hei-fi 'I have very strong feelings on the matter,' says Anton Ferdinand

As the Queen's Park Rangers defender Anton Ferdinand broke his long silence by saying he had "very strong feelings" about any possible racial abuse, Chelsea last night continued their backing for John Terry, who is likely to captain the team in a Champions League tie here this evening.

Michael Vaughan: 'All I have ever asked for from the England team is honesty'

In the second of our series of interviews with major sporting figures, Michael Vaughan talks Angus Fraser through a year of historic achievement for England's cricketers

Basketball: Raiders welcome former stars

Plymouth Raiders anticipate a sell-out crowd for their BBL Trophy group game at The Pavilions tonight when two former crowd favourites play for visitors Thames Valley. And the home fans expect a win, with Tigers' coach Paul James showing little interest in the game.

Dawe leads Devon's cream in pursuit of Sale upset

Inspired by a Bath legend, Plymouth are regaining lost pride and intend to claim a Premiership scalp tomorrow. Paul Newman reports

Cheers as 'broon' given back its proper name back

There were celebrations on Tyneside yesterday after it was announced that Newcastle's favourite tipple is to get its proper name back.

Hoddle has six months to revive Wolves

Glenn Hoddle's latest incarnation as a manager proved a curious affair yesterday, Wolverhampton Wanderers effectively appointing him as temporary manager in place of the caretaker manager, Stuart Gray, who will stay at Molineux as assistant to the former England coach.

Racing: Double for Murphy as title betting resumes

Timmy Murphy achieved a brilliant double at Newton Abbot yesterday on the day that bookmakers reopened betting on the jockeys' title race.

Royal Society furious as Exeter drops chemistry courses

One of the country's top-ranked universities is to abandon teaching chemistry after saying it was losing £3m a year by offering the subject.

How the West was won

It started with one exceptional restaurant, but now a whole array of fabulous foodie outlets are opening up in a sleepy town on the edge of Dartmoor. So is Ashburton set to become the West Country's answer to Ludlow? Mark Taylor investigates

Racing: Best Mate in shape to hold challenge of Rembrandt

Today's The Day. Every blade of grass has been inspected and passed fit, every weather forecast scanned. Best Mate will, short of an overnight declaration of Armageddon, make his seasonal debut at Exeter this afternoon, his first race since becoming the first triple Cheltenham Gold Cup winner since Arkle. It is the Oscar winner going back to the theatre where he first played rep; the nine-year-old made his chasing debut at the small country track on top of Haldon Hill and last appeared there three years ago.

Exam boss resigns over test blunders

The head of England's testing agency resigned yesterday after a damning official report revealed the full extent of the chaos surrounding this summer's national tests taken by 14-year-olds in English.

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Taylor backs Downing to take wing for senior squad

The England Under-21 coach Peter Taylor has "no doubt" that Stewart Downing will eventually make the step up to the senior squad.

Racing: Murphy handed Best Mate honour

The rehabilitation of Timmy Murphy continued yesterday morning when he was chosen over Tony McCoy to replace injured Jim Culloty on Best Mate when the triple Gold Cup hero makes his seasonal debut at Exeter on Friday.

Harris finishes Walsall's hopes

The potential plum of a tie at Old Trafford, Highbury or Stamford Bridge is now just one match away for a clutch of non-league sides after they came through the FA Cup first round, with Hinckley Town and Slough taking pride of place with particularly notable wins.

Racing: Flyer sets up Tingle Creek thriller

The place and time to be in order to discover whether anticipation is better than the fact will be Esher, Surrey, on the afternoon of 4 December.

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Israel-Gaza conflict: No victory for Israel despite weeks of death and devastation

Robert Fisk: No victory for Israel despite weeks of devastation

Palestinians have won: they are still in Gaza, and Hamas is still there
Mary Beard writes character reference for Twitter troll who called her a 'slut'

Unlikely friends: Mary Beard and the troll who called her a ‘filthy old slut’

The Cambridge University classicist even wrote the student a character reference
America’s new apartheid: Prosperous white districts are choosing to break away from black cities and go it alone

America’s new apartheid

Prosperous white districts are choosing to break away from black cities and go it alone
Amazon is buying Twitch for £600m - but why do people want to watch others playing Xbox?

What is the appeal of Twitch?

Amazon is buying the video-game-themed online streaming site for £600m - but why do people want to watch others playing Xbox?
Tip-tapping typewriters, ripe pongs and slides in the office: Bosses are inventing surprising ways of making us work harder

How bosses are making us work harder

As it is revealed that one newspaper office pumps out the sound of typewriters to increase productivity, Gillian Orr explores the other devices designed to motivate staff
Manufacturers are struggling to keep up with the resurgence in vinyl records

Hard pressed: Resurgence in vinyl records

As the resurgence in vinyl records continues, manufacturers and their outdated machinery are struggling to keep up with the demand
Tony Jordan: 'I turned down the chance to research Charles Dickens for a TV series nine times ... then I found a kindred spirit'

A tale of two writers

Offered the chance to research Charles Dickens for a TV series, Tony Jordan turned it down. Nine times. The man behind EastEnders and Life on Mars didn’t feel right for the job. Finally, he gave in - and found an unexpected kindred spirit
Could a later start to the school day be the most useful educational reform of all?

Should pupils get a lie in?

Doctors want a later start to the school day so that pupils can sleep later. Not because teenagers are lazy, explains Simon Usborne - it's all down to their circadian rhythms
Prepare for Jewish jokes – as Jewish comedians get their own festival

Prepare for Jewish jokes...

... as Jewish comedians get their own festival
SJ Watson: 'I still can't quite believe that Before I Go to Sleep started in my head'

A dream come true for SJ Watson

Watson was working part time in the NHS when his debut novel, Before I Go to Sleep, became a bestseller. Now it's a Hollywood movie, too. Here he recalls the whirlwind journey from children’s ward to A-list film set
10 best cycling bags for commuters

10 best cycling bags for commuters

Gear up for next week’s National Cycle to Work day with one of these practical backpacks and messenger bags
Paul Scholes: Three at the back isn’t working yet but given time I’m hopeful Louis van Gaal can rebuild Manchester United

Paul Scholes column

Three at the back isn’t working yet but given time I’m hopeful Louis van Gaal can rebuild Manchester United
Kate Bush, Hammersmith Apollo music review: A preamble, then a coup de théâtre - and suddenly the long wait felt worth it

Kate Bush shows a voice untroubled by time

A preamble, then a coup de théâtre - and suddenly the long wait felt worth it
Robot sheepdog technology could be used to save people from burning buildings

The science of herding is cracked

Mathematical model would allow robots to be programmed to control crowds and save people from burning buildings
Tyrant: Is the world ready for a Middle Eastern 'Dallas'?

This tyrant doesn’t rule

It’s billed as a Middle Eastern ‘Dallas’, so why does Fox’s new drama have a white British star?