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Teachers say children at Swanson Primary School were better behaved when typical playground rules were banished

Boarding pass ready for new chairman

The powerful aviation body that decides which airlines get London's valuable landing slots is close to appointing a new chairman to pilot international expansion.

Conditions have been hard, but a third place end is in sight for Alex Thomson in the Vendée Globe singlehanded non-stop round the world race

Alex Thomson finishing Vendée Globe in cautious mode

Foot off the pedal and doing everything to protect his third place over the last 500 miles, Alex Thomson was sounding happier as he added “I don’t care where I finish (in the Vendée Globe solo round the world race) just as long as I finish.”

Heather Watson’s Australian Open hopes were ended by world No 4 Agnieszka Radwanska in straight sets yesterday

Heather Watson determined to learn from world No 4's subtle lesson

Top Briton undone by Radwanska's clever tactics but vows to build on Australian adventure

X Factor lessons taught at British college

Mickey Mouse degree? Nah, I’m doing X Factor

Bernard Stamm faces second disqualification from Vendée Globe round the world race

Swiss solo sailor Bernard Stamm faces being disqualified for the second time from the Vendée Globe round the world race after announcing that he is to link up with Spanish counterpart Unai Bazurko to take on diesel fuel when he reaches Cape Horn on Wednesday or Thursday.

Bernard Stamm's fortunes continue to lurch from fair to storm in the Vendée Globe

The emotional barometer of Swiss solo sailor Bernard Stamm continues to lurch from fair to storm in the Vendée Globe singlehanded round the world race. At just over 1,000 miles from Cape Horn he was told that the rules jury was prepared to reconsider his disqualification for receiving outside assistance.

Jesse Ryder demands Andrew Flintoff fight for tour undercard

Kiwi cricketer turned boxer wants to be the ex-England captain's second opponent

Heather Watson

Heather Watson a doubt for Australian Open with elbow injury

British number one pulls out of Moorilla Hobart International

Bernard Stamm disqualified from Vendée Globe round the world race

Swiss solo sailor Bernard Stamm has been disqualified by the international jury overseeing the race from the Vendée Globe round the world singlehander.

Places continue to trade in Vendée Globe race

Out in front, it was touch and go for Bob Oatley’s Wild Oats to break its own race record for the Rolex Sydney to Hobart race, but in the end it bettered it own time by 17 mns 8 secs to notch up a new time of 1d 18m 23min 12 sec. She also took line honours for being the first yacht to cross the finish for the sixth time, and was so far ahead that she could also win the whole race on handicap despite being, at 100 feet, one of the largest of the 77 starters in the race.

Injured Zvonareva to miss Australian Open

The former Wimbledon finalist Vera Zvonareva has pulled out of next month's Australian Open with a shoulder injury.

Vendée Globe: Almost half of all starters accused of breaking rules by the race committee

A slew of penalty flags is waving around the Vendée Globe fleet of singlehanders racing non-stop round the world.

Guy Mercer of Bath is tackled by London Welsh’s Gavin Henson
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Mawi: Ten years of spikes, studs and panthers...

Fashion favourite Mawi is celebrating its first decade with a collection of its greatest jewellery hits, writes Rebecca Gonsalves

Winning feeling: Brumbies wing Henry Speight is congratulated

Speight's try ends Brumbies hoodoo

The ACT Brumbies snapped a 10-year losing streak in Sydney yesterday when they beat the New South Wales Waratahs 19-15, boosting their hopes of a place in Super Rugby's post-season play-offs.

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