Argentina’s  Diego Maradona gets his hand to the ball ahead of England goalkeeper to score the ’Hand of God’ goal during the World Cup quarter-final at the Azteca Stadium in Mexico City during the 1986 World Cup. Photograph: Bongarts

Brexit has divided communities, families and friends, so it should perhaps come as no surprise to find it has done the same to England’s 1986 World Cu(...)

Peter Kay: Lancashire comedian has the old country on his mother’s side

The concept of “county lines” has been making a comeback in Britain recently, but not in a way that would please nostalgists. Far from marking a renew(...)

Lahinch hotelier Michael Vaughan has offered to pay for a return visit by Jim Logan in London to see his home place.

A Co Clare hotelier has offered to fund the return from London of an 80-year-old Lahinch man who has wondered if there was anyone left in the seaside(...)

England’s Stuart Broad is congratulated by teammates after dismissing Australia’s batsman Usman Khawaja. Photograph: Getty Images

Stuart Broad had pitched up at the MCG this week in something of a funk. The big game Ashes hunter had left Perth more burned than the supporters who (...)

 Australia’s captain Steve Smith reacts during the fourth day of the second Ashes Test. Photograph: David Gray/Inpho

The twilight zone. Though 24 hours later than many expected, England got their moment under lights on the fourth evening in Adelaide and through Joe (...)

English cricketer Ben Stokes is surrounded by media as he arrives at Christchurch Airport on Wednesday. Stokes was arrested under suspicion of causing actual bodily harm in September. Videos have since emerged of the incident. Photograph: Kai Schwoerer/Getty Images

Australian papers have piled into Ben Stokes as he arrives closer to – if not actually on – their shores. The England allrounder has flown to Christc(...)

Moeen Ali is stumped by Tim Paine during day four of the opening Test. Photograph: Mark Kolbe/Getty

Shoddyline? Wobblyline? Amid a frenetic fourth afternoon at the Gabba that saw the hopes the suncream-slathered travelling support rise, before eventu(...)

Eoin Morgan has pulled out of England’s tour to Bangladesh due to security concerns. Photograph: PA

England director Andrew Strauss has expressed his disappointment at the decision of captain Eoin Morgan and opening batsman Alex Hales to pull out of (...)

Opening bowler Boyd Rankin will return to play international cricket for Ireland from January. Photograph:  Inpho/ICC

Irish cricket has been handed an early Christmas present with the news that Boyd Rankin has confirmed his return to international cricket. Rankin met(...)

Pakistan spinner Yasir Shah  celebrates with team-mates Sarfraz Ahmed and Wahab Riaz after dismissing England’s Adil Rashid  to win the second Test  at Dubai Cricket Stadium. Photograph: Gareth Copley/Getty Images

In October 1952, Pakistan beat India on a matting wicket in Lucknow to record their first Test victory. Sixty three years on to the very day, in the D(...)

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