hei-fi 'I have very strong feelings on the matter,' says Anton Ferdinand

As the Queen's Park Rangers defender Anton Ferdinand broke his long silence by saying he had "very strong feelings" about any possible racial abuse, Chelsea last night continued their backing for John Terry, who is likely to captain the team in a Champions League tie here this evening.

Flu-struck Lara still not to be sneezed at

West Indies 373-6 v MCC

Leonard offered job as front-row coach

Jason Leonard is mulling over an offer to help develop the next generation of England prop forwards. Leonard, who retired this year after a record 114 Test caps, said he had been offered a job as England's front-row coach. But the 35-year-old, who is in Hong Kong, said he was in two minds about whether to take the post.

A self-serving police chief

Supporters of the Chief Constable of Humberside Police, David Westwood, complain that he is being turned into a "scapegoat" for failings that led up to the Soham murders two years ago. They argue that the actual killer, Ian Huntley, is behind bars and that to force the resignation of Mr Westwood, as the Home Secretary hopes to do, would be vindictive and unreasonable. The Humberside Police Authority, which met yesterday to decide Mr Westwood's fate, appears to sympathise with this view, and has called on David Blunkett to "reconsider" his decision to order the police chief's suspension.

Chief with 36 years' service asks for second chance

As he finished giving evidence to the Bichard inquiry, David Westwood asked to be given a chance to make amends for the mistakes of Humberside Police

Stephen Brenkley: Graveney puts one-day game in its place

The new direction: Limited-overs side to be used as a proving ground for Tests and there's a new role for Academy

St George's finest or a disgrace to the flag? A hard day's night in the life of England fans

Soaking up the sun all day and the beer all night, supporters tell Steve Bloomfield in Albufeira, Portugal, 'We're not here to fight'

Cricket legend D'Oliveira says he was 'set up' by England tour selectors

One of the finest all-rounders to play cricket for England, Basil D'Oliveira, has broken years of silence by saying that he was "set up" by the sport's authorities who chose not to pick him to tour his native South Africa during the years of apartheid.

Chapuisat to miss out as Switzerland shuffle side

When Switzerland's squad met the media just after breakfast yesterday to discuss this afternoon's match against England, each player was assigned a table with a name-card sitting neatly in the middle of it. But the table marked "Johann Vogel" was empty, and having a man from the Sun prancing around in Swiss national costume and carrying a cuckoo clock somehow did not quite compensate for the midfielder's absence.

Kuhn plots 'revolution' for Eriksson's downfall

He is the Jim Smith of Switzerland and he is preparing to pit his considerable wits against England in Coimbra on Thursday. Jakob "Kobi" Kuhn, stocky and good-humoured, has a little more hair than Portsmouth's raddled old assistant manager, but at 61 could do a passable imitation in his outsize baseball cap, T-shirt and shorts.

Four-year-old boy receives polling card - and his first junk mail

A boy of four who received a polling card was refused entry to cast his vote yesterday.

Edwards spurs turn in fortune for Somerset

Somerset 318-5 v Nottinghamshire

Me And My Home: A form of pod life

It's an unusual man who thinks 'Space-Age features and Japanese gardens' when he sees a Devon bakery. Cheryl Markosky meets him

Chance for Shaw to stake claim for England

England's last trip south of the equator was undertaken by a bunch of commoners fiercely united by a common goal, capturing the World Cup. Mission accomplished, though a little tarnished by a mixed Six Nations Championship in the meantime, the bearers of the red rose set off today to navigate their way back to the Antipodes laden with MBEs, a couple of OBEs and, of course, a knight at the helm.

Chance for Shaw to stake claim for England

England's last trip south of the equator was undertaken by a bunch of commoners fiercely united by a common goal, capturing the World Cup. Mission accomplished, though a little tarnished by a mixed Six Nations Championship in the meantime, the bearers of the red rose set off today to navigate their way back to the Antipodes laden with MBEs, a couple of OBEs and, of course, a knight at the helm.

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