Sports Direct founder Mike Ashley in the picking warehouse at the firm’s headquarters in Shirebrook, Derbyshire. Photograph: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

Under-fire retailer Sports Direct has confirmed annual profits are under further pressure after founder Mike Ashley admitted the group was “in troubl(...)

 Mike Ashley: there have been revelations  about onerous working conditions at Sports Direct’s huge warehouse in Derbyshire and the company’s widespread use of zero-hours contracts. Photograph: Martin Rickett/PA Wire

Billionaire Mike Ashley is not one to back away from a fight, but will he be brave – or bolshy – enough to take on the British parliament? The combat(...)

Rob Penn: “I couldn’t believe that in Ireland, the game of hurley was still being played with an ash stick.”

When Robert Penn was a boy, he grew to love the ash tree by the gate that led to the field where he played near his home on the Isle of Man. It was a(...)

Amateur Sam Horsfield has withdrawn from the Walker Cup squad. Photograph: Harry How/Getty Images

Sam Horsfield has withdrawn from the Great Britain and Ireland Walker Cup team for personal reasons and been replaced by Ewen Ferguson. Team captain (...)

 Eleanor Hawkins, who was convicted for stripping on a sacred Malaysian mountain. Photograph: Family handout/PA Wire

The British woman jailed for stripping on a sacred Malaysian mountain has apologised for causing offence. Backpacker and university graduate Eleanor H(...)

Trekkers who stripped on Malaysia’s Mount Kinabalu have appeared in court. Photograph: Emil Kaminski/Facebook/PA

British backpacker Eleanor Hawkins, who has been arrested in Malaysia for posing naked on top of a sacred mountain, knows what she did was “stupid and(...)

The Smiler ride at Alton Towers Resort in Staffordshire – one of the people seriously injured in last week’s  crash has had her left leg amputated. Photograph: PA

One of the people seriously injured in last week’s Alton Towers rollercoaster crash has had her left leg amputated above the knee, doctors have confir(...)

Lismore Castle, Co Waterford, former home of Sir Walter Raleigh, where you can now stay in aristocratic splendour

An invitation to dinner and an overnight stay in Lismore Castle, the opulent Irish seat of Britain’s Duke of Devonshire prompted concern. What to b(...)

Jonathan Joseph burst onto the international scene in this season’s Six Nations Championship, finishing it as the top try scorer. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Some sporting cross-pollination as a child is often the genesis for exceptional athletes. Jonathan Joseph sashayed his way through the Six Nations Cha(...)

Registered Sex Offender, Sean Johnson, from Derbyshire, was renting rooms in Cork and Galway to hold bogus video auditions for children, some as young as seven. Photograph: Andrew Downe

A convicted British paedophile was running talent competitions for children as young as seven in Galway and Cork for over a year before being tracked (...)