Millton Keynes Dons’ Antony Kay tussles with Manchester United’s Javier Hernandez during the Capital One Cup Second Round match at Milton Keynes. Photograph: Nick Potts/PA Wire.

Manchester United’s humiliating 4-0 defeat to MK Dons came as no surprise to Louis van Gaal, who insisted he needs time to turn things around at Old (...)

The Celtic Manor Resort, outside Newport, south Wales, will host Ireland during their 2015 Rugby World Cup campaign. Photograph: Giddens/PA Wire

The bases for all of the teams competing at next year’s 2015 Rugby World Cup in England and Wales have been completed.Joe Schmidt’s Irish side will m(...)

 Local fishing boats pass  the Queen Elizabeth Cruise Liner, which is on a one-day visit to Dun Laoghaire today(Wed). The ship belonging to the Cunard Line, is making it’s fifth port of call, on a 10-day cruise of Britain and Ireland.
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Dún Laoghaire is displaying a distinctly Mediterranean hue today as the flower-bedecked port welcomes an estimated 2,000 visitors from the Cunard Line(...)

Mark Webber (left) of Australia and Infiniti Red Bull after finishing second to team-mate Sebastian Vettel of Germany (right) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Photograph: Clive Mason/Getty Images

Red Bull team principal Christian Horner is convinced Mark Webber will not walk away from a potential championship-winning car this season. (...)