Bullard's smiles to help lift England

Fabio Capello goes into England's first two World Cup qualifiers extremely concerned about the fragile confidence of his squad. Despite the achievements of players such as John Terry, Rio Ferdinand and Wayne Rooney, the Italian is worried that England do not have enough strength of character. It is one reason why he called up Jimmy Bullard.

Stranded whale to be put down

Vets were due to put down a sick whale tonight after it became stranded for a second time on a sandbank.

Alan Watkins: Poor Mr Davis – unloved and driven by pique

A by-election in Haltemprice and Howden is not about civil liberties. The Shadow Home Secretary just wants to be appreciated

Cricket Report: Kent 14-0 (4.5 overs) v Sussex

Second day of four

Play abandoned at Kent

Persistent rain meant that play was abandoned for the day at 3.0pm in this County Championship match between third-placed Sussex, the defending champions and eighth-placed Kent.

Downpour helps Essex slip into quarter-final

Essex took a place in the quarter-finals of the Friends Provident Trophy yesterday with a point from their cancelled match against Sussex at Hastings.

What's in a name? Britain's rudest places

Cockington

Ebbsfleet United 1 Torquay United 0: McPhee eyes move after final touch for Ebbsfleet

While Ebbsfleet United are now owned by shareholders sourced through the internet and have a sponsor who can whisk them away to France at a moment's notice, the man who scored their winner on Saturday is altogether less exotic.

The urban jungle: A wildlife spotter's guide

Dolphins in London, falcons in Cardiff – it's amazing what you can find in the city

Fan vote to make final history

Ebbsfleet United will make Wembley history in May when they face Torquay United in the FA Trophy final with a team picked via the internet by the thousands of members of the MyFootballClub group that now owns the club.

Radio 1 DJ jailed for four years in Dubai on cannabis charge

A Radio 1 DJ has been jailed for four years in Dubai after admitting to possession of cannabis as he entered the country.

Backing of the Net: The true meaning of planet football

Two months ago Ebbsfleet United shocked the football world by agreeing to be owned by an internet-based collective of 27,000 members. With the deal about to be ratified, Nick Harris explains how a small Kent club have already become a worldwide modern media phenomenon

First trophy in four years sets Hingis up for Paris

Martina Hingis won her first title since coming out of retirement and said her three years away from the game helped propel her to victory.

Professor Sally Macgill

Environmental social scientist

Top grammar schools at A-level

Colyton Grammar School, Whitwell Lane, Colyford, Colyton, Devon. EX24 6HN.

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