Sport Bo Jackson of the Kansas City Royals stands ready at the plate during a game against the Oakland Athletics at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum in 1990

In the United States, Bo Jackson is revered as one of the country’s greatest ever athletes. He broke no world records and is in no Hall of Fame, yet those who saw him simultaneously in the NFL and MLB still spread his legend.

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San Francisco Giants sweep aside Detroit Tigers to rule baseball

They don't have the big names, a Triple Crown winner or a $200m-plus slugger. But for the second time in three years the San Francisco Giants rule baseball, clinically completing a four game sweep of the Detroit Tigers to win one of the most lopsided World Series in recent years.

Tigers' Miguel Cabrera hits a home run against the Yankees

Baseball: Detroit motor to World Series as battling Giants do it the hard way

The comeback team against the would-be comeback city. Such is the 2012 World Series which opens tonight in what is probably the major leagues' most beautiful ballpark, where Barry Bonds used to lash his steroid-fuelled home runs into San Francisco Bay.

Love after death: Victor Frankenstein (Charlie Tahan) and reanimated dog in Tim Burton's affectionate horror homage 'Frankenweenie'

Frankenweenie (PG) ***
Ginger and Rosa (12A) ***

Tim Burton's career, which seemed in tailspin with the Gothic resurrection comedy Dark Shadows earlier this year, has somehow righted itself with Frankenweenie, his most enjoyable film in ages. This too is a Gothic resurrection comedy, a monochrome stop-motion animation that revisits and extends a live-action short he made for Disney in 1984. On one level it pays affectionate homage to horror classics such as Bride of Frankenstein – Burton is an obsessive pasticheur – though more importantly it shows that he still has an instinct for a good yarn.

Mexican gang steals corpse of slain drug lord

The corpse of one of Mexico's most feared drug lords, Heriberto Lazcano, was stolen from a funeral home by an armed group a day after he was killed in a gunfight with marines. The body was being stored in northern Mexico following a shootout in the border state of Coahuila on Sunday.

Sluggers Adam LaRoche (left) and Bryce Harper celebrate a score for the Washington Nationals

Baseball: Ready, Teddy, go! Nationals aim to follow the mascot into history

Washington DC has long been a backwater for baseball, but finally has a team to be proud of

Tel on the telly: Wembley's technical advisor Terry Venables, watched by Martin Keown, during the televised FA Cup tie against Langford

The Last Word: TV show sours FA Cup dream of Wembley

Dream On is just a publicity stunt that highlights the dangers of a sport selling itself to sponsors

Boyd Tonkin: The sporting novel often underperforms, but it still has a team of champions

Without any pommel-horse gyrations and contortions, I can offer one genuine affinity between Olympic artistry and the other sort of contest embodied in the long-list for the Man Booker Prize. Aritomo, the mysterious Japanese gardener in Malaya of Tan Twan Eng's novel The Garden of Evening Mists, also excels at archery.

Tom Sutcliffe: Film freaks who can't see the big picture are worse than football thugs

"Are you an Antonioni fan?" This question, posed conversationally just before a screening of the BFI's restored version of The Red Desert, took me a little aback the other day. I paused for a moment and said "No", an answer which, in its turn, seemed to nonplus the person who'd asked in the first place.

South Korean archer Im Dong-hyun practises at Lord's

Medal spotlight on South Korea: They have western heavyweights in their sights

South Korea has won 68 gold medals and 16 of them have come in archery

Timon of Athens, Olivier, NT, London / The Complete World of Sports, Arts Theatre, London

De-barnacled and bejewelled, the Bard's tricky play shines like a topical treasure

Last night's viewing - Line of Duty, BBC2; Twenty Twelve, BBC2

It's all very well slitting the throat of one of your major characters at the end of episode two, but it does present you with something of a problem in the succeeding episodes, as Line of Duty has been demonstrating. There are upsides to such narrative ruthlessness, obviously. If Gina McKee can cop it, the audience will be thinking, then frankly nobody can be assumed to be safe.

At bat, Harper is an electrifying mix of power, swagger and recklessness of youth

Baseball: Nats' new kid on the block causing a commotion in the capital

Washington National's bat out of hell Bryce Harper on track to have best season by teenager in a century

Torch Song Trilogy, Menier Chocolate Factory, London

Douglas Hodge picked up awards on both sides of the Atlantic for his knock-out turn as Albin, the drag queen in the Menier Chocolate Factory's production of La Cage aux Folles.  He now returns to the venue wearing his director's hat for this revival of an earlier Harvey FIierstein-scripted show – the celebrated Torch Song Trilogy (1981) about Arnold, a New York Jewish gay drag-performer, and his chequered search for love and family in the era that immediately preceded AIDS. 

Protesters against the restart of nuclear power plants, shout slogans in front of the Japanese

Japan's power hub braced for big switch-on

Japan's reactors have lain idle since the tsunami crippled the Fukushima plant. Now the government wants to turn them on again. By David McNeill

Champion: Thomson Al Fresco is running Summer Games at seven parks

Summer 2012: Holiday parks

Siblu (0871 911 2288; siblu.com) is hoping to lure weary parents to its holiday parks in France with the promise of bolstering a family holiday with a health and wellbeing break. Saunas, hot tubs and massages feature at a number of its venues, such as Le Bois Masson, in St-Jean-de-Monts in the Vendée. Seven nights here cost from £735 for up to six sharing a two-bedroom chalet. Treatments are extra.

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