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The Brit lost to Kimiko Date-Krumm

Heather Watson’s defence of Japan Open title ends at first hurdle

Heather Watson’s year to forget took another turn for the worse yesterday when she was beaten 6-4, 6-4 by Puerto Rico’s Monica Puig, the world No 48, as the Briton began the defence of her Japan Open title in Osaka.

World Athletics Championship 2013: Chris O'Hare set to follow in Sebastian Coe's and Steve Ovett's footsteps

22-year-old 1500m runner prepares for Championship final after defying the odds just to qualify

Amantle Montsho of Botswana

World Championships 2013: Christine Ohuruogu finally breaks 400m record she targeted for a decade

The Briton won an extraordinary race by 0.004 seconds

World Championships: Christine Ohuruogu turns on the afterburners to rocket into final

The US women's 400 metres champion Natasha Hastings happens to be a cousin of Shaka Hislop, the former West Ham goalkeeper who spent time working on the Space Station Freedom project at Nasa while studying mechanical engineering at Howard University, Washington. In the second semi-final of the women's 400m at the World Championships last night she blasted off at a frightening speed – only to find herself overtaken by a rocket in the shape of the Great Britain team captain.

World Championships: Christine Ohuruogu and Shara Proctor heat up their medal prospects

As captain's runs go, it was not bad for starters. Appointed skipper of the British team for the World Championships, Christine Ohuruogu got her campaign to reclaim the 400 metres title off to an impressively assured start yesterday, winning her first-round heat with ease – and with the fastest time of the day.

David Moyes finds life at Manchester United to be a whole different ball game

New manager has seen problems mount on troubled tour

In The Studio: Takesada Matsutani, artist

'It is important to have your own space. In it, I try to be honest'

Rio Ferdinand

Manchester United add another date to mammoth pre-season tour

The Red Devils will visit Stockholm in August

Japan 23 Wales 8 match report: Wales wilt in historic Japan victory

Eddie Jones’ emerging side leave second-stringers with shattered egos and one broken nose

Sam Warburton's protégé Josh Navidi ready for his Wales debut

Josh Navidi believes growing up in the shadows of current and former British and Irish Lions pair Sam Warburton and Martyn Williams has finally paid dividends, having been primed for his Wales debut.

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Shinji Kagawa looks to impress David Moyes by signalling intention to be part of Manchester United tour in Japan

The Japanese midfielder is entitled to be on holiday during United's time in his home country

Oldest man in recorded history Jiroemon Kimura dies in Japan aged 116

Title of world's oldest person now goes to 115-year-old Japanese woman Misao Okawa

Osaka mayor Toru Hashimoto: Sex slaves in World War Two were necessary to 'maintain discipline' for Japanese military

The conservative politician also told reporters there was no clear evidence that the Japanese military coerced women to become what are euphemistically called 'comfort women'

Wales scrum-half Lloyd Williams faces month out of action

Williams was hurt during Cardiff Blues' RaboDirect PRO12 defeat against the Ospreys

Wayne Rooney pictured training for United

Manchester United to begin summer tour in Thailand

United will take on the Singha All Star XI

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