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Other - Tuesday 26 April, 2016

Belgian cyclist hit with six-year ban for hiding motor in bike seat

Femke Van den Driessche is the first person to be banned for such an offence.

Big bucks! Irish cricket has secured a major sponsor for the next 3 years

The lucrative deal was announced at this morning’s strategic launch in Dublin.

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Rafa Nadal suing former minister who said he failed a drugs test

Roselyne Bachelot, former French sports minister, said the tennis player faked an injury in 2012 to hide a positive drug test.

Tiger registers to play at the US Open - but don't get too excited about a comeback

Tiger’s agent Mark Steinberg says registration for Oakmont Major was “simply procedural.”

CP3 blow as Clippers star is in the wars to dent his team's playoff hopes

Chris Paul broke his hand last night while the Oklahoma City Thunder rolled into the second round.

O'Sullivan out of World Champs as comeback falls short in final-frame thriller

Barry Hawkins held his nerve to beat Ronnie O’Sullivan and book his place in the Crucible quarter-finals.

Here are the 3 races you can't afford to miss at Punchestown on Tuesday

Yorkhill, Vautour, Outlander and more in action with three Grade 1s down for decision on day one of the festival.

Other - Monday 25 April, 2016

Rory McIlroy to skip WGC-Bridgestone Invitational to play French Open

The 100th edition of the European Tour event will be part of the Holywood man’s British Open preparations.


Anthony Joshua set for first title defence against undefeated Dominic Breazeale

The 2012 Olympic super-heavyweight gold medallist won the IBF title earlier this month.

Kitman Labs is the company with the real-life Moneyball factor

The startup, now based in San Francisco, counts legendary baseball manager Billy Beane as an advisor.

Ronnie's facing a battle today if he wants to stay in the world championships

O’Sullivan trails Barry Hawkins at the Crucible.

Three and easy: Warriors back to setting records, but Curry injured in win over Houston

The MVP’s injury comeback only lasted a half before he appeared to twist his knee after a slip.

Other - Sunday 24 April, 2016

Spurs sweep Grizzlies to set up clash with Durant and the Thunder

Tony Parker is hitting form as San Antonio move to the next round of the playoffs with minimum fuss.

Yup, that's Serena Williams twerking in Beyonce's new video She Ain't Sorry This post contains videos

Yup, that's Serena Williams twerking in Beyonce's new video

Queen Bey’s pose in her song ‘Sorry’ was a clear tribute to the 21-time Grand Slam winner.

Nadal equals long-standing record with another tournament victory

The Spaniard’s Barcelona Open win was his 49th clay-court title.

This Norwegian cyclist celebrated by throwing some serious shapes on the podium

Sondre Holst Enger, you absolute demon.

'I just ran out of legs' - Dan Martin praises team after gruelling classics ride

Team Sky’s Wout Poels claimed glory in the Liege-Bastogne-Liege with a late sprint.

Dunne drifts out of contention as stormy Shenzhen International heads into fifth day

The Greystones golfer failed to make any birdies in China today.

Injury rules Don Cossack out of Punchestown showdown with Cue Card

Gordon Elliott’s nine-year-old will miss the spring festival with a tendon problem.

London calling - Kenyan athlete records second-fastest marathon time in history

Eliud Kipchoge won the men’s event in a startling 2.03.05.

Michael Jordan's Charlotte Hornets win first play-off game in 14 years

Elsewhere, Toronto and Indiana’s ding-dong battle continued while Oklahoma City Thunder took a giant step towards the conference semis.

Diesel demands and Rory's Bahamas regret - it's the sporting tweets of the week

McIlroy and O’Driscoll made the cut during a time when Twitter was dominated by another Irish athlete.

The teenage gymnast set to make history for Ireland at the Olympics

Ellis O’Reilly chats to The42 about competing in Rio, balancing education and sport, and her link with Katie Taylor.

Relentless Golovkin defends title with devastating knockout - his 22nd in a row

The 34-year-old has won all 35 of his fights and has his sights set on WBC champion Saul Alvarez who takes on Amir Khan next month.

How one ordinary man conquered the toughest race in cycling

“The human imagination can be scary sometimes,” says Iain MacGregor.

(Dana) White lies, the weight of gold and the rest of this week's best sportswriting

All that, plus an essential long-read on Tiger Woods.

Conor McGregor and the Irish Dream... whatever that is

John Leonard on the UFC star’s confidence and what he represents.

It's Sunday so here's 12 of our favourite images from the sporting week

From Irish success in the European Olympic qualifiers to segway polo and everything in between.

Other - Saturday 23 April, 2016

Nicholls claims trainers' title as Mullins left to rue three second-place finishes

The County Carlow handler will have to wait at least another 12 months to claim a first crown across the Irish Sea.

Aussie Rules game delayed after parachutist delivering match ball crash lands That Has Got To Hurt This post contains videos

Aussie Rules game delayed after parachutist delivering match ball crash lands

He hit the ground at some speed.

Dunne within striking distance as sensational Shinkwin closes in on Lee

But the Greystones golfer will have to make plenty of birdies over his remaining 24 holes tomorrow.

McGregor and Roy on a Saipan beach? It’s Comments of the Week

Here are the best offerings from below the line this week.

The Spurs, Cavs cruise in play-offs

The Cleveland Cavaliers and San Antonio Spurs moved a step closer to advancing in the NBA play-offs.

'Two of my colleagues were robbed on a beach so as long as it's a safe Olympics I'll be happy'

BBC pundit Colin Jackson remains wary of the security threat hanging over this summer’s Olympic Games.

Carl Frampton to face Santa Cruz for WBA featherweight crown

The 29-year-old will move up a division to face his next opponent with a date to be announced shortly.

Other - Friday 22 April, 2016

We'll Leave It There So: Madigan on turning down Munster, positive step for MMA and all today's sport

Elsewhere, poor ticket sales for the weekend’s Champions Cup semi-finals and how AC Milan got it so wrong at the San Siro.

Pistorius family condemn claim he beat Reeva Steenkamp with cricket bat

‘This is yet another attention-seeking, money making exercise,’ claim the sprinter’s family.