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Andy Murray beats Tomas Berdych to reach Australian Open final - as it happened

www.guardian.co.uk - Andy Murray reached the Australian Open final by beating Tomas Berdych 6-7, 6-0, 6-3, 7-5 Kevin Mitchell’s match report from Melbourne 12.22pm GMT So at the end of all that, Andy Murray has reached his first grand slam final since, well, you know when. His opponent on Sunday will be either Novak Djokovic or Stanislas Wawrinka, who play their semi-final tomorrow. Whoever wins, it should be a special occasion. But for now, savour an outstanding performance from Murray, who is getting back to his very best. Can he win his first Australian Open? We’ll find out on Sunday. Thanks for reading today. See you tomorrow for Djokovic v Wawrinka. Bye for now. For now, read Kevin Mitchell’s match report from Melbourne. 12.14pm GMT Social media is abuzz with whatever it was that Kim Sears said when Tomas Berdych was broken in the third set. WARNING: THIS LINK CONTAINS NAUGHTY LANGUAGE. 12.13pm GMT “I probably can’t repeat it on TV,” Murray laughs when he’s asked what he was saying to himself at the end of the first set. “I was obviously disappointed to lose the first set. I had a couple of break points at 5-5. I was disappointed. But I was very aggressive at the start of the second set. I would say I changed tactics a little bit but I also got used to the conditions. I tried to play very aggressive on his service games and mine. I knew when I was dictating the points and getting the first strike in, I was winning the points. It was a little bit extra tension. It’s a big match. A lot was made of Dani working with him. Me and Dani have been friends since we were 15 years old and I thought that was a little bit unfair. This is sport. There are more important things. It created a bit of unnecessary tension.Then comes a question about his coach, Amelie Mauresmo. “A lot of people criticised me for working with her but I think we’ve seen so far this week that women can be very good coaches as well,” he says. “I see no reason why that can’t move forward like that in the future, so I’m very grateful to Amelie. It was a very brave choice of her to do it, so thanks to her.” 12.07pm GMT How are your nerves? On edge? How are your fingernails? Worn thin? Of course they are. Andy Murray is playing tennis. But you shouldn’t worry. He isn’t about to flinch. He races into a 30-0 lead and then a huge forehand gives him three match points. What to do here? Better just ace him down the middle! It’s over! Andy Murray is into the Australian Open final! He’s delighted! I ... I think he’s even just cracked a smile! Back in his chair, he pumps his fist at least three times! I think he’s happy. 12.04pm GMT Fourth set: Murray 6-7, 6-0, 6-3, 6-5 Berdych* (*denotes server): It’s worrying for Berdych when he loops a forehand wide to go down 0-15 and he’s positively shaking when he frames a simple overhead on the next point; he breathes a sigh of relief when Murray’s audacious lob lands a yard or two past the baseline. Then a stiff backhand from Berdych makes it 15-30, before a double-fault gives Murray two break points. Is this the moment? It’s what Murray has been waiting for throughout this set. A few beads of sweat drop from Berdych’s forehead and he bangs a backhand miles past the baseline! Murray breaks! He’ll serve for a place in the final! 11.59am GMT Fourth set: Murray* 6-7, 6-0, 6-3, 5-5 Berdych (*denotes server): Murray is so frustrating to play against. His defence is outstanding. It looks like Berdych has won the point at 15-0 with a coruscating forehand down the line but Murray’s defensive lob somehow lands inside the baseline. Berdych hooks it back but Murray is waiting with the backhand. That wide sliced ace then makes it 40-0 , but Murray then sloppily nets two forehands to make it 40-30. Is he about to do a Berdych? No. Berdych puts just too much weight on a forehand and Murray holds. 11.54am GMT Fourth set: Murray 6-7, 6-0, 6-3, 4-5 Berdych* (*denotes server): Murray would very much like to break here. A fabulous forehand return from him makes it 30-all, but Berdych narrows his eyes and produces a magnificent fizzing forehand to force it to 40-30. It’s his game. How are your nerves. Murray will serve to stay in the fourth set. 11.50am GMT Fourth set: Murray* 6-7, 6-0, 6-3, 4-4 Berdych (*denotes server): Murray’s first serve in the first serve of this game is so long that the line judge might as well say “Duh” instead of “Fault”. He wins the point, though, but Berdych then drives through two limp second serves to make it 30-all. Murray’s not making his first serves in this game. Berdych has another second serve at 30-all, but Murray stays in the rally and Berdych’s backhand flies long. Finally he gets a first serve on game point - and Berdych’s forehand is too long. Murray holds. 11.45am GMT Fourth set: Murray 6-7, 6-0, 6-3, 3-4 Berdych* (*denotes server): Murray was given a time warning in the previous game, so obviously he’s eyeballing the umpire as Berdych takes his time getting to the baseline at the start of this game. The first two points are shared; the third is a minor classic, Murray somehow reaching a couple of Berdych belters and then seizing the advantage with a rasping forehand from right to left to make it 15-30. Berdych responds brilliantly, however, an ace making it 30-all, a smash breaking through the Murray wall and making it 40-30. Another smash finishes the job, although Murray almost got to his backhand. Berdych walks to his chair and urgently gestures for a towel. He’s pumped. Don’t be surprised if this goes to a fifth. 11.40am GMT Fourth set: Murray* 6-7, 6-0, 6-3, 3-3 Berdych (*denotes server): Murray wins the first two points, Berdych wins the next two to make it 30-all and his belief swells when Murray skews a forehand long to give Berdych his first break point since the first set. What’s Murray got up his sleeve? A wonderful cross-court forehand pass, that’s what - though Berdych was too hesitant coming into the net. The game goes to deuce, but Berdych has another break point when Murray nets a two-handed backhand, only to send a sloppy forehand return a few yards past the baseline. A let-off for Murray - and he holds as two more Berdych shots go long! There simply wasn’t enough conviction from Berdych there. He had chances. 11.32am GMT Fourth set: Murray 6-7, 6-0, 6-3, 2-3 Berdych* (*denotes server): Murray is keeping his groundstrokes so low. The ball skips just over the net and it’s tough for Berdych to deal with, his backhand going long to make it 0-15. It’s looking like a tricky game for him at 30-all, but then Murray raps a backhand wide of a second serve and Berdych holds by clumping a volley out of the air and past Murray. The Czech’s belief will be lifted by that. 11.27am GMT Fourth set: Murray* 6-7, 6-0, 6-3, 2-2 Berdych (*denotes server): Murray urges himself to settle down after drilling a backhand long to go down 0-15. But at 15-all it’s Berdych’s turn to chunter at himself after smacking a tempting forehand return wide. Murray doesn’t look back from there. An ace out wide and a controlled backhand down the line keeps Berdych at arm’s length. 11.22am GMT Fourth set: Murray 6-7, 6-0, 6-3, 1-2 Berdych* (*denotes server): A welcome hold to 15 for Berdych. Murray is a little too rushed with a forehand on the first point and drags it wide to make it 15-0, before skewing a slice wide. Is a little sloppiness creeping into his game? He won’t want to take his eye off the ball or give Berdych any encouragement. Berdych turned that fourth set into a scrap in New York and was 5-2 up at one point in the tie-break, before Murray eventually came through. 11.19am GMT Fourth set: Murray* 6-7, 6-0, 6-3, 1-1 Berdych (*denotes server): Two aces from Murray and he holds to 15. 11.16am GMT Fourth set: Murray 6-7, 6-0, 6-3, 0-1 Berdych* (*denotes server): Has Berdych had the stuffing knocked out of him or will he find a second wind? He’s in desperate need of one and he’s relieved when Murray whistles what would have been a forehand winner just off-target on the first point. Then he lets out some of his frustration by Lendling Murray at the net and he holds to 15 when Murray nets a backhand. It’s not over yet. 11.11am GMT An accurate sliced serve out wide is a good way for Murray to start. Berdych can’t extend his long right arm far enough and it’s 15-0. He hands Berdych the next point with a wild forehand but makes it 30-15 with an ace down the middle. Two more points. Two little points. Berdych fires a forehand return long. One more point. One little point. Berdych saves the first set point by wrongfooting Murray with a clever forehand, but Murray stays calm and seals the third set by walloping an ace out wide! He’s one set away from his fourth Australian Open final. 11.08am GMT Third set: Murray 6-7, 6-0, 5-3 Berdych* (*denotes server): “Andy, Andy, come on, come on.” The words of Andy Murray after missing a backhand to make it 15-0. Soon Berdych is 40-0 up. Which isn’t necessarily the comfortable position it should be, not after that previous service game. And would you believe it, he double-faults to make it 40-15. But Murray then lets him off the hook with an ill-advised drop-shot that sails into the net. Murray will serve for the third set.@JacobSteinberg from 40-0 to losing the game? If I were Andy I'd be saying "well done Thomas" now... 11.04am GMT Third set: Murray* 6-7, 6-0, 5-2 Berdych (*denotes server): Murray is running this now. His forehand is purring. He’s moving smoothly. It’s hard work for Berdych. Murray holds to love to consolidate that precious break and Berdych will serve to stay in the third set. 11.01am GMT Third set: Murray 6-7, 6-0, 4-2 Berdych* (*denotes server): Berdych glides into a 15-0 lead thanks to one of those blistering forehands, before a body serve does for Murray on the next point. Berdych seems to have rediscovered his serving rhythm, although he throws in two consecutive double-faults at 40-0 as soon as I finish praising him, just to make me look stupid. Then he batters a forehand wide to bring the game to deuce, before a two-handed backhand return from Murray earns him a break point. What’s going on here? Berdych was cruising. Out of nowhere, he appears to be in the midst of a minor meltdown. He saves it, just finding the line with a massive forehand, but he’s facing another when Murray pulls him all over the place and sends a forehand down the line. Murray clenches a fist - and then smacks a brilliant forehand down the line to break! It’s superb tennis from Murray, but what a gift from Berdych. What on earth was going through his mind? He led 40-0. He punishes himself by almost eating a tennis ball. 10.51am GMT Third set: Murray* 6-7, 6-0, 3-2 Berdych (*denotes server): Murray clips the top of the net with his first two serves. Let! Let! Bizarrely there are no chuckles. Where are the chuckles? That’s the kind of thing that has them rolling around in the aisles when it happens on Centre Court. What gives, guys? That is comedy gold. Isn’t it? Murray holds to 15. 10.48am GMT Third set: Murray 6-7, 6-0, 2-2 Berdych* (*denotes server): Berdych is getting a few challenges right now. He calls for HawkEye when a first serve is called out on the first point and his suspicions were well-founded - it was on the line. From there, it’s a handy hold to love for Berdych, the first one he’s enjoyed for a while. 10.44am GMT Third set: Murray* 6-7, 6-0, 2-1 Berdych (*denotes server): Berdych won’t want the rallies to go too long with Murray. A multi-shot one on the first point ends with Berdych swiping wide. Murray rattles into a 40-15 lead with an ace down the middle and bashes a forehand down the line to hold. 10.40am GMT Third set: Murray 6-7, 6-0, 1-1 Berdych* (*denotes server): This is a massive game for Berdych. He has to hold. He does. Murray nets a forehand at 40-30. What a relief. 10.36am GMT Third set: Murray* 6-7, 6-0, 1-0 Berdych (*denotes server): Look at the score when Murray beat Berdych in the US Open: 5-7 6-2 6-1 7-6. A tight first set, but Murray ran away with it in the second and third, before winning a fourth-set tie-break. Will this match follow a similar pattern? Berdych will have to show plenty of resolve to recover from his collapse in that second set; and there are some encouraging signs for him when he skips into a 15-30 lead, finding his range with his strong groundstrokes again. But he can’t quite sustain it and Murray holds with a cute volley."Good play Thomas". It's like the Sandman. Say it once and Andy Murray suddenly turns up and starts ripping you to bits 10.27am GMT Berdych seems a little stunned at the way this has gone. He nets a sad forehand to make it 0-15, then sends a forehand long to make it 0-30. But he steadies himself with three straight points, even overcoming the disappointment of being penalised for a foot-fault when he thought he’d served an ace at 30-all. The game goes to deuce and Murray fashions his first set point when the depth on his forehand forces Berdych to net a backhand. Is it to be a bagel? It’s a bagel! Murray returns well and Berdych wafts a forehand long. It’s the first set Berdych has dropped in this tournament and what a way to drop it. It’s completely smashed to pieces! 10.18am GMT Second set: Murray* 6-7, 5-0 Berdych (*denotes server): Murray admonishes himself after netting a backhand on the first point. He doesn’t want to lose any of the momentum he’s built up in this second set. He doesn’t want to give Berdych anything. And he doesn’t. An ace down the middle seals a ruthless hold. Berdych will serve to stay in the second set. 10.14am GMT Second set: Murray 6-7, 4-0 Berdych* (*denotes server): Suddenly it’s all Murray. Berdych slips during each of the first two points, checks his shoes, looks at the scoreboard and sees that it’s 0-30. He fights back to 30-all but then plonks a low volley into the net to give Murray a break point. Murray is in command. He constructs the point beautifully, pulling the trigger on a cross-court backhand at the right moment, and Berdych slashes a slice wide. Murray breaks again! 10.08am GMT Second set: Murray* 6-7, 3-0 Berdych (*denotes server): Murray holds to love. He’ll be feeling better with himself now. 10.06am GMT Second set: Murray 6-7, 2-0 Berdych* (*denotes server): Murray is fuming with himself when he goes down 30-0. But he uses that rage to win three consecutive points to earn a break point. A backhand from Berdych is called out. He challenges. Murray looks worried. But HawkEye is on his side. The ball was long. Murray breaks. “I do like Murray, and I hope he wins, but he is always entertaining when he starts shouting at himself,” says Matt Dony. “I’m not sure he’ll ever top the classic ‘I’m trying my tits off, here!’ from the French Open a few years ago, though.”@JacobSteinberg 1st set was 76m, on pace to shatter longest #ausopen match - 5h 53 m 2012 Nadal Djokovic Final pic.twitter.com/ows98by9SN 10.01am GMT Second set: Murray* 6-7, 1-0 Berdych (*denotes server): Murray will be annoyed with himself, though. He will rue those two break points he had at 5-5. He should have converted them. But if he thinks back even further, he’ll remember that he lost the first set to Berdych in their US Open semi-final in 2012. He also lost the first set when he beat Marin Cilic at this stage in 2010 and against David Ferrer in 2011, so he’s got a history of fighting back in these situations. He knows that. He’s as stubborn as they come and he steadies himself at the start of the second set by holding to love. 9.59am GMT A steaming Murray stalks back to his chair and then tells the umpire that Berdych has been talking to him during the changeovers. The umpire asks Berdych what he said. “Well done, Tomas,” Berdych says. 9.58am GMT First-set tie-break: Murray* 6-8 Berdych (*denotes server): Murray misses a first serve. Uh oh. His second serve just kisses the line. But then he nets a forehand! The first set is Berdych’s! 9.56am GMT First-set tie-break: Murray 6-7 Berdych* (*denotes server): Ace! Berdych has his first set point. 9.55am GMT First-set tie-break: Murray 6-6 Berdych* (*denotes server): Berdych saves the set point with some punchy tennis, forcing Murray out of position with a big forehand that sets him up for a simple backhand volley. 9.54am GMT First-set tie-break: Murray* 6-5 Berdych (*denotes server): Berdych nets a tight backhand. Murray has set point. 9.53am GMT First-set tie-break: Murray* 5-5 Berdych (*denotes server): A good serve from Murray allows him to rip a forehand down the line. 9.53am GMT First-set tie-break: Murray 4-5 Berdych* (*denotes server): Murray reaches one smash. He doesn’t reach the second. This is tense. 9.52am GMT First-set tie-break: Murray 4-4 Berdych* (*denotes server): A double-fault from Berdych! 9.51am GMT First-set tie-break: Murray* 3-4 Berdych (*denotes server): A quick change of racquets for Murray, but Berdych forges ahead in the tie-break for the first time with a thunderous forehand down the line. 9.50am GMT First-set tie-break: Murray* 3-3 Berdych (*denotes server): Murray completely mishits a forehand. Again the mini-break slips from his grasp. 9.49am GMT First-set tie-break: Murray 3-2 Berdych* (*denotes server): A good time for Berdych to come up with an ace. 9.48am GMT First-set tie-break: Murray 3-1 Berdych* (*denotes server): Berdych, off balance, nets a forehand. 9.47am GMT First-set tie-break: Murray* 2-1 Berdych (*denotes server): Murray stands firm at the net. 9.47am GMT First-set tie-break: Murray* 1-1 Berdych (*denotes server): Murray drags a backhand wide. Berdych did well. The mini-break is immediately eroded. 9.46am GMT First-set tie-break: Murray 1-0 Berdych* (*denotes server): Murray makes an excellent start, positive and aggressive, and wins the first point thanks to a fine volley. 9.45am GMT First set: Murray* 6-6 Berdych (*denotes server): The game should be Murray’s at 40-15, but then he misses two forehands to make it deuce. Berdych is two points away from the first set. The volume rises. These are nervy times for Murray. But he clings on. Berdych misses two backhands and it’s time for a tie-break. 9.38am GMT First set: Murray 5-6 Berdych* (*denotes server): Is the balance of power shifting? A double-fault from Berdych makes it 15-all and then he wafts a backhand past the baseline to make it 30-all. There’s a slight chance here for Murray. The game goes to deuce and it’s a long way for big old Berdych to bend down when Murray delivers a slice full of spin, slice and mischief over the net. It’s a break point for Murray. But he drags a forehand just wide. It’s a miss. He knows it. Meanwhile Berdych has a problem with two of the balls, even though they’re four games old. Murray and the umpire are as perplexed as each other, but eventually Berdych is given two shiny new balls straight from the umpire’s pocket. How delicious! What an honour! I imagine that’s like being given a £10 note by the Queen. Murray’s focus is elsewhere, though. He has another break point after Berdych misses a forehand, but again it goes begging, a forehand dribbling into the net. Murray then misses a backhand and unloads on himself. “What are you doing?” he shouts. “Nonsense! Towel!” He doesn’t get another break point. Berdych thumps a forehand away and it’s over to Murray to force a tie-break. While we wait for the next game, the umpire quickly checks the compression of the balls. He seems happy with their compression. 9.26am GMT First set: Murray* 5-5 Berdych (*denotes server): The job is far from done for Murray, though. He still has to hold to stay in the first set and you can bet that, having broken him once, Berdych will fancy himself to do it again here, especially when Murray nets a backhand to make it 30-all. Murray’s annoyed with himself. But he cheers up a bit when Berdych nets a forehand off a second serve to make it 40-30 and by his standards he’s positively ecstatic when Berdych nets another forehand. Murray holds. He’s recovered well. 9.22am GMT First set: Murray 4-5 Berdych* (*denotes server): Murray’s hopes rise when Berdych loses the first point, dabbing a low backhand into the net and soon it’s 15-30. Is Berdych, so strong up to this point, about to stumble? He could be. Murray puts some oomph on a forehand and Berdych nets a backhand to give Murray two break points at 15-40. They’re his first of the match. Can he emulate Berdych? Well, he wastes the first opportunity with a backhand that drifts long ... but he doesn’t waste the second! It’s a magnificent, see-sawing rally that featured some outstanding shots from both players, but the sheer persistence of Murray eventually forces Berdych to wilt. He nets a forehand and Murray breaks back! He’s pumped up now! And so’s Berdych. He’s eyeballing Murray as they walk back to their chairs. 9.16am GMT First set: Murray* 3-5 Berdych (*denotes server): They’re playing Kenny Rogers tunes during the changeover. But he’s just the support act today, the two blokes out on court are the stars. And, at the moment, it’s Berdych who’s forcing the issue. Murray is only winning 25% of his second serves and he misses a first serve at 15-30. Sure enough, he puts nothing on his second serve and Berdych jumps into his backhand and sends the ball down the line to earn two break points. He’s been threatening this all match and he doesn’t blink when he gets his chance, stepping in and hammering a backhand from left to right to draw the error from Murray. Berdych breaks and he’ll serve for the first set!@JacobSteinberg The Gambler @_KennyRogers held up play finding his seat. Fully excused. pic.twitter.com/pP4YV2dMcN 9.11am GMT First set: Murray 3-4 Berdych* (*denotes server): Murray finds himself at 15-all for the first time on the Berdych serve when Berdych whistles a forehand just wide. But two thudding winners from Berdych later and it’s 40-15. Then Murray nets a forehand return. It’s been a doddle for Berdych on serve so far. 9.08am GMT First set: Murray* 3-3 Berdych (*denotes server): The players are made to wait at the start of this game while Kenny Rogers takes his seat. Yes, Kenny Rogers. One of the BBC commentators says he played tennis with a few times. His chum asks how his backhand was. I love repartee. Anyway. Back to the actual tennis. Two poor errors from Murray leaves him in something of a pickle at 0-30 and he looks like he’s in a major hole as he sprints forward to reach a lovely drop-shot from Berdych. But he’s so quick, so agile. He not only gets there but then flicks a sumptuous backhand past Berdych - and it lands inches inside the line. As Murray walks back to the baseline, he’s limping a little, but an ace makes it 30-all, but again he’s taken to deuce, Berdych’s strength on the forehand side forcing Murray to rush his shots. But Berdych can’t earn himself a break point and Murray holds when the Czech sends a backhand wide.Here are some pictures. 8.59am GMT First set: Murray 2-3 Berdych* (*denotes server): Once again, it’s a fuss-free hold for Berdych. He’s dropped one point in his first three service games. He’s looking sharp. 8.57am GMT First set: Murray* 2-2 Berdych (*denotes server): “Take any seat please, thank you,” says the umpire, who’s not really saying thank you, he’s being sarcastically polite, exasperated at the folk who can’t arrive on time for an Australian Open semi-final. But they’re here just in time to see Berdych on the attack, as he dominates Murray at 15-all, overpowering him with one of those stinging low forehands. Murray can be aggressive too, however, and wins the next two points, only to miss a second serve at 40-30. He walks to the net to check the line, but decides against challenging and gets down to the gritty business of winning the game. Which he does. “Come on!” Murray cries. He’s bristling. Frowning a lot. He wants this. 8.51am GMT First set: Murray 1-2 Berdych* (*denotes server): It’s been so simple for Berdych on serve so far that when he nets a forehand at 40-0, the umpire mistakenly says “GAME!”, before correcting himself. But it soon is “GAME!” when Berdych comes out on top in a fine rally. Murray was in charge for most of it, only for Berdych to wrestle control of it away from him and put away a backhand volley. “With four victories it’s well known that the AO is Nole’s most successful slam,” says Raymond Pluijmen. “But according the statistics it’s also Murrays’ favourite slam. He has been runner up there three times (against two Wimbledon finals, two US open finals). A victory today will result in his fourth AO final. How many players have lost their first four finals at a single slam event? It’s time for Murray.” 8.47am GMT First set: Murray* 1-1 Berdych (*denotes server): Murray makes an inauspicious start to this game with a ludicrously awful double-fault, his second serve landing around five or six yards wide. That’s what I’d do. But he doesn’t allow that to knock him off his stride. A forehand winner makes it 15-all and two aces make it 40-15, before Berdych gives an inviting second serve the treatment with a forehand bullet. 40-30 becomes deuce when Berdych bashes another forehand down the line and suddenly what was looking like an easy game for Murray is fraught with difficulty. But he digs deep to hold, his excellent defensive skills holding off the Berdych charge. 8.42am GMT First set: Murray 0-1 Berdych* (*denotes server): There are still a few empty seats inside Rod Laver Arena, but we’re waiting for nobody. It’s time to play and it’s Tomas Berdych to open the serving. He enjoys a breezy enough start, winning the first three points as Murray nets three forehands and polishing off a comfortable hold with a huge ace. Berdych twice came to the net in that game. He’s backing himself. 8.32am GMT The players are out. It’s time for the toss. Murray chooses tails. It never fails. It NEVER fails. Murray picks the end and Berdych chooses to serve first. Now it’s time for them to knock up. 8.26am GMT And here’s a pertinent stat: Berdych has a 6-4 winning record over Murray. Although he doesn’t have two grand slam titles. 8.23am GMT It’s going to be a windswept evening in Melbourne. Which obviously brings Murray’s US Open semi-final against Berdych in 2012 to mind. That was a day of the purest farce. 8.21am GMT Berdych has always been a contender, if you recall his romp to the Wimbledon final in 2010, beating Roger Federer in the quarter-finals and Novak Djokovic in the semi-finals but coming up short against Rafael Nadal at the last. He has been to the semis of the other three slams, too, and was beaten here in the semi-final in the Australian Open by Stan Wawrinka last year. It was a close-run thing, Wawrinka winning the third and fourth sets on tie-breaks, and Berdych must have spent a fair chunk of time wondering what might have been given the state of Nadal in the final.Although he’s still looking for his first grand slam at the age of 29, Berdych is a huge threat. He’s a no-thrills player: his power is awesome, especially on the forehand side, and his serve is a weapon. He has beaten each of the big four in the slams. Where he has come unstuck, though, is when the very top players have been able to absorb his power, respond in kind and beat him with their superior guile. Will Vallverdu give him that extra edge? 6.52am GMT Morning. Dani Vallverdu doesn’t tweet much. But here’s what he tweeted on 8 July 2013: “and here it is......its been one hell of a ride @andy_murray WIMBI CHAMPS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!” Just look at their happy faces.and here it is......its been one hell of a ride @andy_murray WIMBI CHAMPS!!!!!!!!!!!!!! pic.twitter.com/QVEuCiKafY Continue reading... More... (Tennis)
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12:21

Ivory Coast march on but it’s not pretty in this tale of two Tourés

www.guardian.co.uk - Hervé Renard has many friends in Algeria but says he intends reducing them to tears after they have face his Ivory Coast side in the quarter final of the Africa Cup of Nations Ivory Coast beat Cameroon to top groupThe good news for Ivory Coast is that they’re through. They’re not playing with any great fluency or style, but they have made it through to the quarter-final, where they will face Algeria, and there is at least about them a sense of purpose and defensive resolve. “We will fight like elephants,” said Kolo Touré after a second successive draw had left them needing to win their final game, against Cameroon, to progress and if that means presenting a solid barrier, absorbing blows before prevailing through a goal based in raw power, they did just that.Wednesday’s 1-0 win over Cameroon, a team who had beaten them 4-1 in qualifying, was classic Hervé Renard. Perhaps there was a thought that he had his Zambia side play as they did because they were Zambia, defending deep and looking to win games by a single goal, but he has transplanted the mentality to Ivory Coast and - so far - it is working. “I know you want to see a team that is always attacking but there are few national teams like that,” he said. “Germany are always going forwards but we are not Germany; we are Ivory Coast.” Continue reading... More... (Football)
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12:21

Ivory Coast march on but this tale of two Tourés is far from pretty

www.guardian.co.uk - The coach Hervé Renard has many friends in Algeria but says he intends reducing them to tears when they face his Ivory Coast side in the quarter-finals of the Africa Cup of Nations Ivory Coast beat Cameroon to top groupThe good news for Ivory Coast is that they’re through. They’re not playing with any great fluency or style, but they have made it through to the quarter-finals, where they will face Algeria, and there is at least about them a sense of purpose and defensive resolve. “We will fight like elephants,” said Kolo Touré after a second successive draw had left them needing to win their final game, against Cameroon, to progress and if that means presenting a solid barrier, absorbing blows before prevailing through a goal based on raw power, they did just that.Wednesday’s 1-0 win over Cameroon, a team who had beaten them 4-1 in qualifying, was classic Hervé Renard. Perhaps there was a thought that he had his Zambia side play as they did because they were Zambia, defending deep and looking to win games by a single goal, but he has transplanted the mentality to Ivory Coast and - so far - it is working. “I know you want to see a team that is always attacking but there are few national teams like that,” he said. “Germany are always going forwards but we are not Germany; we are Ivory Coast.” Continue reading... More... (Football)
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12:21

VIDEO: The moment Murray reaches the final

news.bbc.co.uk - Watch the moment Britain's Andy Murray beats Tomas Berdych to reach the final of the Australian Open. More... (UK)
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12:21

Andy Murray storms into Australian Open final by beating Tomas Berdych

www.guardian.co.uk - Murray overpowers Berdych 6-7 (6), 6-0, 6-3, 7-5 Just what was Kim Sears saying during Murray’s match? Andy Murray v Tomas Berdych: as it happened! Pictures: the best images from the men’s semi-final Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova to meet in finalWith his fiancé, Kim Sears, offering what a proficient lip-reader might interpret as unequivocally Anglo-Saxon encouragement, Andy Murray won a semi-final of swearing, tantrums and some excellent tennis, beating Tomas Berdych in four sets with his best performance of the fortnight to reach his fourth Australian Open final, and his eight in majors.Murray had hoped for two things to happen: a forecast stiff breeze to materialise on cue to disrupt Berdych’s high ball-toss, and for the Czech to crack under pressure - like he did in the 2010 US Open semi-final. The first never happened, the second did and, after three hours 25 minutes, Murray celebrated a thoroughly convincing 6-7 (6), 6-0, 6-3, 7-5 victory. Related: Britain’s Katie Swan makes semi-finals of girls’ singles in Australian Open Continue reading... More... (Tennis)
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12:20

Fugitive treasure hunter in court

news.bbc.co.uk - Tommy Thompson appears in court after two years on the run, accused of cheating investors out of proceeds from a 19th century shipwreck haul. More... (Americas)
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12:14

Sheffield United manager Nigel Clough rues defeat to Tottenham in Capital One Cup semi-final - video

www.guardian.co.uk - The Sheffield United manager, Nigel Clough says his team played well against Tottenham Hotspur in the semi-finals of the Capital One Cup. After losing to Tottenham 3-2 on aggregate, Clough says the defeat feels worse as his side came close to winning. The Tottenham manager, Mauricio Pochettino, says his players deserved a victory as they have worked hard Continue reading... More... (Football)
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12:13

£2m airson Niseag

news.bbc.co.uk - Iomairt sanasachd ùr luach £2m ga cur air bhog airson turasachd a bhrosnachadh mun cuairt Loch Nis, le Niseag aig a' chridhe. More... (Scotland)
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12:12

Prifathrawes wedi gweithredu yn "anonest"

news.bbc.co.uk - Gwrandawiad disgyblu yn penderfynu fod pennaeth ysgol gynradd yng Nghasnewydd wedi caniatáu eu staff i newid canlyniadau profion cenedlaethol. More... (Wales)
Today
12:09

Just what was it Kim Sears was saying during Andy Murray’s match with Tomas Berdych?

www.guardian.co.uk - Australian Open outburst appears to have lot of words beginning with ‘f’ Comes in wake of Wawrinka row with Mirka Federer at O2 Arena Andy Murray storms into Australian Open final by beating Tomas Berdych Andy Murray beats Tomas Berdych to reach final - as it happenedNo one could deny that the Australian Open semi-final against Tomas Berdych was tense but it wasn’t just Andy Murray who was putting his heart into the affair.The Scot is no stranger to outbursts on court but on this occasion his fiancee Kim Sears got in on the act at Melbourne Park with what appeared to be a lot of effing and jeffing in the direction of Murray’s Czech opponent. Related: Andy Murray storms into Australian Open final by beating Tomas Berdych Continue reading... More... (Tennis)
Today
12:07

Sabbath bassist in bar fight arrest

news.bbc.co.uk - Black Sabbath bassist Geezer Butler is arrested in the United States after a bar fight, police say. More... (UK)
Today
12:07

Ministers sued over Dylan Thomas pic

news.bbc.co.uk - The Welsh government is sued for allegedly breaching copyright over its use of a photograph of Dylan Thomas. More... (Wales)
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12:06

Failing students 'could get rebates'

news.bbc.co.uk - The principal of a Scottish university says students who fail their degrees could get rebates on fees paid. More... (Scotland)
Today
12:05

Myanmar students get minister talks

news.bbc.co.uk - Myanmar's government agrees to hold talks with students over an education bill, following a rare protest march. More... (Asia)
Today
12:02

Man faces trial over cycle path rape

news.bbc.co.uk - A man is to stand trial charged with raping an 18-year-old woman at a cycle path in Renfrewshire. More... (Scotland)
Today
12:00

Taylor Swift trademarks 'sick beat'

news.bbc.co.uk - Pop star Taylor Swift trademarks a number of phrases, including "this sick beat" and "we never go out of style", it is revealed. More... (Americas)
Today
11:56

Huge poppy maze unveiled in Australia

news.bbc.co.uk - A farm in Tasmania has turned a field into a giant poppy-shaped maze as a tribute to World War One soldiers. More... (Asia)
Today
11:55

Cwest bachgen: Marw o sgyrfi

news.bbc.co.uk - Cwest i farwolaeth bachgen wyth oed wedi dod i'r casgliad ei fod wedi marw o'r sgyrfi. More... (Wales)
Today
11:55

St David's school closure U-turn

news.bbc.co.uk - A controversial proposal to completely close a secondary school in St David's is abandoned by councillors in Pembrokeshire. More... (Wales)
Today
11:54

Transfer news: Inter target Manchester City's Yaya Touré - live!

www.guardian.co.uk - All the latest transfer window news and updatesThe Rumour Mill: Chelsea target Enner Valencia and Diafra Sakho?Send thoughts to nick.miller@theguardian.com or tweet @NickMiller79 11.54am GMT According to the Blackpool Gazzette, Lee Clark is looking at young West Ham defender Dan Potts, a fairly low-level rumour we’ll grant you, but it’s notable because Potts would be the 50th - five-zero - player signed by Blackpool this season. Me-o-oh-my-o. 11.45am GMT Mario Balotelli’s agent Mino Raiola has given an interview to Gazzetta dello Sport, and as you might expect it’s pretty...well, frank. There’s some interesting stuff about Paul Pogba and Zlatan Ibrahimovic, but he also spoke about Balotelli and how, despite not scoring any goals, he’s actually quite happy at Liverpool.He said, with translation via ESPNFC:Of all the champions I have dealt with, I’ve never managed one who has suffered more injustices than Mario. People just don’t know him. The truth is Mario is an insecure lad and, due to this insecurity, he tends to do some ridiculous things.I’ve always been one who wanted to make my players happy. With everybody else, I’ve always done things my way, but not with him. ‘I need my mum and my friends in Italy,’ he said. And being a father myself and wanting him to be happy, I took him back to Italy from City. I should have told him: ‘You are not going back to Italy. City are a big club and they will always support you. This is the football that matters and you want out of it.’ 11.28am GMT DONE DEAL! Charlton have confirmed the signing of Christophe Lepoint from K.A.A. Gent. He’s a midfielder, and he’s bald. That’s all I’ve got. 11.23am GMT Some nominations for your club’s version of Strootman - the player you’re always on the bring of signing, but never actually do:“As a Spurs fan, up until the last couple of windows it was the Brazilian striker Leandro Damaio. Even now, just seeing his name in print brings me out in a cold sweat,” writes Dan Carney.@NickMiller79 Watford's Strootman was Keith Andrews. Then we did sign him and it was a disaster. A lesson for all.@NickMiller79 Wesley Sneijder is still signing for Man Utd imminently right? 11.11am GMT Interesting...very interestingRoberto Mancini has his sights set high, and buried fairly deep in this interview with Italian paper Il Giornale he lets us know that he’s keen on bringing Yaya Touré to Inter. With translation thanks to Football411.com:He’s one of the best players in the world, he can still have his say. He played for many teams, in many leagues like Belgium, Spain, Russia, England. He only misses Italy, this may be a good chance for him.We’re working on it. You know, there are some players who may change team and Yaya is one of them. Next year we may try: we just need three champions to close the gap with Juventus. 10.59am GMT Should you care about this sort of thing, new Arsenal defender Gabriel will wear No.5. But you really shouldn’t. 10.52am GMT This could be pretty big - according to the Evening Standard, Jose Mourinho’s main target in the summer will be Real Madrid centre-back Raphaël Varane, the young Frenchman of whom Jose was quite the fan when he was managing in Spain.Indeed, this is what Mourinho said when entertaining loon Pepe expressed his dissatisfaction at being ousted from the team by Varane a couple of years back:Pepe’s comments? It is very easy to analyse what he says. Pepe has a problem and his name is Raphael Varane. A 31-year-old has lost his place to a 19-year-old. It’s the law of life. But who had the courage to field Varane? I did. 10.43am GMT Back to transfers, which is sort of what this is meant to be about, and according to L’Equipe Arsenal will make a £15million bid for Morgan Schneiderlin in the summer. One imagines it should take much more than that to get him, but perhaps this is your standard Wenger initial, low-ball bid. 10.38am GMT A couple of early ogger shouts, firstly from Charlie @Ordnances... 10.34am GMT Meanwhile, some people have been locked in a room with a load of Lego again, and told not to come out until they’ve recreated Le Tiss’s top three goals in brick-by-brick form. 10.34am GMT Away from own-goal/transfer news, our own Barry Glendenning has been talking to everyone’s favourite languid genius who stayed at his home club even though he could probably have gained more riches and rewards elsewhere, your man Matt Le Tissier. 10.29am GMT And another....@NickMiller79 was thinking of asking what people's favourite own goal is, maybe you could ask your readers the same 10.24am GMT A suggestion for a riff to help us get through the day...@NickMiller79 @guardian_sport who's your club's Strootman/Hummels? A player you're always on the brink of signing but never actually signs. 10.21am GMT Here’s something about a new signing for Arsenal. Well, he’s like a new signing. If he’s ever fit. Which he isn’t. And will never be. Amy Lawrence ponders whether Arsène Wenger should offer Abou Diaby a new contract.The last couple of years for Diaby have been a virtual write-off. This season he has played only 67 minutes of a Capital One Cup tie. Last season he managed one 16-minute substitute appearance during the entire campaign. That is it. When he is not abroad in his persistent search for fitness he watches games at the Emirates, pops into the dressing room to see his team-mates but seldom gets close to the pitch.Last week Wenger altered the generally positive tune he maintains when discussing Diaby. The Arsenal manager said he had “a decision to make” about the player’s future - a decision complicated by the fact he is not strong enough to take any part in practice on the training pitch. A couple of months previously Wenger had been much more encouraging, stating Diaby would be given a new contract if he was fully fit. 10.14am GMT News of a new contract now, and according to ESPNFC, Harry Kane has his pen hovering over a box-fresh deal at Tottenham, making the dreams and desires of all those fans who love him so very deeply come true. 10.12am GMT Ah, interesting...SA: "Fletcher is still a possibility. The move isn't dead yet but we'll see." 10.10am GMT Over to Spain now, where Asier Illarramendi has been the subject of interest - and indeed a whacking great cash money €25million offer - from Athletic Bilbao, but according to AS he’ll turn his nose up at such overtures and stick around at Real Madrid, at least until the end of the season. 9.55am GMT Quick couple o’ lines from Italy, where according to most people Mattia Destro’s move from Roma to AC Meeeeeeeelan should be done and done today, while Roma are in the market for a winger, with Luiz Adrian and Yevhen Konoplyanka the men they’re after. Meanwhile, social media’s Mauro Icardi could be invited to do one from Inter, after Roberto Mancini decided he was no longer keen on the cut of the striker’s jib. 9.49am GMT Moves afoot at Crystal Palace, who according to our man Dominic Fifield could be set for a TRIPLE SWOOP. Think of your own eagles pun while reading:Crystal Palace’s busy squad strengthening before next week’s transfer deadline is to continue with the imminent arrivals of Jordon Mutch from Queens Park Rangers and Pape Souaré from Lille to bolster the club’s battle against relegation. Negotiations also continue with Manchester United to make Wilfried Zaha’s loan spell back at the club permanent. 9.46am GMT Big word from the Swiss second division, where Lausanne have snapped up Florent Sinama-Pongolle, erstwhile Liverpool forward, on a six-month contract. 9.41am GMT Some word knocking around today that Aston Villa’s move for Scott Sinclair has been revived, after the initial transfer was called off when rust was found on the winger’s joints. Possibly.Scott Sinclair's Aston Villa medical presumably to check he hasn't gnawed off both of his own feet through sheer inactivity since 2012. 9.39am GMT Blimey. Any prospective Sampdoria signings might want to take note...Mihajlovic in CdSera: If I ask my players to throw themselves off the roof of a building I expect them to do it + then ask me why 9.35am GMT Yes friends, it’s time to body pop in celebration, for the Rumour Mill is here, and today it features: 9.23am GMT A reiteration of Martinez’s words from yesterday suggesting Everton won’t be delving too deeply into the transfer market this month...Now at #EFC no plans to find a direct replacement for Eto'o. Martinez: "We have plenty of options in that role." pic.twitter.com/rsJ4lZJkoI 9.19am GMT If you were following the blog yesterday - and if you weren’t, take a good, long look at yourself - you’ll know that West Brom completed the signing of Callum McManaman, details of which are here. Also included in that story is brief word that Tony Pulis is awfully keen on Wolves battering ram winger Bakary Sako, who Kenny Jackett’s men have managed to keep hold of before in the face of much interest from elsewhere down the years. 9.14am GMT Let us begin. And let us begin with word from Germany, specifically Bild, that tells us Manchester United are awfully keen on Mats Hummels - indeed, Borussia Dortmund have been told that Louis van Gaal wants the handsome defender, but here’s the catch: he’ll cost something like €50million.Ouch. 9.14am GMT What sick ridiculous transfer puppets we are, and what gross little stage we dance on. What fun we have dancing and transfer rumouring. Not a care in the world. Not knowing that we are nothing. We are not what was intended.I’m sure that’s what John Doe would think if he was around for the transfer window, rather than being a fictional character in the film Se7en. I was about to reveal a crucial plot point about that film, but held back on the basis that there might be two or three people who haven’t seen it. If you are one of those people, I recommend binning this blog for a bit and going to watch it, because it’s a) really very good and b) about 20 years old, so you should probably update your cultural references a bit. Continue reading... More... (Football)
Today
11:50

Fire engine overturns in village

news.bbc.co.uk - A fire engine overturns on its way to a road accident in Suffolk - knocking one crew member unconscious. More... (England)
Today
11:49

Scotland’s political leaders set aside FMQs for tennis

www.guardian.co.uk - First minister Nicola Sturgeon joked that she would open up her office to watch Andy Murray’s Australian Open semi-finalThe all-female leadership of the three largest parties in the Scottish parliament have been praised for breaking with the confrontational style of Westminster after they joked about cancelling preparations for their weekly clash to watch Andy Murray in the Australian Open.As Nick Clegg said he would be better off playing Candy Crush during prime minister’s questions at Westminster the Scottish first minister, Nicola Sturgeon, joked that she would open up her office to watch Murray play in the semi-final. Continue reading... More... (Tennis)
Today
11:47

Premiership benefits as Pro 12 fails to shine in European Champions Cup | The Breakdown

www.guardian.co.uk - It says something about the Pro 12’s current standing when the team leading the league, Ospreys, managed just one victory in their pool European Rugby Champions Cup talking pointsThe European Champions Cup proved refreshing in at least one regard: only two of the final round of matches had nothing riding on them while most of the groups had already been decided at the same stage of the Heineken Cup a year ago.The make-up of the quarter-finalists suggests a tilt away from the Guinness Pro 12 with the Aviva Premiership benefiting. Only Leinster have made it through from the four-union league, realising fears expressed there during the long negotiations to make European club rugby’s premier tournament more meritocratic that the outcome would be an Anglo-French affair with a Celtic tassel. Continue reading... More... (Rugby union)
Today
11:47

Premierships benefits as Pro 12 fails to shine in European Champions Cup

www.guardian.co.uk - It says something about the Pro 12’s current standing when the team leading the league, Ospreys, managed just one victory in their pool European Rugby Champions Cup talking points Continue reading... More... (Horse racing)
Today
11:47

Premiership benefits as Pro 12 fails to shine in European Champions Cup

www.guardian.co.uk - It says something about the Pro 12’s current standing when the team leading the league, Ospreys, managed just one victory in their pool European Rugby Champions Cup talking points Continue reading... More... (Horse racing)
Today
11:46

Fortitude: TV's most expensive experiment?

news.bbc.co.uk - Fortitude is Sky's most expensive drama but will it match the hype? More... (UK)
Today
11:46

Lollipop man, 82, robbed of sign

news.bbc.co.uk - An 82-year-old lollipop man is injured by a robber who pushed him over and stole his sign as he was helping children cross a Coventry road. More... (England)
Today
11:44

Fishermen net WW2 mustard gas bomb

news.bbc.co.uk - Fishing cutter catches unexploded bomb in its net off the Danish island of Bornholm in the Baltic Sea. More... (Europe)
Today
11:42

Hollywood or revolution?

news.bbc.co.uk - Acting career on hold to become radical South African MP More... (Africa)
Today
11:40

BBC, ITN and Sky reject DUP debates

news.bbc.co.uk - The BBC, Sky and ITN have confirmed that they will not be inviting the DUP to take part in the main televised debates ahead of the general election. More... (UK)
Today
11:39

Ivorian pledge to hunt child killers

news.bbc.co.uk - Police in Ivory Coast set up a special unit to investigate a series of suspected ritual killings of children and to patrol areas near schools. More... (Africa)
Today
11:38

11 schools warned over 'coaching'

news.bbc.co.uk - The Departments of Education sends warnings to 11 primary schools since May 2012 over coaching of pupils for unregulated transfer tests. More... (Northern Ireland)
Today
11:37

Missing skipper was 'ill-prepared'

news.bbc.co.uk - A fisherman missing for two days and feared drowned before being safely found was ill-prepared for heading to sea, a report finds. More... (Scotland)
Today
11:37

VIDEO: Man, 82, attacked for lollipop sign

news.bbc.co.uk - An 82-year-old lollipop man is dragged across the road and pushed to the floor by a robber who stole his sign. More... (England)
Today
11:36

Robinson joins French side Oyonnax

news.bbc.co.uk - Ex-Wales fly-half Nicky Robinson joins Oyonnax on a three-year deal following his departure from Bristol. More... (Wales)
Today
11:34

VIDEO: 'Chilcot 'did not really explain' delay

news.bbc.co.uk - Sir John Chilcot has yet to explain reasons for the delay to his inquiry says ex-Home Office minister Norman Baker. More... (Olympics)
Today
11:34

VIDEO: Chilcot 'did not really explain' delay

news.bbc.co.uk - Sir John Chilcot has yet to explain reasons for the delay to his inquiry says ex-Home Office minister Norman Baker. More... (Olympics)
Today
11:34

Eoin Morgan’s IPL decision hits chances of England Test place for Ashes

www.guardian.co.uk - World Cup captain has entered himself into IPL auction Ambitions appear restricted to limited-overs formats Morgan: ‘I think the IPL is the best thing for me’ Stuart Broad believes he is returning to his best formEoin Morgan has all but given up on playing in next summer’s Ashes series after confirming he has decided to play in this year’s Indian Premier League rather than try to get back into England’s Test team.Morgan is leading England in Australia after replacing Alastair Cook as one-day captain shortly before Christmas. The Irishman will lead the side into the World Cup, starting with a game against Australia in Melbourne on 14 February, but his immediate international ambitions appear to be restricted to limited-overs formats. Related: England eye confidence-boosting win over India ahead of World Cup campaign Continue reading... More... (Cricket)
Today
11:34

Airgead-dìolaidh airson cion-dealain

news.bbc.co.uk - Faodaidh daoine a bha às aonais an dealain còrr is 48 uair de thìde ri linn nan stoirmean, airgead-dìolaidh iarraidh air SSE. More... (Scotland)
Today
11:33

Mum told to clear daughter's grave

news.bbc.co.uk - A grieving mother starts a petition after she is told to remove all the decorations from the grave of her daughter. More... (UK)
Today
11:30

Monte Carlo rally hits the road

news.bbc.co.uk - The UK start of the Monte Carlo Classic Rally hits the road with cars flying off the ramp in the Scottish town of Paisley. More... (Scotland)
Today
11:29

Italy leaders wrangle over president

news.bbc.co.uk - Italy's political leaders try to agree on candidates as parliament prepares to vote for a new president to replace Giorgio Napolitano. More... (Europe)
Today
11:28

Motherwell close to Laing loan deal

news.bbc.co.uk - Nottingham Forest defender Louis Laing is in Motherwell to discuss a possible loan move to the Scottish Premiership. More... (Scotland)
Today
11:28

VIDEO: Councillors run school protest gauntlet

news.bbc.co.uk - Hundreds of protesters have gathered outside a meeting where controversial plans to close five schools in Pembrokeshire are being discussed. More... (Wales)
Today
11:28

Police chief in arrest blame warning

news.bbc.co.uk - A chief constable says it is too early "make any assumptions" over blame, after a man was left paralysed following his arrest outside a nightclub. More... (England)
Today
11:27

Armitage questioned by French police

news.bbc.co.uk - Toulon's English flanker Steffon Armitage and team-mate Xavier Chiocci are questioned by French police over an alleged assault. More... (UK)
Today
11:22

Woman found unconscious in blizzard

news.bbc.co.uk - A missing woman is airlifted to hospital after being found unconscious in blizzard conditions in the Scottish Borders. More... (Scotland)
Today
11:19

Malaysia declares MH370 an accident

news.bbc.co.uk - Malaysia officially declares the disappearance of MH370 over the Indian Ocean in March 2014 an accident, and says all 239 people on board are presumed dead. More... (Asia)
Today
11:14

Canlyniadau system raddio ysgolion newydd

news.bbc.co.uk - Llywodraeth Cymru yn rhyddhau canlyniadau trefn newydd o raddio ysgolion. More... (Wales)
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11:12

Samsung profits hit by mobile sales

news.bbc.co.uk - South Korean tech giant Samsung Electronics reports its first drop in full-year profits for three years, in part due to a sharp drop in mobile phone sales. More... (Asia)
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11:04

Suspicious football, Marshawn Lynch and revenge of the seagull

www.guardian.co.uk - This week’s round-up also features young cricket talent, Mark Cavendish telling it like it is and Floyd Mayweather Jr and Manny Pacquiao on court1) A lot of anger among Albanian fans after this match between Flamurtari and Teuta. Judge for yourselves. Certainly, Flamurtari finally did win, but only after Teuta had all but put the ball in his own goal after giving their opponents more opportunities than is polite to score. Not a patch on this game from Indonesia, however, where both PSS Sleman and PSIS Semarang attempt to not win a match, plus it stirs memories of the 1994 Shell Caribbean Cup.2) Amelia Kerr, just 14 years old, shows extraordinary talent and confidence in her leg-spinning, taking three for 19 in four overs at the New Zealand domestic T20 final, where her side, Wellington, won the game. Captain Sophie Devine notes: “She’s unbelievable. Thinking back to that age, I would’ve been crapping my pants.” Continue reading... More... (Football)
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11:01

St Davids school closure U-turn

news.bbc.co.uk - A controversial proposal to completely close a secondary school in St Davids is likely to be abandoned by councillors in Pembrokeshire. More... (UK)
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11:00

Dave Whelan’s FA diversity course is specially tailored to Wigan owner

www.guardian.co.uk - Chris Gibbons, the FA’s inclusion education adviser, will conduct the one-to-two-hour session in the next fortnight as part of Whelan’s sanction for racist and antisemitic remarks Wigan’s owner accused of antisemitism Chairman banned for six weeks for comments Continue reading... More... (Football)
Today
10:53

Welsh speakers' email mostly English

news.bbc.co.uk - Welsh speakers' use of email and text is mostly in English, according to a new survey. More... (Wales)
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10:52

Eight-year-old boy died of scurvy

news.bbc.co.uk - An eight-year-old boy from Pembrokeshire died of scurvy, a coroner says. More... (Wales)
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10:51

Woman attacked and robbed of her car

news.bbc.co.uk - A 61-year-old woman is attacked and robbed of her car by a hooded man who asked her for directions in Edinburgh. More... (Scotland)
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10:49

Belfast Harbour handles record cargo

news.bbc.co.uk - Belfast Harbour handled a record 23m tonnes of cargo in 2014, up 1.6% on 2013. More... (Northern Ireland)
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10:48

Our favourite things online this week: from Deflategate to Peter Schmeichel

www.guardian.co.uk - Featuring Eric Cantona’s politics, the joy of flopping, a seamstress’s view of the Deflategate scandal, two goalkeepers having a chat and sport’s place in culture Denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance. We’ve all been there, but few of us have experienced the five stages of grief because 11 footballs were under-inflated. Hot air is big news in the US right now and Ian Crouch of the New Yorker is on hand to explain the whole Deflategate fandango and give this ballbusting tale some meaning. Crouch tells the story from the perspective of a New England Patriots fan and reaches the satisfactory conclusion that all’s well that ends with a Super Bowl. Sport is everywhere but do you ever notice that it’s always on its own? Music and film have been copulating for decades now, so too have food and art, politics and architecture, dance and theatre. Yet sport remains a phenomenon in almost complete isolation. If sport is popular, ubiquitous and current, why has the non-sporting world cast it aside? Why isn’t sport invited to the party?Many professional footballers in the 21st century are entertainers, performing unscripted theatre in outdoor arenas in front of huge audiences simultaneously broadcast globally on televisions, computers, and smartphones. Oddly for such a media-reliant industry, the stars of the show are rarely known for being articulate public speakers or great thinkers. Their feet, apparently, do the talking. This is a great shame. When was the last time a footballer said something of interest in a post-match interview that provided authentic insight into what had just transpired on a field of so-called “dreams”? When a footballer does come along who thinks about the world outside the self-obsessed bubble many inhabit, it comes as a great surprise. A footballer who behaves like this is a deemed “character”, considered somewhat eccentric, and not cut from the same cloth as most of his peers.“Moments after unfurling a touchdown pass to Jermaine Kearse that punched the Seattle Seahawks’ ticket to the Super Bowl, quarterback Russell Wilson joined a bunch of his team-mates as they knelt in a prayer circle in the middle of CenturyLink field. As the camera lingered on this impromptu congregation, tears mingled with the sweat on Wilson’s ecstatic face. Once the worshippers had finished giving thanks and praise, he was corralled by a television crew to whom, through sobs, he offered a very spiritual take on leading the Seahawks to a famous comeback victory over the Green Bay Packers. “God is for good, man, all the time, every time,” said Wilson. “I just believe God is preparing me for these situations, God is preparing our team too as well.” The touchdown celebrated by pointing skyward in acknowledgment of a higher power, the victory that isn’t really complete until franked by a breathless, on-camera explanation of the unseen part played by Jesus in the triumph.“Vic Braden did more than anyone to make tennis big in America. He taught countless players, from world No1s like Tracy Austin to hopeless hackers to Hollywood stars. He trained armies of teaching pros who went on to inspire others. He applied science to the sport and taught the world what actually happens when a racket meets a ball. He helped Jack Kramer, the American tennis star and entrepreneur, promote the fledgling professional tour, which eventually forced the Grand Slam tournaments to open their draws to both amateurs and pros. Once upon a time, Braden’s name had such cachet that he even started a ski school in Aspen.”The emotions you experience after your team has scored are intense. It’s pure ecstasy. As such, the players who score goals are the most coveted and cost the most to buy. All of this we know to be true. So please, pretty please, please with a cherry on top, can you tell me why would you not celebrate scoring for your team? I find it incomprehensible. Yes, I know that you used to play for them, but if you loved them that much, why did you leave? Scoring against your old club was always going to be a possibility. If it was going to cause this much heartache, why didn’t you save yourself the trouble and stay? What’s that? You didn’t want to leave? They didn’t want you so you had to leave? Mate: THEY DIDN’T WANT YOU. Continue reading... More... (Tennis)
Today
10:47

VIDEO: Nessie to lure tourists in £2m plan

news.bbc.co.uk - The Loch Ness monster is to take centre stage in a new £2m advertising campaign aimed at promoting the local area to foreign visitors. More... (Scotland)
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10:46

VIDEO: Snow: 'It looks lovely until you try to drive'

news.bbc.co.uk - BBC correspondents report from the areas of the UK which are worst hit by the snow. More... (UK)
Today
10:44

Swimming numbers down says survey

news.bbc.co.uk - The number of people swimming regularly has dropped as fewer people take part in sporting activity, a Sport England survey finds. More... (UK)
Today
10:40

Postman suspended over terror arrest

news.bbc.co.uk - A postman from Cardiff has been suspended from his job, following his arrest on suspicion of a terrorism offence, BBC Wales understands. More... (UK)
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10:39

PM ludicrous over TV debates - Clegg

news.bbc.co.uk - Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg criticises David Cameron's "ludicrous" tactics over the proposed televised election debates. More... (UK)
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10:37

House fire woman, 89, identified

news.bbc.co.uk - Police name the 89-year-old woman who died in a house fire in Dumfries and Galloway as Mona Stephenson. More... (Scotland)
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10:33

Police get new guidance on rape laws

news.bbc.co.uk - Advice to police in England and Wales clarifying the circumstances in which a person can consent to sex has been given by the Crown Prosecution Service. More... (UK)
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10:32

Airport suspends flights due to snow

news.bbc.co.uk - Heavy snowfall forces flights at Manchester Airport to be suspended as wintry weather disrupts travel across northern England. More... (UK)
Today
10:31

Oil price 'not linked to house drop'

news.bbc.co.uk - The lower oil price cannot yet be linked to a recent slight drop in house prices in Aberdeen, it is claimed. More... (Scotland)
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10:30

Forward Molloy quits Donegal panel

news.bbc.co.uk - Dermot Molloy leaves the Donegal senior football panel after failing to become a regular starter in the team. More... (Northern Ireland)
Today
10:27

Hezbollah 'wants no Israel conflict'

news.bbc.co.uk - Israel says it has received a message from Lebanese militant group Hezbollah indicating it opposes military escalation after lethal border clashes. More... (Middle East)
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10:24

Terror suspect extradition 'legal'

news.bbc.co.uk - The extradition of British terror suspect Haroon Aswat to the United States was lawful, European Court of Human Rights judges rule. More... (UK)
Today
10:20

Nessie to feature in ad campaign

news.bbc.co.uk - The Loch Ness Monster is to take centre stage in a new £2m advertising campaign aimed at promoting the Loch Ness area to foreign visitors. More... (Scotland)
Today
10:19

Sports minister admits concern as number of people swimming drops by 8%

www.guardian.co.uk - Sport England report 245,000 fewer swimming participants Overall figures show 125,100 drop in sports participation Sports minister ‘very concerned’ by trend in past 12 months The swimming blog: cold, tough - but what a buzz Continue reading... More... (Horse racing)
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10:19

Sports minister concerned over decline in number of people playing sport

www.guardian.co.uk - Sport England reports sharp fall in swimming participants Helen Grant: ‘I am very concerned by the overall dip’ Fall in female participation and number of disabled playing sport The swimming blog: cold, tough - but what a buzz Continue reading... More... (Horse racing)
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10:17

Van shooting was 'attempted murder'

news.bbc.co.uk - Police say a shooting incident in the Priesthill area of Glasgow on Tuesday night is being treated as attempted murder. More... (Scotland)
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10:16

Female Muslim converts drawn to Islamic State

news.bbc.co.uk - Female Muslim converts drawn to Islamic State More... (Middle East)
Today
10:16

Row over India PM's '1m-rupee suit'

news.bbc.co.uk - Indian PM Narendra Modi's pinstripe suit, with tiny letters spelling out his name, is criticised after media reports say it cost 1m rupees ($16,000; £10,100). More... (Asia)
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10:14

South Sudan's leader 'falls ill'

news.bbc.co.uk - South Sudan's President Salva Kiir is rushed to hospital in Ethiopia's capital, Addis Ababa, after becoming ill, an official tells the BBC. More... (Africa)
Today
10:12

The Abou Diaby dilemma: should Arsenal offer midfielder a new contract?

www.guardian.co.uk - Arsène Wenger’s reluctance to close the door on Diaby is admirable - a human response in a hard-nosed business. But would a new contract be the right thing for the club?Watching the deceptive no-look pass, the driven volley and the general sparkle that invited acclaim for Tomas Rosicky over the weekend, what must have been going through the mind of his unluckiest team-mate? Abou Diaby, as with Rosicky not so long ago, lives in a cycle of seemingly endless rehabilitation wondering what will become of his football aspirations. The thought of expressing himself in a big game is something that must be painful as well as an imperative target to cling to.Rosicky was 28, the same age as Diaby is now, when his career suddenly broke down. The Czech spent one and a half seasons out the game, the victim of an injury so baffling that nobody appeared to know exactly what was wrong or how to deal with it for months on end. Arsène Wenger gave evasive answers and Rosicky existed in some kind of footballing Bermuda Triangle. Related: Gabriel Paulista completes transfer to Arsenal from Villarreal Continue reading... More... (Football)
Today
10:11

Llai yn rhugl yn y Gymraeg

news.bbc.co.uk - Mae bron i hanner y siaradwyr Cymraeg yn ystyried eu hunain yn rhugl, ond cwta 10% sy'n defnyddio'r iaith mewn e-byst, yn ôl arolwg newydd. More... (Wales)
Today
10:09

Search for missing trawler resumes

news.bbc.co.uk - A search resumes for a trawler missing off the Kent coast, with four people on board. More... (UK)
Today
10:06

Shell to cut spending by $15bn

news.bbc.co.uk - Falling oil prices are forcing Royal Dutch Shell to cut back investment by some $15bn (£9.9bn) over the next three years. More... (UK)
Today
10:05

VIDEO: Police killed Sydney siege victim

news.bbc.co.uk - An inquest has heard that police were responsible for the death of Katrina Dawson, who was shot during the siege in Sydney. More... (Asia)