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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

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Casey Stoner tightened his grip on the MotoGP title, blitzing to victory at the Indianapolis Grand Pix yesterday for his third consecutive win and seventh of the season.

Cycling: Ireland's Martin climbs to win in Spain

Irish rider Dan Martin won the ninth stage of the Tour of Spain on Sunday, while Dutchman Bauke Mollema took the overall leader's jersey from Joaquin Rodriguez by one second.

Local favourites Bribón win Murcia Trophy

The local favourites delivered a convincing win as the Spanish yacht Bribón won the Murcia Trophy, fourth in the series of five which makes up the Audi MedCup. The 52-footer had just two results outside the top three in the nine races.

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Moscato d'Asti pops its cork – with hip-hop help

Sales soar of the sparkling wine that's the toast of rapper royalty

Azzurra's outrageous misfortune puts them sixth

Sport can dish up some cruel misfortunes, not least for the resurgent Italian crew of Azzurra in the Audi MedCup. After a great start in the 21-mile coastal race the big blue TP52 was leading only to be pipped at the first mark by its red sistership of the Franco-German All 4 One.

Simon Calder: Venice - city of culture, cuisine and tax collection

The man who pays his way

Derek Pain: An excellent time to be share buying for a long investment

I have recruited two shares to the no pain, no pain portfolio. They are Northern Petroleum, an oil and gas group, and the Spirit Pub Company, the chain that arrived on the stock market following a demerger from the struggling Punch Taverns. With the departure of Clarity Commerce Solutions and Lighthouse, my little share exercise was reduced to a dozen constituents.

Bribon remains at top of Audi MedCup leaderboard

Nip and tuck all the way, the fan master in the sky pressed the on button, produced a steadily strengthening breeze, and set up some furiously close racing, three of them, on the third day of the Murcia trophy. He also brought a ration of woe.

Spain amends constitution to limit debt

Spain's main political powers agreed to amend the constitution to make the government legally obliged to keep its deficit low, an effort to reassure financial markets that it will keep its troubled finances under control and not need a bailout.

Serie A postponed over dispute

The start of the Serie A season will be delayed after the Italian Players' Union announced their members will strike this weekend.

Spanish football strike called off

The Primera Division season will finally get under way on Saturday after a second weekend of strike action was averted today.

Light winds benefit specialists in Audi MedCup

The light air specialists came through strongly in the opening race of the fourth regatta for the Murcia Trophy in the Audi MedCup series, but it was a day to put in the bin for Niklas Zennström’s south coast-based Rán team.

Holland replace Spain at top of Fifa rankings

Spain's reign as the world's number-one ranked team has come to an end, with Holland replacing them at the top of the latest FIFA chart.

The Wheel, Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh

It's the eve of Rosa's wedding and the augurs are not good. There's blood in the goat's milk and the wine has been stolen, eggcup by eggcup, from a richer neighbour. Sure enough, before a drop has been drunk in toast to the nuptials, a menacing uninvited guest shows up and the wedding banquet has been swept away in the horrifying torrents of war. Having had everything snatched away from them – including Rosa's betrothed – the bride and her sister Beatriz are left with a strange, silent little girl who may or may not have miraculous or evil powers. Beatriz resolves to reunite her with her father and so begins a 1,000-mile odyssey across 19th-century Spain and, less specifically, through the history of man's inhumanity to man.

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