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 Ben Johnson   prior to the start of the men’s 100m Final at the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul, South Korea. Photograph:  Tony Duffy/Allsport

So the dirtiest race in history just keeps getting dirtier, at least if Ben Johnson is to be believed. Which is not easy, when the truth about that in(...)

Ben Johnson: faced disaster when his career ended in disgrace. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

With the Irish Rugby Union Player’s Association Annual Awards (Irupa) in the DoubleTree Hilton Hotel Dublin next Wednesday I’m reminded of Crossing t(...)

Liverpool’s Mamadou Sakho and Christian Benteke in the stands during their side’s 2-2 Premier League draw with Newcastle United. Photo: Phil Noble/Reuters

On Saturday morning, the news broke that Liverpool had suspended their central defender Mamadou Sakho after Uefa informed them that he was under inves(...)

Trinity made history at the Colours races on the Liffey last year, taking all four titles on offer for the first time, matching UCD’s achievement of 2(...)

John Treacy winning silver at the 1984 Olympics. (Photo by Tony Duffy/Getty Images)

One of my favourite childhood memories is of being woken from my sleep on August 13th, 1984, by my father. On the television downstairs, Irish athlete(...)

Dr Una May, Irish Sports Council’s Anti-Doping director:  “Regardless of what level players are playing at doping is banned.” Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

The problem, according to the Irish Sports Council’s anti-doping director Dr Una May, is not a culture of doping in Gaelic games but the widespread u(...)

Oisín McConville: “I had a fair idea that he [Thomas Connolly, who got a two-year suspension for doping] was going to be made an example of and that’s a pity.” Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Following Thomas Connolly’s two-year suspension for ingesting anabolic steroids, the opinions of former Armagh footballer Oisín McConville and Kilkenn(...)

A painting believed to be the only authentic image of Shakespeare made during his life. Photograph: Oli Scarff/Getty Images

They come crawling out again, the Shakespeare conspiracy theorists. The 450th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth fell sometime this week. (His officia(...)

Gerard Butler is the second trainer to be banned this year by the BHA for doping horses.

Trainer Gerard Butler has been disqualified for five years by the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) after nine horses in his care tested positive f(...)

Today Ben Johnson seems a little confused over how beneficial the drugs were, and maintains he would still have won the 1998 Olympic 100 metres gold medal if he hadn’t been doping. Photograph: Reuters

“Sprinters are born, my friend. Not made. You have to understand that. The hard training was put in there, 12 years of hard training. The only thing t(...)

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