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Chelsea and United remain divided over Rooney future

Rose in Ryder peril after failing to match past glories

Justin Rose, leader of the European Ryder Cup table when he won the Volvo Masters in November, has dropped to No 10 in the table after his dismal Open showing.

Harrington completes unlikely triumph in style

Five days after Nick Faldo told him to "pull your finger out" and four days after he still feared a wrist injury might keep him out, Padraig Harrington was tonight celebrating more Open Championship glory.

Cape Verde: Where small is beautiful

Cape Verde off the West African coast packs a lot into its 10 islands and eight islets. Ginetta Vedrickas reports

Darren Clarke crashes out of Open Championship qualifying tournament

If Darren Clarke is to appear at Royal Birkdale later this month he will have to get there the hard way. The popular Ulsterman crashed out of the 36-hole qualifying tournament on Monday at Sunningdale, where 18 players out of a field of 120 earned their ticket to the Southport links.

Kaymer holds nerve to bring Ryder debut within reach

Germany's Martin Kaymer came through the most searching test of his young career yesterday and now lies sixth in the Ryder Cup race. The 23-year-old won the BMW International here for his second European Tour title, but only after losing a six-shot lead and being forced into a play-off by Dane Anders Hansen. He dedicated the victory to his seriously ill mother and as his tears flowed, said: "This was for you."

Kaymer backed by Langer for Ryder Cup

Bernhard Langer last night declared that his compatriot Martin Kaymer is ready for the Ryder Cup after seeing him scorch to a 63 and into a five-stroke halfway lead at the BMW Munich Open.

Singh hits high note by doing a Faldo

Jeev Milkha Singh of India parred all 18 holes of his final round yesterday to win the Austrian Open in Vienna by a stroke. A closing 71 for a 15-under three-round total in the weather-shortened event left Singh one shot ahead of Britain's Simon Wakefield.

Montgomerie still in Ryder Cup running, insists Faldo

Time may well be running out for Colin Montgomerie, but at least his captain has not given up on him. No matter how tetchy their relationship.

My Life in Media: Kirsty Gallacher

Kirsty Gallacher, 32, is the presenter of Gladiators, a remake of the cult Nineties game show that pitted action men and women such as Wolf and Lightning against mere mortals clutching pugil sticks. Born in Edinburgh, Gallacher is the daughter of the former Ryder Cup captain Bernard Gallacher and her first job was with Sky Sports. Since branching out from sports broadcasting, she has presented a regular slot on Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway. She lives in Surrey with her partner, rugby union player Paul Sampson, and their son, Oscar.

Anniversary inspires revitalised Lyle to turn back clock

It was 20 years ago yesterday that Augusta belonged to Sandy Lyle, the day the Scot produced one of the most dramatic shots in the tournament's history en route to claiming his Green Jacket. Yesterday, as if to mark the occasion, some of that magic returned to the 50-year-old as once again the name Lyle lit up the leaderboard. At least for a while.

Players leap to Faldo's defence after Azinger attack

Aspiring members of Nick Faldo's Ryder Cup team leapt to the Europe captain's defence yesterday following criticism from his American counterpart Paul Azinger. Five months before the tournament in Louisville, Azinger claimed that players want nothing to do with Faldo, saying, "He did what he did as a player, and there are relational consequences."

Azinger slams 'unpopular' Ryder rival Faldo

The American Ryder Cup captain Paul Azinger has laid into his European counterpart Nick Faldo, claiming that many players want "nothing to do with him".

Can Tiger win the Grand Slam?

Nick Faldo and Colin Montgomerie think so and as Woods prepares for the season's first major at Augusta this week various experts tell James Corrigan why the world No 1 could make history in 2008

PM backs new wave of nuclear power stations

Tony Blair has agreed to the building of a new generation of nuclear power stations on the grounds that they would guarantee energy supplies and tackle climate change.

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