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Interesting to read your piece on crossing Paris in a hurry. Oddly enough, I did this on Friday, having forgotten that the Basel trains now leave from Paris Gare de Lyon instead of Gare de l'Est. Arriving at Gare du Nord two minutes late, the RER suburban train ran bang on time and took exactly the promised seven minutes. I still had to get my tickets from the machine and catch the train to Basel with five minutes to spare.

Tim Burford

Pat McCabe (left) looks on during Australian training

Pat McCabe fears for career after neck is broken... again

Pat McCabe, the Wallaby centre who suffered a neck injury during the first Test with the Lions in Brisbane and left the field on a stretcher, will not play again this year and may be forced to consider quitting the game altogether. "Only time will tell," said Warren McDonald, the team doctor. "There is no way Pat will be returning to the game without a thorough assessment process."

Cycling: Pat McQuaid goes on the attack

Pat McQuaid has derided the election manifesto of his challenger for the presidency of cycling's world governing body the UCI, describing Brian Cookson's pledges as "half-baked, fundamentally flawed and financially impractical".

Deeper waters: Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy face an ambiguous future in 'Before Midnight'
Nico Rosberg
was once again faster than Lewis Hamilton in practice

Mercedes made to wait on FIA's tyre testing verdict

Mercedes and Pirelli will learn tomorrow if they face any punishment over their involvement in last month's controversial tyre test.

David Beckham finally agrees deal to donate £3.4m PSG wages to French children's charities

Two French children’s charities are about to receive a €4m (£3.4m) windfall from David Beckham, The Independent understands.

Indyplus video: Medieval fightings tournament

Books, films and TV shows have brought back to the 21st Century the medieval era of fights and knights, but ever wondered how exactly a medieval fighting would be today? Watch a video below of a medieval fighting:

Serena Williams shows off her French Open trophy in Paris

Serena Williams: I was the runt, but tough upbringing made me the world-beater I am now

The American beat Maria Sharapova in the French Open final

Marcelo, right, of Brasil fights for the ball during the friendly match between Brasil and France

Oscar among the goals as Brazil end 21-year winless run against France with 3-0 win

The World Cup hosts are warming up for the Confederations Cup

Rich hermit 'cut widow from will': New chapter in drama of the Alpine shepherd and the Parisian

The villagers of Puy-Saint-Pierre in the French Alps are delighted. Marcel Amphoux has spoken from beyond the grave.

Arsene Wenger backed to stay at Arsenal beyond 18 years

Chief executive Ivan Gazidis plays down delay in coming to an agreement

Review: The Paris Winter, By Imogen Robertson. Headline, £14.99

As a writer of historical thrillers, Imogen Robertson's reputation is beginning to outpace most of her rivals'.

Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet won an outright majority

Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet is right’s choice to be next Paris mayor

The former French environment minister Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet was elected on Monday night as centre-right candidate for the Paris mayoral election next year.

Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet has lost popularity

Fake votes mar France’s first electronic election

Former President Nicolas Sarkozy’s political party, already enfeebled by a chaotic national leadership election last year, faces further ridicule in a Paris town hall primary election which ends tonight.

Maria Sharapova fought back from 4-1 down in the second set to defeat China's Zheng Jie in the third round

French Open: Maria Sharapova battles into the third round with a victory over Zheg Jie

Maria Sharapova fought back from 4-1 down in the second set to defeat China's Zheng Jie in the third round of the French Open.

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Club World Cup kicked into the long grass by the continued farce surrounding Blatter, Garcia, Russia and Qatar
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