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Everton defender John Heitinga is determined to stay at the club and fight for his first-team place.

Album: Ry Cooder, Election Special (Nonesuch)

With Election Special, Ry Cooder extends the outraged political perspective of last year’s outstanding Pull Up Some Dust And Sit Down into election year, with another set of what he called that album’s “simple tools for citizens under siege”.

Terence Blacker: We are not just units of productivity, Mr Pickles

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Ravel's 'L'heure espagnole'

L'heure espagnole/ L'enfant et les sortilèges, Glyndebourne, East Sussex
Tête à Tête Opera Festival, Riverside Studios, London
The Francis Bacon Opera, Camden Arts Centre, London

Glyndeborne's double bill of Ravel operas captures the composer's delicate touch and ability to combine laughter and pain

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Tia Sharp: Police hold murder suspect after fourth search reveals body

Grandmother's partner is arrested - but questions are raised over why detectives did not make crucial discovery sooner

August 8, 2012: Asgeir Orn Hallgrimsson (L) #6 and Kari Kristjansson #3 of Iceland are dejected following their teams loss to Hungary

Handball: Hungary beat Iceland in epic quarter-final at the Copper Box

Iceland 33 Hungary 34 (after double extra time)

L’heure espagnole, ****; L’enfant et les sortileges *****, Glyndebourne Festival Opera, East Sussex

Ravel’s small, perfectly-formed oeuvre includes just two short operas, but the second, ‘L’enfant et les sortileges’, is a masterpiece.

Team GB's Perri Shakes-Drayton books 400m hurdles semi-finals spot

Londoner Perri Shakes-Drayton tonight powered into the semi-finals of the 400m hurdles, in the Olympic Stadium she can see from the end of her street.

Scorched earth: The River Platte, near Yuta, Nebraska, last week

Heatwave turns America's waterways into rivers of death

Falling water levels are killing fish and harming exports

South Korean fencer Shin Lam refused to leave the piste when she lost to a German opponent after a controversial last-second blow in the epee semi-finals

Fencing: South Korean Shin Lam to take a medal home after all

Sit-down fencer Shin A-lam will be going home with a real Olympic medal after all.

Friday 3, August: Victoria Pendleton of Great Britain celebrates after winning gold in the Women's Keirin Track Cycling final

Victoria Pendleton storms to Keirin gold

Victoria Pendleton claimed Great Britain's third gold medal in two days of competition at the London 2012 Olympic velodrome with a stunning triumph in the Keirin.

Carmelo Anthony scored 37 points against Nigeria

Basketball: USA 'Dream Team' score Olympic record of 156 points against poor Nigeria

An irresistible force met with a very moveable object yesterday and the result was a record-breaking scoring spree for the US men's basketball team over a hapless Nigeria at the Olympic Basketball Arena.

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Frank Skinner: My baby son is a tough audience

New father Frank Skinner says his baby son is his toughest audience to date.

Frank Skinner: Baby son is a tough audience

New father Frank Skinner says his baby son is his toughest audience to date.

Shin Lam was left distraught during the fencing last night

Fencing: Distraught South Korean Shin Lam sees protest rejected

The technical director of the Olympic fencing tournament has rejected the protest by the South Korean team over the incident which left Shin A Lam heart-broken and in tears during an hour-long wait for a verdict at the ExCeL last night.

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