Day withdraws after six holes to be with cancer-stricken mother

Jason Day pulled out of the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play six holes into his opening match yesterday to be with his mother, who he revealed has lung cancer. The defending champion broke into tears as he explained that his mother, Dening Day, had been given 12 months to live at the beginning of the year. She has since undergone tests in the United States after he flew her to Ohio from Australia and he said that “the diagnosis is much better” and that she would have surgery tomorrow in an attempt to remove a tumour. Day, the world No 3, conceded his opening match against Pat Perez. “It’s really hard to even comprehend being on the golf course right now because of what she has…

March 23, 2017 00:03 UTC

Keane’s assured debut is real bonus for Southgate

Jürgen Klopp’s favourite thing about Signal Iduna Park was the sensation that overcame him every time he walked out of the tunnel on matchday. “It’s like when your mother is . .” he said, pulling a face to suggest childbirth. “It’s very dark inside, very narrow, and when you come out, it’s like ‘boom’. This must have felt like the big time.

March 23, 2017 00:03 UTC

We have perfect system for Lallana and Alli, says Southgate

Lallana, right, struck a post after a fine solo run, but England were left to rue their wayward finishing Nick Potts/PAGareth Southgate believes that he has unearthed the “perfect system” for Dele Alli and Adam Lallana to flourish despite experiencing the harsh realities of managing England in last night’s cruel defeat away to Germany. The England manager’s first match in permanent charge ended in disappointment as Lukas Podolski’s stunning 25-yard goal saw him sign off his international career in style for the world champions in Dortmund’s Signal Iduna Park. Southgate claimed that England should have had the game won before Podolski’s dramatic intervention in the 69th minute but, while he was left to rue his side’s finishing, he was encouraged by a bold and adventurous response after his switch to a three-man defence. England’s attacking verve caught the eye, with Lallana striking the post after…

March 23, 2017 00:03 UTC

‘Ronnie did it all for Liverpool. He was a mentor, coach and kitman’

Moran, centre right, with the coaches Joe Fagan, left, and Roy Evans, and goalkeeper Bruce Grobbelaar, right, in the boot room during the 1982-83 title-winning season Bob Thomas/Getty ImagesThere will be some people who think: “Ronnie Moran? He wasn’t Bill Shankly or Bob Paisley or even Joe Fagan.” But, for me, Ronnie was the absolute driving force behind Liverpool. There were five other lads there who had already been given one and I was doing the same jobs as them. He was influential in helping me on my way and my career followed his right the way through. He was such an important figure for me as I made my way up from the B team, the A team, the…

March 23, 2017 00:03 UTC

England take a respectable first step on road to revolution

Livermore, making his first start for England five years on from his debut as a substitute, struggled with his distribution of the ball at times in Dortmund Nick Potts/PATo herald the remarkable revolution in British Cycling, Peter Keen, its initial architect, turned the national kit to shocking lime to signal that nothing was sacred, everything up for debate, for change. There has been a little of that impulse in Gareth Southgate’s approach to the England job; not in the new blue outfit (blame Nike’s marketing department for a shade seemingly plucked at random from a paint catalogue) but in his demand that the national team stop and “look at itself in the mirror” after so many decades of failure. He is striving hard to modernise the national team, to break the cycle of doom. Finishing second best to Germany last night looks like the same old story, but in this post-Rooney era, and…

March 23, 2017 00:03 UTC

He likes raw meat, hates fish and is scared of hairy spiders

Verstappen, who finished fifth in the drivers’ championship last season, enjoys the fans’ attention AlamyWho is the best Formula One driver of all time? My dad [Jos Verstappen, the former F1 driver]. What was the first F1 race you remember attending and do you remember who won? My dad was racing in Malaysia, so Malaysia. What has been your favourite race so far?

March 23, 2017 00:03 UTC

Westminster terrorist was born in Kent

Islamic State claimed yesterday that Masood was one of its “soldiers” Stefan Rousseau/Press AssociationThe terrorist who killed three people and injured scores more at Westminster yesterday has been identified as Khalid Masood, a 52-year-old who was born in Kent. Islamic State claimed yesterday that Masood was one of its “soldiers” as it emerged that he had previously been investigated by MI5 for extremism. Police said that Masood had a string of previous convictions for assaults, possession of offensive weapons and public order offences. His last conviction was in 2003 and, according to police, he had not been convicted of terrorism offences. Theresa May had earlier told the House of Commons that the terrorist had been a “peripheral” figure in a previous security services investigation but had not been part of the “current intelligence picture”.

March 23, 2017 00:03 UTC

Clients are sending a clear message: we won’t have our names tarnished

Larry Page and Sergey Brin, the billionaire founders of Google, must have thought they had seen the worst of it. Now some of America’s biggest companies are banging loudly on their front door, angry that their names have been associated with extremist content from hate preachers, terrorists and antisemites. By suspending all of their advertising from Google’s platforms other than its search engine, Verizon, AT&T, and Enterprise, three giants of corporate America and three of the country’s biggest advertisers, have made a clear statement: we will not have our names tarnished by the careless placement of digital ads. And by suspending digital advertising across all platforms other than search, Verizon has widened the row well beyond YouTube and Google and into the wider world of…

March 23, 2017 00:03 UTC

The real James Bond and his extraordinary adventure

“Exploring and sporting expedition, under experienced guidance leaving England June to explore rivers central Brazil, if possible ascertain fate Colonel Percy Fawcett; abundant game, big and small; exceptional fishing; ROOM TWO MORE GUNS; highest references expected and given. Write: Box 1150, The Times, EC4.”So ran an advertisement in the personal columns of The Times on April 14, 1932, inviting readers to help to solve one of the greatest mysteries of the age: the disappearance, seven years earlier, of the explorer Percy Fawcett. It was answered by Peter Fleming, the elder brother of Ian Fleming, the creator of James Bond, who was promptly dispatched to the Amazon as special correspondent for this paper. Charlie Hunnam and Tom Holland in the film The Lost City of ZFawcett’s doomed expedition to find a lost Amazonian civilisation is given the…

March 23, 2017 00:00 UTC

Playing three at the back suits Cahill, not Hart

Playing three at the back suited Gary Cahill but not Joe Hart. Cahill is very reliable when the football is simple. The three-man defence seemed to encourage Hart to operate as a sweeper keeper but he is not good enough to dwell on the ball. This is not to argue that the new system requires Southgate to drop Hart, but he should tell him to get back to basics. England do not a have natural sweeper-keeper so they can stick with Hart as long as he cuts down on the risk taking.

March 23, 2017 00:00 UTC

Cody criticism is ‘extraordinary’, says Keher

Cody has won 11 All-Ireland titles but Kilkenny have struggled this season TOMMY DICKSON/INPHOEddie Keher, the six-times All-Ireland winner, has rounded on critics of Brian Cody and questioned their credentials. Cody is regarded as the greatest inter-county manager of all time having claimed 11 All-Ireland titles during his 18-year reign with Kilkenny. Their All-Ireland final defeat to Tipperary last September, allied to poor form in the Allianz league so far this year, has left him in a tricky position as they must beat Dublin on Sunday to avoid a relegation play-off. Kilkenny have never competed outside of the league’s top tier since Cody took over for the 1999 season though they did narrowly avoid the drop in 2015 when they beat Clare by a point in the relegation play-off. They are second from bottom in Division 1A, a…

March 23, 2017 00:00 UTC

Our film could be Ireland’s team-talk, says Allen

Joe Allen can only imagine the curdling of indignation inside Roy Keane, the Republic of Ireland assistant manager, when a documentary film of Wales’s unforgettable summer at Euro 2016 was given the full red-carpet treatment in London and Cardiff recently. However it was left to Allen’s Stoke City team-mate Jonathan Walters, who will play for Ireland against Wales tomorrow evening, to poke fun at the manner in which a side blessed with the talents of Gareth Bale, Aaron Ramsey and Allen are trading on the underdog card. “They got to the semis [in France] and made a film about it. I don’t think we’d be making a film,” said Walters, Ireland’s prankster-in-chief, in the build-up to the World Cup qualifier. The sniping is nothing…

March 23, 2017 00:00 UTC

How Wales pooped Charlton’s party

Wales survived intense pressure from the Irish to win here yesterday afternoon, although their pleasure was considerably reduced by the loss of their goalkeeper, Neville Southall, who broke his ankle in what appeared to be an innocent fall in the 66th minute. Southall’s injury is also a serious blow to his club Everton in their attempt to retain their First Division title and win the FA Cup. Southall will almost certainly miss the rest of the season. This may seem an inauspicious beginning to Jack Charlton’s career in international team management. Outstanding performances by the Oxford United pair, Ray Houghton and John Aldridge, and the side’s overall willingness to persevere after Wales had stolen an early lead will nourish Charlton’s hopes…

March 23, 2017 00:00 UTC

‘It was carnage . . . there were bodies flying everywhere’

The attacker drove onto the pavement and through pedestrians on Westminster Bridge. Passers-by helped the injured before emergency services arrived TOBY MELVILLE/REUTERSThe first hint of danger was a sudden bang as the dark grey car mounted the kerb. Pedestrians on Westminster bridge thought that its driver must have collapsed and that the car would come to a halt against the balustrade. James Sheriff, 32, was crossing the bridge with his colleague Steve Sherran, 44, when they saw the car coming straight for them. “I heard it crunch the kerb and thought perhaps the driver had passed out or was going to crash into the barrier,” he said.

March 23, 2017 00:00 UTC

Trump-Russia inquiry in 'grave doubt' after GOP chair briefs White House

The top Democrat on one of the congressional committees investigating ties between Donald Trump and Russia has raised “grave doubt” over the viability of the inquiry after its Republican chairman shared information with the White House and not their committee colleagues. In the latest wild development surrounding the Russia inquiry that has created an air of scandal around Trump, Democrat Adam Schiff effectively called his GOP counterpart, Devin Nunes, a proxy for the White House, questioning his conduct. “If you have a chairman who is interacting with the White House, sharing information with the White House, when the people around the White House are the subject of the investigation and doing it before sharing it with the committee, it puts a profound doubt over whether that can be done credibly,” Schiff said. With regard to the substance of his claims, I have no idea what he is talking about,” said Senator Ron Wyden, a Democrat on the Senate intelligence committee, which is also investigating the Trump-Russia question. The House committee is schedule to meet on 28 March to hear testimony on the Trump-Russia allegations from former director of national intelligence James Clapper and former CIA director John Brennan.

March 22, 2017 23:15 UTC

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