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Wednesday 4 October 2023 Dublin: 12°C

# The Long Goodbye

This year
Juventus and Italy legend Bonucci confirms impending retirement
The 36-year-old has 12 months left on his current contract.
Last year
Tearful Serena Williams says ‘goodbye Toronto’ after flagging retirement
The 6-2 6-4 second-round loss to Belinda Bencic at the National Bank Open followed her first singles win in more than a year.
Former Tottenham star Dembele to retire at season's end
The 34-year-old is currently playing for Guangzhou City in China.
All time
Outcast Mesut Ozil confirms exit from Arsenal
The German midfielder says he is joining Fenerbahce.
Brexit trade deal agreed between EU and UK
“This agreement will write history,” European Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen said.
After 24 hours of speculation that there was a deal, the news was confirmed this afternoon.
“This agreement will write history,” European Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen said.
A Downing Street source said the deal takes the UK out of the “lunar pull of the EU” and the ECJ.
Last-minute 'hitch', but Brexit announcement expected today after overnight talks on deal
'We have found a way forward': Ursula von der Leyen says path to a Brexit agreement is in sight
Johnson and Barnier set out competing visions for post-Brexit trade
After three years of fractious divorce talks, the next phase begins today.
Brexit talks continue as Boris Johnson pledges 'Super Saturday' parliament vote next week
Johnson will challenge MPs to back any deal he has secured from Brussels when parliament sits on a weekend next Saturday.
'I'd love to leave this club knowing they'll be staying in top-level European rugby'
All Black Charles Piutau plays his final Ulster game in tomorrow’s crucial play-off against Ospreys in Belfast.
'I wish this was eternal. I'm the first one who would like this not to end' - Iniesta
It has been an emotional nine days for Andres Iniesta, who says he made an “honest” decision to leave Barcelona.
'My seven-year-old daughter shed a tear': Enda Kenny received a lot of well wishes when he stepped down
Although one critic wrote: “Thank God you’re finally off … back to the bog you came from.”
Ras-matazz: Munster give Erasmus the perfect send-off as Simon Zebo scores in rout
The South African may not be in charge for the province’s next Pro14 fixture again Zebre at the end of the month.
Has Wayne Rooney already played his last competitive game at Old Trafford?
Jose Mourinho has confirmed it’s unlikely the 31-year-old will feature against Crystal Palace on Sunday.
19 excellent tweets about Brexit Day
Father Brexit has been.
One step closer: Theresa May gets green light to start Brexit process
The UK Prime Minister has said she will trigger Article 50 by the end of March.
What can Fine Gael learn from previous heaves against long-serving party leaders?
Fine Gael’s succession looks all very amicable at the moment but there are lessons in the past from the likes of Bertie Ahern.
'He mentioned that he's coming to the end': Ian Wright reveals details of Wenger conversation
The former Gunners’ striker believes the 67-year-old will step down as Arsenal boss at the end of the season.
'I have been here for so long it was a bit of a disappointment that I couldn't stay'
Ulster star Ruan Pienaar is still focused on the task ahead, despite his future being away from the northern province.
Coveney says there was 'no trickery' involved in Waterford General Hospital negotiations
The independent TD has been ramping up the pressure for extra hospital services for Waterford today.
Ryan Giggs to leave Manchester United after 29 years
The Welshman joined the club as a 14-year-old but Jose Mourinho’s arrival has already had its consequences.
Francesco Totti received a standing ovation when he came ON as a substitute tonight
The Roma fans really don’t want him to leave.
'The best 31 players are there and I've no regrets about that' - D'Arcy is retiring with a clean slate
Gordon D’Arcy talks retirement, the World Cup and THAT Sam Burgess column.
Donncha O'Callaghan is leaving Munster after 17 years with the province
Munster’s players were informed of the departure this morning.
David de Gea could be a Real Madrid player by Tuesday
Various reports speculate that a deal could be tied up within the next two days.
Didier Drogba to leave Chelsea...again but where's he off to next?
The veteran attacker wants one more season elsewhere before retiring.
Stephen Ferris: There were dark days when I thought 'Sh*t, I can't make this'
The retired Ulster, Ireland and Lions flanker opens up about his all-too-short comeback from a debilitating ankle injury.
"I would’ve been gutted if I didn’t have the chance to play one last game" - Robin Copeland
Following a two-week suspension, Munster-bound Robin Copeland will play his final game for Cardiff Blues this weekend.
Everyone must be sick of my long goodbye by now -- Brian O'Driscoll
The centre is ready for the challenges that come with not being a rugby player any more.
VIDEO: Ever wonder how Chris Hadfield takes his photos from space?
We’re getting towards the end of Commander Hadfield’s six months in space. Here’s how he’s been taking his snaps.
Sigh: Corinthians claim City have changed terms of Tevez sale
Just when we thought we’d been offered a merciful reprieve from what promised to be the most tedious transfer saga of the summer, we hit a snag.