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.

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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)

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Screen Actors Guild awards: the winners in full

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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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