Sport Darren Barker could be forced to retire after his hip problems resurfaced in defeat to Germany’s Felix Sturm

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

COMPETITION; DETAILS No 355

In which painting by which painter can you find this pole?

Dance: Dancing king

The drama of history and the dance form are not easy partners - can you imagine a dancing Rasputin? - but David Bintley's staging of Edward II suits its melodramatic telling of the story of a sexually dysfunctional Court

Edinburgh Festival 97: Hit or myth?

Malcolm Hayes picks his way through the labyrinthine musical history of Richard Strauss's 'Ariadne auf Naxos'

Rusedskislips in Stuttgart

Greg Rusedski is to withdraw from the Northern Electric Open in Jesmond next week after aggravating a groin injury in his second-round defeat by Sweden's Magnus Larsson in the Mercedes Cup in Stuttgart yesterday.

`Dear Cousin Julius, we trust; on our God and on You...'

Every age has its quiet saviours. In 1938, Julius Hess was working in an American men's store when he rec eived a letter which was to plunge him into a battle to save a family he'd never met

Going, going, gong

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DANCE With John Percival

Birmingham Royal Ballet, Hippodrome, Hurst Street, Birmingham (0121-622 7486) 19-22, 28 Feb, 1 Mar The Sleeping Beauty; 25-27 Feb Dream/Song; then touring

Athletics: High hopes for Baulch and Hylton

Mike Rowbottom looks at the best prospects in this weekend's British world indoor trials

Athletics: Gunnell girded for the final hurdle

`I want to do one more year', the ex-champion tells Mike Rowbottom

Pavarotti hits bad note in Eigg

The residents of Eigg greeted reports that Luciano Pavarotti wants to build an opera centre on their island with a chorus of disapproval yesterday.

Letter: Wasteful lorries criss-cross Europe

Sir: Sarah Helm's article about the doubling of traffic through the Brenner Pass (4 December) touches on a wider issue, which affects every town and village in every EU country. Freedom from trade barriers has come to mean the freedom to send anything to anywhere, by road, if the supplier can make a profit. And profit to the supplier always means a loss to the environment which will never appear in the accounts.

Zaire military option ruled out

Western military officials failed to agree yesterday on intervention in eastern Zaire, and their estimate of the number of refugees signalled a rapidly waning interest in the crisis.

Tennis: Sampras too hot for ailing Agassi

Every time Pete Sampras has played Andre Agassi over the past 15 months, his game seems to move to a new level. In the latest chapter in the rivalry between the two Americans, Sampras thrashed Agassi 6-2, 6-1 yesterday to begin his attempt to win a third ATP World Championship title.

Arming Africa: Peace force reschedules meeting as events overtake plans

Gisenyi - The United States military said yesterday that a meeting in Germany of countries participating in a Canadian-led force to help refugees in Zaire had been rescheduled to a day later than originally planned.

Henman falls at the first again

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