Sport Vince McMahon has been reported to be considering a takeover bid for Premier League club Newcastle United

The billionaire owner has been linked with becoming the latest American owner to invest in the Premier League, with a partnership between the Magpies and WWE getting fans excited across the globe

Sport on TV: Panto season arrives early as Hatton squeezes into big pants

Ricky Hatton was ready to rumble last week, from a variety of orifices. The boxer was guest of honour on WWE Late Night Raw (Sky Sports 3, Thursday), his first time back in the ring since Manny Pacquiao laid him out like an undertaker in May. But Hatton looked more like his hero Bernard Manning than Manny.

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The author and former member of the SAS is on a new mission meeting audiences of infantrymen – and passing on to them the joys of reading

Crabtree is the Big Daddy now

England's prop – and nephew of the famous wrestler – has won a name for himself as a fearsome impact player. Ahead of the Four Nations final, he tells Dave Hadfield how he ditched his delicate reputation

Gladys Gillem: Wrestling 'heel'

Gladys "Killem" Gillem, who has died aged 89, spent her professional wrestling career as a heel, but not just any heel. Gillem was, more often than not, the designated loser for the popular "girls" champion Mildred Burke, arguably the only drawing card in the 1940s for women's wrestling, which was otherwise presented as a novelty, like midget wrestling. Gillem spent nearly a decade as Burke's top opponent partly because, lacking Burke's glamour, she played the bigger and stronger heel well, and was athletic enough to put Burke's wrestling over; but also because, for most of that time, she was the main, but not only, mistress of Billy Wolfe, who controlled women's wrestling and was also married to Burke. This odd triangle belied Burke's image as an all-American wife as well as wrestler.

Hulk Hogan returning to pro wrestling

Hulk Hogan is returning to the profession - but not to the organization - that made him a household name.

Lou Albano

"Captain" Lou Albano, who died on 14 October aged 76, became one of the most recognised professional wrestlers of the 1980s after appearing in the video for Cyndi Lauper's "Girls Just Want to Have Fun". World Wrestling Entertainment called him one of their "most popular and charismatic legends."

Gove wants to release schools from state grip

The Conservatives will speed through plans to wrestle control of schools away from local authorities in an attempt to shake up Britain's "dumbed down" education system, they pledged yesterday.

Brown rejects Dragons claims over tackling

Nathan Brown, the Huddersfield coach, has hit back at the Catalan Dragons' criticism of his side's technique in the tackle by accusing them of trying to pressurise the referee for tonight's play-off game between the two sides at the Galpharm Stadium.

Observations: Look right into the Glass house

There are numerous insights to be gleaned from watching Glass: A Portrait of Philip in Twelve Parts, Scott Hicks' 2007 documentary about the American composer which has recently received a UK DVD release. For the film, Hicks spent a year with Glass, documenting his exceptional work-rate and offering an intimate portrait of his home life.

Man arrested after 10 attacked with penknife

A man was arrested after attacking eight people and two police officers with a penknife, police said today.

Sport on TV: Slap and tickle as man in tights finds himself in a tight corner

The comedian Justin Lee Collins made a programme for Sky last year in which he tried to become a professional darts player. It was hardly the most Herculean of tasks – about as demanding as growing a beer belly. His latest quest was far more formidable, to become a "luchador" or Mexican wrestler in Justin Lee Collins: The Wrestler (Sky One, Thursday).

Pension deficit spikes BAE Systems' guns

BAE Systems posted a first-half loss of £82m yesterday as the group's pension deficit ballooned by 30 per cent to more than £3bn.

Fugitive pythons terrorise Florida

Burmese snakes that escaped from pet shop 17 years ago threaten Everglades' unique eco-system

UFC: Clitheroe Kid flunks shot at bonanza

Britain's best mixed martial artist has taken a heavy blow in a sport redefining the fight game. Guy Adams reports from Las Vegas

UFC 100: British hope Bisping hammered by Henderson

A fresh chapter in the history book of British fighters whose grandest ambitions turn to dust in Las Vegas was written late on Saturday, when one of our nation’s most feted pugilists came, saw and was comprehensively conquered beneath the bright lights of his sport’s biggest stage.



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