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 

Darty boss is set to swing the axe

Alan Parker, the former Whitbread boss, is preparing to wield the axe at European electricals chain Darty, which he chairs.

Bold intent: Vladimir Jurowski conducting the LPO

IoS classical review: LPO/Jurowski, Royal Festival Hall, London
London Sinfonietta, Purcell Room, London
LSO/Bychkov/Kavakos, Barbican Hall, London

Death and grief prompt searing scores, interpreted with pathos and passion

Make a splash: fountains outside Kosice’s cathedral

Every street tells a story in Kosice

This intriguing city with Slovakian and Hungarian heritage is next year’s European Capital of Culture

Great heights: View from the Lomnicky Stit Observatory in the High Tatras range

Where to go 2013: Slovakia

Why go in 2013? Country of culture

Danny Rose leaves the pitch at full-time

Racist chants and sickening violence mar England under-21s victory in Serbia

Serbia Under-21 0 England Under-21 1 (England win 2-0 on aggregate)

Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates his third

Champions League round-up: Cristiano Ronaldo grabs another Real Madrid hat-trick

Cristiano Ronaldo's first Champions League hat-trick gave Real Madrid a 4-1 win at Ajax which puts Jose Mourinho's side clear on six points in Group D.

Andy Murray in action in Japan

Andy Murray storms past Lukas Lacko in the Japan Open

Andy Murray dropped only three games as he brushed aside Lukas Lacko in less than an hour in the second round of the Japan Open.

Andy Murray back in action in Japan

Andy Murray makes winning return to action at the Japan Open

Andy Murray reached the second round of the Japan Open with a straight-sets win over Ivo Karlovic in his first match since winning the US Open.

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga suffers shock early exit from US Open

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga had little explanation for his poor showing as he made his earliest grand slam exit in more than five years at the US Open today.

By the seat of his pants: Greene scraped through into 400m hurdles final

Greene makes final by narrowest of margins

As Dai Greene crossed the finish line in the London 2012 centrepiece arena last night, he clasped his hands to his face and dropped to the ground. He remained there for a good while, a picture of despair – lying on his back, his hands clasped to his head. The captain of the British track and field team thought he had blown his big Olympic chance. Only the first two finishers in the three semi-finals of the 400m hurdles were guaranteed a place in tomorrow's final and Greene had crossed the line fourth in the opening race.

Three golds and three silvers for Team GB in a day of glory

Team GB won a flurry of medals today, taking gold and silver in the men’s canoe slalom, gold in men’s double trap shooting and a gold for Chris Hoy and co in the men's team sprint.

August 2, 2012: Gold medalists Etienne Stott (C) and Tim Baillie (R) of Great Britain celebrate after the Men's Canoe Double (C2) Slalom final

Slalom Canoeing: Etienne Stott and Tim Baillie win gold for Team GB with David Florence and Richard Hounslow taking silver

The British canoeing pair Tim Baillie and Etienne Stott took a breathtaking gold for Britain in the two-man canoe slalom this afternoon.

David Florence (left) and Richard Hounslow failed in their solo events

Slalom Canoeing: David Florence pairs up with Richard Hounslow to repair canoeing machine

David Florence is the quieter one and Richard Hounslow the more outgoing of the pair who provide Great Britain with a genuine gold medal aspirations in the two-man canoe event today. There's also the fact that Hounslow, left out of Britain's Beijing Olympics contingent and deeply disillusioned, might have given the sport up for Sandhurst had not Florence suggested that they pair up.

August 1, 2012: Serena Williams of the US in action at Wimbledon

Tennis: Serena Williams remains on course for Olympic gold

Wimbledon champion Serena Williams cemented her status as the favourite for Olympic singles gold with a crushing 6-1 6-0 victory over Russia's Vera Zvonareva to reach the quarter-finals.

Great Britain’s David Florence struggles in yesterday’s canoe single semi-final

Florence focus turns to doubles after hopes swamped at Gate 18

The dream of an individual gold medal is over, but David Florence is determined to use the disappointment of his failure in the canoe slalom yesterday to drive him to success alongside Richard Hounslow tomorrow.

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Christmas Appeal

Meet the charity giving homeless veterans hope – and who they turn to when no one else can help
Should doctors and patients learn to plan humane, happier endings rather than trying to prolong life?

Is it always right to try to prolong life?

Most of us would prefer to die in our own beds, with our families beside us. But, as a GP, Margaret McCartney sees too many end their days in a medicalised battle
Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night - is that what it takes for women to get to the top?

What does it take for women to get to the top?

Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night and told women they had to do more if they wanted to get on
Christmas jumper craze: Inside the UK factory behind this year's multicultural must-have

Knitting pretty: British Christmas Jumpers

Simmy Richman visits Jack Masters, the company behind this year's multicultural must-have
French chefs have launched a campaign to end violence in kitchens - should British restaurants follow suit?

French chefs campaign against bullying

A group of top chefs signed a manifesto against violence in kitchens following the sacking of a chef at a Paris restaurant for scalding his kitchen assistant with a white-hot spoon
Radio 4 to broadcast 10-hour War and Peace on New Year's Day as Controller warns of cuts

Just what you need on a New Year hangover...

Radio 4 to broadcast 10-hour adaptation of War and Peace on first day of 2015
Cuba set to stage its first US musical in 50 years

Cuba to stage first US musical in 50 years

Claire Allfree finds out if the new production of Rent will hit the right note in Havana
Christmas 2014: 10 best educational toys

Learn and play: 10 best educational toys

Of course you want them to have fun, but even better if they can learn at the same time
Paul Scholes column: I like Brendan Rodgers as a manager but Liverpool seem to be going backwards not forwards this season

Paul Scholes column

I like Brendan Rodgers as a manager but Liverpool seem to be going backwards not forwards this season
Lewis Moody column: Stuart Lancaster has made all the right calls – now England must deliver

Lewis Moody: Lancaster has made all the right calls – now England must deliver

So what must the red-rose do differently? They have to take the points on offer 
Cameron, Miliband and Clegg join forces for Homeless Veterans campaign

Cameron, Miliband and Clegg join forces for Homeless Veterans campaign

It's in all our interests to look after servicemen and women who fall on hard times, say party leaders
Millionaire Sol Campbell wades into wealthy backlash against Labour's mansion tax

Sol Campbell cries foul at Labour's mansion tax

The former England defender joins Myleene Klass, Griff Rhys Jones and Melvyn Bragg in criticising proposals
Nicolas Sarkozy returns: The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?

Sarkozy returns

The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?
Is the criticism of Ed Miliband a coded form of anti-Semitism?

Is the criticism of Miliband anti-Semitic?

Attacks on the Labour leader have coalesced around a sense that he is different, weird, a man apart. But is the criticism more sinister?
Ouija boards are the must-have gift this Christmas, fuelled by a schlock horror film

Ouija boards are the must-have festive gift

Simon Usborne explores the appeal - and mysteries - of a century-old parlour game