Sunday 21 January 2018

McIlroy's sport firm talks due

MEDIATION between golfer Rory McIlroy and his former sports management agency over a disputed fees agreement will take place this week, the Commercial Court heard yesterday.

McIlroy is suing Dublin-based Horizon Sports Management Ltd along with two other companies, Gurteen Ltd, with a registered address in Malta, and Dublin-based Canovan Management Services.

He claims a representation agreement signed by him in December 2011 is not valid.

The agreement, he alleges, resulted in him paying more than $6.8m (€5.4m) based on "unreasonable" fee rates.

The defendants deny the claims and have counter-claimed for some $3m allegedly outstanding for off-course gross revenues and other sums allegedly outstanding.

Mum guilty of killing 3 children

A mother who suffocated her three disabled children before trying to kill herself because she saw no "way out of their joint suffering" will not face trial for their murder.

Tania Clarence (42) pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of Olivia (4) and twins Ben and Max (3) by diminished responsibility, but denied murder.

Clarence, who was not in court, will be sentenced on November 14 when she is likely to face a hospital order.

UN criticises Netanyahu

UN chief Ban Ki-moon has chastised Israel's prime minister on the issue of Jewish settlements and challenged Benjamin Netanyahu to show "leadership" and make compromises for peace.

Mr Ban cited Israel's recent announcement on new settlement construction plans for east Jerusalem, saying such construction was "in clear violation of international law".

Now Downton has Xmas album

Downton Abbey fans have seen the shows, bought the box sets and even sampled the wine - now they can buy the latest spin-off with a Christmas album.

The cast will feature on some recordings, along with a festive version of the ITV period drama's theme tune. Double album Christmas At Downton Abbey will be released next month.

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