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When the Grand Slam tournaments upped their prize-money for players knocked out in the early rounds, they were thinking of people like Damir Dzumhur. Listen to the 21-year-old Bosnian's story and you appreciate that there is much more to this sport than the jet-setting world of multimillionaires such as Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.

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Best known as the father of Alexander the Great, Philip merits the same honorific according to his biographer. In the "disunited, weak backwater" of Macedonia, he created the first nation-state and built an empire in two decades that included much of Turkey, Greece, Bulgaria and former Yugoslavia.

Alexander the Great: A Life in Legend, By Richard Stoneman

First the Life. Born in 356BC, Alexander was educated by Aristotle before leading the Macedonian army in three great victories over Persia. His resulting title of Great King was no misnomer since Alexander ruled "the largest empire that the world had ever known", including part of India. Stoneman says he was "perhaps the first human being in recorded history to be seized by the romance of the east".

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George Burley was sacked by the Scottish Football Association today following 22 months as Scotland manager. Here we document his highs and lows in the job.

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The Scottish Football Association tonight confirmed George Burley's sacking as Scotland manager.

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An overloaded sightseeing boat carrying dozens of Bulgarian tourists has sunk in a lake on Macedonia's western border, killing 15 people, officials said.

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Scotland know they must beat Macedonia today to keep their 2010 hopes alive

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Under siege, there is an arid quality to George Burley's resolve. He says the right phrases, talking of commitment and hope, of honour, of what might yet still be possible, but without ever dispelling the growing sense that these are the final acts of another lost cause for Scotland. He is blankly emphatic, careworn, and seems left with nothing but his trust in an old instinct that says: never give in, not to anybody.

Panel set to tackle betting corruption

The sports minister, Gerry Sutcliffe, will this morning begin to assemble an "anti-corruption" panel of experts from British sports governing bodies, the gambling industry, the police, the legal profession and the Gambling Commission to work on a strategy to combat betting-related corruption.

Pick Of The Picture Books: The Middle East: the cradle of civilization revealed

The current London exhibitions devoted to the ancient life and modern legacy of Byzantium and Babylon have confirmed that the distant history of the Near and Middle East still counts as our spiritual backyard. In The Middle East: the cradle of civilization revealed (Thames & Hudson, £29.95), Stephen Bourke and his team of scholars present a gorgeous and learned overview of almost 4,000 years of history and culture in the region, from the proto-cities of Uruk and Ninevah to the Roman and Arab conquests.

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