Thomas Sutcliffe: Competitive sport is good – but it's not for everyone

The Prime Minister has announced that it is time we had more competitive sport at school, choosing the Olympic closing ceremony as a good moment to repudiate the received opinion that left-wing administrations are hostile to the divisive business of saying one child has done better than another. The Government had now begun to "correct the tragic mistake of reducing the competitive element in school sports", he said, rather implying that this was a new initiative.

Larry Charles is turning his razor-sharp wit on world religion - and no one will be spared

If you ever wondered who dreamed up Cosmo Kramer, the hipster doofus with a mistrust of authority at the centre of one of American television's most successful comedies, Seinfeld, then look no further than Larry Charles, a Jewish-American comedian with an encyclopedic brain and ZZ Top beard.

Inside Story: In the right direction - the cream of Britain's television directing talent

The cream of Britain's television directing talent met last week to set up Directors UK, aimed at protecting their rights and influence over the production process. The Independent was there to see them in action

Album: Flight of the Conchords, Flight of the Conchords (Sub Pop)

Comedy and music mix as well as oil and water, but Flight of the Conchords – the Grammy-winning New Zealand duo of Radio 4/HBO fame – are one of the rare and precious exceptions.

Screen Actors Guild awards: the winners in full

The winners of the 14th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards were announced today. Read the full list below

Fallen Klitschko leaves big hole to fill

Promoters and TV moguls relaunch search for next heavyweight hope after giant Ukrainian's demise

Boxing: Lewis swaps jibes with Holyfield

LENNOX LEWIS and Evander Holyfield traded verbal punches on American television yesterday as plans for a re-match got underway.

Boxing: HBO give Hamed chance to win back fans

NASEEM HAMED is being backed to finally win over American audiences after signing a six-fight deal with cable television network Home Box Office.

Boxing: Golden Boy's grail is unification

Oscar De La Hoya this weekend starts a series of title fights that could make him the greatest boxer of his era.

Boxing promoter pays rival pounds 7.5m to end deal

TWO OF the world's biggest boxing promoters sat feet from each other in the High Court yesterday to hear that the Briton Frank Warren is to pay his US counterpart Don King $12m (pounds 7.5m) in settlement of their partnership, which began in September 1994.

Words: Infanticipate, ital.

NATURALLY, THE new Oxford Dictionary of Slang includes a section on pregnancy, with such phrases as "up the duff", "in pig" and "in the spud line" - but not the nimbler infanticipate.

Boxing: Hamed tones down his act

PRINCE NASEEM HAMED, the WBO featherweight champion, has stepped in to tone down his macabre ring entrance in his title defence against Ireland's Wayne McCullough at the Boardwalk Convention Centre in Atlantic City in the early hours of tomorrow morning.
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Isis in Iraq: The trauma of the last six months has overwhelmed the remaining Christians in the country

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Bill Cosby's persona goes from America's dad to date-rape drugs

From America's dad to date-rape drugs

Stories of Bill Cosby's alleged sexual assaults may have circulated widely in Hollywood, but they came as a shock to fans, says Rupert Cornwell
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Clare Balding: 'Women's sport is kicking off at last'

As fans flock to see England women's Wembley debut against Germany, the TV presenter on an exciting 'sea change'
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Oh come, all ye multi-faithful

The Christmas jumper is in fashion, but should you wear your religion on your sleeve?
Dr Charles Heatley: The GP off to do battle in the war against Ebola

The GP off to do battle in the war against Ebola

Dr Charles Heatley on joining the NHS volunteers' team bound for Sierra Leone
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Saturday Night Live vs The Daily Show: US channels wage comedy star wars

Saturday Night Live vs The Daily Show

US channels wage comedy star wars
When is a wine made in Piedmont not a Piemonte wine? When EU rules make Italian vineyards invisible

When is a wine made in Piedmont not a Piemonte wine?

When EU rules make Italian vineyards invisible
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Look what's mushrooming now!

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Neil Findlay is more a pink shrimp than a red firebrand

More a pink shrimp than a red firebrand

The vilification of the potential Scottish Labour leader Neil Findlay shows how one-note politics is today, says DJ Taylor
Bill Granger recipes: Tenderstem broccoli omelette; Fried eggs with Mexican-style tomato and chilli sauce; Pan-fried cavolo nero with soft-boiled egg

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Terry Venables: Wayne Rooney is roaring again and the world knows that England are back

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Michael Calvin: Abject leadership is allowing football’s age-old sores to fester

Abject leadership is allowing football’s age-old sores to fester

Those at the top are allowing the same issues to go unchallenged, says Michael Calvin