Sport Czech tennis star Tomas Berdych beat third seed David Ferrer to move into the Australian Open semi-finals

The Czech star rattled through the first two sets before overcoming a brief blip in the third to beat the Spaniard 6-1 6-4 2-6 6-4 and book his place in the semi-finals

Kristen Stewart confessed falling in a 'momentary indiscretion' and cheats on Pattinson

Terence Blacker: The professor, the model and the human spirit

Paul Frampton's love for a young Czech woman has landed him in an Argentine jail for smuggling drugs

Laura Robson in action at Wimbledon

Tennis: Laura Robson and Heather Watson victories ensure changing of the guard for British women

The changing of the guard at the top of British women’s tennis is all but complete.

Britain's sailor Ben Ainslie crosses the finish line in a Finn class practice race

Ben Ainslie upbeat ahead of sailing challenge

Ben Ainslie has asked the race organising committee to make some changes ahead of Sunday's sailing race.

Fahim Mohammad, 11, can now travel to the Czech Republic to compete as French junior chess champion

Illegal immigrant who lived in tent conquers France as chess champion

When he arrived illegally in France from Bangladesh aged seven, Fahim Mohammad was just another pawn in the great game of emigration and asylum-seeking.

Tom Hodgkinson: 'Do women consider the ukulele sexy?'

Twitter is a terrible distraction for writers and journalists. The deadline is hanging over you and all you can do is waste time scrolling through hundreds of unsatisfying attempts at aphoristic wit.

Czech mate: Lukas Rosol failed to recapture the form that saw him beat Rafa Nadal on Thursday as he lost to Philipp Kohlschreiber in straight sets

Reality bites for rusty Rosol

After upsetting world No 2 Nadal, the Czech is blown away

Leading article: The bumblingly ineffectual side of the Cold War

Most of the "information" which, it has just been disclosed, the Tory MP Raymond Mawby fed to the Czech secret service was extraordinarily trivial – generally available in Hansard and Who's Who. His account of the leadership machinations within the Tory party was not much more than low-grade political gossip.

Defending champion Petra Kvitova moves into second round at Wimbledon

Petra Kvitova had to come from behind to make a winning start to the defence of her Wimbledon title on Centre Court.

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Euro 2012 hasn't all been good though, with several fans trying their best to mar the event and some players not setting the best example. After Mario Balotelli reported that he saw a steward picking up a banana from the corner of the pitch and heard monkey chants from the fans in Italy's 1-1 draw with Croatia, the Croatian Football Federation were fined £65,000. Other national football associations have been punished for the behaviour of their fans, and there were ugly scenes before Poland's match against Russia.

Uefa take action against Spain and Russia over racist chanting

UEFA have opened disciplinary proceedings against both the Spanish football federation and the Russian football union for the "improper conduct" of their supporters during Euro 2012 group matches.

Sport on TV: It's a tale of two Ronnies and a rocket to the stars

Jürgen Klinsmann has returned to our screens just in time to heap misery upon our burgeoning hopes. "Our favourite German," as Gary Lineker called him (Match of the Day Live, BBC1, Thursday) – the list is not a lengthy one – exudes the haughty assurance of a true winner, and immediately he raised the bar: "To be a special player you need to win a major trophy, the European Championship or the World Cup."

Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates victory over Czech Republic

Portugal 'ready for the fight' after reaching Euro 2012 semi-finals says Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo warned Portugal will be "ready for the fight" when they line up for next week's European Championship semi-final after his header beat the Czech Republic in Warsaw.

Ronaldo (left) gets the better of his marker Theodor Gebre Selassie as Portugal pushed to make the breakthrough

Different ball game for wandering genius Cristiano Ronaldo – but the same result

Cristiano Ronaldo may not have exactly arrived. But, in an international tournament, he has finally delivered. Repeatedly.

Christiano Ronaldo celebrates scoring a goal against Czech Republic

Cristiano Ronaldo ends Czech Republic resistance as Portugal advance at Euro 2012

Czech Republic 0 Portugal 1 (Ronaldo, 79)

Portugal headed for Euro semi-finals

Czech Republic 0 Portugal 1

Petr Cech and Cristiano Ronaldo

Czech Republic v Portugal: Euro 2012 match preview

In the first quarter-final of Euro 2012, Portugal take on the Czech Republic.

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