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A view of Rory McIlroy’s childhood home which is up for sale. Photo: Propertynews.com

It is, the estate agent promises, a “beautifully presented red brick semi-detached property with excellent standard of decor throughout”. It goes on t(...)

Terence Trent D’Arby, now called Sananda Maitreya. Photograph: Tim Hall/Redferns

When Sananda Maitreya references his previous life as Terence Trent D’Arby, he looks uncomfortable. He even says “he”, not “I”, as though he is talkin(...)

Rev Al Sharpton with  the James Joyce Award at the L&H in  UCD. Photograph: Tom Honan.

US civil rights leader Rev Al Sharpton has described President Donald Trump’s criticism of American sports stars for kneeling in protest during the pl(...)

Antonio Inoki on the canvas in his wrestling-boxing match against Muhammad Ali in 1976. They fought 15-rounds, ending in a draw. Inoki seemed angry afterwards that he hadn’t won. Photograph: Bettmann Archive

Over his 74 years, Antonio Inoki has built up an unconventional resume. A wrestler-turned parliamentarian who once set up his own political party call(...)

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(...)

Conor McGregor, chilling out ahead of a press event in Dublin. Photograph: Getty Images

Patrick Hyland, a gentle and amusing former boxer who once called himself The Punisher, waits for the boys and girls he now trains at the gleaming Str(...)

Ian Poulter: “I play some of my best golf when I’m pretty confident. And I’m excited for this weekend. I can’t wait.” Photograph: Oli Scarff/AFP/Getty

Once upon a time, Ian Poulter was so immersed in chasing a Major title that he did whatever he wanted, it seemed. Like at Royal Troon, in 2004, when h(...)

Director George  Romero  before the screening of the film “Survival of the Dead” at the 66th Venice Film Festival. Photograph: Reuters/Tony Gentile

The reports of George Romero’s death tell us that he passed away listening to the soundtrack of John Ford’s The Quiet Man. The gentle Irish yarn was, (...)

For the fourth night in a row Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather pretended to hate each other. Photo: Scott Heavey/PA Wire

On June 26th, 1976, combat sports fans in Tokyo watched with irritation and bafflement as Muhammad Ali had his legs kicked at furiously by a man who l(...)

Manny Pacquiao’s world title fight with Jeff Horn will be “short and sweet” with a knockout likely, his trainer Freddie Roach  predicted.  Photograph: Patrick Hamilton/AFP/Getty Images

In a country blessed with a wealth of sporting options to choose from, boxing features very low on the totem pole in Australia. Manny Pacquiao will (...)

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