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Anheuser-Busch InBev, the world’s biggest brewer, is buying back the South Korean brewery it sold to private equity in 2009

Final day is twice as nice

THE sponsors' product was somewhat watered down yesterday when rain washed out the semi-finals of the Stella Artois tournament, leaving both matches, as well as the final, to be played today.

Bates left deflated by new balls

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Richardson walks tall on the grass

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Rafter removed by ebullient Richardson

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EDINBURGH FESTIVAL: COMEDY / Made to make your eyes water: The Tokyo Shock Boys are a mess. With comedians who can't tell jokes and dancers who can't keep in step, their act is about as subtle as eating dry ice and blowing it out of your nose. And all the funnier for it. By Mark Wareham

There have got to be easier ways for a bald oriental comedian to perform an impression of Mikhail Gorbachev than by putting a live scorpion on his head. But the Tokyo Shock Boys, a troupe of four deranged dangermen from Japan, do their best to avoid the obvious. Your average stunt act might eat some glass or a string of razor- blades maybe, but a scorpion, placed first on the head, and then into the mouth?

Tour de Tunbridge: Next Wednesday, parts of Kent and Sussex will be engulfed by croissants and croques while the locals enjoy a glimpse of strange men on bicycles whizzing by. Ruth Picardie reports

A sunny Wednesday afternoon in Maresfield, on the edge of the Ashdown Forest in Sussex. Washing flaps in the breeze. A farm sign announces that the strawberries are 'All picked out]'. Children's bikes are abandoned on a grassy verge. Young mothers chat across prams. Jenny Morris sweeps outside the Cabin Cafe; her husband, Mike, is thinking about going carp fishing across the fields.

FOOD & DRINK / Best beer in Britain, probably: Forget fancy foreign imports. Traditional British bottled beers are making a comeback, says Graham Coster

DIRK BOGARDE, playing the butler in that seminal Sixties film The Servant, is sitting below stairs at the kitchen table with a bottle of beer. It looks as if it might be a Double Diamond - we can't quite see the label - but one thing is certain, it is not a bottle of taste-free Sol lager with a bit of lime stuck in the top. And later in the film, when his master, James Fox, fancies some beer, what does Dirk Bogarde bring back from the off-licence? A 12-pack of canned Stella Artois? No, six bottles of brown ale.

Tennis: Martin just too strong for Sampras: World No 1 puts the blame for modern-day power game on improved physical attributes after losing without dropping his serve

ONLY five players have defeated Pete Sampras this year, and Todd Martin became the latest yesterday without breaking the world No 1's serve in the final of the Stella Artois Championships. Rumour has it that there was a seven-stroke rally, but it has yet to be confirmed.

Labour politicians under fire for boycott of BBC: Strike causes widespread disruption of radio and television

Labour politicians came under fire yesterday for refusing to appear on BBC radio or television during the 24-hour strike by journalists and production staff which caused widespread disruption.

Labour under fire for BBC botcott

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Tennis: Bates moves on to Becker: Britain's No 1 to face former Wimbledon champion at Queen's

JEREMY BATES kept his energy expenditure to the minimum yesterday as he set up a second-round meeting with Boris Becker, the three-times Wimbledon champion, in the Stella Artois Championship at Queen's Club.
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