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Chelsea and United remain divided over Rooney future

Kaymer on rise after desert duel

German reminiscent of Langer as he keeps nerve to beat Poulter on the final hole

Sport on TV: It's Alliss in wonderland with the king of clubs – and hearts

If you don't particularly like golf, there are few players you would be prepared to watch a TV programme about. Perhaps only one: Severiano Ballesteros. OK, so he had some dodgy pairs of flares in his time but it was his flair on the course that transcended his staid pastime; he had a sunny disposition mixed with Mediterranean emotion; and, for those who only really get interested in the game when the Ryder Cup is on, "he was without a doubt the reason why Europe started winning", according to Jack Nicklaus on Inside Sport Special (BBC1, Wednesday). If you were to watch a programme about Nick Faldo or Bernhard Langer, you would be likely to reflect upon a good three-quarters of an hour spoiled.

The Hacker: Battle of the scribes is nothing to write home about for us

Lough Erne, in County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland, is the latest addition to our impressive stock of luxury golf resorts and celebrated its recent opening with a challenge match between Padraig Harrington and Rory McIlroy which young Rory won two up.

Watson able to joke about his Open miss

Tom Watson bounced back from his Open heartache with an opening-round 67 at the Senior Open Championship here yesterday. The 59-year-old American, who came agonisingly close to becoming the oldest major winner in history before missing out to Stewart Cink in a play-off, insisted it was not difficult to put that disappointment behind him after his three-under-par round.

Something for the Open weekend: Squeaky bum time for Colin Montgomerie

Now, before you call up an image of Monty's derrière and think to yourself "wow, that will be some squeak", feel a little sympathy for the burly Scot. Europe's Ryder Cup captain has not missed an Open Championship in 19 years – but this could be his last. Monty has never won – sorry, "has yet to win" – a major and, seeing as he went into last week's French Open without a top-10 finish in a whole year, the chances of him qualifying for St Andrews next year via any money-list is on the Camelot side of remote. So his best chance of extending his run to 20 could be to finish in the top 10 next week. Not as unlikely as it might seem. Monty has his training academy at Turnberry. He might even pop in there himself.

Triumph brings Dougherty to tears

Nick Dougherty's first win after the sudden death of his mother was always going to be emotional and that the young Englishman had to endure the worst 12 months of his career before eventually returning to the winner's enclosure was to make the tears which flowed in Munich yesterday that bit more inevitable. On holding a short putt to lift the BMW International Open, Dougherty pointed to the sky with a Frank Lampard-like dedication.

The Back 9 - 15 June

MBE for Dragons' Den star (Shame her business has just gone under)

She was the teary entrepreneur who five years ago spectacularly proved the Dragons wrong when they refused to invest in her board game Destination London which she invented to take on the giant of Monopoly.

Monty can take rough with smooth to be captain marvel

Torrance says old pal can master last-day tactics to bring Ryder Cup back home

Masters Diary: 09/04/09

Lyle gives Montgomerie some explaining to do

Even when Colin Montgomerie is not at a major he can still attract the headlines. Yesterday all the talk was of the Europe Ryder Cup captain's treatment of poor Sandy Lyle, the fellow Scot who Montgomerie originally declared should be Nick Faldo's successor.

James Lawton: Norman's last conquest

Thirteen years after his epic meltdown at the Masters, Greg Norman is back in Augusta – this time with his son as caddy and Chris Evert cheering him on

Torrance: 'Montgomerie should forget Olazabal'

Ryder Cup captain Colin Montgomerie should back off in his attempt to make Spaniard Jose Maria Olazabal his vice-captain, Sam Torrance said today.

Olazabal's 2012 Ryder Cup hopes threatened by illness

"Golly, no Olly" was the overwhelming reaction as the top table filled at yesterday's Ryder Cup press conference. While the appointment of Colin Montgomerie had been well-trailed, then it had also been expected that the committee would name Jose Maria Olazabal as the captain of the 2012 match at the same time.

Montgomerie named Ryder Cup captain

Colin Montgomerie vowed to win back the Ryder Cup after being appointed captain of the European team for next year's match at Celtic Manor.

Olazabal would be willing to accept Ryder captaincy

Colin Montgomerie remains the favourite to be appointed as the next Europe Ryder Cup captain, despite last night's revelation that Jose Maria Olazabal would accept the Celtic Manor job if offered.

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French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

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Michael Calvin: Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links

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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

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