Neil Cusack walking in Cratloe Woods, Co. Clare. Picture: Kieran Clancy

King of the road

Limerick’s own Neil Cusack saw a lot in America, like hillbillies with shotguns chasing athletes, but for a moment he owned America too. This weekend 40 years ago he won the oldest and most celebrated city marathon in the world, a moment that brought a welcome sense of joy and colour and even the exotic to Ireland 1974


Moynihan plays his cards to perfection

Former international rower turned bike rider, Cathal Moynihan won yesterday’s opening stage of the Kerry Group Rás Mumhan for the biggest win of his career and the first leaders’ yellow jersey of this year’s race.

Craig Breen and Scott Martin, Peugeot 208 T16, in action during the Circuit of Ireland Rally. Picture: Barry Cregg / SPORTSFILE

Breen believes tide has turned in his favour

Even though Finland’s Esapekka Lappi and co-driver Janne Ferm (Skoda Fabia S2000) dominated most of the 10 stages in yesterday’s opening leg of the Discover Northern Ireland Circuit of Ireland Rally, the event remains delicately poised and set for a frenetic finish through today’s eight stages.

Lewis Hamilton steers his Mercedes around the Shanghai International Circuit during a practice session ahead of tomorrow's Chinese Grand Prix. Picture: AP Photo

Hamilton expects rivals to put up better fight in China

Lewis Hamilton is steeling himself for more of a fight from his title rivals this weekend as he bids to win three grands prix in a row for the first time in his career.

UCC Award winners - hurler Conor Lehane; swimmer Emma Cassidy; powerlifter Abigail Cronin;  footballer Conor Dorman; rugby player Paul Derham; hockey player Aine Curran, basketballer Adrian O'Sullivan and sprinter Phil Healy.

Heffernan targets top ten 20km finish in China

Thirty-six years old and in the form of his life, Rob Heffernan has very few complaints at present.


In-form champion Shaw ready to fight fire with fire

Reigning Kerry Group Rás Mumhan champion Damien Shaw believes he has the form to become the first man to win back-to-back titles on the country’s second biggest stage race.

Craig Breen

Red-hot Waterford star Breen the man to beat in Belfast

On home ground, it is not surprising that there is a wave of expectation on Craig Breen to win the Discover Northern Ireland Circuit of Ireland Rally, round four of the European Rally Championship that gets underway in Belfast this morning.


Murphy back in the groove at Kealkill

David Murphy has his Munster senior championship campaign back on track after a last-shot win over John Creedon at Kealkill.


Irish coach blasts ref as Cully loses out

BOXING: Johnny Joyce and Wayne Kelly will be aiming to get Ireland back to winning ways at the 105-nation AIBA World Youth Championships in Sofia, Bulgaria today.


Delighted Doherty makes World Champs

SNOOKER: Dubliner Ken Doherty secured the 19th Crucible appearance of his career as he qualified for the Dafabet World Championship with a 10-5 success over Thai Dechawat Poomjaeng.


Domenicali resigns from Ferrari after team’s poor start to the season

Stefano Domenicali said it was time for a “significant change” as he announced his resignation as team principal of Ferrari.

VICTORY MARCH: Cork Church of Ireland celebrate their Irish Hockey Trophy final victory over North Down at UCD on Saturday. Picture: Adrian Boehm/Irish Hockey Photographers

Munster net three hockey titles

Munster sides landed three national titles from a possible four over a memorable weekend at Belfield.

David Harper

Sligo and Leevale take top honours at road relays

Sligo AC retained their men’s title while Leevale’s women went on the roll of honour for the first time at the Woodie’s DIY National Road Relay Championships in Raheny, Dublin yesterday.

Two-time Rás winner Ciarán Power is making a comeback to the sport after retiring in 2008.

Geared for one last Rás

Ciarán Power is one of a select few Irish riders to have ridden the Giro d’Italia, but racing in a peloton fuelled by EPO, he rarely won a major race. After retiring in 2008, he’s back, and on a mission.

Andy Lee: Southpaw plans to fight at 154lb in Cardiff next month.

‘Rusty’ Lee pleased to get rounds under belt ahead of title bid

Andy Lee blamed ring-rust for his underwhelming performance against Frank Horta but is now hoping to seal a world title shot at light-middleweight before the end of the year.