Michael Phelps

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Katie Ledecky of the United States leads the field in the  800m freestyle final at the  2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium in Rio de Janeiro. Photograph: Adam Pretty/Getty Images

There is a photograph from the 2016 Olympics that captures the true extent of Katie Ledecky’s superiority over her competition. As the 19-year-old is (...)

 Phil Mickelson finished bottom of the leaderboard at the Tour Championship - 13 over par. Photograph: PA

Will we see the envelope rule used at this Ryder Cup? Only time will tell, but there have been a couple of occasions the rule – first introduced back (...)

“Ryan Lochte has accepted a 14-month sanction for his use of a prohibited method. On May 24, Lochte posted an image on social media depicting himself receiving an intravenous infusion.”

American swimming star Ryan Lochte has accepted a 14-month doping ban after he posted a picture on Instagram of himself and his wife receiving intrav(...)

 Austria’s Marcel Hirscher at the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games: what does it take to consume 8,000 calories – the equivalent of about 20 plates of lasagna – every day? Photograph: Dimitar DILKOFF/AFP/Getty

For cross-country skier Martin Moller, the biggest challenge of his sport is not the freezing cold, the hundreds of hours of training or the gruelling(...)

USA boxing coach Billy Walsh at Sport Ireland HPX conference in Dublin.  Photograph: Diarmuid Greene

This was a convention you could come to and hear Skibbereen and Michael Phelps mentioned in the same breath. It was one where Billy Walsh aired his h(...)

 Tiger Woods  and his son Charlie Axel Woods  attending the US Open  at Flushing Meadows in New York. in New York. Photograph: Elsa/Getty

It will soon be 10 years since Tiger Woods won a judgment of nearly €200,000 from The Dubliner magazine for publishing fake risqué photographs of his (...)

Former Olympian Sonia O’Sullivan with her daughter Sophie at Malahide Castle Parkrun in April 2014. Photograph: Tomas Greally
Are a mother’s genes a blessing?
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  • September 26, 2017, 07:00

There are many things we might attribute to our genetics – a fiery temperament, baldness, high cholesterol – however, some are lucky to inherit a pare(...)

Silver medal winner Grant Hackett of Australia hugs gold medal winner Michael Phelps after the 200 metre Freestyle final during the XI FINA World Championships in 2005 in Montreal, Canada. Photograph: Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images

Nearly a week into their most recent therapeutic reunion, Michael Phelps and Grant Hackett, two giants of Olympic swimming, sat down to breakfast at a(...)

Floyd Mayweather Jr and Conor McGregor: There’s a small but real possibility that this spectacle could go awry, that it was madnesss to allow a man who doesn’t box go into a ring like this. Photograph: John Locher/AP

Nobody believed. In the days before Muhammad Ali faced Sonny Liston in Miami, the New York Times writer Robert Lipsyte was given clear advice from the(...)

Pat Hickey, former president of the Olympic Council of Ireland. New president Sarah Keane has pledged to reform the OCI.  Photograph: Alan Betson

There was a blackly amusing moment at Friday’s hearing into the Rio Olympics fallout in the Oireachtas. Conversation turned to the dreamy days of the (...)

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