Matt Butler

Matt Butler is a sports writer for The Independent and i paper

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Phillips Idowu in Rome last week, his only outing this season

Matt Butler: Beeb snubs medallists and rides equality out of town

View From the Sofa: There was not a single woman among the riders

Presenter Jake Humphrey in BT Sport’s East London studio

Matt Butler: Where will Sky Sports stop in its bid to eclipse BT Sport?

View From the Sofa: Jim White takes to the airwaves in pointless effort to help broadcaster visit all 92 league clubs in a day while brash new competitor plays it safe back in studio

Katherine Grainger

Matt Butler: So, what now...? The downside of Olympic achievement

Inspire: The Olympic Journey BBC One

James Anderson during England practice on Wednesday

Ashes 2013: Former pace bowler Bob Willis happy to be overtaken by James Anderson ‘the magician’

James Anderson’s 10 wickets in the first Ashes Test at Trent Bridge showed he is England’s “magician”, according to the former pace bowler Bob Willis. His spellbinding deliveries could oust Willis from the No 2 spot in the list of England’s top Test wicket-takers at Lord’s over the next five days.

Glenn McGrath is a worthy addition

Matt Butler: Who needs Sky gimmicks when Blofeld’s on the bus?

View From The Sofa: Test Match Special BBC 5 Live Sports Extra

Gavin Henson (l) is floored by Bath teammate Carl Fearns (r)

Matt Butler: Yet another early Bath for Gavin Henson, the floored talent

Henson only signed last month – his fifth club in two years – and already the club are investigating an 'incident' on Wednesday night

BBC F1 presenter Suzi Perry, left, talks with former F1 driver David Coulthard, right, in the paddock

Matt Butler: Glorious, fantastic, amazing – and the race hasn't begun yet

View From The Sofa: British Grand Prix, BBC 1

Michael Dunlop in action at the Gooseneck during Practice of the Isle of Man TT

Matt Butler: Fetch me my cords, the TT bikers have taken the island

View From The Sofa: Isle of Man TT, ITV4

Annabel Croft

Matt Butler: Look out, Wimbledon, Mats Wilander's about to ride into town

View From The Sofa: Game Set and Mats, British Eurosport

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'They poured water on, then electrified me...'

If Oscar Pistorius is sent to jail, his experience will not be that of other inmates
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Life after the Army has brought new battles for the LGBT activist James Wharton
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Panic over Ebola threatens to infect the midterms

Just one person has died, yet November's elections may be affected by what Republicans call 'Obama's Katrina', says Rupert Cornwell
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Darling, you were fabulous! But offside...

Premier League coaches are joining the RSC to learn acting skills, and in turn they will teach its actors to play football. Nick Clark finds out why
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How to dress with authority

Kirsty Wark and Camila Batmanghelidjh discuss the changing role of fashion in women's workwear
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New book on Ian Curtis sheds fresh light on the life of the late singer

'Joy Division were making art... Ian was for real' says author Jon Savage
Sean Harris: A rare interview with British acting's secret weapon

Sean Harris: A rare interview with British acting's secret weapon

The Bafta-winner talks Hollywood, being branded a psycho, and how Barbra Streisand is his true inspiration
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Tim Minchin interview

For a no-holds-barred comedian who is scathing about woolly thinking and oppressive religiosity, he is surprisingly gentle in person
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Boris's boozing won't win the puritan vote

Many of us Brits still disapprove of conspicuous consumption – it's the way we were raised, says DJ Taylor
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Tim Wheeler: Alzheimer's, memories and my dad

Wheeler's dad suffered from Alzheimer's for three years. When he died, there was only one way the Ash frontman knew how to respond: with a heartfelt solo album