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Thai Airways pilot Akarapol Apanant demonstrates the controls as visitors to the airline’s flight simulator look on. Photograph: Sakchai Lalit/AP

Image of the week: Flying in theory Over in Australia, Qantas has been flogging its branded business-class pyjamas and old bar carts. But at the head(...)

 Serena Williams in action during the 2019 Australian Open. Photograph:   Michael Dodge/Getty Images

You could build Serena Williams’s pedestal from her records. Pile up the 23 Grand Slam singles titles, more than anyone else has won in the Open era, (...)

Multiplayer games have  proven a hit with players who want to connect with their friends

What did you do during the pandemic lockdown? It’s a tricky subject. While your Instagram feed may have been full of people enjoying their daily works(...)

Japan’s Naomi Osaka has surpassed Serena Williams as the world’s highest-paid female athlete. Photograph: Vaughn Ridley/Getty

Japan’s Naomi Osaka has surpassed Serena Williams as the world’s highest-paid female athlete, raking in $37.4 million (€33.9m) in prize money and endo(...)

Ray Walker: the Carlow footballer decided not to appeal his four-year suspension for a doping offence. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Confirmation that Carlow footballer Ray Walker is not appealing his four-year suspension for a doping offence has brought swift closure to a case whic(...)

Carlow footballer Ray Walker has released a statement denying he intentionally took any banned substance after receiving a four-year ban. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Blaming an anti-inflammatory medication and a lack of anti-doping education, Carlow footballer Ray Walker has admitted he inadvertently returned a pos(...)

Maria Sharapova has announced her retirement from tennis. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA

Maria Sharapova, who announced her retirement from tennis on Wednesday, will be remembered in many corners of her sport with respect more than affecti(...)

Sofia Kenin of the US speaks after winning the 2020 Australian Open, at Melbourne Park. Photograph: Kelly Defina/Getty Images

Watching Naomi Osaka and Bianca Andreescu win grand slam titles persuaded Sofia Kenin that she did not need to wait for her big breakthrough. The 21-(...)

Russia’s Maria Sharapova after her defeat against Croatia’s Donna Vekicat the Australian Open in Melbourne. Photograph: Getty Images

Maria Sharapova offered no guarantees that she will be back at the Australian Open after a first-round defeat against Donna Vekic. Ongoing shoulder (...)

Australia’s Ash Barty   plays a backhand to Russia’s Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova   at the  Adelaide International at Memorial Drive. Photograph: Paul Kane/Getty Images

Ash Barty faces the double burden of being world number one and the focus of an expectant host nation as she seeks to win the Australian Open amid ch(...)

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