Sport Seattle, led by Russell Wilson, are favourites to win next month's Super Bowl

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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Aled Lewis releases art inspired by PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale.

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Turner prize-winning artist Anish Kapoor has made a tribute Psy "Gangnam Style" video in support of Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei.

Virgin Atlantic to resume New York flights

Virgin Atlantic said today it would be resuming its flights to and from storm-lashed New York with its first flight due to leave Heathrow around noon.

Justin Cronin: 'It's not the end of the world, you know...'

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Bob Brooks: Director and photographer behind noted TV ads

They peel them with their metal knives... then they smash them all to bits... they are clearly a most primitive people".

An ‘alcohol-fuelled’ fight between two rival wedding receptions has left one man dead.

Video: 'Did they just deck the bride?' - Mass 'alcohol-fuelled' wedding brawl leaves one man dead

The whole incident was filmed by a guest at the hotel, who was angry that his own birthday celebrations were being ruined by the noise from the duelling wedding receptions.

Kimpton opens Hotel Monaco in Philadelphia this Thursday. The colourful 268-room retreat will have a Red Owl Tavern restaurant with a deli and classic American dishes, plus a rooftop cocktail lounge on the 11th floor overlooking the Liberty

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A new camouflage war-paint could also protect soldiers from the searing heat of bomb blasts.

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Josie rourke’s varied and rewarding first season at the donmar Warehouse comes to a close now with this strongly affecting revival by Lyndsey Turner of the play that put Brian Friel on the map back in 1964.

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