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.

Gone from Burton, with familiar legacy

Another Clough has left behind his blueprint for success as Albion set out on long road to the top

Daily Mail group cuts 1,000 regional jobs

The Daily Mail and General Trust today became the latest media company to announce major cutbacks in the regional press.

Man United cruise into quarter-finals

<b>Derby 1 Manchester United 4: </b> Scintillating performance from Giggs during an eventful afternoon at Pride Park

Billy Davies: 'I hope Nigel does very well at Derby... but not on Friday'

Nottingham Forest's new manager Billy Davies travels to his old club in the FA Cup this week to try to outwit their new coach Nigel Clough, the son of the clubs' shared messiah

Clough follows father and takes charge at Derby

Could there conceivably have been a finer way of preparing for the arduous task of stepping past the European champions and reaching Wembley? On the eve of Manchester United's arrival in the east Midlands for the Carling Cup semi-final first leg, Derby County yesterday confirmed the appointment of Nigel Clough as their new manager.

Clough agrees to take over at Derby

Burton manager set to follow his father Brian into East Midlands hot seat

Fake audiobook seller jailed

A man who conned people with counterfeit audiobooks, including the best-selling Harry Potter tales, was today jailed for 21 months.

Teenager charged with park murder

An 18-year-old man was charged with the murder of a teenager shot dead in a park, police said today.

Derby: Marvel of the Midlands

It's weathered the Romans, Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Industrial Revolution. Now this marvel of the Midlands is re-emerging as a force to be reckoned with. By Frank Partridge

Derby County 0 Doncaster Rovers 1: Doncaster's togetherness dazzles new-look Jewell

Paul Jewell, having spent all of his summer imploring his players to forget last season, discovered that putting Derby's Premier League nightmare to bed will not be as easy as he might have hoped. Losing habits are hard to break, even against supposedly inferior opponents, and Jewell's team are some way from banishing their negative demeanour.

Rolls-Royce fined over health and safety

Rolls-Royce was fined £120,000 today after health and safety failures left five agency workers exposed to hazardous fumes.

Oaks win rewards Beckett's patience

Dozens of horses win maiden races every season with an air of infinite promise; and there are many young trainers, equally, whose early results suggest they might conceivably be the next big thing. But few who happened to go racing at Salisbury last October will have grasped quite what they had witnessed when Look Here beat Doctor Fremantle.

Another day another Classic for O'Brien

In the final analysis the result of a race is about individual performance from the combination of man and horse. But the contribution from the team behind any winning centaur must never be underestimated, nor is it by any professional, particularly those involved in the well-oiled machinery of the major operations. After winning yesterday's Tattersalls Gold Cup on Duke Of Marmalade, Johnny Murtagh's first thought was to administer a high-five to the hand of Seamie Heffernan, who had done a sterling job as pacemaker for his stablemate on Red Rock Canyon.

Tartan Bearer destroys Cecil's Derby dream

Vexing creatures, horses. Vexing, bloody-minded, perverse even. Or do they merely absorb and amplify the foibles of their masters? On the first day of this meeting, the success of Lush Lashes enabled Jim Bolger to reiterate a mysterious aversion to Epsom. Yesterday, in pitiless contrast, the failure of Twice Over left another trainer stricken by his infatuation with the place.

Volta surges in Derby Trial

O'Brien further strengthens his powerful Epsom hand but Murtagh faces a tough choice
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The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

Netanyahu knows he can get away with anything in America, says Robert Fisk
War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

Aid agencies prepare for vast exodus following planned Iraqi offensive against the Isis-held city, reports Patrick Cockburn
Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

The shadow Home Secretary on fighting radical Islam, protecting children, and why anyone in Labour who's thinking beyond May must 'sort themselves out'
A bad week for the Greens: Leader Natalie Bennett's 'car crash' radio interview is followed by Brighton council's failure to set a budget due to infighting

It's not easy being Green

After a bad week in which its leader had a public meltdown and its only city council couldn't agree on a budget vote, what next for the alternative party? It's over to Caroline Lucas to find out
Gorillas nearly missed: BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter

Gorillas nearly missed

BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter
Downton Abbey effect sees impoverished Italian nobles inspired to open their doors to paying guests for up to €650 a night

The Downton Abbey effect

Impoverished Italian nobles are opening their doors to paying guests, inspired by the TV drama
China's wild panda numbers have increased by 17% since 2003, new census reveals

China's wild panda numbers on the up

New census reveals 17% since 2003
Barbara Woodward: Britain's first female ambassador to China intends to forge strong links with the growing economic superpower

Our woman in Beijing builds a new relationship

Britain's first female ambassador to China intends to forge strong links with growing economic power
Courage is rare. True humility is even rarer. But the only British soldier to be awarded the Victoria Cross in Afghanistan has both

Courage is rare. True humility is even rarer

Beware of imitations, but the words of the soldier awarded the Victoria Cross were the real thing, says DJ Taylor
Alexander McQueen: The catwalk was a stage for the designer's astonishing and troubling vision

Alexander McQueen's astonishing vision

Ahead of a major retrospective, Alexander Fury talks to the collaborators who helped create the late designer's notorious spectacle
New BBC series savours half a century of food in Britain, from Vesta curries to nouvelle cuisine

Dinner through the decades

A new BBC series challenged Brandon Robshaw and his family to eat their way from the 1950s to the 1990s
Philippa Perry interview: The psychotherapist on McDonald's, fancy specs and meeting Grayson Perry on an evening course

Philippa Perry interview

The psychotherapist on McDonald's, fancy specs and meeting Grayson Perry on an evening course
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef recreates the exoticism of the Indonesian stir-fry

Bill Granger's Indonesian stir-fry recipes

Our chef was inspired by the south-east Asian cuisine he encountered as a teenager
Chelsea vs Tottenham: Harry Kane was at Wembley to see Spurs beat the Blues and win the Capital One Cup - now he's their great hope

Harry Kane interview

The striker was at Wembley to see Spurs beat the Blues and win the Capital One Cup - now he's their great hope
The Last Word: For the good of the game: why on earth don’t we leave Fifa?

Michael Calvin's Last Word

For the good of the game: why on earth don’t we leave Fifa?