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

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It was heart-warming to see the good folk of Clapham, Hackney and the rest mobilise themselves for a mass clear-up, using the same social media that had summoned the urban pillagers less than 24 hours before. Raising their brooms and dustpans aloft, they appeared the very model of David Cameron's Big Society. Whoever would have forecast that it would be looting mobs in London that would give it birth?

Baseball: It’s not just cricket - the video replay debate crosses the pond

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Fan saved from home run plunge

A baseball fan in Arizona narrowly escaped a 20ft plunge when he tried to catch a ball heading into the stands, less than a week after a father in Texas died in a similar accident.

Perfect victims: If the catcher’s mitt fits...

By looking sideways at the stats Bill James changed baseball forever. As this extract from his new book shows, he’s now trying to do the same for famous crimes

Fan dies catching baseball for son

A baseball fan died after he fell from a stand while trying to catch a ball for his son.

MLB assessment at the mid-season stag

ESPN America’s Michael Kim speaks to baseball expert Doug Glanville about the first half of the 2011 major league season.

Levi Bellfield 'hated blonde women'

Levi Bellfield is one of the most dangerous serial killers Britain has known.

Wally Yonamine: Sportsman who fought prejudice in two sports and in two countries

Wally Yonamine was a sportsman whose career forced him to face prejudice in two separate sports, on two separate continents, and for opposite reasons. In 1947, playing American football for the San Francisco 49ers, the first Japanese-American in the professional game, he faced considerable resentment resulting from the recently-ended war against Japan. And as the first foreigner to play baseball in the Japanese major leagues, he was referred to as the "Japanese Jackie Robinson", after the black star who integrated American baseball, and faced a similar onslaught of racial abuse and harsh treatment.

Police hunt gang who beat Polish man to death in Derby

A 29-year-old man was beaten to death in a terraced street in Derby by five balaclava-wearing men armed with "baseball bats or sticks". The Polish victim, named by police as Serioza Lawskoski, was left unconscious by the beating early on Saturday evening. Paramedics fought to save him at the scene but he was pronounced dead at hospital shortly afterwards.

Baseball: Bonds guilty of obstructing justice

A US jury has convicted the baseball star Barry Bonds of one count of obstructing justice but was deadlocked on other charges that he lied to a grand jury about whether he knowingly used steroids.

Book of a Lifetime: Gilead, By Marilynne Robinson

"The fact is, I don't want to be old. And I certainly don't want to be dead. I don't want to be the tremulous coot you barely remember." As John Ames begins to write a letter to his son, a letter that will be read when he is long buried, he is unaware that this will not be a meditation on beauty, but on the difficulty of forgiveness. Ames, a pastor in the crumbling prairie town of Gilead, Iowa, finds a beauty in creation that almost breaks his heart – a heart now prone to missed beats, flutters, uneven squeezes of the chambers. Water, the house cat, baseball on the radio: these are achingly more beautiful as they will soon be lost. He has come to see his perishability, and the world looks lovely in the light of his leaving it.

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