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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.

England have no alternative to imports, says Vaughan

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

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.

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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