The world No 1 Luke Donald will play Ernie Els in the WGC-Accenture Match Play in Tucson tomorrow

Donald draws Els in Tucson

The world No 1 Luke Donald will play Ernie Els in the WGC-Accenture Match Play in Tucson tomorrow. Rory McIlroy, the world No 2, will take on South Africa's George Coetzee.

Sergio Garcia gave himself a timely boost for this week’s WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship in Arizona

Garcia back in the groove as Haas triumphs

Sergio Garcia gave himself a timely boost for this week's WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship in Arizona with a scintillating finish to the Northern Trust Open yesterday.

England’s world No 1 Luke Donald

Donald defies icy California winds

England's world No 1 Luke Donald got his PGA Tour season off to a sub-par start with a first-round 70 in blustery conditions in the Northern Trust Open in California.

Rafael Cabrera-Bello takes a ‘bite’ out of the Desert Classic trophy

Woods falls apart as Mickelson romps home

Phil Mickelson went from a six-shot deficit to a two-shot lead in just six holes, closed with an eight-under 64 for a two-shot victory and gave Tiger Woods a thrashing at the Pebble Beach Pro-Am yesterday that not many saw coming.

Rory McIlroy is the favourite to win the Dubai Desert Classic

McIlroy forces the pace in the desert

Northern Ireland's US Open champion Rory McIlroy justified his position as favourite to win the Dubai Desert Classic by adding a 65 to his first-round 66 to reach 13 under par yesterday. But the 40-year-old Dane Thomas Bjorn has matched him shot for shot and Martin Kaymer had the first hole-in-one of his life, on the seventh (his 16th) as he reached 11 under with a 67. Lee Westwood's 65 for 10 under included birdies on the last three holes.

Christopher Tappin claims he is a victim of entrapment on the part of the US authorities

From Kent to Texas, grandfather facing 35 years in US jail

Accused of arms dealing, Chris Tappin is the latest victim of what many believe to be a lopsided extradition treaty

Rory McIlroy hit seven birdies after a slow start in Dubai

McIlroy is quickly back into swing of things

Rory McIlroy kicked off a month which could see him reach the world No 1 ranking by charging into contention on the first day of the Omega Dubai Desert Classic.

Djokovic’s altitude training has helped him to reach peak fitness

James Corrigan: Wada's bigwigs need to get off their high horses

The Way I See It: Altitude training is not a health risk – so how then could it possibly be against the spirit of sport?

Masters blown off course

The Qatar Masters was reduced to a 54-hole tournament after 45mph desert winds allowed only three hours of play in yesterday's second round.

Lee Westwood, Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy perform a traditional Emirati dance

Revitalised Tiger Woods enjoying plenty of bucks for his bang

He admits playing in the desert is all about the money but he is also excited about pitting his wits against young pretender Rory McIlroy

Lendl is there to get Murray over the final hurdle

Ivan Lendl determined to keep the focus on Andy Murray

The idea seemed a good one when broadcasters here at the Australian Open installed a fixed camera in the stands just a few feet from the players' boxes in the hope of getting an even closer view of the coaches and entourages. Then Ivan Lendl arrived. Within minutes of taking his seat in Rod Laver Arena for Andy Murray's match against Mikhail Kukushkin yesterday, Lendl reached over and covered up the all-seeing eye.

Tiger Woods believes he has the game to win in Abu Dhabi this week

Tiger lacks the concentration to win, says Faldo

It will not just be the top four players in the world Tiger Woods will be trying to conquer on his seasonal bow in Abu Dhabi this week, but also his "broken concentration". That is the view of Sir Nick Faldo, who does not necessarily agree that the 14-time major champion turned a corner with his first win in more than two years.

Amazing Grace lands two from two to match Couples

Ernie Els and Retief Goosen did battle at Fancourt again yesterday, but this time found themselves out-gunned by the new star of South African golf.

Cap that: Jose Maria Olazabal admires this third-round shot yesterday

Olazabal rolls back years in pursuit of good Grace

Europe's captain, Jose Maria Olazabal, still has a chance to kick off this Ryder Cup year with his first win for seven years – from the depths of 596th in the world.

Tiger Woods says he is ready to show the world what he can do once again

Woods accuses former coach Haney of writing book 'just for the money'

Tiger Woods vented his fury at an ex last night, accusing his former coach, under whom he won six majors, of writing a book about their time together "just for the money".

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British doctors on brink of cure for paralysis

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Will there be an all-female mission to Mars?

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'They poured water on, then electrified me...'

If Oscar Pistorius is sent to jail, his experience will not be that of other inmates
James Wharton: The former Guard now fighting discrimination against gay soldiers

The former Guard now fighting discrimination against gay soldiers

Life after the Army has brought new battles for the LGBT activist James Wharton
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Panic over Ebola threatens to infect the midterms

Just one person has died, yet November's elections may be affected by what Republicans call 'Obama's Katrina', says Rupert Cornwell
Premier League coaches join the RSC to swap the tricks of their trades

Darling, you were fabulous! But offside...

Premier League coaches are joining the RSC to learn acting skills, and in turn they will teach its actors to play football. Nick Clark finds out why
How to dress with authority: Kirsty Wark and Camila Batmanghelidjh discuss the changing role of fashion in women's workwear

How to dress with authority

Kirsty Wark and Camila Batmanghelidjh discuss the changing role of fashion in women's workwear
New book on Joy Division's Ian Curtis sheds new light on the life of the late singer

New book on Ian Curtis sheds fresh light on the life of the late singer

'Joy Division were making art... Ian was for real' says author Jon Savage
Sean Harris: A rare interview with British acting's secret weapon

Sean Harris: A rare interview with British acting's secret weapon

The Bafta-winner talks Hollywood, being branded a psycho, and how Barbra Streisand is his true inspiration
Tim Minchin, interview: The musician, comedian and world's favourite ginger is on scorching form

Tim Minchin interview

For a no-holds-barred comedian who is scathing about woolly thinking and oppressive religiosity, he is surprisingly gentle in person
Boris Johnson's boozing won't win the puritan vote

Boris's boozing won't win the puritan vote

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Ash frontman Tim Wheeler reveals how he came to terms with his father's dementia

Tim Wheeler: Alzheimer's, memories and my dad

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