News Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah and ex-wife Mariam Aziz, pictured in 1999

A former international badminton player who became a bodyguard and close friend to the ex-wife of the Sultan of Brunei abused her position to steal diamonds worth £11.6m from her “extremely wealthy” employer, a court heard yesterday.

Badminton: Landmark win for Lee in All-England tournament

The world No 1 Lee Chong Wei claimed his first All-England title with victory over the Japanese underdog Kenichi Tago yesterday.

How I lost my heart to the supermen of the slopes

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The 16-year-old Welsh badminton sensation

Daniel Font has been playing the sport for 11 years and has achieved phenomenal success, both at home and abroad

Sport in brief: Cooke seeks to end mixed season on high

Nicole Cooke will defend her World Championship title today in Mendrisio, Switzerland in the final race of her season.

Letters: Heart-searching from our armed forces.

Military heart-searching over Afghanistan

Terror fears see UK team flee Indian tournament

The UK's top badminton players read about potential terrorist threats in the press

Badminton team withdraws after terror threat

England have withdrawn from the World Badminton Championships in the Indian city of Hyderabad because of "a specific terrorist threat" against the championships.

Ticket prices for 2012 will exceed bottom-line pledge

London 2012 organisers insist tickets for the Olympics will be "highly affordable", but admit they cannot guarantee to honour their initial pledge to make the cheapest available for just £15.

Sport In Brief: 09/05/2009

Cejka shoots clear at Sawgrass

Alex Cejka fired a five-under-par 67 second round yesterday, opening up a four-shot lead in the Players Championship at theTPC, Sawgrass, Florida.

Equestrianism: Baldwin motors into early lead on Drivetime at Badminton Trials

Emily Baldwin held the advantage on Drivetime after the first day of dressage at the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials, where the 28-year-old Briton is 1.5pts ahead of last year's British Open champions, Ruth Edge and Mayhem III.

Equestrianism: The princess & the pauper

Veronica Lee meets the Traveller who is taking on Royalty

Rhodri Marsden: There's a lesson in Jack Straw for us all

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Twenty/20 (With horses)

Eventing is the latest sport to take a crammer course with unprecedented rewards for the winner. Genevieve Murphy previews tomorrow's launch in Cardiff which hopes to attract a whole new audience

Badminton and gym venue dropped from Olympic plans

Olympic organisers are to abandon plans for a temporary badminton venue at the London 2012 Games but will press ahead with two other controversial developments, following a cost-cutting review by the consultancy firm KPMG.

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