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Open Championship 2017: Rory McIlroy lies five shots behind leader Jordan Spieth

An “ecstatic” Rory McIlroy had no need for a pep talk after one of his best Open Championship rounds kept him firmly in contention for a fifth major title at a wet and windy Royal Birkdale. McIlroy added a 68 to his opening 71 to post a halfway total of one under par and lie five shots off the pace set by two-time major winner Jordan Spieth. Spieth, who would join McIlroy in being three quarters of the way to a career grand slam with victory on Sunday, defied strong…

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Splendour in the Grass 2017: How brands steal the show at Australia's leading music festival

Australia’s Splendour in the Grass, a festival of music, ideas, denim cut-offs and the odd flower crown, will take over Byron Bay, the spiritual home of hipsters and green juice, this weekend. Since its inception in 2001, the three-day event has grown in popularity and is now compared to Coachella in the United States and, this weekend at least, a less muddy version of the UK’s Glastonbury. Festival goers arrive in Byron Bay for Splendour in the Grass 2017 on Friday. Photo: Mark Metcalfe The coastal oasis in northern NSW, the home of Chris Hemsworth, will play host to thousands…

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Open Championship 2017: Jordan Spieth and Brooks Koepka share opening-round lead

Two-time major winner Jordan Spieth gave himself nine out of 10 after beginning his bid to secure the third leg of a career grand slam in impressive fashion in the 146th Open Championship. Spieth carded a bogey-free 65 at Royal Birkdale to share the clubhouse lead with US Open champion Brooks Koepka, whose round included four birdies and an eagle. As the final groups headed out on to the course, the American pair enjoyed a two-shot lead over compatriot Justin Thomas and the English duo of Ian Poulter and Richard…

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In pictures: 2017 Riba Stirling prize shortlist

Hastings Pier was reopened to the public in April 2016, five-and-a-half years after a devastating fire which caused widespread damage. The judges said: “The new pier is not a lonely pier; rather, it is extremely welcoming in its design, with free, open entry to the public. It offers flexibility, material and functional sustainability, and an uninterrupted vista of the natural and built surroundings.” Let’s block ads! (Why?) BBC News – Entertainment & Arts

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Focus: Breaking Travel News investigates: Astana welcomes Expo 2017

Something of a coming out party for the city, Astana is currently hosting Expo 2017. The event seeks to welcome five million visitors to Kazakhstan as the country builds its international reputation. Here Maria Korelina visits for Breaking Travel News. Driving through the empty morning streets of Astana on the way to Expo 2017 the first thing you notice is the brazen architecture, with futuristic buildings popping out from the otherwise empty space. The pyramid structure of the Palace of Peace & Reconciliation sits on the horizon, while the emblematic…

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Premier League transfer news: All done deals so far in 2017 summer window

The 2017 summer transfer window opens on 1 July and some Premier League clubs have already begun spending money. Here are the latest done deals (only the teams which have bought and sold are listed). Keep checking in at to see the list grow as clubs begin throwing their money around. Click here to see the latest transfer rumours on ARSENALInSead Kolasinac (Schalke, free)Alexandre Lacazette (Lyon, £52m)OutYaya Sanogo (released)Takuma Asano (Stuttgart, loan) BOURNEMOUTHInAsmir Begovic (Chelsea, £10m)Nathan Ake (Chelsea, club-record reported £20m fee)Jermain Defoe (Sunderland, free)OutConnor Mahoney (Blackburn, undisclosed)…

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