Sport Hove into view: Sami Hyypia’s Brighton were chastened by a commanding Southampton display in a friendly last week

Former Liverpool star returns to English football against Sheffield Wednesday

Alastair Cook prepares to sweep watched by wicketkeeper Brendon McCullum

Alastair Cook eases to 25th Test century on the fourth morning against New Zealand

England captain Alastair Cook scored his 25th Test century on the fourth morning against New Zealand at Headingley.

Housing authorities have reported large numbers of tenants simply unable to pay the extra rent

Tenants face eviction over controversial ‘bedroom tax’

Thousands could lose their homes as councils and housing associations begin a clampdown on those in rent arrears

A dejected Hartley leaves the pitch

Dylan Hartley faces anxious wait on Lions ban

Northampton Saints captain sent off after 'cheat' jibe in showpiece final defeat to Leicester Tigers

The Conversation: Natalie Bennett, Green Party leader

You were born, raised and schooled in Australia and worked in Thailand – how did you find yourself leading the Green Party of England and Wales?

England captain Alastair Cook speaks with groundsman as rain delays play on day one of 2nd Investec Test match between England and New Zealand at Headingley

England v New Zealand 2nd Test: First day washed out

The latest report from the second Test at Headingley

Alastair Cook feared England’s lead was insufficient

England v New Zealand: Hard work on beating left-handers should keep paying dividends

A day that began with victory a possibility for both sides ended up being as short as it was Broad's.

Live: England vs New Zealand

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Coastal chic: an updated bedroom

Super stylish seaside revival

The Grand, Brighton

England manager Roy Hodgson leads the tributes as David Beckham hangs up his boots for one last time

The former England captain will stop playing at the end of the season

Strong winds batter UK

Winds of up to 65mph battered British coastlines during the night resulting in trees blown down in what was “fairly unusual” weather for May.

Stuart Broad has not been reinstated as Test vice-captain

Stuart Broad: It is a big thing if we ain't got that swing says England bowler ahead of New Zealand Test

England's bowlers are preparing for an outbreak of panic if swing continues to elude them against New Zealand. Indeed, it may be full-blown hysteria followed by the need for crisis counselling.

Giant strides: Leroy Cudjoe scored two tries to put Huddersfield through

Huddersfield Giants 24 Leeds Rhinos 8 match report: Leroy Cudjoe halts Rhinos' annual charge to Wembley

Leroy Cudjoe intercepted Leeds on their usual route to Wembley with two tries that took Huddersfield into the quarter-finals of the Challenge Cup.

The sporting week ahead (12/05/13)

Today

The Wizard: The Life of Stanley Matthews, by Jon Henderson

When revisiting the life of someone as famous as Stanley Matthews, it helps to unearth a hitherto unknown, headline-making fact, as Jon Henderson has done in revealing that The Wizard of Dribble's beloved second wife, Mila, had been a secret agent for the Communist Czech regime in the Fifties and Sixties. But it would be a shame if this diverted attention from the author's masterly crafting of the real meat of the book, Matthews's extraordinary football career and how it was shaped by his complex, often crabby personality.

The fierce rivalry between Crystal Palace and Brighton can be traced back to the days of Terry Venables (above) and Alan Mullery

Championship Play-off: How Terry Venables and Alan Mullery sparked a fierce and enduring southern rivalry between Crystal Palace and Brighton

Play-off showdown is the latest chapter in the story of an unlikely enmity that goes back 40 years

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War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

Aid agencies prepare for vast exodus following planned Iraqi offensive against the Isis-held city, reports Patrick Cockburn
Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

The shadow Home Secretary on fighting radical Islam, protecting children, and why anyone in Labour who's thinking beyond May must 'sort themselves out'
A bad week for the Greens: Leader Natalie Bennett's 'car crash' radio interview is followed by Brighton council's failure to set a budget due to infighting

It's not easy being Green

After a bad week in which its leader had a public meltdown and its only city council couldn't agree on a budget vote, what next for the alternative party? It's over to Caroline Lucas to find out
Gorillas nearly missed: BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter

Gorillas nearly missed

BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter
Downton Abbey effect sees impoverished Italian nobles inspired to open their doors to paying guests for up to €650 a night

The Downton Abbey effect

Impoverished Italian nobles are opening their doors to paying guests, inspired by the TV drama
China's wild panda numbers have increased by 17% since 2003, new census reveals

China's wild panda numbers on the up

New census reveals 17% since 2003
Barbara Woodward: Britain's first female ambassador to China intends to forge strong links with the growing economic superpower

Our woman in Beijing builds a new relationship

Britain's first female ambassador to China intends to forge strong links with growing economic power
Courage is rare. True humility is even rarer. But the only British soldier to be awarded the Victoria Cross in Afghanistan has both

Courage is rare. True humility is even rarer

Beware of imitations, but the words of the soldier awarded the Victoria Cross were the real thing, says DJ Taylor
Alexander McQueen: The catwalk was a stage for the designer's astonishing and troubling vision

Alexander McQueen's astonishing vision

Ahead of a major retrospective, Alexander Fury talks to the collaborators who helped create the late designer's notorious spectacle
New BBC series savours half a century of food in Britain, from Vesta curries to nouvelle cuisine

Dinner through the decades

A new BBC series challenged Brandon Robshaw and his family to eat their way from the 1950s to the 1990s
Philippa Perry interview: The psychotherapist on McDonald's, fancy specs and meeting Grayson Perry on an evening course

Philippa Perry interview

The psychotherapist on McDonald's, fancy specs and meeting Grayson Perry on an evening course
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef recreates the exoticism of the Indonesian stir-fry

Bill Granger's Indonesian stir-fry recipes

Our chef was inspired by the south-east Asian cuisine he encountered as a teenager
Chelsea vs Tottenham: Harry Kane was at Wembley to see Spurs beat the Blues and win the Capital One Cup - now he's their great hope

Harry Kane interview

The striker was at Wembley to see Spurs beat the Blues and win the Capital One Cup - now he's their great hope
The Last Word: For the good of the game: why on earth don’t we leave Fifa?

Michael Calvin's Last Word

For the good of the game: why on earth don’t we leave Fifa?
HIV pill: Scientists hail discovery of 'game-changer' that cuts the risk of infection among gay men by 86%

Scientists hail daily pill that protects against HIV infection

Breakthrough in battle against global scourge – but will the NHS pay for it?