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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

Shuggie Otis, Inspiration Information/ Wings Of Love (Sony)

Album review: Shuggie Otis, Inspiration Information/ Wings Of Love (Sony)

The son of r'n'b bandleader Johnny Otis, Shuggie Otis spent his childhood soaking up soul, blues and rock influences. His greatest achievement remains 1974's often-sampled psychedelic soul masterpiece Inspiration Information, here repackaged with an extra disc of pieces recorded since then, which show his abilities undiminished by age.

Rapper Rick Ross denies his music condones rape

'It sends message that raping women is cool' - Sportswear brand Reebok criticised over ties with rapper Rick Ross

Reebok face protests from women’s rights activists over their ties with rapper Rick Ross, a rapper who appears to boast about date rape in his latest single.

Heather Watson’s Australian Open hopes were ended by world No 4 Agnieszka Radwanska in straight sets yesterday

Heather Watson ordered to rest after
contracting glandular fever

British number one has struggled for form this year

Laura Robson

Laura Robson set to replace Heather Watson as British number one

Robson beat Estrella Cabeza Candela at the Family Circle Cup in Charleston

Tiger Woods with new girlfriend Lindsey Vonn

Can Tiger Woods finish the week on top of world as well as head over heels?

The American golfer can replace Rory McIlroy at the top of the world rankings with victory at the Arnold Palmer Invitational

Tiger Woods claims to be hitting the ball further than he ever has

Delighted Tiger Woods hits his stride in Masters build-up

For all his major championships, 14, and PGA tour victories, 75, Tiger Woods has never before breached 22 birdies in three rounds. That is until he racked up another seven at the WGC-Cadillac Championship here yesterday to add to the 17 he drained in the opening two.

'Lost' Banksy is withdrawn from auction

Mystery deepens over work that disappeared from Poundland wall

Anger as Banksy's Poundland mural ripped from wall and set for auction in Miami for £450,000

A stencil by guerrilla street artist Banksy which appeared just before the Queen's Diamond Jubilee has disappeared from a wall in North London and is being auctioned in Miami for as much as £450,000.

Album: The Mavericks, In Time (Universal/Big Machine)

This accomplished posse of Floridian borderliners have been gone a long time, maybe for good reason. But they're back now, all troubles set aside, and the results are good.

Andy Murray will miss the Davis Cup tie against Russia

Andy Murray misses Davis Cup to find feet on clay

Andy Murray will miss Great Britain's Davis Cup tie against Russia at Coventry's Ricoh Arena on 5-7 April to focus on the clay season.

Andy Murray is heading back out on to the practice court

Andy Murray back in training eager to avoid spring slump

Scot takes five weeks off from competition to work with Lendl after Australian final defeat

England boss Roy Hodgson insists he has plenty of reasons to be cheerful

Germany want England friendly in build-up to 2014 World Cup

Both nations are on course for qualification for the tournament in Brazil

McAfee 'penniless' in Miami hotel

The software tycoon John McAfee's return to the US marks the latest chapter in a strange, month-long odyssey to escape police questioning about a killing in Belize.

Anti-virus software developer John McAfee arrives in US

Anti-virus software founder John McAfee has arrived in the US after being deported from Guatemala, where he had sought to evade police questioning in the killing of a man in neighbouring Belize.

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If fashion is a cycle, this young man knows just how to ride it

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Licence to offend in the land of the free

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