farmer

Former Loreto captain an ‘ultimate team player’, ‘true leader’ and ‘legend of the game’

Audrey O’Flynn celebrates a goal  against Belgium during her Ireland days.   Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho red

Former Ireland stalwart back playing club hockey after her experience of Sevens rugby

Katie-George Dunlevy and Eve McCrystal: won silver in the Tandem Pursuit at the Para-cycling World Championships in Milton, Canada. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Paracycling duo transfer road pedigree to the track

Manchester United’s late swoop for Nigerian international striker Odion Ighalo was the most striking move of a quiet transfer deadline day. Photograph: Getty Images

The Greta Thunberg of German football, Bale’s big offer and Jose’s complaining again

The Ireland team huddle  in the tough weather conditions during the women’s Six Nations match against Wales at  Donnybrook. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

‘The Ballinasloe Bomber’ whips up her own storm in victory over Wales

    Emma Russell in action for UCD in 2018. Russell scored a goal in Alexandra’s 2-0 win over Pegasus on Saturday.  Photograph: 	Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Late goal sees Loreto claim sixth win in row and puts side three points clear at top of table

 Katy Herron in action for the Western Bulldogs during an  AFLW practice match against Geelong Cats at Whitten Oval in Melbourne recently. Photograph:   Robert Cianflone/Getty Images

Donegal footballer gets her Australian Football League adventure underway in Melbourne

Yvonne O’Byrne:   returned to Hockey League action last weekend for Cork Harlequins  2-0 victory over Railway Union. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Training camp was to form part of women’s hockey team’s build-up to Olympic Games

Franch lock Bernard le Roux (l) and  flanker Charles Ollivon celebrate at the end of the  match against  England. Photograph:  Franck Fife/AFP/Getty

TV View: Instead of ‘absolute brutality’ what they got was an absolutely brutal England

 Anna O’Flanagan’s equaliser for Muckross against Pegasus was probably the day’s most significant score. File photo. INPHO/Morgan Treacy

Hockey League: Five internationals get on the score sheet for their club teams

Scotland fullback Stuart Hogg  fumbles the ball as he attempted to touch down during the Six Nations match against Ireland at the Aviva stadium. Photograph:  Paul Faith/AFP via Getty Images

Postmortem the order of the day as ghosts of 2019 continue to reverberate

Loreto’s Ali Meeke:  she  will hope to regain her  place in the Irish squad for the  Olympic build-up. Photograph:  Inpho

Third play fourth in the meeting of Old Alexandra and Pembroke Wanderers

Ireland’s Phil Healy during the 200m final at the World University Games in  Naples, Italy, in July 2019. Photograph:  Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Irish 100m and 200m record-holder has renewed hunger to get to Tokyo Olympics

Ireland’s Sene Naoupu waves to fans after last year’s Women’s Six Nations Championship Round 4 match against France at  Energia Park, Donnybrook, Dublin 4. ‘When I pull on that green shirt, when I hear that anthem, oh gosh, the emotion of it takes you to another level.’ Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Six Nations: The Ireland women’s squad are rebuilding and looking to World Cup qualifiers

Kylian Mballe watching the  Milwaukee Bucks against the Charlotte Hornets in Paris. Photograph: Franck Fife/Getty/AFP

Two Wise men, Haaland’s slipping standards and Mino Raiola the freedom fighter

Who needs Pythagoras when you have Marty Morrissey to explain advanced mark?

Aryn McClure of Singleton SuperValu Brunell in action against Ashley Russell of DCU Mercy during their Hula Hoops   National Cup semi-final match  at Neptune Stadium in Cork. Photograph: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

New Yorker here on Sport Changes Life scholarship with Cork team Brunell

 Nicola Ward (Galway), Carla Rowe (Dublin) and Caoimhe McGrath (Waterford) at the launch of the  Lidl One Good Club. The  youth mental health and wellbeing programme aims to increase awareness and knowledge of mental health across the LGFA  community. Photograph James Crombie/Inpho

Bohan’s side intent on improving their record of having won just one league title

Peter Crouch didn’t reap too many benefits from the beans on toast and no gym diet. Photo: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

Quote of the week, number, word of mouthand Pep Guardiola’s bad driving

Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk  celebrates scoring his side’s first goal with Roberto Firmino during the Premier League victory over Manchester United at Anfield.  Photograph:  Martin Rickett/PA

Former United legend’s cheeks flex in vexation as Souness harps on about Anfield

Ireland’s Fionnuala McCormack in the European Cross Country Championships in Lisbon, Portugal, in December. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

The Wicklow athlete led the Irish senior team to silver at the European Cross Country Championships

 Teddy Iribaren: Racing scrumhalf’s  astonishing long reverse pass against Munster should have been worth 35 points alone.  Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

At least Munster gave their best in Paris – as did brave Kevin Kilbane in his Dancing on Ice display

Ilkay Gundogan of Manchester City acknowledges the fans after their Carabao Cup semi-final win over Manchester United at Old Trafford. Photo: Michael Steele/Getty Images

Embarassment of first 37 minutes akin to Charlie Flanagan’s handling of RIC commemoration

Adam Idah celebrates after scoring Norwich’s  third goal from the penalty spot during the FA Cup third round match against Preston North End. Photograph: Getty Images

Adam Idah hat-trick even impresses McCarthy as blossoming Irish nippers start to show

 The statue of Swedish soccer player Zlatan Ibrahimovic was completely destroyed on Saturday night next Malmo’s ground. Photograph: Johan Nilsson/EPA

The age of Haaland . . . Nevin’s near miss . . . Nancy’s grave error . . . quotes of the week

Norwich City manager Daniel Farke ’s shakes Adam Idah’s hand as the Irish teenager is substituted late in the FA Cup third-round win over Preston North End. Photograph: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

Norwich boss Daniel Farke changes plans for teenage Cork striker after Preston showing

Ireland’s Chloe Watkins, Hannah Matthews and Anna O’Flanagan celebrate qualifying for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Ayeisha McFerran was the shoot-out hero with two saves to keep Ireland in it

Megan Rapinoe is an unlikely visitor to the White House. Photograph: Johannes Eisele/AFP/Getty

From Accrington Stanley’s sour milk, to Phil ‘Brent’ Neville, VAR and Michael Flatley

The Westport team react after accidentally breaking the Connacht Cup trophy, at the Sportsground, Galway. Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

From Brexit to Brolly, here is an alphabetical guide to the sports year that was

Fallon Sherrock reacts after beating Ted Evetts to become the first female to win a game in the PDC World Darts Championship.  Photograph:  Alex Davidson/Getty Images

TV View: While she smashed darts glass ceiling, her fans almost burst eardrums

Kyle Walker took on Twitter and it did not end well for the Manchester City right back. Photograph: Matt McNulty/Getty Images

From Pizza Hut and Leeds United, to Kyle Walker v Twitter and some ‘Arry Redknapp

Kellie Harrington won the award last year. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Introducing the 12 nominees for this year’s award after a stellar year in women’s sport

Sean Dyche during Burnley’s win over Newcastle. Photograph: Martin Rickett/PA

Foxes legend’s Fiat fun, BT Sport ‘banter’ backfires, number of the week and more

Shirley McCay scored twice as leaders Pegasus defeated bottom side Belfast Harlequins 4-2. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Victories over Railway Union and Catholic Institute move them up to second in the table

While some would have quibbled with the choice of golfer Shane Lowry as Sportsperson of the Year, on the whole we were grand with it. Photograph: Donall Farmer

TV View: Any of the winners at RTÉ awards would have been forgiven for giving up

Ireland’s   Róisín Upton: “There’ll be around 40 of us training, all trying to make a squad of 16, so it’ll be extremely tough, but it has to be.” Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Spectacular comeback win over Pembroke showed the champions’ resolve

Róisín Upton named Irish Times / Sport Ireland sportswoman of the month for November

Róisín Upton celebrates with fans after Ireland defeated Canada in the Women’s FIH Olympic Hockey Qualifier at Energia Park in  Donnybrook in November. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

The Irish Times/Sport Ireland Sportswoman Award for November: Róisín Upton (Hockey)

According to Hafitz Marikar, Trent Alexander-Arnold is the best player in the world. Photo: Peter Powell/EPA

Misunderstandings, angry sisters, apologies, quotes of the week and more

Pegasus’s  Shirley left Pembroke shattered when she fired home with the last action of the game. Photograph: Inpho

Defending champions seal 4-3 victory having trailed 3-0

Target of abuse: United’s Brazilian midfielder Fred (L) tries to take a penalty during Manchester derby. Photograph:  Oli Scarff/AFP via Getty

Neville nails it after match, calling for action to combat racism in football

FAI president Donal Conway at Friday’s press conference at Abbotstown. Photograph: Oisín Keniry/Inpho

Remarkable press conference lays bare the shocking state of the association’s finances

Orla Fox: Railway Union player was on target as Ireland returned to the indoor hockey arena against South Africa  in Durban. South Africa won 2-1.  Photograph:  Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Passmore’s squad beaten 2-1 in South Africa in first game of a six-match series

Manchester City’s Gabriel Jesus celebrates scoring their second goal during the  Premier League  match against  Burnley  at  Turf Moor. Photograph: Peter Powell/EPA

Premier Sports brought the band back together for their first midweek game

Jack Byrne on his holidays in Dubai after a stellar season for Shamrock Rovers.

Christmas jumpers the Real deal; Zlatan hammered and Steve Bruce’s cabbage battle

Former Portugal player Ricardo Carvalho  and Lokomotiv Moscow’s Portuguese midfielder Joao Mario  bring the trophy on stage during the Uefa Euro 2020 football competition final draw in Bucharest. Photograph: Daniel Mihailescu/AFP

Maloney and Sadlier do their best with coverage of a draw for competition we haven't reached yet

 Pegasus’s Shirley McCay in action for Ireland. McCay was key to her club’s comeback against UCD. Photograph: Inpho

Reigning champions’ victory keeps pressure on league leaders Pembroke Wanderers

Michael Lyster presenting The Sunday Game in 1990. The broadcaster spent 35 years fronting the live programme.

Documentary looks back at four decades analysis, debate, rows, and dodgy sweaters

Belfast Harlequins may well be without Bethany Barr who has been struggling with a back problem. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Women’s Hockey League: Pegasus return to Dublin after defeat to Loreto for testing game against UCD

Tottenham Hotspur manager Jose Mourinho gestures on the touchline during the Premier League match against West Ham  at the London Stadium on Saturday. Photograph: John Walton/PA Wire

Metallica rocks in the dressingroom; Terry’s dodgy timeline; Tweet of the week; word of mouth

Irish players celebrate qualifying for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics after their win over Canada. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

World champions Netherlands, Germany and Britain are all in Ireland’s pool

Ayeisha McFerran makes a save for Ireland in the crucial  penalty shoot-out that sent Ireland to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. McFerran is the only Ireland player currently playing abroad. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Champions Pegasus hope to have their international Shirley McCay available for their trip to Loreto

Kilkerrin Clonberne Olivia Divilly, in the colours of Galway, holds off Mayo’s Clodagh McManamon at Croke Park. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Kilkerrin Clonberne star says her side ‘owe’ Mourneabbey a defeat in club decider

José Mourinho and  Mauricio Pochettino during a Premier League match between Manchester United and Tottenham at Old Trafford in August 2018. Photograph:  Matthew Peters/Manchester United via Getty Images

TV View: José Mourinho’s arrival at Tottenham was hardly edge-of-your-seat telly

Denmark’s players celebrate qualifying for Euro 2020 after their victory over Ireland. Photo: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Getty Images

Ireland’s performance was less brutal than recent ones but still not quite good enough

Gareth Bale’s Wales can qualify for Euro 2020 with victory over Hungary on Tuesday night. Photograph: Harry Trump/Getty

Kieran Tripper draws Wayne Rooney comparisons in Madrid, Finland end their duck

 Connacht’s Conor Fitzgerald celebrates victory over Montpellier at the Sportsground. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

‘What of the World Cup,’ he asked – and Fiona and Luke both kinda looked at their feet’

Pegasus are the only side with a 100 per cent record in the Hockey League after the weekend’s fixtures. Photograph: Oisín Keniry/Inpho

Victories over Catholic Institute and Cork Harlequins maintain champions’ perfect start

 Ireland’s Troy Parrott with assistant manager Robbie Keane after being substituted. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Beglin walks a fine line before Maguire and Ireland grasp the nettle

Shirley McCay: Pegasus are hoping to have her  back in action for them this weekend. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Alexandra meet Muckross and Railway Union over the weekend, while Pembroke’s opponents are Railway and UCD

England Women’s manager Phil Neville during their international friendly against Germany at Wembley Stadium last Saturday. Photograph: Andrew Boyers/Reuters

No point in plámásing: Ireland blew it in Athens. Phil Neville’s blowing it with England

  Denise O’Sullivan’s form for Ireland, not least in the opening two games of their qualifying group when they beat Montenegro and Ukraine, earned her the Senior International Player of the Year award. Photograph:  Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Cork native has been a joy to watch for Ireland and was key to her US club’s title win

 The controversial incident in which Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold appears to handle the ball in the penalty area. Photograph: Phil Noble/Reuters

Broadcaster like a dog with a bone showing replays of Alexander-Arnold handball

Naomi Carroll: the Irish international and former Hermes and Cork Harlequins star scored  twice for Catholic Institute in their first ever top-flight Hockey League fixture. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Carroll’s two goals help newly-promoted side claim their first point

Sean Dancer: Ireland’s head coach  faces a busy year after the women’s team’s  qualification for the Olympics in Tokyo. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Olympic qualification has upped the ante for those back in Hockey League action

Ireland’s Chloe Watkins, Hannah Matthews and Anna O’Flanagan celebrate qualifying for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics following their win over Canada in Energia Park, Donnybrook, on Sunday. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Former Irish internationals share the joy as Ireland squad qualify for Olympics

Ireland’s Ayeisha McFerran was the hero as her team qualified for the 2020 Olympics. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Second leg of Olympic qualifier ends in another scoreless draw leading to penalties

Anna O’Flanagan is challenged by Canada’s Amanda Woodcroft during the first leg. Photograph: Morgan Treacy

Ireland could reach 2020 Tokyo Olympics even if they lose at Donnybrook on Sunday night

Ireland’s Kathryn Mullan with Karli Johansen of Canada. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Irish disappointment was evident at the end of the game. It was a missed opportunity

Ireland’s Elena Tice and Zoe Wilson celebrate after beating Czech Republic in the FIH Women’s Series Semi-Final, at Banbridge Hockey Club, Belfast,  in June. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

With just Canada to beat, Tice is on the cusp of making her and Wilson’s dream come true

Playing sombre music over slo-mo clips of Rory Best’s tears and Joe Schmidt’s ashen face was not the best way of cheering us up after Ireland’s defeat to New Zealand on Saturday. Photograph: Andy Newport/PA Wire

Imagine if rugby had a Roy Keane-ish pundit - that would have been savage

Ireland fans sit dejected in the stand after the Rugby World Cup quarter-final loss to New Zealand. Photo: Issei Kato/Reuters

It might be best to rethink the #Believe slogan after the latest quarter-final tonking

Ireland manager Mick McCarthy with his assistant Robbie Keane after the game. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Familiar foes now stand between Ireland and a place in the Euro 2020 finals

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