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Afghanistan considers that Pakistan holds significant influence over Taliban, who are believed to launch attacks from bases in the country

Rajan's Wrong-un: Battered Ponting is a Waugh victim

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Andrew Flintoff returns to club cricket with Penwortham

Andrew Flintoff is on the verge of making a remarkable comeback after signing for Penwortham in Lancashire's Palace Shield.

Sports stars who revealed they were gay

England wicket-keeper Steven Davies has today revealed that he is gay, becoming the first cricketer to come out publicly.

Murray in the mood to make history

As two 23-year-olds lock horns in today's Australian Open final, the burden of expectation is on Andy's shoulders – but true Brit can take the weight

Prior relishing World Cup challenge

Matt Prior is confident he will prove the England selectors right following his recall for the World Cup.

Keith Andrew: Highly respected cricketer who captained Northamptonshire during the most successful period in their history

Cricket's wicketkeepers come in two types: the extrovert acrobats and the quiet, unnoticed ones who do it all with anticipation and deft glovework.

Dom Joly: Sir KP MP, knight in shining armour, at the service of a PM on a sticky wicket

Weird World of Sport: 'I could do the same for the economy as I do for cricket, storming out ofthe pavilion to sort everything out. You got a deficit? I'll just whack it out of the ground'

'We've been doing everything we can but they have outplayed us,' says Watson

Australia could have no complaints. They had none. Shane Watson, one of their partial successes in a wretched Ashes campaign, took it on the chin and then some.

Tendulkar battles to fine century

Sachin Tendulkar hit yet another century while Dale Steyn grabbed five wickets to set up a scintillating day three of the third Test at Newlands, which ended with two late Harbhajan Singh wickets reducing South Africa to 52 for 2.

ICC could turn to lie detector tests, Lorgat

International Cricket Council chief executive Haroon Lorgat has not ruled out using lie detector tests for cricketers in a bid to rid the game of cheats.

Anderson stands tall as England's king of swing

There was once a quiet kid who bowled for England with shoulders like the economy.

Leading article: Australia in search of its phoenix

In the small hours of the morning in Britain, before lunch on the other side of the world, it was all euphoria among England fans and all despair among Australians. Where England were raising their champagne glasses, the Aussies were crying into their cups. Retaining, as opposed to simply winning, the Ashes is a feat achieved once in a generation. For the fortunate few, this was a moment to savour. Andrew Strauss and his team deserved their rapturous celebrations.

Australian media reaction to Ashes defeat

Australia's newspapers have been carrying out a post-mortem after England retained the Ashes with a crushing innings and 157-run victory in the fourth Test at the MCG.

England on verge of retaining the Ashes

England are closing in on the Ashes. After a third day of high excitement in front of a packed MCG they were left needing only four more Australian wickets to secure victory in the Fourth Test and ensure they retain the precious trophy won last year at home.

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Mark Udall: The Democrat Senator with a fight on his hands ahead of the US midterm elections

Mark Udall: The Democrat Senator with a fight on his hands

The Senator for Colorado is for gay rights, for abortion rights – and in the Republicans’ sights as they threaten to take control of the Senate next month
New discoveries show more contact between far-flung prehistoric humans than had been thought

New discoveries show more contact between far-flung prehistoric humans than had been thought

Evidence found of contact between Easter Islanders and South America
Cerys Matthews reveals how her uncle taped 150 interviews for a biography of Dylan Thomas

Cerys Matthews on Dylan Thomas

The singer reveals how her uncle taped 150 interviews for a biography of the famous Welsh poet
DIY is not fun and we've finally realised this as a nation

Homebase closures: 'DIY is not fun'

Homebase has announced the closure of one in four of its stores. Nick Harding, who never did know his awl from his elbow, is glad to see the back of DIY
The Battle of the Five Armies: Air New Zealand releases new Hobbit-inspired in-flight video

Air New Zealand's wizard in-flight video

The airline has released a new Hobbit-inspired clip dubbed "The most epic safety video ever made"
Pumpkin spice is the flavour of the month - but can you stomach the sweetness?

Pumpkin spice is the flavour of the month

The combination of cinnamon, clove, nutmeg (and no actual pumpkin), now flavours everything from lattes to cream cheese in the US
11 best sonic skincare brushes

11 best sonic skincare brushes

Forget the flannel - take skincare to the next level by using your favourite cleanser with a sonic facial brush
Paul Scholes column: I'm not worried about Manchester United's defence - Chelsea test can be the making of Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo

Paul Scholes column

I'm not worried about Manchester United's defence - Chelsea test can be the making of Jones and Rojo
Frank Warren: Boxing has its problems but in all my time I've never seen a crooked fight

Frank Warren: Boxing has its problems but in all my time I've never seen a crooked fight

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Jamie Roberts exclusive interview: 'I'm a man of my word – I'll stay in Paris'

Jamie Roberts: 'I'm a man of my word – I'll stay in Paris'

Wales centre says he’s not coming home but is looking to establish himself at Racing Métro
How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?

A crime that reveals London's dark heart

How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?
Meet 'Porridge' and 'Vampire': Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker

Lost in translation: Western monikers

Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker. Simon Usborne, who met a 'Porridge' and a 'Vampire' while in China, can see the problem
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Handy hacks that make life easier

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KidZania lets children try their hands at being a firefighter, doctor or factory worker for the day

KidZania: It's a small world

The new 'educational entertainment experience' in London's Shepherd's Bush will allow children to try out the jobs that are usually undertaken by adults, including firefighter, doctor or factory worker