Sport Alex Rodriguez is still owed $100m from his Yankees contract

A-Rod suspended until end of 2014 but appeal allows first Yankees game of the season last night

Alex Rodriguez is said to be involved in the latest drug scandal rocking baseball

Baseball: New York Yankees' Alex 'A-Rod' Rodriguez faces life ban after drug link

Six years after supposedly closing the books on its “steroid era”, baseball is embroiled in a new drug scandal that has already felled one of its top stars, and could end the career of Alex Rodriguez, its highest-paid player.

New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning looks downfield for James Milner

Manchester City face long haul to win over NYC citizens

There was sky blue everywhere at the official launch of the club in east Harlem

Patrick Vieira meets the Yankees pitcher Mariano Rivera

Manchester City strike gold in New York as MLS deal extends their empire

Ferran Soriano hails 'brand City' after agreement with Yankees to set up new club in US league

New York Yankees president Randy Levine, MLS commissioner Don Garber and Manchester City chief executive Ferran Soriano

Manchester City agree deal for new Major League Soccer franchise to delve into US market

New agreement will see New York City Football Club become the 20th club in Major League Soccer

Chasing the Yankee dollar: Jay-Z's first client is New York Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano

Roc Nation Sports agency: 99 problems but business ain't one for Jay-Z

Hip-hop mogul widens his portfolio with venture into sports management

Soldiers take part in a re-enactment at Fredericksburg, Virginia to mark the 150th anniversary of the Civil War battle that took place in and around the town.

Battle of Fredericksburg comes to life for 150th anniversary

On the second floor of the old brick building on Sophia Street, the three Confederate snipers waited for the Yankees.

Rihanna often performs wearing a New Era cap

If the cap fits... New Era

Sports brand New Era may have started out in the bleachers, but it has become part of the street uniform, says Harriet Walker

Rihanna often performs wearing a New Era cap

If the cap fits... The latest must-have

Sports brand New Era may have started out in the bleachers, but it has become part of the street uniform

Alex Rodriguez (left) sits it out with humiliated Yankees team-mates in Detroit

Baseball: Yankees' big-hitters swept away in disgrace

Record scoring turns to record flop and it is embarrassment all round in New York

The Sports Matrix: Thursday 18 October 2012

Hart takes blame for dropped points against Poland

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers

Failings of previous owners continue to hurt Liverpool reveals owner John Henry

Owner John Henry says Liverpool face a huge financial challenge to compete with the very best as the Premier League side continues to pay the price for the failings of the previous regime.

At bat, Harper is an electrifying mix of power, swagger and recklessness of youth

Baseball: Nats' new kid on the block causing a commotion in the capital

Washington National's bat out of hell Bryce Harper on track to have best season by teenager in a century

When the price is not right: Why is a $50m record collection unable to sell for even a fraction of its value?

Sometimes unique items aren't worth what we think, discovers Phil Boucher

Baseball: 'Mr Perfect' Jeter joins the legends in 3,000-hit club

Yankees slugger, and all-round nice guy, reaches rare milestone to confirm him as one of the all-time greats

David F Friedman: Film producer behind the 'nudie cuties', 'roughies' and 'splatter' genres

The self-proclaimed "mighty monarch of the exploitation world" David F Friedman produced more than 50 low-budget films that drew big audiences to US drive-ins and grindhouse cinemas throughout the 1960s and '70s.

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Ferguson: In the heartlands of America, a descent into madness

A descent into madness in America's heartlands

David Usborne arrived in Ferguson, Missouri to be greeted by a scene more redolent of Gaza and Afghanistan
BBC’s filming of raid at Sir Cliff’s home ‘may be result of corruption’

BBC faces corruption allegation over its Sir Cliff police raid coverage

Reporter’s relationship with police under scrutiny as DG is summoned by MPs to explain extensive live broadcast of swoop on singer’s home
Lauded therapist Harley Mille still in limbo as battle to stay in Britain drags on

Lauded therapist still in limbo as battle to stay in Britain drags on

Australian Harley Miller is as frustrated by court delays as she is with the idiosyncrasies of immigration law
Lewis Fry Richardson's weather forecasts changed the world. But could his predictions of war do the same?

Lewis Fry Richardson's weather forecasts changed the world...

But could his predictions of war do the same?
Kate Bush asks fans not to take photos at her London gigs: 'I want to have contact with the audience, not iPhones'

'I want to have contact with the audience, not iPhones'

Kate Bush asks fans not to take photos at her London gigs
Under-35s have rated gardening in their top five favourite leisure activities, but why?

Young at hort

Under-35s have rated gardening in their top five favourite leisure activities. But why are so many people are swapping sweaty clubs for leafy shrubs?
Tim Vine, winner of the Funniest Joke of the Fringe award: 'making a quip as funny as possible is an art'

Beyond a joke

Tim Vine, winner of the Funniest Joke of the Fringe award, has nigh-on 200 in his act. So how are they conceived?
The late Peter O'Toole shines in 'Katherine of Alexandria' despite illness

The late Peter O'Toole shines in 'Katherine of Alexandria' despite illness

Sadly though, the Lawrence of Arabia star is not around to lend his own critique
Wicken Fen in Cambridgeshire: The joy of camping in a wetland nature reserve and sleeping under the stars

A wild night out

Wicken Fen in Cambridgeshire offers a rare chance to camp in a wetland nature reserve
Comic Sans for Cancer exhibition: It’s the font that’s openly ridiculed for its jaunty style, but figures of fun have their fans

Comic Sans for Cancer exhibition

It’s the font that’s openly ridiculed for its jaunty style, but figures of fun have their fans
Besiktas vs Arsenal: Five things we learnt from the Champions League first-leg tie

Besiktas vs Arsenal

Five things we learnt from the Champions League first-leg tie
Rory McIlroy a smash hit on the US talk show circuit

Rory McIlroy a smash hit on the US talk show circuit

As the Northern Irishman prepares for the Barclays, he finds time to appear on TV in the States, where he’s now such a global superstar that he needs no introduction
Boy racer Max Verstappen stays relaxed over step up to Formula One

Boy racer Max Verstappen stays relaxed over step up to F1

The 16-year-old will become the sport’s youngest-ever driver when he makes his debut for Toro Rosso next season
Fear brings the enemies of Isis together at last

Fear brings the enemies of Isis together at last

But belated attempts to unite will be to no avail if the Sunni caliphate remains strong in Syria, says Patrick Cockburn
Charlie Gilmour: 'I wondered if I would end up killing myself in jail'

Charlie Gilmour: 'I wondered if I'd end up killing myself in jail'

Following last week's report on prison suicides, the former inmate asks how much progress we have made in the 50 years since the abolition of capital punishment