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)

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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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