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LG's G2 puts buttons on the back for easy access

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F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone with driver Sebastian Vettel at last year’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

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It's yet to happen, but when it does, surely the 2022 World Cup in Qatar will take some beating for a strange place to play the most prestigious sporting tournament in the world. Temperatures during the summer reach 50 degrees and the tiny alcohol restricted state will have to find some way to accommodate beer swilling fans from around the world.

Premier League chief Richard Scudamore wary of waging legal battle over winter World Cup

Moving the Qatar tournament would have a huge knock-on effect for domestic leagues

A positive mindset paid off for Usman Khawaja at Lord’s

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Red Bull Ring

Austrian Grand Prix reinstated into F1 calender

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The Christmas themed Truro Cathedral Shop opened in Truro today despite record summer temperatures

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Rising temperatures haven't stopped the opening of a new Christmas shop

More than 600 people have complained to the BBC after presenter John Inverdale suggested Wimbledon winner Marion Bartoli was “never going to be a looker”

Maria Miller writes to BBC to 'express concern' over John Inverdale's Marion Bartoli comments during Wimbledon

Inverdale remarked that the ladies' champion was 'never going to be a looker'

The Wigan team celebrate with the FA Cup (Ian Kingston/AFP/Getty Images)

BBC and BT Sport win rights to the FA Cup

ITV secure exclusive rights to England games from 2014

Luisa Zissman in the interview room on the Apprentice

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Warrington’s Lee Briers goes over for a try against Huddersfield

Cup specialists Warrington cruise into the semi-finals

Warrington 44 Huddersfield 24

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Humans had a sophisticated calendrical system thousands of years earlier than previously thought, according to new research.

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