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Telefónica win third stage in Volvo Ocean Race

Spains Telefónica became the first team since Steinlager 2 in 1989-90 to win the first three legs of the Volvo Ocean Race when they held off the challenge of Groupama sailing team to arrive first into the Chinese port of Sanya on Saturday.

James Anderson and Stuart Broad celebrate during their face-saving performances for England in Dubai today

Wickets tumble on wild opening day between England and Pakistan

Stuart Broad and James Anderson hustled Pakistan out for 99, yet England could take only a minor advantage on a hectic first day of the final Test at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium.

ECB hails 'astounding' new TV deal

English cricket was in jubilant mood yesterday after securing an increase in its broadcasting rights agreements. Not even the loss of the Test series to Pakistan could take the shine off the announcement that Sky will again show all Test and limited-overs matches live for four years from 2014 and that Channel Five will once more screen early evening highlights.

Cook is hoping to take advantage of the condition

Alastair Cook looking forward to fine batting conditions

Alastair Cook knows England have the ability to take advantage of a batting haven at the Sheikh Zyed Cricket Stadium - but they will take nothing for granted after their blip in Dubai.

Sanya rejoins Volvo fleet as race heads for Malacca Strait

The full complement of six will be on the start line Sunday in Male in the Maldives, the secret safe haven being used by the Volvo round the world race, for the re-start of the third leg to Sanya on Hainan Island in China.

The sporting week ahead (22/01/12)

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Saeed Ajmal (second left) celebrates after dismissing Ian Bell

'Shocked' Flower trusts batsmen to work Ajmal out

Sooner or later on their travels in Asia, England were bound to be ambushed again by spin. History dictates that there is always another mystery man lying in wait, ready to ensnare them in a web of intrigue leading to disaster.

Up creek: From the Shindagha neighbourhood, it's a short walk along Dubai Creek to the Dubai Museum

Traveller's Guide: Dubai

With desert, beaches and audacious architecture, the emirate has plenty to entice visitors.

Strauss was given out in controversial circumstances

England coach Andy Flower accepts failings

England coach Andy Flower admitted that the world number one side had fallen shockingly short of their high standards in the 10-wicket defeat to Pakistan.

Misbah-ul-Haq, Pakistan captain: 'We had not expected it to be so easy for us, but England can come back at any time’

'We were caught cold and will have to knuckle down,' admits Strauss

Andrew Strauss warned his England players to heed the harsh lessons of their crushing defeat by Pakistan in the first Test before their chances of victory in the three-match series disappear.

Saeed Ajmal appeals for another wicket on the final day

No positive spin: they flop when it turns

It is clear England are not the finished article but don't panic

Edin Dzeko is congratulated by team-mates after scoring last night

Dzeko header gives City room at the top

League leaders pull three points clear and appear ready to let Tevez go

British skipper Ian Walker who scored a maximum six points from the in-port race with French boat Groupama

Flawless Walker takes maximum points

Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing eased the pressure on skipper Ian Walker after two miserable legs in the Volvo Ocean Race by scoring a crushing victory on home waters yesterday.

Grounds for concern over these dates in the desert

Sharjah has staged 201 one-day internationals, but how many were fixed?

French team knocks two days off round-the-world record

British yachtsman Brian Thompson was at the heart of a new French record-setting dash round the world which on Friday night broke the 46-day barrier and clipped over two days off the old record. Banque Populaire, a 132-foot trimaran, is skippered by Loick Peyron, who sailed round the world doublehanded earlier this year to win, with Jean-Pierre Dick, the Barcelona Race.

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