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 Assistant referee Michelle O’Neill: ‘As a woman you have far less room for error, but you learn to deal with it, and a lot is about player management.’ Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Who brings a hot-water bottle to France in June? Michelle O’Neill, for one, thanks to her role at the 2019 Fifa Women’s World Cup. As a Fifa-level “(...)

Neymar confronts the assistant referee after his goal was disallowed during the Champions League final between Juventus and Barcelona in 2015. Photograph: Paul Gilham/Getty Images

Goals will be disallowed for accidental handball from next season after the game’s lawmakers reworded the rules. Previously, goals would have been al(...)

The All-Ireland hurling final between Limerick and Galway attracted more viewers than the Dublin v Tyrone football decider. Photograph: Cathal Noonan

There are too many special circumstances surrounding the television ratings for sport in 2018 to extrapolate hard and fast trends but the figures cont(...)

Tubridy’s triumph: ‘The Late Late Toy Show’ was once again the most-watched programme on Irish television last year. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw / The Irish Times.

Irish adults watched television for an average of three hours and four minutes every day in 2018, a year in which RTÉ One’s The Late Late Toy Show onc(...)

Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, appearing at a 2015 press conference, are  due to play a lucrative exhibition tennis match in Saudi Arabia. Photograph: Nicolas Asfouri/AFP

It predates 2018, but one of the contenders for word of the year must be “sportswashing”. In three syllables, it encapsulates a global game fondly an(...)

Investigative journalists Barry McCaffrey (left) and Trevor Birney (right) outside Musgrave Street police station in Belfast. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Two investigative journalists who were on Friday arrested over the suspected theft of confidential documents relating to the Loughinisland massacre, w(...)

Little more than a decade ago, it would have been rare to hear about an Irish person moving to the Gulf States in the Middle East. But over the past f(...)

Not a real cat: robot cat Ballon at the Underground Maker Festival in Tokyo. Photograph: Kim Kyung-Hoon/Reuters

In numbers: Pepperoni profit 8.2 million Number of pizzas sold by the chain Domino’s during the Fifa World Cup (despite the fact that the final was (...)

The Netflix empire: Queen Elizabeth (Olivia Colman) takes tea in an image from the third season of royal drama ‘The Crown’, due in 2019.

What’s going on with Netflix? The streaming giant’s share price opened down more than 13 per cent on Wall Street today after it released a disappoint(...)

Kylian Mbappe celebrates France’s 1-0 win over Belgium. Photograph: Christophe Simon/AFP/Getty

When the final whistle came, the sheer joy of the celebrations came as a surprise. Kylian Mbappé was face down on the ground, Hugo Lloris racing up th(...)

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