Sport ‘Mike loves his birds,’ I used to joke but nobody was laughing by the end of the tour

Before The Hangover I and II, before Spike Lee weaved his magic off Broadway in New York and before Mike Tyson was a nice guy, it was my onerous duty to take the big lad up on stage to perform for his fans.

Gang guilty of abusing vulnerable girls

A gang of men were convicted today of a catalogue of offences against vulnerable girls who were preyed on and abused.

Championship round-up: Commons makes well-timed case for Derby rise

Derby County's spectacular revival under Nigel Clough continued as they beat Ipswich 2-0 at Portman Road last night, their seventh win in nine games, Kris Commons getting both of their goals in the second-half.

Couple 'doomed not to be approved as foster carers'

A Christian couple were "doomed not to be approved" as foster carers because of their traditional views on homosexuality, a court heard today.

Dubai Prince increases sheikh's Derby options

It has taken a while, but Sheikh Mohammed seems to be on to something here. Just two days after Casamento vindicated his decision to try his luck with Michael Halford, winning the Racing Post Trophy, another relatively cheap son of Shamardal, likewise stabled with an Irish trainer new to the sheikh's roster, produced such an impressive performance at Leopardstown yesterday that he is now quoted as short as 8-1 for the Investec Derby with Ladbrokes.

Letters: University education

NHS managers need reform

Footballer bailed after 'drug' arrest

Barnsley midfielder Nathan Doyle has been arrested on suspicion of possessing cocaine.

Man found stabbed to death in flat named

A 58-year-old man found stabbed to death in a flat was named today by police.

Two bodies found in block of flats

Police investigating the discovery of two bodies in the same block of flats have said there is a "strong possibility" the deaths were linked.

Investigation after two men found dead at flats

Police investigating the deaths of two men at separate flats in the same block today urged anyone with information to contact them.

Watch out, Keira: Meet the new generation of British actresses making waves on the small screen

There was a time when British starlets would make their names treading the boards. No longer: now TV is king – and it's turning out a new generation of actresses ready-made for big-screen success

Man remanded on 1992 soldier murder charge

A man appeared in court today charged with the murder of a soldier 18 years ago, police said.

Colin Walton: Railway man trying to keep Bombardier on track

The Business Interview: The boss of the UK's last remaining builder of locomotives and rolling stock tells Sarah Arnott of its struggle to survive

Newborn baby abandoned in pub

A newborn baby has been found abandoned in a village pub, police said today.

<i>IoS</i> Happy List milkman to be made an MBE

A crimefighting milkman, featured in the IoS's first Happy List – the annual list of Britons that make the country a better place – is to be made an MBE this week.

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