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Bob Feller: Prodigious baseball pitcher who earned the nickname 'Rapid Robert'

Bob Feller was one of the greatest pitchers in baseball history. In his 20-years career with the Cleveland Indians, he won 266 games and struck out 2,581 batters in an era when strike-outs were harder to come by.

Baseball: San Francisco's 'misfits' walk among the giants with World Series win

Ticker-tape parade awaits unlikely champions as the City by the Bay emerges from the baseball shadows

Baseball: Giants brought back to earth by Rangers loss

There was no sign of panic from the San Francisco Giants after they suffered their first loss in the World Series late on Saturday. After winning the first two games at home in the best-of-seven series, the Giants were brought back down to earth in a 4-2 setback on the road against the Texas Rangers.

Hodgson to be denied big signing in January

Roy Hodgson, the Liverpool manager, may have seen his side claim a much needed victory at the weekend but if he was hoping for further good news he would have been sorely disappointed yesterday. The Anfield club's new owners, New England Sports Ventures, revealed that they will not sanction any big-money signings in the January transfer window.

No ordinary Joe: meet the Red Sox man set to run Liverpool

'Baseball is my business, Liverpool FC is my passion,' says Joe Januszewski, a fan since tragedy of Hillsborough

Revealed: how new Liverpool owner's wife pestered her husband to buy

Henry's team looking to increase revenues by being both smart and efficient rather than spendthrift

Will the Red Sox formula for success work at Anfield too?

"There is," declared one notable Liverpool supporter yesterday, "only one reason why people like this buy football clubs – to make money." That he was standing outside Stamford Bridge, possibly the biggest sporting plaything we will ever see, did not add weight to his argument. But the suspicion that prickles among the club's fans is readily understandable, and matches that troubling the minds of the Red Sox Nation when John W Henry and his partners first arrived in Boston in 2002.

Billy Beane: The number-cruncher whose methods could revolutionise Liverpool

His approach to stats helped the Red Sox find success. He tells Glenn Moore it would work in football too

Joe Sullivan: 'Henry has transformed the Sox. He's been good news'

The view from Boston

NESV vow to remove 'acquisition debt'

New England Sports Ventures will remove all "acquisition debt" from Liverpool if their takeover is successful, a statement from the American company promised today.

Spirit of Shankly give 'cautious welcome' to prospective owners

News of Liverpool's sale to another American businessman has been greeted with "cautious optimism" by fans' group Spirit of Shankly (SoS).

A closer look at Liverpool's potential new owner

Liverpool fans may be wary of another American owner, but in John W Henry they have a very different breed to Tom Hicks and George Gillett.

Baseball: Yankee great charged over drug 'lies'

Baseball great Roger Clemens, one of the best pitchers in the sport's history, was indicted yesterday on a series of charges related to lying to the US Congress about using performance-enhancing drugs.

Yankees bid tearful farewell to 'The Boss'

George Steinbrenner, the long-time owner of the New York Yankees and one of the most colourful and controversial figures in US sport died in Florida yesterday. Media reports said Steinbrenner, who celebrated his 80th birthday earlier this month, suffered a massive heart attack at his home in Tampa and was rushed to hospital.

Yankees owner George Steinbrenner dies after heart attack

George Steinbrenner, the long-time owner of the New York Yankees, has died at the age of 80 following a heart attack.

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Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

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Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz: What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?

Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz

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Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect
Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
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Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

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Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
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Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
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Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

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