Sport Kevin Pietersen can either wait for the IPL auction next month or play county cricket in England

There are rumours that the batsman's England career is over

Anthony Hilton: Boris's housing plan is more stunt than strategy

Nothing gets people going like house prices. I did a piece elsewhere which pointed out that for the cost of a small family house in Fulham you could now buy a street in Sunderland. That was on Monday. By Wednesday, Boris Johnson, Mayor of London, was demanding that his London Authority should be allowed to collect the hundreds of millions of pounds raised in stamp duty on the sale of expensive homes in the capital. He would then use those funds to finance the building of affordable homes so millions of ordinary Londoners – those already here and others forecast to arrive in the coming decade – would have at least some chance of getting on the housing ladder.

Swimming: Rebecca Adlington on verge of retiring

Rebecca Adlington will make a "major announcement" at a press conference next Tuesday.

People of the same religious faith will help each other more, but religious people are no more unselfish than non-believers

Love thy neighbour, but only if he’s one of us, appears to be the message.

Lecturer told council about neighbour abuse

A university lecturer killed herself three weeks after warning council that she could not cope with living next door to a drugs den.

Samit Patel: All-rounder is bullish about second ODI after explosive knock in Rajkot

Victory is sweet for Samit Patel after whitewash pain

All-rounder relishes ODI win after playing every match in two previous 5-0 defeats

Mansfield Town’s chairman has launched an extraordinary attack on Luis Suarez

'It's nonsense to say that I was embarrassed': Ian Ayre offers Luis Suarez backing following handball controversy

Liverpool striker handled the ball for winning goal against Mansfield

Luis Suarez handles the ball

ESPN commentator reprimanded for calling Luis Suarez 'a cheat'

Liverpool striker handled the ball in the build-up to his goal

Mansfield handed a painful lesson in injustice by Suarez

Next to Mansfield Town's ground is a shop called Dreams which has a sign announcing its closure. It was a metaphor of sorts. They were wild, improbable dreams, and Mansfield lost gloriously and controversially.

Luis Suarez clearly handles the ball before scoring Liverpool’s second goal against Mansfield in the FA Cup yesterday

Brendan Rodgers backs Luis Suarez over handball storm

The Liverpool striker was clearly struck on the hand by the ball as his shot was parried by the Mansfield keeper

Steven Gerrard

FA Cup: Mansfield v Liverpool match preview

A look ahead to this weekend's FA Cup fixture at Field Mill

Coalition hit by 27 rebellions this parliamentary session

The Coalition has been hit by 27 rebellions this parliamentary session – and the scale of dissent would have been higher but for the abandoning of moves to reform the House of Lords.

New police commissioners vow to fight budget cuts

Two newly elected police and crime commissioners in neighbouring police forces have vowed to take on the Government over policing budget cuts.

Mounted police during student protests in London

Budget cuts threaten the future of police horses

Police horses could become a rare sight on Britain’s streets as forces across the country cut or merge their mounted section units to save money.

New plea for information over Derby house fire that killed six children

Several people have come forward with information since the parents of six children who died in a house fire appeared in court last week, police have said.

Boxing: Carl Froch to use 'fake Joe Calzaghe' taunt to beat Yusuf Mack

Carl Froch will use Yusuf Mack's barb about him being a fake Joe Calzaghe to motivate him ahead of their IBF super middleweight bout on Saturday night.

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