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Think of yoga societies and you probably think of women. Think of video games, and it's more likely to be male-dominated. But does it have to be like this?

Harriet Walker: The Avocado app knows if you're faking

I found out recently – that is, somebody told me and I believed them but haven't yet checked the veracity of the statement, either on Google or with my friend who knows about stuff like this – that avocados grow in pairs. And not only do the trees like to hang out next to one another, their fruit develops à deux too. This is one helluva lovey-dovey piece of flora.

Poised: Murray, who started doing Bikram five years ago, says: ‘It’s tough; it’s ugly'

The key to Murray's success: Hot Yoga!

The tennis star has clearly benefited from his new training regime, writes Susie Mesure

Rosie Millard: Tom Daley makes a bigger splash

For all the talk of our "integrated" media, the separate disciplines don't half love it when they perceive the other side to have screwed up. But never has there been a mass condemnation on the scale of how the papers received ITV's new Saturday night offering, Splash! In case you've missed it the show invites Olympic pin-up Tom Daley to teach various lardy celebrities how to dive. Oh my goodness WHAT a belly-flop, hooted the papers. The criticism of Daley stung his mother Debbie so much that yesterday she published a furious open letter to the British Swimming chief executive David Sparkes telling him that Splash! would boost, not damage the profile of diving in Britain. How right Debbie is and how very wrong the critics are. Last Saturday my entire family sat down, open-mouthed with delight, absolutely loving every moment of this show. You want Olympic legacy? How better to show Daley's extraordinary ability, and the sheer toughness of the sport, than have him teach his craft to a bunch of no-hopers.

Hell-Bent, By Benjamin Lorr

The dark side of competitive yoga and its acceptance of pain is explored in this book.

Kauto Star 'amazing' in assessment for possible switch to dressage

Kauto Star won five King Georges and two Cheltenham Gold Cups

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Patrick Edlinger: The highs and lows of France’s pioneering rock god

The rock-climber, who gave the sport mass appeal but was beset by inner demons, has died at 52

Software boss hunted over death of his neighbour

With his tinted hair and tribal tattoos, John McAfee has always stood out among the yacht-owning multi-millionaires who choose to live out their teatime years in the picturesque Caribbean tax haven of Belize.

Looking for 2013 calendars already?

Who will be the face (or cheeks) of 2013?

It's the time of year we start looking for new ways to tell the time of year, with the help of naked do-gooders, furry animals, and the uncommonly chiselled pecs of a 71-year-old who should know better.

Market Report: Mothercare struggles despite new arrival

It looks like it is going to take more than a buggy assault course and an in-store coffee shop to persuade the Square Mile that Mothercare is worth buying. The struggling baby products retailer recently launched a new-look store in an attempt to revive its fortunes, but it has not stopped the attacks from scribes in the City.

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Pete Doherty thrown out of Thailand rehab facility

Singer Pete Doherty has reportedly been asked to leave a rehabilitation facility in Thailand for disrupting the treatment of other patients.

Tour de France: What makes Bradley the best Brit on two wheels?

Bradley Wiggins has already made history as the most successful British contender in the history of the Tour de France. Riding this weekend wearing the coveted yellow jersey, Wiggins has been at pains to scotch insinuations that his amazing performance is fuelled by perfomance-enhancing drugs. Here we explain just what makes him the Best Brit on the Tour.

Indian court fails to see funny side of laughter

A court has ordered a laughter club to stop guffawing so loudly, after a neighbour complained of suffering "mental agony".

James Cameron with the Challenger Deep submersible

Into the abyss... James Cameron sets sail on voyage to bottom of the sea

Titanic director set to become first person in 50 years to reach foot of the Mariana Trench

First-class flights... on a higher plane

Air travel – it's stressful, whether there's a plane-stopping inch of snow on the ground or not. So how about a spot of yoga before you fly?

<b>Aston Villa v Wigan, Saturday 3pm</b> <br/>
Aston Villa are still undefeated this season in the league, although with only one victory and five draws they have been far from entertaining. Roberto Martinez visits Villa Park for the first time since he turned down the opportunity to manage the Midlands side and will hope to maintain Wigan's unbeaten record at the ground in their six league meetings. Villa's chances of stopping them will be improved by the return of Emile Heskey and Darren Bent from injuries. Jermaine Jenas could also make his debut for the club.
<br/><br/><b>Recent results:</b> Aston Villa 1-1 Wigan (07/05/2011, PL), Wigan 1-2 Aston Villa (25/01/2011, PL)
<br/><br/><b>One to watch:</b> <b>Charles N'Zogbia</b>, comes up against his old club for the first time since his summer transfer and so far he has failed to replicate the kind of star performances for Aston Villa that he achieved for Wigan. The stage is set therefore for him to rediscover his form from last season and put his former employers to the sword.

Alex McLeish tells Charles N'Zogbia to solve his own problem

Aston Villa manager Alex McLeish has told Charles N'Zogbia actions speak louder than words after the winger claimed he was not enjoying his football.

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