French Groupama team wins second leg of Volvo round the world race

Digging deep in the last 48 hours, the French Groupama team won its second leg in the Volvo round the world race, extended its overall lead, and enjoyed the especially sweet achievement of being first into its home port of Lorient in south Brittany.

Party time: Greece players celebrate their unlikely triumph against hosts Portugal in the 2004 final in Lisbon, when they took the tournament by storm

Poor Greece look a spent force

Eight years ago they produced a stunning success but there looks to be little hope of a repeat

Portugal hit by austerity strike

A strike by Portugal's largest trade union confederation forced the cancellation of most public transport services today as well as hitting schools and hospital services.

Time to go? From left: Didier Drogba, Florent Malouda, Paulo Ferreira, Hilario

So much for the coach, now what about the players?

Forget dressing-room intrigue, Chelsea's players are a Financial Fair Play headache

Album: Joyce Moreno, Rio de Janeiro (Far Out)

If you can imagine an album about London whose songs included Charlie Chaplin and Noël Coward as well as Gerry Rafferty and Ralph McTell, you'd get the point of singer/guitarist Joyce's solo tribute to her home city, inspired by a concert she performed on Ipanema beach.

Daniel Sturridge underlined his credentials for a Euro 2012 berth with a useful Wembley display

AVB helps my England career, says Sturridge

Daniel Sturridge has become the latest Chelsea player to affirm publicly the qualities of Andre Villas-Boas, crediting the Portuguese with being the first manager at Stamford Bridge to have helped his international career.

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'I just sing naturally, from the heart': Evora on stage in Geneva in 2006

Cesaria Evora: Cape Verde's soulful 'barefoot diva'

Cesaria Evora, the "barefoot diva", became the ambassadress par excellence of her country, the small West African island group of Cape Verde, and one of the most famous African singers in the world. Her origins were humble and she represented that dying breed typified by the last of the old rural blues singers – an artist who genuinely lived the hard times her songs spoke of.

Eusebio has been diagnosed with double pneumonia

Eusebio likely to spend Christmas in hospital

Former Portugal and Benfica star Eusebio is likely to stay in a hospital over Christmas after being diagnosed with double pneumonia, doctors said today.

Lost and found: A dense web of stories in Mysteries of Lisbon starts with a foundling boy

Mysteries of Lisbon, Raul Ruiz, 266 mins (PG)

Raul Ruiz, who died this year, has left us with a surreal four-hour story, set in 19th-century Portugal, that reclaims cinema as the language of dream

48 Hours: Lisbon

From cutting-edge design to high-end cuisine, there's plenty to lure visitors to the Portuguese capital this autumn.

24-hour room service: Muxima, Algarve, Portugal

Wild at heart in the 'Alengarve'

Warm up for Figaro sailors

A last opportunity to warm up ahead of the 42nd classic French “La Solitaire du Figaro” race was taken by the 47 solo sailors when they took part in the Eric Bompard Cashmere Prologue race in Perros Guirec this evening.

Europe threatens 'mad' ratings agencies

The leading credit ratings agencies were threatened with tighter regulation and break-up yesterday by some of Europe's most powerful politicians.

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