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Estelle Mossely gets the verdict against Katie Taylor in 2016. Photograph:  Inpho

A peculiar place Astana. A bling city in the strangest of places. Its eccentric buildings are splashed around like Christmas decorations, gussied up a(...)

Mogul in action in the Longines Irish Champions Weekend, Leopardstown Racecourse, in 2019. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Aidan O’Brien’s Epsom Derby winner Serpentine failed to fire in Sunday’s Grand Prix de Paris but it was his stable companion Mogul who finally deliver(...)

Conor Niland of Ireland waves to the crowd as he walks off court after losing his first round match to Adrian Mannarino in 2011. Photo: Getty Images

As great as it is, Wimbledon can blow cold, feel like a wilderness, an alien tournament that blooms every year for two weeks at exactly the same time.(...)

Alan Minter in action in June 1973. Photograph:  Daily Express/Hulton Archive/Getty Images

Former world middleweight champion Alan Minter has died aged 69, the British Boxing Board of Control has announced. Crawley-born Minter won Olympic b(...)

Pattern performer Roaring Lion took the Irish Champion Stakes under Oisín Murphy in 2018. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

The Irish Champion Stakes, €750,000 centrepiece of the upcoming Irish Champions Weekend, will not be sponsored. In April it was confirmed that Qatari(...)

Ireland’s Diane Caldwell scores her goal against Greece in Dublin last month. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

It seems like a lifetime and a half ago when Ireland took on Greece in Tallaght in their Euro 2021 qualifying game, before heading to Montenegro for a(...)

Sonia O’Sullivan takes silver behind Gabriela Szabo in the 5,000m at the Sydney Olympic Games. Photograph:  Billy Stickland/Inpho

Before Dundrum became a Town Centre and they paved our paradise we lived just around the corner on Weston Park and every summer transformed the place (...)

George Best celebrates scoring Manchester United’s second goal during the 1968 European Cup Final against Benfica at Wembley. Photograph:   Popperfoto/Getty Images

Maybe the price sports writing pays for daily beat writers whose job is volume and speed as much as reflection is that points of difference between va(...)

Aidan Coleman celebrates as he rides Paisley Park to victory in the  Stayers’ Hurdle at Cheltenaham last year.  Photograph: Michael Steele/Getty

The good news for those who love the story surrounding Paisley Park – or appreciate him as the festival’s ultimate ‘banker’ – is that the man who know(...)

Chacun Pour Soi has a lot to recommend him in the Champion Chase.

1.30 - Envoi Allen The great bay hope of the Irish jumps scene for 18 months now, Envoi Allen merits the hype that attends him and goes into the Ball(...)

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