Spanish minister of interior, Jorge Fernandez Diaz (centre), and the police general director, Ignacio Cosido (second right), meet investigators at the police headquarters in Astorga, Spain to discuss the death of Denise Thiem. Photograph: J Casares/EPA

Police in Spain believe they have found the body of an American woman who went missing on one of the country’s most popular pilgrimage routes. Officia(...)

Thomas Barr: finished fourth in his semi-final, clocking 48.71 seconds. Photograph: Christian Petersen/Getty Images

There was always going to be some element of luck needed for both Mark English and Thomas Barr if they were to make a World Championships final in the(...)

Mark English finished fifth in the semi-finals of the 800m at the World Championships in Beijing. Photograph: Inpho

No luck for the Irish on day two of the World Athletics Championships in Beijing, with both Mark English and Thomas Barr missing out on a place in the(...)

Activists lie half-naked covered in fake blood during a protest against bullfighting in Vitoria, northern Spain. Photograph: David Aguilar/EPA

A man stands face-to-face with a bull in a town square. Exhausted, the animal appears oblivious to the rifle in the man’s hands, pointing at its head.(...)

Rory McIlroy will play Jason Dufner, Brandt Snedeker and Billy Horschel in his pool at the WGC-Cadillac Match Play Championship. Photograph: Getty

Top seed and four-time major winner Rory McIlroy has been handed a tough draw for the new-look WGC-Cadillac Match Play Championship in San Francisco a(...)

Darren Clarke is the current favourite to lead Europe at the next Ryder Cup. Photograph: Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images

The captain of the European side that will defend the Ryder Cup against the USA in 2016 will be Darren Clarke or Miguel Angel Jimenez, two stalwarts o(...)

Pádraig Harrington outside the Gaiety Theatre in Dublin at the launch of ‘An Evening With Padraig Harrington’ in aid of ISPCC and The Pádraig Harrington Charitable Foundation. The event takes place at the Gaiety on Tuesday, January 20th. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins

A trawl through 2014 with Pádraig Harrington seems a doomed enterprise even before we start. One top 10 finish all year – the fewest of his career. Th(...)

David Lynn and Scott Jamieson of the Great Britain and Ireland team during the second day’s fourballs at the Seve Trophy at Golf de Saint-Nom-la-Breteche. Photograph:  Stuart Franklin/Getty Images

Scott Jamieson’s final-hole heroics helped Great Britain and Ireland narrow the deficit to a single point at the end of the second day of the Seve Tro(...)

Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland looks down the 11th hole with Graeme McDowell of Northern Ireland (R) during the second round of the BMW PGA Championship on the West Course at Wentworth on Friday. Photograph: Getty Images

The casualty list was made up of some of the world’s elite, high-rollers who have bedazzled on stellar golfing stages. Not here, though; not no(...)