Conor McGregor arrives for the 2020 Grammy Awards in LA. The former plumber from Crumlin was the sporting world’s highest-paid athlete in 2020, according to Forbes. Photograph: Valerie Macon/AFP via Getty Images

Conor McGregor now belongs to the small, fortunate category of Irish people in their early 30s who don’t have any worries about buying a house – in Du(...)

Real Madrid head coach  Zinedine Zidane reacts during the Champions League quarter-final, second leg against Liverpool at Anfield. Photograph:  Michael Regan/Getty Images

At the climax of the hypnotic film made about Zinedine Zidane in 2005, which followed him, and him alone, through the course of a Real Madrid league m(...)

 Real Madrid’s striker Vinicius Jr celebrates after scoring his side’s third  goal during the Champions League quarter-final first leg at Alfredo Di Stefano stadium in Madrid. Photograph: Kiko Huesca/EPA

Real Madrid 3 Liverpool 1 There is no anger left from 2018, Jürgen Klopp insisted, but there must be from this match. Some things have changed since (...)

Dustin Johnson with the trophy after his win at the  Saudi International at Royal Greens Golf and Country Club  in King Abdullah Economic City, Saudi Arabia back in February. Photograph: Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images

Saudi Arabia has spent at least $1.5 billion (€1.27 billion) on high-profile international sporting events in a bid to bolster its reputation, a new r(...)

Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo reacts after having a goal denied in Belgrade. Photograph: EPA

Serbia 2 Portugal 2 Serbia striker Aleksandar Mitrovic became his country’s all-time top scorer on 39 goals from 63 international appearances after h(...)

Paris Saint-Germain’s Kylian Mbappe celebrates after scoring a goal during the Champions League round of 16 second leg match against Barcelona at the Parc des Princes in Paris. Photograph: Franck Fife/AFP via Getty Images

Paris Saint-Germain 1 Barcelona 1 (PSG win 5-2 on agg) Rage, rage against the dying of the light. On a damp night at the Parc Des Princes, Barcelona (...)

Gianluigi Buffon has impressed when called upon this season. File photograph: Getty Images

It has become a little hard to trust Gianluigi Buffon when he talks about retirement. In 2017, he told me he had reached a decision to hang up his glo(...)

MyHeritage: ‘Some people love the Deep Nostalgia feature and consider it magical, while others find it creepy and dislike it.’ Photograph: MyHeritage.com

Deep Nostalgia, a new service from the genealogy site MyHeritage that animates old family photos, has gone viral on social media, in another example o(...)

Dortmund’s  Erling  Haaland: There is an almost unnerving simplicity to the way he scores many of his goals.  Photograph:  Fassbender/AFP via Getty Images

The debate over whether Tom Brady is the greatest American football player of all time is of interest only to fans of American football, but Brady’s a(...)

France’s Damian Penaud scores a try during the Six Nations win over Ireland. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

Ireland were hit by a quadruple whammy before the game and another triple whammy early in the second half when Billy Burns, captain Iain Henderson and(...)

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