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The Northern Irishman struck a 63 in the opening round to put him nine under par

Grant Holt celebrates scoring his first goal for new club Wigan
Paul Casey celebrates his eagle on the 18th green

Irish Open triumph is so sweet for Paul Casey

Paul Casey mastered difficult conditions to hit a five-under-par 67 and claim the Irish Open by three shots yesterday, securing his first European Tour victory in over two years.

Sound of Munich is sweeter than mutterings of Merion for Sergio Garcia

Sergio Garcia responded to a disappointing showing at the US Open to vault into contention for the BMW International Open here with a spectacular third round of 65.

Phil Mickelson reacts to a missed eagle attempt in the last round

US Open 2013: Phil Mickelson describes losing out to Justin Rose as 'heart breaking'

The American finished runner-up for the sixth time

Laura Marling performing in Australia last year

Little bird flies to LA: If you've been wondering where Laura Marling has been pondering...

She has moved to California, but don't expect a sunnier outlook – just some scorching songs from new album Once I Was An Eagle. Andy Gill is floored by her sound

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Eva Elliott no sooner starts a relationship than she is wondering how to get out of it, and worries that there is something odd about her tendency "to think so often about endings". That's until she meets the dashing barrister Luke, who would seem to offer her lasting happiness. But when an old friend of his, the glamorous Grace, arrives on the scene, Eva feels threatened – and her feet begin to itch once more.

Peter Odemwingie of West Bromwich Albion celebrates scoring

'Loose cannon' Peter Odemwingie urged to 'calm down'

West Brom striker tried to force a move away from the club

Dan Biggar

Wales fly-half Dan Biggar agrees new deal with Ospreys

The 23-year-old will remain at Liberty Stadium until 2016

Tiger Woods alongside Justin Rose at Bay Hill

Tiger Woods begins pursuit of world number one ranking with steady 69 at Bay Hill

Rory McIlory could be knocked from the top of the standings this weekend

An impressive display against Scotland lifts Alun Wyn Jones’s chance to lead his country

Six Nations 2013: Alun Wyn Jones battles Sam Warburton to lead Wales in title decider against England

Second-rower emerges as a major threat to No 7 reclaiming the armband in Cardiff

Rory McIlroy was smiling again yesterday after hitting a seven under par final round in Doral

Rory McIlroy puts Black Thursday behind him with bogey-free 65 at Cadillac Championship

A best-of-the-tournament, bogey-free 65 and a pat on the back from Donald Trump; Rory McIlroy has indeed come a long way this week. "He's tough," barked the Don, placing himself neatly at the heart of the story. McIlroy has not felt the Trump embrace all week. The moment he sprinkles some stardust around the Cadillac Championship, up pops the master scene stealer to bask in the associated glow. "Good job," said Trump. "You're hitting it well."

Tiger Woods putted brilliantly in the first round at Doral

Tiger Woods whips up another blizzard of birdies as Rory McIlroy starts to shine

Former world No 1 leads by two after impressing on the greens but faces McDowell challenge

Sam Warburton returns

Six Nations: Wales prop Gethin Jenkins misses out on Scotland clash

Wales announce team to play Scotland

Dan Biggar admits his Wales career has been ‘a little stop-start’

Rob Howley confident that Dan Biggar can be better in Wales' sacred No 10 role

Coach calls for patience as outside-half admits to feeling the pressure before Six Nations debut

Chris Wood closes on elusive win

Britain's Chris Wood will take a three-shot lead into the final round of the Qatar Masters hoping to end an elusive five-year search for his first win on the European Tour.

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