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Ukrainian authorities have blocked the release of a film about Soviet footballers who defied Nazi Germany amid fears it could ignite explosive emotions just weeks before the country co-hosts the Euro 2012 tournament.

Snooker: Higgins poised for 'anxious' return to tournament circuit

World number four John Higgins is set to return from his six-month ban today to compete in the Euro Players Tour Championship in Hamm, Germany.

Jack Wilshere signs new Arsenal deal

England midfielder Jack Wilshere has signed a new "long-term" contract with Arsenal.

Putin can't disguise his two 'black eyes'

Was it a flying elbow during judo practice? A little nip and tuck? Or exhaustion from too many flights? Russian and Ukrainian media speculated feverishly yesterday over what could have caused two dark patches under Prime Minister Vladimir Putin's eyes. This was not just tabloid fodder – even the respected daily Kommersant joined in.

Snooker: John Higgins fined and suspended

John Higgins has been handed a six-month suspension from snooker and fined £75,000 after admitting breaching rules around betting.

Snooker: Higgins to learn fate in fixing probe

John Higgins will today reach the final stage in the quest to clear his name following the allegations of frame-fixing which stunned snooker. The three-time former world champion will face an independent tribunal at a hearing due to last two days, and hopes it will conclude with a judgement in his favour, allowing him to return to competition.

Redknapp cautious after European draw smiles on Spurs

Tottenham Hotspur were yesterday handed the easiest possible draw in the Champions League play-off, against the Swiss runners-up Young Boys Berne, the lowest-ranked team they could have drawn.

Men against Boys - Spurs get Swiss side Young Boys in Champions League

Tottenham's first European Cup match for almost half a century will be against Swiss side Young Boys following today's Champions League play-off round draw.

Seeded Spurs face dangers in Champions League draw

Tottenham Hotspur will be seeded for this morning's draw for the final qualifying round of the Champions League, although they could still face testing opposition as they bid to make the group stage for the first time.

Mary Dejevsky: They were always going to sort it out. So what was all the fuss about?

Even in so-called 'mature' democracies elections are treacherous territory for rulers

We were set up, say pair in 'match-fixing' scandal

The world of professional snooker normally spends the first bank holiday weekend of May basking in the sun of publicity that the World Championship final attracts. Instead it sits under a cloud, rocked by allegations that the reigning world champion, John Higgins, agreed to accept a bribe of £260,000 to lose frames.

Poisoner kills zoo's elephant

The only elephant in Kiev's zoo, 39-year-old Boy, died yesterday in his enclosure, apparently after being poisoned.

McCoy awakes to a world changed for ever

Plus ça change. He has finally got the monkey off his back, but the horses are going to have to wait a bit longer to get Tony McCoy off theirs. Yesterday the man who will shortly be confirmed as champion jockey for the 15th consecutive season celebrated the emotional climax of his career – and one of the modern sport's defining moments – by riding the winner of a maiden hurdle at Southwell.

The White Guard, National Theatre, London

Where 'Allo 'Allo meets Chekhov

Yanukovich declared winner in Ukraine poll

Ukraine's Central Election Commission has declared Viktor Yanukovich winner of the presidential election. The commission confirmed Mr Yanukovich had beaten Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko by 3.48 percentage points. Ms Tymoshenko has said she had proof of cheating by the Yanukovich camp in the run-off and vowed to contest his victory in court.

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