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Those magical Centre Court tickets were rather easier for some to procure than for others. Being Scottish helped, naturally: there was Alex Salmond, Scotland’s First Minister. Multiple Olympic gold medalist Sir Chris Hoy had a seat, as did the star of ‘The 300’, actor Gerard Butler. The latter had somehow colour co-ordinated his grey jacket with a non-Scot on his right, Hollywood idol Bradley Cooper, which perhaps explains the pair’s smug, sunglassed selfie, captured for posterity on Twitter.

Grand National photo-finish marred by deaths

Thousands of racecourse spectators and millions of TV viewers watched the closest Grand National in history today, but the event was marred by tragedy as big favourite Synchronised died after a fall.

The most unusual celebrity baby names

As Beyoncé and Jay-Z settle on 'Blue Ivy' for their newly born daughter, we look at the some of the more creative name choices for celebrity offspring

Man admits Coleen Rooney blackmail

A man has pleaded guilty to blackmailing Coleen Rooney in a case involving her son, a lost mobile phone and a gang intent on profiting from a series of family photographs.

The boot's on the other foot: how the humble Ugg went upmarket

They were once a must-have for anyone who couldn't be bothered to get dressed. Not any more, writes Harriet Walker

Top Tory's death at festival a mystery

A pathologist has been unable to determine how a senior Tory whose body was found in a Glastonbury Festival VIP toilet died, an inquest heard today.

Cameron 'devastated' by death of Christopher Shale

Prime Minister David Cameron said today he was "devastated" to hear of the death of his constituency chairman at Glastonbury Festival.

Prostitutes apologise to Coleen Rooney

The two prostitutes involved in the Wayne Rooney sex scandal made public apologies today to his wife Coleen.

Rooney in 'not playing away from home' shock

England star misses game for fear of abuse from rival fans over revelations about his private life

Ian Herbert: Ferguson can show once again he is the great man-manager

Well, that really was the easy bit. The pre-match stadium anthem in Basle on Tuesday night was Status Quo's "Whatever you Want", which neatly summed up the Swiss defence's generosity towards Wayne Rooney. Now, in the space of four days, he must encounter both his wife and Everton's fans, both of whom believe they have suffered the greatest act of infidelity imaginable. And looming into view behind those two obstacles are the massed supporters of Rangers and Liverpool – who are Manchester United's next opponents. Not really what Rooney wanted.

Judge kicks out £4.3m case against Rooney

Wayne Rooney today defeated attempts to sue him for £4.3 million. The Manchester United and England striker was accused of withholding commission on multi-million pound deals brokered by sports management firm Proactive, who used to represent him.

Fashion shock as Coleen Rooney wears black to Ladies' Day

Coleen Rooney shocked pundits and bookmakers today by donning a little black dress to Ladies' Day - the most important fashion date in the horseracing calendar.

Rooney was 'exploited' court told

Wayne Rooney was exploited when the teenage prodigy signed his first commercial contract, the boss of the players' union told a court today.

Rooney: Ferguson limits my sponsors

Striker reveals United manager's control over players as he fights £4.3m court case

£4.3m Wayne and Coleen Rooney court case adjourned suddenly

A court case in which Wayne Rooney and his wife Coleen are being sued for £4.3 million was abruptly adjourned today.

Wayne and Coleen Rooney sued for £4.3m after 'agent exploited them'

Millionaire footballer Wayne Rooney and his wife Coleen are being sued for £4.3 million after being "exploited" by his agent, a court heard today.

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