Sport John Button celebrates with his son Jenson after he claimed the 2009 Formula 1 drivers' world championship

The British driver was talking at the launch of McLaren's new car

World No 1 Rory McIlroy stunned spectators here at the Honda Classic yesterday when, close to tears, he quit the tournament

Teething problems for Rory McIlroy? World number one close to tears as he walks off at Honda Classic

After hitting into water on the ninth, the world number one headed straight for the car park

Rory McIlroy wants a quick decision over controversial putter

World number one Rory McIlroy admits belly putter saga is a 'mess'

Rory McIlroy has put his hefty support behind the proposed ban

Jaguar boosts Solihull plant with 800 new jobs

Luxury car-maker bucks sector's moribund  trend as it responds to  international demand

Workers on the Honda CR-V production line at the Honda Plant in Swindon

Honda's job cuts spark fears for UK car industry

Weak demand across Europe is blamed as company joins Rolls-Royce, Ford and Vauxhall in sending out distress signals

Workers on the Honda CR-V production line at the Honda Plant in Swindon

Honda to axe 800 jobs with first UK cuts in 20 years

Japanese car giant Honda is to cut 800 jobs at its UK factory after a slump in demand across Europe.

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Cycling: Bradley Wiggins helps fund British-based women's team which includes Laura Trott

Bradley Wiggins is to help fund a new British-based women’s team that will include some of the country’s best young riders, including double Olympic gold medallist Laura Trott.

Shinji Kagawa holds his knee during the Champions League match against Braga

Manchester United forward Shinji Kagawa left out of Japan squad for World Cup qualifiers

Manchester United's Shinji Kagawa has been left out of Japan's World Cup qualifier away to Oman next week as he recovers from a knee injury.

Yamaha rider Jorge Lorenzo of Spain (right) is followed by Honda rider Dani Pedrosa

MotoGP: Dani Pedrosa reigns as it pours in Malaysia

A Dani Pedrosa wet-weather masterclass gave him victory in a rain-hit Malaysian Grand Prix yesterday to keep the heat on the MotoGP championship leader, Jorge Lorenzo, with a fifth victory in six races.

Lowes, the former sparky, aiming to shock the old establishment

Lincoln lad could claim a very unlikely British Superbike title victory at Brands Hatch tomorrow
Dani Pedrosa salutes the fans after his Aragon victory

MotoGP: Pedrosa wins to close gap

Dani Pedrosa narrowed the points gap between himself and championship leader Jorge Lorenzo with a commanding victory in the Aragon Grand Prix in Spain.

MotoGP: Pedrosa wins Czech race

Dani Pedrosa edged points-leader Jorge Lorenzo in the Czech MotoGP yesterday to reduce the gap in the standings.

Honda to launch 'robot lawnmower' that cuts your grass for you

Honda is to launch a robot lawn mower which will automatically cut household grass.

Neal: Plato is in ideal form

Matt Neal is steeling himself for an onslaught over the second half of the season from British Touring Car Championship rival Jason Plato.

Japanese car giant Honda quadruples profits

Japanese car giant Honda said April-June profits quadrupled to 131.7 billion yen (£1.07 billion) as it bounced back from last year's natural disasters.

Honda shows off the new Euro-spec CR-V

Honda reveals today the European version of its new fourth-generation CR-V SUV which will be built at the company's UK plant in Swindon.

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Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
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Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
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Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there
The 12 ways of Christmas: Spare a thought for those who will be working to keep others safe during the festive season

The 12 ways of Christmas

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The male exhibits strange behaviour

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Famous diaries: Christmas week in history

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A Christmas ghost story by Alison Moore

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