Sport Carl Froch celebrates his win over Mikkel Kessler in May

Carl Froch's super-middleweight world title clash with fellow Englishman George Groves will take place in Manchester on 23 November.

Boxing: Olympic blow as Derek Mapp goes

Funding for the Olympic boxing team was thrown into disarray when the chairman of the British Amateur Boxing Association was ousted in a boardroom coup.

Danny Garcia, right, who could face Amir Khan in the future, lands a heavy blow on Zab Judah in their bloody light welterweight title clash

Boxing: Amir Khan rides out the storm on a night of blood, thunder and brutal honesty

After the knockdowns, the storm and plastic surgeons doing emergency work there were moments of honest reflection in the rings of Sheffield, New York and Buenos Aires on Saturday night.

Boxing: Tyson Fury and Nathan Cleverly poised on brink of dream fights

Victories for the British pair tonight will bring career-defining contests within touching distance

Boxing: Pioneer Zou Shiming breaks down Asian barriers with his fists

China's first professional pugilist makes debut next weekend with huge fan base following him

The Sports Matrix: Wednesday 2 January 2013

Football: United keep their distance from defiant neighbours

Amir Khan is likely to hit the canvas again in the coming year

Bunce on Boxing: My 2013 prediction... the biggest British fight ever (maybe)

It is hard to do justice to a preview with predictions for any boxing year because of the trickeration – a perfect word that was introduced by the sport's Lord of the Dark Arts, Don King – that drives and controls the business. The sport is not run illegally but one of King's maxims is necessary to gain an understanding of the way we do business: in boxing you don't get what you deserve, you get what you negotiate. Bingo.

Amir Khan has been defeated three times as a pro boxer but hopes for a fresh start with new trainer Virgil Hunter

Boxing: Virgil Hunter on a mission to curb Amir Khan’s bravery in make-or-break fight

Boxer and trainer have reputations on the line as Molina poses threat to new partnership

Amir Khan

Boxing: 'You will see a difference' - Amir Khan prepares for must win fight

Khan takes on Carlos Molina in a non-title fight on December 15

Luke Campbell catches John Joe Nevin with a right hook

Boxing: Luke Campbell's super right picks up a gold for Team GB

Bantamweight scores another great triumph for Britain against plucky Irishman to join Adams in the golden gloves club

Tom Stalker wants to steer clear of the rows that are tainting the boxing industry

Boxing: Team GB's Tom Stalker focuses on medal success amid rows

Tom Stalker is hoping to give a flawless performance in tonight's match so that he can avoid getting embroiled in the rows that are dogging boxing at the moment.

Britain's Euan Burton was inconsolable after his defeat in the judo

Chris Hewett: Gone for a Burton but Euan deserves a medal for honesty after defeat

The critic without a ticket: He listed all those he felt he had let down – only the dog, cat and goldfish were spared a mention

Boxing: Amir Khan brands Lamont Peterson a 'cheat' after fight is cancelled following positive drugs test

Amir Khan has spoken of his hurt and disappointment following the cancellation of his world light-welterweight title rematch against Lamont Peterson and says the American champion's failed drugs test proves he was "a cheat".

Amir Khan is set for a rematch

Boxing: Amir Khan vows no mistakes against Lamont Peterson

Amir Khan has promised not to make the same mistakes he made first time around when he faces Lamont Peterson in a rematch on May 19.

Amir Khan in his gym in Bolton

Amir Khan: Pulling no punches

The Bolton boxer opens up to Tim Rich on his Peterson rematch, promoting his fights Stateside, the loneliness of his trade – and why his mum can no longer watch

Eoin Morgan says England are ‘starting from scratch in this part of the world’

Deflated 'hosts' Pakistan just want to go home

At this stage of any cricket tour, all anybody wants to do is go home. Of nobody is this truer in the United Arab Emirates at present than the "home" side. Pakistan have been away for too long and it is beginning to show.

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Most of us would prefer to die in our own beds, with our families beside us. But, as a GP, Margaret McCartney sees too many end their days in a medicalised battle
Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night - is that what it takes for women to get to the top?

What does it take for women to get to the top?

Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night and told women they had to do more if they wanted to get on
Christmas jumper craze: Inside the UK factory behind this year's multicultural must-have

Knitting pretty: British Christmas Jumpers

Simmy Richman visits Jack Masters, the company behind this year's multicultural must-have
French chefs have launched a campaign to end violence in kitchens - should British restaurants follow suit?

French chefs campaign against bullying

A group of top chefs signed a manifesto against violence in kitchens following the sacking of a chef at a Paris restaurant for scalding his kitchen assistant with a white-hot spoon
Radio 4 to broadcast 10-hour War and Peace on New Year's Day as Controller warns of cuts

Just what you need on a New Year hangover...

Radio 4 to broadcast 10-hour adaptation of War and Peace on first day of 2015
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Cuba to stage first US musical in 50 years

Claire Allfree finds out if the new production of Rent will hit the right note in Havana
Christmas 2014: 10 best educational toys

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Of course you want them to have fun, but even better if they can learn at the same time
Paul Scholes column: I like Brendan Rodgers as a manager but Liverpool seem to be going backwards not forwards this season

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Lewis Moody column: Stuart Lancaster has made all the right calls – now England must deliver

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It's in all our interests to look after servicemen and women who fall on hard times, say party leaders
Millionaire Sol Campbell wades into wealthy backlash against Labour's mansion tax

Sol Campbell cries foul at Labour's mansion tax

The former England defender joins Myleene Klass, Griff Rhys Jones and Melvyn Bragg in criticising proposals
Nicolas Sarkozy returns: The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?

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Attacks on the Labour leader have coalesced around a sense that he is different, weird, a man apart. But is the criticism more sinister?
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