Muhammad Ali

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The great Michael ‘Ducksie’ Walsh in action in 2007. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

  The bell tolled for many sporting greats in 2016, including the greatest of them all. Muhammad Ali – originally Cassius Clay – departed this ea(...)

Muhammad Ali: accidental boxer was ranked the greatest athlete of the 20th century by Sports Illustrated magazine. Photograph: Getty Images

The Greatest Muhammad Ali (1942-2016) Born Cassius Marcellus Clay in Louisville, Kentucky, the son of a house painter, the man who would change h(...)

  Robbie Brady scores against Italy at Euro 2016 in France. Photograph:  Reuters/Carl Recine

Cheerio, so, to the year 2016 AD – 12 months that seemed crowded with unwanted departures, a purple rainfall in which the brightest stars were extingu(...)

Muhammad Ali goads Antonio Inoki at Tokyo’s Nippon Budokan during their mixed bout in 1976. Photo: Getty Images

Following his conviction for white slave trafficking (he had driven over state lines with a woman in his car) in Illinois, Jack Johnson fled to Paris (...)

Andy Murray put together winning streaks of 22 and 24 matches, the first taking in Queen’s, Wimbledon and Olympic gold and the second yielding five successive titles to finish the season. Photograph: Steve Paston/PA

When Gay Talese came to write the story of Floyd Patterson, he decided to call it The Loser. Which was an odd choice, since Patterson won a gold medal(...)

Rock star David Bowie, who died in January, was one of the most searched-for subjects on Google in Ireland this year. Photograph: Dan Chung/Reuters

What is a hung Dail? How do I register to vote? What is a Pokemon? And how on earth do I catch one? These were some of the queries Irish people type(...)

#Trump was one of the most popular hashtags worldwide, along with #Rio2016, #PokemonGo, #Brexit, #PrayforNice and #BlackLivesMatter.

The general election, the Easter Rising commemorations, the Apple tax controversy and the Repeal the Eighth movement were among the top trending topic(...)

It’s 20 years since the first Season of Sundays (Sportsfile, €29.95) came out. The 2016 version is as rich and textured as the 19 that went before. This image shows kids in Galway fine-tuning their skills before a NHL encounter with Cork.

Six of the best Forever Young Oliver Kay (Quercus, €28.00) Adrian Doherty came from Strabane and for time in the early 1990s, it looked like he(...)

The odds of Marine Le Pen, of the French National Front, becoming the next president of France are at 2/1. Photographer: Christophe Morin/Bloomberg

You thought there was bad news about the place in 2016? You thought things couldn’t get worse? Heed this, Pollyanna. As I write, Marine Le Pen is bein(...)

Stan Van Gundy, head coach, Detroit Pistons: “We just elected an open, brazen, racist, misogynist leader.” Photograph: Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

Early on Wednesday morning, Stan van Gundy, the head coach of the Detroit Pistons sat down for his pregame media briefing in Phoenix, Arizona, but he (...)

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