San Diego Chargers receiver Keenan Allen (left) can’t avoid  Seattle Seahawks safety Earl Thomas. Photograph: Paul Buck

Defending Super Bowl champions the Seattle Seahawks experienced a surprise 30-21 loss to the San Diego Chargers while Peyton Manning led the Denver B(...)

 Chris Kirk  has no Ryder Cup expectations. Photograph: Jared Wickerham/Getty Images

The Darwinian nature of the FedEx Cup playoffs, along with the impending Ryder Cup selections, provided a host of possibilities as the 2014 Deutsche (...)

 Learn from the best: Food stylist and writer Susan Spungen (left) and photographer and  writer Beth Kirby are travelling from the US to give a masterclass at Ballynahinch Castle in October

Capturing beauty If you’ve ever stared at a beautiful food image and wondered how that perfect composition was created, you can learn some of the(...)

Displaced people from the minority Yazidi sect, who had fled  violence in the Iraqi town of Sinjar, take part  in a demonstration at the Iraqi-Syrian border crossing in Fishkhabour, Dohuk province, yesterday.  Photograph: Youssef Boudlal/Reuters

Nuri al-Maliki has given up his fight to remain prime minister of Iraq and now supports his replacement, Haider al-Abadi, state television has reporte(...)

Garth Brooks admitted he has been under a “dark cloud” for 10 days over the cancellation of his five Dublin shows. Photograph from TV coverage.

The thunder rolled.Standing before an appropriately grey, cloudy backdrop, the announcement of the much-awaited return of the biggest selling solo art(...)

Howard H Baker Jr, a soft-spoken Tennessee lawyer who has died aged 88, served three terms in the Senate, was the chamber’s Republican leader and earn(...)

Jason Millard: felt he had mistakenly grounded his club in the bunker. Photo: Chris Condon/PGA Tour

American Jason Millard has been disqualified from next week’s US Open after belatedly calling a penalty on himself in qualifying.Millard, who qualifie(...)

The Touareg is VW’s first and largest SUV

Volkswagen is considering tripling its sport-utility vehicle lineup in a bid to overtake Toyota in global deliveries. The VW marque will offer (...)

William Higgins sits on a stump outside his grandfather’s house that was destroyed by a tornado yesterday in Mayflower, Arkansas. Photograph: Wesley Hitt/Getty Images 1:29

On a second day of ferocious storms that have claimed at least 21 lives in the southern United States, a tornado tore through the Mississippi t(...)

Brian Conlan, a former chief executive of the Central Remedial Clinic, arriving at the Dáil to appear at the Public Accounts Committee. Photograph: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland

A former chief executive of the Central Remedial Clinic, Paul Kiely, received a total retirement package of more than €740,000 when he left the organi(...)