British and Irish Lions flanker Sean O'Brien could yet play for Leinster in Saturday's RaboDirect PRO12 final after making rapid progress in his recovery from a knee injury.
Coach Phil Simmons has admitted this week's RSA Insurance one-day international series against Pakistan is not the main priority of a summer in which Ireland will bid to secure their place at a third consecutive World Cup.
The Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure in Northern Ireland will "robustly" defend its plans to redevelop Windsor Park in the wake of Crusaders' attempts to launch a judicial review of the case.
Roy Hodgson has heaped praise on England fans while urging them not to sing "religious or political" songs in next week's friendly with Ireland.
Skipper Robbie Keane will be able to face England next week after the Los Angeles Galaxy granted him permission to join up with the Ireland squad.
Aidan O'Brien has declared a team of four as he goes for a ninth triumph in the Tattersalls Irish 2,000 Guineas at the Curragh on Saturday.
Good ground conditions are expected at the Curragh for Classic weekend at the County Kildare venue.
Group One-winning jockey Eddie Ahern has been disqualified for a total of 10 years following the conclusion of a British Horseracing Authority corruption hearing.
Graeme McDowell feels he is in the form of his life as he seeks some rare success at Wentworth this week and a second major title next month.
Eddie Lynam reports Viztoria on course for the Etihad Airways Irish 1,000 Guineas at the Curragh on Sunday.
Norwich winger Anthony Pilkington has been withdrawn from the Ireland squad, the Football Association of Ireland has confirmed.
Graeme McDowell has risen one place to seventh in the world rankings after his win at the Volvo World Match Play Championship in Bulgaria.
Last year's dual Derby hero Camelot tops five Aidan O'Brien-trained possibles for Sunday's Tattersalls Gold Cup at the Curragh.
Just The Judge, narrowly denied by Sky Lantern in the 1000 Guineas at Newmarket, is among 18 remaining entries for the Etihad Airways-sponsored Irish version at the Curragh on Sunday.
Richard Hannon has ruled Olympic Glory out of Saturday's Etihad Airways Irish 2000 Guineas.
Connacht have completed the signing of Samoa international James So'oialo.
Rory Best will lead Ireland's 28-man squad for their tour to the United States and Canada after being overlooked by the British and Irish Lions.
Accrington striker James Gray has committed his future to the club by agreeing a contract extension for a further 12 months.
Mayo handed out a humiliating 17-point defeat to arch rivals Galway in the Connacht SFC at Salthill.
Dermot Weld wants to see some rain ahead of Big Break's run in the Etihad Airways Irish 1,000 Guineas on Sunday.
Johnny Murtagh is aiming for a dream start to his training career with Fort Knox in the Tattersalls Irish 2,000 Guineas at the Curragh on Saturday.
Loch Garman and Trading Leather are among a team of four from Jim Bolger's stable left in the Tattersalls Irish 2,000 Guineas at the Curragh on Saturday.
Ireland have named an unchanged squad for their two-match one-day international series against Pakistan in Dublin later this month.
Sweet My Lord will attempt to make a successful return to timber in the feature race of the day at Kilbeggan.
Trainer John Murphy's phone has been ringing off the hook since the impressive victory of Big Time at Naas on Wednesday evening.
Defending champion Nicolas Colsaerts and former winner Ian Poulter face a battle to remain in the Volvo World Match Play Championship after losing their opening group games in Bulgaria.
Trading Leather has Classic options open to him after filling the runner-up berth in the Betfred Dante Stakes at York.
Isaac Boss expects Stade Francais to show no fear when they chase Amlin Challenge Cup final glory against Leinster at the RDS on Friday night.
Brian O'Driscoll has been ruled out of the Amlin Challenge Cup final between Leinster and Stade Francais at the RDS.
Munster have announced the retirement of their former New Zealand wing Doug Howlett.
Sizing Rio is the star of the show at Tipperary on Thursday as he makes his fencing debut in the Kedrah House Stud 'Well Chosen' Beginners Chase.
Big Time caused a 16-1 stir by claiming the Fishery Lane Race at Naas.
Gordon Lord Byron ran a cracking race to finish third in the Duke Of York Clipper Logistics Stakes on the Knavesmire.
Princess Highway's quest to win back-to-back renewals of the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Blue Wind Stakes was derailed by 33-1 chance Euphrasia.
Most sportsmen will insist they never look beyond their next opponent in a tournament, but Graeme McDowell refreshingly admits he would love to play Shane Lowry in Sunday's Volvo World Match Play final.
Leinster are optimistic about Brian O'Driscoll being fit for Friday night's Amlin Challenge Cup final against Stade Francais in Dublin.
Leinster fly-half Jonny Sexton has revealed he would have loved the opportunity to learn from Jonny Wilkinson had the Englishman been selected to tour with the British and Irish Lions this summer.
Olympic medallists John Joe Nevin, Paddy Barnes and Michael Conlan have been named in a 10-strong Ireland squad for next month's European Championships in Minsk.
Kerry qualified for the Christy Ring Cup semi-finals with a 0-14 to 0-8 win over Derry at Tralee.
Giovanni Trapattoni will attempt to plot a route to the 2014 World Cup finals in Brazil when his Ireland squad meets up later this month.
Trainer Tom Hogan would like the rain to stay away from the Knavesmire for his Duke Of York Clipper Logistics Stakes challenger Gordon Lord Byron.
David Nagle is praying the rain comes for Maarek ahead of the Duke Of York Clipper Logistics Stakes at York on Wednesday.
Dermot Weld's Princess Highway is the star of the show as she defends her title in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Blue Wind Stakes at Naas on Wednesday night.
Sweden's David Lingmerth was the surprise leader of the £6.1million Players Championship when play was suspended due to darkness during the third round at Sawgrass.
Munster overcame an eight-point half-time deficit to win 27-25 and ensure RaboDirect Pro12 minnows Zebre finished their campaign without a single victory.
Ulster earned a home semi-final against the Scarlets by seeing off Cardiff Blues 37-13 at a wet Ravenhill to finish top of the RaboDirect Pro12 table.
Kilkenny retained their National Hurling League title with a 2-17 to 0-20 win over Tipperary at Nowlan Park.
Rory McIlroy, Lee Westwood and David Lynn are all battling to win the Wells Fargo Championship - as tournament officials battled the weather in North Carolina.
Glasgow Warriors missed out on a home semi-final in the RaboDirect Pro12 but tries from DTH van der Merwe and British and Irish Lions call-up Sean Maitland did see the Scottish side advance to the play-offs on the back of a 20-3 victory over Connacht.
Former Ireland international Stephen Carr has called time on his career after more than 400 league appearances for Tottenham, Newcastle and Birmingham.
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