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

The Qatari was ousted from Fifa for trying to buy votes while challenging Sepp Blatter for presidency of football's world governing body last year

Mohamed bin Hammam suspended by Asian Football Confederation

The Asian Football Confederation accused its disgraced president Mohammed bin Hammam of bribery after an internal audit revealed fresh allegations of financial wrongdoings by the Qatari football official.

Thousands of leatherback turtle eggs 'crushed by workers' on Trinidad beach

Thousands of leatherback turtle eggs and hatchlings have been crushed by heavy machinery along a Trinidad beach widely regarded as the world's densest nesting area for the biggest of all living sea turtles, conservationists said.

James Anderson is all smiles at training last week before picking up his groin injury

Soft ground and Anderson will be a non-runner again

Woakes set to replace England swing bowler who can hardly get a game after being rested

England captain Alastair Cook

England name unchanged squad for one-day series against Australia

England have named an unchanged squad for the five-match NatWest one-day international series against Australia.

Shara Proctor broke the 29-year-old British long jump record

Record-breaking Proctor jumps at chance of Games

The agony and ecstasy of striving to make the home Olympics did not get any more acute than the drama that unfolded in the women's long jump on the final day of the 2012 trials in Birmingham yesterday.

Alex Hales hits out during a brilliant innings of 99 at Trent Bridge

Hales storm shows there is T20 life after Pietersen

West Indies 172-4 England 173-3

Sugar in the Blood: A Family's Story of Slavery and Empire, By Andrea Stuart

Both family memoir and colonial history, this scrupulous and sensitive Caribbean journey tells a story that we all share.

Sound, By TM Wolf

Experimental fiction gets into the groove

West Indies coach Ottis Gibson

West Indies must not squander their six appeal, says Ottis Gibson

If England go down in the one-day series against West Indies it will be under a blaze of sixes. There is a huge difference between the sides in terms of big hitting which suggests that one of them might be playing calypso cricket and the other has trouble upping the ante from a dirge.

Dwayne Smith hits out during West Indies’ mammoth total

Gayle breezes in to make up for the loss of Pietersen gusto

West Indies 335-4 Middlesex 107 (West Indies win by 228 runs)

The weather at Edgbaston is not promising

England and West Indies draw third Test as rain strikes again

The rain-ravaged third Investec Test between England and West Indies concluded as a draw, after a third washout in five days was confirmed at Edgbaston.

Matt Prior arrives for a training session at Lord's yesterday

England wicketkeeper Matt Prior passed fit for third Test against West Indies

Matt Prior has been passed fit to keep wicket for England in the third Test against West Indies at Edgbaston today.

Davies called up as Prior cover

Steve Davies, the Surrey wicketkeeper, may make his Test debut today after being called up by England last night. Matt Prior, who has played 39 successive Tests, has an eye infection and Davies was summoned as cover from his county's match against Sussex.

England serene as Windies await Narine

West Indies 150-3 v Leicestershire: Tourists hope mystery spinner can reproduce his stunning IPL form
Jack Warner resigned, after revelations that payments of 40,000 US dollars in brown envelopes were handed over to officials from 25 nations.

Prosecutor calls for further investigations into bribery

The chief prosecutor in Trinidad has declared that further investigations may be needed into how around $1million was brought into the country and paid to Caribbean football officials last year.

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