The Best and the Worst of the British Press

Goran Ivanisevic may be a tennis champ, but Tuesday he partied like a rock star.

The tabloids are littered with photos of Wimbledon's upset winner playfully flirting with a harem of women at a party in Croatia.

The Sun muses: "Goran takes advantage," while the Daily Star speculates: "I've Goran awful hangover."

And the BBC showed pictures of Ivanesvich taking on another British theme — The Full Monty — when he stripped off his clothes and threw them into the cheering crowds in the city of Split.

A New Must for Partying Celebrities?

A new male contraceptive that could last up to three years is being developed in Britain, writes The Daily Telegraph.

Using the same hormone that already is being tested in a pill form, this implant is designed to block sperm production. Scientists are searching for eager volunteers ages 18 to 45 to help prove if the male pill could become a reality in the next five years.

Britain Takes on Florida

Britain got a small taste of Florida politics last night, as a ballot meant to produce a new leader of the Conservative Party ended in a "farce."

Two candidates tied for last place to lead the party once dominated by Winston Churchill and Margaret Thatcher. But rather than bow out gracefully, losers Michael Ancram and David Davis both vowed to fight on, and according to party rules, neither one can be forced out of the contest.

Thus, Conservative members of Parliament will have to vote again — just to determine who comes in last.

The usually pro-Conservative Daily Mail offered a fuming assessment of the situation in its lead: "Can't they get ANYTHING right?" Most of the other papers just poked fun.

A New Meaning to 'Reputation on the Playing Field'

Reputations are on the line in a court battle that has captured the imagination of The Independent this morning.

A 33-year-old soccer player from Bristol is suing his referee for libel after getting slapped with a red card during a match Sunday. According to the article, Steven Edwards claims his reputation as a "fair midfielder has been tarnished."

He denies using offensive language, and is demanding an apology.

Northern Ireland in Jeopardy?

Efforts to salvage Northern Ireland's Good Friday peace agreement faltered late last night, as pro-British Unionists and Irish Nationalists both left marathon negotiations empty-handed.

Ulster Unionist leader David Trimble and Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams exchanged salvos, but pledged to meet again this morning.

Two other key factions — the Progressive Unionist Party and Ulster Freedom Fighters — pulled out of talks and withdrew their support for the agreement all together.

The Guardian reports British Prime Minister Tony Blair's hopes to cut a deal on police reforms and a scale-down of security forces in the troubled region now appear bleak.

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