‘Watershed’ moment for Northern Ireland

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Umbrellas up to watch Shane Lowry during the final round The fact Northern Ireland hosted arguably the most successful Open ever says a lot about where it has come. Image copyright Reuters The doyen of Irish golf writers, Dermot Gilleece, who has covered 40 consecutive Opens, says the reception for Lowry was truly remarkable. The Irish Independent’s golf correspondent said: “I’m from Dublin and I was deeply moved by what I witnessed. “He got the sort of reception I thought was only reserved for the likes of Darren Clarke, Graeme McDowell or Rory McIlroy. “I know it’s a bit of a cliche but sport does transcend boundaries. “If you look at the rugby team there …

What is golf doing to attract more women players?

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Tiger Woods’ epic Masters win this year catapulted golf back into the global spotlight Over the past few years not only have a number of big clubs – such as the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews, Muirfield, Royal Troon, Royal Aberdeen, and Royal St George’s – dropped their men-only membership stance, but there is now also a positive drive to attract females to the sport. Image copyright England Golf Image caption Girls Golf Rocks encourages girls to learn and play golf “Other clubs have introduced creches, so that mothers can have a relaxing round of golf or meet with friends in the clubhouse.” He adds: “Golf is also looking to increase …

Can you imagine your way to success?

She says there has been “tons of research” on the power of imagery in normal life. “Generally we can all capitalise on this and the more we use it, the more we can improve it.” Image caption John McEnroe, seen here contesting an umpire’s decision in Wimbledon in 1979, was famous for his outbursts Dr Perry creates a “script” with the sports player – often in real time – about how they want to behave in that situation, before recording it on their phone and listening back to it regularly. “We want this to be as realistic as possible,” says Dr Perry. “Write what you see, hear, feel, taste, smell. “If you’re on a golf course, you can smell the …

Stars pay respects at Justin Edinburgh memorial

Image copyright PA Media Image caption Teddy Sheringham attended the service Former England players Rob Lee and Teddy Sheringham, Doncaster Rovers manager Darren Moore and Salford City boss Graham Alexander also attended. Report End of Twitter post by @leytonorientfc Image copyright PA Media Image caption Edinburgh’s son Charlie shakes hands with Glenn Hoddle outside the service Fans entered a ballot for tickets to sit inside the cathedral, with those unsuccessful able listen to proceedings from outside. Many turned up in football shirts of Edinburgh’s former clubs, while there were also floral tributes left in the shape of the Tottenham club crest. Edinburgh had previously managed Northampton Town, Gillingham and Newport County before moving to Orient in November 2017. Image copyright …

Aggers issues Tube advice for World Cup final

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionJonathan Agnew takes over tube announcements for the Cricket World Cup final. Sports fans arriving by Tube for the final of the Cricket World Cup will find themselves greeted by BBC cricket correspondent Jonathan Agnew. Announcements read by the commentator will be relayed at St John’s Wood – the north-west London Underground station that is closest to Lord’s. Aggers’s passenger tips will include: “To avoid being run out, please hold the handrail on the escalator.” England take on New Zealand on Sunday with radio coverage on Radio 5 Live. In another message, the BBC correspondent warns: “For some reason St John’s Wood is a very windy station so hold on to your …

Lewis Hamilton to young fans: Believe in yourself

Skip Instagram post by lewishamilton View this post on Instagram Report End of Instagram post by lewishamilton Image Copyright lewishamilton lewishamilton He speaks about those supporters a lot – especially after significant wins – and wants his admirers around the world to share the same self-belief he had growing up. “I truly believed and knew I was going to get to Formula 1,” he says. “That belief is what’s got me to where I am, so I always try to encourage people to hold on to that. Believe in yourself and block out all the negative distractions around you. “People doubting you, people making comments, whether it’s people on social media, at school, in your family or your friendship group. …

‘Tortured’ football fan complains to Fifa

‘So many nightmares’ Mr Ahmad, who left UAE custody in February, said he was followed by a group of men after the match who claimed to be police officers. They ripped his shirt from him and followed him to his hotel, he said. When Mr Ahmad decided to leave the hotel, he said he was followed again and was attacked in his rental car. When he made it to a petrol station to call for an ambulance, uniformed police officers arrived and subsequently detained and interrogated him, he said. “I have scars all over my body now,” he said. “I was beaten up and lost a tooth, I was cut, electrocuted and when I was in a cell I was …

England v Australia: 142 years of cricketing beef

Because although today’s match will be a one-day game, the intense rivalry has its roots in the history of Test cricket between the two sides. And it all started with a tiny pottery perfume jar. Ashes to Ashes Cricket has its roots in 16th Century England, but the first international matches were played in the late 1800s. An England team played in Australia in 1877, in what are regarded as some of the first ever international Test matches, and a return series was held five years later. It was after those games in 1882 that a sporting newspaper made a joke that became part of history. The Sporting Times ran a fake “obituary for English cricket” that concluded “the body …

Which would-be prime minister wears unusual socks?

Two men – Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt – are competing to become the next leader of the Conservative Party and the UK’s next prime minister. They’ve been out and about trying to win the votes of party members who will decide on the winner. With less than three weeks to go until the result, what’s been happening over the past seven days of campaigning? Event of the week To try to put a fiendishly complicated issue in the simplest terms possible… EU rules say there must be checks at its borders with non-EU countries. But, with the shadow of decades of violent conflict around the Irish border at the forefront of their minds, all sides agree that no visible …

Beers, cheers and dashed hopes for England fans

ENGLAND 0 – USA 1 ⚽️ A post shared by Love Parks Wandsworth (@loveparkswandsworth) on Jul 2, 2019 at 12:11pm PDT Report Skip Instagram post 2 by loveparkswandsworth View this post on Instagram Report End of Instagram post 2 by loveparkswandsworth Image Copyright loveparkswandsworth loveparkswandsworth The warm night, filled with expectation and hope, was a reminder of last summer’s men’s World Cup for many. Ben Bezuidenhoit, a student from Essex, wrapped in his England flag recycled from last year, has been enjoying England’s success. “The men scrape through on penalties but the women are smashing it,” he says. Image caption There were some nervous smiles before the game kicked off But people are divided about whether World Cup fever really …

Ball, Winkleman and Feltz among top BBC earners

The stars’ salaries are published as part of the BBC’s Annual Report and covers the period from April 2018 to March 2019. BBC star salaries 2018-19: Who earned what? What else did we learn from the annual report? However, as usual the list is not a fair or complete reflection of what all celebrities at the BBC earn. Actors and some entertainment presenters who work for the corporation’s commercial arm BBC Studios are not included. As a result, the stars of some of the BBC’s biggest programmes – like Top Gear and Doctor Who – are absent from the list. In the past 12 months, Chris Evans has left for Virgin Radio, replaced by Zoe Ball. As a result, his …

School bus destroyed after bursting into flames

Motorist Lisa Bridgy, who was driving past on the opposite carriageway shortly after the fire, said the bus was “completely burnt out” and “just a shell”. Image caption The children were given shelter and refreshments at the nearby Dick Turpin pub Police said one lane of the Southend-bound carriageway of the A127 remained closed. You may also be interested in: ‘I spend my lunch break with 150,000 bees’ Life on the streets where heroin is £5 a bag ‘We can feel excluded in an average height world’ Skip Twitter post by @OfficialSHSG We are aware that one of the Maymist coaches has experienced a problem on it's journey in this morning. We have been advised that the students are all …

Charles’ 50 years as Prince of Wales

Former Lord Lieutenant of South Glamorgan Sir Norman Lloyd Edwards, who went on to know the prince well, also recalled the excitement at Cardiff train station, where he was at the time of the announcement. “It didn’t have a roof, but if it had had a roof it would have come off,” he said. “There was enormous excitement on the platform and in the railway station.” Among the guests invited to the investiture 50 years ago was Sir Nicholas Soames, a lifelong friend of the prince. Image caption Dafydd Iwan said the investiture “came out of nowhere” amidst political turmoil In the late 1950s, Welsh nationalism was yet to spark into life. Eleven years later, when Charles was crowned, it …

Harry and Meghan attend Major League Baseball match

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionPrince Harry and Meghan were presented with baseball-themed gifts for baby Archie The Duchess of Sussex made a surprise appearance at the London Stadium, when she joined her husband for a Major League Baseball match between Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees. The royal couple attended the first of a two-game series, which is being held to promote American baseball in the UK. Before the match they were presented with a Yankees shirt and a Red Sox baby bodysuit for their son Archie. It is the first regular-season, MLB game to be played in Europe. Organisers want to grow the sport internationally. Report End of Twitter post by @Yankees Image …

A healing singalong for young and old

“I recognise that there are young children and old people,” she says. Then with a smile from ear to ear, she says: “What happens is always a big surprise.” Sheila, one of a group of residents with memory impairment, has paired up with Zach, who has severe learning difficulties. He beats out the rhythm on the tambourine as the rest of the group of infant schoolchildren, octogenarians and care staff sing the Hello Song to him. It is clear from Sheila’s eyes that she is enjoying every minute, as she inclines her head towards Zach and joins in tapping on the tambourine. Image caption Ella enjoys the tambourine She describes how it has helped to keep Sheila’s anxiety at bay …

Cult of Clive: Art teacher and ‘sex abuser’

Image caption Mr Hally’s classes were cool and popular – it was all a dark front, say his victims Clive Hally: The miner’s son from Maesteg who studied art. He lived in the family council house all his life and looked after his mother until her death. To some, he was a respected and helpful colleague and teacher, to others a petulant bully and a paedophile hiding in plain sight. Image caption For those who didn’t cut it at sport – art was a popular choice to follow – with Clive Hally a powerful mentor When I was a pupil, some boys who knew they’d never play for Wales wanted to excel at art. For many artistically-gifted pupils, Hally was …