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Earlier this year, the BBC stirred up a fair amount of irritation with the news that it had sacked one of the judges of its popular Saturday night celebrity talent show, Strictly Come Dancing. The BBC was looking to refresh the line-up of judges. Arlene Phillips, though a very experienced choreographer, was felt by the BBC to be the main candidate for removal.

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It's the hardest game in the world, that ballroom dancing. Joe Calzaghe may yet become the next sportsman to dazzle us on Strictly Come Dancing (BBC1, Friday and Saturday). After all, he is used to wearing sequins and he's nimble on his feet from years of skipping rope.

Paul Newman: Gasquet gets off lightly in a game of kiss and tell

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Laura Robson is out of Wimbledon at the first hurdle but demonstrated her potential with a performance in which she outclassed one-time quarter finalist Daniela Hantuchova for a set and half and ought to have won the match.

Hantuchova to provide tough test for Robson

Laura Robson has been handed a tough draw against Daniela Hantuchova, herself once a teenage prodigy, in the first round of the women's singles. The 15-year-old Briton will become the youngest Wimbledon competitor since 1995 when she takes on the unseeded Slovakian, who will be playing in her ninth Championships and reached the last eight aged 19.

Seeds squeezed out at revamped Eastbourne

The Seeded players Paul-Henri Mathieu of France and Italian Andreas Seppi bowed out in straight sets on the opening day of the ATP grass-court tournament at Eastbourne yesterday. A week before the start of Wimbledon, the third-seeded Mathieu fell 6-4, 6-2 to Janko Tipsarevic of Serbia, and the seventh-seeded Seppi was beaten 7-6, 7-5 by Croatia's Ivan Ljubicic.

The rise and rise of British tennis star Laura Robson

Three months after winning the junior Wimbledon title the rising star of British tennis is mixing it with the senior circuit's seasoned pros. Paul Newman reports

Garcia at full tilt serves up impression of mighty Nadal

It was difficult to adjudicate which was Sergio Garcia's biggest achievement yesterday. Shooting a 64 to conjure his way back into the European Open or then making it around the M25 and the capital in time to see his friend Rafael Nadal sprint through his semi-final at Wimbledon. There were stages during the usual Friday rush when both seemed on the outskirts of impossible.

Ivanovic in the pink after clearing opening hurdle

In the final women's match at Roland Garros last year Ana Ivanovic froze in the heat of a glorious June afternoon and lost the final against Justine Henin in front of a capacity crowd. When Ivanovic walked out on to a largely empty Court Philippe Chatrier for the first match of the 2008 French Open here yesterday the skies were grey and the air was cool, but she quickly warmed to her task.

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