Jonny Marray (right) and Freddie Nielsen in doubles action yesterday

Marray takes earnings beyond £200k

Jonny Marray's fairytale year is over, but there were plenty of positives for the 31-year-old Briton to reflect upon following his defeat last night in the doubles semi-finals at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals.

Five Questions About: Retailers gift cards

They're great, aren't they? I'm handing out loads at Christmas

A detective from the Met's Sapphire sex crime unit has been detained

A nice little earner: Metropolitan Police force receives over £22m from sponsors

Britain's largest police force was handed private donations and sponsorship worth £22.7m over the last five years, it has emerged.

Rory McIlroy reacts after missing a birdie putt on the 18th green in Shanghai

McIlroy doffs his cap to revitalised rival Hanson

Just a month after failing to win a point at the Ryder Cup – and being left on the sidelines for three of the five sessions – Peter Hanson had the sweetest win of his career yesterday.

A man convicted of cashing more than £30,000 using cheques stolen from the illusionist Derren Brown was jailed for 16 months yesterday

Man jailed for cashing Derren Brown cheques

A man convicted of cashing more than £30,000 using cheques stolen from the illusionist Derren Brown was jailed for 16 months yesterday.

Editorial: Real shops can still have a place on the high street

Poor areas seem to lose the very shops that local people arguably need most

Arrest order for Kingfisher owner Mallya

A court in Hyderabad has ordered the arrest of the owner of Kingfisher Airlines for writing bad cheques for more than £1.2m.

David Cameron pledges to turn Britain into an 'aspiration nation' during Conservative Party Conference speech

In his 50-minute closing speech to the Tory conference, the Prime Minister rejected Labour’s portrayal of 'cartoon Conservatives who don’t care'.

Unions slam George Osborne's speech

The Chancellor was praised by Tory colleagues for his conference speech, but was angrily attacked by unions representing millions of workers in private firms and the public sector.

Branden Grace's sights set on Rory McIlroy

The South African Branden Grace completed a two-shot victory in the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship yesterday and immediately set his sights on topping the European money list.

Canvas opinion: David Price says Olympians are taking a risk by participating in the new World Series of Boxing

Boxing: Price tells Olympic stars to use spending power

It is exactly eight weeks since Britain's weekend of glory in the Olympic boxing ring. Time enough for the fistful of fighters who departed the ExCeL with medals draped around their necks to cash them in for the brighter lights and supposedly bigger paydays awaiting them in the professional game. But so far none has put pen to contract, and maybe some never will.

The Europa League trophy

Uefa ask clubs to refer to the Europa League as 'dramatic' and 'prestigious'

UEFA are asking club officials to boost the profile of the Europa League by telling managers and players to refer to the competition in glowing terms, it has emerged.

Growth in severe tenant arrears is slowing down

The number of tenants in severe arrears is now 99,000

Unite 'to recruit 5,000 to Labour'

The country's biggest trade union is on track to recruit 5,000 members into Labour this year under moves to “reconnect” with the party.

George Soros has pledged $1m for Barack Obama's campaign

George Soros pledges $1m for Barack Obama's campaign

Billionaire financier George Soros has promised $1m to the "Super PAC" group that is helping fund President Barack Obama's re-election bid.

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Amir Khan: 'The Taliban can threaten me but I must speak out... innocent kids, killed over nothing. It’s sick in the mind'

Amir Khan attacks the Taliban

'They can threaten me but I must speak out... innocent kids, killed over nothing. It’s sick in the mind'
Homeless Veterans appeal: 'You look for someone who's an inspiration and try to be like them'

Homeless Veterans appeal

In 2010, Sgt Gary Jamieson stepped on an IED in Afghanistan and lost his legs and an arm. He reveals what, and who, helped him to make a remarkable recovery
Could cannabis oil reverse the effects of cancer?

Could cannabis oil reverse effects of cancer?

As a film following six patients receiving the controversial treatment is released, Kate Hilpern uncovers a very slippery issue
The Interview movie review: You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here

The Interview movie review

You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here
Serial mania has propelled podcasts into the cultural mainstream

How podcasts became mainstream

People have consumed gripping armchair investigation Serial with a relish typically reserved for box-set binges
Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up for hipster marketing companies

Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up

Kevin Lee Light, aka "Jesus", is the newest client of creative agency Mother while rival agency Anomaly has launched Sexy Jesus, depicting the Messiah in a series of Athena-style poses
Rosetta space mission voted most important scientific breakthrough of 2014

A memorable year for science – if not for mice

The most important scientific breakthroughs of 2014
Christmas cocktails to make you merry: From eggnog to Brown Betty and Rum Bumpo

Christmas cocktails to make you merry

Mulled wine is an essential seasonal treat. But now drinkers are rediscovering other traditional festive tipples. Angela Clutton raises a glass to Christmas cocktails
5 best activity trackers

Fitness technology: 5 best activity trackers

Up the ante in your regimen and change the habits of a lifetime with this wearable tech
Paul Scholes column: It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves

Paul Scholes column

It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves
Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Club World Cup kicked into the long grass by the continued farce surrounding Blatter, Garcia, Russia and Qatar
Frank Warren column: 2014 – boxing is back and winning new fans

Frank Warren: Boxing is back and winning new fans

2014 proves it's now one of sport's biggest hitters again
Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton: The power dynamics of the two first families

Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton

Karen Tumulty explores the power dynamics of the two first families
Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley with a hotbed of technology start-ups

Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley

The Swedish capital is home to two of the most popular video games in the world, as well as thousands of technology start-ups worth hundreds of millions of pounds – and it's all happened since 2009
Did Japanese workers really get their symbols mixed up and display Santa on a crucifix?

Crucified Santa: Urban myth refuses to die

The story goes that Japanese store workers created a life-size effigy of a smiling "Father Kurisumasu" attached to a facsimile of Our Lord's final instrument of torture