Sport Richardt Strauss could return to the Ireland squad for the Six Nations following his rapid recovery from heart surgery

Schmidt coached Strauss at Leinster and believes that his return is a bonus for Ireland ahead of the Six Nations campaign

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Schumann toasts success

Britain were in equal fifth place in the Admiral's Cup yesterday in Christchurch Bay as another spate of protests was keeping the international jury busy here last night.

Devolution White Paper: The ladies who eat scones would like a bit more say

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No-headache sherry gives competitors a hangover

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Santa Claus denies illegal entry

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Hard school's qualified failures

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Golf: Gordon Sherry has round of 75 in European Tour qualifying school

Scotland's Gordon Sherry had a poor round of 75 yesterday at the European Tour qualifying school in San Roque, Spain. Sherry is joint 36th after five of the six rounds Only the top 40 and ties qualify for next season's circuit.

Food & Drink Special: The spirits of christmas

MICHAEL BATEMAN'S FESTIVE FOOD SPECIAL STARTS WITH CLEVER COOKING USING CHRISTMAS DRINKS. ILLUSTRATED BY LUCINDA ROGERS

A newspaper is like a caricature family gathering. As a reader, you move around, avoiding one relative and sharing a sherry with another; LETTER from THE EDITOR

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