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

Barcelona overtake New York Yankees as best paid sports team

Spanish giants Barcelona and Real Madrid have overtaken baseball team New York Yankees as the best paid team in sport.

Baseball: Dodgers cut artless Giants down to size

The Los Angeles Dodgers capitalised on San Francisco's error-strewn performance to hand last season's World Series champions a 2-1 defeat on Major League Baseball's opening day on Thursday.

Baseball: Henry can pull Sox up but will Liverpool see readies?

When the Boston Red Sox' newly-signed outfielder Carl Crawford was presented to the media last December, he realised that he was without appropriately-coloured neckwear. Executive vice-president Sam Kennedy gave him a Liverpool tie, "thus merging Major League Baseball and Premier League", according to Peter Gammons, the respected baseball broadcaster.

From books to the box, Rushdie to write and produce TV show

There was a time when the giants of literature sneered at the small screen. But now Sir Salman Rushdie is moving from books to the box after signing up to write his first television drama.

First Night: Justin Bieber, National Indoor Arena, Birmingham

Bieber has landed – in a giant plastic ball...

Lee Child: Adventures of an over-reacher

The author turned to fiction after losing his job in television. Today, he is a best-selling thriller writer. Andy Martin talks to him about his roots in Birmingham and his macho alter ego, Jack Reacher.

Baseball: San Francisco's 'misfits' walk among the giants with World Series win

Ticker-tape parade awaits unlikely champions as the City by the Bay emerges from the baseball shadows

Will Hawkes: Fashion victims and Frisco, deep in the heart of London

View From The Sofa: The World Series/ESPN

Baseball: Giant misfits make pitch for unlikely world glory

San Francisco's rag-tag bunch, led by star pitcher Tim Lincecum, have high hopes as they play Texas in world series

Revealed: how new Liverpool owner's wife pestered her husband to buy

Henry's team looking to increase revenues by being both smart and efficient rather than spendthrift

American Football: Lincecum's clever pitching gives first blood to Giants

San Francisco Giants' Tim Lincecum outduelled Roy Halladay in one of the most highly anticipated pitching battles in years as the Giants beat the Philadelphia Phillies 4-3 on Saturday in the opening game of the National League Championship Series.

Outside Edge: Marital art till death us do part

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Will Hawkes: New York, New York, not so good in the name of the son

View From The Sofa: The House of Steinbrenner, ESPN

Premier League chairmen call for debt cap

Premier League chairmen last night called for a debt cap to prevent clubs sliding into the distinct, but related problems suffered by Liverpool and Portsmouth.

A closer look at Liverpool's potential new owner

Liverpool fans may be wary of another American owner, but in John W Henry they have a very different breed to Tom Hicks and George Gillett.

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The coffee shop is deep inside the agency's forested Virginia compound
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How the Establishment closed ranks over fallout from Nessie 'sighting'

The Natural History Museum's chief scientist was dismissed for declaring he had found the monster
One million Britons using food banks, according to Trussell Trust

One million Britons using food banks

Huge surge in number of families dependent on emergency food aid
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2,500 years of history in 3,000 amazing objects

Excavation at Italian cafe to fix rising damp unearths trove
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The Hubble Space Telescope's amazing journey 25 years on

The space telescope was seen as a costly flop on its first release
Did Conservative peer Lord Ashcroft quit the House of Lords to become a non-dom?

Did Lord Ashcroft quit the House of Lords to become a non-dom?

A document seen by The Independent shows that a week after he resigned from the Lords he sold 350,000 shares in an American company - netting him $11.2m
Apple's ethnic emojis are being used to make racist comments on social media

Ethnic emojis used in racist comments

They were intended to promote harmony, but have achieved the opposite
Sir Kenneth Branagh interview: 'My bones are in the theatre'

Sir Kenneth Branagh: 'My bones are in the theatre'

The actor-turned-director’s new company will stage five plays from October – including works by Shakespeare and John Osborne
The sloth is now the face (and furry body) of three big advertising campaigns

The sloth is the face of three ad campaigns

Priya Elan discovers why slow and sleepy wins the race for brands in need of a new image
How to run a restaurant: As two newbies discovered, there's more to it than good food

How to run a restaurant

As two newbies discovered, there's more to it than good food
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Record Store Day: The vinyl countdown

For Lois Pryce, working in a record shop was a dream job - until the bean counters ruined it
Usher, Mary J Blige and Will.i.am to give free concert as part of the Global Poverty Project

Mary J Blige and Will.i.am to give free concert

The concert in Washington is part of the Global Citizen project, which aims to encourage young people to donate to charity
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Jessica Ennis-Hill: 'I just want to give it my best shot'

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