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McIlroy crowned PGA Tour Player of the Year

McIlroy enjoys Sunday's Ryder Cup victory. Credit: Reuters

World number one Rory McIlroy has been voted PGA Tour player of the year for the second time in three seasons.

McIlroy won the Open Championship, WGC-Bridgestone Invitational and US PGA Championship in consecutive appearances and did not finish outside the top 25 in any of his 17 PGA Tour events in 2014.

The 25-year-old had already claimed the Arnold Palmer Award as the tour's leading official money winner (£5.1million) and won the Byron Nelson Award for adjusted scoring average (68.83).

McIlroy clinched the Open Championship in July 2014. Credit: PA

"It means a lot to win it for the second time in three years," McIlroy said. "Being voted player of the year by your peers is something that's very important.

"They are the guys you are trying to beat week in, week out and if they appreciate what you have done over the year, see the hard work that you've put in and the golf that you've played and think that's been the best of the season that means a lot to me.

"I would like to win a lot more in my career and even though the last year wasn't what I wanted, the last three or four years have been very, very good and it gives me even more motivation to go on and work harder and try to win more tournaments, more majors and be involved in more Ryder Cups like last week."

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Hulk subjected to racist taunts by Spartak Moscow fans

Hulk, 28, moved to Russia in 2012. Credit: PA

Brazilian international Hulk was subjected to racist taunts by Spartak Moscow supporters on Saturday, the Russian football federation has confirmed.

Commission chief, Artur Grigoryant, explained to Russian newspaper Sport Express that an investigation is underway after a match delegate noted two separate incidents of monkey chants aimed at the striker during the 0-0 draw.

After the match, Hulk told reporters he heard monkey chants from a large group of Spartak supporters, which he took as a personal insult.

On Saturday, the Russian federation banned Congolese defender Christopher Samba for two games after he made an obscene gesture to Torpedo Moscow fans who, he claims, racially abused him.

IFS: More cuts or taxes needed to fund Conservative pledges

Paul Johnson, director at the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS), calculated the tax changes both to the personal allowance and to the 40p tax rate would cost "in the order of £7 billion a year" by 2020.

He told BBC Radio 4's World At One programme: "This will only help income tax payers, it will essentially help anyone with incomes between £10,000 and £100,000."

So how are you going to afford this, well even more dramatic spending cuts or actually what's happened quite often over parts of this parliament is that we've seen other bits and pieces of tax increases to pay for some of the increases in the personal allowance.

– Paul Johnson, director at the Institute for Fiscal Studies

10-year-old wins £4.8m over negligent hospital care

A 10-year-old boy has won a £4.8m payout after negligent treatment at a private hospital led to him needing a kidney transplant.

Lucas Tuppeny was born with a bowel defect and required a colostomy.

A series of subsequent medical errors at Bupa Cromwell Hospital in west London led to renal failure and left Lucas needing dialysis treatment from the age of six months.

10-year-old Lucas Tuppeny won a big payout at the High Court. Credit: Family handout/PA Wire

Lucas, who now lives with his mother in the US, has already had 28 procedures with a total of 149 days in hospital.

Judge Richard Parkes paid tribute to the "extraordinary devotion" of Lucas' mother Therese and the "splendid young man" she has raised.

Totti thanks Manchester City for helping him score against them

Totti cancelled out City's opener with a clever chip. Credit: PA

Roma captain Francesco Totti has thanked Manchester City for giving him extra motivation to score on Tuesday.

The 38-year-old striker was reminded through City's official twitter account hours before his team's Champions League encounter at the Etihad Stadium that he had never scored in England.

So Totti made sure to put things right when he cancelled out Sergio Aguero's opener to earn Roma a 1-1 draw.

"City's tweet? It really brought me luck," Totti told the Gazzetta dello Sport. "It was a beautiful goal and a good performance.

"I really wanted to score as soon as possible as I had not found the back of the net this season.

"But above all, I am thrilled for my team because we have shown a lot of strength, which was not easy."

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PM discussed mentioning son Ivan in speech with wife

David Cameron discussed the portion of his speech which alluded to his son Ivan with his wife before using him as an example in the Prime Minister's attack on Labour.

Commentators remarked that Mrs Cameron looked teary-eyed during the section

The Prime Minister said his family know more than most how important the NHS is after going to hospital "night after night" with their disabled son, who was born with a rare genetic condition and died in 2009, aged six.

Aides said Mr Cameron had discussed with his wife whether to include the passage in his speech and that Samantha was "very strongly and personally passionate" about the need to discuss the NHS and its effect on their lives.

For me, this is personal: I am someone who has relied on the NHS and whose family knows more than most just how important it is. Who knows what it is like when you go to hospital night after night with a sick child in your arms knowing that when you get there, there are people who will love that child and care for that child just as if it was their own.

How dare they suggest I would ever put that at risk for other people's children. How dare they frighten those who rely on our National Health Service.

– David Cameron

Turkey 'will continue to seek Assad's removal'

The Turkish president says his county will fight Islamic State and other "terrorist" groups but would also prioritise the removal of the Assad regime.

"We will fight effectively against both ISIL (Islamic State)and all other terrorist organizations within the region; this will always be our priority," Erdogan said, according to the text of his speech at the opening of parliament.

Turkey's president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Credit: TT News Agency/Press Association Images

He said his government would also "continue to prioritise our aim to remove the Syrian regime" and to encourage a parliamentary government system.

PM's tax allowance pledge 'shameless copy' of Lib Dem policy

Raising the level of the personal allowance has been the signature Liberal Democrat tax policy, and David Cameron's announcement has been branded "shameless" by a Liberal Democrat Cabinet minister.

Treasury Chief Secretary Danny Alexander said:

The Tories' shameless attempt to copy Liberal Democrat tax policy will be utterly incredible to the millions of working people who they have made clear will be their main target for cuts in the next Parliament.

The Conservatives opposed increases to the tax threshold at the last election. The big tax cuts for 25 million working people in this Parliament have only been delivered because of the determination and commitment of Liberal Democrats to fight for them every day. The Conservative plan to raise the higher rate threshold to £50,000 means that the working-age poor are being asked to fund a tax cut that is four times greater for higher-rate taxpayers than for basic rate taxpayers.

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