News archive from 17 April 2011

Celtic's Emilio Izaguirre takes 'Roberto Carlos' billing in his stride

Celtic's Emilio Izaguirre has adapted well to life in Glasgow. Photograph: Lee Smith/Action Images Emilio Izaguirre could be about to buck a trend. Unusual as it is for a full-back to be quoted in such terms, Izaguirre is regarded as the early...

Guardian, 22:04 in Sport

Mario Balotelli makes his presence felt in Manchester Cup derby win

Mario Balotelli of Manchester City does his best to get closer to the Manchester United fans. Photograph: Christopher Lee/The FA via Getty Images Just before his altercation with Rio Ferdinand at the end of this Manchester derby in exile, Mario...

Guardian, 22:05 in Sport

Bahrain protests will go nowhere while the US supports its government | Ian Black

Bahrain's protests have had little public support from the west and Arab states. Photograph: Mazen Mahdi/EPA History and geography explain why Bahrain's peaceful uprising was the early exception to the "Arab spring", which began with high...

Citigroup tower in London's Docklands may be sold to the Chinese

Citigroup tower in London's Docklands may be sold to the Chinese

Ross Davies, director in the City investment team at commercial estate agent Jones Lang LaSalle, which is marketing the building, said: 'It has another 24-year lease with fixed uplifts, which is rare in this market.' This means the rent will...


Mario Balotelli wink no big deal, Roberto Mancini claims

Manchester City's Mario Balotelli (right) becomes involved in a fracas with United players at the final whistle during the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley. Photograph: Christopher Lee - The Fa/The FA via Getty Images Roberto Mancini sought to play down...

Guardian, 22:51 in Sport

Mystery bird: hawfinch, Coccothraustes coccothraustes

Hawfinch, Coccothraustes coccothraustes (protonym, Loxia Coccothraustes), sometimes known as the Japanese hawfinch or the short-tailed hawfinch, photographed in Hong Kong, China. Image: Marie Louise Ng, 7 March 2011 [velociraptorize]. Nikon D7000...


Tunisia makes "good start" on democratic path-OSCE

He was in Tunis to discuss ways the 56-nation body could help the North African country three months after a popular revolt ended the 23-year rule of former president Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali. The OSCE could assist with electoral support, developing...


Private university owner under investigation for deceiving students

The private university owned by Apollo Group was given university status last year by David Willetts. Photograph: Martin Argles/The Guardian The company running one of only two for-profit universities in Britain is under investigation for deceiving...

Guardian, 23:01 in Politics

Judd Trump takes out title holder

England's Judd Trump on the way to beating title holder Neil Robertson 10-8. Photograph: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Judd Trump, suddenly realising the immense potential he displayed as a prolifically successful junior, beat Neil Robertson, the title holder,...

Guardian, 23:06 in Sport
Stop me travelling at 66? But I'm still running marathons

Stop me travelling at 66? But I'm still running marathons

As well as a high level of medical expenses cover, typically up to £2 million on a good travel policy, experts say older travellers should look out for policies that include cancellation cover - not all low-cost travel insurance offers this....


Real Madrid 1-1 Barcelona | El Clasico match report

Lionel Messi celebrates after putting Barcelona ahead against Real Madrid. Photograph: Dani Pozo/AFP/Getty Images Barcelona took a giant stride towards a third straight La Liga title with a 1-1 against 10-man Real Madrid that preserves their...

Guardian, 23:13 in Sport

AV vote: whatever the result, it has the power of a defining moment

How people vote on AV in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland could shape the result for the whole of Britain. Photograph: Steve Taylor/Getty At the time it probably seemed a good idea: 12 campaigners for the alternative vote would dress as MPs and...

Guardian, 23:53 in Politics

Nicolas Cage arrested on suspicion of domestic abuse and public drunkenness

Nicolas Cage, in a mugshot taken after his arrest on suspicion of domestic abuse. Photograph: Ho/Reuters Actor Nicolas Cage has been arrested on suspicion of domestic abuse after an allegedly drunken altercation with his wife. The Oscar-winning actor...



WEST HAM 1 -- ASTON VILLA 2 WEST HAM introduced Kriss Akabusi to the crowd at half-time. What a pity he couldn’t have spoken to the Hammers’ players instead. If the former Olympic athlete, who now makes his living giving “inspirational” speeches,...



RORY MCILROY’S dramatic Masters meltdown could cost the crestfallen starlet a cool £10million. That’s a guess-timate figure he and his management team could be expected to bank in coming years with McIlroy as a Major champion. For three days,...


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