Former West Ham and Wales midfielder Jack Collison is retiring from football at the age 27 due to injury.

Sepp Blatter's former right-hand man slapped with 12-year ban

FIFA's ethics committee has imposed a 12-year ban on Sepp Blatter's former right-hand man Jerome Valcke.

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Boxer Carl Froch to persue acting career

Carl Froch has reiterated his desire to remain retired from the boxing ring and is instead planning on pursuing a career as an actor.

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Golfer 'living in a dream' after shooting round of 60 at Pebble Beach

Sung Kang set a new course record at Monterey Peninsula with a career-low round of 60 to hold a share of the lead at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am in California.

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5 things Tottenham need to do to beat Manchester City

It’s a big game for both teams in the Premier League title fight – but can Tottenham come out on top?

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Names new and old among the tries as Leinster destroy Zebre

Leinster ran in eight tries to maintain their push for a PRO12 play-off place with a facile victory.

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Ulster go top of Pro12 by slaying Warriors

Ulster notched up their third consecutive PRO12 win to keep them set for a top-four finish.

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Brian Cody keeps 12 of All-Ireland winning-side for League opener

Brian Cody has named 12 of his All Ireland-winning side for Kilkenny's Division 1A League opener.

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Christopher Joyce returns from cruciate injury to start at full-back for Cork

Joyce and William Egan are back in the Cork defence for their Division 1A Allianz League opener.

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France ready to ‘bleed for the shirt’ against Ireland

“The spiked helmet is still in our blood.”

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FAI secure a new batch of Euro 2016 tickets for Ireland fans

“Republic of Ireland supporters will represent one of the biggest groups of supporters at Euro 2016.”

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How could the Premier League top four look after the big weekend showdowns?

It’s shaping up to be an absolutely crucial weekend in the Premier League title race.

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Leicester's Claudio Ranieri could well be the most polite manager in the Premier League

Ranieri undertook an extraordinary session of handshaking before his latest press conference.

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Video: BallTalk team preview the Allianz National Hurling League

Peter McNamara teases out the opinions of Evening Echo GAA writers Rory Noonan and Éamonn Murphy as the trio look ahead to the Allianz National Hurling League.

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Four times Lionel Messi should have been La Liga player of the month

Lionel Messi has been named La Liga player of the month for the first time – here are four other occasions he should have won the award.

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Munster make four changes for Valentine visit of Ospreys

Munster head coach Anthony Foley has named his starting XV for this Sunday's PRO12 clash with Ospreys and made four changes to the side that defeated Zebre.

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Starstruck mascot gets to interview hero Wayne Rooney

The young football fan was a mascot for Swansea at a Premier League game, but it was an opposing player who really captured Tomos’s attention.

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Jurgen Klopp says struggling Liverpool striker Christian Benteke must not hide

The 25-year-old has not scored for 11 matches, a run stretching back to Boxing Day, and has just seven goals for the whole season.

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Former Sunderland winger Adam Johnson 'abused revered position with girl fan'

The 28-year-old went on trial on Friday accused of sexual activity with a child - a teenage girl who said Johnson was her favourite player.

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Diego Costa set to play in mask after breaking nose in training

Striker Diego Costa is expected to play in a protective face mask when Chelsea play Newcastle in the Premier League on Saturday after suffering a broken nose in ...

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Rory Best stresses the need for Ireland to be switched on from the start

"We've got to make sure we don't start this game tomorrow cold, the way we did against Wales."

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What to expect from this weekend's Premier League action

As the top four prepare to battle it out, here is what you should expect from each Premier League game this weekend.

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Giant billboard pays tribute to ‘Limerick born and red’ Paul O’Connell

Paul O’Connell is respected throughout Ireland and beyond, but nowhere is he more loved than in his native Limerick.

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People are freaking out over Floyd Mayweather's ENORMOUS bodyguard

The former world champion is currently on holidays in Italy and the pictures of him and his bodyguard were taken as he took a stroll round Milan.

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Rusty Rafael Nadal advances in Buenos Aires

Top seed Rafael Nadal advanced to the quarter-finals of the Argentina Open after a rusty 6-4 6-4 victory over Juan Monaco in Buenos Aires.

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Arsene Wenger on planned protest: A football match should be a 'moment of happiness'

Wenger has said any protests on Sunday should take place either side of what could prove to be a pivotal 90 minutes in the title race.

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Meet Ireland's sole representative at the Youth Winter Olympics

Ever hear the one about the lad from Dublin representing Ireland as a competitive skier at the Youth Winter Olympics?

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O'Sullivan retained as Cork captain and insists there's no reason to panic

Cork suffered defeat at the hands of Cora Staunton-inspired Mayo in the first round before Munster rivals Kerry came from behind to beat them last Sunday in Brosna. ...

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Premier League rumours: Could Wayne Rooney be joining the Chinese football revolution?

Former England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson claims the striker is the latest player to be targeted.

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Louis van Gaal urges Paul Scholes to be 'more positive about Manchester United'

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has suggested former midfielder Paul Scholes should be "more positive" in his comments about the club.

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Man Utd players could be sold to China in the summer: Ed Woodward

Ed Woodward believes Manchester United could sell some of their unwanted players to China this summer.

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Premier League managers plead for 'balance' on ticket prices

Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew joined his West Ham counterpart Slaven Bilic in hoping Premier League clubs do not end up with empty stadia as a result of rising ...

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Connacht regain top-spot in Guinness Pro12.

Connacht have regained the top-spot in the Guinness Pro12.

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This might be the most ridiculous tennis shot you've ever seen

Dustin Brown’s done it again…

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Adam Johnson sacked by Sunderland after admitting sexual activity with 15-year-old

The midfielder’s contract was terminated with immediate effect.

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Kerry Senior Hurling Team to play Laois announced

The Kerry Senior Hurling Team to play Laois in the Allianz Hurling League Round 1 at O’Moore Park, Portlaoise on Sunday next at 2pm, contains 9 of the side that ...

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Sexton raring to play but warns France 'are never beaten, it’s a tough place to go'

“We’ve only had one chance to see France under their new management, but some of the new individuals they’ve thrown in have impressed.“

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Arsenal v Leicester: How does the cost of the two teams compare?

Spoiler alert: Arsenal’s team cost a lot more than Leicester’s did.

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Dele Alli's goal-of-the-season contender looks more beautiful than ever in this hand-drawn animation

You know the one, where he flicks the ball over his shoulder, turns, and volleys into the corner.

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Leeds fans send a very personal message to club owner Massimo Cellino

It’s “time to go Massimo” according to a big poster that’s been put up outside Elland Road.

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Will Ferrell: I'm responsible for Jose Mourinho sacking

“Jose Mourinho, keep playing defence man!” he yelled from the stage at the GQ Awards.

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One change to Ireland’s women for Six Nations trip to France

Head coach Tom Tierney has made one change to the side that beat Wales 21-3 at Donnybrook last Saturday.

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Adam Johnson to miss Sunderland's game against Manchester United

Manager Sam Allardyce confirmed Johnson's omission from the squad at his pre-match press conference

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Joe Schmidt warns of French danger ahead of Paris clash

Joe Schmidt has warned that Ireland will be facing a much-improved French side at the Stade de France this Saturday.

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Five facts to prove weightlifting is the most interesting sport at the Olympics

Turns out the longest name to win an Olympic gold medal could also be the luckiest.

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Cian Healy and Mike Ross both to line out for Leinster

Leinster Rugby head coach Leo Cullen has made five changes to the team that lost out to the Dragons last time out for tomorrow evening’s game against Zebre.

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Zebo and Earls not risked against France; Sean O’Brien starts

Joe Schmidt has made three changes to his starting XV for Saturday’s Six Nations clash with France.

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Where could your team end up following this weekend's Premier League fixtures?

Whatever happens, it’s looking good for Leicester.

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Guy Noves makes changes in pack for Ireland game in Paris

France head coach Guy Noves has rebuilt his pack for the task of stopping Ireland after it proved a weak link in the nervy opening win against Italy.

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