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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Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
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Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there
The 12 ways of Christmas: Spare a thought for those who will be working to keep others safe during the festive season

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We speak to a dozen people who will be working to keep others safe, happy and healthy over the holidays
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Famous diaries: Christmas week in history

Noël Coward parties into the night, Alan Clark bemoans the cost of servants, Evelyn Waugh ponders his drinking…
From noble to narky, the fall of the open letter

From noble to narky, the fall of the open letter

The great tradition of St Paul and Zola reached its nadir with a hungry worker's rant to Russell Brand, says DJ Taylor
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A Christmas ghost story by Alison Moore

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Bill Granger recipes: Our chef creates an Italian-inspired fish feast for Christmas Eve

Bill Granger's Christmas Eve fish feast

Bill's Italian friends introduced him to the Roman Catholic custom of a lavish fish supper on Christmas Eve. Here, he gives the tradition his own spin…
Liverpool vs Arsenal: Brendan Rodgers is fighting for his reputation

Rodgers fights for his reputation

Liverpool manager tries to stay on his feet despite waves of criticism
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Amir Khan attacks the Taliban

'They can threaten me but I must speak out... innocent kids, killed over nothing. It’s sick in the mind'
Michael Calvin: Sepp Blatter is my man of the year in sport. Bring on 2015, quick

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Sepp Blatter is my man of the year in sport. Bring on 2015, quick