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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