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 

Britain falls behind Poland and Slovakia in university tables

The UK has lost its edge as a world leader in providing higher education, one of the most authoritative international studies has revealed.

Robson marches onwards as her junior days start to look numbered

The current US Open may be Laura Robson's last junior tournament and on the evidence of her second-round victory yesterday the 16-year-old Briton looks determined to go out on a winning note. Robson beat Chanelle Van Nguyen 6-3, 7-6 to earn a third-round meeting with another American, Robin Anderson.

UK plummets in graduate league table

The UK lost its status as one of the world leaders in producing graduates, according to a league table published today.

Collins injury boost lessens Welsh woes

The Wales and Aston Villa defender James Collins has escaped serious injury after apparently being elbowed in the face during Wales' 1-0 defeat away to Montenegro in their Euro 2012 qualifier on Friday night.

Five Roma among seven dead in gunman's random attack at flats

A gunman went on a rampage in Slovakian capital, Bratislava, yesterday, killing seven and wounding 15 others before committing suicide.

Gunman kills six in Slovakia attack

A gunman killed six people and wounded at least nine in an attack at an apartment building in Bratislava on Monday, then committed suicide, police said.

Marian Slingova-Fagan: Political activist who endured solitary confinement in communist Czechoslovakia

Marian Rose Šlingová-Fagan was a political activist who married a Czechoslovakian Communist and found herself caught up in that country's repressive system.

Slavic secret: Solta is steeped in history and rich in beauty

In travel, as in life, you should never confuse quantity with quality. Yet the amount of space that guidebooks assign to a particular location can provide a useful indication of a destination's relative merit. Lonely Planet's volume on Croatia devotes just 16 lines to the bulky chunk of limestone that comprises the Adriatic island of Solta – the same modest space as assigned to cinemas in Dubrovnik. The Rough Guide is more generous in its coverage, with nearly a page on Solta, but nightclubs in Zagreb enjoy a much higher word count.

Van Marwijk clears the air after spat with Van Persie

Holland coach Bert van Marwijk has demanded unity among his World Cup players after Robin van Persie's angry outburst at being substituted in the 2-1 defeat of Slovakia threatened to derail his preparations for the quarter-final against Brazil.

Holland relishing 'under-dog' role against Brazil

Holland boss Bert van Marwijk is relishing Friday's mouthwatering World Cup quarter-final against Brazil - and was quick to hand his side the tag of underdogs.

Robben vows to get even better

Holland winger Arjen Robben believes he is not yet at his best despite earning the man-of-the-match award against Slovakia.

Robben makes grand return to prove the difference for Holland

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