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USA’s Simone Biles walked away from the women’s team competition on Tuesday after admitting she had “freaked out in a high stress situation”. Photograph: Mike Egerton/PA

Even if they never meet, the lives of American gymnast Simone Biles and the Irish swimmer Mona McSharry have overlapped and caught the wild extremes o(...)

Japan competed well with the Lions in a 28-10 defeat at Murrayfield last week. Photograph: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

Once upon a time it was France. Often times it’s been the All Blacks. Very often it’s been Fiji. For a while it was Argentina. But, since the last Wor(...)

Killian Barry is a 36-year-old teacher from Dublin who has been living in Japan for two years. He works as an assistant English teacher in  Ehime prefecture, Shikoku

Killian Barry is a 36-year-old teacher from Dublin who has been living in Japan for two years as part of a career break. He works as an assistant Engl(...)

German health minister Jens Spahn says the 12-week gap between first and second doses of AstraZeneca vaccinations could be shortened. Photograph: Ahmad Yusni/EPA

British officials said on Friday people under 40 should be offered an alternative to Oxford/AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 vaccine where possible due to a sma(...)

People walk past a banner with the logo of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games hanging from the wall of the Tokyo Metropolitan City Hall. Photograph: Kimimasa Mayama/EPA

Japan is poised to declare a state of emergency in Tokyo and two other regions amid a surge in coronavirus cases just three months before the start of(...)

He Got Game: from left, Hill Harper, Travis Best, Ray Allen, John Wallace and Walter McCarty. This was Allen’s first acting role. A raft of rising NBA star’s auditioned to play Jesus Shuttlesworth. Turns out Ray Allen could act. Photograph: ©Touchstone Pictures for Sky Premier

A film comes along every so often that captures the essence of sport. Well, American sport. In this case basketball. He Got Game shows how professiona(...)

 Rhys Ruddock scores  a try for Ireland in the World Cup  against Russia at  Kobe City, Japan. That match against Russia was his  first, and thus far only, competitive start. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Back in the summer of 2010, a 19-year-old with a prodigious build and talent was rerouted from the IRB Under-20 World Championship in Argentina, where(...)

LeBron James celebrates with his Los Angeles Lakers teammates after winning the 2020 NBA Championship. Photograph: Getty Images

The Los Angeles Lakers dedicated their NBA Finals victory to the late Kobe Bryant, whose death in a helicopter crash in January united and motivated t(...)

 Naomi Osaka  waits for a serve  during a second round match at the Western and Southern Open at the USTA National Tennis Centre in Flushing Meadows, New York, US. Photograph: Jason Szenes/EPA

Naomi Osaka has spoken about her experiences of being black and Japanese, as well as her memories of her mentor Kobe Bryant, in an interview with WSJ (...)

John Cooney in action for Ulster against Freddie Burns of Bath during the Champions Cup game at the  Kingspan Stadium in  Belfast in January. Photograph:  Ryan Byrne/Inpho

It’s always worth stressing that there are far, far bigger issues in the country and the planet this year than the form of a rugby player. But of all (...)

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