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Country singer Wynonna Judd cancels gigs after motorcycle crash

American country singer Wynonna Judd has cancelled a series of concerts in Canada next week following a serious motorcycle crash that injured her husband, the singer said in a statement yesterday.

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Afghanistan: Up to 15 suicide bombers kill dozens of civilians

A wave of suicide attacks killed at least 46 people in a bloody day for Afghanistan yesterday, with as many as 15 bombers striking in provinces in the south-west and north of the country.

Valentino Rossi has endured two unsuccessful years at Ducati

Rossi returns to Yamaha

Valentino Rossi is to return next season to the MotoGP team that helped him win four of his seven world titles.

A school destroyed by an air strike near Aleppo

Assad's gunships and tanks launch heaviest assault on Aleppo rebels

Regime troops launch fresh bid to break deadlock on front line

Three-year-old Malaysian girl killed in suspected exorcism ritual

A three-year-old girl was killed in a suspected exorcism ritual by family members who believed she was possessed by evil spirits, Malaysian police said today.

Superbikes: Baz breaks duck in rain

Loris Baz enjoyed the best of a weather-hit round 10 of the World Superbike Championship at Silverstone yesterday, claiming his first victory in the competition.

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Morrissey, Usher Hall, Edinburgh

Unless we were mistaken, Morrissey appeared to be signing off his latest tour with a hint that the Queen should consider him for honours.

Diving: Q&A with Peter Waterfield ahead of this afternoon's final with Tom Daley

The other half of Britain's most famous diving partnership, Pete Waterfield could get his first taste of victory with Tom Daley at this afternoon's final. However, he will have to be more careful with any medals he wins after losing his silver from Athens while on the M25. 

Fabian Cancellara, a four-time world time-trial champion, tumbled on a right-hand corner in the final stages of the road race

Fabian Cancellara confident of defending his Olympic time-trial title despite injury

Switzerland's Fabian Cancellara is confident of lining up in defence of his Olympic time-trial title on Wednesday as he recovers from a crash during Saturday's road race.

MotoGP: Barbera out with leg break

Spanish MotoGP rider Hector Barbera is likely to miss next week's US Grand Prix at Laguna Seca after breaking his left leg and shinbone in a training accident.

Ashley Judd

Screen Talk: Judd's at home in the White House

Ashley Judd and Robert Forster join Gerard Butler in the White House thriller Olympus Has Fallen.

Valentino Rossi takes a curve during the opening practice session of the Italian Grand Prix in Mugello

Italian MotoGP: Rossi rides high on home turf as Lorenzo looks to keep lead

Home favourite Valentino Rossi takes a curve during the opening practice session of the Italian Grand Prix in Mugello yesterday. Jorge Lorenzo, the championship leader, clocked the fastest time in both of yesterday's practice sessions.

MotoGP World Champion Casey Stoner

Motorcycling: Stoner crash lets in Pedrosa

The world champion, Casey Stoner, handed the initiative in the MotoGP title race to Jorge Lorenzo, after crashing on the last lap of the German Grand Prix at Sachsenring. Stoner's Repsol Honda team-mate, Dani Pedrosa, took his first win of the season.

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