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Sam Burgess arrives at Sydney Airport after ending his rugby union career with Bath and England. Photograph: Cameron Spencer/Getty Images

Sam Burgess arrived at Bath in late 2014 as the best rugby league player in the world, having just inspired the South Sydney Rabbitohs to their first (...)

Shane Lowry hugs a tree near the 18th green with the Gary Player Cup after winning the World Golf Championships - Bridgestone Invitational during the final round at Firestone Country Club South Course. Photograph: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

Winning for the first time in the United States is far from easy and Shane Lowry’s dramatic win at Firestone proved just that. But the Offalyman himse(...)

 John Heslin celebrates scoring his late goal against Meath. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

It was mid-July and the football championship had yet to come alive - worse still it was 80 years since the first championship meeting of Meath and W(...)

Ireland celebrate as West Indies batsman Marlon Samuels walks from the field after being caught with LBW by Ireland’s bowler George Dockrell. Photograph: Marty Melville/AFP/Getty Images

As well as the hopes of the nation, Ireland entered their third 50-over Cricket World Cup in Australia and New Zealand as the poster boys for the seco(...)

  Kilkenny’s Eoin Larkin and Paddy Stapleton of Tipperary collide in the drawn All-Ireland hurling final on September 7th at Croke Park.  Photograph: Ryan Byrne / Inpho

Kilkenny 3-22 Tipperary 1-28, Croke Park, September 7thIn heaven, all hurling matches come down to the last puck. It’s not supposed to be like that ba(...)

 A Brazil fan   after watching his side beingbeaten   7-1 by Germany in the World Cupsemi-final  at Estadio Mineirao  in Belo Horizonte. Photograph:  Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

‘It’ll be fine,’ he said. ‘My team-mates have got it covered,’ he said. ‘I have full faith in them,’ he said.Poor Neymar, how wrong he was. Days after(...)

 Ireland’s Simon Zebo goes over for a tryagainst Australia in Dublin in November. Photograph: Colm O’Neill / Inpho

“You don’t have to be perfect. Your attitude and mental resolve have to be perfect. It’s very hard to play a perfect game of rugby but you have to st(...)

Andy Lee (left) throws a left at Matvey Korobov during their WBO middleweight title fight at The Chelsea at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photograph:  David Becker/Getty Images

It came by stealth in the middle of the night. One of those occasions that the country woke up to rather than witnessed, Andy Lee and his quest for a(...)

Captain Paul McGinley (top right) holds the Ryder Cup as Team Europe golfers pose for a group photograph after the closing ceremony of the 40th Ryder Cup at Gleneagles in Scotland. Photograph: Phil Noble / Reuters

The American fight came when it was too late. Europe - under Paul McGinley’s captaincy - had outplayed the USA where it mattered, on the golf course, (...)

Katie Taylor made it five world titles in a row in South Korea

There’s not a lot left to say about Katie Taylor. She’s the Great White of women’s boxing. If you’re one of the new generation she herself has inspire(...)

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