The week ahead: 20/09/2009


There may be no Tevez or Adebayor but the Manchester derby should be a humdinger. At Durham, the temperature is expected to rocket into double figures as spectators don their Sherpa Tenzing gear to watch Australia stuff England again.

Susie Rushton: How Begbie ruined my pub quiz night

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James Lawton: Dishonour is no longer just a problem – it's a disease

Sport can surely never have known such momentum in the matter of organised deception

Renault admit race-fixing as Flavio Briatore resigns

Renault says managing director Flavio Briatore and engineering chief executive Pat Symonds are leaving the Formula One team, and that it will not dispute charges that Nelson Piquet Jr. was ordered to crash in a race.

Hamilton pips swift Sutil for pole

World champion keeps the faith to master cathedral of speed

Renault ask police to charge Piquet

Briatore seeks criminal action after claiming driver attempted to blackmail them

Renault accuse Piquet of blackmail attempt

The Renault Formula One team accused their former driver Nelson Piquet and his father of attempted blackmail today and said they had commenced criminal proceedings in France against the two Brazilians.

Renault face hearing to answer race-fixing claim

Renault have been summoned by Formula One's governing body to a hearing into allegations that the team deliberately caused a crash to win a race last season.

Frenchman Grosjean named as new Renault driver

French driver Romain Grosjean will replace Nelson Piquet Jr. behind the wheel of a Renault at Sunday's European Grand Prix.

Schumacher may yet stick his neck out

Seven-time champion does not rule out comeback if after-effects of biking injury can stand up to the stress of racing

Piquet slams Briatore as the 'executioner'

Nelson Piquet is determined to restore his career and a reputation he feels was wrecked by a man he has slammed as his "executioner".

Silly old goats grow old, disgracefully

Is it a wondrous quirk of nature that men, like wine, get better with age? You must be kidding. Those who just won't act their age are a real embarrassment

Teams hold council of war on Briatore's luxury yacht

The war between the FIA and the 10 Formula One teams neared crisis point in Monaco yesterday when the Formula One Teams Association made it clear, after repeated failure to agree terms with the governing body, that they are no longer prepared to accept the current governance of the sport.

Ferrari president misses F1 meeting

Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo, who has threatened to pull his team out of Formula One unless the 2010 rules are changed, will miss today's crisis talks with Max Mosley after the death of his father.

Red Bull bubble over about new 'illegal' diffuser

Red Bull have threatened to lodge a protest at the Australian Grand Prix if the cars from rival Formula One teams Toyota, Brawn and Williams pass today's inspection as debate rages over the legality of their bodywork.

Arts and Entertainment
Armstrong, left, and Bain's writing credits include Peep Show, Fresh Meat, and The Old Guys
TVThe pair have presented their view of 21st-century foibles in shows such as Peep Show and Fresh Meat
Arts and Entertainment
Keys to success: Andrew and Julian Lloyd Webber
arts + entsMrs Bach had too many kids to write the great man's music, says Julian Lloyd Webber
footballMan City manager would have loved to have signed Argentine
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Hand out press photograph/film still from the movie Mad Max Fury Road (Downloaded from the Warner Bro's media site/Jasin Boland/© 2014 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.)
films'You have to try everything and it’s all a process of elimination, but ultimately you find your path'
Arts and Entertainment
Imelda Staunton as Dolores Umbridge in the Harry Potter films

New essay by JK Rowling went live on Pottermore site on Friday


Top Gear presenter is no stranger to foot-in-mouth controversy

Russia Today’s new UK channel began broadcasting yesterday. Discussions so far have included why Britons see Russia as ‘the bad guy’

New UK station Russia Today gives a very bizarre view of Britain

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Bryan Adams' images of wounded soldiers

Taken over the course of four years, Adams' portraits are an astonishing document of the aftermath of war
The drugs revolution starts now as MPs agree its high time for change

The drugs revolution starts now as MPs agree its high time for change

Commons debate highlights growing cross-party consensus on softening UK drugs legislation, unchanged for 43 years
The camera is turned on tabloid editors in Richard Peppiatt's 'One Rogue Reporter'

Gotcha! The camera is turned on tabloid editors

Hugh Grant says Richard Peppiatt's 'One Rogue Reporter' documentary will highlight issues raised by Leveson
Fall of the Berlin Wall: It was thanks to Mikhail Gorbachev that this symbol of division fell

Fall of the Berlin Wall

It was thanks to Gorbachev that this symbol of division fell
Halloween 2014: What makes Ouija boards, demon dolls, and evil clowns so frightening?

What makes ouija boards and demon dolls scary?

Ouija boards, demon dolls, evil children and clowns are all classic tropes of horror, and this year’s Halloween releases feature them all. What makes them so frightening, decade after decade?
A safari in modern Britain: Rose Rouse reveals how her four-year tour of Harlesden taught her as much about the UK as it did about NW10

Rose Rouse's safari in modern Britain

Rouse decided to walk and talk with as many different people as possible in her neighbourhood of Harlesden and her experiences have been published in a new book
Welcome to my world of no smell and odd tastes: How a bike accident left one woman living with unwanted food mash-ups

'My world of no smell and odd tastes'

A head injury from a bicycle accident had the surprising effect of robbing Nell Frizzell of two of her senses

Matt Parker is proud of his square roots

The "stand-up mathematician" is using comedy nights to preach maths to big audiences
Paul Scholes column: Beating Manchester City is vital part of life at Manchester United. This is first major test for Luke Shaw, Angel Di Maria and Radamel Falcao – it’s not a game to lose

Paul Scholes column

Beating City is vital part of life at United. This is first major test for Shaw, Di Maria and Falcao – it’s not a game to lose
Frank Warren: Call me an old git, but I just can't see that there's a place for women’s boxing

Frank Warren column

Call me an old git, but I just can't see that there's a place for women’s boxing
Adrian Heath interview: Former Everton striker prepares his Orlando City side for the MLS - and having Kaka in the dressing room

Adrian Heath's American dream...

Former Everton striker prepares his Orlando City side for the MLS - and having Kaka in the dressing room
Simon Hart: Manchester City will rise again but they need to change their attitude

Manchester City will rise again but they need to change their attitude

Manuel Pellegrini’s side are too good to fail and derby allows them to start again, says Simon Hart
Isis in Syria: A general reveals the lack of communication with the US - and his country's awkward relationship with their allies-by-default

A Syrian general speaks

A senior officer of Bashar al-Assad’s regime talks to Robert Fisk about his army’s brutal struggle with Isis, in a dirty war whose challenges include widespread atrocities