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Speaking for the first time following the singer’s arrest, Universal chief Lucian Grainge broke company protocol to make this public plea

Dan Evans signs autographs after his shock victory over Bernard Tomic in New York

US Open: Dan Evans just one more upset from meeting with 'nice guy' Roger Federer

British surprise package has nearly doubled his career earnings with victories at the US Open

Baseball: Alex Rodriguez braced for 'tough fight' in appeal against drugs charges

The New York Yankees' Alex Rodriguez acknowledged he was facing the "toughest fight" of his life after confirming he will appeal against his ban for violations of Major League Baseball's joint drug prevention and treatment programme and its basic agreement. Rodriguez was suspended on Monday for 211 games, starting on Thursday.

A young Anton DiSclafani with her pony – the author competed in US national competitions

Book review: The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls, By Anton DiSclafani

Horses are everything for a Southern teenager sent away to camp after offending her family in this sultry tale set during the Great Depression

Andy Murray sits beside Fred Perry's SW19 statue

Wimbledon 2013L 'Ivan Lendl thinks I could have won more and training will be hard', says Wimbledon champion Andy Murray

Wimbledon champ Murray says coach Lendl will keep him focused on success

Officials said four people had been injured, including a Briton aged 44

Four hurt including one Briton in Pamplona bull run

Several thousand thrill-seekers tested their bravery on Sunday by dashing alongside six fighting bulls through the streets of the northern Spanish city of Pamplona on the first day of the running of the bulls.

Evelyn Kozak: The world's oldest Jewish person

The world's oldest Jewish person, Evelyn Kozak, whose family fled Russia to escape anti-Semitism, died at the age of 113 on 10 June the day after suffering a heart attack. She was also the world's seventh-oldest person. The world's oldest person, Misao Okawa of Japan, is 115; her compatriot, Jiroemon Kimura, died at the age of 116 two days after Kozak.

LeBron James of the Miami Heat celebrates after defeating the San Antonio Spurs 95-88 to win Game Seven of the 2013 NBA Finals

Review: Bad Monkey, By Carl Hiaasen

Even a gem needs a bit of a polish

The tailored styles and vivid colours of the latest Orlebar Brown collection take their inspiration from Florida's sunny South Beach

iStyle: Miami Nice

The tailored styles and vivid colours of the latest Orlebar Brown collection take their inspiration from Florida’s sunny South Beach, says Lee Holmes

David Beckham was in Miami over the weekend viewing sports facilities

Miami nice for David Beckham as MLS options are explored

David Beckham was in Miami over the weekend viewing sports facilities as he continues to look into the possibility of investing in a new Major League Soccer team.

'I'm living happily and learning to play the guitar': Miami cannibal victim Ronald Poppo describes life a year on from the horrific attack by Rudy Eugene that left him with 75% of his face chewed off

In a video released by hospital staff to mark a year since the horrific attack, Ronald Poppo smiled and spoke publicly for the first time

Laura Robson hits a return during her second-round elimination by Serena Williams in the main stadium at the Italian Open

Laura Robson remains positive following defeat to Serena Williams

The British No 1 was beaten in straight sets in Rome

Tales from the water cooler: How can you joke with a headline like that?

Sometimes a story's comic spark burns out before the first line

Travel Challenge: short break in Miami Beach

Each week we invite three companies to offer us their best deal for a specific holiday

2012 disaster off Tuscany that killed 32 people

Italy court considers possible charges in Costa Concordia disaster after deaths of 32 passengers

Prosecutors want captain to stand trial for manslaughter, causing a shipwreck and abandoning ship

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One academic’s summer of hell in Magaluf
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Frances de la Tour's 50-year triumph

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Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath in a new light

Songs from the bell jar

Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath
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One man's day in high heels

...showed him that Cannes must change its 'flats' policy
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Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

Dominic Rossi of Fidelity says his pressure on business to control rewards is working. But why aren’t other fund managers helping?
The King David Hotel gives precious work to Palestinians - unless peace talks are on

King David Hotel: Palestinians not included

The King David is special to Jerusalem. Nick Kochan checked in and discovered it has some special arrangements, too
More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years

End of the Aussie brain drain

More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years
Meditation is touted as a cure for mental instability but can it actually be bad for you?

Can meditation be bad for you?

Researching a mass murder, Dr Miguel Farias discovered that, far from bringing inner peace, meditation can leave devotees in pieces
Eurovision 2015: Australians will be cheering on their first-ever entrant this Saturday

Australia's first-ever Eurovision entrant

Australia, a nation of kitsch-worshippers, has always loved the Eurovision Song Contest. Maggie Alderson says it'll fit in fine
Letterman's final Late Show: Laughter, but no tears, as David takes his bow after 33 years

Laughter, but no tears, as Letterman takes his bow after 33 years

Veteran talkshow host steps down to plaudits from four presidents
Ivor Novello Awards 2015: Hozier wins with anti-Catholic song 'Take Me To Church' as John Whittingdale leads praise for Black Sabbath

Hozier's 'blasphemous' song takes Novello award

Singer joins Ed Sheeran and Clean Bandit in celebration of the best in British and Irish music
Tequila gold rush: The spirit has gone from a cheap shot to a multi-billion pound product

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Paul Scholes column: Does David De Gea really want to leave Manchester United to fight it out for the No 1 spot at Real Madrid?

Paul Scholes column

Does David De Gea really want to leave Manchester United to fight it out for the No 1 spot at Real Madrid?