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

Business Diary: Are these legal eagles embarrassed?

Now it has been revealed that Linklaters provided the advice that allowed Lehman Brothers to use a highly controversial accounting technique to conceal as much as $50bn (£33bn) in debt – all perfectly legal, to be fair – perhaps it might want to remove the page of associate Matthew Honeyben from the recruitment section of its website. In it he waxes lyrical about his work on the administration of, erm, Lehman Brothers.

In defence of a great novelist

We should ignore a week of hype and manufactured controversy. Martin Amis remains a literary giant

League confirm Crystal Palace points deduction

The Football League have confirmed Crystal Palace have been deducted 10 points with immediate effect after going into administration.

Sixteen could be sour for Ospreys after thrilling win

Ospreys 17 Leicester Tigers 12: Full-back Byrne plays as extra man for a minute so hard-won last-eight place could be snatched away

Ospreys raise glass to James' singular double

Scarlets 14 Ospreys 21

Leading article: Despicable means to a dead end

What are we to make of Tony Blair's admission that he would have joined the invasion of Iraq even without evidence that Saddam had weapons of mass destruction, and would, as he put it, have deployed another argument to justify the war to Parliament and the public?

Wind farms fall prey to demands of the golden eagle

Decision to set aside land to protect birds threatens renewable energy plans

Trott finds life in South Africa to his liking

England 294-7 Diamond Eagles 109

Kool for kats: How meerkats conquered the world

They guarantee hit TV ratings. They sell car insurance. They scare off burglars. Simon Usborne explains why meerkats really are beyond compare

Hughes and Henriques smash Sussex

Captain Ed Joyce indicated a shuffle of the Sussex Sharks line-up was in order for their next match against the Diamond Eagles in the Champions League Twenty20 following their defeat against the New South Wales Blues yesterday.

The Hacker: Advice proved tip of the iceberg despite all my titanic efforts

Those who manage to finish this column would have noticed that underneath it we are carrying weekly golf hints, and very sound they are too. But I must warn against introducing them into your game without practising first.

The Meerkats (PG), James Honeyborne (83 mins)

How can you not love a meerkat?

Dead golden eagle had been poisoned

Police investigating the death of a golden eagle said today the bird had been poisoned.

Ospreys nest again after two centuries

Ospreys, the spectacular fish hawks whose return to Britain has been a conservation success story, have nested in Northumberland for the first time in more than two centuries.

Maybin makes flying start to lead by three shots at Italian Open

Northern Ireland's Gareth Maybin was in a class of his own when the BMW Italian Open began in Turin yesterday setting a course record 64, seven under par, to take a three-stroke lead over Scot Richie Ramsay, France's Raphael Jacquelin and England's Marcus Higley.

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