Kevin Garside

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England vs San Marino comment: Little sign of big idea as efficient England just go through motions

It was a straight forward win for the Three Lions - it was never going to be anything else

Captain Rooney: 'I’ve made errors in the past. You progress with age. I feel I’m in a comfortable position now'

England v San Marino: Wayne Rooney matures into leading role as he closes in on Jimmy Greaves milestone

Whether it was the prospect of wearing a jersey instead of a suit, or chasing down Jimmy Greaves in the all-time England scoring ledger, or simply filling his boots against San Marino, Wayne Rooney could not have been in better mood ahead of the European qualifier at Wembley.

Aaron Ramsey (left) and Gareth Bale during Wales' training

Aaron Ramsey: With Gareth Bale, this is one of Wales' best-ever chances to qualify for a major tournament

Bale backed to shine in two home games to give flying start for Euro 2016 spot

Sam Torrance holds the Ryder Cup

Sam Torrance: Paul McGinley's attention to detail was key to Europe's Ryder Cup success

He slept though the victory party but, he tells Kevin Garside, the vice-captain won’t forget the ‘best organised team ever’

Fernando Alonso (right) and Ron Dennis had differing ideas of where the driver fit into McLaren
Oliver Wilson of England holds the trophy aloft after victory in the 2014 Alfred Dunhill Links Championship

Rory McIlroy completes chorus of big names backing Darren Clarke as Europe’s next captain

McIlroy says Clarke would be "perfect man" to lead Europe in 2016

Darren Clarke with Rory McIlroy

Ryder Cup: Darren Clarke leading way in race to be European captain in 2016

After Europe's latest triumph, attention is quickly turning to Hazeltine

Darren Clarke with Rory McIlroy

Ryder Cup 2014: Why Darren Clarke is not a shoo-in to be the next Europe captain

Irishman may be front-runner but Jimenez, Bjorn and Harrington are all strong options for holders

Phhil Mickelson was scathing of Tom Watson's leadership

Ryder Cup 2014: Phil Mickelson blames Tom Watson for defeat in outspoken attack on his leadership

Phil Mickelson said no players were consulted over decisions and compared Watson's leadership to that of 2008 captain Paul Azinger

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Swimmers dive into freezing British waters for charity
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'Jilan killed herself in the bathroom. She cut her wrists and hanged herself'

Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment
Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

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'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
He's behind you, dude!

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From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
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Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect