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So near and yet so far, Britain’s Olympic sailing supremo Sir Ben Ainslie, four golds and a silver, had to give best to the first Italian winner of the Argo Group Gold Cup, winner of the penultimate Alpari World Match Racing Tour grand prix, Francesco Bruni.

Sir Ben Ainslie was unbeaten on the opening day of the Argo Group Gold Cup regatta, part of the Alpari World Match Racing Tour, in Bermuda

Sir Ben Ainslie and Ian Williams unbeaten on first day of World Match Racing Tour

Defending world champion Ian Williams is sharing the limelight this week with fellow Briton and race-track rival Sir Ben Ainslie. It at least leaves the other 18 teams competing in the World Match Racing Tour (WMRT) event to concentrate on the job in hand. 

Book review: The Bone Season, By Samantha Shannon

For all its ingenuity and imagination, the first episode in a magical series lacks the human touch

Norman Palmer’s brain, kidney and throat were missing when he was flown back to the UK

Briton's organs 'removed in Bermuda' without consent or knowledge of family

Norman Palmer, 57, died in hospital on the island after suffering respiratory problems

Scotland Yard hand over file on Australian Royal prank call to see if DJ duo committed offence

One half of DJ duo has also announced that she will take action against Southern Cross Austereo, her lawyer announces 

Sky Lantern (L) powers past the field to win the Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot

Lantern shines for Hughes to dispel doubts
and frustration

1,000 Guineas heroine gains spectacular win in Coronation Stakes under trademark ride

Frankie Dettori seeks a first Group One win since his return

Maureen can deliver Frankie Dettori redemption at Royal Ascot

Hearts will rule many heads tomorrow, albeit resistance should perhaps be fairly minimal anyway after events here. For it is not just sentiment that will unite punters behind two Warren Place runners who seek to emulate the success of Riposte. The form book, after all, gives Joyeuse and Disclaimer strong claims – quite apart from the air of destiny preceding both. But that does not alter the fact that those hard enough of heart might find better value elsewhere.

From left to right: Australian radio presenters Mel Greig and Michael Christian, and nurse Jacintha Saldanha who put through their prank call

Radio 'top jock' award for nurse death Australian prank DJ is 'disgraceful' says Keith Vaz

Michael Greig says regardless of the tragic events following the hoax, he is 'still at the top of his game'

Mel Greig (left) and Michael Christian (right), Australian 2Day FM presenters

Duchess of Cambridge phone hoax DJ Mel Greig will appear at inquest into death of nurse Jacintha Saldanha

Jacintha Saldanha, 46, was found hanged in central London nurses' quarters three days after the hoax phone call

Sydney-based 2DayFM radio presenters Michael Christian (L) and Mel Greig speak during an interview with Seven Network's current affairs program Today Tonight

Duchess of Cambridge hoax call DJs Michael Christian and Mel Grieg have show axed by Australia's 2DayFm

Southern Cross Austereo has replaced Christian and Greig's time slot with a new show

SIR MICHAEL WINNER:

Michael Winner: A life in quotes

Film director and food critic Michael Winner died today aged 77. Here is a selection of his most memorable quotes:

Jacintha Saldanha's widower Ben Barboza (centre) and her children Lisha (left) and Junal mourn during her funeral at a cemetery in Shirva

Jacintha Saldanha laid to rest, but family's hunt for answers goes on

Hundreds attend funeral at village where nurse who took her own life grew up

Nurse’s body flown back to India as thousands tipped to attend funeral

Husband and two children pay tribute to a 'kind-hearted, generous woman'

Body of Kate nurse flown to India for funeral

The body of the nurse found dead after being duped by a prank call to the hospital treating the Duchess of Cambridge has been flown to India for her funeral.

Jacintha Saldanha’s family at Westminster Cathedral

'There's an unfillable void in our lives': Family says goodbye Jacintha Saldanha

Children of royal-hoax nurse say tearful farewell at cathedral service

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