The USA celebrate Rose Lavelle’s goal in their World Cup final win over the Netherlands. Photograph: Richard Heathcote/Getty

Rose Lavelle was 9 and a half - the half is important, if you’re 9 - when the women that changed everything arrived in Cincinnati. It was October 200(...)

The USA celebrate their World Cup final win over the Netherlands in Lyon. Photograph: Lucy Nicholson/Reuters

A coolly taken Megan Rapinoe penalty and beautifully worked goal from Rose Lavelle fired USA to their fourth Women’s World Cup title against a resilie(...)

 Megan Rapinoe (right)  of the USA celebrates with her team-mate Kelly O’Hara  after scoring her second goal  in the  Women’s World Cup quarter-final against France  at the Parc des Princes. Photograph: Ian Langsdon/EPA

France 1 USA 2 It was fitting that Megan Rapinoe, the focus of unwanted presidential attentions before the game, was the player to power the US into (...)

Rena Buckley lifts the O’Duffy Cup in 2017. The  Cork star ticks all the boxes when it comes to an inspirational sporting figure. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Over the weekend I got completely caught up in a wave of cycling, athletics and even pentathlon. I thought 2018 was the year for learning new sports(...)

The US women’s soccer team secured an improved deal with US Soccer on Wednesday. Photograph: Kyle Ross/Getty

The United States women’s soccer team pressed its fight for equal pay not in one dramatic moment at the negotiating table, but in a thousand small one(...)

Carli Lloyd’s penalty set the USA on their way to a 2-0 win over Germany in their Women’s World Cup semi-final. Photograph: Epa

The United States reached the Women’s World Cup final with a 2-0 victory over fellow international powerhouse Germany in Montreal. A penalty in the 68(...)