Letter: Turn it up - it's Mandelson!

Maybe Mr Mandelson has inherited his arrogance from his maternal grandfather, Herbert Morrison, who was a minister in the post-war Attlee government. It was Morrison, after all, who boasted that the Tories would never be able to "unscramble" the newly nationalised industries.

Cricket: Adams tames a grizzly wicket

Chris Adams hit a superb century off 107 balls to put Derbyshire in control after the first day of their Britannic Assurance County Championship basement battle against Durham at Chester-le-Street.

Cricket: Glamorgan looking to North

As sporting comebacks go, Phil North's return to the Glamorgan squad for today's important Britannic Assurance County Championship encounter against Nottinghamshire at Colwyn Bay is a shade special.

Letter: My roots in Yorkshire, Scandinavia

I agree with Blake Morrison, that the North is Scandinavian in character compared to the South ("How the other half lives", Review, 15 June). You can find it in the Yorkshire dialect. As a young lad there I would ask a pal if he was coming out "to lake", a corruption of a Scandinavian word for play. "Nay", Yorkshire for no, is also of Scandinavian origin.

Duckworth-Lewis under fire

Sussex are lodging an official complaint with the English Cricket Board following their farcical Sunday League defeat at Durham this week. The county faced a revised target of 80 in four overs under the complex Duckworth-Lewis system after torrential rain caused a 100-minute delay to the match at Chester-le-Street.

Smith's swing fires leaders

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Football: Leicester still have work to do

Chelsea 2 Leicester City 1

Cricket: Parallel times: Durham's Welsh example

Durham will be hoping their fortunes as new boys on the Championship block will continue to mirror those of the last graduates to first-class status, Glamorgan. In their first five years the Welsh county won 11 Championship matches (one fewer than Durham) and finished bottom of the table twice (once less than Durham). It was only after this spell as something of a laughing stock around the English shires (opponents would book their hotels in Swansea or Cardiff for just two nights) that Glamorgan started to look secure. They never finished bottom in the 1930s and were champions in 1948. If Durham's progress follows the same trajectory, the champagne corks will be popping at Chester-le-Street in 2019, two years before David Boon celebrates his 60th birthday.

Football: Booth spurs European quest

Sheffield Wednesday 2 Tottenham Hotspur 1

PASSED/FAILED: Lucinda Lambton

Lucinda Lambton, 53, is a writer, broadcaster and photographer. She will present the fourth in the BBC2 series `Travels with Pevsner'.which starts this Saturday, `Temples of Convenience' and `Chambers of Delight' appear next month as a one-volume paperback. `Lucinda Lambton's Alphabet of Britain' is the book of her previous television series.

Grayson takes Leicester to Wembley

Wimbledon 1 Leicester City 1 (after extra time; 1-1 at 90 min; agg 1-1; Leicester win on away goals)

Letter: If you're innocent, don't say so

YOU report the death of Britain's second longest-serving woman prisoner, Carol Hanson ("This woman died in prison...", 9 February). Her incarceration made no headlines. There was no campaign for her release. She must have been told many times that by making even a tongue-in-cheek admission of guilt she would be considered for parole.

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Oscar Pistorius sentencing: The athlete's wealth and notoriety have provoked a long overdue debate on South African prisons

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If Oscar Pistorius is sent to jail, his experience will not be that of other inmates
James Wharton: The former Guard now fighting discrimination against gay soldiers

The former Guard now fighting discrimination against gay soldiers

Life after the Army has brought new battles for the LGBT activist James Wharton
Ebola in the US: Panic over the virus threatens to infect President Obama's midterms

Panic over Ebola threatens to infect the midterms

Just one person has died, yet November's elections may be affected by what Republicans call 'Obama's Katrina', says Rupert Cornwell
Premier League coaches join the RSC to swap the tricks of their trades

Darling, you were fabulous! But offside...

Premier League coaches are joining the RSC to learn acting skills, and in turn they will teach its actors to play football. Nick Clark finds out why
How to dress with authority: Kirsty Wark and Camila Batmanghelidjh discuss the changing role of fashion in women's workwear

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New book on Joy Division's Ian Curtis sheds new light on the life of the late singer

New book on Ian Curtis sheds fresh light on the life of the late singer

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Sean Harris: A rare interview with British acting's secret weapon

Sean Harris: A rare interview with British acting's secret weapon

The Bafta-winner talks Hollywood, being branded a psycho, and how Barbra Streisand is his true inspiration
Tim Minchin, interview: The musician, comedian and world's favourite ginger is on scorching form

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Boris Johnson's boozing won't win the puritan vote

Boris's boozing won't win the puritan vote

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Tim Wheeler: Alzheimer's, memories and my dad

Wheeler's dad suffered from Alzheimer's for three years. When he died, there was only one way the Ash frontman knew how to respond: with a heartfelt solo album
Hugh Bonneville & Peter James: 'Peter loves his classic cars; I've always pootled along fine with a Mini Metro. I think I lack his panache'

How We Met: Hugh Bonneville & Peter James

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Radamel Falcao: How faith and love drive the Colombian to glory

Radamel Falcao: How faith and love drive the Colombian to glory

After a remarkable conversion from reckless defender to prolific striker, Monaco's ace says he wants to make his loan deal at Old Trafford permanent
Terry Venables: Premier League managers must not be allowed to dictate who plays and who does not play for England

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The Inside Word: Brendan Rodgers looks to the future while Roy Hodgson is ghost of seasons past

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