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

Oman: Dive in to a magical world

Wildlife Special: Oman is full of intriguing forts and bustling souks, but some of its most spellbinding sights are underwater, says Kate Humble

Multihull back for 2016 Olympic Games

The much-criticised decision by the International Sailing Federation to cut the multihull class out of the Olympic Games in 2012 has been reversed for 2016 at the annual general meeting in Athens .

Gavignet rescued on Route du Rhum

Oman Air Majan skipper Sidney Gavignet was rescued after reporting he had major damage on the third day of the singlehanded Route du Rhum Race from St.Malo to Guadeloupe , to the front beam and had been dismasted. His 105-foot trimaran was sailing upwind in 20 knots.

America’s Cup hopefuls come forward

Two new challenges for the next America’s Cup in 2013 have been received on the first day of an entry window which extends until 31 March next year.

Maid 'died of stress' after five nights stuck in Oman airport

Authorities in Delhi are to investigate the death of an Indian domestic servant who died in transit from the Middle East after she lost her passport and was forced to spend five nights sleeping in an airport.

Sam Wallace: Why on Earth does Cahill have to play in January's Asian Cup? Because this isn't Earth, it's Planet Fifa

Talking Football: Everton are entitled to feel cheated by Australia claiming Cahill for six weeks. The Asian Cup is Fifa mismanagement at its most spectacular

Bishops Square stake on market

Investors are being quietly approached by the State of Oman about purchasing a stake in the large Bishops Square complex near London's Spitalfields market.

Militants caused blast on Japanese tanker, says UAE

Militants have attacked a Japanese supertanker with explosives near the Strait of Hormuz, one of the world's most important shipping routes, the United Arab Emirates said yesterday.

Hayward's yacht wins at Cowes Week.

At last a winning moment for the beleaguered and soon to be ex-chief executive of BP, Tony Hayward as the yacht in which he has a half share, Bob, won the Queen’s Trophy on the opening day of Cowes Week.

Ayton and Clark win women's 470 class

The partnership of double Olympic gold medallist Sarah Ayton and crew Saskia Clark won the women's 470 class in Kiel Week, an encouraging move forward for the new pairing with its sights on the next Olympic Games.

Somali pirates free UK-flagged ship after ransom

Somali pirates have released a British-flagged ship they seized on 1 January, the Bulgarian Foreign Ministry said on yesterday, and the European Union Naval Force said the release came after a ransom was paid.

Air passenger found with circuits in shoes

A passenger was detained by airport authorities in Pakistan after electrical circuits and batteries were found in the soles of his tennis shoes, an airport security official said today.

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Cycling: Untimely break ruins Hagen dash as Sky see lead evaporate

Team Sky's domination of the Tour of Oman came to an abrupt halt yesterday when their leader Edvald Boasson Hagen stopped briefly mid-race to answer a call of nature – and rival teams promptly attacked.

Cycling: Arrest warrant issued for Landis over data hacking

A French judge has issued an international arrest warrant for the US cyclist Floyd Landis in connection with a case of data hacking at a doping laboratory.

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