Ian Herbert

Ian Herbert is Chief Sportswriter at The Independent.

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Manchester City hopes of Champions League glory harmed as they sink to Uefa’s third tier

Etihad club could share group with Bayern and Real next season – and United and Arsenal also suffer after poor campaigns

Surrey player Kevin Pietersen makes his way to the wicket during day one off the LV County Championships Division Two match between Glamorgan and Surrey

Ian Herbert: The Ashes will demand something special – like Kevin Pietersen, perhaps

COMMENT: It feels as if this Ashes summer will be about preserving dignity and avoiding a whitewash

Manchester City players celebrate going 1-0 up

Sport and politics: how Twitter has changed the rules

For years almost everyone in British sport hated talking about politics. But this general election may be seeing the dawn of a new era – with at least some sports people only too happy to engage politically

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho gestures to referee Mark Clattenburg

Chelsea vs Manchester United: Why Blues are the least popular team in the league

The manager’s confrontational style coupled with his reversion to a functional style of football has won few friends

Manchester City vs West Ham: Manuel Pellegrini’s hopes of arresting slide hit by Vincent Kompany injury

City captain could miss the rest of the campaign due to a groin injury

Rooney subsequently said on the club’s in-house TV station that he would never have signed for City

Manchester United transfer news: Glazer family were convinced Wayne Rooney would move to rivals Manchester City

New behind-the-scenes book on Glazer family's time at Old Trafford reveals club's concerns over striker

Jordan Spieth celebrates his Masters victory as he wears the famous Green Jacket

Jordan Spieth sets his targets on Rory McIlroy's number one spot following Masters triumph

Spieth has become only the fifth player to win the Masters 'wire to wire'

Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy shake hands as they wait on the first tee before the final round at Augusta

Masters 2015: Rory McIlroy learning from Tiger Woods key to complete game

Here Woods was, 110 places behind McIlroy in the list of the world's best and yet not letting him out of his sight

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Why we need a 'tranquility map' of England, according to campaigners

It's oh so quiet!

The case for a 'tranquility map' of England
'Timeless fashion': It may be a paradox, but the industry loves it

'Timeless fashion'

It may be a paradox, but the industry loves it
If the West needs a bridge to the 'moderates' inside Isis, maybe we could have done with Osama bin Laden staying alive after all

Could have done with Osama bin Laden staying alive?

Robert Fisk on the Fountainheads of World Evil in 2011 - and 2015
New exhibition celebrates the evolution of swimwear

Evolution of swimwear

From bathing dresses in the twenties to modern bikinis
Sun, sex and an anthropological study: One British academic's summer of hell in Magaluf

Sun, sex and an anthropological study

One academic’s summer of hell in Magaluf
From Shakespeare to Rising Damp... to Vicious

Frances de la Tour's 50-year triumph

'Rising Damp' brought De la Tour such recognition that she could be forgiven if she'd never been able to move on. But at 70, she continues to flourish - and to beguile
'That Whitsun, I was late getting away...'

Ian McMillan on the Whitsun Weddings

This weekend is Whitsun, and while the festival may no longer resonate, Larkin's best-loved poem, lives on - along with the train journey at the heart of it
Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath in a new light

Songs from the bell jar

Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath
How one man's day in high heels showed him that Cannes must change its 'no flats' policy

One man's day in high heels

...showed him that Cannes must change its 'flats' policy
Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

Dominic Rossi of Fidelity says his pressure on business to control rewards is working. But why aren’t other fund managers helping?
The King David Hotel gives precious work to Palestinians - unless peace talks are on

King David Hotel: Palestinians not included

The King David is special to Jerusalem. Nick Kochan checked in and discovered it has some special arrangements, too
More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years

End of the Aussie brain drain

More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years
Meditation is touted as a cure for mental instability but can it actually be bad for you?

Can meditation be bad for you?

Researching a mass murder, Dr Miguel Farias discovered that, far from bringing inner peace, meditation can leave devotees in pieces
Eurovision 2015: Australians will be cheering on their first-ever entrant this Saturday

Australia's first-ever Eurovision entrant

Australia, a nation of kitsch-worshippers, has always loved the Eurovision Song Contest. Maggie Alderson says it'll fit in fine