Skiing: Maze figures out way to gold at last

Tina Maze became the first Slovenian to win an Alpine skiing world championship title yesterday, riding her advantage from the first run to the gold medal in the women's giant slalom.

The Essential Skiing Guide: The rest of Europe

Almost every country in Europe – even Croatia, Cyprus and Portugal – has at least one ski area. And as well as the "big four" Alpine nations, UK tour operators offer holidays at dozens of resorts in eastern Europe, the Pyrenees and Scandinavia.

Call me Bossman: Eastern Europe gets its first black mayor

A Ghanaian doctor dubbed "the Slovenian Obama" has been elected mayor of the tiny town of Piran, becoming the first black person to hold such an office in Eastern Europe.

Worthington warns of the folly of underestimating Faroe Islands

Nigel Worthington has given his players a history lesson in the hope they will not be embarrassed as he once was with Northern Ireland.

Worthington rushes back attacking duo

The Northern Ireland manager Nigel Worthington believes Celtic duo Paddy McCourt and Niall McGinn offer "something different" to the rest of his squad. That is why Worthington has recalled the players, even though both are short of match fitness, for the Euro 2012 qualifiers against Italy and the Faroe Islands next month.

Cycling: Albasini triumphs in Tour of Britain

Switzerland's Michael Albasini won the Tour of Britain in London on Saturday, with his German HTC-Columbia team-mate, Andre Greipel, securing the stage victory.

Slovenia: Second World War mass grave found

The bodies of up to 700 people killed at the end of the Second World War have been discovered in a mass grave in Slovenia, 65 years after they were herded into woods and killed by anti-fascists seeking revenge on Nazi collaborators.

Hughes puts fine start by Irish down to perfect blend

Aaron Hughes is hoping that a blend of experience and enthusiasm could take Northern Ireland into a major championship. The Fulham defender was a rock at the back along with Stephen Craigan as their Euro 2012 qualifying campaign got off to a perfect start against Group C rivals Slovenia on Friday.

Crime rates in England and Wales 'worse than US'

England and Wales has one of the worst crime rates among developed nations for rapes, burglaries and robberies, a United Nations report found.

Super Sava: Find beauty, wildlife and history on the shores of this mighty river

The Sava runs for 1,000km from the Julian Alps to the Danube

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.

The Capello Index: The rights and wrongs of the manager's World Cup

What Capello got right

The Bold Calls: The decision to drop Robert Green and select David James for the Algeria game was taken deep into the evening before the match but it paid off.

Players behind Capello insists Defoe

England striker Jermain Defoe believes the weight of World Cup expectation took its toll on the squad in South Africa, but insists the players remain behind under-pressure manager Fabio Capello.

Boyd Tonkin: The snarl of an ageing lion

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