Sport Dereck Chisora, left, and Tyson Fury should be able to set up their rematch for this summer

It is a relief to know there won't be any carnival animal cages to keep the pair apart in the pre-fight press conferences

Alexander Lebedev trial: A fittingly bizarre end to court case that felt like a farce

The final day of hearings in the trial of Alexander Lebedev was a fittingly bizarre end to a case that has rarely seemed to conform to normal ideas of justice.

The penis-shaped bucking bronco from this year's Wyverns garden party

Banned Cambridge jelly wrestlers replaced with giant bucking penis

Following a petition that attracted more than 1,000 signatures, the Wyverns drinking society agreed to cancel their 'traditional' annual jelly wrestling contest. Its replacement, according to some, isn't much better...

Alexander Lebedev

Martial arts experts give evidence in Lebedev trial

The court trying Alexander Lebedev on charges of “hooliganism motivated by political hatred” heard testimony from martial arts experts today, in another surreal twist in a case that has often bordered on farce. Mr Lebedev, Russian businessman and financial backer of The Independent, is on trial for punching fellow tycoon Sergei Polonsky on a 2011 television programme and could be jailed for up to five years in jail if convicted.

Nathan Cleverly upset Froch when he sparred Mikel Kessler, whom the Cobra beat last month

Boxing: Nathan Cleverly labels Carl Froch an 'absolute joke'

Nathan Cleverly branded Carl Froch an "absolute joke" for claiming to be one of the best British boxers ever.

Kim Jong-il wrote a cinema manifesto

North Korean cinema: Kim Jong-il's movie mania

Kim Jong-il had 20,000 Hollywood DVDs – but then North Korea loves cinema, a fascinating new documentary reveals

Tyson Fury’s box office potential may tempt Haye back to the ring

Boxing: Tyson Fury-David Haye fight '99 per cent done'

Tyson Fury claims a heavyweight showdown with David Haye is "99 per cent done", with negotiations between the two fighters' promoters set to take place next week.

David Haye’s June fight was called off because of injury

Steve Bunce on Boxing: David Haye v Tyson Fury - it all makes perfect sense for both fighters

This is a chronicle of a fight foretold, a fight made at a time when nobody wants to freely admit too much about the David Haye and Tyson Fury showdown.

Horses of God, By Mahi Binebine. Granta, £12.99

Mahi Binebine's Welcome to Paradise (2003) was a harrowing tale of would-be illegal migrants waiting on a Moroccan beach for the boat that they hoped would take them to a better life. In this latest novel, translated by Lulu Norman, the author's characters are again trying to escape poverty. This time, paradise is the glorious afterlife promised to Islamist martyrs.

Carl Froch connects

Boxing: Fabulous Carl Froch keen for shot at Ward after Kessler classic

'I want him here. He needs to leave his safety zone,' says Briton following his gruelling victory over Dane

Carl Froch after his victory over Mikkel Kessler

Boxing: Revenge for Carl Froch with unanimous decision over Mikkel Kessler

London’s O2 Arena sees impressive victory in much-hyped unification bout with Dane

Mick McManus gets to grips with an opponent

Wrestling: My week on the road with Mick McManus

Long before the advent of Mike Tyson as "the baddest man on the planet", Mick McManus revelled in that role. Back in the Sixties and Seventies, the wrestler with the close-cropped coiffeur that looked as if it was a rug coated in Cherry Blossom's shiniest black was one of the most familiar, if reviled, figures on Britain's TV screens.

Album review: Alice in Chains, The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here (Virgin)

The return of Jerry Cantrell's grunge bulldozers stresses the dogged consistency that sustained them after singer Layne Staley's death.

Michael Kessler (left) and Carl Froch square up to one another

Box clever and Carl Froch can flatten Mikkel Kessler

Seven days before the first Carl Froch and Mikkel Kessler fight in 2010 the trouble started when the fight was postponed, Froch gained 7lb at a barbecue, his elbow was injured and his eardrum was damaged.

Froch and Kessler will face off in the ring at the 02 on Saturday

Boxing: Carl Froch predicts 'phenomenal' fight against Mikkel Kessler at the O2

The pair meet in a hugely anticipated world super-middleweight title rematch

Vaughan: his work was described by one film-maker as ‘so simple, unostentatious and yet so perfect’

Mick McManus: Wrestler who revelled in his status as the man the British public loved to hate

Mick McManus was one of the greatest British wrestlers. An enormously popular figure who delighted in the nicknames of "The Man You Love to Hate" and "The Dulwich Destroyer", he was renowned for pushing the rules of the sport to their limits and for deliberately turning the crowds against him for theatrical effect.

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As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

Mussolini tried to warn his ally of the danger of bringing the country to its knees. So should we, says Patrick Cockburn
Britain's widening poverty gap should be causing outrage at the start of the election campaign

The short stroll that should be our walk of shame

Courting the global elite has failed to benefit Britain, as the vast disparity in wealth on display in the capital shows
Homeless Veterans appeal: The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty

Homeless Veterans appeal

The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty
Prince Charles the saviour of the nation? A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king

Prince Charles the saviour of the nation?

A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king
How books can defeat Isis: Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad

How books can defeat Isis

Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad
Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

She may be in charge of minimising our risks of injury, but the chair of the Health and Safety Executive still wants children to be able to hurt themselves
The open loathing between Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu just got worse

The open loathing between Obama and Netanyahu just got worse

The Israeli PM's relationship with the Obama has always been chilly, but going over the President's head on Iran will do him no favours, says Rupert Cornwell
French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

Fury at British best restaurants survey sees French magazine produce a rival list
Star choreographer Matthew Bourne gives young carers a chance to perform at Sadler's Wells

Young carers to make dance debut

What happened when superstar choreographer Matthew Bourne encouraged 27 teenage carers to think about themselves for once?
Design Council's 70th anniversary: Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch

Design Council's 70th anniversary

Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch
Dame Harriet Walter: The actress on learning what it is to age, plastic surgery, and her unease at being honoured by the establishment

Dame Harriet Walter interview

The actress on learning what it is to age, plastic surgery, and her unease at being honoured by the establishment
Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Critics of Tom Stoppard's new play seem to agree that cerebral can never trump character, says DJ Taylor
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef's winter salads will make you feel energised through February

Bill Granger's winter salads

Salads aren't just a bit on the side, says our chef - their crunch, colour and natural goodness are perfect for a midwinter pick-me-up
England vs Wales: Cool head George Ford ready to put out dragon fire

George Ford: Cool head ready to put out dragon fire

No 10’s calmness under pressure will be key for England in Cardiff
Michael Calvin: Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links