The former owner of Portsmouth Football Club faces trial in Lithuania over a £400 million bank fraud after failing to convince a judge that he could be killed if he was extradited.
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Wednesday 07 July 2010
Steven Naismith believes Barry Ferguson will be a major loss to Scotland but fully understands his reasons for retiring from international football. Ferguson will not play for Scotland again after informing manager Craig Levein he wants to focus on his club career with Birmingham City instead.
Friday 02 July 2010
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.
Wednesday 30 June 2010
Algirdas Brazauskas might not have been the titular leader of Lithuania as it regained its freedom amid the collapse of the Soviet Union. But for two turbulent decades he was his country's most important political figure, who played a crucial part in the dismantling of the communist system – not just in his own small Baltic country, but across the Soviet empire.
Thursday 24 June 2010
Women make up fewer than 8 per cent of the world’s country leaders. But with Julia Gillard’s election to prime minister of Australia things seem to be improving. She brings the tally of simultaneous female premiers to a record 16.
Wednesday 16 June 2010
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.
Sunday 02 May 2010
Munster's Tomas O'Leary and Alan Quinlan have differing reasons for seeking a happy anniversary when they take on Biarritz in this afternoon's Heineken Cup semi-final. A year ago last week both men were named in the Lions squad, but neither made it to South Africa. Scrum-half O'Leary broke an ankle in his next match after the squad announcement; Quinlan was banned for eye-gouging in the 2 May Heineken Cup semi-final defeat by Leinster. O'Leary and Quinlan have been on good form of late. Asked what tactics would get under the skins of Biarritz, the former Munster captain and now technical coach Anthony Foley replied: "Just unleash Alan Quinlan and see how it goes."
Sunday 25 April 2010
Monday 12 April 2010
Andy Murray's former coach Leon Smith was today appointed as the new captain of the Great Britain Davis Cup team.
Monday 29 March 2010
Wednesday 24 March 2010
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.
Wednesday 10 March 2010
Andy Murray's former coach Mark Petchey has called on Lawn Tennis Association chief executive Roger Draper to resign - or be pushed.
Monday 08 March 2010
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.
Monday 08 March 2010
Friday 05 March 2010
Davis Cup debutant James Ward got Great Britain off to the perfect start in their Davis Cup clash with Lithuania in Vilnius.
Friday 05 March 2010
It is 13 years since a British player other than Andy Murray, Tim Henman or Greg Rusedski won a live Davis Cup singles rubber. That sequence will have to end over the next three days if the only nation to play in every Davis Cup competition since the event was launched 110 years ago are to avoid the most humiliating defeat in their history. Britain face Lithuania in Vilnius, with the result by no means a foregone conclusion.
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