Italy has been crippled by a series of strikes as part of the so-called Pitchfork Movement

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A galaxy not so far away: the Milky Way ski area

Get me out of here - spa in Andalucia, sun in the UAE, ski in the Milky Way

Now... Christmas spa break in Andalucia

If you want to remove yourself from the Christmas chaos, there's a three-night wellness break at the Shanti Som retreat, Andalucia for £839pp. Departing on 23 December with easyJet flights from Gatwick to Malaga, it includes all meals, a guided hike and a massage. bit.ly/SpaSpain

Britain’s Zoe Gillings was eighth in the snowboard cross at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, and has high hopes of doing better than that in Sochi in 2014

Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics: Zoe Gillings is a hopeful jump ahead

British winter sport is no longer a joke. Robin Scott-Elliot meets a genuine medal prospect for Sochi, where no competitor will be better prepared

Real Madrid's Welsh striker Gareth Bale (R) celebrates after scoring a goal past Juventus' goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon

With Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo, Real Madrid 'are practically assured of three points', claims Iker Casillas

The two most expensive players in the world were on target against Juventus but their side only left with a draw

David Murdoch will lead Team GB's curling team in the Winter Olympics

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Scotland's David Murdoch has been selected to skip the Great Britain rink at the Winter Olympics in Sochi next February.

Shelley Rudman became skeleton world champion this year

Shelley Rudman piles on pounds in search of skeleton gold

Shelley Rudman has weighty expectations for the Winter Olympics in Sochi next year as she bids to improve on the shock skeleton silver medal she claimed at the Turin Games in 2006.

Richard Whitehead, Paralympian

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Crikey! Just looking at his muscles is exhausting.

The BBC could be set to axe a raft of senior managers, its chairman Lord Patten has suggested

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The BBC could be set to axe a raft of senior managers, its chairman Lord Patten has suggested.

Czech Republic coach resigns following defeat to Italy

Michal Bilek quits with qualification for World Cup unlikely

Andrea Pirlo and his Juventus team-mates celebrate during their victory over Celtic in the Champions League

The collective of Juventus might dare to dream of Champions League glory

The Italian side eased to victory over Celtic to advance to the quarter-finals

Rejuvenated Perri Shakes-Drayton fizzes on golden final day for Team GB

Shakes-Drayton recovers from Olympic heartache to lead young team to second in medals table

Simon Calder: Cash for check-in - British Airways joins the weight list

The man who pays his way

Champions League: Neil Lennon - 'Pro-Juventus' referee was terrible at corners, says Celtic manager

The Scottish league leaders lost 3-0 to the Italian side

Shelley Rudman of Great Britain crosses the finishline after the women's skeleton second heat of the IBSF Bob & Skeleton World Championship

Skeleton: Shelley Rudman's the world slide ruler

Shelley Rudman rose to the occasion once again yesterday as she was crowned world skeleton champion in St Moritz after beating her rivals by more than half a second.

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"I hope that my work's universality will give it a longer shelf life"

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