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Mariya Savinova  and Ekaterina Poistogova  of Russia celebrate with  coach Vladimir Kazarin after placing first and third respectively in the women’s 800m final at  London 2012. All three have been recommended for lifetime bans in the Wada report. Photograph: Kerim Okten/EPA.

1. Systematic doping in Russian sport: The World Anti-Doping Agency independent report has recommended that Russia be banned from international ath(...)

 A  staff member  of World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) hands out copies of the report surrounding allegations of doping prior a press conference in Geneva, Switzerland. Photograph: Salvatore Di Nolfi/EPA

Russia has been accused of having a huge “state-sponsored doping programme” by an independent commission that could see the country kicked out of athl(...)

Sebastian Coe: ’My job is very simple now . . . it is to rebuild trust in our sport.’ Photograph: Martin Rickett/PA Wire

The head of world athletics Sebastian Coe says he faces a long battle to rebuild trust in his battered sport and has stepped up reform efforts after t(...)

David Harte: “For me to play in Holland and India and all around the world with Ireland is an incredible experience.” Photo: Dennis Grombkowski/Bongarts/Getty Images

David Harte is probably the best hockey goalkeeper in the world. Next year’s Olympic Games might bring his ability to a wider audience than ever be(...)

Look, ma,  no hands: A self-driving Toyota Lexus on busy Tokyo streets – it’s unnerving at first. Photograph: Yoshikazu Tsuno/AFP

“Tech revolution” is an over-used term, but what’s happening in the motoring world right now is truly monumental. Not since the first car took to the(...)

 International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach has announced refugees will be allowed to compete at the Rio games under the Olympic flag. Photograph: Getty

Top refugee athletes with no home country to represent will be allowed to compete at the 2016 Rio Games, International Olympic Committee president Tho(...)

Michael Conlan kisses coach Billy Walsh after winning the world bantamweight semi-final. Something that was working got taken apart and destroyed. Photograph: Paul Mohan

A few days after Seamus Heaney died in 2013, there was an Ireland soccer international in Lansdowne. It was against Sweden, right at the fag end of th(...)

Had Joe Ward opted to throw caution to the wind from the opening bell of his World Championship light-heavyweight final bout he may have become Ire(...)

 Michael Conlan, right, Ireland, exchanges punches with Murodjon Akhmadaliev, of Uzbekistan during their ’s Bantamweight final bout. Photo: Paul Mohan / SPORTSFILE

Michael Conlan returned to his corner at the end of the first round of his World Championship final and a resigned Billy Walsh asked him: “So I guess (...)

Michael Conlan celebrates beating Murodjon Akhmadaliev of Uzbekistan in the final of the Men’s Bantamweight division. Photo: Warren Little/Getty Images

Michael Conlan survived a third round knockdown to claim the bantamweight gold medal at the World Boxing Championships, becoming the first Irish man t(...)

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