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Sport Belgium midfielder Kevin De Bruyne has secured a transfer to Wolfsburg

De Bruyne joined Chelsea for £7m with reports in Germany claiming Wolfsburg have spent £16.7m on the Belgian who has made just nine appearances for the Blues

Football: O'Neil back with a touch of German steel

Phil Gordon explains how the Bundesliga has rebuilt a career

Football: Hendry has to wait

THE RANGERS manager, Dick Advocaat, has told the Scotland defender Colin Hendry that he will have to fight for his place like other members of his first-team squad.

Football: McAllister's rough ride hurts Brown

GARY McALLISTER'S international career, which has brought him 57 caps and has seen him become Scotland's outstanding player of the 1990s, hangs in the balance today as Craig Brown considers his response to the home supporters' booing of his captain during Wednesday's 2-1 home defeat by the Czech Republic.

A sorry state

The column: Howard Jacobson knows he ought to apologise to many people, but top of the list is a creature he loved and lost - a rough, tough cat by the name of Wolfgang

Obituary: Lord Newborough

ON 28 March 1942, Sub-Lieutenant "Micky" Wynn, later Lord Newborough, played a decisive part in the most spectacular and daring seaborne raid of the Second World War. The target was St Nazaire, the only port on the Atlantic seaboard where the newly completed German battleship Tirpitz could be docked.

From merchants to millionaires

Shops may have replaced the ships, but water is still Hamburg's raison d'etre. By Sarah Gracie

EQUESTRIANISM: Virtual Village bounces back

JOHN WHITAKER and Virtual Village Welham, his Olympic mount, made a triumphant return to international showjumping when winning yesterday's Woodpecker Shavings Golden Jubilee Trophy on the second day of The Horse of the Year Show.

Old king Kohl urged to fight one more time

THERE was no relaunch, not even a facelift. Chancellor Helmut Kohl, 68-years-old and 16 years in office, sought yesterday to energise his bedraggled army with the promise of more of the same, and was rewarded with the longest standing ovation of his career.

Tuesday's book: Winter Sea by Alan Ross (Harvill, pounds 14.99)

Wrapped in their atmospheric Paul Nash dust-jackets, the fragmentary and delightfully idiosyncratic memoirs of Alan Ross - poet and writer, editor and publisher, sailor and cricketer - have provided some of the most evocative autobiographical writing of the past decade. This latest volume has a distinctly maritime flavour, and the wartime memories recalled after 50 years mostly concern North Sea or Baltic cities. The book opens with Ross aboard a steamer bound for Tallinn, contemplating the scatter of islands, "wooded and rounded like porcupines", or which "loll like submarines or seals". He casts his mind back to a visit in 1945 and remembers a dead friend, the mysterious and elegant Korvetten-Kapitan Schlemmer, who had retired to Estonia. The smell of the Baltic, he writes, is "a fusion of salt, sand dunes, pine trees and tar".

Letter: Thanks to Europe

Phyllida Barstow is overly despondent about the "dead hand of the European Union".

Court strikes blow for career women

A court in Luxembourg struck a blow for women's right to jump the job-queue, shattering glass ceilings in offices across the continent. The all-male judges of the European Court ruled yesterday that positive discrimination was a Good Thing; that unequal treatment of job applicants was an acceptable means for achieving "equal opportunity".

Life of muck and mirth

show-jumping's travelling entertainer, Geoff Billington

Obituary: Matthew Sullivan

Matthew Barry Sullivan, writer and broadcaster: born Toronto 7 June 1915; married 1947 Elizabeth Dayley (four sons, two daughters); died Darlington, Co Durham 7 September 1997.

Obituary: Wolfgang Fassler

Like many another heroic tenor, the Austrian singer Wolfgang Fassler started his career as a baritone, before becoming a stalwart interpreter of Wagner's Lohengrin, Tannhauser, Wal-ther, Tristan, Siegmund and the Gotterdammerung Siegfried, with which he made his Covent Garden debut in 1996.

First hint of Tsar's lost trove

The 50-year quest for the lost treasure of the tsars has yielded its first clue - a gold-framed mosaic identitied by Russian and German experts yesterday as the only known remnant of the Amber Room.
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