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Seven days before the first Carl Froch and Mikkel Kessler fight in 2010 the trouble started when the fight was postponed, Froch gained 7lb at a barbecue, his elbow was injured and his eardrum was damaged.

Inside Lines: Wanted: more ready, willing and disabled

It is not just the Olympics for which London need to pull out the stops in 2012 to stifle invidious comparisons with Beijing, but the Paralympics as well. The Chinese have orchestrated another stunning show – and so of course, have the Brits in emulating the golden return of their able-bodied counterparts. What is paramount is that back home people have been talking for the first time as enthusiastically about the Paralympics as they did about the real thing – which of course in so many ways they are: the same intensity of competition, same joys, same tears and same controversies. And even the same situation with the best-funded British squad, the track athletes, with £5.5m, not attaining the same quality or quantity of medals as those in other sports, notably cycling. Tanni Grey-Thompson, no slouch herself as a wheelie, reckons more still needs to be done to encourage disabled kids into sport. What we have seen in Beijing should help, but she cites Holland as an example; there, anyone who loses the use of their legs receives a free sports chair and a year's training in any sport.

Sophie Morris: I guess it must be a boy thing...

Aah, the boy-on-boy crush. Forget whether they're into redheads or blondes, little is more instructive as to what makes a man tick than a glimpse at the guys he secretly wants a piece of. Not in a sexual way, it's more of an aspirational, slap-on-the-back impulse. Let's call it a "bro-mance".

Boxing: Big Audley finds God in his corner but screen goes blank

Eight years ago this summer, Audley Harrison posed on the podium in Sydney with the world in his fists. The Olympic super-heavyweight champion, Britain's first boxing gold medallist in 32 years, vowed that soon he would convert that gold into much bigger bullion as a pro, by winning the world heavyweight title. Alas, as another anniversary of that Olympian achievement looms, it still has not happened. Beaten in three of his last six fights, Harrison is not even a contender.

Northern Cyprus: How the other half lives

Prices are low and land rights are being addressed but is it safe to buy in Northern Cyprus? Asks Graham Norwood

Honoured: for services to Dr Who and Saturday nights

The outgoing Doctor Who screenwriter Russell T Davies, the architect Lord Rogers of Riverside, crime writer Lynda La Plante and neurologist Oliver Sacks head the Queen's birthday honours released today.

Boxing: Lockett has puncher's chance of world titles

In a week when David Haye brought a new dimension to self-promotion while Ricky Hatton plumbed new depths of self-delusion, the Hayemaker and the Hitman highlighted the vicissitudes of big-time boxing.

Boxing: Witter's title blown away by Bradley's powerful right hand

Junior Witter became the fourth of Britain's clutch of world champions to lose his title this year, suffering a shock defeat at the fast hands of young Timothy Bradley from California, known as The Desert Storm.

Brian Viner: Don't despair: polite people do still exist

Trying to find uplifting words in the national press can be like fishing for marlin in Lake Windermere, so I am indebted, as Cyril Fletcher used to say on That's Life! to John Grist, whose letter in these pages yesterday put a spring in my step and a song in my heart.

James Lawton: Calzaghe summons spirit and will to join boxing's pantheon

In some areas Hopkins was undoubtedly the more assured performer

Boxing: 'I am the legend killer' says Calzaghe

Calzaghe climbs off the canvas and into boxing history with a stunning points victory over Hopkins in Las Vegas

Calzaghe picks himself up to beat Hopkins

Joe Calzaghe battled back from a stunning first round knockdown to score a disputed split decision victory over Bernard Hopkins in Las Vegas and reign as light-heavyweight world number one.

James Lawton: Hopkins the burglar threatens to steal Calzaghe's thunder

Wales' unbeaten world champion will be the purists' choice when he enters the ring for the bout of his life tonight, but he faces a battle of wits with a ruthless streetfighter

James Lawton: Age concern as Hopkins and Calzaghe Snr exchange jibes

He may be 43, but Bernard Hopkins roars defiance after ageist taunts from the Calzaghe camp

James Lawton: Calzaghe out of his comfort zone in heat of the desert

Undefeated for 18 years, the super-middleweight champion of the world is facing a big fight for the first time away from British soil – and Bernard Hopkins is not alone in believing that could count against him
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And it will trigger more war in future
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The nation's favourite animal revealed

Women like cuddly creatures whilst men like creepy-crawlies
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Poldark star Heida Reed: 'I don't think a single bodice gets ripped'

Poldark star Heida Reed

'I don't think a single bodice gets ripped'
The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

Netanyahu knows he can get away with anything in America, says Robert Fisk
Families clubbing together to build their own affordable accommodation

Do It Yourself approach to securing a new house

Community land trusts marking a new trend for taking the initiative away from developers
Head of WWF UK: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

David Nussbaum: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

The head of WWF UK remains sanguine despite the Government’s failure to live up to its pledges on the environment
Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Set in a mythologised 5th-century Britain, ‘The Buried Giant’ is a strange beast
With money, corruption and drugs, this monk fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’

Money, corruption and drugs

The monk who fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’
America's first slavery museum established at Django Unchained plantation - 150 years after slavery outlawed

150 years after it was outlawed...

... America's first slavery museum is established in Louisiana
Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

The first 'American Idol' winner on how she manages to remain her own woman – Jane Austen fascination and all
Tony Oursler on exploring our uneasy relationship with technology with his new show

You won't believe your eyes

Tony Oursler's new show explores our uneasy relationship with technology. He's one of a growing number of artists with that preoccupation
Ian Herbert: Peter Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

The England coach leaves players to find solutions - which makes you wonder where he adds value, says Ian Herbert
War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

Aid agencies prepare for vast exodus following planned Iraqi offensive against the Isis-held city, reports Patrick Cockburn