Poulter shocks US again by taking a swing at baseball

Ryder Cup hero blasts American institution and claims he would make a great sports psychologist

The Sky City will be a 220-storey structure which will stand at an incredible 838m

China to build world's tallest building - in just 90 days

When completed by the end of next March, Sky City in Changsha will be the tallest skyscraper in the world, standing at 2,749ft (838m) high, over 220 floors. And remarkably, they’ve not started building it yet.

Residential tower block in Dubai evacuated after fire breaks out

Rescue crews in Dubai have evacuated a 34-story residential tower after a fire gutted portions of the building.

The England Test captain will need to forge a new opening partnership

Alastair Cook tells his England rookies on India tour: pretend it's Taunton

The England captain, Alastair Cook, knows a thing or two about hitting the ground running in India and last night he dispensed some advice to the junior members of his touring party.

Last hurrah: Frankel strides into the history books before retiring to stud

Frankel seals greatness with fighting victory

Champion makes light of heavy going in farewell race by showing fighting quality to take unbeaten run to 14 races against top opposition

Dawn Approach wins the Dewhurst Stakes under Kevin Manning

Godolphin principles prove subject to change

Everyone else might take a different view, as fatal fissures seem to emerge in his long partnership with Frankie Dettori, but Sheikh Mohammed himself knows that Godolphin's riding arrangements are fairly incidental. Paying such wages, he will never lack a world-class jockey. More fundamental changes are afoot, however, in the supervision of his horses away from the racecourse. And if the Sheikh is relieved that an implied admission of failure is receiving far less attention, then that indulgence is perhaps the least he deserves for quietly grasping some pretty painful nettles.

Trade at Tattersalls’ sales in Newmarket this week has defied expectations

Kepler can lay down law on weekend when Turf tilts to orbit round Galileo

Prescott challenger goes for Cesarewitch after night of sales drama and relief for Coolmore

Branden Grace's sights set on Rory McIlroy

The South African Branden Grace completed a two-shot victory in the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship yesterday and immediately set his sights on topping the European money list.

Congo fever case in Glasgow

A man is being treated in complete isolation in a Glasgow hospital after being confirmed as having a potentially deadly tropical virus.

UK's 20 'most wanted' tax fugitives named

Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs has taken a leaf out of the FBI's book, publishing the details of Britain's "most wanted" tax fugitives.

Now: Departing on 25 Aug from Southampton, Thomas Cook is selling a 14-night sail on the Caribbean Princess, which stops in Iceland, Greenland and New York, for £1,299pp, with two nights at the Millennium Hilton in NYC and Icelandair flights to Heathrow via Reykjavik. cruisethomascook.com

Get me out of here: Cruises, Dubai and Cuba

Now... Departing on 25 Aug from Southampton, Thomas Cook is selling a 14-night sail on the Caribbean Princess, which stops in Iceland, Greenland and New York, for £1,299pp, with two nights at the Millennium Hilton in NYC and Icelandair flights to Heathrow via Reykjavik. cruisethomascook.com

Clare Balding The presenter will anchor Channel 4’s expanding coverage

Clare Balding switches channel as racing secures new TV deal

Few of the medal winners she has introduced over the past couple of weeks have gained greater plaudits for their Olympic performance than Clare Balding. There will be corresponding satisfaction on her home turf, then, that she is now to follow its best sport to Channel 4. It is almost as though a new, exclusive terrestrial contract for the cream of British racing could not properly match its remit without her.

The trainer of Treasure Beach, Aidan O'Brien

Treasure washes up on home shores for Ballyroan contest

A midweek evening meeting is not usually the place to find a Derby winner, but tonight at Leopardstown the globetrotting Treasure Beach steps out on home turf for the first time since taking Ireland's premier Classic last year.

Property developer Safi Qurashi was jailed in Dubai for writing three cheques that bounced

British property developer Safi Qurashi suffers setback as Dubai court refuses to quash cheque bouncing conviction

A British property developer suffered a bitter setback today after a court in Dubai refused to quash a final conviction for bouncing a cheque.

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