Sport Mark Robins says he realised he really wanted to be a manager after overseeing a 5-1 home defeat

Mark Robins says he realised he really wanted to be a manager after overseeing a 5-1 home defeat

'Rowdy' crowd blamed for archery loss

Archery's world governing body was forced to issue a statement demanding Commonwealth Games spectators show "fair play" after England complained that "rowdy" Indian crowds had distracted their team at crucial moments of two matches which they went on to lose.

Tories triumph in Rotherham marginal

This week's only council by-election saw Tories easily hold off a Labour challenge in a marginal seat.

London voted least car-friendly town

St Helens in Merseyside is the UK's most car-friendly town, while London is the worst spot for motorists, according to research out today.

Afghan blast victim was 'model soldier'

A British serviceman killed in an explosion in Afghanistan was a "model soldier", his comrades said today.

If the pool is too expensive, try going for a wild swim

Jonathan Brown on how the time is right for a plunge in the great outdoors

Play-offs round-up: Dagenham turn six-shooters as Oxford clinch League return

Josh Scott scored four goals as Dagenham & Redbridge all but secured their place in the League Two play-off final with a 6-0 thrashing of Morecambe yesterday.

Round-up: Millwall forced to settle for the play-offs despite home victory

Millwall will have to go through the play-offs after a 3-2 home victory over Swindon was not enough to overhaul Leeds at the top of League One on Saturday. Swindon took a third-minute lead through Daniel Ward, but a Steve Morison penalty and Gordon Greer's own goal put Millwall in control.

Pair 'murdered neighbour on remote island'

Two men went on trial today accused of murdering their neighbour on a remote island in Orkney and burying his body in the sand.

Archie Bland: Reykjavik is glad the 'ghosts' have gone

Reykjavik Notebook: Bars and restaurants once frequented by a wealthy elite are now much quieter

MP dies during Boxing Day walk with his family

The MP David Taylor has died after having a heart attack during a walk at a country house with his family on Boxing Day. The 63-year-old Labour parliamentarian was widely respected at Westminster as a champion for his Leicestershire North West constituents and as a member of the House who was prepared ask awkward questions of ministers.

£74,000 for the most expensive peer

John Laird, an Ulster politician and public relations man, has emerged as the UK’s most expensive peer. Lord Laird claimed almost £74,000 in expenses in 2008-09, 10 per cent more than the next highest claimer.

Pit worker killed in mine shaft plunge

Police were today investigating the death of a colliery worker who reportedly fell down a mine shaft at a pit.

Latest in line of dog attacks

The death of a four-year-old boy in Liverpool follows the latest in a line of vicious, sometimes fatal, dog attacks on both children and adults.

Bullard tells of elation at Hull return

I loved every minute, says midfielder of home debut after 10 months on sidelines
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Blundering Tony Blair quits as Middle East peace envoy – only Israel will miss him

Blundering Blair quits as Middle East peace envoy – only Israel will miss him

For Arabs – and for Britons who lost their loved ones in his shambolic war in Iraq – his appointment was an insult, says Robert Fisk
Fifa corruption arrests: All hail the Feds for riding to football's rescue

Fifa corruption arrests

All hail the Feds for riding to football's rescue, says Ian Herbert
Isis in Syria: The Kurdish enclave still resisting the tyranny of President Assad and militant fighters

The Kurdish enclave still resisting the tyranny of Assad and Isis

In Syrian Kurdish cantons along the Turkish border, the progressive aims of the 2011 uprising are being enacted despite the war. Patrick Cockburn returns to Amuda
How I survived Cambodia's Killing Fields: Acclaimed surgeon SreyRam Kuy celebrates her mother's determination to escape the US

How I survived Cambodia's Killing Fields

Acclaimed surgeon SreyRam Kuy celebrates her mother's determination to escape to the US
Stephen Mangan interview: From posh buffoon to pregnant dad, the actor has quite a range

How Stephen Mangan got his range

Posh buffoon, hapless writer, pregnant dad - Mangan is certainly a versatile actor
The ZX Spectrum has been crowd-funded back into play - with some 21st-century tweaks

The ZX Spectrum is back

The ZX Spectrum was the original - and for some players, still the best. David Crookes meets the fans who've kept the games' flames lit
Grace of Monaco film panned: even the screenwriter pours scorn on biopic starring Nicole Kidman

Even the screenwriter pours scorn on Grace of Monaco biopic

The critics had a field day after last year's premiere, but the savaging goes on
Menstrual Hygiene Day: The strange ideas people used to believe about periods

Menstrual Hygiene Day: The strange ideas people once had about periods

If one was missed, vomiting blood was seen as a viable alternative
The best work perks: From free travel cards to making dreams come true (really)

The quirks of work perks

From free travel cards to making dreams come true (really)
Is bridge the latest twee pastime to get hip?

Is bridge becoming hip?

The number of young players has trebled in the past year. Gillian Orr discovers if this old game has new tricks
Long author-lists on research papers are threatening the academic work system

The rise of 'hyperauthorship'

Now that academic papers are written by thousands (yes, thousands) of contributors, it's getting hard to tell workers from shirkers
The rise of Lego Clubs: How toys are helping children struggling with social interaction to build better relationships

The rise of Lego Clubs

How toys are helping children struggling with social interaction to build better relationships
5 best running glasses

On your marks: 5 best running glasses

Whether you’re pounding pavements, parks or hill passes, keep your eyes protected in all weathers
Joe Root: 'Ben Stokes gives everything – he’s rubbing off on us all'

'Ben Stokes gives everything – he’s rubbing off on us all'

Joe Root says the England dressing room is a happy place again – and Stokes is the catalyst
Raif Badawi: Wife pleads for fresh EU help as Saudi blogger's health worsens

Please save my husband

As the health of blogger Raif Badawi worsens in prison, his wife urges EU governments to put pressure on the Saudi Arabian royal family to allow her husband to join his family in Canada