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Edward Burra's paintings are eccentric, varied and bleak. Adrian Hamilton celebrates this most neglected of British artists at his first retrospective in 25 years

'I am not sad' insists AC Milan striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic

AC Milan striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has insisted his words were lost in translation when he was reported recently as saying he was fed up with football.

Courtois expects to replace Cech... sooner rather than later

Chelsea are already planning for a future without goalkeeper Petr Cech, according to the 19-year-old Belgian keeper who believes he can one day replace him.

City given hope by Aguero's beautiful kiss of life

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'Ultra-special' Lewis sweeps to maiden professional title

Tom Lewis always maintained it was his intention "to do a Rory", but in winning the Portugal Masters in stunning fashion yesterday, the young Englishman "eclipsed" anything Master McIlroy managed.

In the bullrings of Portugal, the horse is the star of the show

Bullfighting might have been banned in Barcelona, but it is still part of life in Lisbon. Adrian Mourby stayed at a hotel where guests are invited to meet the men behind this controversial spectacle

48 Hours: Palma

As the crowds dwindle, the capital of this holiday island grows in appeal, offering an enticing blend of ancient streets and modern art.

How to rebuild without a star player like Rooney

Usually the bleak news for England ahead of a major tournament comes closer to the reckoning. In 2002, David Beckham broke his metatarsal two months before it began. Ahead of the 2006 World Cup, Michael Owen broke a metatarsal six months before the tournament. Wayne Rooney's ankle injury before the World Cup last year was at the end of March.

Roberto Martinez against change to TV deal

Wigan manager Roberto Martinez has cautioned the Premier League against adopting a Spanish-style 'go it alone' approach to TV deals, claiming it has not worked in La Liga.

Simon Calder: It's Ryanair's world, we just fly in it

Until this week, there was one sure way to get a free cup of tea out of Ryanair: present yourself as a journalist at one of the airline's press conferences. But as the price of aviation fuel soars and the appetite for travel dwindles, the media's hot drinks have been replaced by tap water (still more than you would get on a Ryanair flight).

Ireland seek to end play-off woe

Five qualifying play-offs against European opposition without success is the discouraging record, but this time the Republic of Ireland hope it will be different after back-to-back wins in the last qualifying round lifted them into the seeding positions for today's draw for the Euro 2012 qualifying play-offs.

Rooney faces fierce battle to win back his starting role

Fabio Capello has warned Wayne Rooney that there is no guarantee he will automatically come back into the England team after his ban at Euro 2012, and said the Manchester United striker will not start in friendlies in the build-up to the tournament.

Striker faces battle to win back starting role

Fabio Capello has warned Wayne Rooney that there is no guarantee he will automatically come back into the England team after his ban at Euro 2012, and said the Manchester United striker will not start in friendlies in the build-up to the tournament.

Williams heads into Monsoon with six point lead

Britain’s Ian Williams goes to the World Match Race Tour showdown in Malaysia next month with a slender lead over Italian rival Francesco Bruni.

Time to trust in the young tyros as golden generation gives way

The assembled team have "the right combination of youth and experience" we were told on Friday as the powers that be looked ahead to a brighter 2012 following demoralising defeat last summer. But Ed Miliband's new shadow cabinet has yet to be tested. The England football team, whose captain, John Terry, used almost exactly the same expression a few hours after the Labour leader, have already faced a battle or three and emerged with distinctly mixed results.

'Overwhelmed' Amanda Knox arrives back on US soil

Tired and tearful, Amanda Knox stepped onto American soil for the first time in four years last night, and told a crowd of well-wishers and reporters that she was “really overwhelmed” to be back home so soon after her dramatic acquittal.

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