Sport Toby Flood has admitted it was 'a very tough decision' to leave Leicester for a French club

Fly-half has admitted it was “a very tough decision” to leave Leicester for a French club

Tyneside says goodbye to Newcastle Brown

Like coal, Newcastle Brown Ale will now be carried to Newcastle. Heineken, which now owns the beer, once as synonymous with the North East as the Gallowgate End, the Tyne Bridge and The Likely Lads, is to shift its production to North Yorkshire.

Saints could reap benefit of Hayes' 'stamp' on Healy

Northampton may receive some unexpected assistance from an Irish disciplinary panel today in their mission to beat the European heavyweights Munster in Saturday's Heineken Cup opener. John Hayes, Munster's influential prop, is in the dock for stamping on Leinster's Cian Healy on the weekend, an offence that earned the player nicknamed "The Bull" a red card.

London Irish expect Heineken test admits Booth

Toby Booth admits London Irish will be "tested from the outset" when they look to transfer their impressive domestic form into European club rugby's biggest arena.

Morrisons goes after foodies in revamp

The supermarket chain Morrison is to overhaul its non-food offer next spring, in a bid to attract more foodies.

David Usborne: What you see on US TV is what you're supposed to get

View from America: There were 117,976 placements on programmes in the first quarter of last year

Harlequins escape Heineken expulsion

Club cleared to play despite 'Bloodgate' but could still lose place in future European cups

Credit crisis diary: How long before Enron the musical?

Coming soon to the West End: Enron the play. The collapse of the energy business – and the subsequent criminal cases – should make compelling drama and there's certainly a stellar cast. Samuel West will take the part of Jeffrey Skilling, Enron's CEO, with Tom Goodman-Hill as CFO Andrew Fastow and Tim Pigott-Smith as chairman Ken Lay.

O'Connell confirmed as Lions skipper

Paul O'Connell has been confirmed as 2009 Lions captain while Wales skipper Ryan Jones has missed out altogether.

Heineken tackles costs as profits plunge and UK beer sales sink

Dutch brewer forced to write down over £660m as it battles global slump

Derek Pain: Some signs of hope for my bedraggled bunch

No Pain, No Gain

Beer peer calls for Bank to get its powers back to restore trust

One of the country's leading crossbenchers, Lord Bilimoria, will call for big changes to the Banking Bill when it goes to the Lords for its second reading on Tuesday.

Who needs skill when there's the 'Heineken moment'?

Andy Roddick looked on in amazement. The American had just pulled out of the Tennis Masters Cup after suffering an ankle injury in practice and was doing his duty by attending a press conference to explain his withdrawal. No doubt expecting to face a couple of questions from a handful of agency journalists, he walked into the interview room to find nearly 300 reporters and photographers waiting for him. "I wish I had this many people wanting to talk to me when I win a match," he said in astonishment.

Ruddock eager to help Worcester dine at the top table

There was a time when the French took a serious approach to Europe's second-tier competition; indeed, they had the first four finals entirely to themselves. It was Harlequins who broke the sequence, by winning in 2001. Since then, England have provided two-thirds of the finalists, and it will be an all-Premiership affair again tomorrow. Quins may not be there this time, but they are every bit as interested in the outcome as Bath or Worcester.

European Cup final: Sea of red-shirted fans can help Munster to taste Heineken glory

Battle with big hitters Toulouse should be one for the connoisseur

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Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect
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Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
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Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

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The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

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Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
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Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

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