New year but calendar crisis remains the burning question

Now that the furore over the handpass limit in football is over, it’s back to that perennial old January reliable: Fixture overload, player welfare, and possible ...

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WADA votes to to spare Russia over missed deadline on laboratory access

Russia has escaped punishment for failing to meet a December 31 deadline for providing access to the Moscow laboratory at the heart of its state-run doping programme, ...

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A case for bringing Munster Rugby to Páirc Uí Chaoimh

For the second season in a row, the prospect of a first-ever Heineken Champions Cup final between Munster and Leinster remains a live prospect with the provinces ...

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Highlights from day nine at the Australian Open

The highlights from the ninth day of action at Melbourne Park.

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Kvitova cries ‘happy tears’ after reaching Australian Open semi-final

The Czech, who could end the tournament as world number one, is in the last four of a grand slam for the first time since her stabbing.

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Nadal hails ’emotional’ victory after booking last-four spot in Melbourne

Nadal needed only an hour and 47 minutes to wrap up a 6-3 6-4 6-2 victory.

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Emotional Petra Kvitova dumps home hopeful Ashleigh Barty out of Australian Open

Kvitova is into the semi-finals of a grand slam for the first time since winning Wimbledon in 2014.

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Stefanos Tsitsipas ‘living the dream’ after reaching Australian Open semi-finals

Tsitsipas showed his fighting qualities again in a 7-5 4-6 6-4 7-6 (2) victory over Roberto Bautista Agut,

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How Stefanos Tsitsipas’ grand slam progression compares to the current greats

The Greek player reached his maiden grand slam semi-final after beating Roberto Bautista Agut in Melbourne.

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Danielle Collins continues stunning Australian Open form with semi-final spot

Collins had never won a slam match prior to arriving in Melbourne.

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Boris Becker believes hip surgery can help Andy Murray return to the top

Murray is weighing up whether to have a resurfacing operation that could save or end his career.

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Tsitsipas books debut slam semi-final with victory over Bautista Agut

Tsitsipas recovered from a break down in the first and third sets on his way to a 7-5 4-6 6-4 7-6 (2) win.

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Ticket tightrope for the GAA as leagues loom

Of all the reasons cited for the disappointing 54,716 crowd that attended last year’s Dublin-Galway All-Ireland SFC semi-final, not much heed was paid to the ...

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I didn’t feel so great – Djokovic made to fight hard for quarter-final spot

The world number one needed more than three hours to see off Daniil Medvedev in the fourth round.

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Serena Williams searching for new level after beating Simona Halep to reach quarter-finals

Williams saved break points to avoid going 4-2 down in the deciding set before winning 6-1 4-6 6-4.

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Here's everything you need to know about Super Bowl LIII

The Los Angeles Rams and the New England Patriots go head-to-head at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta on February 3.

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Serena sees off Simona to move on in bid for another title

Williams saved break points in the sixth game of the decider before winning 6-1 4-6 6-4.

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Another disappointing grand-slam performance from Alexander Zverev

The German has only reached one grand slam quarter-final despite being ranked fourth in the world.

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The sporting weekend in pictures

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer made it a perfect seven in charge of Manchester United.

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Patriots battle past Chiefs to set up Super Bowl showdown with Rams

The New England Patriots have booked their third-straight Super Bowl appearance after overcoming the Kansas City Chiefs 37-31 in overtime.

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Rams reach Super Bowl as Zuerlein makes winning kick in overtime

The Los Angeles Rams punched their ticket to the Super Bowl with kicker Greg Zuerlein holding his nerve to score a field goal from 57 yards in overtime to defeat ...

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World champion Kellie Harrington Euro boxer of the year

World Elite lightweight champion Kellie Harrington was unveiled as European Elite Female Boxer of 2018 at the European Boxing Confederation inaugural awards in the ...

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Not pretty to watch but so sweet to win for Munster

The journey continues for all the Irish provinces after another pulsating weekend of European action.

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Trump hails ‘dream’ triumph as he beats O’Sullivan to land Masters title

The 29-year-old added the Masters crown to his 2011 UK Championship win.

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Judd Trump beats Ronnie O’Sullivan to claim Masters title

Trump dominated O’Sullivan to win 10-4 at Alexandra Palace.

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Great expectations can’t be matched by Welsh clubs

Peter Jackson looks back at the weekend's Champions Cup action.

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Words to the wise can be lost in translation

At just about this time every year I start fanning my armpits about the Premier League and all its works and pomps, writes Michael Moynihan.

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McCormack/Mitchell triumph in Carrick-on-Suir

Moving into the lead on the second stage, Derry’s Marty McCormack and co-driver Barney Mitchell went on to take their Tiger Risk liveried Skoda Fabia R5 to ...

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Things going from bad to worse for Tralee against UCC Demons

UCC Demons inflicted more misery on Garvey’s Tralee Warriors in the Men’s Super League when defeating them 75-70 at a packed Tralee Sports Complex.

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Highlights from day seven of the Australian Open

There was another day of shocks at Melbourne Park.

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A closer look at Tsitsipas after he knocked Federer out of the Australian Open

Getting to know Stefanos Tsitsipas.

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Manny Pacquiao calls out Floyd Mayweather after victory over Broner

The 40-year-old successfully defended his WBA title in Las Vegas on Saturday night.

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Roger Federer’s winning run at Australian Open ends with ‘massive regrets’

Tsitsipas came from a set down to triumph 6-7 (11) 7-6 (3) 7-5 7-6 (5).

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Roger Federer eliminated from Australian Open by 20-year-old Stefanos Tsitsipas

Tsitsipas came back from a set down to stun the two-time defending champion.

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All roads lead to Abu Dhabi for Irish athletes competing at Special Olympics

91 Irish athletes will travel to Abu Dhabi in March for the 2019 Special Olympics World Summer Games.

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Murray encouraged to consider ‘miraculous’ hip procedure

Murray is expected to decide in the next week whether to undergo hip resurfacing surgery.

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Highlights from day six at the Australian Open

Simona Halep takes on Serena Williams in the next round.

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Simona Halep has ‘nothing to lose’ when facing Serena Williams in Melbourne

Halep has only won one of her nine previous meetings with Williams.

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Novak Djokovic regrets being ‘agitated’ during win over Denis Shapovalov

Djokovic was given a warning for swearing but still reached the last 16 of the Australian Open.

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Serena Williams eases through as Naomi Osaka and Elina Svitolina survive scares

Williams has only dropped nine games on her route through to the Australian Open fourth round.

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Can Martin answer Championship prayers?

The fragility of belief in the Championship was perhaps best summed up this week by Andy Reid, who has known hope and despair in both Nottingham and Sunderland, ...

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Can old hero Martin O’Neill reignite Forest fire?

It was no surprise to learn that the club hierarchy were said to have been “blown away” by Martin O’Neill’s pitch for the Nottingham Forest ...

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Willie Mullins cause for concern has been increasing since the turn of the year

These are worrying times for Willie Mullins, with plenty of evidence to suggest many of his horses are performing well below their capabilities, says Pat Keane.

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Camelia De Cotte will be very hard to beat

I was hoping I’d be heading to Heathrow and on to Ascot this morning but I’m not as Un De Sceaux is still in Closutton, says Ruby Walsh.

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Manny Pacquiao: The 40-year-old prize fighter

Breakfast at Manny Pacquiao’s house began with a silent prayer, followed by more silence around the big dining room table as his massive entourage waited for ...

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Highlights from day five at the Australian Open

The highlights from day five at Melbourne Park.

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Sharapova makes statement on big stage by ending Wozniacki title defence

Sharapova defeated Wozniacki 6-4 4-6 6-3 and will face Australia’s Ashleigh Barty in the fourth round.

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Murray pulls out of Marseille tournament as he contemplates hip surgery

Murray will also not play tournaments that he had signed up for in Montpellier and Dubai.

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Tsitsipas sorry for outburst as he sets up Federer clash at Australian Open

Tsitsipas and Federer will face each other for the first time in a competitive match.

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Reigning champion Caroline Wozniacki knocked out of Australian Open

Maria Sharapova hit 37 winners in a 6-4 4-6 6-3 victory.

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