Ireland’s Aiden O’Brien scores his side’s first goal during the friendly against Poland in September. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

With just one match to go – against Denmark – there are just four contenders for the award

Republic of Ireland’s Darren Randolph makes a save during the international friendly with Northern Ireland. Photo: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

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IWill Addison and Tadhg Beirne in Ireland training ahead of the Guinness Series meeting with the All Blacks. Photo: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

From Gordon D’Arcy and Gregor Paul to a delve through the archives, it’s all here

Gavin Moynihan could secure a European Tour card after the final round of Q-School on Thursday. Photo: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

Cormac Sharvin also shot a 66 but he will have work to do on the final day in Spain

Gavin Moynihan of Ireland hits a tee shot during European Tour Qualifying School Final Stage at Lumine Golf Club in Tarragona, Spain. Photo: Luke Walker/Getty Images

Cormac Sharvin and Robin Dawson also still in with a chance of European Tour cards

Manchester United’s José Mourinho is escorted off the pitch following his side’s Champions League win over Juventus. Photo: Alessandro Di Marco/EPA

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Ireland’s Jonathan Sexton during training ahead of the Guinness Series clash with Argentina. Photo: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

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Jockey Kerrin McEvoy and Godolphin CEO Hugh Anderson pour water from the trophies as they celebrate with Lexus CEO Scott Thompson and trainer Charlie Appleby in the mounting yard after winning the Melbourne Cup with Cross Counter. Photo: William West/Getty Images

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Sky will show a minimum of one gambling ad per commercial break from the start of the next Premier League season. Photo: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Broadcaster will also give viewers to option to remove betting ads entirely by 2020

Bohemians have been forced to scrap their original 2019 away jersey.

Club released a jersey which showed singer’s face but have now had to withdraw it

Dundalk’s Sean Gannon and Dane Massey celebrate after they beat Cork City to claim the FAI Cup. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

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Limerick’s Aaron Gillane celebrating  after winning the  hurling All-Ireland final in August 2018. He had his usual breakfast made by his mother that morning. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

From a fry-up and a few pints to protein supplements and pasta, it's different these days

Ireland’s Joey Carbery during training at Soldier Field in Chicago ahead of the meeting with Italy. Photo: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

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The German team line up and raise their right hands during the national anthems ahead of the 5-2 loss to Ireland in Dalymount Park in 1936. Photo: Pathé News screenshot

In 1936 with the Nazi Party in power, the German team was welcomed to Dublin

Actor Ray Winstone has become the face of Bet365’s in-play advertising. Photo: Screenshot

Bookmaking industry has a strong grip on sport and it will not let go without a fight

In 2015 Roy Keane took legal action against Paddy Power over a ‘Braveheart’ advertisement.

Gambling industry in Ireland is still self-regulated as volume of adverts increases

Paddy Power’s advertisements are some of the most controversial in the gambling industry. Photo: Matthew Lloyd/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Paddy Power co-founder Stewart Kenny believes children are at a significant risk

Leona Maguire of Ireland narrowly missed out on second stage of the LPGA Tour Q-school. Photo: Scott Halleran/Getty Images for KPMG

Cavan golfer finished just one stroke outside the cut off point at second stage of Q-school

Leinster’s Cian Healy takes part in training ahead of their Champions Cup meeting with Toulouse. Photo: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

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Ireland’s James McClean and Cyrus Christie stand dejected at the final whistle of the Nations League defeat to Wales. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

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Ireland’s Jeff Hendrick, Shane Duffy and James McClean stnd dejected after the Uefa Nations League defeat to Wales. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Another disappointing night in Dublin leaves Ireland on the brink of League B relegation

A view of Leinster training ahead of their Champions Cup Pool 1 match against Wasps at the RDS. Photo: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

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James Lowe starts for Leinster against Wasps, with Joe Tomane on the bench. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Three provinces in action with Leinster up first against Wasps under the Friday night lights

Paul Dunne of Ireland plays a shot during the Hero Challenge at Canary Wharf in London ahead of the 2018 British Masters. Photo: Andrew Redington/Getty Images

Irishman defends British Masters title this week after claiming his maiden win last year

New Mayo manager James Horan has signed a four-year contract. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

New manager James Horan says there will be room for new faces ahead of next season

Conor McGregor greets UFC President Dana White during a press conference for UFC 229 at Park Theater at Park MGM in Las Vegas, Nevada. McGregor will challenge UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov for his title on Saturday. Photo: Isaac Brekken/Getty Images

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A group picture of the British team (starting with back row, left to right) Alf Padgham (selector), Arthur Lees, Jimmy Adams, Max Faulkner, Fred Daly, Dick Burton, Laurie Ayton, Arthur Havers (selector), Commander Charles Roe (PGA secretary) Sam King, Charlie Ward, Charles Whitcombe (non-playing captain), Ken Bousfield, Dai Rees, Arthur Lacey (chairman). Photo: Bob Thomas/Getty Images

From The Back Pages: The 1949 Ryder Cup was not short of controversy in the build-up

The Ryder Cup logo at Le Golf National in Guyancourt, near Paris, where the competition will take place from September 28th to September 30th. Photograph: Getty

All you need to know ahead of the 42nd instalment of the biennial event

Peter Leahy addresses the Mayo team in Clones for the game against Cavan. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

The 12 players and two coaches have released a statement outlining details of departure

New Zealand’s players perform the Haka before their Rugby Championship defeat to South Africa. Photo: Marty Melville/Getty Images

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Sergio Ramos celebrates with the Champions League trophy after Real Madrid beat Liverpool in Kiev. Photo: VI Images via Getty Images

There is a new TV split in Ireland and new kick-off times

Melissa Duggan of Cork during the TG4 All-Ireland Ladies Football Senior Championship Final match between Cork and Dublin at Croke Park. Photo: Sportsfile

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Pádraig Harrington plays his second shot on the sixth hole during day one of the KLM Open at The Dutch in Spijk, Netherlands. Photo: Jan Kruger/Getty Images

Dubliner is in contention in the Netherlands while Paul Dunne turned around a bad start

Pádraig Harrington plays a tee shot during the ProAm prior to the KLM Open held at The Dutch golf course in Spijk, Netherlands. Photo: Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images

Dubliner faces a busy few weeks with Portugal Masters and Ryder Cup on the horizon

Rory McIlroy reacts to a missed putt on the eighth green during the second round of the BMW Championship at Aronimink Golf Club in Newtown Square, Pennsylvania. Photo: Drew Hallowell/Getty Images

After opening 62s, McIlroy and Tiger Woods both struggled a little on the second day

Woods plays his shot from the 11th tee. Photo: Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

A pair of 62s were enough to get the two superstars to the top of the leaderboard

Ireland’s Cyrus Christie, Seamus Coleman, Shane Duffy and Enda Stevens leave the pitch dejected after their 4-1 loss to Wales. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

Ruaidhrí Croke runs the rule over Martin O’Neill’s men after a disappointing night

Rory McIlroy plays his shot from the first tee during round three of the Dell Technologies Championship at TPC Boston. Photo: Patrick Smith/Getty Images

Four-time Major winner still finished frustrated as Ryder Cup wildcard race hots up

Lots of empty seats were seen in Old Trafford towards the end of Manchester United’s defeat to Tottenham Hotspur. Photo: Peter Powell/EPA

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Thorbjorn Olesen currently occupies the final automatic Ryder Cup qualifyng spot for Europe. Photo: Reuters

With one event to go there is still one automatic place up for grabs and four picks

Donald Trump tweeted his praise of Tiger Woods and how he responded to a question about their relationship. Photo: Uri Schanker/GC Images

The 14-time Major winner was asked about his relationship with the US president

Rioting outside the Liberty Hall headquarters of the Transport Workers Union in Dublin on the day after Shels played Bohs in Ringsend. Photo: Evening Standard/Hulton Archive/Getty Images

From The Back Pages: Scenes of violence marred the opening of Shelbourne Park

A Hungarian athlete warms up prior to day one of the World Para Swimming Allianz European Championships at the Sport Ireland National Aquatic Centre in Blanchardstown. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

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Tiger Woods plays a shot on the 11th hole during the first round of the 2018 PGA Championship at Bellerive Country Club in St Louis, Missouri. Photo: Stuart Franklin/Getty Images

Evaluating the first major sporting event to be shown exclusively online via a stream

Tottenham Hotspur’s South Korean midfielder Son Heung-Min in action during their pre-season friendly against AC Milan in Minneapolis. Photo: Stephen Maturen/Getty Images

Tottenham player hopes to get exemption from service if South Korea win gold medal

England players run out onto the pitch during the Cross over game between England and Korea at the FIH Womens Hockey World Cup at Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre in London, England. Photo: Christopher Lee/Getty Images

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Barry Geraghty onboard Storm Rising (chequered hat) comes home to win the second race of the evening on day one of the Galway Races. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

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The scoreboard warns of extreme heat during Ireland’s World Cup win over India in London. Photo: Joe Toth/Inpho

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Dublin’s Kevin McManamon celebrates a late score against Tyrone. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

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Rory McIlroy will be aiming for a fifth Major title at the US PGA Championship at Bellerive next month. Photo: David Cannon/Getty Images

Final Major of the season is available only on Eleven Sports website and Facebook page

Italy’s Francesco Molinari kisses the Claret Jug after winning The Open Championship 2018 at Carnoustie. Photo: Jane Barlow/PA Wire

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Doyle on the ring floor after being knocked down in the first round of his fight against Eddie Phillips at White City, London in 1939. Photograph: Topical Press Agency/Getty Images

Irish boxer was coming to the end of his career when he wrestled at Tolka Park

Fans shelter from rain as they watch the action on the 2nd green during day two of The Open Championship 2018 at Carnoustie Golf Links. Photo: David Davies/PA Wire

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Sandy Lyle of Scotland hits the opening shot during the first round of the 147th Open Championship at Carnoustie Golf Club. Photo: Andrew Redington/Getty Images

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Bray players celebrate a goal during their Airtricity League win over Sligo Rovers at the Carlisle Grounds last weekend. Photo: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Move comes after discussions over club failing to pay wages for the last seven weeks

UAE Team Emirates rider Daniel Martin of Ireland celebrates after winning stage six of the Tour de France. Photo: Stephane Mahe/Reuters

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The World Cup final will be played at the Luzhniki Olympic stadium in Moscow. Photograph: Getty Images

World Cup final, the Wimbledon finals, and the start of the Super 8s take centre stage

Derry City manager Kenny Shiels: his squad will be boosted by the availability of some new players. Photograph: Inpho

Derry bring European football back to the Brandywell with a first-leg clash against Dinamo Minsk of Belarus

Shane Lowry during the Irish Open pro-am at Ballyliffin Golf Club on Wednesday. Photo: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

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England’s Jordan Pickford saves a penalty from Carlos Bacca of Colombia during their World Cup quarter-final clash in Moscow. Photo: Alberto Estevez/EPA

Hype levels going up and up after England finally won on penalties at the World Cup

England fans celebrate in the streets after England won 4-3 on penalties in the World Cup last 16 against Colombia. Photo: Leon Neal/Getty Images

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German fans react as they watch their team get knocked out of the World Cup in the group stages. Photo: Omer Messinger/EPA

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England players during a training session at the Spartak Zelenogorsk Stadium ahead of their Group G encounter with Belgium. Photo: Tolga Bozoglu/EPA

England and Belgium meet in Kaliningrad for top spot while Group H is up in the air

Ireland’s Bundee Aki jumps on teammate Johnny Sexton with Jordi Murphy as they celebrate winning the third Test against Australia in Sydney. Photo: David Moir/EPA

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Harry Kane in action with teammates during an England training session ahead of their World Cup Group G clash with Panama. Photo: Alex Morton/Getty Images

England are back in action against Panama while Poland face Colombia

Mexico’s Hirving Lozano and midfielder Hector Herrera during training ahead of their World Cup Group F clash with South Korea. Photo: Yuri Cortez/Getty Images

Belgium can book their last 16 place while Germany are under big pressure in Sochi

Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland watches his second shot on the 13th hole as Justin Thomas walks by during the second round of the Travelers Championship at TPC River Highlands in Cromwell, Connecticut. Photo: Matt Sullivan/Getty Images

After an opening 64 the four-time Major winner now sits three shots off the lead

Robin Dawson (left), of Tramore is congratulated by opponent Conor Purcell of Portmarnock after his 3&2 win at the 16th hole during the semi final of The Amateur Championship at Royal Aberdeen. Photo: Mark Runnacles/R&A/R&A via Getty Images

Tramore golfer will face Ernie Els’ nephew in Saturday’s final at historic championship

Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland watches his second shot on the ninth hole during the first round of the Travelers Championship at TPC River Highlands in Cromwell, Connecticut. Photo: Matt Sullivan/Getty Images

The Northern Irishman carded a 64 in opening round of Travelers Championship

Leona Maguire: she  made her professional debut on the LPGA Tour two weeks ago. Photograph:  Michael Cohen/Getty Images

Cavan golfer pitches up in Michigan this week for second start on the Symetra Tour

Artem Dzyuba of Russia celebrates scoring against Egypt at Saint Petersburg Stadium. Photograph: Getty Images

VAR has a lot to answer for, husband and wife hairdo, and Alan Sugar please stop

Fans celebrate Russia’s 2018 World Cup win over Egypt. Photo: Oleg Nikishin/Getty Images

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Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding may still have a future with Ireland according to IRFU performance director David Nucifora. Photo: Inpho

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Alcohol sales in glass bottles are banned as English fans descend on the city of Volgograd ahead of their 2018 World Cup Group G clash with Tunisia. Photo: Mark Rolston/Getty Images

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A general view of St Petersburg is seen ahead of the 2018 Fifa World Cup. Photo: Alex Livesey/Getty Images

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Robert Wilson looks at some of the rare matchday programmes on offer at the Irish Football Programme Club’s annual fair at St Andrews Resource Centre, Pearse Street. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

A constant of the game for decades is now in danger, but collecting still remains popular

James Rodriguez’s volley against Uruguay in the 2014 World Cup was a particular highlight. Photo: Felipe Dana - Pool/Getty Images

This looks to be one of the most even groups with all four teams laying claim to last 16 spots

Joachim Low will take Germany to the World Cup for the third time. Photo: Getty Images

It’s the closest thing to a Group of Death but Germany should go through with little fuss

Neymar will hold the key if Brazil are to emerge as champions for the sixth time at the World Cup. Photo: Buda Mendes/Getty Images

Pressure is on Brazil to make amends for 2014 while elsewhere it looks very even

Uruguay will be favourites to top Group A at this year’s World Cup. Photo: Getty Images

Uruguay look like the favourites but the pressure is on hosts Russia to qualify

Gavin Moynihan of Ireland plays his third shot on the 8th hole at the 2018 Shot Clock Masters at Diamond Country Club in Atzenbrugg, Austria. Photo: Matthew Lewis/Getty Images

Derryman squeezed into the weekend at the Shot Clock Masters after a second round 73

Shane Lowry will compete at the US Open later this month. Photograph: Sam Greenwood/Getty Images

Pádraig Harrington narrowly misses out, as does Paul Dunne at Walton Heath

Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland crosses a bridge to the 17th green during the third round of the Memorial Tournament Presented by Nationwide at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio. Photo: Sam Greenwood/Getty Images

Duo chasing Bryson DeChambeau at Muirfield Village after impressive third rounds

Neymar’s injury floored Brazil at the 2014 World Cup and they will be out to make amends in Russia. Photo: Getty Images

The record five-time winners are out to avenge their failure on home soil in 2014

Serbia saw off Ireland on their way to qualifying for the World Cup in Russia with this goal from Aleksandar Kolarov enough to give them a 1-0 win in Dublin. Photo: David Maher/Sportsfile via Getty Images

After topping Ireland’s qualifying group the Serbs go to Russia with high hopes

James Rodriguez inspired Colombia to the quarter-finals in 2014, can he do so again at this World Cup? Photo: Getty Images

Four years ago they lit the tournament up in Brazil, can they do it again in Russia?

Keylor Navas is the best known Costa Rica player and will be a key component at the World Cup. Photo: Arnoldo Robert/LatinContent/Getty Images

The tiny nation won the hearts of millions four years ago and looks as strong again

Thomas Muller’s goals will be key to Germany’s chances at the World Cup. Photo: Getty Images

Joachim Low’s side come in as one of the favourites to defend the Jules Rimet trophy

Mo Salah has reached god-like status in Egypt and could inspite them at the World Cup in Russia. Photo: Amir Makar/Getty Images

If the Liverpool striker brings his form to Russia there could be tears of joy in Cairo

Saudi Arabia are on paper the worst team at this year’s World Cup and their managerial unrest will do them no favours in Russia. Photo: Getty Images

The Gulf nation have faced managerial turmoil in the build-up to the World Cup

South Korea’s Son Heung-min will be key to their chances of progressing at the World Cup. Photo: Getty Images

It was a close call in Asian qualifying for South Korea but they managed to slip in

Javier Hernandez has come back into form since joining West Ham and will be one of Mexico’s main men at this World Cup. Photo: Getty Images

Javier Hernandez and co have failed to make it past the second round six times in-a-row

Sadio Mane is the Senegal superstar as they head for just their second ever World Cup. Photo: Getty Images

It’s just their second appearance at the finals but few will forget their first back in 2002

Shinji Kagawa is the key man for Japan in their World Cup campaign. Photo: Masterpress/Getty Images

After sacking the man who guided them to the World Cup, Japan step into the unknown

Xherdan Shaqiri suffered relegation with Stoke but can make amends with Switzerland at the World Cup. Photo: Alex Livesey/Getty Images

After the controversial playoff win over Northern Ireland the Swiss could be dark horses

Sweden upset the odds by beating Italy in the playoffs to qualify for the World Cup. Photo: Getty Images

With their talismanic striker now retired, Sweden are very much the sum of their parts

Stanislav Cherchesov isn’t exactly the most flamboyant of coaches. Photo: Michael Regan - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images

Getting to the knockout stages would be a major achievement for a very average team

Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani could inspire Uruguay to big things at this year’s World Cup. Photo: XIN LI/Getty Images

With Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani in form the original World Cup winners look strong

Robert Lewandowski has been in excellent form for club and country and could guide Poland to the quarter-finals or beyond at the World Cup. Photo: Rafal Oleksiewicz/PressFocus/MB Media/Getty Images

Bayern Munich striker scored 16 times in 10 qualifying games and is in scintillating form

Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland watches his tee shot on the fifth hole during the first round of The Memorial Tournament Presented by Nationwide at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio. Photo: Matt Sullivan/Getty Images

Tiger Woods finishes strong to limit damage in Ohio while Shane Lowry struggles

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