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 Andrew Luck: the Indianapolis Colts player was booed  at Lucas Oili Stadium after the preseason game against the Chicago Bears when  it was announced that he would be retiring for health reasons. Photograph:  Justin Casterline/Getty Images

When you look at athletes, normally you’re doing so with envy and annoyance. I mean, what sort of God creates and moulds such a perfect human, physic(...)

Kilkenny’s Richie Hogan scores against Cork.  A goal soon after half-time is different. It does more psychological damage to the opposition.   Photograph:    Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

With seven minutes remaining in the fourth quarter of this year’s SuperBowl, the Patriots running-back Sony Michel got in from two yards out to all bu(...)

New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman holds the trophy as he celebrates their Super Bowl win against the Los Angeles Rams at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia. Photograph:   Timothy A Clary/AFP/Getty Images

Never have the New England Patriots been so doubted. A creaking 41-year-old quarterback. A Hall of Fame tight end on his last legs. A slow defence. Ju(...)

New England Patriots cornerback Stephon Gilmore after making an interception during Super Bowl LIII. Photograph: Doug Mills/The New York Times

Super Bowl Sunday’s biggest takeaway: In a season defined by offence, defence takes centre stage at Super Bowl LIII It would not be an understatement(...)

Sony Michel of the New England Patriots scores a touchdown against the Los Angeles Rams in the fourth quarter during Super Bowl LIII at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Photograph: Getty Images

The New England Patriots claimed the Lombardi Trophy for a record-tying sixth time, defeating the Los Angeles Rams 13-3 in a Super Bowl LIII slugfest (...)

Kenny Stills and Albert Wilson of the Miami Dolphins sit on the bench during the playing of the national anthem. Photograph: Getty Images

Reigning NFL MVP Tom Brady threw three touchdown passes as New England Patriots opened the season with a 27-20 win over Houston Texans. Brady connect(...)

The New England Patriots’ Rob Gronkowski. Photograph: Jonathan Daniel/Getty

A deal has been struck for NFL star Rob Gronkowski to acquire a share in his namesake Kentucky Derby contender, trained in Newmarket by Jeremy Noseda,(...)

Tom Brady sits on the field after fumbling the football in the fourth quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles. Photograph: Rob Carr/Getty Images

Right to the bitter end, Tom Brady still believed it was possible. Even after the strip-sack, the field goal and the failed attempt at kick-return tri(...)

New England Patriots quarterback   Tom Brady celebrates after a touchdown in the third quarter of the AFC Divisional playoff game against the Tennessee Titans at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts. Photograph: Elsa/Getty Images

New England Patriots 35 Tennessee Titans 14 Tom Brady and the New England Patriots are returning to the AFC Championship Game after opening their ti(...)

Ryan Shazier of the Pittsburgh Steelers reacts as he is carted off the field injured during their clash with the Cincinatti Bengals. Photo: John Grieshop/Getty Images

The Pittsburgh Steelers edged their AFC North rivals the Cincinnati Bengals 23-20 on Monday night but the game was overshadowed by ugly moments of vio(...)

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