George Best

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 George Best was one of the greatest footballers to ever play in England, but outside of that he was consumed by alcoholism. Photograph: PA

The opening scene is jarring, a reconstruction of a night a woman is making her way to the hospital with her one-year-old son, the torrential rain mak(...)

Johnny Manziel’s contrite public statements  indicate he may just have started to realise how much he has squandered in his career. Photograph: Peter G. Aiken/Getty Images

Scenes from the hectic life of Johnny Manziel. After a report implied the erstwhile NFL quarterback would be charging $50 for selfies as part of some (...)

Wayne Rooney scored a lat minute winner as Manchester United beat City 4-3 on aggregate in the 2010 League Cup semi-finals. Photograph: Getty

The perceived crises at the two Manchester clubs should give the EFL Cup tie at Old Trafford on Wednesday considerable edge. Even so, the game is unli(...)

“Pogba may eventually be £100m worth, but right now I don’t see him anywhere near that. I see a young man who’s struggling to find his best position and best form in a team that’s struggling to find their best form.”

As this game kicked-off Paul Pogba’s “second coming” at Manchester United stood at 10 appearances, one goal, and no show-stopping, game-winning displa(...)

Barcelona’s Lionel Messi: rather than standards slipping, it is in fact the rising median which only makes it all the harder for even exceptional talent to stand out. Photograph: Pau Barrena/AFP/Getty Images.

Nostalgia can make liars of us all and sporting nostalgia is a particularly seductive invitation to believe what we want. That it’s relatively harmle(...)

1 Grace O’Malley (1530-1603) The Abbey, Clare Island, Co Mayo Pirate queen and warrior princess, clan chieftain and matriarch, Grace O’Malley had (...)

Caroline Aherne after winning a  BAFTA award for best comedy performance for The Royle Family in 2000. Photograph:  Rebecca Naden/PA Wire

Caroline Aherne created many memorable characters in her career, which has been cut short by cancer at the age of 52. She rose to national attentio(...)

Ryan Giggs in action against Oldham Athletic at Boundary Park on St Stephen’s Day 1991 during his debut season in Manchester United’s first team. Photograph:  PA Wire.

The departure of Ryan Giggs from Manchester United breaks one of the club’s strongest remaining links with the glorious Alex Ferguson era. For two de(...)

Northern Ireland’s goalkeeper Michael McGovern dives for the ball at the Parc des Princes. Photo: Getty Images

Germany 1 Northern Ireland 0 On one hot sticky summer’s eve in Paris, when toil and perspiration were more in evidence than local chic, Northern Irel(...)

The lobby of the Imperial Hotel, Cork, which is celebrating its 200th anniversary this year. Photograph: Flynn Hotels

Napoleon was settling into his first full year of exile on St Helena, Rossini’s Barber of Seville premiered in Rome and in Cork a group of merchants s(...)

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