Murray shrugs off Vallverdu factor in Berdych clash

Andy Murray takes on seventh seed Berdych in the last four of the Australian Open this morning (coverage from 8.20am on BBC), a player who will have the inside track on the Wimbledon champion.


Ireland to join big guns in one-day top tier cricket

Ireland will join the top tier of one day cricket after gaining approval from the International Cricket Council yesterday.


Mayweather versus Pacquiao €250m superfight a step closer

Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao have come face-to-face as speculation continues to mount that a €250 million superbout between the pair will finally materialise.


Murphy proves too good for Coppinger in McGarry Cup feature

On Sunday, David Murphy beat Martin Coppinger by almost a bowl in the Denis McGarry Cup semi-final at Whitechurch, the feature score of a packed weekend that included four tournament finals and several cup ties.

Katie Taylor

It’s tough at the top of women’s fight game, insists Katie Taylor

There are a couple of things bothering Katie Taylor these days but, typically, she unloads the irritations with the same understated manner that usually accompanies victorious post-fight interviews.


Tony Campbell: "Flatter Rás route a different challenge"

The race director of the An Post Rás has warned those with designs on riding this year’s race that it is anything but easy — despite it being a much flatter route than previous years.


Cool Andy Murray ready for Tomas Berdych battle

Andy Murray set his sights on getting the better of an old friend after ending home hopes in the Australian Open in ruthless style in Melbourne.

In this photo taken Sunday, Jan. 18, 2015, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady throws a pass during the first half of the AFC championship NFL football game against the Indianapolis Colts in Foxborough, Mass.

New England Patriots chief Robert Kraft hits back as ‘Deflategate’ storm rumbles on

The New England Patriots escaped a winter blizzard to make their way to the Super Bowl city of Phoenix on Monday but there was no avoiding another storm as the mystery of the deflated footballs continued to swirl.

Lance Armstrong.

Lance Armstrong ‘would cheat again if faced with same set of circumstances’

Disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong has said he would cheat again if faced with the decision he made to dope in 1995, but believes the time has come for him to be forgiven.


Bernard O’Byrne: Ireland near return to international stage

Irish basketball could be about to restore its senior teams to full international competition after a five-year hiatus, according to Basketball Ireland chief executive Bernard O’Byrne.

Team Montenotte Hotel captain Claire Rockall kisses the cup after victory over Killester.

Gráinne drives Glanmire to more glory

Team Montenotte Hotel 62 Killester 36: Women’s National Cup final: GLANMIRE retained the Women’s National Cup following a comfortable win over Killester at the National Arena on Saturday.


Irish pair tenth overall in Monte Carlo

Motorsport: Out of the reckoning for a podium position after sliding off the road on Friday, the Irish crew of Kris Meeke and Paul Nagle (Citroen DS3 WRC) recovered to win the Power Stage and finished 10th overall in Rallye Monte Carlo.

Pegasus' Suzanne Ferris and Harlequins' Cliodhna Sargent tussle for possession during the Ladies Irish Senior Cup quarter-final. Picture: Andy Jay.

Harlequins a step away from return to the big time

Hockey: Cork Harlequins are a step away from being back in the big time after ousting Pegasus 2-1 in the Irish Senior Cup quarter-finals on Saturday.

Men's National Cup Final, National Basketball Arena, Tallaght. UCD Marian vs C&S UCC DemonsLehmon Colbert of C&S UCC Demons scores a basketPhoto: INPHO/Cathal Noonan

Awesome Demons hit new heights

C&S UCC Demons 91 UCD Marian 65: Men’s National Cup Final: ONE supporter summed it up as "hard to beat class" and few at the National Arena were inclined to disagree after this emphatic victory for UCC Demons in the Men’s National Cup final.


Steely Moycullen edge Star in final thriller

Moycullen 70 Belfast Star 60: Men’s U20 National Cup final: Moycullen shocked Belfast Star in a thrilling Men’s U20 National Cup final at the National Basketball Arena on Saturday.


Fr Mathew’s seal historic victory

Fr Mathew’s 64 St Vincent’s 63: U18 Men’s National Cup final: There were emotional scenes at the National Basketball Arena yesterday as Fr Mathew’s became the first Cork side to win the Men’s U18 Cup crown.

Glanmire celebrate their U18 victory over DCU in the Women's U18 National Cup final at the Basketball Arena, Tallaght.

Gritty Glanmire hold out

Glanmire 79 DCU Mercy 72: Women’s U18 National Cup final: Glanmire were crowned Women’s U18 National Cup champions after a magnificent final at the National Basketball Arena on Saturday morning.

Bertram Allen riding Molly Malone in 2014. The 19 year old Wexford rider has qualified for the World Cup Final.

Allen qualifies for World Cup

Equestrian: Nineteen-year-old Bertram Allen continues to stun the world of show jumping, qualifying for the Longines World Cup final yesterday in his first season when runner-up in Zurich, Switzerland.


Connell undecided about running The Tullow Tank at Leopardstown

Equestrian: Leading owner Barry Connell is undecided whether to let The Tullow Tank line up at Leopardstown on Sunday week.

CHAMPIONS: Singletons Supervalu Brunell celebrate their victory over Glanmire  in the Women's U20 National Cup final  at the National Basketball Arena.

Thornton signs off in style for Brunell

Basketball: Singletons Supervalu Brunell 71 Glanmire 33: Singletons Supervalu Brunell made it three in-a-row Women’s U20 National Cup titles when demolishing Cork rivals Glanmire at the National Basketball Arena

File photo of Lizzy Lee.

Lively Lee clocks personal best to win in Raheny

Athletics: Athletics

Dejected Oblate Dynamos players after the game. Basketball Ireland Senior Women's Cup Final, Oblate Dynamos v Portlaoise Panthers BC. National Basketball Arena, Tallaght, Dublin. Picture credit: Paul Mohan / SPORTSFILE

Portlaoise power to cup glory again

Basketball: Portlaoise Panthers 63 Oblate Dynamos 48: Women’s Senior Cup


Murphy and McCarthy strike for Demons

Basketball: C & S Blue Demons 62 Moycullen 59: President’s Cup Final: Three-pointers from David Murphy and Shane McCarthy sealed a famous win for C & S Blue Demons over Moycullen in a magnificent President’s cup final.

UP FOR IT: Team Montenotte Hotel's Marie Breen wins the ball against DCU Mercy's Deirdre Gainey in the National Cup semi-final at Neptune Stadium.

Marie Breen: "Winning would be the icing on the cake"

During the 2012-3 season her back got worse and worse. All along Marie Breen was thinking it was a muscle issue and pushed on with Team Montenotte, playing through the discomfort.

Áine McKenna: Played through the pain barrier in last year's decider.

Hunger won’t be a problem for us, insists McKenna

Women’s National Cup Final
Killester v Team Montenotte Hotel
Tonight: National Basketball Arena, 6pm

Shane Coughlan

Shane Coughlan spreads the praise ahead of the 10th Men’s Cup final

Mens National Cup Final
UCD Marian v C&S UCC Demons
Tonight: National Basketball Arena, 8pm

Dean Walsh with Coach Billy Walsh

Dean Walsh retains title after epic battle with Ray Moylette

Defending light-welter champion Dean Walsh retained his title after edging out 2011 European gold medallist Ray Moylette at the Elite Championships at Dublin’s National Stadium last night.