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While Boston was celebrating victory by its beloved Red Sox over arch-rivals New York Yankees at the Fenway Park baseball stadium and mourning a basketball loss by the Celtics to the Bulls one of its favourite sailing sons, Kenny Read, ran out of time to achieve a tea party of his at the end of the sixth, 4,900-mile leg of the Volvo round the world race.

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The New York Yankees star Alex Rodriguez has admitted that his cousin repeatedly injected him with a substance from the Dominican Republic. Joined at a press conference by the Yankees general manager, Brian Cashman, and manager, Joe Girardi, Rodriguez again apologised for taking banned drugs from 2001-2003 while he was with the Texas Rangers and blamed his 2003 positive doping test on being young and naive.

Leonard Doyle: Obama rejects swagger of Bush for a sober analysis of economic crisis

There were no revelations at the first formal press conference of Barack Obama's presidency. But it was striking nonetheless to Americans who realised that at a time of unprecedented crisis they have put a grown-up in the White House. Here is a president who speaks in complete sentences and answers questions thoughtfully.

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As the President-elect's new team gets to grips with the financial crisis, US economic policy looks set to be guided by pragmatism rather than political philosophy

Hit & Run: Red-hot Rod

There is no suggestion," said numerous newspapers and gossip websites yesterday, "that Madonna has to date had a physical relationship with Alex Rodriguez."

Baseball: The American dream thrives on a level paying field

Forget the Olympics, and forget the rumbles of distant thunder from the NFL. Gridiron may be America's sport of the 21st century, but right now it is still confined to the training camps as teams prepare in the scorching summer heat for the new season a month away. Basketball and hockey too are dormant. Here in the United States this is baseball's unshared moment. And 2008 is a year to be savoured.

Four killed as New York crane collapses

Crews worked through the night and into the morning Sunday, sifting mounds of debris in search of survivors after a towering crane at a Manhattan construction site toppled like a tree across a city block, destroying buildings and killing at least four people.

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