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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

US air traffic controllers told to 'wake up!'

The US Federal Aviation Administration changed air traffic control work schedules on Saturday, acknowledging it has a widespread problem with fatigue after another controller fell asleep on duty, this time in Miami.

Murray: Early defeat in Miami could lead to clay-court success

Andy Murray believes his early exit from the Miami Masters may benefit his clay-court season, after enabling him to get two weeks of practice on his least favourite surface.

Miami magic works for resurgent Azarenka

When Victoria Azarenka won the title in Miami two years ago a bright future was predicted for the talented 19-year-old from Belarus. She had already won tournaments that year in Brisbane and Memphis and was regarded as one of the brightest young talents in the game.

Andy Murray hoping form improves in Miami

The Miami Masters, in which some of the big names make their entrance today, likes to think of itself as "the fifth Grand Slam". In practice the tournament offers the same rewards in terms of ranking points as the other eight Masters Series events, though for Andy Murray it holds particular significance.

Storms wreck first day in Miami

The storm which ripped through this Miami course here yesterday uprooted 17 trees, toppled TV towers and reduced a giant scoreboard to matchsticks. But at least Tiger Woods's challenge for his first title in 19 tournaments remains intact. If not altogether convincing.

Giles Scott pips Ben Anislie in Miami

Britain’s sailors added 12 Olympic class medals at the Miami World Cup regatta to the two already won by the paralympic classes.

Matt Damon: No need to go hunting for his happy place

Matt Damon's latest role sees him dealing with life after death, but right now this contented superstar is only concerned with the present, as Gill Pringle finds out

Seaside chic in Florida

As Miami Beach gets set for its annual Art Deco Weekend, Lucinda Baring is dazzled by the architectural exuberance of this most colourful city

Venezuela: Pérez burial delayed over relatives' row

A bitter dispute between relatives of the former Venezuelan president Carlos Andrés Pérez has prevented his body being returned home from Miami.

Former Venezualan president dies aged 88

The former Venezuelan president, Carlos Andres Perez, who survived two coup attempts but was finally forced from office as the first Latin American leader to be convicted of corruption, died on Saturday.

Observations: Get your canine on canvas and get a manicure

Why not get your dog painted at Miami Art Fair this weekend? British born artist Robert Clarke, who has been commissioned to paint Victoria Beckham’s bulldog, Coco, for Christmas, will be producing on-the-spot portraits as your pooch receives a ‘pawidcure’.

Travel Agenda: Mexico in party mood, New Miami Beach hotel and a Maastricht Christmas makeover

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Mexico is in a party mood, celebrating the 100th anniversary of the 1910 Revolution. Festivities include fireworks and parades, with a number of spin-off events, including a food festival in Playa del Carmen tomorrow ( tasteofplaya.com).

American Football: Saints show few signs of super hangover

The New Orleans Saints opened their Super Bowl title defence with a 14-9 victory over the Minnesota Vikings that epitomised head coach Sean Payton's "back to business" mantra.

Basketball: LeBron James joins the Miami Heat

NBA basketball superstar LeBron James will play for the Miami Heat next season he announced live on television to millions watching around the world.

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