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For devotees of the NFL, this is as good as it gets – the divisional round of the play-offs, four games pitting the regular season’s finest against four challengers already battle-hardened by victory in last weekend’s ever-treacherous wild-card round. And in 2014 there’s an extra twist: the prospect that one of the longest, most painful droughts in US sport might be near an end.

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Justin Rose

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Pointing to the skies in celebration is becoming ever more popular

Sergio Garcia on the way to a double-bogey on the 14th hole. The Spaniard needed uniformed officials to protect him from the crowd after his comments about Tiger Woods

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World No 5 attended daughter's graduation hours before tee-off as deluge caused delays

Caleb McGillivary is accused of killing Joseph Galfy at his home

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A man who gained internet fame as “Kai the Hatchet-Wielding Hitchhiker” has pleaded not guilty to a murder charge.

Sergio Garcia's 'fried chicken' remark overshadowed Wentworth

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The only remedy for despair is to remember darkest clouds blow through

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Matt Butler: There's nothing Wimpy about slow-burning indoor bowls

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One Monkey Don't Stop No Show, Tricycle Theatre, London

They don't make 'em like this any more - well, not quite. Written in 1982 by African-American dramatist Don Evans, One Monkey Don't Stop No Show whisks us back to the 1970s and takes a mischievously comic look at the then prevailing attitudes to ethnicity, class and sexual politics.

Diff'rent Strokes star Conrad Bain dies at 89

Actor Conrad Bain, best known for his role on the 1970s and '80s television comedy Diff'rent Strokes as a wealthy, white New Yorker who adopts two young black boys from Harlem, has died at age 89, his daughter has confirmed.

Woodland: he started his career on the Manhattan Project

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Norman Joseph Woodland was an inventor who was ahead of his time. His creation, the barcode, was first devised in 1949, the result of a fortuitous coincidence and some inspired thinking. However these now ubiquitous black-and-white stripes were not put into full use until 25 years later, due to the limitations of the technology available.

Cancer cells: New treatment offers hope

Cells from patients' own blood spur cancer remissions

Nine leukemia patients are cancer-free after being treated with genetically-altered versions of their own immune cells, giving strength to a promising new approach for treating the blood cancer.

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