Sport Alex Rodriguez is said to be involved in the latest drug scandal rocking baseball

Six years after supposedly closing the books on its “steroid era”, baseball is embroiled in a new drug scandal that has already felled one of its top stars, and could end the career of Alex Rodriguez, its highest-paid player.

Review: Rubbernecker, By Belinda Bauer

The curious case of the talking dead

The Insider: How to display stuff

There's an art to arranging one's things to look pleasing, rather than cluttered and claustrophobia-inducing. Yet, too much order can appear contrived and create a visual sense of unease. So how does one get the balance right?

Bath confirm double leg break for Olly Barkley

Bath have confirmed fly-half Olly Barkley will be out for the remainder of the season after breaking his leg in two places on Saturday.

The Fall, Electric Ballroom, London

The Fall are the most reliable band in the world, but also the most unpredictable. Musically, you can count on the band sounding pretty much the same as it did the last time you saw them, be it months ago or decades. But what keeps drawing fans back, year after year, is not reliability, it's the raw edge of uncertainty, that rarest of rock'n'roll commodities, which seems to fill a need in our increasingly ordered, commodified lives. And no frontman, not even Iggy Pop, has made as much a virtue of uncertainty as Mark E Smith.

Business Diary: Outed by World of Warcraft

It's not that the sort of people who play fantasy games are embarrassed by their hobby, you understand, just that they want to protect their privacy like everyone else. World of Warcraft's online players are up in arms after Blizzard Entertainment, the company that created the game, said that fans would henceforth have to use their real names on its discussion forums. One angry poster has complained that a new girlfriend (he wishes) might come across his "closet gamer habit" by Googling his real name.

Baseball: Big hits are guaranteed in battle of the sluggers

Two blistering line-ups of home-run all-stars and the greatest pitchers in the game – the Yankees v Phillies showdown promises to be a classic World Series

Self-confessed swindler fights back the tears

A self-confessed swindler dubbed "King Con" fought back tears today as he blamed his life of crime on childhood abuse.

Baseball: Yankees face $400m question

Can New York's baseball aristocrats deliver a World Series following a record outlay that leaves even European football's big spenders in the shade?

Jaguar XF 3.0 Diesel Sport Portfolio

A boosted version of the XF that's sure to silence last year's critics

£5m claim over 'sex abuse by priest'

A former City lawyer who claims that the sexual abuse he suffered at a Catholic boys' school stopped him from fulfilling his potential and led him to have a breakdown nearly 30 years later has launched a £5m compensation claim.

Baseball: How A-Rod became A-Fraud

Alex Rodriguez's admission this week that he took drugs has stunned a game sick of scandal, writes Rupert Cornwell

Hit & Run: Red-hot Rod

There is no suggestion," said numerous newspapers and gossip websites yesterday, "that Madonna has to date had a physical relationship with Alex Rodriguez."

Australia 34 New Zealand 19: Deans deepens Kiwi woes

New Wallaby coach masterminds second defeat in a row for men from his homeland

Me and my pet

Rebecca Armstrong meets the style guru who fell for a guinea pig, the burlesque performer who loves to show off her favourite asset, the art critic who can't resist a rescue dog ... and the actor who knows all about animals behaving badly

tot Sint Jans, Geertgen: The Tree of Jesse (c1490)

You can (if you're family-minded) make a family tree " a diagram of mothers and fathers, and their children, and their spouses, and their children, and so on, down the generations. Down is the operative word. The odd thing about these trees is that they grow downwards. They spread out like roots. They hang like mobiles.

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How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?

A crime that reveals London's dark heart

How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?
Meet 'Porridge' and 'Vampire': Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker

Lost in translation: Western monikers

Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker. Simon Usborne, who met a 'Porridge' and a 'Vampire' while in China, can see the problem
Handy hacks that make life easier: New book reveals how to rid your inbox of spam, protect your passwords and amplify your iPhone

Handy hacks that make life easier

New book reveals how to rid your email inbox of spam, protect your passwords and amplify your iPhone with a loo-roll
KidZania lets children try their hands at being a firefighter, doctor or factory worker for the day

KidZania: It's a small world

The new 'educational entertainment experience' in London's Shepherd's Bush will allow children to try out the jobs that are usually undertaken by adults, including firefighter, doctor or factory worker
Renée Zellweger's real crime has been to age in an industry that prizes women's youth over humanity

'Renée Zellweger's real crime was to age'

The actress's altered appearance raised eyebrows at Elle's Women in Hollywood awards on Monday
From Cinderella to The Jungle Book, Disney plans live-action remakes of animated classics

Disney plans live-action remakes of animated classics

From Cinderella to The Jungle Book, Patrick Grafton-Green wonders if they can ever recapture the old magic
Thousands of teenagers to visit battlefields of the First World War in new Government scheme

Pupils to visit First World War battlefields

A new Government scheme aims to bring the the horrors of the conflict to life over the next five years
The 10 best smartphone accessories

Make the most of your mobile: 10 best smartphone accessories

Try these add-ons for everything from secret charging to making sure you never lose your keys again
Mario Balotelli substituted at half-time against Real Madrid: Was this shirt swapping the real reason?

Liverpool v Real Madrid

Mario Balotelli substituted at half-time. Was shirt swapping the real reason?
West Indies tour of India: Hurricane set to sweep Windies into the shadows

Hurricane set to sweep Windies into the shadows

Decision to pull out of India tour leaves the WICB fighting for its existence with an off-field storm building
Indiana serial killer? Man arrested for murdering teenage prostitute confesses to six other murders - and police fear there could be many more

A new American serial killer?

Police fear man arrested for murder of teen prostitute could be responsible for killing spree dating back 20 years
Sweetie, the fake 10-year-old girl designed to catch online predators, claims her first scalp

Sting to trap paedophiles may not carry weight in UK courts

Computer image of ‘Sweetie’ represented entrapment, experts say
Fukushima nuclear crisis: Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on - and may never return home

Return to Fukushima – a land they will never call home again

Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on from nuclear disaster
Wildlife Photographer of the Year: Intimate image of resting lions claims top prize

Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Intimate image of resting lions claims top prize
Online petitions: Sign here to change the world

Want to change the world? Just sign here

The proliferation of online petitions allows us to register our protests at the touch of a button. But do they change anything?