James Corrigan

James Corrigan writes about golf and other sports for The Independent.

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Ups and downs: Ruby Walsh rides Kauto Star in the Gold Cup at Cheltenham

The Last Word: Kauto was a star but humanising him masks the inhumane side of racing

Horses are animals and National Hunt, though thrilling, exploits them mercilessly. So spare us the hypocrisy – Cheltenham has dark foundations

Wales toast their Grand Slam achievement after beating France in Cardiff yesterday

Wales triumph to sound of the Seventies

Wales 16 France 9: Warburton's young heroes dedicate third Grand Slam in eight seasons to the man who led the nation through their last golden era

Mervyn Davies, who died this week, won the Grand Slam in 1976

Wales endeavour to honour Merv with Grand Slam

Only France stand in the way of the Red Dragons heralding the beginning of a new golden age

Mervyn Davies' legend will live on, insist his former team-mates

Phil Bennett last night led the tributes to Mervyn Davies, the former Wales captain who died on Thursday aged 65, saying Davies would have led the 1977 Lions if his career had not been cut short.

Wales coach believes open rugby is more likely with the roof closed

Gatland wants Wales to raise a closed roof

Warren Gatland doesn't want anything raining on Wales's Grand Slam parade – least of all the rain. With comments which may incense Philippe Saint-André, he all but accused the French coach of being negative and called for the authorities to take away the right of visiting teams to keep the Millennium Stadium roof open.

Tiger Woods feels the pain during the WGC Cadillac Championship

Woods relief at 'mild strain' diagnosis

Tiger Woods has announced it was only a mild Achilles strain which forced his withdrawal during the WGC Cadillac Championship finale on Sunday.

Sergio Garcia tees off on the 14th hole during second round play in the WGC-Cadillac Championship PGA golf tournament in Florida

Garcia makes a splash with his worst-ever hole

Spaniard takes 12 shots on par-four third while Casey's caddie has an unpleasant surprise

Woods injury threatens Masters as Rose wins

Former world No 1 limps out of WGC Cadillac in Florida with Achilles problem in left leg
Emerging from the shadows: Justin Rose has a great record on the PGA Tour

Thriving Rose eyes major breakthrough

Englishman benefiting from red-hot putter – and greater happiness in his life

Justin Rose hit a superb 64 at Doral yesterday

Rose inspired by Watson to silence Monster’s roar

It says much about the rude health of British golf that a competitor of the quality of Justin Rose can climb his way towards the top of a big-time leaderboard being accompanied only by the merest strains of "Rule Britannia". If he was a tennis player, Rose would be an ever-present in the headlines.

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How 'the Axe' helped Labour

UK will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power
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The price to be paid for challenging the rule of extremists

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Robert Fisk in Abu Dhabi: The Emirates' out-of-sight migrant workers helping to build the dream projects of its rulers

Robert Fisk in Abu Dhabi

The Emirates' out-of-sight migrant workers helping to build the dream projects of its rulers
Vince Cable interview: Charging fees for employment tribunals was 'a very bad move'

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Charging fees for employment tribunals was 'a very bad move'
Iwan Rheon interview: Game of Thrones star returns to his Welsh roots to record debut album

Iwan Rheon is returning to his Welsh roots

Rheon is best known for his role as the Bastard of Bolton. It's gruelling playing a sadistic torturer, he tells Craig McLean, but it hasn't stopped him recording an album of Welsh psychedelia
Russell Brand's interview with Ed Miliband has got everyone talking about The Trews

Everyone is talking about The Trews

Russell Brand's 'true news' videos attract millions of viewers. But today's 'Milibrand' interview introduced his resolutely amateurish style to a whole new crowd
Morne Hardenberg interview: Cameraman for BBC's upcoming show Shark on filming the ocean's most dangerous predator

It's time for my close-up

Meet the man who films great whites for a living
Increasing numbers of homeless people in America keep their mobile phones on the streets

Homeless people keep mobile phones

A homeless person with a smartphone is a common sight in the US. And that's creating a network where the 'hobo' community can share information - and fight stigma - like never before
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'Queer saint' who bankrolled artworld giants

British culture owes a huge debt to Peter Watson, says Michael Prodger
Pushkin Prizes: Unusual exchange programme aims to bring countries together through culture

Pushkin Prizes brings countries together

Ten Scottish schoolchildren and their Russian peers attended a creative writing workshop in the Highlands this week
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14 best kids' hoodies

Don't get caught out by that wind on the beach. Zip them up in a lightweight top to see them through summer to autumn
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The acceptable face of the Emirates

Has Abu Dhabi found a way to blend petrodollars with principles, asks Robert Fisk