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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.

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BADMINTON'S WORLD Grand Prix finals finished in Jakarta yesterday - a long way from Badminton, from where the sport took its name.

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Equestrianism: Funnell aims for Olympics

BRITAIN RETAINED their lead at the European Three-Day Event Championships here, yesterday after superb cross-country performances from all four team members. In addition, Pippa Funnell's clear round within the optimum time on Supreme Rock has kept her in the individual gold medal position. She goes into today's show jumping test with two fences in hand over the second-placed Linda Algotsson, from Sweden, on Stand By Me, with the Frenchman Didier Courreges one point behind in third.

EQUESTRIANISM; Funnell's Supreme debut puts Britain in the clear

PIPPA FUNNELL'S debut as a member of the senior British eventing team could not have got away to a better start yesterday, when she rode Supreme Rock to achieve the best dressage score of the European Three- Day Event Championships. Funnell is now ahead of Rodney Powell, the overnight leader, who is competing as an individual British rider on Flintstone IV.

Equestrianism: Brakewell's key job in British challenge

JEANETTE BRAKEWELL will be first to go for the British team that has the crucial responsibility of qualifying for the Olympics this weekend, when they contest the European Three-Day Event Championships, which begin this morning with the first day of dressage.

Equestrianism: Funnell looking to make a late impact

Briton out to realise a dream at this week's European Three-Day Event Championships.

Equestrianism: Bourny treated to victory

FRANCK BOURNY, who was a working pupil with Mark Todd for two years, advanced from his overnight fourth position to win the Blenheim International Horse Trials yesterday after a clear show jumping round on Mallard's Treat.
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