Sport Oracle Team USA tactician Ben Ainslie participates in a dock out ceremony before the start of race six of the America's Cup finals against Emirates Team New Zealand skippered by Dean Barker in San Francisco

The quadruple gold and silver medal Olympic champion opens his campaign in the 40-foot catamarans in Singapore next month

Wet and wild conditions mid-Atlantic for the MOD 70-foot trimarans competing in the Krys Ocean Challenge from New York to Brest

New class breaks 600-mile barrier

As a second of the new MOD 70-foot trimarans suffered damage to an underwater foil, the new leader of the Krys Ocean Race from New York to Brest, Yann Guichard’s Spindrift, rattled off 639.9 miles in 24 hours.

Gavignet and Thompson lead in the Krys Ocean Race

A wet and windy opening 24 hours saw Sidney Gavignet and Brian Thompson, so full of modest ambition before the start, leading the new 70-foot trimaran class in Oman Sail across the Atlantic from New York to Brest in the Krys Ocean Race.

Tim Cahill

Everton midfielder Tim Cahill tempted by Middle East transfer

Tim Cahill is considering leaving Everton for a new challenge in the Middle East having already rejected a multi-million move to Saudi Arabia.

Thompson shows off new trimaran as he prepares to sail for Oman

Back into the cut and thrust of boat-on-boat racing, Brian Thompson this weekend was watching his new boat take to the water. It is in sharp contrast to a career often spent beating the clock or beating his brains out on his own.

The jewel of the Arabian Peninsula

Whether you want a beach holiday, a bustling city break or a desert adventure, the unique destination of the Sultanate of Oman can provide it all

La Boheme, Royal Opera House, London

Not just another revival of a venerable old staging but its 25th showing in the 50th year of director John Copley's work at the Royal Opera House. They served up a cake and a vintage cast for the occasion - and the snow fell once more on the Latin Quarter swelling the Christmas Eve crowds at Cafe Momus.

Papiss Cisse and Demba Ba have struck up a fine partnership at Newcastle

Newcastle duo Demba Ba and Papiss Cisse in line for Olympics call-up

Senegal Football Association president Augustin Senghor has confirmed Newcastle duo Demba Ba and Papiss Cisse are in line to be chosen for his country's Olympic campaign.

Men held at Heathrow on terror charge

Three men have been arrested on suspicion of possessing articles and documents with intent to use them for terrorist purposes overseas.

Ian Williams and his Team GAC Pindar had to settle for fourth at the Extreme Sailing Series grand prix in Qingdao, China

Leigh McMillan wins Extreme Sailing Series in China

Britain’s Leigh McMillan completed an impressive four days to win the second event in the 2012 series of the Extreme Sailing Series in Qingdao, China.

Leigh McMillan at the 2008 Olympics

British Olympic sailor Leigh McMillan takes lead in Qingdao

British Olympic sailor Leigh McMillan swept into the lead on the third day of the Extreme Sailing Series regatta in Qingdao and Britain’s reigning world match racing champion, Ian Williams, pulled back up to third overall going into the final day.

Ian Williams takes Team GAC Pindar to the top of the heap half way through the Extreme Sailing Series in Almeria

Ian Williams makes solid start in Extreme Sailing Series

A solid start for Ian Williams’ GAC Pindar team put them in third place at the end of the first day of the Extreme Sailing Series regatta in Qingdao.

Bridging the Gulf: 'Beloved Friend' performed at the at the Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi

Royal Opera House makes its debut in Abu Dhabi

First, it was Harrods and then Manchester City football club – now the Gulf is buying culture. Last week, the Royal Opera House (ROH) made its debut in the Gulf, in the culturally thirsty region of the UAE. I decided to pack my bags and head off to the Arab premiere of Beloved Friend at the Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi, as part of the Abu Dhabi Festival.

Going for gold: Hotels are raising prices for the 2012 Olympics

Simon Calder: Dogged pursuit of a bargain bed in Barking

The man who pays his way

Harry Kewell is congratulated by team-mates after scoring Australia's second goal in Melbourne

Saudis knocked out by Kewell and Brosque

Australia scored three goals in four minutes in the second half to beat Saudi Arabia 4-2 yesterday, dashing the Saudis' hopes of qualifying for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

Cycling: Cavendish banishes memory of Oman

Mark Cavendish clinched his first big win of the 2012 season and in his new Team Sky colours yesterday, when he easily outshone his rivals for a sprint victory in the Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne Classic, in Belgium.

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