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Jordan Spieth will make his first start of the year at the Sony Open in Hawaii at Waialae Country Club. Photo: Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

Former world number one Jordan Spieth will keep his expectations low ahead of his first competitive appearance in 2019 in the Sony Open in Hawaii. S(...)

 Rory McIlroy  plays a shot during the final round of the  Tournament of Champions  at Kapalua  in Lahaina, Hawaii. Photograph:  Kevin C. Cox/Getty

Once something becomes a habit, it can be hard to break. That’s the bind Rory McIlroy has found himself in, time and time again this past year when (...)

EuroMillions lottery winners Frances (centre) and Patrick  Connolly:  won the £114,969,775 million jackpot in the New Year’s Day draw. Photograph: Paul Faith

The first thing Northern Ireland’s £115 million (€127 million) EuroMillions jackpot winners are likely to want to do is take a holiday and they mentio(...)

In the news: some of the headline-makers of 2018

Answer all 100 questions in our special Christmas Quiz to be in with a chance of winning one of the following prizes: 1st prize: One night (...)

Outgoing House Speaker Paul Ryan  delivers a farewell speech at the Library of Congress in Washington on Wednesday.  Photograph: Erin Schaff/The New York Times

There are growing fears that a deal to secure E3 visas for Irish citizens may not be agreed in time for the close of the current US Congress, leaving (...)

Outgoing House Speaker Paul Ryan has been a key figure in the current effort to extend the visa programme to Irish citizens. Photograph: Erin Schaff/The New York Times

Irish officials are intensifying efforts to ensure that a Senate decision on extending E3 visas to Irish citizens takes place in the coming days, amid(...)

The best podcasts of 2018

In 2018, I have listened to a new podcast, or two, every week. The medium is at a point where it is cresting – something beyond just playing out forms(...)

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre said tsunami waves of between 3ft and 10ft were possible. Photograph: Theo Rouby/AP

A powerful magnitude 7.5 earthquake has struck in the southern Pacific Ocean near New Caledonia, prompting authorities to warn of a tsunami threat to (...)

Michelle Obama speaks at the Waterfront in Belfast in 2013. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Michelle Obama’s Becoming narrates the remarkable rise of its author from shoebox apartment on Chicago’s south side through Ivy League undergrad and g(...)

Paul Allen   speaks  in New York, US, in April 2011. File photograph: Ramin Talaie/Bloomberg

Had I ever met Paul Allen? Following the announcement of Allen’s death at 65 this week from non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, an editor wanted to know if I’d ev(...)

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