Jack Harrison  celebrates scoring for  Leeds United  in the Sky Bet Championship match against  Sheffield Wednesday at Elland Road. Photograph: George Wood/Getty Images

Leeds opened up a three-point gap to third-placed Sheffield United in the race for promotion to the Premier League. After the Blades dropped points a(...)

Ireland’s Robbie Brady is tackled by Georgia’s Nika Kvekveskiri during the Group D qualifier at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin.   Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

When Mick McCarthy got the Ireland job for the first time he had eight friendles to find a winning formula and seemed to use all the dry runs well. Wh(...)

Darren Randolph collects tennis balls during Ireland’s win over Georgia. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

It’s hard to know where to start, really. Although a particular highlight was that heated half-time debate about tennis balls, with Stephen Kelly stu(...)

Jeff Hendrick scores the Republic of Ireland’s  winner against Gibraltar in the Group D qualifier at the   Victoria Stadium, Gibraltar. Photograph: Peter Cziborra/Reuters

Gibraltar 0 Republic of Ireland 1 Perhaps the timing of their press release on Saturday night suggests the FAI believed that a comprehensive win at (...)

 Ireland players walk on the plastic pitch at the Victoria Stadium  ahead of the Euro 2020 qualifier against Gibraltar. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Mick McCarthy has opted to play Richard Keogh and Shane Duffy in the centre of an Irish back four, with Matt Doherty playing on the right side of midf(...)

Mick McCarthy during training ahead of Ireland’s game against Gibraltar. Photograph: Peter Cziborra/Reuters

Gibraltar boss Julio Ribas suggested on Friday that Mick McCarthy had shown during his first period in charge of the Ireland team that he had what it (...)

Mick McCarthy takes his first training session in his second term as Republic of Ireland manager at  Abbotstown on Monday. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Séamus Coleman and Seán Maguire looked on from the sidelines as Mick McCarthy took charge of an Ireland training session for the first time in nearly (...)

On Sunday evening Shane Duffy was in London as Brighton & Hove Albion beat Millwall to reach the FA Cup semi-finals. Photograph: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

Shane Duffy was again named Irish Player of the Year at the Three sponsored FAI awards but missed the opportunity to pick up the prize himself this ti(...)

Shamrock Rovers midfielder Jack Byrne has been called up to the Republic of Ireland squad for the Euro 2020 qualifiers against Gibraltar and Georgia. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Shamrock Rovers midfielder Jack Byrne has been rewarded for his fine form at club level by being drafted into the Republic of Ireland squad for the Eu(...)

Norwich City’s Marco Stiepermann  scores his side’s first goal of the  Championship match against Millwall at The Den. Photograph:  Steven Paston/PA Wire

Norwich maintained their bid for automatic promotion with a 3-1 win at Millwall to return to the top of the Championship. After being knocked off top(...)

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