Cook's captaincy wilting as Australia turn up heat
Alastair Cook has not excelled with the bat as England captain against Australia, a decline that appeared to reach its nadir when he made a first-ball duck on the fourth day as his team, 503 runs in arrears, attempted to stave off a third successive defeat -- one that would hand the Ashes back to Australia.
Warner puts Australia on brink of redemption
The last rites of this Ashes series will be administered by Australia's bowlers but it was one of their batsmen, David Warner, who inflicted the damage on Day 3 with an innings indicative of how England have slumped to the cusp of a 3-0 hiding.
Paddy Barnes announces his intention to turn professional
Double Olympic medallist Paddy Barnes has announced his intention to turn pro when the right offer comes along.
Trent Johnston becomes coach of the Ireland Women's cricket team
TRENT JOHNSTON will remain at the heart of Irish cricket after accepting a new dual role that will see him take charge of the Ireland women's team and also become fast-bowling coach at the recently-formed National Academy.
Amir Khan reveals he is close to securing Floyd Mayweather bout
Amir Khan is confident he is just weeks away from sealing a super-fight against Floyd Mayweather.
'Boring' Murray crowned Sports Personality of Year
Andy Murray has been crowned BBC Sports Personality of the Year, capping a historic year which saw him become the first British man in 76 years to win the Wimbledon singles title.
Ireland's Barry Murphy secures European bronze medal
Ireland's Barry Murphy has secured a bronze medal in the 50m breaststroke at the European short course championships in Herning, Denmark.
Jenkins and Anderson bow out despite nine-dart finishes at World Darts Championships
Terry Jenkins and Kyle Anderson both produced nine-dart finishes but lost their first round matches at the Ladbrokes World Championship.
Cricket in a strong position to keep asking Test question
JUST before two o'clock on Friday, Ireland's cricketers duly overcame Afghanistan to claim their third trophy of 2013, asserting their long-held position as top dog outside the Test arena.
Sonny Bill Williams stripped of boxing belts
Former All Black Sonny Bill Williams has been stripped of his professional boxing belts after the dual code rugby international failed to defend his world and New Zealand heavyweight titles.
Australia punish careless Pietersen to take control
The Ashes were slipping from England's grip yesterday as Australia took control of the third Test despite dogged resistance from captain Alastair Cook.
England in real trouble of surrendering Ashes series
England endured a desperate day at the WACA to descend into ever more imminent danger of losing the Ashes in this third Test.
Johnson reminds us of life in fast lane
Now that the stereotypical Whingeing Pom stuff employed by England to disguise their inadequacies against Australia in the Ashes has died down, it's time to celebrate the most striking feature of the series to date, the bowling of Mitchell Johnson.
Ringsend's finest put one over on Sam
NOT every All-Ireland Senior Football Championship trophy is on display in the Croke Park Museum. At least one is in the National Museum in the old Clancy Barracks. It was donated by a former soccer international -- and it has a direct link with Sam Maguire.
Underdog Anto Fitzgerald can cause upset in Barcelona
Having had three fights already this year, Dublin middleweight Anthony Fitzgerald hopes to finish 2013 with a bang when he meets the former WBO world champion Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam in Barcelona tonight.
Cricket: Ireland send Johnston out on a high
JOHN MOONEY stole the show with a five-star man-of-the-match performance as Ireland claimed the InterContinental Cup for the fourth time with a battling 122-run victory over Afghanistan.
England rally to keep Ashes series alive
England battled hard to just about grasp an Ashes foothold at last as they sought to consolidate their fightback in the third Test at the WACA.
Cricket: Smith leads rally to put brittle Aussies on top
Australia's batting remains brittle. If and when it improves, England will be in real trouble.
Doyle and Murphy look to set up shot at gold
Swimming: Ireland's Fiona Doyle and Barry Murphy today bid to make the finals at the European short course championships in Denmark, WRITES MARK O'DRISCOLL.
Steve Smith century helps Australia regain control of Third Ashes Test
Steve Smith's second Test century bailed out Australia and frustrated England after the tourists had threatened to sneak back into the Ashes series at the WACA.
The biggest sporting breakthroughs of 2013
We look at some of the biggest sporting breakthroughs both at home and abroad over the past 12 months.
Martin O'Neill speaks at his end of year press conference in Dublin
Martin O'Neill refuses to rule out Ireland return for Shay Given. Credit: Mark McConville
Sebastian Chabal facing one-year ban for knocking opponent out cold with right hook
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John Delaney at the Irish Independent Sports Awards
Fai Chief Executive John Delaney speaks to Independent.ie's Laura Butler at the Irish Independent Sports Awards. Credit: Kyran O'Brien/Caoimhe Gaskin
Jimmy Magee and Des Cahill attend the Irish Independent Sports Star Awards
Independent.ie spoke with Jimmy Magee and Des Cahill at the Irish Independent Sports Awards. Credit: Kyran O'Brien/Mark McConville/Caoimhe Gaskin
Irish Women's Rugby stars talk to Independent.ie
The cream of Irish sport turned out for the annual Irish Independent Sports Awards yesterday to toast the glittering successes of some of our country's finest across 18 fields.
Independent.ie talk to some of Ireland's sporting greats
Independent.ie reporter Laura Butler spoke to some of Ireland's sporting greats at the Irish Independent Sports Awards. Credit: Kyran O'Brien/Mark McConville/Caoimhe Gaskin
Packie Bonner on the Keane/O'Neill dream team
IT'S not often that champion footballers, boxers, jockeys, golfers and soccer players gather in one room together -- but when it does happen it makes for something very special. Credit: KyranOBrien/CaoimheGaskin
A champion day as our sporting elite honoured
Kelly attended the awards with his county team mates Shane O'Donnell and Podge Collins, but after a phone call from their manager Davy Fitzgerald, they were unable to let their hair down and were called back to the training ground after the ceremony. Credit: Kyran O'Brien/Caoimhe Gaskin
Allardyce unfazed by AVB sacking
Tim Sherwood has been placed in interim charge at White Hart Lane after the north London club axed the Portugese coach on Monday. Former manager Glenn Hoddle, ex-England boss Fabio Capello and Southampton's Mauricio Pochettino have emerged as contenders for the full-time job.
Suarez wins player of the year award
Luis Suarez has hailed the Anfield club's supporters as crucial to his rehabilitation after the ban for biting Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic.The Uruguay striker collected the 2013 Player of the Year award at Monday's William Hill Football Supporters' Federation Awards at Arsenal's Emirates Stadium.