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A well-timed team effort by Britain's Team Sky saw their talented young Norwegian rider Edvald Boasson Hagen come within a wheel's length of taking the bunch sprint which decided the opening stage of the first-ever Tour of Oman.

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This was to have been Piotr Beczala's night – his chance to show off his vibrant top notes and ardent timbre as the romantic lead, Rodolfo, in Puccini's La bohème. But a severe cold, causing him to sound more fuzzy than focused and dulling the gleam of his upper register, forced him to withdraw after a couple of acts.

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Guillemot wins the Transat Jacques Vabre

A very happy Marc Guillemot and Charles Cauledrier-Benac won the 60-foot division of the Transat Jacques Vabre in Safran today, having led the fleet for 12 of the nearly 16 days.

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Benfica look to tie Di Maria to club until next summer

Benfica are refusing to enter a pre-contract agreement for their winger Angel di Maria in the hope that his performances in next year's World Cup for Argentina will trigger an auction.

Nilmar strikes again as Brazil cruise to one more victory

Brazil rounded off a successful pre-World Cup year yesterday with a 2-0 friendly win in Oman to take their tally to 14 victories in 17 matches. Nilmar opened the scoring in the fourth minute and Oman midfielder Hassan Ghailani headed into his own goal just past the hour.

Brazil demand respect from Manchester City in Robinho row

Brazil's verbal sparring with Manchester City over Robinho continued tonight with the national team manager Dunga suggesting that the club should show greater respect. The player himself said it was in his best interests to be here, even though he is not fit to play against England tomorrow.

More bad news for City from Robinho

Robinho was last night at the centre of another of the controversies which have bedevilled Manchester City's trip to Abu Dhabi, as Brazil declared they may play him in one or both of the nation's internationals, against the club's express wishes.

Arteta suffers injury setback for Everton

Everton midfielder Mikel Arteta has suffered a setback in his recovery from a serious knee injury, manager David Moyes has confirmed.

Travel challenge: A week in Oman

Every week we invite competing companies to give us their best deal for a specified holiday. Today: a week in Oman in early November. Prices are for two people travelling together and include return flights from Heathrow to Muscat on 2 November...

Oman Red seals iShares Cup victory

Oman Red, skippered by Pete Cummings with Olympic bronze medallist Chris Draper at the helm, wrapped up the 2009 iShares Cup, but it came down to the last leg of the last race on the last day of the last regatta in Almeria, Spain. Just one point after six regattas pipped a Yann Guichard Gitana pushing Oman to the last minute with a spirited final attack.

Matador pips Quantum on final day in Palma

By a few seconds here and a boat length there the defending TP52 world champions Terry Hutchinson and the Quantum crew were beaten on countback on the final day in Palma to see the Albert Roemmers’ Argentinian boat Matador make up for what, at times, has been a frustrating season and take the title.

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