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As they arrive for the Tests against England, West Indies are average on the field and a shambles off it. Stephen Brenkley reports

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Australia coach backs Ricky Ponting to play in Ashes

Australia coach Mickey Arthur wants Ricky Ponting to stay on until the next Ashes tour and has backed the former captain to overcome the shortage of Test cricket and hold his spot.

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Tail wags but Clarke takes five to wrap up series win for Australia

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Aussie wicketkeeper wades in with century

The wicketkeeper Matthew Wade scored his maiden Test century as Australia rallied to 328 all out at lunch on the second day of the third and final Test against West Indies in Dominica.

Secret Service agents sacked over prostitutes

The US Secret Service is moving quickly to quell a prostitution scandal, sacking three agents less than a week after the embarrassing incident came to light.

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Mohamed Bin Hammam today makes his final bid to overturn his lifetime FIFA ban for bribery.

Lyon savages West Indies

Australia off-spinner Nathan Lyon took five wickets in the final session to end West Indies' fightback on day three of the second Test in Port of Spain.

Carlton Baugh fumble saves Mike Hussey

Mike Hussey survived a missed stumping to complete an unbeaten half-century and steer Australia out of trouble in the second Test against West Indies at Queen's Park Oval in Trinidad. When lunch was taken on day two, Australia were 267 for 6 in their first innings after resuming at 208 for 5. Hussey was on 54 and James Pattinson 21.

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Disney's latest cruise ship harks back to the glamour of the 1930s, with a dash of 21st-century magic

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St Lucia's jagged peaks and Ayurvedic treats

Whether your taste is for adventure, luxury or a combination of the two, Saint Lucia is bursting with possibilities, says Tom Peck

Bageye at the Wheel, By Colin Grant

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Market Report: North Sea platform's gas leak hits energy giants

It is no surprise that a leaking rig in the middle of the sea prompts minds in the Square Mile back towards the Gulf of Mexico tragedy. As Total's Elgin platform continued to pump out gas, investors were pulling out of the blue-chip energy giants with BG – which holds a 14.1 per cent interest in the North Sea project – the worst hit.

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Two American men pleaded guilty to indecent exposure in Dominica after they were arrested during a stop on a gay cruise of the Caribbean.

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