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

Virgin’s live sport portfolio  now includes the majority of the Champions League and Europa League, the Rugby World Cup, the Six Nations, the Champions Cup and UK racing. Photograph: Alex Livesey/Getty Images

No details on how they will broadcast more than 300 European games

TV3 will broadcast the majority of Champions League games in Ireland from next year. Photo: Burak Akbulut/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

TV3 now hold the large bulk of games with RTÉ losing out on final

George Best celebrates scoring United’s second two minutes into extra time. Photograph: Popperfoto/Getty Images

From The Back Pages: A look back at a team reborn and the making of an Irish love affair

The GAA has clarified its position on the upcoming Eight Amendment referendum. Photo: Inpho

Mickey Harte and others launched a movement calling for No vote at the weekend

The new San Mamés Stadium – home to Athletic Bilbao – will host the Champions Cup final between Leinster and Racing 92 on May 12th. Photograph: Getty Images

Big prices and shortage of rooms - is Bilbao suitable to host two finals in two nights?

A view of the San Mames Stadium in Bilbao where the Champions Cup final will take place. Photo: Getty Images

Flights, accommodation, local language and more ahead of your trip to Basque country

A view of the 17th green during day one of the Trophee Hassan II at Royal Golf Dar Es Salam in Rabat, Morocco. Photo: Andrew Redington/Getty Images

Paul Dunne was going well but suffered a nightmare three-hole stretch on the back nine

Paul Dunne took a one shot lead into the final round of the Open de Espana but was beaten to the title by Jon Rahm. Photo: Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images

Irishman took a one shot lead into final day but was pegged back by the home favourite

Paul Dunne of Ireland tees off on the 17th tee during the third round of the Open de Espana at Centro Nacional de Golf in Madrid, Spain. Photo: Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images

The Irishman steered clear of the chasing pack in search of second career win

Sergio Garcia racked up a 13 at the 15th hole in the opening round of the US Masters. Photo: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

The defending champion had an absolute nightmare as he put four balls in the water

Justin Thomas of the US putts on the 17th green during the second day of practice for the 2018 Masters golf tournament at Augusta National Golf Club. Photto: Mike Segar/Reuters

Stats, summaries and pictures of every hole on the most famous course in the world

Justin Rose of England plays a shot on the 13th hole as caddie Mark Fulcher looks on during a practice round prior to the start of the 2018 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club. Photo: David Cannon/Getty Images

The first Major of the year has arrived and we have you covered on all you need to know

Will the 2018 US Masters live up to expectations with so many top players in form or will a dark horse steal in and take the green jacket? Photo: Getty Images

Five favourites, three mid-rangers and two long shots to have a flutter on this week

Munster and Leinster both go into Champions Cup quarter-final action this Saturday. Photo: Inpho

All of the information you need before Munster and Leinster play this weekend

Argentine golfer Roberto De Vicenzo holds his head after he signed incorrect scorecard and cost himself a tie for the Masters Golf Tourney here on April 14th. De Vicenzo actually finished in a tie with Bob Goalby, but the mistaken scorecard cost him a stroke and Goalby won.

From The Back Pages: It’s 50 years since Robert De Vicenzo made his costliest mistake

Ireland’s Dan Leavy, James Ryan, Kieran Marmion, Bundee Aki, Conor Murray, Andrew Porter, Jordi Murphy and Tadhg Furlong celebrate winning the Grand Slam at Twickenham. Photo: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

British media reaction to Ireland’s Grand Slam win points to bigger ambitions in 2019

Ireland’s Johnny Sexton hits the post with a penalty during the Six Nations win over England  at Twickenham Stadium, London. Photo: Paul Harding/PA Wire

From James Ryan’s first minute marker to Conor Murray’s penalty, Ireland stepped up

Tadhg Furlong warms up for Ireland training ahead of the Six Nations clash with Scotland at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday. Photo: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Match details, team news, how to watch, and the big talking points for Six Nations clash

Almost five years on, a league game between Drumcondra and Limerick at Tolka Park in February, 1958. The lights, seen here in the background, would remain in service for more than 25 years. Photograph: Irish Photo Archive.

From the back pages: In 1953 Drumcondra FC pioneered the way for night football

Rory McIlroy attempts to play a shot from the trees while on his knees on the sixth hole at the Honda Classic. Photo: David Cannon/Getty Images

Rory McIlroy had a very eventful day which included an interesting brush with a tree

Tiger Woods looks onto the second green during the second round of the Honda Classic at PGA National Resort and Spa in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. Photo: Sam Greenwood/Getty Images

Rory McIlroy also made the cut but not without trouble on a hugely difficult day

Ted Potter Jr reads his putt on the ninth green during the final round of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am at Pebble Beach Golf Links in Pebble Beach, California. Photo: Warren Little/Getty Images

Ted Potter Jr was unfazed in cruising home to a three shot victory for his second tour win

Colombian golfer Julio Bell didn’t fare too well at the Club Colombia Championship on the Web.com Tour.

Julio Bell managed to break 100 on the second day, only he did it the wrong way

Ireland’s Wes Hoolahan has announced his retirement from international football. Photo: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

The 35-year-old has announced his international retirement with just 43 caps earned

Ireland’s Wes Hoolahan celebrates scoring the first goal of the game in a draw with Sweden at Euro 2016. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Ireland playmaker has called it a day after 43 caps as he approaches his 36th birthday

Ireland’s Ronan O’Gara scores a drop goal in the dying minutes against Wales to secure the 2009 Six Nations title for Ireland. Photo: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Ireland are no strangers to late euphoria – and late heartbreak – when the clock runs out

Bundee Aki is one of the Ireland players who could make his Six Nations debut. Photo: Getty Images

Joe Schmidt’s side are in red hot form and look like a serious challenge for England

Leona Maguire has been at the top of the women’s amateur world golf rankings for 131 week. Photo: Matthew Lewis/Getty Images

The Cavan native has broken the record for number of week ranked amateur world No1

Ireland’s Brian O’Driscoll celebrates at the final whistle after they beat France in Paris to win the Six Nations title in 2014.  Photo: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Stade de France doesn’t hold the same fear factor as it once did for visiting Ireland sides

Jacques Brunel has quite the task ahead of him with France in this year’s Six Nations. Photo: Getty Images

Controversy on and off the pitch for Les Bleus does not bode well for this year’s championship

Italy head coach Conor O’Shea will be hoping for his team cause a few upsets this year. Photo: Suhaimi Abdullah/Getty Images

Weakest team impressed last year and Conor O’Shea will now be hoping for more in 2018

Tiger Woods hits from the fairway on the 16th hole hole of the North Course at Torrey Pines Golf Course during the second round of the Farmers Insurance Open in San Diego. Photo: Gregory Bull/AP Photo

Former world number one showed all of his resilience while Shane Lowry capitulated

Ireland could be drawn to play Christian Eriksen’s Denmark. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Ireland discover their fate when the inaugural draw is held on Wednesday morning

Páraic Duffy, GAA Director General, at the publication of his annual report at Croke Park. Photo: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

In his annual report the outgoing director general said GAA must decide what it is

Keith Andrew and Ireland women’s international Megan Campbell attend the launch of the Spar FAI Primary Schools 5s Programme at Scoil Mhuire CBS. Photo: Seb Daly/ Sportsfile

‘I have faith that he will get us to next European Championships’ says pundit

Paul Dunne of Team Europe looks at his phone with his caddie Darren Reynolds during the pro-am prior to the start of the Eurasia Cup at Glenmarie G&CC in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Photo: Stuart Franklin/Getty Images

Dunne is playing in his first team event as a professional at this week’s EurAsia Cup

Galway Manager Kevin Walsh with referee Paddy Neilan before the postponement of the FBD Connacht League clash between Mayo and Galway in Castlebar. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

League game in Castlebar was officially called off after the scheduled throw-in time

Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor met in the biggest fights/farce of the year. Photo: Derek Hogan/Inpho

Think you were paying close enough attention to sport this year? Prove it with our quiz

Can Michael van Gerwen defend his William Hill World Darts Championship title? Photo: Steven Paston/PA Wire

Where to go, what to watch, how to get tickets and everything else you need to know

Premier League, pro14 rugby, racing, the Ashes and much more to keep you entertained over the festive period. Photo: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

With football, rugby, racing and more on the agenda it’s a festive season sporting bonanza

James McClean was named RTÉ Sportsperson of the Year on Saturday night. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

The Sportsperson of the Year has got involved in the raging debate over his selection

Tiger Woods watches his shot from a bunker on the 17th hole during the final round of the Hero World Challenge at Albany Golf Club in Nassau, Bahamas. Photo: Dante Carrer/AP Photo

Former world number one now number 668 after his tied-ninth finish in the Bahamas

 Leicester City’s Harry Maguire speaks to  Robbie Brady as he is stretchered off after they collided. Photograph: Craig Brough/Reuters

Ireland international taken to hospital for scans after clash with Harry Maguire

Tiger Woods plays his shot from the fourth tee during the second round of the Hero World Challenge at Albany, Bahamas. Photo: Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

Former world number one led at one stage in the Bahamas before settling for a 68

Panama qualified for the World Cup for the first ever time but could find it very difficult in Russia. Photo: Getty Images

Who could make up the group of death and who could make up the group of . . . life?

The Zenit Arena stadium surrounded by ice. It is one of the 12 venues that will be used for next summer’s World Cup. Photo: Valya Egorshin/NurPhoto via Getty Images

From getting tickets, to transport, to accommodation and more for next summer

Subbuteo: the greatest football game ever invented. Photograph: Michael Gottschalk/AFP/Getty

Gifts guaranteed to win over sports fans

Fans enjoy the pool deck on day one of the first Test match between Australia and England at the Gabba in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. Photo: Jono Searle/EPA

From Australia to Tuam, it’s a packed weekend of sporting action once again

Ireland’s Cyrus Christie leaves the pitch after the World Cup qualifying playoff defeat to Denmark. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Ireland defender was subject of racist tweets following defeat to Denmark last Tuesday

Ireland could meet Denmark again in the new Uefa Nations League. Photo: Getty Images

New European competition replaces most friendlies and offers a route into Euro 2020

Alex Ferguson and Scotland manager Gordon Strachan during the Glasgow Uefa Euro 2020 Host City Logo Launch. The next European Championships will be played across 13 different countries. Photo: Getty Images

With change ahead will it be for the benefit or detriment of the international game?

The draw for the 2018 World Cup in Russia will take place on December 1st at the Kremlin. Photo: Dmitry Rogulin\TASS via Getty Images

With the 32 teams to take part in Russia now confirmed, the draw is just around the corner

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