Sport A snowboarder flies through the center ring of the Olympic Rings, triggering an explosion of snow and ice off the rings during the opening ceremony of the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, Canada.

Almaty, Krakow, Lviv and Oslo are the others hoping to stage the games

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Top-four finish priority for Chelsea confirms chief executive Ron Gourlay

The Blues remain in the Europa League and FA Cup

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Manchester United playmaker Shinji Kagawa wins inaugural Asian Player of the Year award

Japanese playmaker Shinji Kagawa won the inaugural Asian Football Confederation (AFC) International Player-of-the-Year award today.

Laura Robson and Heather Watson, the British No 1 and No 2, both won their opening qualifying matches in Beijing

Laura Robson and Heather Watson on course for China Open

Laura Robson and Heather Watson, the British No 1 and No 2, both won their opening qualifying matches in Beijing yesterday to move within one victory of places in the main draw for next week's China Open. Robson beat Spain's Garbine Muguruza (the world No 106) 6-3, 6-3, while Watson beat China's Ran Tian (world No 561) 7-5, 6-2.

Jack Wilshere hasn’t played now for almost exactly a year

Wilshere says he could be back in action next month

The Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere is still hopeful of returning to action by the end of August, despite the latest gloomy update from Arsene Wenger that the player's comeback is still so far off that he cannot even put a date on when he may play for the club again.

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Jack Wilshere says he could be back in action for Arsenal next month

The Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere is still hopeful of returning to action by the end of August, despite the latest gloomy update from Arsene Wenger that the player's comeback is still so far off that he cannot even put a date on when he may play for the club again.

Kaneria's ban goes global

International Cricket Council nations has agreed in principle to enforce on a worldwide basis Danish Kaneria's life ban for corruption.

Sri Lanka seal victory over Pakistan in the first Test yesterday

ICC reinforces DRS but India still resist

Game's most powerful nation expresses doubts over system, so finding global sponsor unlikely

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David Carradine's role as a Shaolin warrior monk in the early-Seventies American TV series Kung Fu sparked an interest in martial arts in the West, but few had the discipline to keep going.

Shard's WSP is snapped up by Canadian rival for £278m

WSP, the engineering consultancy that did the structural design on London's Shard tower, has agreed to be snapped up by Genivar, a smaller Canadian counterpart for C$442m (£278m) in cash.

Tear gas used as 25,000 rally for Malaysia reforms

Police unleashed tear gas and chemical-laced water today at thousands of demonstrators who staged one of Malaysia's largest street rallies in years, demanding fair rules for national elections expected soon.

Oosthuizen bounces back

Louis Oosthuizen produced the perfect response to his play-off defeat at the Masters by winning the Malaysian Open yesterday.

Louis Oosthuiz shines on opening day of Malaysian Open

South African Louis Oosthuizen shrugged off the disappointment of his Masters play-off defeat to Bubba Watson to make a strong start at the Malaysian Open today.

Hamza Kashgari was arrested while making his way to New Zealand

Saudi journalist left facing the death penalty over Twitter posts

Extradition goes ahead for newspaper columnist accused of blasphemy against the Prophet

Mark Thompson: The BBC director general has ordered an end to the practice of acquiring news programmes for 'low or nominal cost' after the BBC admitted breaches of its editorial guidelines and buying documentaries

BBC to issue global apology for documentaries that broke rules

Independent revealed programmes were made by third-party in pay of governments and firms

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