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Hodgson open to late change of World Cup base

Andy Murray holds the trophy aloft for the fans on Centre Court

Wimbledon 2013: Andy Murray could teach other players about coping with the burden of expectation

Middle England delighted as Scot climbs the final Everest for British sport

Bradley Cooper, left, and Gerard Butler, right

Wimbledon Men's Final 2013: How did THEY get a ticket? Bradley Cooper and Gerard Butler among the celebrities spotted on Centre Court

Those magical Centre Court tickets were rather easier for some to procure than for others. Being Scottish helped, naturally: there was Alex Salmond, Scotland’s First Minister. Multiple Olympic gold medalist Sir Chris Hoy had a seat, as did the star of ‘The 300’, actor Gerard Butler. The latter had somehow colour co-ordinated his grey jacket with a non-Scot on his right, Hollywood idol Bradley Cooper, which perhaps explains the pair’s smug, sunglassed selfie, captured for posterity on Twitter.

Brydan Klein lost yesterday in the first round of qualifying for the French Open

Britain facing 19-year low at French Open

Britain will be without a player in the men's singles at the French Open for the first time for 19 years if Andy Murray fails to make it to the start line next week. The 26-year-old Scot will decide today whether to risk his troublesome back after retiring in mid-match from last week's Rome Masters.

Paul McGinley with Rory McIlroy at the Vivendi Trophy in 2009

Draper seeks to serve up the net gains from a glorious 12 months

Revelling in the success of a remarkable year would be easy. But Roger Draper’s responsibility as chief executive of the Lawn Tennis Association is not just to the top of British tennis and the present, but to the roots of the game and its future too.

Fish pedicure, £49

More money than sense! What to get those who have everything

Genevieve Roberts and Tara Mulholland find out if the latest beauty treatment fads are worth it

Red Hot Chili Peppers, O2, London
Chic, Forum, London

The Eagles of funk metal haven't noticed that their sound – and their puerile jokes – stopped being entertaining years ago

Greg Rusedski: Hard to separate rivals in all-time classic

How The Men Match Up

Webchat: Greg Rusedski's fatherhood tips

The tennis legend shares his top tips on being a great dad ahead of Father’s Day in today's live web TV show

Cilic injury puts Andy Murray into Queen's semi-finals

Andy Murray was today given a walkover into the semi-finals of the AEGON Championships after Marin Cilic withdrew from the tournament with an ankle injury.

Draper pleads for more time to raise British game

Roger Draper celebrated his fifth anniversary as chief executive of the Lawn Tennis Association this week but insisted yesterday that he should not be judged for another five years. While Britain's men, with the exception of Andy Murray, are less successful than when he took charge, Draper said it was too early to assess his reforms. "I've always said it takes 10 years to transform a sport," Draper said at the National Tennis Centre at Roehampton.

Sport on TV: Whatever happens to Gav on the pitch, it'll never be all over

The most eagerly awaited television contest of the year for sporting personalities is decided by you, the people. And you have spoken. So last weekend Gavin Henson had to pack away his dancing clothes and cans of spray tan after being voted off Strictly Come Dancing (BBC1, most nights) in the semi-finals. He now has only an imminent return to rugby union with Saracens and a possible recall to international duty with Wales to look forward to.

Business Diary: Can Tim and Greg take on the City?

Note to Tim Henman and Greg Rusedski: this could be the easiest way to earn big bucks for charity you've ever come across.

LTA rejects star names for Davis Cup jobs

Britain's next Davis Cup captain and coach are likely to be appointed from within the Lawn Tennis Association after the governing body's main board yesterday backed long-term plans put forward by Steven Martens, the player director, in the wake of the national team's humiliating defeat against Lithuania earlier this month.

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Bribery and abuses of power soar in China

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BBC takes viewers back down memory lane

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Nicolas Cage shines in low-budget drama Joe

Cage plays an ex-con in David Gordon Green's independent drama, which has been adapted from a novel by Larry Brown
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Make your own ice lollies and frozen yoghurt

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Fiesta is UK's most popular car of all-time

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Five things we’ve learned so far about United under Van Gaal

It’s impossible to avoid the impression that the Dutch manager is playing to the gallery a little
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Screwing your way to the top?

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Will Britons fighting in Syria be able to resume their lives?

Tony Blair's Terrorism Act 2006 has made it an offence to take part in military action abroad with a "political, ideological, religious or racial motive"
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Beyoncé poses as Rosie the Riveter

The wartime poster girl became the ultimate American symbol of female empowerment
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The quest to find the perfect pair of earphones

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Meet the US Army's shooting star

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