Matt Butler

Matt Butler is a sports writer for The Independent and i paper

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Ultimate Warrior was one of the WWE's biggest stars

View from the Sofa: Ultimate Warrior may have left us, but his words will echo through the ages

WWE Monday Night Raw; Champions League; FA Cup Sky Sports 2; ITV

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Caddie Billy Foster (right) on course with Lee Westwood

Caddie happy Lee Westwood is getting back in shape for Masters

If Lee Westwood was hoping for some encouraging words on his Masters chances from his caddie Billy Foster – back on the bag after being unceremoniously dumped 18 months ago – then he would be sorely disappointed.

Matt Butler: Want to know the secrets of the stars? Just ask their children

View From The Sofa: Big Star’s Little Star ITV

Paul Scholes expressing his criticisms after Tuesday night's game

Comment: Even Roy Keane and Gary Neville would fall silent when Paul Scholes spoke at Manchester United

View From the Sofa: He's the sort that sat in the corner drawing violent images on his pencil case

Loud Charity: Sport Relief’s Gary Lineker, Davina McCall and David Walliams

Matt Butler: Please, next year, give us some relief from the overdose of wackiness

View From The Sofa: Sport Relief/Match of the Day BBC 1

Britain’s female weightlifters: Worth their weight in gold?

Lifters are out to earn recognition after winning funding appeal

Matt Butler: High-octane, easy to follow rugby league still needs a good man-hug

View from the sofa: Super League Show, BBC1

Silver medalist David Murdoch of Great Britain celebrates during the medal ceremony for Men's Curling

Matt Butler: ‘Crazy’ tiger who tried to help a new country roar – and was sacked

View from the sofa: Storyville, BBC4

Roy Keane derided Michael Carrick for giving a ‘flat’ interview, which provoked his wife, Lisa

Michael Carrick's wife lands the most telling blow on Roy Keane since Brian Clough

The wife of the Manchester United midfielder took to Twitter to defend her husband

Day In a Page

How I brokered a peace deal with Robert Mugabe: Roy Agyemang reveals the delicate diplomacy needed to get Zimbabwe’s President to sit down with the BBC

How I brokered a peace deal with Robert Mugabe

Roy Agyemang reveals the delicate diplomacy needed to get Zimbabwe’s President to sit down with the BBC
Video of British Muslims dancing to Pharrell Williams's hit Happy attacked as 'sinful'

British Muslims's Happy video attacked as 'sinful'

The four-minute clip by Honesty Policy has had more than 300,000 hits on YouTube
Church of England-raised Michael Williams describes the unexpected joys in learning about his family's Jewish faith

Michael Williams: Do as I do, not as I pray

Church of England-raised Williams describes the unexpected joys in learning about his family's Jewish faith
A History of the First World War in 100 moments: A visit to the Front Line by the Prime Minister's wife

A History of the First World War in 100 moments

A visit to the Front Line by the Prime Minister's wife
Comedian Jenny Collier: 'Sexism I experienced on stand-up circuit should be extinct'

Jenny Collier: 'Sexism on stand-up circuit should be extinct'

The comedian's appearance at a show on the eve of International Women's Day was cancelled because they had "too many women" on the bill
Cannes Film Festival: Ken Loach and Mike Leigh to fight it out for the Palme d'Or

Cannes Film Festival

Ken Loach and Mike Leigh to fight it out for the Palme d'Or
The concept album makes surprise top ten return with neolithic opus from Jethro Tull's Ian Anderson

The concept album makes surprise top ten return

Neolithic opus from Jethro Tull's Ian Anderson is unexpected success
Lichen is the surprise new ingredient on fine-dining menus, thanks to our love of Scandinavian and Indian cuisines

Lichen is surprise new ingredient on fine-dining menus

Emily Jupp discovers how it can give a unique, smoky flavour to our cooking
10 best baking books

10 best baking books

Planning a spot of baking this bank holiday weekend? From old favourites to new releases, here’s ten cookbooks for you
Jury still out on Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini

Jury still out on Pellegrini

Draw with Sunderland raises questions over Manchester City manager's ability to motivate and unify his players
Ben Stokes: 'Punching lockers isn't way forward'

Ben Stokes: 'Punching lockers isn't way forward'

The all-rounder has been hailed as future star after Ashes debut but incident in Caribbean added to doubts about discipline. Jon Culley meets a man looking to control his emotions
Mark Johnston: First £1 million jackpot spurs him on

Mark Johnston: First £1 million jackpot spurs him on

The most prize money ever at an All-Weather race day is up for grabs at Lingfield on Friday, and the record-breaking trainer tells Jon Freeman how times have changed
Ricky Gervais: 'People are waiting for me to fail. If you think it's awful, then just don't watch it'

Ricky Gervais: 'People are waiting for me to fail'

As the second series of his divisive sitcom 'Derek' hits screens, the comedian tells James Rampton why he'll never bow to the critics who habitually circle his work
Mad Men series 7, TV review: The suits are still sharp, but Don Draper has lost his edge

Mad Men returns for a final fling

The suits are still sharp, but Don Draper has lost his edge
Google finds a lift into space will never get off the ground as there is no material strong enough for a cable from Earth into orbit

Google finds a lift into space will never get off the ground

Technology giant’s scientists say there is no material strong enough for a cable from Earth into orbit