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Steward 'saves' referee from furious fan in Mexico

The supporter had entered the field of play to remonstrate with the official, only for the steward to intervene before it was too late

Memphis Depay

Memphis Depay reveals he was 'close' to PSG deal but Louis van Gaal swayed him to join Manchester United

Netherlands international will move to Old Trafford this summer in a £25m deal

Andy Murray beat Rafael Nadal in straight sets to win the Madrid Open

'Marriage works': Andy Murray identifies what's behind his change of fortunes on clay after winning Madrid Masters

The Scot beat Rafael Nadal to claim his second clay title of the year

Michael Timlin
Louis van Gaal

Manchester United qualify for Champions League... but finishing fourth and not third isn't ideal

Liverpool's result means Manchester United are certain of a top four finish

Ajax players walk on to pitch with their mums to celebrate Mother's Day

Dutch team make gesture ahead of Eredivisie match

Yaya Toure replaces Fernandinho and a place flies over the Etihad

Yaya Toure birthday: Planes and songs as no-one forgets Manchester City midfielder's big day

Ivorian has Happy Birthday sung to him by supporters

Jermain Beckford

Jermain Beckford goal: 50-yard screamer beats emergency-loan goalkeeper making his debut

Preston advance to the League One play-off final with 4-0 aggregate victory over Chesterfield

Liverpool’s Jordan Henderson and United's Wayne Rooney

Manchester United can qualify for the Champions League today, depending on Liverpool's result against Chelsea

A top-four position could soon be certain for the Red Devils

Joey Barton

What QPR must do to save themselves from Premier League relegation

Chris Ramsey's side in action against Manchester City today

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Sun, sex and an anthropological study: One British academic's summer of hell in Magaluf

Sun, sex and an anthropological study

One academic’s summer of hell in Magaluf
From Shakespeare to Rising Damp... to Vicious

Frances de la Tour's 50-year triumph

'Rising Damp' brought De la Tour such recognition that she could be forgiven if she'd never been able to move on. But at 70, she continues to flourish - and to beguile
'That Whitsun, I was late getting away...'

Ian McMillan on the Whitsun Weddings

This weekend is Whitsun, and while the festival may no longer resonate, Larkin's best-loved poem, lives on - along with the train journey at the heart of it
Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath in a new light

Songs from the bell jar

Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath
How one man's day in high heels showed him that Cannes must change its 'no flats' policy

One man's day in high heels

...showed him that Cannes must change its 'flats' policy
Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

Dominic Rossi of Fidelity says his pressure on business to control rewards is working. But why aren’t other fund managers helping?
The King David Hotel gives precious work to Palestinians - unless peace talks are on

King David Hotel: Palestinians not included

The King David is special to Jerusalem. Nick Kochan checked in and discovered it has some special arrangements, too
More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years

End of the Aussie brain drain

More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years
Meditation is touted as a cure for mental instability but can it actually be bad for you?

Can meditation be bad for you?

Researching a mass murder, Dr Miguel Farias discovered that, far from bringing inner peace, meditation can leave devotees in pieces
Eurovision 2015: Australians will be cheering on their first-ever entrant this Saturday

Australia's first-ever Eurovision entrant

Australia, a nation of kitsch-worshippers, has always loved the Eurovision Song Contest. Maggie Alderson says it'll fit in fine
Letterman's final Late Show: Laughter, but no tears, as David takes his bow after 33 years

Laughter, but no tears, as Letterman takes his bow after 33 years

Veteran talkshow host steps down to plaudits from four presidents
Ivor Novello Awards 2015: Hozier wins with anti-Catholic song 'Take Me To Church' as John Whittingdale leads praise for Black Sabbath

Hozier's 'blasphemous' song takes Novello award

Singer joins Ed Sheeran and Clean Bandit in celebration of the best in British and Irish music
Tequila gold rush: The spirit has gone from a cheap shot to a multi-billion pound product

Join the tequila gold rush

The spirit has gone from a cheap shot to a multi-billion pound product
12 best statement wallpapers

12 best statement wallpapers

Make an impact and transform a room with a conversation-starting pattern
Paul Scholes column: Does David De Gea really want to leave Manchester United to fight it out for the No 1 spot at Real Madrid?

Paul Scholes column

Does David De Gea really want to leave Manchester United to fight it out for the No 1 spot at Real Madrid?