Kevin Garside

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McIlroy earned £27m in prize-money and endorsements last year

Rory McIlroy insists looming court case will not be a distraction over coming season

World No 1 alleges he was coaxed into signing an 'unconscionable contract' stipulating 'excessive commissions'

Rory McIlroy has his 2015 all planned out

Look in Rory’s wallet and you will find a boarding pass on which he’s jotted his goals for the year. He won’t reveal them but, despite a looming court case, it’s a safe bet there’ll be plenty of wins – starting in Abu Dhabi this week.

Southampton can march all the way to the Champions League

COMMENT: Victory at Old Trafford has convinced the sceptics that Southampton’s top-four challenge must be taken seriously. Kevin Garside assesses how Koeman’s rebuilt side have become the surprises of the season

Kevin Pietersen of the Stars bats during the Big Bash League match between the Melbourne Stars and the Melbourne Renegades

Kevin Pietersen's sacking from England was badly handled, says Stuart Broad

Bowler criticises removal of KP but says England are doing fine without him

Andy Murray

Tinker as he may, it's Andy Murray, not the team, who will win or lose heading into the Australian Open

The Scot is preparing for the Australian Open

World No 1 Rory McIlroy has won two majors this year

Tours need to drop bunker mentality and learn how to play together

New season highlights how US and Europe must unite more – getting Rory McIlroy in the same event is vital for future growth

Tiger Woods

Tiger Woods: Never mind an impending 40th, this is the year of the Tiger. Again

Woods sees the world like a medieval monarch, believing absolutely in his version, writes Kevin Garside

Louis Van Gaal’s first objective of 2015 will be to stretch United’s unbeaten run to 10 games at Stoke

Yeovil vs Manchester United: 'It's death or gladioli' in the FA Cup, warns Louis van Gaal

Unite were embarrassed earlier this season when they were beaten by MK Dons int the Capital One Cup. Van Gaal is eager to avoid a repeat

Joe Edwards

Yeovil vs Manchester United: FA Cup tie is dream come true for Yeovil captain Joe Edwards, a self confessed Manchester United fan

Meeting a top Premier League side is a chance for Yeovil captain Joe Edwards to pit himself against players he only sees on ‘Match of the Day’, he tells Kevin Garside. When it’s against the club he always supported, it’s even more thrilling

Cesc Fabregas was furious with the decision

Football referees need respec t – and new technology

Rugby’s example shows the way to stem the tide of unacceptable abuse

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