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The Kent slider finishes ninth in Konigssee, enough to finish the season as champion

James Moore: Balfour's reputation gets a battering after shake-up problems

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Sport on TV: David Lloyd's curiouser ramblings killed the duck, not the cat

There seems to be an acknowledgement that England's Test series in New Zealand isn't particularly interesting. In a double Ashes year this might be understandable. The highlights on Sky Sports are only an hour long instead of two, and in the live transmission David Lloyd is on a campaign to keep viewers awake: "What time is it now? Twenty past 11? Have some discipline. Make a cup of coffee!" He's as manic as the White Rabbit in Alice in Wonderland, but when he pops down the hole again to go Down Under next winter he won't need to keep reminding us to keep our eyes open for the Ashes.

Schapiro joins General Electric board

General Electric has nominated Mary Schapiro, a former chairman of financial regulator the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), to its board.

Marni has launched its first fragrance in hands of Carolina, the daughter of founder and creative director, Consuelo Castiglioni

The scent of Marni: Italian label launches its first fragrance

The enigmatic Italian fashion label has launched its first fragrance, and it's worth sniffing out, says Naomi Attwood

Album review: My Bloody Valentine, mbv (mybloodyvalentine.org)

What's he building in there? This. For 22 years, the unproductivity of Kevin Shields and MBV has been one of rock's running jokes. Suddenly, late last weekend, mbv was sprung upon a startled world. And, as befits a band who last recorded in the age of attention spans, it's an album that demands you switch off your smartphone and immerse.

Heather Watson’s Australian Open hopes were ended by world No 4 Agnieszka Radwanska in straight sets yesterday

Heather Watson determined to learn from world No 4's subtle lesson

Top Briton undone by Radwanska's clever tactics but vows to build on Australian adventure

James Moore: Chancellor won’t get hammered in auction

It's a risky thing to set a target price for an auction as the Government has done with the sale of bandwidth for 4G mobile phone broadband services.

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You're evicted! Hundreds displaced from favela as Rio builds up to Olympics

Donald Trump's luxury towers to be latest edition to Brazilian city's skyline

Buffett's $1.2bn buyback

Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway spent $1.2bn (£971.5m) today to buy back shares from the estate of an unnamed investor.

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Asil Nadir must pay back £5m - or face a further six years in jail

Disgraced tycoon Asil Nadir was today ordered to pay back £5 million of the money he stole from his Polly Peck business empire - or face a further six years' jail.

'Mixed emotions' for returning Ashton

While Britain's ash trees are in danger from a deadly fungus, the man known as "Ashy" survived his first visit with Saracens to his old club with "mixed emotions". Chris Ashton, Saracens' England wing, said he heard "a lot of booing" from the Franklin's Gardens crowd who had once cheered his 93 tries in four years as a Saint.

CWC in talks to sell off Macau stake

Cable & Wireless Communications yesterday said it is in talks to sell its stake in its Macau operation in a deal which could raise £400m.

Scardino prepares to quit Nokia after leaving Pearson

Days after announcing her departure from the helm of Financial Times owner Pearson, Dame Marjorie Scardino is preparing to give up a second high-profile role.

The European players celebrate on their way to winning the Ryder Cup yesterday

Cool as ice, Kaymer sinks putt on the 18th to win Cup for Europe

Unbelievable theatre, unimaginable tension, barely credible outcome. From the outer limits of probability Europe conjured the magic number 14 to retain the Ryder Cup. The impulse is to write that twice to make doubly sure. All around Medinah folk of a European persuasion were asking how this could happen. Perhaps the answer was tattooed across the sky.

Platinum miner aims to dig up $1bn of cash

Crisis-hit platinum miner Lonmin is gearing up for a $1bn rights issue to repair its ailing balance sheet just days after violence pushed the death toll at its Marikana mine in South Africa to 44.

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