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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.

Celebrating 1,000 days to go until the London 2012 Paralymic Games!

The countdown is on: the London 2012 Paralympic Games kicks off 1,000 days from now with an Opening Ceremony to remember. Fittingly, today is also International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD), a worldwide celebration recognising the contributions and achievements of people with disabilities, so when better to look forward to the next Paralympic Games?

Dollar boost for British travellers

British travellers are being boosted by the strengthening pound which is making dollar destinations much more attractive, it was revealed today.

Our man in Montego Bay found murdered

British diplomat is latest victim of gangland-style killing in Jamaica

Travel challenge: A winter Caribbean cruise for two people

Every week we invite competing companies to give us their best deal for a specified holiday. Today: a winter Caribbean cruise. Prices are for two people travelling together and include flights from Heathrow, all fees and taxes, tips, shore excursions and on-board entertainment...

Ex-head who took expenses holiday struck off

A former head teacher who took a Caribbean holiday on expenses was struck off the teaching register for five years today.

Cycling: Olympic duo abandon record attempt

Injury ends Land's End to John O'Groats record bid of Cracknell and Romero

Prior leads England's dominance

Defeat at Lord's is not something Australia are accustomed to. The last time it happened was 1934, but unless Ricky Ponting's side can produce heroics in the last two days of the Second Test, that will be their fate.

England head for match-winning lead in second Ashes test

Matt Prior signalled England's determination to learn from their mistakes by leading a ruthless drive towards a match-winning lead in the second Ashes Test.

Travel by numbers: Puerto Rico

From lush rainforest to Caribbean rum, John Sannaee counts the ways to enjoy an island that's back on the travel map

The joy of sledging

Wives, mothers, children – when a war of words breaks out, nothing is off-limits. Chris McGrath relives the history of verbal duels without which an Ashes summer really wouldn't be cricket

Stanford's lawyers reveal his depression and alcohol abuse

Nine months ago, he was interviewed on business television saying, "yes, it is fun being a billionaire". Yesterday, dressed in an orange jumpsuit and with his hands manacled in front of him, Allen Stanford had something different to say: "Not guilty, your honour."

Stanford pleads not guilty in fraud case

After spending a week in jail, Texas financier Allen Stanford pleaded not guilty on Thursday to 21 criminal charges that he ran a $7 billion Ponzi scheme.

Lufthansa set to take control of BMI

Germany's flagship airline Lufthansa was today set to take control of a UK carrier for the first time after agreeing to buy a majority stake in British Midland in a deal costing £223 million.

Former cricket mogul Stanford to appear in court

Texas billionaire Allen Stanford, chairman of the troubled Stanford Financial Group, is to appear in court today on fraud charges after surrendering to FBI agents, officials said.

Duo to stand trial over honeymoon murders

The two men charged with the murders of British honeymooners Ben and Catherine Mullany in Antigua will stand trial over the killings, a judge ruled yesterday.

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