# Features

All time
# good reads
The former Cork hurler battling on with a rare illness and more of the week's best sportswriting
Stick on the kettle and settle in to some of our favourite pieces from the last seven days.
# job anniversary
A year on from Solskjaer appointment, United still have a lot of room to improve
A lack of clean sheets and a low ratio of converted chances underline the struggles Manchester united have endured over the course of the last 12 months.
NFL free agency winners and losers: Improvements in Indy, Bucs wrong to bet on Brady
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers made the splash signing of Tom Brady, but they are not among the winners from free agency.
# Features
'We can’t just sit on our laurels': Ahead of Black Friday, the Irish retail industry is fighting back
In an evolving market, companies are turning to a bricks-and-clicks approach.
# Next In
Mourinho, Allegri, Ancelotti? The candidates to take over at Spurs after Pochettino's exit
Spurs sacked Mauricio Pochettino’s this evening.
# In the frame
6 contenders to become the new Bayern Munich manager
The Bundesliga club are searching for a new head coach after Niko Kovac departed.
# Best of Enemies
Manchester United v Liverpool: The memorable Premier League meetings in their storied rivalry
The heavyweight clubs have served up a few treats in the Premier League era, even if recent meetings have been mostly forgettable.
# hola
Hazard makes bright debut cameo as Madrid lift early pressure on Zidane
Madrid almost squandered a three-goal lead, but the Belgian’s debut offered cause for optimism.
# Features
Keeping up with the big guys - how ADAPT is reimagining digital technology
The Dublin-based research centre is looking at changes in the way that people communicate.
# win or bust
Cheika prepared to leap before he’s pushed after World Cup
Australia endured a miserable 2018 and there is no room for error in a World Cup year. But can their mixed bag of a squad succeed?
# legacy
Horn: Crawford will state pound-for-pound case against Khan
The WBO welterweight title holder gets a chance to impress against another former world champion.
# Familiar faces
'I highly doubt he'll remember playing against me': Newport star Amond ready for reunion with City's Otamendi
The Carlow native’s FA Cup goals have made him the toast of Newport.
# Euro Vision
Champions League permutations: How Inter, PSG and Liverpool can progress
Several top sides face an anxious final Champions League matchweek as they look to move into the last 16.
# Downer
Rafael Nadal confirms that his season is over as he's set to undergo surgery
The Spaniard has withdrawn from the ATP Finals.
# Journey
How refugee Modric rose to rule Russia 2018
From war-torn Zadar to the World Cup final, Luka Modric has turned making the difficult look easy into a habit of a lifetime.
# blame it on the boogie
Unbeatable? NBA champions Warriors add All-Star center Cousins
The reported addition of DeMarcus Cousins makes NBA champions the Golden State Warriors even stronger.
Vieira to Henry: Arsene Wenger's best signings at Arsenal
Pascal Cygan doesn’t make the cut.
# Prodigy
One year after being a virtual unknown, the French teenager who has taken European football by storm
Kylian Mbappe celebrates his 19th birthday today.
# tiger balm
Another false dawn or the return of the king? Tiger aims to rise at Hero World Challenge
For the second year in succession, an invitational event in The Bahamas will bear witness to Tiger Woods’ latest comeback attempt.
# performance review
Was Sunderland a blip? The stats behind David Moyes' managerial career
West Ham have confirmed the appointment of the Scot as their new manager. Here, we look at his career in numbers.
# Preview
World Series preview: Little to separate Dodgers and Astros ahead of Game 1
The Dodgers and Astros will start their World Series match-up tonight.
# nou guy
Dybala, Coutinho or Dembele – who could replace Neymar at Barca?
Nou Camp chiefs have a job on their hands.
# Birthday Boy
Messi at 30: From the Champions League to the World Cup - 10 of his best goals
As Lionel Messi celebrates his 30th birthday, we look back at the best goals of the Barcelona and Argentina superstar’s career.
# Birthday Boy
Messi turns 30: Leo or Cristiano? Cherish them both as time waits for no one
‘You are alive in the time of Messi and Ronaldo and should cherish both of them while you still can.’
# Reaction
'Do you think he should answer questions about issues outside the game?'
Ronaldo again refused to answer questions following his nation’s 1-0 defeat of Russia in the Confederations Cup
# mane man
Warburton learned of Lions honour in supermarket car park
For the second British and Irish Lions tour running, Sam Warburton has been named captain.
# 7 deadly reads
Sitdown Sunday: The tragic death of a dystopian
Grab a comfy chair and sit back with some of the week’s best longreads.
# Olé!
Deja vu or a major breakthrough? Opportunity knocks for Garcia
Sergio Garcia has suffered his share of heartbreaks, but victory at the Masters would be particularly significant at Augusta this weekend.
# heroes to zeroes
The psychology behind Claudio Ranieri and Leicester's astonishing fall from grace
The Foxes earlier this week acted on a dire run of form by sacking their much-loved Italian manager.
# Number Crunching
Better at Old Trafford, prolific against Arsenal - Rooney's record by the numbers
Opta’s stats make for interesting reading.
# a true underdog story
Inspired by Mario Balotelli, the team defying doubters at the top of the French league
Nice’s ascension is a result of successful gambles on players and astute coaching appointments.
# aguero suspension
Kelechi Iheanacho shines but Guardiola's concerns at City lie deeper
Iheanacho can fill the void left by Sergio Aguero’s ban but there is plenty more to worry the Manchester City boss.
# El Clasico
Zidane and Luis Enrique tangled in identity politics
Claims of Real Madrid becoming more like Barcelona or vice-versa are inevitable in a rivalry that sustains two footballing superpowers.
# Anniversary
Possession masters, but 5th in the league: The stats from Klopp's first year at Liverpool
With the help of Opta data, we take a look at some of the most remarkable numbers from the German’s Premier League career thus far.
# the emperor of rome
One man, one club, one legend: the numbers behind Totti's glorious career as he turns 40
Clubs and players have been paying tribute to the striker.
# know it all
How much do you really know about your phone?*
*Not your phone specifically, but the features that make it what it is.
# race to the bottom
The Premier League relegation scrap: Boro the best of the newbies, can Moyes save Sunderland?
We run through the candidates for the drop as the battle to stay among the money-spinning elite gets tougher than ever.
# promise
The stats that show why Man City paid €58 million Stones
With Opta’s help, a look at some of the stats that show why Manchester City have made the youngster England’s most expensive defender.
# Best of Enemies
Ronaldo and Bale showed each other the respect they deserve after the final whistle tonight
Much has been made of the pair’s rivalry, but their post-match actions suggested there were no personal problems between the two.
# Sw19
Wimbledon 2016: Defending champions in contrasting positions
The men’s world number one has never been more dominant, but Serena Williams will hold no grand slam titles if she is beaten at Wimbledon.