At some point, we’ve all had days we wanted to leave work early. But no matter how desperate we are to duck out, most of us do not set fire to our offices.
Even by the famously hot-blooded standards of opera, last week’s passionate dramma giocoso at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City was positively — well, operatic. In the fiery lead role was the mercurial lyric soprano Kathleen Battle, renowned for leaving a trail of ill will in her wake wherever she goes
The closure of the transfer window in the Britain marks the end of the close- season trading, with clubs all over the continent tying up last-minute deals to ensure their teams have fresh talent for the coming campaign. Weeks of wrangling over contracts and transfer fees need to be brought to a close by 1600 GMT today, to fall within the allocated time for swaps to occur. The close season has already seen the world record transfer fee for a footballer smashed after Real Madrid paid $130 million to Manchester United for Cristiano Ronaldo
Wayne Rooney and Michael Carrick scored in each half as Manchester United beat Portsmouth 2-0 at Old Trafford to go three points clear of Liverpool at the top of the English Premier League table, with a game in hand. With midfielder Paul Scholes becoming only the fourth United player to reach 600 appearances for the club, the defending champions moved closer to an 18th league title — and their third in succession — with a dominant if unspectacular performance against a Portsmouth side still battling to avoid relegation. United took the lead in the ninth minute when Brazilian midfielder Anderson sent Ryan Giggs flying down the left flank with a brilliant reverse pass — and the Welsh veteran calmly rolled his cross along the six-yard box, where Rooney was waiting to tap home.