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Governor of the Central Bank of Ireland Gabriel Makhlouf.

Buffeted by impeachment efforts in Congress and speculation about his health following an unscheduled hospital visit earlier this month, US president (...)

Katie Taylor: trailblazer.  Photograph: Peter Cziborra/Reuters

I mentioned in passing here recently the short, violent life of “Machine Gun” Jack McGurn, who is widely believed to have helped organise the St Valen(...)

 Novak Djokovic during a changeover in his quarterfinal against John Millman in New York. Photograph: AP

It wasn’t to be for John Millman. The Australian certainly performed with the same energy and fighting spirit which was enough to surprise Roger Feder(...)

Ba-dum, ba-dum, ba-dum. My heartbeat thudded, regularly climbing, frequently increasing. My body seemed to audibly creak as sinew slid over bones, cau(...)

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(...)

A leafy street scene in tranquil Philadelphia.

Philadelphia is the most historic city in the United States; the streets ooze history and memories of American independence and the founding of a nati(...)

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 (...)

Punch drunk love: Jarkko Lahti as Finnish sporting hero Olli Mäki

De Niro’s Jake La Motta may be an animalistic exception, but mostly, we can depend on the movieverse’s boxers to be big old softies. Enter Olli Mäki, (...)

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 (...)

Michael B Jordan and Sylvester Stallone in Creed

Twitter, that most reliably intemperate of mediums, went into a tizzy when Sylvester Stallone, having won the Golden Globe for best supporting actor,(...)

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