Sport Stuart Hall fought on without any sight in his left eye to claim the bantamweight title on Saturday

Stuart Hall fought on without any sight in his left eye to claim the bantamweight title on Saturday

Drivers face motorway nightmare

Transport officials said it could be tomorrow morning before parts of the fire-damaged M1 can be reopened, creating an ongoing traffic nightmare for motorists.

Man held over FA Cup semi-final tickets theft

A man has been arrested in connection with the theft of 900 FA Cup semi-final tickets.

SFA prepared for long battle against Old Firm trouble

Scottish Football Association chief executive Stewart Regan yesterday warned it may take a generation to eradicate sectarianism from the Old Firm derby. Regan will today hold a second summit with representatives from Celtic and Rangers, the Scottish government and police to discuss sectarian chanting at the Co-operative Insurance Cup final 10 days ago.

Old Trafford in pole for 2012 Community Shield

Next year's Community Shield will be played in England even though Wembley Stadium will not be available. Confirmation of the competition dates for the 2012 London Olympics revealed the prestigious men's football final will be played at Wembley on Saturday 11 August.

FA must find new venue for 2012 Community Shield

Next year's Community Shield will be played in England even though Wembley Stadium will not be available.

Old Trafford to host promotion deciders

Old Trafford will host this season’s League One and Two play-off finals, the Football League announced yesterday.

We bin 10 Wembleys full of food a year – what a waste of energy

Wales has shown the way by collecting and reusing kitchen rubbish, but most UK councils lag behind

FA snubs Dein in favour of Bernstein the businessman

Former Arsenal vice-chairman rejected by old rivals in favour of low-profile choice

American Football: Two Smiths in shadow of great names of past

San Francisco quarterbacks struggling in comparison with Montana and Co

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Brian Viner: Why every sports fixture is a gamble

On the concourse outside Wembley Stadium on Tuesday evening, prior to England's footballers taking on 11 Montenegrins in a Euro 2012 qualifier, a gang of men in fluorescent pink bibs busied themselves picking up litter. The bibs bore the words "Wembley Stadium – Waste Management" and a couple of hours later, following a sterile 0-0 draw, it didn't seem overly cynical to conclude that the waste management operation might have been put to better use on the pitch.

50 years on: 'Hamburg' still spells magic

The Beatles' first gig in Germany in 1960 has gone down in history. Paul Bignell looks back on the landmark gigs where you really had to be there

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Cutting Edge: The Men Who Jump Off Buildings, Channel 4<br/>Californication, Five

While adrenalin junkies get up early to prove their machismo, a certain Californian writer is happy to stay in bed
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Bribery and abuses of power soar in China

The bribery is fuelled by the surge in China's economy but the rules of corruption are subtle and unspoken, finds Evan Osnos, as he learns the dark arts from a master
Commonwealth Games 2014: Highland terriers stole the show at the opening ceremony

Highland terriers steal the show at opening ceremony

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German art world rocked as artists use renowned fat sculpture to distil schnapps

Brewing the fat from artwork angers widow of sculptor

Part of Joseph Beuys' 1982 sculpture 'Fettecke' used to distil schnapps
BBC's The Secret History of Our Streets reveals a fascinating window into Britain's past

BBC takes viewers back down memory lane

The Secret History of Our Streets, which returns with three films looking at Scottish streets, is the inverse of Benefits Street - delivering warmth instead of cynicism
Joe, film review: Nicolas Cage delivers an astonishing performance in low budget drama

Nicolas Cage shines in low-budget drama Joe

Cage plays an ex-con in David Gordon Green's independent drama, which has been adapted from a novel by Larry Brown
How to make your own gourmet ice lollies, granitas, slushy cocktails and frozen yoghurt

Make your own ice lollies and frozen yoghurt

Think outside the cool box for this summer's tempting frozen treats
Ford Fiesta is UK's most popular car of all-time, with sales topping 4.1 million since 1976

Fiesta is UK's most popular car of all-time

Sales have topped 4.1 million since 1976. To celebrate this milestone, four Independent writers recall their Fiestas with pride
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Heaven scent: 10 best reed diffusers

Keep your rooms smelling summery and fresh with one of these subtle but distinctive home fragrances that’ll last you months
Commonwealth Games 2014: Female boxers set to compete for first time

Female boxers set to compete at Commonwealth Games for first time

There’s no favourites and with no headguards anything could happen
Five things we’ve learned so far about Manchester United under Louis van Gaal

Five things we’ve learned so far about United under Van Gaal

It’s impossible to avoid the impression that the Dutch manager is playing to the gallery a little
Screwing your way to the top? Good for Lana Del Rey for helping kill that myth

Screwing your way to the top?

Good for Lana Del Rey for helping kill that myth, says Grace Dent
Will the young Britons fighting in Syria be allowed to return home and resume their lives?

Will Britons fighting in Syria be able to resume their lives?

Tony Blair's Terrorism Act 2006 has made it an offence to take part in military action abroad with a "political, ideological, religious or racial motive"
Beyoncé poses as Rosie the Riveter, the wartime poster girl who became a feminist pin-up

Beyoncé poses as Rosie the Riveter

The wartime poster girl became the ultimate American symbol of female empowerment
The quest to find the perfect pair of earphones: Are custom, 3D printed earbuds the solution?

The quest to find the perfect pair of earphones

Earphones don't fit properly, offer mediocre audio quality and can even be painful. So the quest to design the perfect pair is music to Seth Stevenson's ears
US Army's shooting star: Lt-Col Steven Cole is the man Hollywood calls when it wants to borrow a tank or check a military uniform

Meet the US Army's shooting star

Lt-Col Steven Cole is the man Hollywood calls when it wants to borrow a tank or check a military uniform