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The British Championship ended in a triumph for Chris Ward, whose last-round draw with Mark Hebden gave him an unbeatable score of 9 out of 11. The runner-up was Jonathan Parker on 81/2, with Aaron Summerscale in third place on 8. So none of the three grandmasters in the event featured among the top three. Matthew Sadler and John Emms were among the group sharing fourth place on 71/2, and Mark Hebden was a further half-point behind.

Stefan Kuntz equaliser was first international goal for 21 months

The equaliser by Stefan Kuntz for Germany against England was his first

Carling warns of strain on players

Will Carling, who gave up the England captaincy in March, has warned English rugby clubs against over-stretching their best players and repeated his appeal for "super clubs".

Biotrace fires chief after pounds 1.5m loss

Biotrace fires chief after pounds 1.5m loss

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Two depart as ACT shares slide

Shares in ACT, the computer software group, crashed to a new low yesterday, after a profits warning and a boardroom clearout that saw the departure of Mike Hart, group managing director. The company, formed out of the old Apricot computer hardware business, said its profits for the year to March would be substantially below market expectations, because of poor trading in the UK and restructuring costs of £3m. Brokers chopped their forecasts from around £25m to £16m and the shares, which stood at a high of 187p 10 months ago, dropped 18p to close at 74p.

Numbers that never add up

The head of the Government Statistical Service, Bill McLennan, is concerned that there is little public confidence in the official unemployment statistics. Controversy over continual changes to the definition of who is out of work has prompted an inquiryby the Royal Statistical Society.

Health Update: Contraception the warmer way

Mild heating of the testicles every day could prove an effective new form of male contraception, say French researchers in the International Journal of Andrology. They taught nine men to lift and maintain the testicles close to the inguinal canal, in the groin, using body heat to raise the temperature. Over a period of 17 months only one pregnancy occurred among the men's partners, when one man stopped using the method.

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Ta TUM ta-ta-ta-ta-ta ta-ta-ta tum Tum,' says Johnny Hutch, the septuagenarian acrobat and vaudeville star, demonstrating a little dance routine to a group of aspiring young workshoppers in a sweaty dance studio in King's Cross. 'Don't worry about the shuffles, they'll come naturally once you know the beats.'

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