Sport Spain won the UEFA EURO 2012 trophy

The games involving Les Bleus will be classed as friendlies

O'Brien: 'Everything fine with the Duke'

If the bookmakers' tom-toms are to be believed, then Duke Of Marmalade's attempt at a record-breaking sixth successive Group One victory in a season at Leopardstown on Saturday is not going to take place. Yesterday morning, the four-year-old was a solid odds-on shot, between 1-2 and 8-13 in the lists, for the Irish Champion Stakes; by mid-afternoon he had been trading at as high as 3-1 on the exchanges.

Newmarket: Iron Duke shows his mettle to nail fifth Group One success

Some horses are not so much foaled as hewn, and Duke Of Marmalade is among their number. Even his trainer, Aidan O'Brien, stands in awe of the four-year-old's staggering resilience and durability, qualities that would rank him high on the Mohs scale. "They always say that tough horses are made of stone, don't they?" said the Irishman. "I can tell you that this one was carved from something much, much harder. I can't believe he's just flesh and blood."

The airports that make you pray for a delay

"You can check out anytime you like/ but you can never leave..." Suppose you found yourself, as in The Eagles' "Hotel California", lost in transit. These are the optimum airports in which to face an indefinite delay.

The Neanderthal murder mystery

Why did Neanderthal man become extinct? Was it interbreeding with humans? Or did our ancestors wipe them out? Steve Connor reports on a fossil that may solve the puzzle

Gibraltar's ruling elite puts top judge in the dock

Chief justice claims dossier of charges against him is malicious, as tribunal meets to hear complaints stretching back a decade

Nine British soldiers injured in 'friendly fire'

Nine British soldiers have been injured in Afghanistan after coming under fire from one of their own helicopters.

Nelson scuppers rivals to give O'Brien more Group One glory

For Aidan O'Brien, the glorious 12th came over a month early. He and his all-conquering team from Co Tipperary have been ubiquitous at the top level this year and yesterday's whisker-wide triumph by Mount Nelson in the Eclipse Stakes took their Group One total more than halfway to the record tally of 23, posted in 2001. It would be a bold soul to say No 13 will not come this afternoon, when King Of Rome contests the German Derby at Hamburg.

Last Night's TV: The women in a class of their own

Class of 62 – from 16 to 60, BBC2; Warship, FIVE

Spring Migration: take your seats for one of the greatest shows on earth

The spring migration is under threat, but it's still an amazing spectacle, best seen from this British outpost, says Michael McCarthy

All that glisters: Behind the scenes at V&A's jewellery gallery

As the V&A unveils its new jewellery gallery, Carola Long delves into its glittering archives, and goes behind the scenes at Cartier’s workshop


The Rock has been in British hands for more than 300 years, but is now forging a new cosmopolitan identity. Dodge the Barbary apes and discover 'Gib', says Richard Madge

Boycott call as Gibraltar decides to cull monkeys

Gibraltar is to cull 25 of the monkeys that form arguably the Rock's biggest tourist attraction, because they are becoming a public nuisance and carry a health risk for tourists.

Franco-Irish pairing win first ever Barcelona World Race

Nerves were jangling all the way to finish line here last night as the Franco-Irish pairing of Jean-Pierre Dick and Damian Foxall became the first ever winners of the Barcelona World Race. It left the Anglo-Australian team of Alex Thomson and Andrew Cape considering what might have been.

Goldman fights to stay in BAA bid battle

Ferrovial wins board backing for 950p-a-share offer. Stub equity offered. £100m break fee
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Middle East crisis: We know all too much about the cruelty of Isis – but all too little about who they are

We know all too much about the cruelty of Isis – but all too little about who they are

Now Obama has seen the next US reporter to be threatened with beheading, will he blink, asks Robert Fisk
Neanderthals lived alongside humans for centuries, latest study shows

Final resting place of our Neanderthal neighbours revealed

Bones dated to 40,000 years ago show species may have died out in Belgium species co-existed
Scottish independence: The new Scots who hold fate of the UK in their hands

The new Scots who hold fate of the UK in their hands

Scotland’s immigrants are as passionate about the future of their adopted nation as anyone else
Britain's ugliest buildings: Which monstrosities should be nominated for the Dead Prize?

Blight club: Britain's ugliest buildings

Following the architect Cameron Sinclair's introduction of the Dead Prize, an award for ugly buildings, John Rentoul reflects on some of the biggest blots on the UK landscape
eBay's enduring appeal: Online auction site is still the UK's most popular e-commerce retailer

eBay's enduring appeal

The online auction site is still the UK's most popular e-commerce site
Culture Minister Ed Vaizey: ‘lack of ethnic minority and black faces on TV is weird’

'Lack of ethnic minority and black faces on TV is weird'

Culture Minister Ed Vaizey calls for immediate action to address the problem
Artist Olafur Eliasson's latest large-scale works are inspired by the paintings of JMW Turner

Magic circles: Artist Olafur Eliasson

Eliasson's works will go alongside a new exhibition of JMW Turner at Tate Britain. He tells Jay Merrick why the paintings of his hero are ripe for reinvention
Josephine Dickinson: 'A cochlear implant helped me to discover a new world of sound'

Josephine Dickinson: 'How I discovered a new world of sound'

After going deaf as a child, musician and poet Josephine Dickinson made do with a hearing aid for five decades. Then she had a cochlear implant - and everything changed
Greggs Google fail: Was the bakery's response to its logo mishap a stroke of marketing genius?

Greggs gives lesson in crisis management

After a mishap with their logo, high street staple Greggs went viral this week. But, as Simon Usborne discovers, their social media response was anything but half baked
Matthew McConaughey has been singing the praises of bumbags (shame he doesn't know how to wear one)

Matthew McConaughey sings the praises of bumbags

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7 best quadcopters and drones

Flying fun: 7 best quadcopters and drones

From state of the art devices with stabilised cameras to mini gadgets that can soar around the home, we take some flying objects for a spin
Joey Barton: ‘I’ve been guilty of getting a bit irate’

Joey Barton: ‘I’ve been guilty of getting a bit irate’

The midfielder returned to the Premier League after two years last weekend. The controversial character had much to discuss after his first game back
Andy Murray: I quit while I’m ahead too often

Andy Murray: I quit while I’m ahead too often

British No 1 knows his consistency as well as his fitness needs working on as he prepares for the US Open after a ‘very, very up and down’ year
Ferguson: In the heartlands of America, a descent into madness

A descent into madness in America's heartlands

David Usborne arrived in Ferguson, Missouri to be greeted by a scene more redolent of Gaza and Afghanistan
BBC’s filming of raid at Sir Cliff’s home ‘may be result of corruption’

BBC faces corruption allegation over its Sir Cliff police raid coverage

Reporter’s relationship with police under scrutiny as DG is summoned by MPs to explain extensive live broadcast of swoop on singer’s home