Croatia’s defender Domagoj Vida challenges Argentina’s Lionel Messi in Nizhny Novgorod. Photograph: Getty Images

Duffer won’t be letting his heart rule his head again after Argentina's horror show

 Cristiano Ronaldo  and Patrice Evra  hug prior to the Euro 2016 final between Portugal and France at the Stade de France. Photograph:  Dan Mullan/Getty Images

Matthäus puts das boot into Özil; Cheesy France; when Harry became Sally . . . and more

Japan players celebrate after their victory over Colombia at Mordovia Arena in Saransk yesterday. Photograph: Elsa Garrison/Getty Images

The Beeb probably won’t be swooping in for Eamon Dunphy now after his recent showings

Brazil’s Neymar is fould by Denis Zakaria of Switzerland during their World Cup Group E match. Photo: Jewel Samad/Getty Images

Meanwhile, The Sun shines on Kane, Mexico beat German wall, quote of the day and more

England’s Harry Kane celebrates with team-mates after scoring their first goal in the World Cup Group G  game against Tunisia at the   Volgograd Arena. Photograph: Ueslei Marcelino/Reuters

Upbeat nature of the BBC studio at odds with the pictures coming from Volgograd

A reporter and fans are covered in foam during the celebration of Mexico’s 2018 World Cup win over Germany at the Angel of Independence in Mexico City. Photo: Anthony Vazquez/AP Photo

Messi carrying hopes of faithful, word of mouth, most dedicated supporter and more

Denmark’s Kasper Schmeichel looks on as Peru’s Christian Cueva misses a penalty during their Group C match at Mordovia Arena, Saransk, Russia. Photograph: Reuters

Messi and Cueva the villains of the day as Argentina and Peru rue spotkick misses

Iran’s midfielder Ehsan Haji Safi  during the  Group B  match between Morocco and Iran: Some of the tumbling  by the players during the game would have been awarded full marks if they had been gymnasts. Photograph: Getty Images

Ryan Giggs tries to look happy for Carlos Queiroz despite ‘difficult’ relationship

 Robbie Williams performs during the opening ceremony of the World Cup ahead of the  Group A match between Russia and Saudi Arabia at the Luzhniki Stadium  in Moscow, Russia. Photograph: Matthias Hangst/Getty Images

Darragh Maloney has the excitement knocked out of him by the RTÉ panel

“You’re swept up in the whole thing, I’ll never forget it. And then Mum was crying on the phone. My family have been there for me from day one and supported me through all the dark days, so it was incredibly emotional. It was a really, really good day.”

The Irish Times/Sport Ireland Sportswoman Award for May: Natalya Coyle (Modern Pentathlon)

A look at some of the more offbeat stories as the World Cup prepares for big kick-off

Telly coverage promises to be anything but lacklustre over a month of football fever

Après Match: Gary Cooke, Barry Murphy and Risteard Cooper. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/ The Irish Times

When it comes to tournament telly, there’s only one Après Match

France’s Antoine Griezmann slips as he went through on goal during their pre-World Cup friendly win over Ireland in Paris. Photo: Franck Fife/Getty Images

Messrs Duff and Sadlier were offering contrasting opinions on a dull night for Ireland

Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah with Sadio Mane and Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo as he is substituted after sustaining an injury. Photograph: Phil Noble/Reuters

A cruel auld game for Liverpool in Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid

Ger Loughnane: “They say that death concentrates the mind, and at half-time that’s what was facing Tipperary.” Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

As Ger delivers the last rites, Tipperary bounce back biblically against Cork

Oonagh McMorrow is one of five women who are members of the ever-growing Wicklow Axe Throwers

Oonagh McMorrow fell in love with the sport after joining Ireland’s only axe throwing club

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte and  Manchester United’s José Mourinho looked as surly and miserable as each other in their prematch interviews. Photograph:  David Klein/Reuters

Ian Wright’s gaffe the highlight as Chelsea and United fail to break free of the ‘shekels’

UCD failed to score in their EuroHockey Club Cup opener in London

Amsterdam trounce Dublin side 8-0 after Kelly Jonker scores in the first minute

Rory McIlroy in action during the Players Championship. The Irish man missed the cut, a boon for anyone who left him out of their team.  Photograph: Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

Webb Simpson and Charl Schwartzel help power Ten Up to the top of the table

Ireland’s Ed Joyce   plays a delivery during the third day of the Test cricket match against Pakistan  in Malahide, Ireland.  Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

TV View: Ramiz Raja endures coldest cricket experience ever while in Malahide

 Leinster’s Isa Nacewa and Jordi Murphy lift the Champions Cup trophy. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Mary Hannigan's TV View: Nerves tested but Leinster get the job done the hard way

Leona Maguire: at a tournament in Georgia in April she broke the  Atlantic Coast Conference  record for the most even or under-par rounds in a college career.  Photograph:   Kevin C Cox/Getty Images

Cavan golfer just weeks from turning professional, and is closing out her amateur career on a high

Ally McCoist and Alan Brazil on talkSPORT.

Meanwhile, absent McCormack is in the money, quotes of the week and much more

Nicole Owens: spoke powerfully on The Ray D’Arcy Show   about her own struggle with depression and coming to terms with her sexuality as a girl. Photograph: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

TV View: Dublin star Nicole Owens proves an inspirational figure both on and off the pitch

Loreto have proved difficult for UCD this year in the league despite finishing 22 points ahead of them.  Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

In-form students face Loreto in semi-finals, who have tested them most this season

Dublin’s Sinead Aherne in action against  Mayo in September: “It’s a big prize, a national title, one we haven’t won, so it’s something we’d love to scratch off the list.” Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

All-Ireland champions renew rivalry with last September’s beaten finalists, Mayo

Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk celebrates after the match. Photograph: John Sibley/Action Images via Reuters

Negativity nearly enough to make you turn over to Aldershot v Ebbsfleet

Dublin’s Deirdre Murphy and Martha Byrne tussle with Mayo’s Cora Staunton  during the TG4 All-Ireland final at Croke Park. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Manager says players deserve the plaudits for stepping up in the absence of big names

Former Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson, Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger and United manager José Mourinho get all touchy-feely at Old Trafford. It won’t catch on. Photograph: Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

TV View: It’s a hug-fest for Fergie and Arsène, and for Katie Taylor and her vanquished opponent

Loreto will play UCD in the Champions Trophy semi-finals next month

Old Alexandra will play Trinity in the promotion/relegation play-off

Railway Union and Loreto are targeting the  last Champions Trophy qualifying place. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Monkstown brace for must-win encounter against UCD as relegation looms

Bayern Munich’s Mats Hummels vies for possession with Real Madrid’s Marcelo during the Champions League semi-final first-leg match at the Allianz Arena. Photograph: Javier Soriano/AFP/Getty Images

Fare from Munich was ‘chalk and cheese’ compared to Anfield

Mohamed Salah after scoring Liverpool’s second at Anfield. Photograph: Filippo Monteforte/AFP

Colosseum made to look like Funderland before late sting in the tail

Britain’s Mo Farah and Kenya’s Eliud Kipchoge take on some water  during the men’s elite race in the London Marathon. Photograph: Andrew Boyers/Reuters

TV View: Distracted commentator in for a four-year wait if he still expects Big Ben to chime

Katie Mullan: scored twice as UCD defeated Ards 7-1 to claim  the Irish Hockey League title.  Photograph: Laszlo Gecczp/Inpho

Relegation battle goes down to the wire as Monkstown defeat Trinity

Pegasus need just one point from their four remaining games to join UCD and Cork Harlequins in the Champions Trophy

At the bottom of the table, Monkstown must defeat Trinity to avoid relegation

Old Belvedere’s Nora Stapleton: “I’m back where I started, playing for the love of it with my club. And it’s all about the club now, it definitely changed my life.” Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Players are now playing for the love of it with the clubs where their rugby journeys began

Gianluigi Buffon confronts referee Michael Oliver after he awarded Real Madrid a penalty against Juventus. Photograph: Javier Soriano/AFP

Juventus ’keeper has a lot to get off his chest, Ernesto Valverde forsees the extraordinary

 Helen Housby, who scored in the final second, and her England netball team-mates celebrate at full-time after defeating Australia to win the gold medal at the Commonwealth Games. Photograph:  Scott Barbour/Getty Images

Commonwealth climax offers an ending to rival last week’s Champions League drama

Old Alexandra have a chance in two weeks’ time  to earn promotion to next season’s Hockey League. Photograph:  James Crombie/Inpho

Dublin side advance to second-round playoffs after winning all four games at Milltown

Old Alexandra host the first phase of the provincial playoffs at Milltown.  Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Pegasus and Railway Union aiming to close in on a Champions Trophy spot

 Katie Walsh onboard Relegate celebrates winning the Champion Bumper  at the Cheltenham Festival.  Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

The Irish Times/Sport Ireland Sportswoman Award for March: Katie Walsh (Horse racing)

 Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba celebrates scoring their second goal  during the  Premier League match against  Manchester City  at the Etihad Stadium. Photograph: Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty Images

Pundits’ predictions had a habit of back-firing over the last week

Fired cheerleader: Bailey Davis filed a complaint after she was sacked for violating a social-media policy that does not apply to the team’s male players. Photograph: Zack Wittman/New York Times

The NFL team fired Bailey Davis for breaking its rules. She says they’re sexist

Oprah Winfrey had a message for Lionel Messi. Gabriel Bouys/AFP

Ghanain referee pays for his error while young Dutch fan gleefully flicks the Vs

Tadhg Furlong and Jordi Murphy: the Wexford man has his granny lighting Lourdes candles  for him at home on the big rugby occasions. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Blatant ball-tampering leaves Aussies’ reputation as low as spirits of Oxford rowers

Railway Unions’s Kate McKenna created a goal in each half for Cecelia Joyce and Kate Dillon to secure Junior Cup success. Photograph: Inpho

Women’s Hockey League: Cup victors three points adrift of third-placed Pegasus in league after loss to UCD

Pegasus will play  the winners of the battle of the Harlequins in the semi-final of the Irish Senior Cup. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Sides meet in quarter-finals of the Irish Senior Cup after League action on Saturday

John McEnroe is Mr Box Office when it comes to tennis broadcasting, which is why he earns the big bucks.

This isn’t about how great they were at tennis, it’s about their current standing in broadcasting

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has endured a tough week, not helped by himself. Photo: David Klein/Reuters

Mary Hannigan takes her weekly sideways look at stories making headlines in football

 Ireland fullback Rob Kearney battles with England’s Anthony Watson during Saturday’s Six Nations match  at Twickenham. Photograph: Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

No more than James Ryan, TV3 have never suffered a Six Nations defeat. They too must think it’s all a cinch

Railway Union with the Jacqui Potter Cup: a superb save from Katie O’Hogan denied UCD a late consolation score

First half goals set tone against UCD before Sarah Whelan seals victory six minutes from time

 The Ireland team celebrates winning the Grand Slam. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

‘Unbelieeeeeevable’ the only word as Ireland secure their place in history books

Zara Delany: scored a hat-trick for Railway Union in last year’s final against UCD. Photograph: Rowland White/Inpho/Presseye

Inexperienced UCD facing a big task in Jacqui Potter Cup final

 Cora Staunton has made real impact  with the Greater Western Sydney Giants  this season. Photograph:  Matt King/Getty Images

Gaelic footballer turned Aussie Rules player takes Irish Times/Sport Ireland award for February

Sanchez Watt is giving his marching orders.

Ramos eclipses Champions League record and Ronaldo on the secret to a happy life

Ireland fans celebrate as Jacob Stockdale runs in to score an intercept try during their Six Nations win over Scotland. Photo: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

‘It’s hard to believe that this is the same England team that won the 2019 World Cup’

UCD are seeking their ninth HL win in a row, that streak beginning with their 2-0 defeat of Pegasus at Belfield  in November.

Win for Belfast club could help Cork Harlequins narrow the gap at the top to a point

Amber Barrett made her senior international debut for Ireland against Northern Ireland last September. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Peamount United striker steeped in Donegal GAA fancies crack at professional game

Peter O’Mahony with supporters during an open training session at Lansdowne Road. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Solidarity forged fighting the Beast quickly melts following RTÉ’s ‘Against the Head’

Barcelona’s Lionel Messi made sure that his neighbours wouldn’t be making a racket. Photograph: Reuters

Ineffective Berbatov gets a lot off his chest, quote of the week and by the numbers

 Spain’s Oscar Husillos celebrates winning the Men’s 400 Metre final at the World Indoor Athletics Championships – but he was later disqualified for lane infringement. Photograph: John Sibley/Reuters

Competitors fall like ninepins in ‘Championships of a Thousand Disqualifications’

Scotland’s Stuart Hogg celebrates a late turnover in their Six Nations win over England. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

Meanwhile, Gary Neville fumes at Arsenal and George Hamilton is left speechless

Emma Russell was on target for  UCD in her sides’s Irish Cup quarter-final  victory over Lurgan. Photograph: Paul Walsh/Inpho

Belfast Harlequins beat Pembroke Wanderers to set up quarter-final with Cork Harlequins

Cliodhna Sargent returned to action for Cork Harlequins in November following the birth of her son. Photograph: Cathal Coonan/Inpho

Experienced players named in Graham Shaw’s 29-strong training panel

Caroline O’Hanlon is now in her 17th season with the Armagh women’s Gaelic football team. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Caroline O’Hanlon divides her time between Armagh, Manchester Thunder and medicine

Mohamed Salah of Liverpool rounds Porto’s Jose Sa to score in their Champions League clash. Photo: Julian Finney/Getty Images

Meanwhile, you can rent a room at the Allianz Arena, quotes of the week and more

  Aleksandr Krushelnitckii with his wife Anastasia Bryzgalova during the medal ceremony for the curling mixed doubles event at the Olympics.  “They’ll be divorced by March.” Photograph: Antonio Bat/EPA

Russian Alexander Krushelnytsky claims drink was spiked by team-mate

Pegasus’s Taite Doherty put her side on course to victory but Harlequins came from behind to win 2-1. Photograph:  Rowland White/Inpho

Students clinch eighth win in row to keep four-point gap with second-placed Cork side

Leaders UCD will bid for an eighth Hockey League win in a row when they visit Belfast Harlequins. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Victory over Cork Harlequins would see them go second behind leaders UCD

Cork 400 metre runner making rapid strides as World Indoor Championships beckon

Paul Pogba in action against Newcastle. Photograph: Lindsey Parnaby/Afp

Philippe Coutinho loving life at Barca after swapping Danny Ings for Andreas Iniesta

Marcus Kleveland of Norway takes a rtumble during the Snowboard Men’s Slopestyle Final on day two of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games. Photo: Al Bello/Getty Images

When you think of Donnybrook and Pyeongchang there really are many similarities

Anna O’Flanagan in action against Spain.  She deflected home Shirley McCay’s penalty corner  for a  late winner on Sunday.  Photograph: Rowland White/Inpho/Presseye

Goalkeeper Grace O’Flanagan denies Spain with fine saves

 Katie Mullan: won her 100th cap against Spain. Photograph: Rowland White/Inpho/Presseye

Goals from Katie Mullan and Lena Tice secure a 2-0 victory over hosts

AC Milan coach Gennaro Gattuso. Photograph: Alessandro Garofalo/Reuters

Gattuso needs a hug . . . Image rights dispute . . . Computer says no . . . Quotes of the week

UCD’s Katie Mullan scored late against Loreto to give her side a seventh win in a row. Photograph: Paul Walsh/Inpho

Cork see off Belfast’s rally to secure 4-3 win as Pegasus sink Pembroke Wanderers 2-0

Ireland’s Johnny Sexton stretches moments before kicking the winning drop goal in the Six Nations match against France at Stade de France. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Like Ireland in Paris, TV3 had a promising start, rocky middle and a spectacular end

Joanne Cantwell, currently the host of ‘Saturday Sport’ on RTÉ Radio 1: ‘They pick out a bluffer straight away’. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Joanne Cantwell is to replace Michael Lyster on The Sunday Game Live from 2019

UCD’s Deirdre Duke, and Gillian Pinder and Ellen Curran  of Monkstown at the 2017 Champions Trophy final. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Teenagers Sarah Torrans, Emma Buckley, Ellen Curran and Erin Getty in panel

Leeds United’s new badge (L) and the Gaviscon logo.

Buffon brings up the big 40, José picks the juciest orange and Coleman makes return

Switzerland’s Roger Federer celebrates winning the Australian Open final, his 20th Grand Slam title,  against Croatia’s Marin Cilic at the Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne. Photograph: Edgar Su/Reuters

‘If Roger Federer was a religion, an awful lot of people would be following it’ said Croft

Alex Speers: was on target for Pegasus in the 6-2 victory over Trinity. Photograph: Rowland White/Inpho/Presseye

Pegasus only one of the chasing pack to secure victory over the weekend

 Graham Shaw: “The opportunity to play the world number two is invaluable training for us before a World Cup,” said Shaw. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Cork Harlequins and UCD primed for top-of-the-table clash at Farmers Cross

Róisín Friel of Donegal, Orlagh Farmer of Cork, Sarah Rowe of Mayo, and Sinead Goldrick of Dublin, at the launch of Lidl’s next phase of sponsorship with the Ladies Gaelic Football Association. Photograph: Seb Daly/Sportsfile

Lidl National League gets a promotional push but Páirc Uí Chaoimh remains closed to women

Carine Heum and Kent Roger Solheim named their baby daughter ‘Ynwa’ despite never having been to Anfield. Photo: Andrew Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images

Football’s version of the Bayeux Tapestry, the oldest mascot, quote of the week and more

Pádraig Harrington: off to California soon, and “nobody’s feeling sorry for me”. Photograph: Warren Little/Getty

No flies on the three-time major winner but the same can't be said for Alex Payne

Mary Hannigan tunes in and waits for things to get ugly but it’s all about the beautiful game

Bad weather delays mean only Old Alexandra and Pegasus play for a semi-final place

For those unfamiliar with Fitbit, it is a little like those electronic tags criminals have strapped to their ankles, their every move monitored. Only this one is a fitness-tracking device, whereas a criminal can sit on his couch all day and no one will judge him. Photograph: Getty Images

I got a Fitbit for Christmas. I would have been happier to receive the Aussie flu

Keith Earls and CJ Stander make their way out onto the pitch for Munster versus Racing 92 in Paris. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

‘I texted a rules official and asked if tee times were delayed,’ said cool customer Colt Knost

Fiona McHale: “I absolutely love the game. When I went travelling I genuinely missed it. . . I couldn’t imagine life without it.”  Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Mayo and Carnacon star finished an eventful year on a high in the All-Ireland club final

Ireland’s Sophie Spence celebrates winning with her mum Myrtle after Ireland beat Australia in the 2017 Women’s Rugby World Cup. Photo: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Former nominee for World Rugby Player of the Year speaks about what the future holds

Fangless task: Josh Cullen of West Ham United, who lost a tooth in his team’s turgid draw with Shrewsbury. Photograph: Catherine Ivill/Getty Images

An Irish man losing a tooth was the most exciting thing from three dull FA Cup matches

Micheál Donoghue shares an emotional moment with his father as he presents him with the Liam MacCarthy cup. Photo: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Mary Hannigan looks back at some of the more bizarre moments in sport this year

Dublin and Mayo parade before the start of the TG4 Ladies’  All-Ireland final at  Croke Park in September. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

An attendance of over 46,000 at the Ladies’ All-Ireland final showed what can be done

Wexford manager Davy Fitzgerald’s confrontation with   Tipperary’s Jason Forde  has led to a novel motion for Congress in 2018. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Has Tipperary secretary Tim Floyd opened a veritable Pandora’s box for GAA legislators?

Peter Crouch with the Tweet of the Year: "Summer for me is about time with family." Photograph: Twitter

Mary Hannigan reviews the best quote, number, tweet, gaffer, pundit and more

Katie Mullan: was on target for UCD in the big win over Trinity. Photograph: Paul Walsh/Inpho

Hannah Matthews’ hat-trick helps Loreto stage a gutsy comeback in Belfast

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