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Darren Barker could be forced to retire after his hip problems resurfaced in defeat to Germany’s Felix Sturm on Saturday night.

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Worldwide: 48 hours in ... Stuttgart

Shop till you drop along Germany's longest pedestrianised zone - then recover with some Kaffee and Kuchen, says Margaret Campbell

Sporting Digest: Squash

Cassie Jackman, the England No 1 and world No 3, has withdrawn from the women's World Open Championship, which begins in Stuttgart tomorrow because of an ankle injury.

Tennis: Becker finds the lure endures

TO THE locals, the big question at the Eurocard Open in Stuttgart was which of the German players would prove himself the nation's No 1. Would it be Nicolas Kiefer or Tommy Haas? Neither, as it turned out.

Tennis: Henman homes in on Hanover

A debut appearance in the World Championships beckons for Britain's No 1.

Crabtree poised to fall to pounds 9.5m bid

CRABTREE, a Tyneside-based engineer, looked set to fall into German hands yesterday as it emerged that Stuttgart-based LTG Technologies was considering a pounds 9.5m all-paper bid, writes Francesco Guerrera.

Obituary: Hermann Lenz

HERMANN LENZ explained in an interview in 1978 that for him literature was a possibility of finding himself. He also worked on the principle, "You can only know your own truth and not one valid for all." Despite this existentialist standpoint, he was celebrated towards the end of his life as a chronicler of German life and times.

Football: Zola's instant impact for Chelsea

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Football: Chelsea wait for Zola and worry over pitch

A THREADBARE, rutted pitch, with more undulations than a Page Three girl, has superseded Gianfranco Zola's groin injury as Chelsea's chief concern ahead of tonight's European Cup-Winners' Cup final against VfB Stuttgart in the Rasunda Stadium.

Sports betting: Bank on Chelsea to silence Stuttgart in Stockholm

CHELSEA should beat VfB Stuttgart in the Cup-Winners' Cup final in Stockholm on Wednesday night. The German side will be no pushover - they have had a fair season domestically and lie fourth in the Bundesliga but the moderate displays from Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund and Bayer Leverkusen in the European Cup and the unlikely emergence of FC Kaiserslautern at home this season suggests the once mighty German league may have a slipped a little from its pedestal in the last year. Certainly it can no longer be mentioned in the same breath as Serie A.

Football: Chelsea banish forward thinking

Nick Callow describes the mood for the big game before Chelsea's biggest game

Athletics: Gebrselassie beats own mark

Haile Gebrselassie of Ethiopia broke his own 3,000m world indoor record by more than 4.5 seconds in Karlsruhe, Germany yesterday. The Ethiopian clocked 7min 26.14sec, beating the mark of 7:30.72 that he set in Stuttgart on 4 February 1996.

Diary of a somebody

"I never travel without my diary," declared Oscar Wilde. "One should always have something sensational to read on the train."

Dance Review: Dark, brutal passion - and not a poker in sight

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Travel: More remote than the Andes, but less than two hours away

Bridging old and new, Stuttgart is Germany's richest city with a unique architectural mix. But as Robert Rollason found, for the British traveller, it doesn't even register on the tourist map.
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