Fergal McCarthy, wife Christine and son Dash with their Kombivan Applejack in Kilcunda

Cursing loudly and repeatedly at the mercurial gear stick of a hired VW Kombi van was perhaps not the dream start I had imagined to our retro Austral(...)

 Rory McIlroy  and Caroline Wozniacki during the 2014 Masters par-three competition. Photograph: Getty

Rory McIlroy has revealed he will skip the traditional par-three competition at the Masters this year, with the aim of summoning some of the spirit of(...)

Serena Williams says Maria Sharapova “showed a lot of courage” in taking responsibility for her failed drug test. The 21-time major champion said Tuesday she “hoped for the best” for Sharapova, a day after the Russian star revealed she failed a test the day she lost to Williams at the Australian Open in January. Photograph: Seth Wenig/AP

Serena Williams said of her great opponent Maria Sharapova that she “showed a lot of courage” in taking responsibility for her failed drug test. The (...)

Johanna Konta is the first British woman to reach the Australian Open quarter-finals since 1983. Photograph: Getty

Johanna Konta keeps chipping away at tennis history and a three-set victory over the tough Russian Ekaterina Makarova here on Monday evening put her a(...)

Serena Williams beat Camila Giorgi in straight sets in the Australian Open first round. Photograph: EPA

Serena Williams shrugged off her knee injury and lack of match practice to beat Italian Camila Giorgi in the first round of the Australian Open. The(...)

Rory McIlroy has praised the calming influence of his new fiancee Erica Stoll. Photograph: Getty

He will understandably never make public comparisons between fiancees but Rory McIlroy’s citing of the “calming presence” of Erica Stoll seems pertine(...)

Rafael Nadal of Spain hits a return shot against Wu Di of China at the China Open in Beijing. Photograph: Andy Wong/AP

Rafael Nadal had his serve broken four times by one of his former ball boys before progressing to the second round of the China Open. The world number(...)

Flavia Pennetta  kisses the US Open trophy after beating fellow Italian Roberta Vinci  in the US Open 2015 women’s single final. Photograph: Kena Betancur/AFP/Getty Images

Storm clouds were gathering overhead and the wind was kicking up as Flavia Pennetta and Roberta Vinci walked off the court together, having played the(...)

Carolina Wozniacki  is out of the US Open after she was beaten 6-4 5-7 7-6 by Petra Cetkovska. Photograph: Afp

Fourth seed Caroline Wozniacki spurned four match points as she crashed out of the US Open second round in a final set tie-break against Petra Cetkovs(...)

United States’ Carli Lloyd celebrates her second goal against Japan during the Fifa Women’s World Cup final. The  United States’ 5-2 victory over Japan was seen by 25.4 million viewers. Photograph: Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press

With all the fuss about the English FA lashing out inappropriate tweets about their women footballers, then deleting them quicker than you can say “ma(...)