Extraordinary Kevin De Bruyne peaking at just the right time for Man City’s treble charge

By the end, even Virgil van Dijk, normally the most composed of defenders, had resolved that the best way to deal with Kevin De Bruyne was to hack him down. There was a minute of normal time remaining when Liverpool... Read more

Tiger Woods a winner again after surviving Masters slog

“I don’t think people really understand,” Woods said. “Some of the players who are close to me have seen some of the pictures and the things that I have had to endure. They appreciate it probably more than anyone else... Read more

Sam Waley-Cohen’s Grand National win a fascinating tale yet one tinged with sadness

That thought occurred to me eight years ago when my daughter was treated in the Waley-Cohen wing of the John Radcliffe Hospital. Thankfully she had nothing worse than a broken arm sustained in falling of her pony. But all the... Read more

Scottie Scheffler stands supreme after a Masters conclusion full of unrelenting theatre

Scheffler is such an imperturbable character – a “flat-liner”, as people once said of Dustin Johnson – that it is easy to forget he is still just 25. He negotiated all the hidden nightmares of Augusta with the poise of... Read more

From tears in Turin to World Cup ’98 omission, new BBC documentary plays out Gazza tragedy again

Extra time at Wembley, England 1 Germany 1, Teddy Sheringham with an elegant floated ball out to the right, Alan Shearer with a pinpoint, volleyed cross. Paul Gascoigne slides in at the back post… “Every time I watch it, I... Read more

Has Frank Lampard found the blueprint to ensure Everton’s Premier League survival?

Everton secured a vital win over Manchester United on Saturday to keep them above the bottom three. Temporarily, at least, doubts as to whether Frank Lampard is the right coach to oversee a successful survival fight were extinguished. How will... Read more

Three problems Mikel Arteta must solve to save Arsenal’s season

Arsenal’s push for a Champions League place is at risk of falling apart after their meeting with Brighton brought their second defeat in a week. With injuries to key players upsetting the balance of Mikel Arteta’s team, the Spaniard must... Read more

Doubting Thomas Tuchel may still drop Timo Werner for Real Madrid clash despite two-goal salvo

There wasn’t even a smile, let alone an extravagant celebration, after Timo Werner tucked away two of Chelsea’s six goals at Southampton on Saturday. Instead, he dispensed a manly nod and a perfunctory cuddle to his rather more animated team-mates.... Read more

Dejan Kulusevski’s arrival has given Tottenham a front three to rival any in Premier League

As is so often the case after an emphatic – at least in scoreline, if not 90-minute performance – Tottenham win, it was one of Harry Kane or Son Heung-min in the headlines. The South Korean’s hat-trick was decisive in... Read more

RB Leipzig trying to hijack Manchester United’s move to hire Erik ten Hag

RB Leipzig are attempting to hijack Manchester United’s move to hire Erik ten Hag as their next manager. Even though it would be a huge surprise if ten Hag were to turn United down but sources insist that the German... Read more

Exclusive: Everton fan’s mum hits out at Cristiano Ronaldo’s ‘shocking’ apology after alleged assault

Manchester United star Cristiano Ronaldo is facing a police probe and a Football Association investigation as the mother of the Everton fan he allegedly assaulted spoke out over his “shocking” attempt at an apology Sarah Kelly and her 14-year-old autistic... Read more

Seeing red: Should Leicester’s Guy Porter have been sent off?

It is a hung jury, there is no unanimous verdict. When Leicester centre Guy Porter was sent off for a gut-wrenching head collision with Clermont No 8 Fritz Lee in the Tigers’ mammoth win in France on Sunday, the referee’s decision... Read more

Vive la France! Why the future is bright, not just in the Six Nations

On Sunday, Montpellier gave a lesson in defensive solidity and all-court attack that, at times, simply shredded Harlequins. If you go through the video of the first half, you can count on one hand the number of times Montpellier had... Read more

Marauding Rory McIlroy lights up the Masters but carping cynics quick to pounce

It certainly seemed to inspire his playing partner Collin Morikawa, who, feeding off the euphoria around the 18th green, also contrived to hole his bunker shot to sign for a five-under-par 67 and fifth place.  It was too much to... Read more

Ben Houchen: ‘We need a smarter Government’

According to Houchen’s calculations, suspending consumer green levies – which encourage energy efficiency measures – for a year would cost the Treasury more than £12bn. Crucially, however, this would be a deferral rather than a holiday, with the costs recouped... Read more

Retirement offers the perfect chance to reinvent your life

Q: How can one tell when it’s the right time to retire? I’m “of age” and have the savings to make most of my post-retirement dreams a reality (so money isn’t an issue), but I just can’t bring myself to... Read more

Car makers can’t pull off the same trick as Tesla

You may soon be able to buy shares in Renault Electric. Or, come to think of it, in Ford Green, or Toyota Amp, Mercedes Plug or, to resurrect a slightly lame April Fool’s joke from last year, in Volts-Wagen.  The... Read more

Why the Japanese company behind the Post Office scandal keeps getting taxpayer cash

Indeed, the company has bagged government contracts worth about £3.5bn while criminal prosecutions against Fujitsu staff who supported the Post Office’s warped crusade have been conspicuously absent. Founded in 1935, Fujitsu is worth £58bn and its UK arm had sales... Read more

Brussels’ war on crypto is a golden opportunity for post-Brexit Britain

The Treasury also makes warm, gurgling noises about the potential of decentralised finance, although the truncation “de-fi” is deemed either too spicy, or vulgar, to appear.  De-fi uses distributed ledger technologies (DLTs), in other words, blockchain, in combination with smart... Read more

Apple whistleblower brings spying claims to UK

Britain’s information watchdog is investigating claims that Apple was able to access personal information on workers’ phones after a privacy complaint was lodged by a whistleblower. Ashley Gjøvik, a former senior Apple engineer, has filed a 54-page privacy complaint against... Read more

Twitter must wean itself off advertising, says Elon Musk

Twitter Blue was launched last summer in the US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand and costs $2.99 (£2.29) a month for features such as undoing tweets before they are published, reading some news articles without adverts and extra colour schemes.... Read more

Jim Ratcliffe attacks ‘ignorant minority’ in call for fracking freedom

The stand-off comes as one of the most influential Conservative politicians outside of London said Treasury officials “don’t fundamentally get” the impact of the cost of living crisis. Ben Houchen, the Tees Valley mayor and important “red wall” ally of... Read more

Airlines brace for £100m bill from Easter travel chaos

The Civil Aviation Authority warned airlines last week that it was not afraid to take action if airlines were not providing passengers with alternative flights or complying with compensation rules. Of particular concern to the regulator is that airlines have... Read more

Russians slash their spending as sanctions batter the economy

Russian consumers have slashed their spending by a tenth in an early indication of the deep recession facing the country battered by western sanctions. Spending slipped 9.7pc in real terms at the start of April compared to the same time... Read more

Up to 40,000 civil service jobs face the axe

He also signalled that ministers eventually want to go further, slashing the headcount back to 2015/16 levels, which would be a reduction of as many as 70,000 roles. Mr Clarke said last month that increases in civil service headcount had... Read more