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

Coasting: Phil Mickelson enjoys the views on day three of the Scottish Open at Castle Stuart yesterday

Big Phil stands between Paul Casey and a shot at The Open

Paul Casey's chances of extending his proud run of playing in the last 12 Open Championships will be on a knife edge at Castle Stuart today. Just one 11th-hour ticket to play in the year's third major, which starts at Muirfield on Thursday, is available to the field at this weekend's Scottish Open.

Ian Gaynair in action against the USA on Tuesday, a game that is currently being investigated after claims were made that two Belize players were offered bribes

USA victory under investigation after two Belize players claim they were offered a bribe ahead of the game

Woodrow West and Ian Gaynair reveal they were offered a bribe before the 6-1 defeat in Portland on Tuesday

Hard Rock Calling in Hyde Park in 2012 (above) and the same festival in 2013 at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

East v West London battle for music festival dominance as relaunched Hyde Park takes on Olympic Park rival

A geographical battle for the capital’s musical soul begins tomorrow when Hyde Park is relaunched as a gentrified, “green” concert location in a £3 million bid to lure festival-goers from an Olympic Park site described as a “concrete dustbowl”.

It is believed that the unnamed player tugged at the door for two minutes mistaking it for the toilet, with the Daily Mirror reporting that one of the 229 passengers aboard the British Airways airliner described the incident as “pretty frightening”.

Album review: Zac Brown Band, Uncaged (No Reserve/Atlantic)

With three Grammy Awards and multi-platinum American sales, the Zac Brown Band are the coming thing in outlaw country music. 

Colin Ingram scored 73 from just 63 deliveries for South Africa

Champions Trophy: Kieron Pollard wicket from final ball sends West Indies out

South Africa 230-6 (Ingram 73); West Indies 190-6 (Samuels 48) Match tied (D/L method)

India's Shikhar Dhawan celebrates his century (100 Runs) during the 2013 ICC Champions Trophy One Day International (ODI) cricket match between India and West Indies at The Oval in London

Champions Trophy: India cruise to victory over West Indies by eight wickets

India (236 for two) beat West Indies (234 for nine) by eight wickets

Denesh Ramdin (right) watches Misbah-ul-Haq bat in Friday’s controversial

Angus Fraser: Denesh Ramdin ban for falsely claiming a catch shows ICC is inconsistent (and favours batsmen)

There was one rule devised that helped a bowler... which was lbw, in 1774

South African bowler Ryan McLaren celebrates wrapping up Pakistan’s innings with the wicket of Junaid Khan

Champions Trophy cricket: Pakistan 'totally lost' after defeat to South Africa, says Misbah-ul-Haq

Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq admitted his side's batsmen were “totally lost” after mis-firing again on the way to a 67-run defeat by South Africa.

Today at the Champions Trophy: West Indies must capitalise on India’s bowling weakness

Both India and the West Indies will be looking to virtually confirm their semi-final spot on Tuesday at The Oval after wins in their opening games, but there is an element of unpredictability to this match. West Indies overcame Pakistan by two wickets in a low-scoring encounter on Friday and can stifle anyone on their day.

Cricketer Tom Maynard died on a Tube line last June

Our Tom was no 'druggie', insists Maynard Senior

Almost a year after his son Tom was found dead on the tracks near Wimbledon Park Tube station, former England batsman and assistant coach Matthew Maynard has hit out at claims that the former Glamorgan and Surrey player was "a druggie".

Chris Gayle of West Indies hits the ball to the boundary during the ICC Champions Trophy group B match (Getty Images)

West Indies 171-8 Pakistan 170 (West Indies win by two wickets): Windies register narrow two-wicket victory in Champions Trophy 2013 as Denesh Ramdin faces ICC punishment for catch claim

Denesh Ramdin was at the centre of a spiky argument after West Indies’ victory over Pakistan as the captains of both teams offered strident views about whether the Windies wicketkeeper had acted in the spirit of the game.

Turtle conservationist shot dead 'by poachers' on Costa Rica beach

Jairo Mora Sandoval, 26, died just weeks after posting a Facebook plea for police help with turtle-egg thieves

Osborne has paid lip service to tackling tax havens, but when will the hard work actually start?

Ten of the world’s tax havens are UK-linked territories - the British Overseas Territories and Crown Dependencies. The clue is in the names.

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Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment
Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

Ed Balls interview

'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
He's behind you, dude!

US stars in UK panto

From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz: What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?

Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz

What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?
Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect
Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?

Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there