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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

Dangerous conditions set to greet America's Cup hopefuls

Boat threatening, even life-threatening stormy weather is in prospect for the opening weekend of the parallel circuit which is the America’s Cup World series, staging the second regatta of its 2011-12 programme in Plymouth.

De Gea: I've had a rocky start, but keep the faith

The expression David de Gea has for his prime asset is no tiemblo – "I don't panic" – and the new Manchester United goalkeeper revealed a certain sangfroid yesterday by declaring that those who have already questioned his suitability for United are quite within their rights.

De Gea: I've had rocky start but keep the faith

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Bradley Wiggins: 'That Tour crash may end up as the biggest blessing in disguise I've had'

British cyclist's confidence is sky-high in Spain, discovers Alasdair Fotheringham

Spain take blame for brawl against Chile

Spain must share the blame for an ugly brawl that marred their friendly game against Chile on Friday and the image the team projected was regrettable, said the world champions' coach Vicente del Bosque.

Italian heritage vandal is caught

Italian police have arrested a vandal who confessed to smashing a marble statue in Rome's famed Piazza Navona and of trying to damage the nearby Trevi Fountain.

Italy deny rift following Mario Balotelli iPad incident

Italy team manager Gigi Riva has brushed aside reports that Manchester City forward Mario Balotelli has fallen out with Azzurri coach Cesare Prandelli.

Appetite for lower-fat ice cream feeds high-street 'gelato' boom

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Williams takes the lead in World Match Race Tour

Australia’s Torvar Mirsky took the top prize without putting in a tack in anger but, just by finishing third, Britain’s Ian Williams has taken over the lead of the 2011 World Match Race Tour.

Miller feeling hard done by after two 'wrong calls' by referee

Kenny Miller believes Scotland have a legitimate grievance after two controversial decisions cost them victory against the Czech Republic at Hampden Park on Saturday. Scotland drew 2-2 after the Czechs were awarded a questionable penalty in the final minute, and even after that referee Kevin Blom turned down a more plausible penalty appeal after Christophe Berra went down.

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ECB's Trichet says Italy must meet budget targets

European Central Bank President Jean-Claude Trichet pressed Italy today to deliver on its promises to get its strained public finances in order, saying it was essential to restore fragile market confidence.

Basketball: Champions Spain prove too strong for Britain

Great Britain put up a better fight on day three of the European Championships in Lithuania yesterday but could not produce an upset against defending champions Spain, losing 86-69.

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