Sport Blue wonder: Andy Murray is hot favourite to follow up his win against Feliciano Lopez and reach the quarter-finals

On his day, he can be as cultured on court as he is off it so Briton needs to beware 

England hope to avoid six-team group

Euro 2012

Weiss joins Bolton Wanderers

Bolton have confirmed that Manchester City midfielder Vladimir Weiss has joined them on loan until the end of the season.

Police 'forgot' to take explosives off plane

A baggage-handling company missed the crucial telex that was sent to warn Irish authorities that explosives were on a flight to Dublin.

Slovak man takes hidden explosives on Dublin flight

A Slovak man unwittingly carried hidden explosives on board a weekend flight to Dublin after a Slovakian airport-security test went awry, Irish officials announced.

The accidental uprising: How 'corpse' killed Communism

Twenty years after the Velvet Revolution, Victor Sebestyen recalls how the Czech regime fell to a hapless secret plot

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.

Obits in Brief: Dr. William Ganz

Dr. William Ganz, who died on 10 November aged 90, was a pioneering cardiologist who co-invented a specialised catheter. In 1970, Dr. H.J.C. Swan and Ganz, who was born in Slovakia and moved to the US in 1966, invented a balloon-tipped catheter which measures heart function and blood flow in critically ill patients.

World Cup round-up: Nani fills in to help keep Ronaldo's hopes alive

Two more European qualifiers for the 2010 World Cup finals were confirmed last night, Switzerland and Slovakia booking their places in South Africa, while Portugal, despite being without the injured Cristiano Ronaldo, reached the play-offs with a 4-0 win over Malta.

Worthington lifted by trio's determination to keep playing

The Northern Ireland manager Nigel Worthington has secured the long-term futures of three of his senior players ahead of tonight's final World Cup qualifier against the Czech Republic.

Seedings set to hand Irish tough task in play-offs

With one round of World Cup qualifying group matches in Europe left – tomorrow – the play-off picture is taking shape. Russia, Bosnia-Herzogovina, France and the Republic of Ireland (respectively in Groups 4, 5, 7 and 8) are already certain to finish second in their sections, and have thus booked play-off berths.

Slovakia: Wellness is the word in the alps of the east

Fresh air, pure water and invigorating exercise. Steve Connor takes a restorative break in Slovakia's High Tatras before the snow sets in.

Boyd Tonkin: Not so far away as the Booker goes Czech

The Week In Books

Lafferty's absence leaves Worthington short up top

The Northern Ireland manager, Nigel Worthington, believes it was right and proper that his striker Kyle Lafferty returned to Rangers for treatment on his knee injury.

Worthington calls for heroes

Northern Ireland manager Nigel Worthington gave a history lesson to his players on the eve of the World Cup qualifier against Poland and urged them to become heroes.

Career Services

Day In a Page

Independent Travel
Lake Garda, Venice & Verona from £629pp
Dubrovnik
Vietnam
Bruges
South Africa
Spain
Prices correct as of 12 December 2014
Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton: The power dynamics of the two first families

Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton

Karen Tumulty explores the power dynamics of the two first families
Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley with a hotbed of technology start-ups

Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley

The Swedish capital is home to two of the most popular video games in the world, as well as thousands of technology start-ups worth hundreds of millions of pounds – and it's all happened since 2009
Did Japanese workers really get their symbols mixed up and display Santa on a crucifix?

Crucified Santa: Urban myth refuses to die

The story goes that Japanese store workers created a life-size effigy of a smiling "Father Kurisumasu" attached to a facsimile of Our Lord's final instrument of torture
Jennifer Saunders and Kate Moss join David Walliams on set for TV adaptation of The Boy in the Dress

The Boy in the Dress: On set with the stars

Walliams' story about a boy who goes to school in a dress will be shown this Christmas
La Famille Bélier is being touted as this year's Amelie - so why are many in the deaf community outraged by it?

Deaf community outraged by La Famille Bélier

The new film tells the story of a deaf-mute farming family and is being touted as this year's Amelie
10 best high-end laptops

10 best high-end laptops

From lightweight and zippy devices to gaming beasts, we test the latest in top-spec portable computers
Michael Carberry: ‘After such a tough time, I’m not sure I will stay in the game’

Michael Carberry: ‘After such a tough time, I’m not sure I will stay in the game’

The batsman has grown disillusioned after England’s Ashes debacle and allegations linking him to the Pietersen affair
Susie Wolff: A driving force in battle for equality behind the wheel

Susie Wolff: A driving force in battle for equality behind the wheel

The Williams driver has had plenty of doubters, but hopes she will be judged by her ability in the cockpit
Adam Gemili interview: 'No abs Adam' plans to muscle in on Usain Bolt's turf

'No abs Adam' plans to muscle in on Usain Bolt's turf

After a year touched by tragedy, Adam Gemili wants to become the sixth Briton to run a sub-10sec 100m
Calls for a military mental health 'quality mark'

Homeless Veterans campaign

Expert calls for military mental health 'quality mark'
Racton Man: Analysis shows famous skeleton was a 6ft Bronze Age superman

Meet Racton Man

Analysis shows famous skeleton was a 6ft Bronze Age superman
Garden Bridge: St Paul’s adds to £175m project’s troubled waters

Garden Bridge

St Paul’s adds to £175m project’s troubled waters
Stuff your own Christmas mouse ornament: An evening class in taxidermy with a festive feel

Stuff your own Christmas mouse ornament

An evening class in taxidermy with a festive feel
Joint Enterprise: The legal doctrine which critics say has caused hundreds of miscarriages of justice

Joint Enterprise

The legal doctrine which critics say has caused hundreds of miscarriages of justice
Freud and Eros: Love, Lust and Longing at the Freud Museum: Objects of Desire

Freud and Eros

Love, Lust and Longing at the Freud Museum