FA works to restore Cup final's status

David Bernstein, the Football Association chairman, is to hold talks with the Premier League in an effort to return the FA Cup final to its showpiece slot.

Budweiser become new sponsors of FA Cup

The Football Association today confirmed Budweiser as the lead partners of the FA Cup for the next three years.

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A new generation of American craft ales will take centre stage at next week's Great British Beer Festival. Will Hawkes asks, what's the secret of their success?

World Cup a brand bust for Kit Kat, survey finds

British consumers "put up an apparent two fingers" to Kit Kat, despite parent Nestlé splashing out £10m on the football-themed "Cross Your Fingers" World Cup campaign, Engage Research has found.

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Easyjet founder takes airline to court in row over branding rights

A simmering row between flamboyant entrepreneur Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou and the company he founded, easyJet, is to be taken to court in a battle which could limit the operation of the no-frills airline, and even lead to it losing its name.

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The drinks industry could be forced to put health warnings on alcohol under proposals published by the Government today.

Supermarket accidentally pays worker £1.4m

Bungling supermarket bosses have mistakenly paid an employee more than £1 million in wages.

Czech Republic: Travelling toast to a beer without peer

Order a beer at a restaurant or bar in the Czech town of Pilsen and unless you've carefully requested an ale, porter or stout, you'll probably be served the clear, golden brew behind many of the world's most famous brands of beer: Pilsner.

Stella sales jump by nearly 7 per cent in UK

The world's biggest brewing company today said UK sales of Stella Artois were back on track after a near-7 per cent rise in volumes between April and June.

John Walsh: Using only a fork just doesn't cut the mustard

Few domestic metal objects carry more precarious symbolism for the British than cutlery. Employing the wrong edge of the spoon to drink your soup, holding your knife like a fountain pen, putting a knife in your mouth, shovelling peas onto your fork – these are gaffes that consign you to social perdition, as surely as drinking tea out of the saucer. Adopting the American habit of using only a fork to eat your meal, however, represents a revolution in table manners that's both seismic and deeply unwelcome.

Claire Beale On Advertising: Free your mind for this essential holiday read

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UFC: Clitheroe Kid flunks shot at bonanza

Britain's best mixed martial artist has taken a heavy blow in a sport redefining the fight game. Guy Adams reports from Las Vegas

UFC 100: British hope Bisping hammered by Henderson

A fresh chapter in the history book of British fighters whose grandest ambitions turn to dust in Las Vegas was written late on Saturday, when one of our nation’s most feted pugilists came, saw and was comprehensively conquered beneath the bright lights of his sport’s biggest stage.



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