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Howzat!: Why girls are being bowled over by cricket

Until recently female cricket was almost non-existent. Now, coached by England's World Cup women victors, young girls are flocking to learn the gentleman's game. Liz Lightfoot visits a school to see a new trend in the making

Lewsey: ‘We are happy for Wasps to fly nest’

Fullback insists club will be fine without Channel hoppers while England complaints smack of double standards

Court told of liquid bomb plot to down airliners

Thousands of people would have died in a terrorist plot to detonate home-made bombs on seven transatlantic jets, a court heard yesterday.

Eight 'plotted to blow up flights with liquid bombs'

Eight men plotted to use "home-made bombs" disguised as soft drinks to blow up transatlantic planes, a court heard today.

Selective schools: how they performed at A-level

*The school point score is devised through a new system introduced by the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority, the Government’s exams watchdog. Under it, equal weight is given for a general and vocational A-level with 270 points awarded for an A-grade pass, 240 for a B, 210 for a C, 180 for a D, 150 for an E. The International Baccalaureate is also recognised with 1,380 points for a maximum diploma score of 45.

Lusardi dials 999 to get to panto on time

Former glamour girl Linda Lusardi dialled 999 when heavy traffic threatened to make her late for a pantomime performance of Snow White, police said today.

Biffa dumps managers in private equity restructuring

The private equity backers of Biffa, the waste management group, are restructuring the group's key collection unit with a raft of middle-management redundancies and the creation of two call centres with 70 new jobs.

High street worries grow as sales slump at John Lewis

Retailing hit as consumer slowdown gathers pace

Cipriani ready to return to bolster struggling Wasps

The last time Wasps played Bath at Adams Park, in last season's Guinness Premiership semi-final, the brilliant young outside-half Danny Cipriani wrecked his right ankle so comprehensively that grown men felt sick at the sight of the damage and experienced coaches feared England's latest potential world-beater would spend at least a year struggling to beat anything more substantial than an egg. Yet when Bath return to High Wycombe next Wednesday night, they may, miraculously, face Cipriani again.

Wasps' familiar early woes cause unfamiliar anxiety

The reigning champions have been in "played two, lost two" territory before, most recently in 2004. Last year, when they won once in six outings at the start of the season, was not so special either. But there is something about Wasps' start to the current campaign that has people seriously worried down High Wycombe way, not least the international flanker Tom Rees, who had some strong things to say about the situation yesterday.

Prime UK jobs at risk after Lehman collapse

Thousands of jobs were at risk today after the UK arm of troubled investment bank Lehman Brothers was placed into administration.

The terrorists who changed air travel forever

The internet cafe where Abdulla Ahmed Ali sat down in front of a screen shortly before midday on 6 August 2006 was much like any of the hundreds of small communications shops that dot north-east London. T&I Telecom in Walthamstow offered the usual range of mobile phone top-up cards, cheap international calls and handsets alongside its row of pay-as-you-go internet terminals.

Bomb plot: Suicide videos modelled on 7 July ringleader

The defendants modelled their suicide videos on a recording made by 7 July ringleader Mohammad Sidique Khan.

Lt-Cdr Ian Fraser VC: Submarine commander who sank the Japanese cruiser 'Takao'

Although the war in Europe was over in May 1945 the Japanese were still fighting tenaciously, defending the Malay Peninsula and Singapore. Lt Ian Fraser, commanding the midget submarine XE3, was ordered to attack the Japanese heavy cruiser Takao anchored in the Straits of Singapore. On 31 July, after a highly dangerous voyage through minefields, with great skill and courage he got his craft beneath the cruiser. Under enormous pressure, his diver James Magennis succeeded in attaching six limpet mines which detonated and sank the Takao. Both men were awarded the Victoria Cross.

Nomadic Wasps seek return to London nest

Wasps, among the most nomadic of England's professional clubs as well as the most successful, hope to be playing their rugby back inside London's city limits within a decade. "We are nowhere near fulfilling the potential of the Wasps brand," said Tony Copsey, their chief executive, yesterday, "and while we have a very good ground-share agreement with Wycombe Wanderers, it won't be long before demand outstrips supply. Our long-term vision is to play at our own stadium, and we'd like it to be in the capital."

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