Rowing: Searle enjoys golden day in slovenia

The boats in the Men's Eight final at the Rowing World Cup race across Lake Bled in Slovenia yesterday.

Koren confident Slovenia can exorcise 2002 demons and spring a surprise

Captain convinced there will be no repeat of the embarrassments of their last World Cup appearance and has a warning for England

Take the trouble out of your World Cup trip with a complete package deal

Five British tour operators have been licensed by Fifa to sell World Cup packages, including flights, accommodation, transfers, excursions and admission to England games. "Sales were very strong to begin with, especially the long-term packages of 18 nights," said Lynsey Devon of Thomson Sport (0845 121 2018; thomsonsport.com). "But people are taking their time now." A four-night package around the England-Slovenia qualifying game at Port Elizabeth costs £2,537. That rises to £3,999 if you want to see all three of England's group matches.

Ice Hockey: Britain edge closer to medal despite setbacks

Great Britain maintained their 100 per cent start to their World Championship campaign with a hard-fought 2-1 victory over South Korea in Slovenia yesterday.

Cycling: Henderson keeps up Sky's winning run

A last-gasp lunge for the line by Team Sky's Greg Henderson in stage one of the Paris-Nice race yesterday netted the British squad their sixth victory of 2010.

Uefa name five teams involved in inquiry into match-fixing

Two Albanian clubs and teams from Slovenia, Latvia and Hungary in spotlight

Uefa vow tough action against match-fixers

UEFA have vowed to take stiff action against anyone found guilty of match-fixing after naming five clubs involved in suspect fixtures today.

Hiddink silent on future after Russia exit

Coach Guus Hiddink was giving nothing away regarding his future as his Russia side were denied a place at the World Cup finals by Slovenia.

World Cup round-up: Nine-man Russia go crashing out

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Lives Remembered: Elly Ligertwood

Elly Ligertwood (née von Hunkar) grew up near Ptuj, in today's Slovenia, latterly part of Yugoslavia. She had a happy childhood in a large, bustling house, with cousins and au pairs frequently visiting from England. In 1941, after the Nazi occupation, she was sent to cousins in Hungary to avoid joining the Bund Deutscher Madchen (the League of German Girls). Her parents managed to remain at home throughout the war. As the Russians approached in 1945, Elly got herself back home alone on trains strafed by allied bombers, nourished for days by a single bag of plums.

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.

Cayard takes win in Sarasin Trophy

In commanding form of old, the American Paul Cayard jumped ship and wore the Russian colours of Katusha to win the match race section of the RC44 Sarasin Trophy today.

Carew urges England call-up for Agbonlahor

John Carew has urged England coach Fabio Capello to give his Aston Villa strike partner Gabriel Agbonlahor another chance.

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