Sport New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady

A look ahead to this weekend’s Divisional Playoff match at Gillette Stadium in New England

Letter: Happy workers discipline themselves

Sir: Lest there be any suspicion that the far-sighted fellow whose business methods you described in today's front-page report (24 July) is merely a lone idealistic crackpot, let me disabuse such doubts.

'In Bulgaria, my novel's main character turned up to meet me'

PASSPORT: MALCOLM BRADBURY

`Crime that the death penalty was made for'

McVeigh verdict craved by most Americans, writes Tim Cornwell

US mad cow fears

The spectre of mad cow disease affecting American cattle spooked commodities traders in Chicago last week. Prices of cattle futures were thrown into turmoil after the death of a 62-year-old-farmer in Indiana from Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease.

Obituary: Tony Zale

Tony Zale grew up in the searing, stinking heat of the steel town of Gary, Indiana, and fought his way out to become one of the greatest middleweight boxing champions of all time.

Boxing: Boom time for the Prince

Hamed's breathtaking finish sends a message to the world as durable Johnson succumbs at last

Exploring the good luck gene

UNDER THE MICROSCOPE

Cabbage Patch doll `eats' girls' hair

Greenville, South Carolina (AP) - In the third such incident since Christmas, a little girl's hair got caught in the mouth of a battery-powered doll that mimics eating. Three-year-old Carly Mize was left partly bald on Thursday when her hair was snagged by her doll and pulled out of her scalp.

Letter: Tags do help to prevent crime

Sir: There would have been no need for Stephen Shaw and Paul Cavadino to speculate (letters, 12 November) on the likely effect of monitoring a home curfew order on young offenders with the electronic tag, had they looked to the evidence.

Infamous pugilist suffers unexpected reversal

Evander Holyfield caused one of the biggest upsets in the history of boxing on Saturday when he scored an 11th-round technical knockout over Mike Tyson in Las Vegas to become the World Boxing Association heavyweight champion. Holyfield, 34 from Atlanta, Georgia, who was at odds of more than 16-1 against just a few days before the contest at the MGM Grand Casino, equalled Muhammad's Ali's record of winning a version of the heavyweight title three times.

Film: Mission: frankly unoriginal

The Critics

US to spurn Imperial float

Imperial Tobacco, which is to be spun off from Hanson, will probably be spurned by US investors, after the recent traumatic events for the industry over there.

Agassi pays the price

Andre Agassi, who was defaulted from the RCA Championships tournament in Indiana- polis on Wednesday, has been fined ($6,000) pounds 4,000.

Me and my Spyder

Rebel, The Life and Legend of James Dean by Donald Spoto HarperCollins, pounds 18; James Dean yearned for love, but courted dislike.

Essay, essay, essay again

What has become of the once-glorious art of the essay? And why aren't the British any good at it?
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After 150 years, you can finally visit Britain's grisliest museum
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Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

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Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

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Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

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Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

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