Tennis: Seles stands in way as Graf pursues a sixth title

STEFFI GRAF and Monica Seles will command centre stage in the semi-finals of the French Open today when they meet for the 15th time, and for the fourth time at Stade Roland Garros.

Football: United workers' revolutionary party

BY NOMINATING Destiny as the Man of the Match in Barcelona on Wednesday night I fear we are doing Manchester United and football in general a dangerous disservice. We've been fretting so long about the increasing number of important matches that lumber tediously towards an unsatisfactory conclusion it is understandable that the awesome finale created by United should be granted supernatural status.

Tennis: Pierce the creatine convert

THE SHAPE of women's tennis is the big issue at the French Open as the sturdy Amelie Mauresmo, the new home heroine, prepares to do battle today with Martina Hingis, the world No 1, in the second round of the singles. Mary Pierce, the French No 1, weighed in to the debate yesterday, talking frankly about using creatine to supplement her training regimen.

Tennis: Serena strikes twice

THE YOUNGER Williams sister, Serena, won twice yesterday to advance to the quarter-finals of the German Open in Berlin. Williams rolled past Jennifer Capriati 7- 6, 6-3, then returned an hour later to beat another American, Lisa Raymond, 6-1, 7-6.

IS IT WORTH IT... Dunlop 200G

NO AMOUNT of jazzy technology is going to make the average person play tennis like Martina Hingis, but you might consider raising your game with a Dunlop Revelation 200G. A price tag of pounds 149.99 seems steep, even with vibration absorbers and a braided graphite frame, but it could be a wise investment if you're turning into a serious player.

Shopping: Stop that terrible racket

With summer approaching and thoughts turning to Wimbledon, it's time to say `new balls, please' and update your tennis gear. By Shaun Phillips

Tennis: Victory sustains comeback from Rios

MARCELO RIOS produced a sure-footed performance to beat Gustavo Kuerten 6-4, 6-3 yesterday and advance to the semi-finals of the Estoril Open in Portugal.

Tennis: Anna is in the form of her life

ANNA KOURNIKOVA, the ninth seed, defeated the top seed and world No 2, Lindsay Davenport of the United States, 6-4, 6-1 yesterday in the third round of the Bausch and Lomb Championships, a victory that extended the hot streak that began for the Russian about a month ago.

Tennis: Coetzer bows out

AMANDA COETZER, who filled the Family Circle Cup with cheers a year ago, left the stadium in disappointment yesterday as only the second defending champion in 27 years to lose before the quarter-finals.

Tennis: Easy for Hingis but Seles fails to produce her touch

MARTINA HINGIS, the world's No 1 , continued her carefree skip through the $1.3 million Evert Cup in Indian Wells on Monday by dismissing Patty Schnyder 6-1, 6-3, but former top-ranked Monica Seles sank to defeat.

Tennis: Sweet revenge for Mauresmo

STORMING BACK from a nervous start, Amelie Mauresmo avenged her Australian Open final defeat by Martina Hingis with a 2-6, 6-1, 6-3 triumph over the world No 1 in Gaz de France Open in Paris yesterday.

Tennis: Service faults fail to stop Kournikova

ANNA KOURNIKOVA, still attempting to overcome a problem with her serve that affected her at the Australian Open, beat Germany's Anke Huber 7-6 (7-4) 6-0 in the first round of the Pan Pacific Open yesterday.

Tennis: Mauresmo says Hingis is `stupid'

AMELIE MAURESMO has described Martina Hingis as "stupid" for making remarks about her build. The muscular Frenchwoman beat world No 1 Lindsay Davenport in the semi-finals in Melbourne last week before losing to Hingis in the final.

Tennis: Storm over man-sized Mauresmo

THE WORLD'S top two women players have denied they were talking about anything but tennis when they said Australian Open finalist Amelie Mauresmo was like a man.

Tennis: Kournikova's faulting farce

THE WOMEN'S Tennis Association does not keep records for double faults, but Anna Kournikova must be pretty close to setting one. The 18-year-old Russian, who normally makes the news because of her good looks and powerful all-court game, hit 31 double faults in her 1-6, 6-4, 10- 8 victory over Miho Saeki of Japan yesterday.
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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

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Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

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Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
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Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

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Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

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No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

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Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee