Sport Jamie Roberts hurt his ankle while playing for Racing Metro

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Matt Cardle is crowned pop king of 'X Factor'...

...but the real winners are ITV and Simon Cowell, says Tom Sutcliffe

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From bushtucker-phobia to the rational fear of Simon Cowell, four series are hitting their peaks. Harriet Walker takes an aerial view

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Sport on TV: Cold shoulder for Henson? Put your shirt back on then

No wonder Gavin Henson is finding it so hard to be loved at the moment. But let's give him a break. When he chose not to wear a shirt for the paso doble during last weekend's Strictly Come Dancing (BBC1, Saturday), it wasn't because he was showing off. No, it was just so hot in the studio after all his efforts in the extreme celebrity Arctic challenge of 71 Degrees North (ITV1, Tuesday).

Allen's authority leaves Palace a poor second best

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Bath buoyed by Lewis Moody return

Bath boss Steve Meehan is relishing England captain Lewis Moody's return to rugby this weekend.

Ospreys confirm Henson is to join Saracens

Ann Widdecombe could yet stand on the poor boy's toes and wreck the whole thing, but assuming Gavin Henson survives the perils of the BBC ballroom, he will be playing Premiership rugby for Saracens sooner rather than later. Ospreys, his long-suffering employers, last night released the celebrity centre from the remainder of his contract after striking a deal with the ambitious Watford-based club.

James Lawton: Henson lacks defining quality of a star – belief

As Gavin Henson considers swapping the sequins of Strictly Come Dancing for the red star and crescent moon of the Saracens rugby club, and a possible return to the international fields he was born to inhabit, we can only deplore again some of nature's more slipshod habits.

Rees steps forward to lead injury-hit Wales

Matthew Rees, the hooker who finally found the best of himself amid the fire and brimstone of the Lions Test series in South Africa last year, will lead Wales in their opening autumn international against Australia on Saturday week. The Scarlets forward takes over the responsibility from Ryan Jones, whose torn calf muscle threatens to keep him out of circulation until the middle of next month.

Henson's return to action imminent after he trains with depleted Saracens

Gavin Henson, still doing his cha-cha-chas in high definition across a television screen near you, took a significant step of the non-dancing variety towards resuming his day job yesterday when he trained with Saracens, in desperate need of a goal-kicking midfielder after losing the former Springbok outside-half Derick Hougaard to long-term injury. "Yes, Gavin took part in our session, and he thoroughly enjoyed it," said Edward Griffiths, the Watford-based club's chief executive, last night.

Gatland breathes fire into his muddy dozen

Wales coach protects most valuable assets - and holds out hope for Henson

IRB's regulation 9 leaves clubs and countries at sixes and sevens

Complex rule over player release is casting a shadow over the home nations' autumn internationals

Miss Widdecombe, 'third-age fatty', takes to the floor

Former minister waltzes her way into the audience's affections on her 'Strictly' debut

Michelle Mone goes from model to boss back to model

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