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Ferguson will be a major loss to Scotland squad, says Naismith

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Frederick Reiken's haunting and ambitious new novel begins in Florida, then moves between America, the Caribbean and Israel. The title suggests illusion, paradox, the artifice used in film. As if to underline this, Reiken writes that "we comprehend that what we see will never coincide with absolute reality." Day for Night demands we trust the author from the off, as the narrative appears so random. The year is 1984. Dr Beverly Rabinowitz, her lover David and his 13-year-old son, are taken by a guide, Tim, to swim with wild manatees. It should be exhilarating but instead it feels sad. David has leukemia and has asked Beverly to adopt Jordan should he die.

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Lithuanian woman 'given £2,000 moments before sham marriage'

A Lithuanian woman had her wedding dress bought for her the day before she married an African man she barely knew as part of an alleged sham marriage racket, a court heard today.

Ruck and Maul: Quinlan and O'Leary still raw over their failure to tour with the Lions

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Murray's mentor appointed as Davis Cup captain

Andy Murray's former coach Leon Smith was today appointed as the new captain of the Great Britain Davis Cup team.

Cycling: Clancy learns fast to claim omnium gold

Briton wins world title in unfamiliar event as Pendleton is forced to settle for silver

Cameron visibly flustered in Gay Times interview

Tory leader David Cameron has risked a large section of the vote for his relaunched Conservative party in the forthcoming general election after slipping up in an interview on gay rights in which he seemed to suggest MPs should be allowed to vote against laws which uphold homosexuality as a basic human right.

LTA urged to ditch Draper after Davis Cup defeat

Andy Murray's former coach Mark Petchey has called on Lawn Tennis Association chief executive Roger Draper to resign - or be pushed.

LTA order investigation but deny Rusedski approach

The Lawn Tennis Association today vowed to be "swift and decisive" in their response to Britain's Davis Cup humiliation in Lithuania - but denied a report they have approached Greg Rusedski about taking over the captaincy from John Lloyd.

Davis Cup humiliation is new low for Britain

Defeat to Lithuania means GB are just one step from competition's lowest tier

Ward gives Britain perfect Davis Cup start

Davis Cup debutant James Ward got Great Britain off to the perfect start in their Davis Cup clash with Lithuania in Vilnius.

Murray leaves reserves in the firing line

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