The sporting week ahead (12/05/13)

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Manager Phil Parkinson joins his Bradford side in celebration

Bradford triumph to earn Wembley return in play-off final

The Bantams see off Burton Albion despite first-leg defeat to reach their second Wembley final this season

The front entrance to the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum

George ‘Dubya’ Bush writes his version of history with launch of presidential library

The former president makes a comeback – but is America ready to reconsider his legacy?

Margaret Thatcher pre-dawn funeral rehearsal 'went very well'

A full military rehearsal for Baroness Thatcher's funeral has taken place in the early hours of this morning.

Five things we learnt from Aintree this year...

1 Remodelled fences are a leap forward

Point scorer: Chris Ashton of Saracens celebrates his try that clinched quarter-final victory in the Heineken Cup at Twickenham yesterday

Saracens 27 Ulster 16 match report: Chris Ashton finds his old form as Saracens see off Ulster

England wing scores the crucial try for Premier League leaders to reach Heineken Cup semi-final

Beecher’s Brook is one of the most difficult fences on the course

Grand National jockey Katie Walsh defends race as concerns over horse deaths mount

The horses that take part in the Grand National are treated “better than some children” despite the equine death toll, a leading jockey has claimed ahead of this weekend’s race.

Surviving dissertation season: The dreaded essay cave

Dissertations are designed to make you hurt. There's only one thing for it - hunker down, prepare your essay cave and see out the storm...

Lost world: Benedict Cumberbatch and Rebecca Hall in 'Parade's End'

Bafta Television Craft nominations 2013: Parade's End leads charge for BBC drama with five award nods

The BBC leads the nominations for this year's British Academy Television Craft Awards with five nominations for period drama Parade's End.

You Write the Caption - 22/03/13

Win a bottle of wine

Bryan Cooper returns muddy but elated after winning on Ted Veale in the Vincent O’Brien County Handicap Hurdle yesterday

Cheltenham Festival: Baby-faced Cooper underlines status as new Irish hero

Successive victories on final day cap a superb week for heir apparent to McCoy and Walsh

The goat mascot has a habit of upsetting the opposition

Brian Smith: The Welsh goat is just annoying. I once hit it with a ball but it ignored me...

Coach's View: If England can bring it down to a kicking game they can win big test

A supporter of the late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez salutes as she views his coffin as his body lay in state in Caracas

Hugo Chavez: loyalists pay respects to a leader still in his red beret

Two days after their controversial ruler died, Venezuelans queued for miles to view his body - which will be embalmed 'like Lenin'

Swansea celebrate with the club's first ever major trophy

Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins: Capital One Cup success 'a dream'

The Welsh side celebrated their Wembley victory over Bradford with an open-top bus parade yesterday

Michael Laudrup has his Swansea side playing quality football

Chairman Huw Jenkins expects Michael Laudrup to stay at Swansea

The Dane has been linked with Real Madrid and Chelsea

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Wilko Johnson, now the bad news: musician splits with manager after police investigate assault claims

Wilko Johnson, now the bad news

Former Dr Feelgood splits with manager after police investigate assault claims
Mark Udall: The Democrat Senator with a fight on his hands ahead of the US midterm elections

Mark Udall: The Democrat Senator with a fight on his hands

The Senator for Colorado is for gay rights, for abortion rights – and in the Republicans’ sights as they threaten to take control of the Senate next month
New discoveries show more contact between far-flung prehistoric humans than had been thought

New discoveries show more contact between far-flung prehistoric humans than had been thought

Evidence found of contact between Easter Islanders and South America
Cerys Matthews reveals how her uncle taped 150 interviews for a biography of Dylan Thomas

Cerys Matthews on Dylan Thomas

The singer reveals how her uncle taped 150 interviews for a biography of the famous Welsh poet
DIY is not fun and we've finally realised this as a nation

Homebase closures: 'DIY is not fun'

Homebase has announced the closure of one in four of its stores. Nick Harding, who never did know his awl from his elbow, is glad to see the back of DIY
The Battle of the Five Armies: Air New Zealand releases new Hobbit-inspired in-flight video

Air New Zealand's wizard in-flight video

The airline has released a new Hobbit-inspired clip dubbed "The most epic safety video ever made"
Pumpkin spice is the flavour of the month - but can you stomach the sweetness?

Pumpkin spice is the flavour of the month

The combination of cinnamon, clove, nutmeg (and no actual pumpkin), now flavours everything from lattes to cream cheese in the US
11 best sonic skincare brushes

11 best sonic skincare brushes

Forget the flannel - take skincare to the next level by using your favourite cleanser with a sonic facial brush
Paul Scholes column: I'm not worried about Manchester United's defence - Chelsea test can be the making of Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo

Paul Scholes column

I'm not worried about Manchester United's defence - Chelsea test can be the making of Jones and Rojo
Frank Warren: Boxing has its problems but in all my time I've never seen a crooked fight

Frank Warren: Boxing has its problems but in all my time I've never seen a crooked fight

While other sports are stalked by corruption, we are an easy target for the critics
Jamie Roberts exclusive interview: 'I'm a man of my word – I'll stay in Paris'

Jamie Roberts: 'I'm a man of my word – I'll stay in Paris'

Wales centre says he’s not coming home but is looking to establish himself at Racing Métro
How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?

A crime that reveals London's dark heart

How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?
Meet 'Porridge' and 'Vampire': Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker

Lost in translation: Western monikers

Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker. Simon Usborne, who met a 'Porridge' and a 'Vampire' while in China, can see the problem
Handy hacks that make life easier: New book reveals how to rid your inbox of spam, protect your passwords and amplify your iPhone

Handy hacks that make life easier

New book reveals how to rid your email inbox of spam, protect your passwords and amplify your iPhone with a loo-roll
KidZania lets children try their hands at being a firefighter, doctor or factory worker for the day

KidZania: It's a small world

The new 'educational entertainment experience' in London's Shepherd's Bush will allow children to try out the jobs that are usually undertaken by adults, including firefighter, doctor or factory worker