Minnesota Vikings’ Blair Walsh  misses a crucial  27-yard field goal in last January’s 10-9 play-off defeat to  the Seattle Seahawks. Photograph:  Jamie Squire/Getty Images

Midway through Blair Walsh’s fifth season as the Minnesota Vikings’ kicker, he turned up for work last month and found six unemployed rivals trying ou(...)

Currid and O’Connell:  The pair continue to work together in a different way now that O’Connell’s playing career is over. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

One August day in 2008, an aspiring sports psychologist got in her car and drove down to Limerick to meet Paul O’Connell. Caroline Currid wanted to in(...)

Outdoing Gaelic Players Association chief executive Dessie Farrell: “The organisation is in a really good place and 14 years is a long time to be in the position.” Photograph: Eric Luke

Dessie Farrell removes his glasses and waves from across the lounge in the Croke Park Hotel. We were supposed to meet across the road in Croke Park bu(...)

Dublin manager Tommy Carr argues with referee Mick Curley during the 2001 All-Ireland quarter-final against Kerry in Thurles.  Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

2001: A Thurles Odyssey The Point. First meeting since the 1985 All-Ireland final. Semple Stadium has seen plenty days like it, just not these col(...)

Kerry’s Declan O’Sullivan lifts the Sam Maguire as Kerry retain the All-Ireland title in 2007. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

I don’t really like the word hunger when it comes to football. It’s just another buzz word most of the time – before we had transition and set-ups and(...)

In the league, St Tiernach’s Park in Clones  is different. The house is open . . . the stewards are so chilled that they all but affect a Jamaican patois in their welcome. Photograph: Andrew Paton/Inpho/Presseye

And here it comes, bless its tattered soul: the league, the league, the league. Across the Atlantic, they are under the delusion that the NFL is a the(...)

The Dublin team in Croke Park last Sunday. Imagine the agony of Dublin fans watching it all dissolve. Photograph: INPHO/Donall Farmer

And what about Dublin’s football ghosts? Let us not suppose here, as the world and the circling planets warms hands on the fire that will emanate from(...)

Using Barry Moran  as a defensive sweeper against Donegal to negate the influence of Michael Murphy was a bold statement by Mayo’s joint managers Pat Holmes and Noel Connelly. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

There is an appropriate symmetry in Pat Holmes and Noel Connelly being the joint-architects of the innovative tactical plan which has been the most ey(...)

This is where Colm Cooper is used to being, in the Kerry starting XV. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Ah, the bench. Is there a more complex or analysed piece of furniture in the entire catalogue of GAA interior and exterior decor? Thursday night’s new(...)

The ambidextrous Major League Baseball player Pat Venditte pitched left-handed before switching his glove from his right to left hand. Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images

Last Friday night 29-year-old pitcher Pat Venditte made his Major League Baseball debut for the Oakland Athletics. Drafted by the New York Yankees in (...)

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