Drugs smuggler ordered to pay £2.6m

A drugs gang "Mr Big" who smuggled £25 million of cannabis into the UK from Holland in lorry loads of flowers has been ordered to pay £2.6 million.

Kevin Pietersen trudges back to the pavilion after scoring just 14 against Pakistan on Monday

Pietersen silent on his form but disquiet grows

As the desert sand settled around Alastair Cook's sterling century yesterday, the attention moved sharply to his opening partner. It has never shifted far from Kevin Pietersen since a balmy day at the Oval in 2005 when he plundered Australia but there is the undoubted sense now that he is playing for his one-day career.

Robert Rock is in Dubai to take on most of the world's best players

Rock aims to stay on a roll until the Masters

One weekend you are beating Tiger Woods, the next you are sleeping on the M25. There are some things Robert Rock has not been able to account for as he returns to the Arabian Desert to resume his assault on the golfing elite.

Students can improve their global contacts and language skills while working towards a UK standard degree

International bright young things

From Europe to the Far East, British universities are enticing students overseas to their outreach campuses

Bell: 'I believe I'm good enough to play one-day and Twenty20 cricket for England'

Ian Bell: Still in shock but practice will make perfect in long run

View from the Middle: I believe I'm good enough to play one-day and Twenty20 cricket for England

To review or not to review, that is the testing question

Among the most hallowed of all tenets in cricket is the state of the pitch. After all these years, nobody can quite bring themselves to admit that it is by and large rubbish.

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Stuart Broad praised the support he received from Ian Bell

Ian Bell joins England practice after recovering from illness

Ian Bell has recovered from a stomach upset and was able to practise with his England team-mates today as they completed their preparations for the third Test against Pakistan.

England bowler Chris Tremlett a serious doubt for second Test

Chris Tremlett today appeared to be a serious doubt for the second Test, in which England are hoping to bounce back against Pakistan.

Saeed Ajmal shows a notably quick arm action for a spinner

Ian Bell: I've got a few sessions lined up with Merlyn

View From The Middle: Dubai was a reminder to us all that we're going to have to work very hard to win Tests

Cook is hoping to take advantage of the condition

Alastair Cook looking forward to fine batting conditions

Alastair Cook knows England have the ability to take advantage of a batting haven at the Sheikh Zyed Cricket Stadium - but they will take nothing for granted after their blip in Dubai.

Up creek: From the Shindagha neighbourhood, it's a short walk along Dubai Creek to the Dubai Museum

Traveller's Guide: Dubai

With desert, beaches and audacious architecture, the emirate has plenty to entice visitors.

Flat jockey Robert Winston lost his appeal against a swingeing 22-day whip ban

Novice Ranjaan shows Festival class

When a boy beats men, notice is entitled to be taken. Yesterday at Taunton the four-year-old hurdler Ranjaan, having just his fourth outing over obstacles, outclassed a field of seasoned handicappers, older and much more streetwise rivals. He thus cemented his claims for the Cheltenham Festival, where he will be taking on his contemporaries in the Triumph Hurdle.

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Aidan O'Brien: The trainer is aiming his top older horse at the world's richest race

So You Think lined up for Dubai prize

Perhaps smarting from recent remarks by Ireland's official handicapper, connections of So You Think yesterday targeted a prize commensurate with the reputation that preceded him from Australia.

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