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Gangnam Style wins Korean 'grammy'

Rapper PSY's worldwide smash hit Gangnam Style has been crowned song of the year by South Korea's music industry association.

Soup is a scrumptious solution to a hungry office worker’s lunchtime woes

Soup lovers of the world, unite and rejoice (and then fact-check)

Whether you're on January girth-watch and are treating bread like a mortal enemy or are simply bored to tears of limp sandwiches eaten al-desko, soup is a scrumptious solution to a hungry office worker's lunchtime woes.

Squash: English duo's finals defeats

In the World Series finals at Queen's Club in London yesterday, England's Nick Matthew and Laura Massaro were both defeated.

Rank is told it must offload six of its casinos before it can take over rival Gala

Rank will have to sell off as many as six casinos if it wants to revive its £205m takeover of rival Gala Casinos, the Competition Commission said yesterday.

Tiger Woods was ousted by Justin Rose

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Tiger Woods is the only American to make it into the world's top four in the end of year rankings.

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QPR season 'nothing short of a disaster' says chairman Tony Fernandes

R's without a win all season

Muslim rebels agree first step to peace in the Philippines

Muslim rebels and the Philippine government overcame decades of hostilities and took their first step toward ending one of Asia's longest-running insurgencies with the signing of a preliminary peace pact yesterday.

Skipper Ben Ainslie ended a hectic week in San Francisco in second place of the fleet racing at the America’s Cup World Series Championship Racing

Ben Ainslie beaten into second by tie-break in America's Cup

Equal on points and beaten only by the tie-break, Ben Ainslie ended a hectic week in San Francisco in second place of the fleet racing at the America’s Cup World Series.

Philippines rebels agree framework peace deal

Philippine president Benigno Aquino III said his government has reached a preliminary peace agreement with the country's largest Muslim rebel group in a major breakthrough toward ending a decades-long insurgency.

Keith Curle: 'I used to run games from the side of the pitch. I don't do that now.'

Keith Curle: Determined to end Notts County's chequered past

After five years working for Neil Warnock, the new Magpies manager wants to follow in his footsteps

Laura Robson and Heather Watson, the British No 1 and No 2, both won their opening qualifying matches in Beijing

Laura Robson and Heather Watson on course for China Open

Laura Robson and Heather Watson, the British No 1 and No 2, both won their opening qualifying matches in Beijing yesterday to move within one victory of places in the main draw for next week's China Open. Robson beat Spain's Garbine Muguruza (the world No 106) 6-3, 6-3, while Watson beat China's Ran Tian (world No 561) 7-5, 6-2.

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Ian Williams forced to wait amid congestion in Marseille

Two events on the same piece of water can lead to problems, not least as the deciding, fifth race of the French Match Race semi-final kept Britain’s Ian Williams and the Australian Keith Swinton stooging around for over an hour and half as the MOD70s started two races off Marseille.

Ian Williams with Team GAC Pindar crew, from left to right, Gerry Mitchell, Chris Main and Matt Cassidy powered his way to the semi-finals of the French grand prix in the Alpari World Match Race Tour

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