Sport Jonny Wilkinson's Toulon travel to take on Exeter

If Morecambe and Wise had been blessed with Premier Rugby’s sledgehammer sense of timing, the celebrated Andre Previn sketch would have been about as side-splittingly funny as a David Cameron one-liner.

Ireland record comprehensive defeat of Italy

Ireland 42 Italy 10

Paul O'Connell: Ireland’s captain is eager to get back into action after the Paris postponement

Frustrated O'Connell raring to go

Paul O'Connell, the Ireland captain, is champing at the bit to get back into the action against Italy in Dublin today, and says his side's enforced three-week lay-off nearly drove him crazy.

Album: Mauro Giuliani, Country Dances, Études & Rossiniana (Newton Classics)

One normally thinks of the celebrated Spaniards when considering classical guitar music, but the 19th-century Italian Mauro Giuliani was highly regarded as a virtuoso and a composer.

The referee flashes the red card at Rory Delap

Stoke appeal against Rory Delap red card

Stoke have appealed against Rory Delap's red card in yesterday's FA Cup win over Crawley.

Xi Jinping, meet Xi Jinping: Irish farmer names calf after Chinese Vice-President

China's Vice President Xi Jinping meets a newborn calf named after him yesterday during his three-day visit to Ireland. Mr Xi was given a 40-minute tour of James Lynch's family-run dairy farm at Sixmilebridge, Co Clare.

Kelly: A dapper style quite at odds with the roles he played

David Kelly: Irish actor who played the feckless O'Reilly in 'Fawlty Towers'

To British television viewers, David Kelly was the stereotypical Irishman, guaranteed perpetuity through his appearance as O'Reilly, the inept contractor hired by Basil in the Fawlty Towers episode "The Builders". After botching a job inside the hotel, he is seen taking issue with Basil's disgruntled wife. "I like a woman with spirit," he unwisely says, before Sybil batters him with an umbrella. "I've been 52 to 53 years on stage and yet Fawlty Towers, those full nine minutes, make me recognised anywhere in the world," he once said.

First Listen: Bruce Springsteen, Wrecking Ball, Theatre Marigny, Paris

The Boss still fired up by demolition of American dream

Dory Previn: Singer and songwriter hailed for hersearing honesty

The confessional singer and songwriter was a key feature of 1970s popular music, with Joni Mitchell, Leonard Cohen, James Taylor and Carole King to the fore. They sold millions of albums and on the whole, admirers were intrigued by their lifestyles and wanted to share them. Dory Previn's personal outpourings were so harrowing that fans would admire her honesty and the quality of her performances but would not want to be her.

Yogi Breisner has been schooling wayward jumper Captain Chris

Fingal Bay takes Neptune plunge

There is some significant Cheltenham i-dotting and t-crossing due to be carried out later this week but a certain amount of punctuation was put in place yesterday ahead of the four-day, £3.3m Festival that starts four weeks today. Binocular, for instance, one of Nicky Henderson's Champion Hurdle candidates, will miss tomorrow's Morebattle Hurdle at Kelso and challenge for the title he won two years ago without further conditioning in public.

The game between France and Ireland was postponed due to the weather

French clubs want Ireland game in June

The Six Nations Committee will today move to snuff out a French club rebellion and reschedule Saturday's postponed international between France and Ireland for 4 March. The French Rugby League has written to the committee, pointing out that 10 of the Top 14 weekends this season already clash with international fixtures and asking for the France-Ireland game to be held over until June, when the French club season ends. Understandably, the authorities are determined to avoid that scenario and will insist on the game taking place on the spare weekend between what would have been the third and fourth round of matches.

HS2 rail link may face legal challenge

The Government may face a legal challenge to its £33 billion HS2 high-speed rail project, it was revealed today.

Ruby Walsh clears the last on Quel Esprit to win the Hennessy Gold Cup at Leopards town yesterday

Quel Esprit jumps to head of Ireland's Gold Cup hopefuls

The novice chasers who did look the part last season have largely failed to do so since entering open company. Yet the one who finally made the grade, at Leopardstown yesterday, failed to get round in three of his first four steeplechases. For all that Quel Esprit did not beat a vintage field in the Hennessy Gold Cup, then, he may yet continue to confound expectations.

Pumping of Concordia fuel begins

Underwater pumping operations began yesterday to remove some of the 500,000 gallons of fuel on the Costa Concordia.

Dan Parks gets a pass away against England but he was poor with his boot against the old enemy
France's fly-half François Trinh-Duc runstraining yesterday

Earls back to stop France running hot in icy Paris

Returning centre is only change for Irish side who could make worst start to Six Nations for 14 years

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Russia's gulag museum

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Paul Scholes column

I don't believe Evans was spitting at Cissé. It was a reflex. But what the Newcastle striker did next was horrible
Miguel Layun interview: From the Azteca to Vicarage Road with a million followers

From the Azteca to Vicarage Road with a million followers

Miguel Layun is a star in Mexico where he was criticised for leaving to join Watford. But he says he sees the bigger picture
Frank Warren column: Amir Khan ready to meet winner of Floyd Mayweather v Manny Pacquiao

Khan ready to meet winner of Mayweather v Pacquiao

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Baghdad fights to win back Tikrit from Isis – but then what?

Patrick Cockburn reports from Kirkuk on a conflict which sectarianism has made intractable