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The Baltic state of Latvia is poised to get its first female prime minister after the President and leading parliamentary parties agreed on a single candidate.

England wait for return of `foreign legion'


Superb claret quiz : the winner

The effects of Latvian folk music on the growth of radish plants and The influence of sequential orgasm on the garden spider were only two of the many wrong answers we received to our mix 'n' match thesis titles competition. The correct entries alone, however, were enough to fill a large hole in any research budget. For those still longing to know the truth, it was, of course, holy water that effected radishes, and a tuning fork that influenced the spider.

Towers join the list of Jets victims

The champions London Towers joined Chester Jets' growing list of victims when they lost 91-86 at Wembley Court last night against the Budweiser League's most improved team.

England short of scorers

The England coach, Laszlo Nemeth, will depend on overseas-based players for his firepower and rebounding strength when his team face Latvia at Leicester on 30 October, in the first of three European Championship semi- final round group games before Christmas, writes Richard Taylor.

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Latvia 0 Scotland 2

Football: Brown fast running out of front-line options

Latvia lie in wait for the Scots tonight. Phil Shaw reports from Riga

SFA unhappy over live coverage of Scotland game

Television officials and football authorities are on a collision course over live coverage of next month's Scotland World Cup game in Latvia.

European Youth Tournament intermediary round


British coach is critical of refereeing

Ice hockey Great Britain 5 Latvia 6

TRAVEL : Lats take it nice and easy

Prague is passe. As Latvia shrugs off its grim Soviet past, its nightlife, Gothic architecture and Baltic beaches could make it the next tourist mecca of eastern Europe. Frank Gardner reports

Loss of key players costs England dear


Far-right vote startles Latvia

A German-born right-wing extremist who cannot speak Latvian won the second highest number of votes in the Baltic state's general election, causing political turmoil yesterday.

Latvia spring late surprise on Austrians

A goal two minutes from time by Arnands Zeiberlins gave Latvia a surprise 3-2 win over Austria in the European Championship Group Six qualifier in Riga last night.

Millar denied chance of Tour record


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