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Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Jacoby Jones (12) runs past San Francisco kicker David Akers (2) and Tramaine Brock (26) as he returns the kickoff for a touchdown during the second half of the NFL Super Bowl XLVII football game

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Beyoncé, Roseland Ballroom, New York City

Beyoncé may have severed business ties with her father Matthew earlier this year, but it will take more than the simple nullifying of a contract to remove the strong work ethic he spent almost 30 years instilling in his daughter. Ever since the singer's new album 4 emerged in June, it has seen stuttering sales and disappointing chart showings. This is all relative of course; 99.9 per cent of the world's performing artists would do cartwheels of celebration if they'd managed to shift a million albums in two months and scored two Top 30 singles in the US Billboard Chart. But for the Texan megastar, such achievements are piffling and have prompted this series of hastily arranged intimate club shows in an attempt to reboot the campaign.

T in the Park, Balado, Kinross

Amidst the Sunday mudbathing, the novelty of an almost completely redesigned site and some thrilling headline performances, this year's T in the Park was memorable for two very different sets that nailed the spirit of their times. One, although not quite up there with Glastonbury '95, was the latest instalment of Pulp's reunion tour on the Sunday evening, a poignant reminder of just how few contemporary pop artists write from the position of taking a close look at the world around them.

Beyoncé: a pop phenomenon that all women can be proud of

The beauty of Beyoncé's performance at Glastonbury was matched by the power of her message, says Harriet Walker

The many faces of Beyoncé

Tonight's headline act at Glastonbury captivates and puzzles at the same time

Beyonce Knowles drops dad as manager

Beyonce Knowles has dropped her father Mathew as her manager.

American football: Broncos and 49ers cross the pond to play for pride

The Denver Broncos only flew in yesterday for tomorrow's game at Wembley against the San Francisco 49ers, who arrived in London on Monday – the Broncos, perhaps, were hoping not to draw too much attention to themselves while the 49ers are probably happy to have been a long way from the Bay Area while baseball's Giants were basking in the glory of a World Series appearance.

James Lawton: A warrior who forged his reputation in the heat of Ashes battle

However spectacularly hard he strived to succeed on a certain day he would never be guilty of mistaking cricket for a branch of warfare

X Factor waltzes to victory in ratings battle

Ann Widdecombe's dance debut could not compete with the X Factor, with the ITV1 show pulling in almost 4 million more viewers.

Kelly Rowland - In control of her own destiny

No longer in the shadow of her former bandmate Beyoncé, Kelly Rowland is finding her solo voice in dance music. Matilda Egere-Cooper meets her

Lady Gaga sued for $30 million by jilted producer

A former producer to pop sensation Lady Gaga has sued his one-time protege for more than $30 million claiming he was instrumental to her success but unable to profit from it when their romance ended.

Beyoncé: Born to be a star

She's pop's biggest diva and a potent symbol of Obama-era America. Where might she take her dazzling talent next?

Vernon Forrest: Boxer who won world titles at two weights and was admired for his work with the disadvantaged

Vernon Forrest won world titles at two different weights, controlled his career by refusing to sign away his rights, was ignored by many of his generation's best fighters and is perhaps best known for his charity. Forrest was a well-known fighter and charity worker in his adopted city of Atlanta, and late on a Saturday night he was on his way home when he stopped at a Chevrolet petrol station in south-west Atlanta to put some air in a back tyre of his Jaguar.

Pandora: Barschak struggles at the Edinburgh Fringe

It Is just over six years since Aaron Barschak donned a merkin, pink dress and Osama bin Laden disguise to clamber over the walls of Windsor Castle and storm Prince William's 21st birthday party.

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