Sport Alastair Cook and Graeme Swann celebrate during the 2013-14 Ashes Series in Australia

Swann also reveals he retired midway through the series as his own performances were 'awful' and he was becoming a hindrance to his team

Amol Rajan: Being a schmuck stopped me meeting my hero

All my life I’ve been obsessed with heroes.

Cricketers guilty of match-fix plot

Three of the world's top cricketers were facing possible jail terms tonight after being convicted of match-fixing.

Atambayev is seen as pro-business

Moscow-backed PM wins tarnished election

Kyrgyzstan's Moscow-backed Prime Minister claimed victory yesterday in a presidential election tainted by charges of voting abuses and protests by defeated challengers from the restive south of the former Soviet republic.

Qantas jets grounded at Heathrow

Qantas told to get back in the air

Tribunal decrees end to industrial action but tens of thousands still face travel delays

The England Test team celebrate their 4-0 victory over India in the
summer that took them to No 1 in the world

Great cricketing year can lead to a golden era

England's long and glorious summer has finally come to an end. Stephen Brenkley in Kolkata looks back and sees good omens

<b>Shane Williams: </b> Gutting end to an illustrious test career. The experienced winger would've hoped to see more ball in space but his hopes were extinguished after his side went down to 14 men. Tried hard to make an impression. 6

Williams plans Welsh farewell

Wales wing Shane Williams says he plans to retire from international rugby after his country's next match against Australia in December.

Pietersen offers England consolation

Batsman returns from thumb injury to take command in final match of ill-fated Indian tour

Avation set to unveil £5.6m pre-tax profit

Avation, the London-listed and Singapore-based aircraft-leasing group, is expected to unveil a pre-tax profit of around £5.6m tomorrow, up more than £2m on 2010.

David Flatman: It's straight back into the thick of it for England boys

From the Front Row: No rest for the World Cup players as club duty calls but they wouldn't have it any other way

Simon Calder: Look beyond the long-haul obvious

The clocks are about to lurch back, casting all of us in the Northern Hemisphere into the wintry gloom of dark evenings and shortening days. Just the moment, then, to start plotting a course for somewhere with brighter prospects.

Ministers back plan to put clocks forward all year

Plans for Britain to move on to "perpetual summer time" have been given tentative backing by the Government. Under the proposal, Greenwich Mean Time would be effectively abolished and clocks in the UK would go forward by one hour all year round. Ministers are considering supporting a Private Member's Bill which would pave the way for moving the country in line with Central European Time (CET) for a trial period of three years.

Swann: KP spat did not cause 5-0 hammering

England have one more shot at redemption today. Since they are the best Twenty20 side in the world their chances of leaving this tour of India with something to show for their efforts should be correspondingly high.

Briers: Wales can shock England

Wales captain Lee Briers believes there is a widespread misconception about the Four Nations, which begins this weekend. "It's the Four Nations, not the Three Nations like people seem to think," said the Warrington stand-off, who captains Wales against England at Leigh this afternoon. "We are massive underdogs, but we aren't here just to make up the numbers."

Swann: spat with KP did not cause 5-0

Stand-in captain brushes off talk of discord with Pietersen ahead of final match of a gruelling year

Hussey clinches series victory

Australia shone with bat and ball to beat South Africa by three wickets to claim a 2-1 series victory after the third one-day international at Kingsmead yesterday.

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