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Video explainer: The Independent explains exactly what Hamilton needs to do on Sunday to be crowned champion

Egypt election loser Ahmed Shafiq quits country

The loser of Egypt's presidential election has left the country with most of his family hours after an investigation was opened into claims he wasted public funds during his term as a minister in the former regime.

French Groupama team wins second leg of Volvo round the world race

Digging deep in the last 48 hours, the French Groupama team won its second leg in the Volvo round the world race, extended its overall lead, and enjoyed the especially sweet achievement of being first into its home port of Lorient in south Brittany.

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Paul Casey Ryder Cup hopes hit after withdrawing from US Open

Paul Casey’s season continued its downward spiral with his withdrawal from this week's US Open in San Francisco. Casey’s shoulder is not fully recovered from his snowboarding accident in January. Though he hopes to return later this month, the setback further reduces his chances of making the Ryder Cup team in Chicago in September.

Reigning world champion Ian Williams resumes winning form in Korea

Ian Walker holds lead in Volvo Ocean Race whilst Ian Williams takes command in Korea

Two British Ians had a good day at the helm with double Olympic medallist Walker holding the lead just 100 miles from the finish of leg seven of the Volvo round the world race and reigning world champion Williams leading the Korea match race championship as he started his 2012 defence.

The Mancunian candidates: Rival fans embrace before the meeting between the clubs last month

A City United in fevered anticipation

Whoever wins this afternoon, the Premier League title will stay in Manchester. Tim Rich reports

Take note: City have splashed Sheikh Mansour's cash but to many they have became an unloved team who have sacrificed everything for silverware

The Last Word: Why City no longer belong to me

The Tevez affair has cast a shadow over Blues season and, title or not, has left many fans yearning for purer times

Puma wins latest leg of Volvo round the world race

It went down to the wire but the American-flagged Puma won the sixth leg of the Volvo round the world race from Itajai, Brazil, to Miami.

Samir Nasri darts between United’s Paul Scholes and Park Ji-sung

Ji-sung Park gamble backfires as Alex Ferguson's timid Manchester United surrender the initiative

City exploit United's packed midfield which leaves Rooney isolated and frustrated in attack

Ian Williams and his Team GAC Pindar had to settle for fourth at the Extreme Sailing Series grand prix in Qingdao, China

Leigh McMillan wins Extreme Sailing Series in China

Britain’s Leigh McMillan completed an impressive four days to win the second event in the 2012 series of the Extreme Sailing Series in Qingdao, China.

Leigh McMillan at the 2008 Olympics

British Olympic sailor Leigh McMillan takes lead in Qingdao

British Olympic sailor Leigh McMillan swept into the lead on the third day of the Extreme Sailing Series regatta in Qingdao and Britain’s reigning world match racing champion, Ian Williams, pulled back up to third overall going into the final day.

Ian Williams takes Team GAC Pindar to the top of the heap half way through the Extreme Sailing Series in Almeria

Ian Williams makes solid start in Extreme Sailing Series

A solid start for Ian Williams’ GAC Pindar team put them in third place at the end of the first day of the Extreme Sailing Series regatta in Qingdao.

Andrew Strauss still has the backing of his players, according to Graham Gooch

Graham Gooch offers up a staunch defence of the batsmen

Batting coach insists players are still 'best in England' and that Strauss has full backing

Camper set to take time out in Volvo round the world race

The war of attrition that has seen damage hit the fleet hard now on four of the five legs of the Volvo round the world race is forcing Spanish/Kiwi entry Camper to take time out less than half way from Auckland to Itajai, Brazil.

Chris Nicholson's Camper secures first Volvo round the world victory in front of Auckland crowd

Spanish  boat Camper, which is managed and largely crewed by Team New Zealand, at last clicked to produce a convincing victory in front of tens of thousands of 'home' fans in the Auckland In-Port Race, its first win in the Volvo round the world race.

The America's Cup will take place in San Francisco

Revised plans avoid America's Cup confrontation

The crunch confrontation between organisers of next year’s America’s Cup and local opponents of a $55m waterfront redevelopment was avoided in San Francisco when a revised plan was announced by the mayor, Edwin M. Lee.

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