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Basketball: France pull off overtime upset

France's women pulled off a thrilling upset against world No 2 side Australia to reach the last eight, but needed overtime after an incredible half-court buzzer-beater from Belinda Snell.

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Aintree's danger reduced but the challenge remains

Happily, the first ventures over the world's most scrutinised steeplechase obstacles since the Grand National back in April produced only the sort of summation of which Claud Cockburn would have approved: two races run at Aintree, not many fallers, none dead.

New PM faces hard battle to rescue economy

Mario Monti was appointed the new Prime Minister of Italy last night, succeeding Silvio Berlusconi and beginning the unenviable task of hauling Italy – and the euro – back from the brink.

Battle over future of Bridge goes to tense vote

The increasingly bitter battle for the ownership of the freehold for Chelsea's Stamford Bridge stadium will reach its conclusion today with neither side able to say last night with any certainty that they have carried the day.