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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