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The Northern Irishman struck a 63 in the opening round to put him nine under par

Beale brilliance gives Australia vital edge

Wales 16 Australia 25: Wales wallop the Wallabies in the scrum and breakdown but tourists' back three have too much creativity for Gatland's men

Steve Miller, Royal Albert Hall, London

The Joker's still making them smile

I owe Coyle a lot, admits Eagles after bitter return

Burnley midfielder is still grateful to former manager who received a hostile reception back at Turf Moor

No happy return to Burnley for Bolton boss Coyle

Burnley 1 Bolton Wanderers 0

The Business On... Margaret Cole, Director of Enforcement, FSA

The FSA? Does that still exist?

Derek Pain: Mears takes pride of place as markets are becalmed in doldrums

During my two weeks' absence – attending a granddaughter's wedding in Hungary – hopes have mounted that at least some of the old takeover momentum is returning. But with share turnover remaining in the doldrums, there has been little evidence of increased investor excitement. Still, it's been a fairly busy time for five constituents (and a former member) of the no pain, no gain portfolio. Pride of place must go to Mears, the support services group, which justified its comments that it had not experienced the difficulties that have so severely damaged its arch rival, Connaught.

Six and a Half Loves, Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh

This is lovely. Terry Saunders's bittersweet animated shorts "about perfect couples who can never quite fulfil their perfection" have become something of a cult hit on YouTube and are now brought to life by the comedian on stage.

Eamonn and Sherlock: Were the Holmes boys separated at birth?

King of the TV sofa, Eamonn Holmes hogged headlines when he rolled off his cushions to complain about comics making fun of his girth. His namesake Sherlock also grabbed publicity with the launch of a new mystery series on the BBC tonight. Chalk and cheese or peas in a pod?

Errors & Omissions: Sometimes it's better to get straight to the point

The "drop intro" is an ancient journalistic device, and none the worse for that. Dropping the main news point down to the second or third paragraph roots the story in daily life and leads the reader on with the feeling of a mystery unfolding.

Scheme to return sea eagles to Suffolk falls victim to budget cuts

A controversial project to reintroduce sea eagles to southern England has been scrapped in the first of the government budget cuts to impact on the natural environment.

Hook shoulders burden as Wales forced to make do without Williams

Shane Williams has been ruled out of Wales' Tests against South Africa and New Zealand with a shoulder injury. The Ospreys winger was not named in Warren Gatland's side to face the Springboks at the Millennium Stadium on Saturday due to the injury, allowing Leigh Halfpenny to reclaim his place in the starting XV.

Donald shows resilience with eagles to share early lead

Luke Donald bounced straight back from his Wentworth wobble yesterday to claim a share of the first-round lead in the Madrid Masters.

Police investigate golden eagle deaths

Wildlife detectives are investigating the suspected poisoning of three of Britain's rarest bird of prey, the golden eagle. The bodies of the birds were all found in the last week on the 3,000 hectare Skibo estate in the Scottish Highlands.

Album: Foals, Total Life Forever (Transgressive / Warners)

Subtle, slinky and smart – Foals turn into stallions

Veteran osprey lays her first egg of 2010

Britain's oldest breeding female osprey has produced her first egg of the season, wildlife experts confirmed yesterday.

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Mark Udall: The Democrat Senator with a fight on his hands ahead of the US midterm elections

Mark Udall: The Democrat Senator with a fight on his hands

The Senator for Colorado is for gay rights, for abortion rights – and in the Republicans’ sights as they threaten to take control of the Senate next month
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New discoveries show more contact between far-flung prehistoric humans than had been thought

Evidence found of contact between Easter Islanders and South America
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Cerys Matthews on Dylan Thomas

The singer reveals how her uncle taped 150 interviews for a biography of the famous Welsh poet
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Homebase has announced the closure of one in four of its stores. Nick Harding, who never did know his awl from his elbow, is glad to see the back of DIY
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Air New Zealand's wizard in-flight video

The airline has released a new Hobbit-inspired clip dubbed "The most epic safety video ever made"
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Pumpkin spice is the flavour of the month

The combination of cinnamon, clove, nutmeg (and no actual pumpkin), now flavours everything from lattes to cream cheese in the US
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11 best sonic skincare brushes

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Paul Scholes column: I'm not worried about Manchester United's defence - Chelsea test can be the making of Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo

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Frank Warren: Boxing has its problems but in all my time I've never seen a crooked fight

Frank Warren: Boxing has its problems but in all my time I've never seen a crooked fight

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Jamie Roberts exclusive interview: 'I'm a man of my word – I'll stay in Paris'

Jamie Roberts: 'I'm a man of my word – I'll stay in Paris'

Wales centre says he’s not coming home but is looking to establish himself at Racing Métro
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A crime that reveals London's dark heart

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Lost in translation: Western monikers

Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker. Simon Usborne, who met a 'Porridge' and a 'Vampire' while in China, can see the problem
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KidZania: It's a small world

The new 'educational entertainment experience' in London's Shepherd's Bush will allow children to try out the jobs that are usually undertaken by adults, including firefighter, doctor or factory worker