St Helens' new stadium helped persuade Quins prop to move

St Helens have confirmed the signing of Harlequins' prop Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook on a four-year contract.

Sharp to leave Quins for Hull

Hull have signed the Harlequins winger Will Sharp on a two-year contract from next season.

Ministry of Sound incident led to 'breathtaking lawlessness'

A minor incident inside the Ministry of Sound nightclub led to "breathtaking lawlessness" in which a man was nearly decapitated, the Old Bailey heard.

Album: Martina Topley Bird, Some Place Simple (Honest Jons)

For her Honest Jons debut, Martina Topley Bird revisits songs from her previous two albums, Quixotic and The Blue God, a particularly welcome move in the latter case, where her character seemed to be lost amongst the Danger Mouse productions.

Fabric sold out of administration

The administrators to Fabric have sold the iconic London nightclub to a new company recently set up by one of its former investors, in a deal that secures 100 jobs.

Ballack blames Abramovich for Chelsea exit

Michael Ballack has claimed the decision to release him was made by Roman Abramovich.

African mogul eyes Arsenal

A takeover battle at Arsenal could be on the cards after it emerged that a Nigerian billionaire industrialist is considering acquiring a 16 per cent stake in the Premier League football club.

Zola disappointed by West Ham exit

Gianfranco Zola has expressed his "disappointment" at being sacked as manager of West Ham and fired a parting shot at co-owner David Sullivan.

Ballack set to discuss Chelsea future

Chelsea midfielder Michael Ballack has confirmed talks will soon take place over his future with the London club, but he has not ruled out moving to another Premier League outfit.

Camden Crawl, Camden, London

Indie kids are singing in the rain

Crystal Palace should already be relegated says Strafford

Sheffield Wednesday chairman Lee Strafford has stoked the fires ahead of his side's Coca-Cola Championship survival showdown against Crystal Palace by suggesting the London club should already have been relegated after going into administration.

Orr inspires incredible fightback as lowly Quins destroy Wigan

Wigan 26 Harlequins 38

FA to probe Portsmouth's £105m meltdown

Shock move to Fratton Park by head of integrity unit will hinder investigation

Caribou, Corsica Studios, London

Brad Weber, one of the two drummers anchoring the live performances of Caribou, the long-time moniker of Dan Snaith, all-round clever clogs and sonic wizard, is a hypnotic performer. For the duration of this hour-long show in south London, Weber is plunked at the front of the stage, pushing the band's two guitarists to the back. He fronts the evening alongside Snaith, who flits between microkorg and drumkit, and you can see why – it's hard to keep your eyes off what he's doing. It is he, and not Snaith, who conducts proceedings, holding his arm aloft or using his entire body as a metronome. You get the feeling he's really pushing it, producing a more physical, visceral, tribal sound than the laid-back, psychedelic electronica of Caribou's recorded work.

Leading article: Science and the establishment

It could have been a scene out of the novels of Anthony Trollope or John Galsworthy: the massed ranks of a venerable science organisation, the Royal Institution, gathered to vote on a resolution to restore a high-profile woman who had been dropped as its director over budgetary overruns.

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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
Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

The shadow Home Secretary on fighting radical Islam, protecting children, and why anyone in Labour who's thinking beyond May must 'sort themselves out'
A bad week for the Greens: Leader Natalie Bennett's 'car crash' radio interview is followed by Brighton council's failure to set a budget due to infighting

It's not easy being Green

After a bad week in which its leader had a public meltdown and its only city council couldn't agree on a budget vote, what next for the alternative party? It's over to Caroline Lucas to find out
Gorillas nearly missed: BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter

Gorillas nearly missed

BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter
Downton Abbey effect sees impoverished Italian nobles inspired to open their doors to paying guests for up to €650 a night

The Downton Abbey effect

Impoverished Italian nobles are opening their doors to paying guests, inspired by the TV drama
China's wild panda numbers have increased by 17% since 2003, new census reveals

China's wild panda numbers on the up

New census reveals 17% since 2003