Sport England opener Alex Hales takes a catch during the first Twenty20 match against Australia

England suffered yet another defeat in the opening Twenty20 match against Australia and need to win the remaining two if they are to take the series

Steve Richards: The retreat from road pricing is a classic case of a necessary policy killed by cowardice

The decision by the Secretary of State for Transport, Ruth Kelly, to scrap embryonic plans for road pricing is one of those minor manoeuvres that cast much light on the state of British politics. In a single defensively pragmatic move, Ms Kelly highlights the confused contortions that are taking place across the political spectrum over green issues, the paralysing limits of the so-called new politics, in which leaders seek fresh ways to engage with voters, and the damaging consequences of the extreme caution that has infected the Government since its election more than ten years ago.

Grenada after the storm

In 2004, Hurricane Ivan ripped into Grenada, devastating its fragile economy. Rory Ross meets entrepreneur Peter de Savary, who has big plans for the Caribbean island

Noland makes case for joining Festival party

The gulf between the Cheltenham Festival and a four-runner race at Folkestone is perhaps greater still than that which yesterday divided Noland from his owner, John Hales. The horse, racing for the first time since his success at the 2006 Festival, was obliged to show his class in filthy conditions: the ground was heavy, the wind wild, and the skies grimy with rain. Hales, meanwhile, was watching in a betting shop in Barbados.

Redknapp's sky-high demands end interest

Newcastle United were insistent yesterday that their discussions with Harry Redknapp did not reach the stage where he was offered the job, the specific reason being that Redknapp's first demand was a private jet in which to commute to the North-east from his base in Dorset.

South Africa 36 Scotland 16: White fights but Boks flatten Scots

Tourists no match for a powerful pack

Vaughan sets out the road to Barbados

Captain hunts for nucleus of a World Cup challenge

Five Best Agatha Christie Haunts

As a week celebrating the writer's work begins, Rhiannon Batten follows in her footsteps

(and how to holiday like a Prime Minister)

Frankie Dettori: My Life In Travel

'I stay in the best hotels. I couldn't ride a race after an uncomfortable night'

Lara plays maestro again to prop up West Indies

West Indies 292-7 - South Africa

Remember the Sixties? You will here

The private Caribbean island of Petit St Vincent hasn't changed for nearly 40 years. That's its beauty, says Marcus Field

24-HOUR ROOM SERVICE: Raffles Resort St Vincent & the Grenadines

Hurricanes hit the Grenadines on average once every 70 years, so it was with particularly bad timing that Raffles opened its first Caribbean resort on the island of Canouan last August - just weeks before Hurricane Ivan arrived. Raffles' staff retreated to the sturdy Villa Monte Carlo high in the hills and waited as months of handiwork was blown away overnight.

Hurricane Ivan devastates Grenada

Hurricane Ivan has brought widespread devastation to the Caribbean "spice isle" island of Grenada, damaging 90 per cent of homes and destroying a 17th century stone prison that left criminals on the loose as looting erupted.

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In 2010, Sgt Gary Jamieson stepped on an IED in Afghanistan and lost his legs and an arm. He reveals what, and who, helped him to make a remarkable recovery
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Could cannabis oil reverse effects of cancer?

As a film following six patients receiving the controversial treatment is released, Kate Hilpern uncovers a very slippery issue
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People have consumed gripping armchair investigation Serial with a relish typically reserved for box-set binges
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Kevin Lee Light, aka "Jesus", is the newest client of creative agency Mother while rival agency Anomaly has launched Sexy Jesus, depicting the Messiah in a series of Athena-style poses
Rosetta space mission voted most important scientific breakthrough of 2014

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Mulled wine is an essential seasonal treat. But now drinkers are rediscovering other traditional festive tipples. Angela Clutton raises a glass to Christmas cocktails
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Up the ante in your regimen and change the habits of a lifetime with this wearable tech
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Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Club World Cup kicked into the long grass by the continued farce surrounding Blatter, Garcia, Russia and Qatar
Frank Warren column: 2014 – boxing is back and winning new fans

Frank Warren: Boxing is back and winning new fans

2014 proves it's now one of sport's biggest hitters again
Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton: The power dynamics of the two first families

Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton

Karen Tumulty explores the power dynamics of the two first families
Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley with a hotbed of technology start-ups

Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley

The Swedish capital is home to two of the most popular video games in the world, as well as thousands of technology start-ups worth hundreds of millions of pounds – and it's all happened since 2009
Did Japanese workers really get their symbols mixed up and display Santa on a crucifix?

Crucified Santa: Urban myth refuses to die

The story goes that Japanese store workers created a life-size effigy of a smiling "Father Kurisumasu" attached to a facsimile of Our Lord's final instrument of torture
Jennifer Saunders and Kate Moss join David Walliams on set for TV adaptation of The Boy in the Dress

The Boy in the Dress: On set with the stars

Walliams' story about a boy who goes to school in a dress will be shown this Christmas