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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

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A woman who offered a lift to a lost man was subjected to a brutal attack with a meat cleaver, police said.

Tribal wrestlers return to fight for peace in Sudan's troubled South

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Album: Foxy Shazam, Foxy Shazam (Sire/Warners)

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The 'untouchable' Indians with an unenviable job

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Home nations stars swell village population

The build-up of Home Nations athletes at the controversial Games Village in Delhi continued today as the focus switched from concerns over accommodation to training and preparation for the Commonwealth Games.

Harriet Walker: A hairy armpit? At a birthday party? You're under a vest

Sleep on the left side, goes the adage, to keep your sword arm free. It speaks of ancient and arcane times when a bloke could be ambushed in his hut wearing only a loincloth. These days, the motto for the modern man seems to be, "Put a vest on and you'll be able to throw punches more easily."

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Sadler's Wells, London

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, which kicks off a UK tour at Sadler's Wells, is best known for Revelations. Created by Alvin Ailey in 1960, it showcases the strength of the dancers, and the company's roots in modern dance and African-American culture.

DVD: Los Olvidados (15)

"This film is not optimistic," begins Luis Bunuel's reissued master-piece, as it pans over London, Paris and down into the slums of Mexico City.

My Edinburgh: Brendon Burns

My first time at Edinburgh was in 1996. I don’t think the festival has changed all that much. A lot of people complain that it’s become too commercial but I don’t think that’s the case, at its core it’s no different. The only change is that the audiences have grown – the average ‘crowd’ used to be about three people.

Mini, By Simon Garfield

This is an obligatory buy for petrolheads of the Mini persuasion, but the reliable and versatile Garfield (he has also written books about wrestling, Radio One and mauve) provides plenty for the rest of us in this genial scrapbook.

Solomon Burke, Jazz Café, London

Quite how Solomon Burke's 12-piece band fits onto the Jazz Café's tiny stage is a miracle, rather like one of those 3D wooden jigsaw puzzles, with the guitarist way out right beside a post, the drummer lurking behind the three-man horn section, and the bassist hidden behind the backing singers. Things aren't made any easier by the massive gilt and red velvet throne centre stage, from which the King of Rock and Soul proclaims his gospel of love.

Japan's ruling party takes severe drubbing in upper house election

Japan's voters have fired a warning shot across the bows of Prime Minister Naoto Kan's coalition government, slashing its upper-house majority and dealing him a potentially fatal political blow just a month after he took office.

Sumo taken off air in gambling scandal

For the first time since it began televising sumo tournaments 57 years ago, Japan's public broadcasting network has decided not to screen the upcoming competition live because of an illegal gambling scandal.

Sumo scandal spreads as top wrestler is sacked

Japan's national sport is in crisis after one of its top wrestlers was sacked last night for illegally laying thousands of dollars in bets with Yakuza gangsters.

David Flatman: Awash with fear while swimming with the sharks

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