Henry wins writers' vote

Sale of Beckham would enable United to rebuild

Champions' league: Old Trafford manager to contemplate bringing in new blood after Spanish masters expose Premiership's technical flaws

Dunn dives in to crash Zola's party

Chelsea 1 Blackburn Rovers 2

Southampton shift the accent towards their future

The French lessons are spreading far beyond the first team. Alex Hayes meets the latest back-room import

Diouf's double states Liverpool's intent

Liverpool 3 Southampton 0

Talk about a terrible crisis in masculinity

SUDDENLY THERE are signs that the crisis in masculinity is more serious than we had thought. It was reported last week that Talk Radio's attempt to appeal to young men has resulted in an unprecedented slump in its ratings. In America, meanwhile, a grim epidemic of voluntary castration has been causing concern. While no sane person would argue that there is any kind of connection between these two stories, it is surely undeniable that, as reflections of male decline, they offer a grim sense of symmetry.

Football: Leader of the high ground - Dynamo Deschamps has yet to put a foot wrong

Exclusive: Chelsea's prestigious signing is determined to bring blue skies. By Alex Hayes

Neuroscientific Notes: Is there intelligent life on earth?

COCKTAIL PARTY conversations can be strenuous for a brain scientist. Questions like "Is it true that we only use 10 per cent of our brain?" leave the poor fellow nonplussed.

Football: Houllier adds his apology

THE LIVERPOOL manager, Gerard Houllier, last night added his apology to that of Robbie Fowler as the Anfield club sought to limit the damage caused by the striker's controversial goal celebration in last Saturday's Merseyside derby.

Chess to get sport status

THERE was rejoicing in the cerebral world of chess yesterday, following the news that the game of wit and guile is about to make it to full sporting status.
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Some are reformed drug addicts. Some are single mums. All are on benefits. But now these so-called 'scroungers’ are fighting back

The 'scroungers’ fight back

The welfare claimants battling to alter stereotypes
Amazing video shows Nasa 'flame extinguishment experiment' in action

Fireballs in space

Amazing video shows Nasa's 'flame extinguishment experiment' in action
A Bible for billionaires

A Bible for billionaires

Find out why America's richest men are reading John Brookes
Paranoid parenting is on the rise - and our children are suffering because of it

Paranoid parenting is on the rise

And our children are suffering because of it
For sale: Island where the Magna Carta was sealed

Magna Carta Island goes on sale

Yours for a cool £4m
Phone hacking scandal special report: The slide into crime at the 'News of the World'

The hacker's tale: the slide into crime at the 'News of the World'

Glenn Mulcaire was jailed for six months for intercepting phone messages. James Hanning tells his story in a new book. This is an extract
We flinch, but there are degrees of paedophilia

We flinch, but there are degrees of paedophilia

Child abusers are not all the same, yet the idea of treating them differently in relation to the severity of their crimes has somehow become controversial
The truth about conspiracy theories is that some require considering

The truth about conspiracy theories is that some require considering

For instance, did Isis kill the Israeli teenagers to trigger a war, asks Patrick Cockburn
Alistair Carmichael: 'The UK as a whole is greater than the sum of its parts'

Alistair Carmichael: 'The UK as a whole is greater than the sum of its parts'

Meet the man who doesn't want to go down in history as the country's last Scottish Secretary
Legoland Windsor's master model-makers reveal the tricks of their trade (including how to stop the kids wrecking your Eiffel Tower)

Meet the people who play with Lego for a living

They are the master builders: Lego's crack team of model-makers, who have just glued down the last of 650,000 bricks as they recreate Paris in Windsor. Susie Mesure goes behind the scenes
The 20 best days out for the summer holidays: From Spitfires to summer ferry sailings

20 best days out for the summer holidays

From summer ferry sailings in Tyne and Wear and adventure days at Bear Grylls Survival Academy to Spitfires at the Imperial War Museum Duxford and bog-snorkelling at the World Alternative Games...
Open-air theatres: If all the world is a stage, then everyone gets in on the act

All the wood’s a stage

Open-air productions are the cue for better box-office receipts, new audiences, more interesting artistic challenges – and a picnic
Rand Paul is a Republican with an eye on the world

Rupert Cornwell: A Republican with an eye on the world

Rand Paul is laying out his presidential stall by taking on his party's disastrous record on foreign policy
Self-preservation society: Pickles are moving from the side of your plate to become the star dish

Self-preservation society

Pickles are moving from the side of your plate to become the star dish
Generation gap opens a career sinkhole

Britons live ever longer, but still society persists in glorifying youth

We are living longer but considered 'past it' younger, the reshuffle suggests. There may be trouble ahead, says DJ Taylor