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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

Heather Watson celebrates victory over Elena Vesnina

Watson courts attention with yet another win on Paris clay

Briton beats experienced Russian Vesnina to reach second round for the second year in succession

Dave Whelan: The Wigan chairman doubts Martinez would work under a technical direct

Whelan: Roberto likes total control

Roberto Martinez took a step closer to the vacant Liverpool manager's job after meeting with the club's owners in Miami yesterday, according to Dave Whelan. But the Wigan chairman also cast doubt on Martinez's willingness to work under a technical director.

Dave Whelan: The Wigan chairman doubts Martinez would work under a technical direct

Dave Whelan offers Miami advice to Liverpool manager contender Roberto Martinez

Roberto Martinez took a step closer to the vacant Liverpool manager's job after meeting with the club's owners in Miami yesterday, according to Dave Whelan. However, the Wigan chairman also cast doubt on Martinez's willingness to work under a technical director at Anfield.

Missing Cuban actors to seek asylum in US

Two actors from a prize-winning film about Cuban defectors have emerged from hiding to confirm that they themselves are seeking political asylum in the US.

Javier Núñez Florián and Anailín de la Rúa de la Torre in Una Noche, which premiered last Thursday

Life imitates art as Cuban actors go missing en route to US festival

Actors believed to have disappeared in Miami in the hope of winning political asylum

George Zimmerman released from Florida jail on bail

George Zimmerman has been released from a Florida jail on $150,000 bond as he awaits trial for shooting Trayvon Martin.

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Ian Williams takes Team GAC Pindar to the top of the heap half way through the Extreme Sailing Series in Almeria

Ian Williams makes solid start in Extreme Sailing Series

A solid start for Ian Williams’ GAC Pindar team put them in third place at the end of the first day of the Extreme Sailing Series regatta in Qingdao.

Andy Murray has his best chance of beating Nadal on the hard court

Murray fancies his chances as Nadal toils with injury

Rafael Nadal has beaten Andy Murray more times than any other player on the professional tour but the 24-year-old Scot will relish the chance to take on the 25-year-old Spaniard in the semi-finals of the Miami Masters tonight. Murray has enjoyed his best spring hard-court season since 2009 and would love to end it on a high at a tournament he won three years ago and in a city where he trains regularly during the year.

Trayvon killer insists he was acting in self-defence

As thousands converged on the Florida town of Sanford last night to rally for justice for Trayvon Martin one month after he was gunned down by a neighbourhood watch volunteer on the street, new details emerged about a school suspension for the victim for suspected marijuana possession.

Tiger Woods in Florida

Tiger Woods glad to be in the hunt

Tiger Woods enjoyed himself in the Florida sunshine yesterday. With a three-under-par 69, the former world No 1 was three off the clubhouse lead in the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill.

Rory McIlroy hits from a bunker on the 10th during his difficult start yesterday

McIlroy feels a draught at the top of the world

Uneasy lies the head that wears the crown, particularly when it's gusting 25mph, you're “feeling flat” and a Blue Monster is rattling your cage. So it was for Rory McIlroy here at the WGC Cadillac yesterday as, on his first competitive day as world No 1, he shot over par for the first time in five months.

Farewell to Florida's lost city of Islandia (population: five)

Long-running plans for the resort of Islandia may come to an end next week after spending more than 50 years as a developer's dream.

Angelo Dundee pictured with Ali

Boxing world mourns death of Muhammad Ali trainer Angelo Dundee

The boxing world was today mourning the loss of legendary trainer Angelo Dundee, who has died aged 90.

The Costa Concordia's running aground at Giglio has resulted in a public-relations disaster for its parent company

Concordia's invisible US owner branded 'a disgrace'

The US owner of the passenger liner wrecked off the Italian coast 12 days ago with the loss of up to 32 lives was accused last night of failing to take responsibility for the tragedy, as prosecutors shone a light on failed safety procedures.

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