Kevin Garside

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Barcelona's Lionel Messi

Real Madrid 3 Barcelona 1: Are Lionel Messi's best days behind him?

During large parts of El Clasico Messi was an aimless figure. Dare we say that, at 27, the Messiah’s best days are behind him?

The former Bayern Munich midfielder Toni Kroos (left) is beginning to look a snip at £24m for Real Madrid

Real Madrid analysis: Toni Kroos control may give extra edge that enables Real Madrid to retain Champions League crown

Holders have arguably improved since last season’s victory

Karim Benzema (centre) is mobbed after scoring Real’s third goal

Anderlecht vs Arsenal: Gunners' ray of light Aaron Ramsey shines again

Aaron Ramsey’s injury record has prompted a club investigation. For now, the midfielder is just happy to be fit to face Anderlecht, he tells Kevin Garside

Rory McIlroy’s court case could put Masters bid in rough

COMMENT: Management dispute to be heard two months before missing major

Ian Poulter of England poses with the trophy after Team Europe retained the Ryder Cup on the final day of the Ryder Cup

Ian Poulter interview: Golfer proud to have pushed himself to peak of his powers

Unlikely hero tells Kevin Garside about his amazing trip from pro shop to Ryder Cup, the tragic loss of his cousin and how his son is starting to follow in the family footsteps

Real Madrid striker Cristiano Ronaldo

Comment: Cristiano Ronaldo and the All Blacks are special

The Real Madrid striker and the New Zealand rugby team share the unshakeable expectation that they will win

Chris Eubank is talking the talk again – but this time it’s his son Chris Jnr who’s walking the walk

Chris Jnr is going to be huge – so says his dad, of course – but the public-school product who insisted on being a fighter can still be a chip off the old block. Kevin Garside listens to their contrasting bombast

Luca di Montezemolo with Fernando Alonso (right) who has decided to quit Ferrari in search of a more competitive team

Ferrari bring Luca di Montezemolo’s faded court crashing down with announcement that Fernando Alonso will leave Maranello

Star driver's exit and blast from new president mark end of ex-president's aristocratic reign

Paul Casey seeks win to complete elite return

Casey beat Ryder Cup hero Jamie Donaldson in opener

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Ouija boards, demon dolls, evil children and clowns are all classic tropes of horror, and this year’s Halloween releases feature them all. What makes them so frightening, decade after decade?
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Beating City is vital part of life at United. This is first major test for Shaw, Di Maria and Falcao – it’s not a game to lose
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