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DOWN AND OUT: Carl Frampton knocks down Chris Avalos during their IBF Super-Bantamweight World Title fight at Odyssey Arena, Belfast. Picture: Ramsey Cardy

Carl Frampton is a knockout as he defeats Chris Avalos

The IBF super-bantamweight champion successfully defended his world title on Saturday night, stopping 25-year-old Californian challenger Chris Avalos (25-3) in the fifth round to extend his undefeated record to 20-0 (14 knockouts).

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James O'Brien

Michael and James O’Brien pairing overcome late drama

London-based Churchtown driver Michael O’Brien and fellow north Cork co-driver James O’Brien from Dromtarriffe survived some late drama to win the Carrick on Suir based Willie Loughman Forest Rally, the first round of the Valvoline Irish Forest Rally Championship.

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Craig Fulton

Ireland open campaign with big win over Chile

Ireland’s men made a huge statement as they began their Olympic qualification campaign with an 8-0 rout of Chile at the World League 2 in San Diego.

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Conor Meany simply sensational as UCD Marian shock Travelodge Swords Thunder

Conor Meany of UCD Marian produced a season best for an Irish player in the Men’s Premier League when amassing 40 points in his team’s shock 97-86 win over Travelodge Swords Thunder.

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Ace coach Adi Birrell still keeping an eye out for Ireland at Cricket World Cup

When Ireland attempt to make it three wins from three Cricket World Cup games against South Africa in the early hours of tomorrow morning (3.30am Irish time), they will come across a man who did much to lift Ireland to their position today.

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Interview with Carl Frampton ‘I believe I need to teach this lad a bit of manners’

Belfast’s Carl Frampton looks ahead to the first defence of his IBF super-bantamweight world championship against Californian Chris Avalos at the Odyssey Arena tonight.

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Paddy Barnes wins Gold at Commonwealth Games, July 2014

Paddy Barnes and Michael Conlan on Olympic trail again

Paddy Barnes and Michael Conlan will both look to take another step towards qualification for next year’s Olympic Games in Brazil when they represent Italia Thunder in the World Series of Boxing (WSB) today. 

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Early upsets in Irish Cup as Blueview and Tullamoy exit

There were two major upsets, as well as a few minor ones, on the opening day of the Irish Cup meeting at Limerick Racecourse yesterday but the majority of the fancied contenders are still standing.

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Equestrian: Peter Fell says National Championships will be ‘major event’

The inaugural Eventing Ireland National Championships at Ballindenisk, Co Cork, will be a “major affair” according organiser Peter Fell. 

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LIVE UPDATES: Ronan O’Gara and Ruby Walsh field your questions

Ronan O’Gara and Ruby Walsh are fielding a range of reader questions at Cork’s Clarion Hotel and the Irish Examiner sports team are providing live updates right here.

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Templeogue aiming to tighten grip on fourth

Templeogue should consolidate fourth place in the Men’s Premier league when they travel to Mountview for a clash with Dublin Inter.

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Conor O’Reilly’s basketball All-Star team challenge

Colin O’Reilly has laid down a challenge to players hopeful of making the Men’s Premier League All-Star team competing at the Sino-European Championships in July.

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John Mooney: New helmet invention may help prevent deaths

Ireland World Cup cricketer John Mooney hopes that his new invention will help prevent deaths like that of Australian batsman Phillip Hughes.

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McGuigan banking on Frampton birthday bash

Barry McGuigan is hoping for the perfect birthday present from his protégé tomorrow night, with the Clones Cyclone calling on Carl Frampton to deliver a knockout in his first world-title defence.

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Waterford’s Andrew Purcell to set pace in Willie Loughman Forest Rally

Andrew Purcell (Mitsubishi) is likely to be the barometer of the pace on Sunday’s Willie Loughman Forest Rally, the first round of the Valvoline National Forest Rally Championship.

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Horsing groups seeking common ground

Chairman of the Traditional Irish Horse Association (TIHA) Hugh Leonard will adopt a collegiate approach when a delegation from the association meets Horse Sport Ireland representatives today.

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LIVE: Ronan O’Gara and Ruby Walsh to answer your questions

Join us on irishexaminer.com tomorrow morning where Irish Examiner sports desk staff will be providing live updates as Ronan O’Gara and Ruby Walsh field a range of questions at the Irish Examiner Ronan O’Gara Ruby Walsh Breakfast in the Clarion Hotel in Cork.

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Ireland march on after UAE scare

After the euphoria of Ireland’s successful overhaul of 305 against the West Indies, some blithely assumed that the UAE would meekly subside.

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Avalos raises stakes in war of words

Chris Avalos has branded Carl Frampton a dancing "fairy" as he continued his efforts to rile the champion ahead of Saturday night’s world-title showdown in Belfast.

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Team Montenotte in full control

Team Montenotte 82 Singletons Supervalu Brunell 52

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