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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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