Arts and Entertainment Flour power: Johnny Vaughan in 'The Great Sport Relief Bake-Off

Can Rochelle from The Saturdays tell her shortcrust from her choux? Is Olympic athlete Victoria Pendleton as swift with a whisk as she is round the velodrome? On GBBO charity spin-off series, The Great Sport Relief Bake-Off, a celebrity's baking ability is inversely proportionate to their entertainment value, but it's still fun to speculate on which of this year's batch will actually have any skill.

Nixon settles down to the quiet life

Former England keeper hangs up his gloves after career beset by clinical inability to concentrate, writes Jon Culley

On the Front Foot: If you want to kill Test cricket, try a World Championship

All systems are now go for the World Test Championship in 2013. Or at least they would be if there was not already the suspicion that the engine will not start.

On the Front Foot: Ireland return home as heroes but no tougher tests await them

Ireland left the World Cup with the gratitude and relief of the organisers ringing in their ears.

Vaughan expects Swann to show class

Former England captain Michael Vaughan has backed Graeme Swann to live up to his pre-Ashes billing as a match-winner but admits the spinner must improve on his first Test showing to do so.

Diary: HuffPo's Mayer culpa

This column's preferred soft-rock crooner, John Mayer, was upset to read the esteemed online organ The Huffington Post hinting he'd reunited with ex-girlfriend Jennifer Aniston last week.

The Hacker: Red splodge drives me dotty but it's not such a bum deal for Mike

Any tip from the top is eagerly welcomed by hackers. A word from the wise is like a message from heaven, a key that could get us out of the dungeon of the damned.

Vaughan adds to match-fixing scare by saying he knows of one approach

The former england captain Michael Vaughan said yesterday that he knows of a player who has been approached to take part in fixing – but does not believe it is widespread in the game. His comments followed a report which said that a county cricketer had been offered £5m to fix televised matches this season.

Roses washout but Lyth starts to blossom

As rain washed out the opening day of the 250th Roses match at Headingley yesterday, no player felt the frustration more keenly than the Yorkshire batsman Adam Lyth, whose prolific form has been a major factor in his county's position at the top of the Division One table in the County Championship.

On the beat: How a retired police officer is cracking down on a "political neglect" of rural law and order

Burnt out after a decade spent patrolling the mean streets of the capital, police officer Mike Pannett returned to the country lanes of his childhood home of Yorkshire – and soon found the dales were every bit as dangerous as downtown London. The tragedy, he tells Lena Corner, is the shocking political neglect of law and order in rural communities – a neglect he is intent on exposing...

De Villiers: 'Broad clearly altered the ball'

Ball tampering threatened to overwhelm the Test series between England and South Africa yesterday. The tourists, who will probably lose the third Test today, were cleared of any wrongdoing without being charged, while the home side insisted officially that they accepted the findings but it was an issue that clearly will not go away.

The bald truth: cricketers can't resist 'Russian hair revolution'

Russia may not know much of the Great Game but when it comes to hair there is, apparently, nowhere better than the steppes for producing the rethatching material for cricket's great and good who, after a lifetime of caps and sunhats, have discovered they are going a bit thin on top.

England have no alternative to imports, says Vaughan

Former captain believes lack of local talent has led to influx of South Africans

Pandora: Scumbag College digs get a market makeover

Fascists! After more than two decades in quiet obscurity, the student flat made famous by the anarchic television comedy series The Young Ones is to go on the market.

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A new American serial killer?

Police fear man arrested for murder of teen prostitute could be responsible for killing spree dating back 20 years
Online petitions: Sign here to change the world

Want to change the world? Just sign here

The proliferation of online petitions allows us to register our protests at the touch of a button. But do they change anything?
How to Get Away with Murder: Shonda Rhimes reinvents the legal drama

How to Get Away with Murder

Shonda Rhimes reinvents the legal drama
A cup of tea is every worker's right

Hard to swallow

Three hospitals in Leicester have banned their staff from drinking tea and coffee in public areas. Christopher Hirst explains why he thinks that a cuppa is every worker's right
Which animals are nearly extinct?

Which animals are nearly extinct?

Conservationists in Kenya are in mourning after the death of a white northern rhino, which has left the species with a single male. These are the other species on the brink
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Perfect for leaf-kicking: 12 best children's shoes

Find footwear perfect to keep kids' feet protected this autumn
Two super-sized ships have cruised into British waters, but how big can these behemoths get?

Super-sized ships: How big can they get?

Two of the largest vessels in the world cruised into UK waters last week
British doctors on brink of 'cure' for paralysis with spinal cord treatment

British doctors on brink of cure for paralysis

Sufferers can now be offered the possibility of cure thanks to a revolutionary implant of regenerative cells
Let's talk about loss

We need to talk about loss

Secrecy and silence surround stillbirth
Will there be an all-female mission to Mars?

Will there be an all-female mission to Mars?

Women may be better suited to space travel than men are
Oscar Pistorius sentencing: The athlete's wealth and notoriety have provoked a long overdue debate on South African prisons

'They poured water on, then electrified me...'

If Oscar Pistorius is sent to jail, his experience will not be that of other inmates
James Wharton: The former Guard now fighting discrimination against gay soldiers

The former Guard now fighting discrimination against gay soldiers

Life after the Army has brought new battles for the LGBT activist James Wharton
Ebola in the US: Panic over the virus threatens to infect President Obama's midterms

Panic over Ebola threatens to infect the midterms

Just one person has died, yet November's elections may be affected by what Republicans call 'Obama's Katrina', says Rupert Cornwell
Premier League coaches join the RSC to swap the tricks of their trades

Darling, you were fabulous! But offside...

Premier League coaches are joining the RSC to learn acting skills, and in turn they will teach its actors to play football. Nick Clark finds out why