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Jerome Boateng, Franck Ribery and Thomas Muller were on target for the champions

Jol's joy after late Petric header opens gap at top

While Tottenham Hotspur flounder at the bottom of the Premier League with pressure increasing match by match on the manager Juande Ramos, his predecessor at the club, Martin Jol, sacked for not getting Spurs into the top four, continued his success with Hamburg yesterday, leading them to a late 2-1 win away to Energie Cottbus. The win moves them three points clear at the top of the Bundesliga and increases the pressure on struggling champions Bayern Munich.

Manchester City bid accepted for Kompany

Hamburg have accepted a bid from Manchester City for Belgium defender Vincent Kompany, according to the German club.

24-Hour Room Service: East Hotel, Hamburg, Germany

Not so long ago, if you'd suggested opening a hip upmarket hotel just off Hamburg's Reeperbahn, quite a lot of Germans would have thought you were mad. However, locals have always known that this notorious street is more than just the centre of Hamburg's lurid red light trade. It's also the hub of its thriving entertainment scene – and since it opened in 2004, East has been a leading player in the Reeperbahn's revival. Today, the surrounding area of St Pauli is Hamburg's liveliest district, and East has played a big part in its success.

Lucio error stops Bayern from taking full advantage

Bayern Munich edged four points clear in the Bundesliga after their customary ruthless touch deserted them in a 1-1 draw at home to Hamburg yesterday.

Song has no plans to retire despite cup final blunder

Cameroon players have refused to blame their captain Rigobert Song for their 1-0 defeat by Egypt in the African Nations Cup final.

Boxing: Calzaghe agrees Hopkins fight date over a hamburger

The fight was made six weeks ago but it was made official yesterday at a hamburger restaurant in London when Frank Warren confirmed that Joe Calzaghe will meet Bernard Hopkins for The Ring magazine's light-heavyweight belt in Las Vegas on 19 April.

Miles Kington: Opposite options... some more advice for the confused

Is global warming a good or bad thing? And are men really incapable of doing two things at the same time?

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EUROPEAN FOOTBALL: Hamburg win pounds 1.3m compensation

HAMBURG SV will receive two million euros (pounds 1.3 million) and be allowed to host an international friendly as compensation for a Cup defeat last year which was later found to have been fixed, the German Football Association (DFB) said last night.

Hamburg win £1.3m compensation

Hamburg SV will receive two million euros (£1.3 million) and be allowed to host an international friendly as compensation for a Cup defeat last year which was later found to have been fixed, the German Football Association (DFB) said last night.

Football: Whistle-blowers and fixers: scandal that casts a shadow on the World Cup

As Klinsmann's Germany build up to next year's tournament, the hosts face an urgent exercise in damage limitation

Boxing: Klitschko to fight Tyson in Hamburg

MIKE TYSON, the former world heavyweight champion, will fight Ukraine's Vitali Klitschko in Germany next August, according to Klitschko's manager, Klaus-Peter Kohl.

THE 50 BEST: JOIN THE CLUB FOR A WORLD OF PARTIES

Okay, you'd like to get down and boogie-oogie-oogie. But where? Do you look for fun, fashion or maximum beats per minute? To help you choose, David Sandhu asked our club connoisseurs to pick the heartiest parties around the globe. If their name's not on the list, you're not going in ...

Two minutes that could change your life (without ruining your eyesight)

1 Fly the 1.5 miles between the Orcadian islands of Westray and Papa Westray - at just two minutes, it's the world's shortest scheduled flight

At last - the column all the chimps are talking about

AT FIRST, my people wanted the full fortnight. Panabisha, they said, you are all over the Sunday papers as the first upper primate to be able to speak. This week you're hot. Next week, there could be some celebrity wedding or death; a talking bonobo chimp will be yesterday's bananas. Kington's away: go for the full fortnight at top rates.
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The hacker's tale: the slide into crime at the 'News of the World'

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