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

Andrew Strauss salutes the crowd after his dismissal for 45 yesterday

England reveal New Zealand winter tour schedule

England will travel straight from the tour of India to New Zealand next January after the schedule for their trip to the Antipodes was released this morning.

Police Taser man who stabbed dog to death and then turned on officers

A 63-year-old man was shot with a Taser and arrested yesterday after he stabbed his dog to death then threatened officers with the weapon.

Ireland debuts for Simon Zebo and Declan Fitzpatrick in New Zealand

Ireland coach Declan Kidney has rung the changes for the first Test against New Zealand at Eden Park on Saturday, with debuts for Simon Zebo and Declan Fitzpatrick.

Ireland head coach Declan Kidney

Uncapped Irish trio earn chance

The Ireland head coach, Declan Kidney, is set to finalise his 29-man squad for the New Zealand tour after tonight's game against the Barbarians at Kingsholm.

Luna Rossa wins Naples leg of World Series

In lottery conditions which failed to dampen the enthusiasm of the watching crowd ashore, nor did the rain, the big race of the Naples leg of the America’s Cup World Series, and the fleet racing crown, went to the local favourites, the Prada-backed Luna Rossa.

Patrizio Bertelli

Patrizio Bertelli confirms double bid for the America's Cup

A campaign to restore the pride of Italy was promised by the Prada luxury goods company boss Patrizio Bertelli as he confirmed in Sicily a double bid for the America’s Cup.

Chris Nicholson's Camper secures first Volvo round the world victory in front of Auckland crowd

Spanish  boat Camper, which is managed and largely crewed by Team New Zealand, at last clicked to produce a convincing victory in front of tens of thousands of 'home' fans in the Auckland In-Port Race, its first win in the Volvo round the world race.

Sam Warburton (centre) trains with Wales at Vale Hotel in Cardiff yesterday

Sam Warburton says revenge is not on the menu

Captain Martyr tells James Corrigan why tomorrow's big match is about a Grand Slam, not his World Cup red-card heartbreak

Warburton must recover from a knee injury if he is to lead Wales

Wales wait on Warburton as Jenkins vows to respect the French

Neil Jenkins, the Wales skills coach, said yesterday that the team's poor record against France meant there was no way they would underestimate their opponents on Saturday, when Wales will attempt to win a third Six Nations Grand Slam in eight seasons.

England No 10 Owen Farrell sees the funny side during training yesterday

Lancaster defends Farrell choice for Paris battle

England coach ignores the critics and backs unchanged side to shock experienced French

Jesse Ryder is one of those to have been punished

New Zealand cricketers punished after drinking session descends into slanging match

New Zealand batsman Jesse Ryder and paceman Doug Bracewell have been handed one-match bans for going out drinking while recovering from injury and being goaded into a verbal slanging match with a patron at a local pub.

Hetairos clinches Caribbean 600 title

Hetairos, the 214-foot superyacht skippered by Vincent Fauquenoy, was first to finish the Royal Ocean Racing Club’s Caribbean 600 in Antigua in an elapsed time of 2 days 2 hours 39 minutes and 32 seconds. But this was well outside the record set by Rambler 100 last year, which capsized in the Fastnet Race last August.

Telefonica gain advantage after delayed start

A delayed start for the fourth leg of the Volvo round the world race to avoid severe weather in the South China Sea will see the overall leader Telefonica, of Spain, set off two minutes and 32 seconds ahead of France’s Groupama after an inshore prologue was staged instead of the ocean race start.

Le crunch: France’s François Trinh-Duc is tackled by Sergio Parisse, Cornelius van Zyl and Andrea lo Cicero in Paris

Same old story for Azzurri as fluent French turn on style

France 30 Italy 12: Flying start for Saint-André as a full house in Paris is treated to four tries against Italy

Heather Watson knocked out in Hobart International first round

British teenager Heather Watson was knocked out of the Moorilla Hobart International in the first round today by Bulgaria's Tsvetana Pironkova.

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