Ireland’s Alan Browne  in action against  Serbia’s Uros Racic  and Sasa Lukic during the World Cup qualifier in Belgrade. Photograph:  Novak Djurovic/PA Wire

The great advantage of your team not winning any competitive games for two years is that you learn to appreciate the little things. Like a prisoner c(...)

Republic of Ireland goalkeeper Mark Travers dives in vain as Serbia’s Aleksandar Mitrovic (not pictured) scores their second goal during the  World Cup qualifier in Belgrade. Photograph:  Novak Djurovic/PA Wire

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If a Nigerian ever calls you a ‘Dundee United’, you should be deeply offended. File photograph: Getty Images

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Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe during his press conference in Tokyo on Saturday. Photograph: AP

The coronavirus outbreak continues to affect the world of sport with the Dutch Grand Prix set to be the next race pulled from Formula One’s schedule, (...)