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.

Observations: Mussorgsky classic gets drowned in sound

Inspired by the Two Moors Festival's mishap on Dartmoor in 2007, with its long-awaited £26,000 Bösendorfer – the highly-skilled, professional piano-movers dropped it off the back of their lorry and left it for dead – BBC Music Magazine recently ran a cheery piece about other stories of cruelty to pianos. Sawn in half, catapulted across a desert, dropped into a Swiss lake... there's no end to the indignities this supremely dignified instrument has been subject to.

Ferdinand's fumble ends winning run

Ukraine 1 England 0: Defender's wretched start to the season continues with error that consigns 10-man England to defeat and raises old worries

The Dogs and the Wolves, By Irène Némirovsky, trs Sandra Smith

This pre-war novel fails to match the author's best

Ukraine launch a late bid for second in space-race city

Shevchenko seeks to blast Croatia out of play-off place at site of Soviet rocket project

10-man Inter cannot end Mourinho's winless streak


Eurozone: Mourinho's cold snap and other Champions League pointers

It's not quite the Siberia some of Jose Mourinho's adversaries back in Italy would like to send him to but tonight's trip to Kazam, in deepest Russia, will provide a stern test for the Special One's walking wounded.

White Guard, By Mikhail Bulgakov

Marian Schwartz's pacey and compelling new tranlsation of this most unstuffy classic captures a wonderful chrocicle of the Russian Revolution and its aftermath as a colourful, absurd and even merry cocktail of nightmare and farce.

Sam Wallace: Shevchenko remains unabashed amid embarrassment of riches

Talking Football: Shevchenko is a reminder of Chelsea's excesses, when they were taken for every penny

Small Talk: Untangling the web at Cadogan

What a task Ian Baron has on his hands. Since being appointed in March as chief executive of Cadogan Petroleum, the Alternative Investment Market-listed oil and gas exploration group with operations in Ukraine, Mr Baron has had to deal with a sea of troubles: he has stopped spending money on operations while conducting a review of the company's activities, has launched legal proceedings against his predecessor over allegations of "improper payments" made to the group by suppliers, and to cap it all, Mr Baron was beaten up by as-yet-unknown assailants in Kiev.

Ready happy returns: The instant meal celebrates its 30th birthday

Thirty years ago, the first chicken Kiev rolled off the production line and Britain had its first taste of an instant meal – an innovation that would change the way we eat forever.

You have to look at bigger picture, says Baltacha

Elena Baltacha yesterday launched a stirring defence of British tennis as she prepared to launch a bid for a place in the third round of Wimbledon. The Kiev-born 25-year-old is the only home survivor in the women's singles, while Andy Murray flies the flag for Britain's men after nine out of 11 players fell at the first hurdle.

Kleber quiet on Liverpool deal

Cruzeiro forward Kleber has said that he does not want to answer any more questions about a possible move to Liverpool with his club insisting that they want to keep him.

Kleber claims Liverpool are trying to sign him

Cruzeiro forward Kleber has claimed Liverpool are attempting to sign him.

Platini warns that Kiev may lose Euro 2012 final

Kiev could lose the right to stage the final of Euro 2012 while three other Ukrainian cities must prove their suitability to stage matches in the competition, the Uefa president, Michel Platini, said yesterday.

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