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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(...)

Fans enter Yawkey Way before a game between the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees. Photograph: Jim Rogash/Getty Images

With the arrival of Pumspie Green in 1959, the Boston Red Sox became the last team in Major League Baseball to field an African-American player. Twe(...)

The Kerry All-Ireland winning team of 1930.  Back Row, from left: Jack Walsh, Dee O’Connor, JJ Landers, J Barrett, J O Sullivan, J Riordan, Tim O Donnell, Dan Ryan, Eamonn Fitzgerald. Middle: Jack McCarthy, Paddy Whitty, Con Brosnan, Paul Russell, Tommy Barrett, Dan O’Keeffe, Miko Doyle. Front: Jackie Ryan, Bob Stack, Eddie ‘Pedlar’ Sweeney, John Joe Sheehy (c), Tim Landers, Con Geaney

We’ve never been great ones for numbers in Irish sport. The idea that a single number could tell the full story of a person’s career, or a club’s hist(...)

PJ Conlon during a Spring Training game between the Houston Astros and New York Mets in February. Photograph: Getty Images

Belfast-born PJ Conlon will become the first Irishman to play Major League Baseball in over 70 years on Monday night when he starts for the New Y(...)

Republican front-runner Donald Trump: “Paul [Ryan] said to me that he has never seen anything like it because I’m a non-politician and I beat very successful politicians. He was really fascinated by how I won.” Photograph: Rob Kerr/AFP/Getty Images

We are in one of those rare unharmonic convergences when reality is more absurd than satire. So I decided to dispense with satire and simply call Dona(...)

Liverpool’s Mamadou Sakho and Christian Benteke in the stands during their side’s 2-2 Premier League draw with Newcastle United. Photo: Phil Noble/Reuters

On Saturday morning, the news broke that Liverpool had suspended their central defender Mamadou Sakho after Uefa informed them that he was under inves(...)

New York Mets infielder Daniel Murphy scores in the fourth inning of Game 1 of the World Series against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City. Photo: Richard Perry/The New York Times

Daniel Murphy has been unconscious. A peculiarly American sports cliché that has come to define the New York Mets’ improbable run to this year’s World(...)

Irish republican leader Eamon de Valera speaking at a packed Fenway Park in Boston in 1919. Photograph: Getty Images/General Photographic Agency

An hour before the scheduled start, the police closed the gates at Fenway Park. More than 50,000 had already been shoehorned inside, safety was bec(...)

Serena Williams of the U.S. and Vitalia Diatchenko of Russia talk after Diatchenko retired from their match during the U.S. Open tennis tournament at Arthur Ashe Stadium in New York. Diatchenko appeared severely hobbled from the start, unable to move well, and retired in the second set. Photo: Todd Heisler/The New York Times

Serena Williams, as befits the grand dame of tennis, began the pursuit of a calendar grand slam with a regal swat on the first evening of the 2015 US (...)

Alex Rodriguez hits his 660th career home run to tie Willie Mays record during a game with Boston Red Sox in the 8th inning at Fenway Park Boston, Massachusetts. Photo: Jim Rogash/Getty

In the top of the 8th inning at Fenway Park last Friday night, Alex Rodriguez came off the bench for his first at-bat, and the Boston Red Sox fans ser(...)

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