Sport Monty Panesar bowls in the nets at Adelaide as Alastair Cook looks on

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.

Stanford's investment boss to receive three years' jail

Laura Pendergest-Holt, the former chief investment officer for Allen Stanford, has agreed to plead guilty and will receive a three-year prison sentence for her role in a $7bn (£4.5bn) fraud. Earlier this month, the former billionaire Stanford was sentenced to 110 years in prison for running a Ponzi scheme in which he stole money from investors around the world to finance an extravagant lifestyle.

The Texan financier arrives at court in Houston yesterday

Allen Stanford sentenced to 110 years without parole

Allen Stanford, the Texan financier who bankrolled English cricket, will spend the rest of his life in prison, a Houston judge ruled last night, sentencing the pyramid schemer to 110 years without parole.

England drop a place in Fifa rankings

England have fallen one place to seventh in the latest world rankings announced by Fifa this morning.

Salvage and counter pollution experts are working to remove the 40,000 litres of fuel from the ship

Grounded Colwyn Bay cargo ship emptied of fuel

The remaining fuel from a stricken cargo ship which ran aground in rough seas has been removed in a clean-up operation.

Cargo ship leaking oil near Colwyn Bay after storm rescue

A stricken cargo ship which ran aground in rough seas, sparking the rescue of seven crew members, has leaked a "quantity" of oil into surrounding waters, the Marine and Coastguard Agency (MCA) said.

Cocaine worth £350,000 found in chocolate

A 16-year-old girl and a woman have been arrested after cocaine worth around £350,000 was found hidden inside tubs of chocolate at Gatwick Airport.

Allen Stanford outside the court in Houston, Texas, yesterday

The game's up: Stanford found guilty in notorious $7bn Ponzi scheme saga

Stanford was listed by Forbes as the world's 605th richest man before his world fell apart

Allen Stanford decides not to take stand at his fraud trial

Prosecutors were in the dark until the last moment over Stanford taking the stand
Fast start of the Caribbean 600 race in Antigua

'Brutal' conditions test Auckland-bound Volvo crews

Sea sickness and waves as high as five metres are making life difficult for all six teams in the early stages of leg four of the Volvo round the world race from Sanya, China, to Auckland, New Zealand.

Telefonica leaps ahead in Volvo race

The seemingly unstoppable march to dominance continued for Spain's Telefonica team as it extended its overall lead to 18 points in the Volvo round the world race.

'A charismatic dictator': friend's verdict on Allen Stanford

Allen Stanford ruled as a "charismatic dictator" by using "money, flattery, intimidation and fear" to carry out a $7 billion investment fraud, the businessman's former finance chief told a court in Houston, Texas, yesterday.

In the Madoff mould?

The fraud trial begins on Monday of Allen Stanford, the billionaire who bankrolled English cricket.

Unless you really head off the beaten track, you'll find most islands offer an easy experience for families

The Caribbean: Come on in, the water's lovely!

Sandy shores and warm weather make the Caribbean the perfect family playground

Britons' killer in Antigua prison stabbing

A man who was jailed for life after murdering a British couple on their honeymoon has stabbed another inmate in prison, police said.

Life sentences for honeymoon killers

Two men who murdered two British newlyweds by forcing them to kneel in front of their honeymoon bed before shooting them have escaped the death penalty.

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