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Pardew defends under-fire Ashley but admits his logic doesn't quite fit with the sport
If you are going to fork out $100 million on a boat, then it's only right that the America's Cup should be an impressive trophy to put on the mantelpiece. As befits a bauble with such a name, it's big and brash and verging on obesity. Never mind that it was won by an Australian skipper, Jimmy Spithill, and his British mastermind, Sir Ben Ainslie. After the Yanks won the first one in 1851, they have never even renamed it when another country has won it.
The England women's victory in the Ashes was arguably more of an achievement than the men's. It was completed across all three formats of the game – a multi-tasking Ashes, something the menfolk would obviously be incapable of – and they had to win the urn back off an Australian team who were actually half-decent.
There are few things which better distil the futility of existence and the unending presence of the cold, steely grip of death on your shoulder than being put on hold by your broadband provider.
Sky Sports are in no mood to let BT Sport settle into the Premier League broadcasting battle this season. With the announcement of the first set of televised fixtures, Sky have powerfully asserted themselves over the first weeks of the campaign. They are covering the prime sun loungers with their branded towels while, for now at least, BT are consigned to the shade.
Sir Alex Ferguson became manager of Manchester United 27 years ago, and that now feels like a completely different age.
BT wants to offer Sky Sports via YouView set-top boxes but says terms on offer are an abuse of Sky's market dominance
Top of the agenda for the Cameron, who goes into this week's G8 conference as president, is tax reform. We know that multinationals avoid paying their share. We also know it will be difficult to make them start. Can Cameron change the way that global finance works?
BBC and Sky share rights to the Formula One season
Currently a subscription is needed to watch Sky Sports
Dim view taken of Brooks telling defender to go and see away support at Emirates
Stephen Poliakoff and P G Wodehouse lead the way in a tough year for sofas everywhere
When the envelopes containing sealed bids for the new Premier League television contracts were opened, there was apparently "a gasp" at the size of them.
The Government will be "at least as transparent" about the work of special advisers as the Labour administration, Jeremy Hunt said as he announced the appointment of a new aide.
Rupert Murdoch brushed off his media scandals yesterday with a spectacular coup to maintain his grip on Britain's pay-TV market.
As Hunt is denounced in Commons for 'lying' over links with mogul and former chief executive charged with perverting justice, BSkyB scoops record £3bn TV deal on Premier League football