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Graeme Smith at The Oval, where he is preparing for a busy summer

Graeme Smith brings stardust and steel as Surrey rebuild after turbulent year

At a stage of his career when most players are seeking to lighten their workload – and boost their bank balance via a brisk crash, bang, wallop in the Indian Premier League – Graeme Smith has gone the other way.

Volvo round the world race delays decision on how to deal with threat of pirate attacks

Eight boats, all built to the new 65-foot design, are expected to leave Alicante, Spain

Travel Challenge: A week in Oman

Each week we invite three companies to offer us their best deal for a specific break

A view of the Yas Marina circuit built in Abu Dhabi

The Qatar 'Dream Football League' may be a hoax, but never discount any plans from the Middle East

Report in The Times claims Premier League sides will be offered £175m to compete in tournament

World No 1 Rory McIlroy stunned spectators here at the Honda Classic yesterday when, close to tears, he quit the tournament

Rory McIlroy admits Honda Classic walk-off was 'not the right thing to do'

World number one left the course before completing nine holes

Joe Glanfield and Luke Patience emerging as powerful new partnership for Rio 2016

A powerful new partnership for the 2016 Olympic games has emerged in the form of 2004 and 2008 silver medallist Joe Glanfield now crewing for 2012 silver medallist Luke Patience in the 470 dinghy.

Tiger Woods tees off at the sixth hole of the Honda Classic course but was well off the pace

Tiger Woods comes to Rory McIlroy's defence

Original global superstar of golf understands the pressure – and pain – world No 1 is going through

World No 1 Rory McIlroy stunned spectators here at the Honda Classic yesterday when, close to tears, he quit the tournament

Teething problems for Rory McIlroy? World number one close to tears as he walks off at Honda Classic

After hitting into water on the ninth, the world number one headed straight for the car park

Kevin McGeever owned a palatial home in Craughwell, Galway

Deepening mystery of the Irish tycoon’s eight months ‘in the hands of kidnappers’

Kevin McGeever was known to Interpol, the FBI and police forces

Tiger Woods speaks during a news conference at the Farmers Insurance Open in San Diego

Major victories in Tiger Woods' sights on Pines trail

The major question is never far away. At least at Torrey Pines the question has a topical link. It was there five years ago that Tiger Woods won the US Open on one leg, his 14th and last major championship success. The Farmers Insurance Open does not have quite the same ring, but Woods likes it well enough, having won it six times on this track.

Justin Rose

Justin Rose and Louis Oosthuizen eye moves up the world rankings

Justin Rose is now the world number four

Darren Clarke may not take Ryder role

Darren Clarke says he is considering pulling out of the race to become Europe's Ryder Cup captain for 2014 because of the impact it would have on his career over the next two years.

Rafael Nadal

Rafael Nadal pulls out of Australian Open

World number four has not played since Wimbledon

Rafael Nadal

Rafael Nadal aims to hit peak again in March

Rafael Nadal does not expect to be back to full fitness and close to his competitive best until the Masters event at Indian Wells in March.

Manchester City's owner Sheikh Mansour

Ian Herbert: Manchester City's Abu Dhabi owners will be dismayed by Mario Balotelli's behaviour

Some of Roberto Mancini’s staff are utterly disenchanted with the player

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Cameron, Miliband and Clegg join forces for Homeless Veterans campaign

Cameron, Miliband and Clegg join forces for Homeless Veterans campaign

It's in all our interests to look after servicemen and women who fall on hard times, say party leaders
Millionaire Sol Campbell wades into wealthy backlash against Labour's mansion tax

Sol Campbell cries foul at Labour's mansion tax

The former England defender joins Myleene Klass, Griff Rhys Jones and Melvyn Bragg in criticising proposals
Nicolas Sarkozy returns: The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?

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The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?
Is the criticism of Ed Miliband a coded form of anti-Semitism?

Is the criticism of Miliband anti-Semitic?

Attacks on the Labour leader have coalesced around a sense that he is different, weird, a man apart. But is the criticism more sinister?
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Ouija boards are the must-have festive gift

Simon Usborne explores the appeal - and mysteries - of a century-old parlour game
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In pictures: There's a Good Girl exhibition

The new exhibition reveals how female creatives are changing the way women are portrayed in advertising
UK firm Biscuiteers is giving cookies a makeover - from advent calendars to doll's houses

UK firm Biscuiteers is giving cookies a makeover

It worked with cupcakes, doughnuts and macarons so no wonder someone decided to revamp the humble biscuit
Can SkySaga capture the Minecraft magic?

Can SkySaga capture the Minecraft magic?

It's no surprise that the building game born in Sweden in 2009 and now played by millions, has imitators keen to construct their own mega money-spinner
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Staying connected: The King's School

The school in Cambridgeshire is ahead of the pack when it comes to using the latest classroom technology. Richard Garner discovers how teachers and pupils stay connected
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Festively fragrant: the best women's perfumes

Give a loved one a luxe fragrance this year or treat yourself to a sensual pick-me-up
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The Ox celebrates century with trademark display of speed and intuition
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When two worlds collide

Traveller Billy Joe Saunders did not have a pampered public-school upbringing - unlike Saturday’s opponent Chris Eubank Jnr
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Homeless Veterans Christmas Appeal: Turning lives around for ex-soldiers

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