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Arizona's rains: Monsoon, moths, militia, and me

Every year, the rains arrive in southern Arizona and turn the arid desert into a home for millions of rare moths, spiders and snakes – not to mention the tens of thousands of collectors who hope to capture them. Douglas Main joins them.

Portfolio: Michael Whelan

Erb, says Michael Whelan, is quite the bocha player. The American invited the Scot to be his team-mate for a game – which is similar to lawn bowls – at his retirement village in Phoenix. "He's 90-something," reveals Whelan, "and he still had a killer arm on him."

Brandt Snedeker rises into top four

Brandt Snedeker has moved to a career-best fourth in the world after following up back-to-back runners-up finishes with victory at the Pebble Beach Pro-am.

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Rutherford plants new roots in Arizona

Greg Rutherford was retracing his family roots yesterday. The London 2012 long jump champion had his Olympic gold medal with him for the launch of the 2013 European Team Championships at Gateshead, across the Tyne from St James' Park, where his late great-grandfather won three top-flight titles as a flying winger with the footballing Magpies in Edwardian times.