Andy Burnham was speaking after warnings by his leadership rivals Liz Kendall, right, and Yvette Cooper that Labour needed to guard against being a party run only by men. Photograph: Paul Ellis/AFP/Getty Images

Britsh Labour Party leadership hopeful Andy Burnham has moved to silence critics who have accused his campaign’s supporters of sexism by pledging to a(...)

Bernhard Langer plays his second shot on the 18th hole during the first round of the British Senior Open  at Sunningdale Golf Club. Photograph: Andrew Redington/Getty Images

Bernhard Langer made an impressive start to the defence of his title in the Senior British Open Championship, with the German part of a record eight-w(...)

 Amateur Paul Dunne shot a second consecutive 69 on a weather ravaged second day of the British Open. Photograph: Getty

Those esteemed members of the R&A have, through the ages, witnessed many sights from behind the window panes of the old clubhouse overlooking t(...)

 The sun rises behind the R&A Clubhouse on the par four, 18th hole ‘Tom Morris’ on the Old Course at St Andrews. Photograph:  David Cannon/Getty Images

If ever you pay a visit to the graveyard up the town, the golfing history of St Andrews meets you at every turn. In the grounds of the old cathedral, (...)

Phone-hacking scandal: Rupert Murdoch, chief executive of News Corp, ultimate owner of the News of the World, in 2011. Photograph: Oli Scarff/Getty

Back in the early days of Nick Davies’s investigation into phone hacking at the News of the World newspaper, someone contacted students who had attend(...)

 Jordan Spieth   holds the trophy as he celebrates with family – father Shawn, mother Chris  and brother Steven –  after winning the  US Open at Chambers Bay in University Place. Photo: David Cannon/Getty Images

Golfers are uneasy with the concept of rivalry in the 21st century. This partly arises from modesty with regard to the epic clashes of yesteryear; cou(...)

Phil Mickelson laboured for over a decade under the dreaded label of best-player-never-to-win-a-major. He  cracked the code in the 2004 Masters. Photograph:  Peter Byrne.

So far in 2015 I have tipped Roger Federer to win the Australian Open, confidently asserted Bayern would overpower Barca and opined that Frankie De(...)

Golf’s posterboy Rory McIlroy may be Irish but membership numbers across the country are dwindling. Photograph: Inpho

‘Golf, like the measles, should be caught young, for, if postponed to riper years the results may be serious.” – PG Wodehouse Irish Open week. While (...)

Rory McIlroy drives  from the fourth tee during round three of The Players Championship at the TPC Sawgrass Stadium course  in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. Photo: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

A day after snapping his putter in half in frustration, Sergio Garcia fought back into contention for a second Players Championship title at Sawgrass.(...)

 Honorary Starters Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus of the United States wait alongside Gary Player of South Africa on the first tee during the first round of the 2015 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club. Photo: David Cannon/Getty Images

Tradition struck again at the Masters with three giants of golf -- Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player -- hitting the first shots on Thursda(...)