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Your guide to all the departures since the season started

Brad Barritt goes on the charge at Twickenham: 'I like to think I'd be adaptable to what any coach wants'

Boring Barritt can fill gaping hole in centre of England

Saracen's defensive qualities could be well suited to reviving Red Rose fortunes

Small firms hit by lending squeeze

Many small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) are still struggling to raise money from banks despite an agreement between lenders and the Government, a report revealed today.

Manchester City's Vincent Kompany (left) and Arsenal's Gervinho

Brian Ashton: Football can teach my code plenty of lessons

Tackling The Issues

Former England coaches Mike Ford and John Wells leave RFU

Former England assistant coaches Mike Ford and John Wells are to leave the Rugby Football Union with immediate effect.

Judy Murray has joined the LTA

Lawn Tennis Association excited by Judy Murray appointment

Judy Murray's unique perspective as coach and parent at the highest level in tennis makes her a very valuable asset to the Lawn Tennis Association, according to head of men's and women's tennis Leon Smith.

Ford hurt by 'petty' critics but will still offer his help to England

Mike Ford is preparing to leave his role with the Rugby Football Union on good terms, although he admits to being hurt by the leaked criticism that was directed at him in the wake of the World Cup.

Leinster’s Jonathan Sexton hands off Bath’s Ryan Caldwell

Bath are cut to the quick by O'Brien

Bath 13 Leinster 18

Talent Scout: Ola John, Twente 

For a country ranked so high in the footballing pyramid, talent from it's shores continues to represent remarkable value. We're talking about the Netherlands, the original home of total football, and mother land to some of European football's greatest ever players.

Rooney was given the original three-match ban after his dismissal for violent conduct against Montenegro

Rooney Euro 2012 ban reduced by Uefa

The Football Association have defended themselves against Kenny Dalglish's accusation of double standards after Wayne Rooney successfully appealed against his three-match Euro 2012 ban.

Is Robshaw next in line for England captaincy?

A leading bookmaker yesterday installed the Harlequins captain Chris Robshaw, who has yet to lose a game of rugby this season, as favourite to lead England in the Six Nations Championship after Christmas. This probably means he has no chance of landing the job – turf accountants know rather more about the 3.30 at Pontefract than they do about life at the bottom of a ruck – but events over the weekend certainly strengthened the flanker's hand as the time for decisions draws near.

Graham Gooch stands down from Essex role

Graham Gooch is stepping down from his role as first-team batting coach for Essex to focus on his England responsibilities, the club announced today.

Brian Ashton: 'There’s a part of me that wanted to cry at the lazy journalism at the heart of it'

Fabio Capello could remain England manager says Trevor Brooking

Sir Trevor Brooking has refused to rule out completely the prospect of Fabio Capello remaining as England manager beyond Euro 2012.

Officers and ambulance paramedics were unable to resuscitate Halman

Baseball: Mariners' Dutch star killed in stabbing

Dutch baseball player Greg Halman has been stabbed to death in Rotterdam and his younger brother has been arrested in connection with the incident. Halman, 24, played as an outfielder for the Major League side Seattle Mariners.

Parish perishes at Reds after less than six months

Matt Parish has quit and returned to Australia less than six months into a three-year contract as coach of Salford after several differences of opinion with the club's director of football, Steve Simms. He is now expected to take up the role of assistant coach to Geoff Toovey at the Australian champions, Manly.

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Backhanders, bribery and abuses of power have soared in China as economy surges

Bribery and abuses of power soar in China

The bribery is fuelled by the surge in China's economy but the rules of corruption are subtle and unspoken, finds Evan Osnos, as he learns the dark arts from a master
Commonwealth Games 2014: Highland terriers stole the show at the opening ceremony

Highland terriers steal the show at opening ceremony

Gillian Orr explores why a dog loved by film stars and presidents is finally having its day
German art world rocked as artists use renowned fat sculpture to distil schnapps

Brewing the fat from artwork angers widow of sculptor

Part of Joseph Beuys' 1982 sculpture 'Fettecke' used to distil schnapps
BBC's The Secret History of Our Streets reveals a fascinating window into Britain's past

BBC takes viewers back down memory lane

The Secret History of Our Streets, which returns with three films looking at Scottish streets, is the inverse of Benefits Street - delivering warmth instead of cynicism
Joe, film review: Nicolas Cage delivers an astonishing performance in low budget drama

Nicolas Cage shines in low-budget drama Joe

Cage plays an ex-con in David Gordon Green's independent drama, which has been adapted from a novel by Larry Brown
How to make your own gourmet ice lollies, granitas, slushy cocktails and frozen yoghurt

Make your own ice lollies and frozen yoghurt

Think outside the cool box for this summer's tempting frozen treats
Ford Fiesta is UK's most popular car of all-time, with sales topping 4.1 million since 1976

Fiesta is UK's most popular car of all-time

Sales have topped 4.1 million since 1976. To celebrate this milestone, four Independent writers recall their Fiestas with pride
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Heaven scent: 10 best reed diffusers

Keep your rooms smelling summery and fresh with one of these subtle but distinctive home fragrances that’ll last you months
Commonwealth Games 2014: Female boxers set to compete for first time

Female boxers set to compete at Commonwealth Games for first time

There’s no favourites and with no headguards anything could happen
Five things we’ve learned so far about Manchester United under Louis van Gaal

Five things we’ve learned so far about United under Van Gaal

It’s impossible to avoid the impression that the Dutch manager is playing to the gallery a little
Screwing your way to the top? Good for Lana Del Rey for helping kill that myth

Screwing your way to the top?

Good for Lana Del Rey for helping kill that myth, says Grace Dent
Will the young Britons fighting in Syria be allowed to return home and resume their lives?

Will Britons fighting in Syria be able to resume their lives?

Tony Blair's Terrorism Act 2006 has made it an offence to take part in military action abroad with a "political, ideological, religious or racial motive"
Beyoncé poses as Rosie the Riveter, the wartime poster girl who became a feminist pin-up

Beyoncé poses as Rosie the Riveter

The wartime poster girl became the ultimate American symbol of female empowerment
The quest to find the perfect pair of earphones: Are custom, 3D printed earbuds the solution?

The quest to find the perfect pair of earphones

Earphones don't fit properly, offer mediocre audio quality and can even be painful. So the quest to design the perfect pair is music to Seth Stevenson's ears
US Army's shooting star: Lt-Col Steven Cole is the man Hollywood calls when it wants to borrow a tank or check a military uniform

Meet the US Army's shooting star

Lt-Col Steven Cole is the man Hollywood calls when it wants to borrow a tank or check a military uniform