Tyler Toland hasn’t played for Ireland since September 2019. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Out of favour 19-year-old contacted Ireland manager but received no response

Timo Werner of Chelsea shoots and misses during the Premier League match against Fulham at Stamford Bridge. Photo: Justin Setterfield/Getty Images

By the numbers, word of mouth, quote of the week and Ceferin’s Monty Python reference

Old Trafford Stadium, where the Manchester United-Liverpool game was postponed   due to safety and security concerns following a protest. Photograph: Tim Keeton/EPA

TV View: Souness’ praise of the ‘Glaciers’ irks Neville, while Keane defends protesters

28 April 2021; Republic of Ireland manager Vera Pauw fist bumps Shaunna Brennan as she meets her players before a training session at Abbotstown, Dublin on Wednesday.  Photograph: Harry Murphy/Sportsfile

Vera Pauw says team will be realistic and focus on beating Finland for play-off place

Republic of Ireland manager Vera Pauw:  “It’s the first time in my life I do not protect a player, but stand up for myself. Harassment and intimidation is not part of our game - and I need to be protected here.”

19-year-old Tyler Toland has not featured in an Ireland squad for 18 months

Ireland manager Vera Pauw will lead the team once again in qualifying. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Vera Pauw’s side will also come up against Slovakia who they beat in the last campaign

Manchester City’s Phil Foden shoots at goal during the  Champions League semi-final, first leg against Paris Saint-Germain  at the Parc des Princes. Photograph:  Julien Poupert/PA Wire

The oil puns were in full flow but when the football started it ignited from the start

Danny Mullins celebrates  Colreevy’s win in the  Dooley Insurance Group Champion Novice Chase at Punchestown. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Monkfish and Envoi Allen put in their place after mare’s chances were written off

Real Madrid president Florentino Perez ruffled a few feathers during a doomed week for the Super League. Photograph: Gabriel Bouys/Getty/AFP

It took under 3,000 minutes for the breakaway proposals to be launched and collapse

File photo of Joel Glazer (right) and Avram Glazer (left). Photo: Martin Rickett/PA Wire

Jürgen Klopp took aim at Gary Neville in what was an eventful week in the game

José Mourinho probably didn’t appreciate the sentiment of Spurs’ new sponsors. Photo: Getty Images

Quote of the week, by the numbers, word of mouth and an angry Cagliari president

Ireland’s Brittany Hogan dejected after their 56-15 loss to France in the Six Nations round three game at Energia Park in Dublin  on Saturday. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Orla O’Dwyer helps Brisbane storm to victory; Ireland’s rugby women felled by France

Lionel Messi in action during Barcelona’s defeat to Real Madrid. Photograph: Javier Soriano/Getty/AFP

A busy day in the Griezmann household; the world’s most patient streaker in Granada

No comparison too grand as pundits reach for superlatives to describe Irish rider

Phil Mickelson reacts after his shot on the second hole during day two of the Masters at Augusta National. Photo: Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

While Phil Mickelson baffled, Shane Lowry had Harmon purring from his Las Vegas home

Bubba Watson had the earphones in for his warm-up. Photo: David J Phillip/AP Photo

Actual real-life spectators were a very welcome addition on day one at the Masters

Leona Maguire has been named The Irish Times/Sport Ireland Sportswoman of the month for March. Photograph: Michael Owens/Getty

Golfer’s challenge in the year’s first Major an indicator of rude health of women’s game

Ronaldo, sporting his iconic haircut, celebrates scoring in the 2002 World Cup final. Photograph: Pedro Ugarte/Getty/AFP

Juve’s cause not helped by McKennie’s party; Callum Robinson lights up against the Blues

Leona Maguire in action during the second round of the ANA Inspiration. Photograph: Michael Owens/Getty

From the boat race to Rachael Blackmore there was plenty to enjoy over the weekend

Ireland’s James McClean celebrates scoring their first goal during the friendly win over Qatar. Photo: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

In these barren times we’ll take what we can get even if the TV picture does freeze

Seamus Coleman was forced to give another grave assessment of Ireland’s performance after their defeat Luxembourg. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

New Spanish logo leaves a lot to be desired; Luxembourg claim a very rare away win

Luxembourg striker Gerson Rodrigues celebrates scoring the winning goal during the World Cup qualifier against the Republic of Ireland at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/AFP via Getty Images

Kenny Cunningham impressed with Luxembourg legs at the Aviva

Actor Michael Caine and England player Bobby Moore of the POW XI celebrate during a match against Germany for the film Escape to Victory. Mandatory Credit: Allsport UK /Allsport

Escape to Victory a cult classic despite Stallone wanting the goalie to score winner

Alan Browne climbs to give Ireland the lead in their loss to Serbia. Photograph: Nikola Krstic/Inpho

The long, long wait for a goal is over but the road to Qatar World Cup looks even longer

If a Nigerian ever calls you a ‘Dundee United’, you should be deeply offended. File photograph: Getty Images

And why does Joe Hart need a social media team to type two word messages?

Rachael Blackmore celebrates (just) one of her victories –  with Quilixios at Cheltenham. Photograph: INPHO/Dan Abraham

Blackmore becomes a fixture in studio while Furlong breaks out his victory dance

A Zenit supporter receives a dose of the Sputnik V vaccine against Covid-19 at newly opened vaccination center operating at the stadium ahead of the Russian Premier League match between FC Zenit Saint Petersburg and FC Akhmat Grozny on Saturday. Photo: Mike Kireev/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Quote of the week; by the numbers; pundit of the season so far; word of mouth and more

Tadhg Furlong’s feet lit up a slog at Murrayfield. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

The good, the bad and the indescribably ugly were on show from Ireland and Scotland

Rachael Blackmore celebrates winning the Chanelle Pharma Irish Champion Hurdle on Honeysuckle. Photo: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Irish jockey repeated last year’s trick by winning Champion Hurdle on Honeysuckle

Paul McGrath in action for Aston Villa in 1994. Photograph: Clive Brunskill/Getty

Bruno nearly out-Zlatans Zlatan; Joe Cole has mixed emotions on Thomas Tuchel

Phil Healy reacts after her fourth-place finish in the  Women’s 400m final at the European Indoor Championships in  Torun, Poland in which she delivered a personal best time of 51.94. Photograph:  Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Former RTÉ athletics analyst would have relished collective team’s sterling efforts in Poland

Dorothy changes the fortunes of local football team, leaving the boys restless and dizzy

Josh Adams and Jonathan Davies celebrate a try as England outhalf George Ford appeals to referee Pascal Gauzere. Photograph: Getty Images

Like a dog with a bone, Roy Keane never lets a grudge go - this time it was Matt Doherty

Gemma O’Connor celebrating Cork’s win in the All-Ireland over Kilkenny in 2018. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

‘It’ll be very hard not to be part of it. But much as I’d love to go on forever, I know that can’t be’

Sack Klopp, bring in Dalglish and wait for Gerrard. Sounds like a plan. Photo: Michael Regan - The FA/The FA via Getty Images

Best training ground bust up; word of mouth; by the numbers and more

 Just half an hour after she’d won the Australian Open down in Melbourne, Naomi Osaka turned up in Eurosport’s London studio, standing alongside our hosts Barbara Schett-Eagle and Mats Wilander and having the chats.  Photograph: Patrick Hamilton/AFP/Getty Imaages

Wonders of technology and ubiquitous RTÉ favourite playing tricks with our mind

Mohamed Salah scores Liverpool’s   opening goal during the Champions League round of 16 first leg game against RB Leipzig at Puskas Arena in Budapest. Photograph: Attila Kisbenedek/AFP via Getty Images

Tribunals have been held for lesser matters than Uefa’s woeful scheduling

Sean Dyche during Burnley’s 3-0 win over Crystal Palace. Photograph: John Walton/Getty/AFP

Martinez gushing about Grealish, Klopp insists Alisson will bounce back right away

Rónan Kelleher scores Ireland’s first try despite the efforts of France’s Bernard Le Roux during the Guinness Six Nations match at the Aviva Stadium on Sunday. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

TV View: Pundits all dressed up but nowhere to go as Valentine’s Day match-up fizzles out

Nadia Power has started the season in brilliant form on the track. Photograph:  Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Irish runner has enjoyed very promising start to what will hopefully be a huge year

Bobby Bulloch mistakenly thought Hamilton were away to Ross County. So, he turned up at an industrial estate in Glasgow, instead of 12 miles away at New Douglas Park. Photograph: Getty Images

Mourinho reminds us why he’s so special, the great-grandson of Mussolini joins Lazio

Ireland’s James Lowe consoles Billy Burns during their defeat to Wales at Principality Stadium, Cardiff. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

O’Mahony’s early dismissal was the first of many things that went wrong for our boys

Eamonn Ryan and his Cork team celebrate after winning the 2014 All-Ireland. Photo: Tommy Grealy/Inpho

Mary White undoubtedly the best-placed person to tell the story but it wasn’t plain-sailing

Rangers’ Alfredo Morelos stamps on Hibernian’s Ryan Porteous during the Scottish Premiership match at Easter Road. Photo: Ian Rutherford/PA Wire

Cassano’s Nutella obsession; word of mouth; quote of the week; by the numbers

Niamh Kelly of the Eagles in action during the AFLW match between the West Coast Eagles and the Adelaide Crows at Mineral Resources Park in Perth, Australia. Photograph: Getty Images

TV View: the latest chapter in Patrick Reed’s um . . . history with the rules of golf

New Fenerbahce signing Mesut Ozil. Photograph: AP

Club need a whip round to fund move; Liverpool pundits pressing the panic button

The World Indoor Bowls Championships could be staged safely, not least because bowls doesn’t feature “too much excessive heavy breathing”. File photograph: Getty Images

There wasn’t a potted plant there to celebrate, never mind excessive heavy breathing

Aisling McCarthy in action for Melbourne Western Bulldogs against the St Kilda Saints. Photograph: Dylan Burns/AFL Photos via Getty Images

Tipperary footballer has joined West Coast Eagles after two seasons in Melbourne

 Brid Stack of the Giants is attended to by medical staff during their AFLW pre-season match against the Adelaide Crows. Photograph: Getty Images

She sustained a stable fracture of the C7 vertebra and will wear a neck brace

Mesut Özil  could be on the way from Arsenal to Fenerbahce on a free transfer. Photograph: Mike Egerton/PA Wire

Keeper keeps cool over €340k car write-off . . . the best quotes of the week

Manchester United’s Paul Pogba vies for the ball with  Liverpool’s  Georginio Wijnaldum during the  Premier League  match at Anfield. Photograph: Paul Ellis/AFP via Getty Images

We were promised goals galore by Sky, maybe they’ll come next week in the FA Cup

Bríd Stack of the Giants is attended to by medical staff during the AFLW pre-season match between the Adelaide Crows and the GWS Giants at Norwood Oval in Adelaide, Australia. Photo: Daniel Kalisz/Getty Images

Former Cork player was making her debut for Greater Western Sydney Giants

Legendary Cork football manager Eamonn Ryan has died. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Former Cork manager who led side to 10 All-Irelands in 11 years has died aged 79

Aoife Doyle of Kilkenny in action during the  Liberty Insurance All-Ireland  Camogie  Final at Croke Park. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Duo play leading roles in All-Ireland success for Kilkenny and Dublin respectively

Royal Antwerp’s Didier Lamkel Ze turned up for training in the shirt of their biggest rivals - Anderlecht. Photograph: Getty Images

Signing Diego Maradona in January? And tell us what you really think Antonio Cassano

Crawley Town’s defender and former reality TV star Mark Wright in action against Leeds United. Photograph: Getty Images

TV View: Mark Wright from The Only Way Is Essex came on against Leeds United

Bruno Fernandes looks frustrated during Manchester United’s defeat to City. Photograph: Peter Powell/PA

The League Cup was the only trophy missing from midfielder’s glittering Man United CV

Is Sergio Reguilón showing Erik Lamela the size of his ham? Photo: Clive Rose/PA Wire

Santos inflating Pelé’s tally, word of mouth, by the numbers and Muller’s new horse

Gerwyn Price  reacts during his semi-final match against Stephen Bunting on day 15 of the PDC William Hill World Darts Championship at London’s Alexandra Palace on Saturday. Photograph: Luke Walker/Getty Images

View from the Couch: It’s the supporters not the ‘elite sportspeople’ who generate the thrills

Armagh v Roscommon in the National League in October: Armagh had "home advantage", courtesy of self-portraits from over 3,000 primary school children across the county in the stands. Photograph: Inpho/Ryan Byrne

Mary Hannigan runs the rule over the weird and sometimes wonderful in 2020

Middlesbrough manager Neil Warnock just wants to be abused from the stands again. Photo: Ian Horrocks/Getty Images

From Warnock to Mourinho’s fried eggs and McClaren’s doves it’s been quite a year

Dublin’s Sinéad Aherne and Carla Rowe celebrate after winning the TG4 All-Ireland Ladies’ Senior Football Championship final at  Croke Park on Sunday. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

View from the Couch: Croke Park rocked to Aslan’s Crazy World, which was appropriate

Niamh McEvoy comes into the Dublin side for Sunday’s All-Ireland final against Cork. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Mick Bohan’s Dublin side chasing four-in-a-row in women's final on Sunday at Croke Park

Dublin celebrate after the victory over Mayo in the All-Ireland Final at Croke Park. Photograph:  Dara Mac Dónaill

Mayo supporters will remain as key workers on the frontline of hope for another year

Dublin’s Niamh McEvoy in action during last year’s All-Ireland semi-final. Photo: Bryan Keane/Inpho

30-year-old will head back to Melbourne after her first season was cut short due to Covid

Olivia O’Toole with her outstanding achievement award at The Irish Times/Sport Ireland Sportswoman of the Year awards. Photograph: Alan Betson

There’s a sweet symmetry to the Irish football legend’s story and Katie Taylor’s career

Dublin manager Mick Bohan speaks to his players before the All-Ireland semi-final against Armagh. Photo: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Manager aware that is hasn’t been easy for players as Dublin look for four-in-a-row

Dublin’s Noelle Healy celebrates her point at end of the 2019 All-Ireland final against against Galway at  Croke Park. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

‘Having that outlet took a massive weight off all our shoulders, it was a distraction’

Sanita Puspure was last year's winner of the award. Photo: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

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

Cork’s Doireann O’Sullivan kicks past Sarah Lynch of Galway during the All-Ireland semi-final. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

Dubs going for four All-Irelands in-a-row when historic rivals meet on Sunday

 Ross McCrorie has twice tested positive for Covid-19. File photograph: Getty Images

Marian Shved from hero to zero at Mechelen as Carragher has his say on Paul Pogba

Limerick’s Aaron Gillane and Diarmaid Byrnes celebrate the All-Ireland victoryat Croke Park. Photograph: Tom Honan

RTÉ panel agree that there is more in store from John Kiely’s young side

Galway’s Sarah Dervan and Denise Gaule of Kilkenny in action during last year’s final at Croke Park. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Both sides are built around watertight defences but Kilkenny’s attack holds an edge

Sarah Dervan lifts the O’Duffy Cup in 2019 - Galway are back in the final once again. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

32-year-old has postponed her wedding twice this year but hopes to end 2020 on a high

Stephanice Meadow is the Irish Times/Sport Ireland Sportswoman for November. Photograph: Chuck Burton/Getty

Consistency has been key for 28-year-old as she ends her year in convincing fashion

 Kilkenny’s Katie Power can’t hide her disappointment after last year’s All-Ireland final defeat to Galway. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Kilkenny have lost seven of their last eight camogie finals, including their last three

David May celebrates as Manchester United lift the European Cup in 1999. Photo: Phil Cole /Allsport

Sinisa Mihajlovic goes all Poirot, word of mouth, by the numbers and quote of the week

Mayo’s Darren Coen at  a foggy Croke Park:  The sheep of Mayo will be rolling their eyes at the prospect of being painted green and red for the fifth time in nine years and featuring in the quirky closing item on the RTÉ news. Photograph: James Cromie/Inpho

Men from the west the only ones standing between Dubs and their ol’ pal Sam

Galway’s Sinéad Burke and Mairead Seoighe dejected at the end of the game. Photo: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Galway manager says team given just seven minutes to warm up after late venue change

Galway’s Mairead Seoighe and Hannah Looney of Cork challenge for  a high ball during the TG4 All-Ireland Ladies’ Senior Football Championship semi-final at  Croke Park. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Galway had just 10 minutes to warm up for earlier throw-in after Parnell Park ruled out

Peter Alliss addresses the room during the European Tour golfer of the year lunch  at the Royal Lancaster Hotel in London in  December 2011. Photograph: Andrew Redington/Getty Images

Mary Hannigan takes a look back at some of the golf commentator’s more colourful one-liners

Brian Kerr: “Nothing replaces the buzz of being involved in a match, the tension of living or dying by the result. I always loved that.” Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Former manager turned pundit’s passion for the sporting life remains undimmed

Dele Alli in action for Tottenham against Ludogorets. Photograph: Ian Kington/Getty/AFP

Mesut Ozil gets one over Piers Morgan as tributes abound for Diego Maradona

Waterford’s Calum Lyons and Kilkenny’s Paddy Deegan in the All-Ireland SHC semi-final at Croke Park on Saturday. Don’t be surprised if Liam McCarthy comes down Waterford’s chimney on December 13th.  Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

View from the Couch: Klopp proves a good sore loser; Roy Keane remembers Maradona

Amber Barratt in action for Ireland against Greece in March. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

FC Köln striker eager to start and inspire an underdog story in Tallaght next week

Argentina captain Diego Maradona lifts the trophy after the victory over West Germany in the 1986 World Cup Final.   against West Germany. Photograph: Schlage/Ullstein Bild via Getty Images

Mary Hannigan looks back on some of the key dates in the superstar’s career

Middlesbrough manager Neil Warnock. Photograph:  Richard Sellers/PA

Stephen Kenny is no Howard Wilkinson, Paul Pogba wants out of Manchester

Brendan Gleeson speaking at the GAA Bloody Sunday Commemoration at Croke Park. Photograph: Inpho

TV View: Not afraid to recall our history, GAA provides us with a weekend of magic

Stephen Kenny saw Ireland finish 2020 with a goalless draw in Dublin. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Stephen Kenny depleted side sign off with a socially distanced Bulgarian stalemate

Sergio Ramos misses a penalty on his 177th appearance for Spain. Photograph: Fabrice Coffrini/Getty/AFP

Kilman doesn’t get juices flowing in Russia, John Carver tears his calf for the Scots

Katie Taylor makes her way to the ring for her clash with Miriam Gutierrez. Photograph: Inpho/Matchroom/Dave Thompson

TV View: With the Masters, F1, All-Ireland clashes and more it was difficult to keep pace

Cian Healy celebrates Quinn Roux’s try against Wales. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Eddie O’Sullivan and Jamie Heaslip renew their disagreements on RTÉ loan deal

 Matt Doherty can’t hide his disappointment after the game. Photo: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

‘I think England would have had tougher training days, we didn’t even have a booking!’

Sanita Puspure celebrates winning a gold medal in the Women’s Single Sculls at the 2020 European Rowing Championships, in Poznan, Poland. Photograph:   Detlev Seyb/Inpho

Despite having to train alone due to Covid, rower defended her European title with ease

World Cup, Stadio Sant’Elia, Cagliari, Italy,  1990. Ireland’s  Kevin Sheedy scores a vital goal. File photograph: Inpho

Tight games between old foes fail to produce a winner across the last 25 years

Burnley manager Sean Dyche was decidedly unimpressed by the Grand Canyon. Photo: Alex Livesey/POOL/AFP via Getty Images

Quote of the week, comeback of the week and Ronaldo gets taken down by virologist

The Irish squad look on after France’s Antoine Dupont scores a try. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

TV View: Simon Zebo was forecasting an Ireland victory ‘by 15’. Bless him

Arsenal players celebrate after the opening goal in their 3-0 Europa League win over Dundalk. Photo: Andy Rain/EPA

Ian Darke may have thought Dundalk were Buster Douglas but it wasn’t to be

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