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Monty Panesar was initially dropped by England in strange circumstances. Looking back nearly five years it was as though he was squarely to blame for the beach which doubled as a cricket pitch at the Sir Viv Richards Recreation Ground in Antigua.

Ashes 2013-14: Australia regain Ashes with limp England showing stamp of terminal decline

Nathan Lyons dismissal of Ben Stokes triggers tailend collapse leading to England to be all out for 353

Sinead O'Connor warns Miley Cyrus: 'They will prostitute you for all you are worth'

Has O'Connor forgotten that she was once just as controversial?

Review: Mr Loverman, By Berhadine Evaristo

The love that dare not speak its name, especially to the wife

Get me out of here - Cumbrian cottages, Marakech, Antigua

Now... Cumbrian Cottages has a selection of discounts this month. Examples for a week's rental from 26/27 July include Foxgloves near Windermere or Plum Corner near Hadrian's Wall, both sleeping two, for £390. bit.ly/CumbriaCots

Italian icon: Ostuni in Puglia

My life in travel: Theo Randall

'We visit Puglia a lot. The food, the people, the whole place is amazing'

England manager Roy Hodgson

England slip to seventh in Fifa world rankings

Draw with Montenegro sees Portugal and Croatia go ahead

My life in travel: Anthony Horowitz

'It's about everyday life, not monuments'

James Moore: Antigua's copyright comeback at Uncle Sam

Outlook Coming soon to a home cinema system near you: The World Trade Organisation (WTO) presents "The Online Poker Punch-Up" produced and directed by the Government of Antigua. Copyright? There is no copyright any more! Available for $1 at www.get-hollywood-for-nearly-nothing.com.

Alastair Cook is looking forward to working with father figure on England’s forthcoming one-day tour

Don't panic! Captain Alastair Cook sets off to join Dad's army in India

Nickname he gave to the new new one-day coach Ashley Giles was born of affection and respect

Get me out of here: London, Finland, Antigua

Now... For £499, there's a room at a top London hotel for New Year's Eve. The Sanderson has a package with a night's stay, champagne, admission to the "Sanderson Sessions" party with Marina and the Diamonds and brunch the next day. Morganshotelgroup.com/nye

Clint Dempsey of the United States

Tottenham forward Clint Dempsey scores twice as United States progress in World Cup qualification process

Clint Dempsey scored twice as the United States booked their place in the final qualifying round for the 2014 World Cup finals with a convincing 3-1 win over Guatemala in Kansas City last night.

Tom Curtis puts his Antigua and Barbuda team through their paces

Tom Curtis targets new fairytale ending to Caribbean crusade

Ex-Chesterfield player managing Antigua and Barbuda making waves in cricketing heartland

Paralympic athlete Dedeline Kimbata (right) is competing in the 1500m event for the Democratic Republic of Congo

Kindness of a stranger lets Congolese woman race

A Congolese woman whose legs were blown off by a landmine will compete in the London Paralympics after a British woman gave her a top-of-the-line racing chair.

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