Boxing: Khan targets UK fight by the end of July

Amir Khan insists he is ready to fight again as early as July and hopes to find out in the next 10 days if he will be doing so.

David James: Portsmouth's Saviour?

From his fight to protect jobs at his club to his struggle for the England No 1 shirt, David James speaks his mind about a tough year – and today's duel with Drogba

Boxing: Khan coach sounds note of caution

Amir Khan has been warned by trainer Freddie Roach to expect a trickier WBA light-welterweight title challenge from Paulie Malignaggi tomorrow night than Dmitriy Salita gave him last December.

Boxing: Khan halfway to greatness says Roach

Freddie Roach insists Amir Khan is only "about halfway" towards reaching his full potential after admitting the Englishman excites him in the same way Manny Pacquiao did as a youngster.

Album: James Brown, Live at the Garden (Expanded Edition) (Polydor)

A rowdy live album from 1967 which was not actually captured at New York's Madison Square Garden and therefore should not have been subsumed by booming audience mayhem – it was actually recorded in a nightclub in New Jersey.

Album: James Brown, Live at the Garden (Hip-O-Select)

Dating from 1967, Live at the Garden was one of James Brown's less auspicious releases, which is why it's taken so long to be reissued in this expanded format. In the first place, it wasn't actually recorded at Madison Square Garden, or even Kew, but at the Latin Casino, a New Jersey supper-club. To approximate the ambience of the larger venue, faked crowd noise was liberally ladled all over it, including a version of "Let Yourself Go" taken from an after-hours rehearsal. To squeeze the 150-minute show on to a 40-minute album, several of the best performances were either truncated or left off entirely, most notably a storming nine-minute version of "Papa's Got a Brand New Bag", which captures the Godfather on the cusp of his new funk sound, with Clyde Stubblefield and Jabo Starks's double-drum alliance locking into an ingenious syncopated propulsion of the kind that would, just a few weeks later, produce the seminal "Cold Sweat"; and an extended "It's a Man's Man's Man's World" – though the microphone placement on the strings is so bad they're left buried in the back of the mix. Both are restored on a second disc that also dispenses with the fake crowd noise, leaving one better able to track the lock-tight changes of rhythm, and appreciate the interlocking rhythm guitars of Chank Nolen.

Mental battle key for Ireland says Trapattoni

Giovanni Trapattoni is hoping to win the psychological battle as he attempts to guide his side to World Cup play-off victory over France.

US dustman hears fate over UK couple's deaths

An epileptic who had a fit at the wheel of a New York dustbin lorry and crashed into a British couple is due to be sentenced for their murder today.

Driver guilty after bin lorry killed UK couple in New York

The driver of a New York bin lorry who ploughed into a couple from Somerset on a Valentine's holiday has been found guilty of second-degree murder.

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<i>&lsquo;It has provoked an astonishing level of public debate and been an under-appreciated showcase for social diversity,&rsquo; Channel 4&rsquo;s Julian Bellamy defends Big Brother while shuttting it down</i>

Jacobs Beach, by Kevin Mitchell

Many boxing old-timers regard 1950s America as the sport's apogee, with New York's Madison Square Garden at its glittering centre. But Kevin Mitchell knows better; he details how the Mafia took over the fight game in the US during that decade, freezing out anyone who wasn't "connected", fixing fights and fixing – often terminally – those who challenged their authority.

British teenager sentenced for US bomb hoax

A British teenager was given a six-month suspended prison sentence today for phoning the White House and claiming there was a bomb in New York.

Album: Eric Clapton and Steve Winwood Live from Madison Square Garden (Reprise)

The packaging suggests some long-lost artefact from the hippie era, which, in a way, is exactly what Live From Madison Square Garden represents, with its emphasis on the primacy of instrumental virtuosity and the "super-session" formula.

Boxing: Jennings facing a date with destiny

Michael Jennings has filled halls in Wigan, Widnes and Warrington during his 10-year career and will tonight walk from the safety of his dressing room to fight for a real world title in front of 18,800 people at Madison Square Garden in New York.

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