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The 25-year-old beat 11 other nominees to win the RTE Sports Personality of the Year Award for 2014 for a second time.
NEIL ASHTON - INSIDE TRACK: Sam Allardyce will be relishing West Ham's battle with an Arsenal side who cannot defend a set-piece on December 28.
MARTIN SAMUEL AT ANFIELD: Just as well they stopped the clock. Referee Michael Oliver added nine minutes, mostly for a head injury to Martin Skrtel. In that additional age, the man himself scored.
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger felt bad memories of last season's 5-1 thrashing at the hands of Liverpool might have affected some of his players during Sunday's 2-2 draw at Anfield.
Brendan Rodgers insists Liverpool can still finish in the top four after dramatically salvaging a point against Arsenal courtesy of Martin Skrtel's last-gasp header at Anfield.
Hartlepool United were forced to make a U-turn in their attempts to sign convicted rapist Ched Evans after a backlash from supporters and the town’s MP.
Tottenham have stepped up their interest in West Bromwich Albion striker Saido Berahino after shelving a move for Jay Rodriguez.
The Nerazzurri have struggled for form since Roberto Mancini's return in November but their comeback on Sunday evening did at least prevent a third defeat in five games.
The road to success for athletes is rarely a straightforward one. especially in the case of Paralympic sprinter Sally Brown, who is aiming for glory in Rio despite an injury-ravaged three years.
A hat-trick from Antoine Griezmann inspired Atletico Madrid to come from behind to beat Athletic Bilbao 4-1 at the San Mames stadium in La Liga on Sunday.
Billy Davies became the favourite to replace Ally McCoist on Sunday night — after the Rangers manager was finally allowed to walk away from the club he stood by during it's darkest days.
Local boy Andy Goode inspired Wasps to the perfect start at their new Ricoh Arena home with a record Premiership points haul that helped sink their former London rivals.
CHRIS WHEELER AT ST JAMES' PARK: It just had to be him. Proud son of Sunderland, Newcastle ball-boy, Middlesbrough trainee, there are few more qualified to settle this than Adam Johnson.
Sportsmail's racing expert Sam Turner gives his best bets for Wolverhampton
Champion trainer Paul Nicholls has said he accepts things will not always run smoothly as young stable jockey Sam Twiston-Davies beds into his first season in the high-profile role.
Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo has had a giant statue erected in his honour, in his hometown of Funchal in Madeira. And it's hard to argue with the sentiment, as he is the island's biggest export.
When Real Madrid beat San Lorenzo 2-0 on Saturday to become Club World Cup champions, skipper Iker Casillas made history by lifting his eighth trophy as captain.
IAN LADYMAN: Liverpool were unlucky to lose against Manchester United and perhaps unlucky not to beat Arsenal. But they are improving under Brendan Rodgers.
Gareth Bale's winning goal in the Copa del Rey final was the catalyst to Real Madrid's unbeaten run, believes Carlo Ancelotti. Madrid won for the 22nd consecutive time against San Lorenzo on Saturday.
After mustering 27 shots compared to Arsenal's seven, Jamie Redknapp stated it would have been a 'travesty' if Liverpool had lost to the Gunners after Sunday's 2-2 draw at Anfield.
Gus Poyet admits he was seconds away from substituting Adam Johnson before he scored to make it a fourth straight victory for Sunderland in Tyne-Wear derbies.
Martin Skrtel was disappointed at Liverpool's failure to beat Arsenal, despite his goal deep into stoppage time salvaging a 2-2 draw for the Reds.
Former three-time heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali has been taken to hospital with a mild case of pneumonia but is understood to be in a stable condition.
DOMINIC KING AT ANFIELD: A last-gasp equaliser from Martin Skrtel rescued a point for Liverpool after goals from Mathieu Debuchy and Olivier Giroud has put Arsenal 2-1 up.
Martin Skrtel's defending may have been questionable during Liverpool's game against Arsenal, but his bravery certainly wasn't.
Hoffenheim brought a spectacular end to their 2014 with a 5-0 Bundesliga victory at Hertha Berlin on Sunday, moving them to within a point of the top six for the duration of the winter break.
Napoli forward Marek Hamsik, 27, believes Juventus are a team 'full of champions', but is plotting their downfall ahead of Monday's Italian Super Cup clash on Doha, Qatar.
Fabio Borini was brought on for Lazar Markovic when the Reds were behind but the Italian forward lasted just 18 minutes before being sent back to the dressing room.
Blackpool supporters are calling for chairman Karl Oyston to resign after a flurry of abusive text messages sent to his paying fans.
England and Northampton hooker Dylan Hartley is likely to learn the outcome of his latest disciplinary hearing before Christmas following his sending off against Leicester Tigers on Saturday.
Dundee United boss Jackie McNamara masterminded his first victory over former club Celtic as a 2-1 Tannadice win fired the Tangerines back into the Scottish Premiership title race.
It wasn't meant to be like this. After a record-breaking Premier League points haul last season, Everton were again supposed to mount a serious challenge for the top four. They're failing.
There may have been a deliberate effort by both clubs to kill the poison on the streets, but such pacifism certainly did not extend to the pitch during Sunday's fiery Tyne-Wear derby.
Liverpool star Raheem Sterling, 20, was presented with the European Golden Boy award ahead of the Reds' clash with Arsenal at Anfield on Sunday.
Raheem Sterling may still be without a Premier League goal since September, but the 20-year-old can be pleased with his contribution following Liverpool's 2-2 draw against Arsenal.
Uncapped batsman Rilee Rossouw has been called up to replace the injured Quinton de Kock for South Africa's final two Tests against West Indies.
Liverpool's stadium announcer was forced to plead with fans at Anfield to stop using a whistle during their clash with Arsenal on Sunday, just four days after a similar scenario at Bournemouth.
Former Real Madrid and Brazil defender Roberto Carlos has confirmed that he has left Turkish side Sivasspor after 18 months in charge.
High Chaparral, winner of the 2002 Derby, has been put down at Fethard Equine Hospital during 'exploratory colic surgery' on a perforated intestine. He was aged 15.
Adam Johnson admits he must be the most hated man in Newcastle after his late goal condemned Alan Pardew's side to a fourth successive derby defeat for the first time in their history.
Newcastle defender Steven Taylor suffered due to his bravery after heavily colliding with the post during the second-half of the Tyne-Wear derby at St James' Park, cutting his eye and cheekbone.
Sampdoria and Genoa both missed opportunities to move up to third in the Serie A standings as both teams failed to win their final round fixtures before the winter break.
In-form Luciano Vietto hit two second-half goals as 10-men Villarreal cruised to a 3-0 home victory over Deportivo La Coruna to go fifth in La Liga on Sunday. The 21-year-old has 12 goals this season.
Liam Williams has issued an apology for a fancy dress costume in which he 'blacked-up' as Premier League striker Wilfried Bony.
Wasps celebrated the beginning of a new chapter in their 147-year history by routing London Irish at the Ricoh Arena in a 48-16 victory built on a fly-half masterclass from Andy Goode.
Crystal Palace have made a £2.5million offer for Lille left-back Pape Souare. Manager Neil Warnock has made the move as the 23-year-old Senegal international falls into Palace's budget.
As a coach, Xavi will not replicate Pep Guardiola. The two men are very different in nature. Winning is everything to Guardiola but Xavi is more obsessed with achieving excellence.
Jose Mourinho has hit out at an anti-Chelsea bias after once again jumping to the defence of Gary Cahill and Willian over accusations of diving.
Radamel Falcao will continue to score goals for Manchester United if he is given a run in Louis van Gaal's starting XI, according to his team-mate Michael Carrick.
GRAHAM POLL: Lee Mason is the most decisive referee in the select group when it comes to straight red cards but sometimes he sees ones which just are not there.
Arsenal's Wellington Silva, a 21-year-old Brazilian, is among players facing bans from football if allegations of match-fixing in Spain are proved in court.
John Terry insists Chelsea's strength in depth is the main reason for his side's success so far this season while heaping praise on team-mate Nemanja Matic.
Manchester City playmaker David Silva is hungry for more goals after filling a void for the champions by striking twice during a 3-0 victory against Crystal Palace on Saturday at the Etihad.
Jose Fonte is determined to prove Southampton are a match for the Premier League's best after securing a 'massive' victory against Everton. Saints' astonishing start to the season came to an end.
Sam Allardyce has revealed that his West Ham strikers are enjoying working with retired frontman Teddy Sheringham.
After being relieved of his duties as Carlisle United boss, Graham Kavanagh, 41, has revealed a text message from Roy Keane helped him see where he had been going wrong.
Grimsby Town may not be known for making Christmas themed adverts, but the Conference club's festive offering certainly rivals promotional clips from the likes of John Lewis.
ROB SHEPHERD'S FOOTBALL GRAPEVINE: Liverpool are seriously considering a January move for Fernando Torres. However, they could face competition from Atletico Madrid.
Eoin Morgan made a cameo appearance for Sydney Thunder in his first outing since his appointment as England one-day captain, during their victory over Brisbane Heat.
Too much pressure has been placed on the shoulders of Norwegian youngster Martin Odegaard, according to former Liverpool left-back John Arne Riise.
Saturday night’s main event between Lyoto ‘The Dragon’ Machida and C.B. ‘The Doberman’ Dollaway was the UFC’s last fight of the year and it was a short affair.
Former England manager and Sportsmail columnist Glenn Hoddle looks back on the last year of football reveals his favourite moments, goals, players and more from 2014.
Manchester City's players had plenty to celebrate on Saturday night after beating Crystal Palace to go level on points with Chelsea at the top of the Premier League table.
Former Australia batsman Matthew Hayden believes it is 'ludicrous' that Kevin Pietersen continues to be overlooked for England duty. The 34-year-old has not played for the national side since last winter.
Carlo Ancelotti has equalled the record for the most European and international club competitions won by a manager.
Arsenal are ready to make a £20million January move for Germany international Christoph Kramer, even though his selling club Bayer Leverkusen are determined not to let him depart this winter.
Amir Khan has revealed he hopes to be a role model for people in Pakistan by rebuilding the school in Peshawar that was devastated by the Taliban.
Former Barcelona man Bojan chats to Sportsmail about his new life at Stoke City and how he is settling in to the Premier League.
A furious David Moyes stormed onto the pitch to confront the referee after the full-time whistle after a last-gasp penalty from Levante denied him a first away win in charge of Real Sociedad.
Borussia Dortmund continued their spectacular implosion this season, losing 2-1 at struggling Werder Bremen. 
PATRICK COLLINS: Although players are banned from betting on football, a climate has been created in which betting is the natural, inevitable and acceptable partner of the sport.
Tyson Fury is aiming to turn Old Trafford into the Theatre of World Title Dreams and make his mark on the famous old stadium like his Manchester United idol Eric Cantona.
England may have ditched Alastair Cook but there is no guarantee that it means they will now be playing the dynamic, Twenty20 style one-day cricket that has enthused the rest of the cricketing world.
Paul Lambert expressed his dismay at referee Lee Mason after the official sent Aston Villa striker Gabriel Agbonlahor off in the 65th minute for what looked like a legitimate 50-50 challenge.
Dave Bassett has revealed how singer Dolly Parton helped to create the club’s Crazy Gang image as they rose from non-league football into the First Division.
Leicester director of rugby Richard Cockerill has insisted that the current salary cap in the Aviva Premiership is vital for the health of the club game in England.
David Silva had every reason to be cheerful after scoring a double in Manchester City's convincing win against Crystal Palace on Saturday afternoon. The 28-year-old also collected two trophies.
RIK SHARMA: Luis Suarez finally broke his La Liga duck as Barcelona routed Cordoba, closing the gap on leaders Real Madrid to just one point.
Louis van Gaal accused his team of lacking the killer instinct to win the title after United dropped their first points in almost two months in their 1-1 draw against ten-man Aston Villa.
Newcastle midfielder Jonas Gutierrez has thanked the club's fans for their 'amazing support' during his battle with cancer, revealing it gave him the strength to beat the disease.
Gary Lineker has launched a scathing attack on Fifa following the governing body's decision to publish a report into claims of corruption during bidding for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.
Bournemouth moved a point clear at the top of the Sky Bet Championship table with an emphatic 6-1 thrashing of basement dwellers Blackpool at Bloomfield Road.
Former West Brom manager Pepe Mel has been appointed coach of Spanish second division team Real Betis until the end of the season, the club announced on Saturday.
Queens Park Rangers manager Harry Redknapp is contemplating giving Ravel Morrison his 'last chance' to kickstart his career in the Premier League.
PAUL NEWMAN: All along they were adamant Alastair Cook would captain England at the World Cup. That his painfully long run without a decent 50-over score would come to an end in Australia.
Mitchell Johnson and Chris Rogers played key roles as Australia wrapped up a four-wicket victory over India within four days of the second Test in Brisbane.
JAMIE CARRAGHER: Long may this continue: here we are, heading into Christmas, and the 20 men who started the season as Barclays Premier League managers all retain their jobs.
Arsene Wenger has revealed that he is 'scared' Aaron Ramsey will miss Arsenal's busy Christmas schedule through injury.
GRAHAM POLL: Inconsistencies in officiating are creeping into the Premier League... action must be taken now before it is allowed to get worse and affect every match.
One look at the tributes paid to Thierry Henry on Tuesday show plenty of people would agree. Thierry had it all. Pace, power, skill, intelligence — it was the perfect combination.
Thierry Henry announced his retirement with the same grace as he has conducted his entire career on and off the pitch. His main legacy will be the way he redefined the centre forward role.
JAMIE REDKNAPP: Michael Carrick has started the last six games for Manchester United and they have won every one. That is not a coincidence.
Amir Khan well and truly earned his place among the three best welterweights in the world after his convincing win over Devon Alexander, says Sportsmail's Jeff Powell in Las Vegas.