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

Arms contractor boasts on busy train of signing secret defence deal

An executive at a British engineering firm has inadvertently exposed details of a deal to sell armoured vehicles to the Middle East in a transaction he claimed was backed by the Foreign Secretary.

Stephen Donald, centre, with team-mates on the podium after his winning penalty kick

All Black who came in from the cold

Two weeks ago he was an outcast on a fishing trip. Now Stephen Donald is a World Cup hero

Leading article: The All Blacks and the curse of home-crowd expectations

The final score in yesterday's Rugby World Cup final said a great deal. The one-point margin said that the match was painfully close; the unprecedented single-digit tally for a final said that it was also a defensive duel.

Australia fears 'Jaws' after third shark fatality

A US man has been killed by what is thought to be a great white shark off the south-west coast

American Football: Bears help NFL put down roots

Suddenly the NFL at Wembley is beginning to seem less like a novelty and more like the real thing.

England captain Alastair Cook congratulates Virat Kohli yesterday

Tourists exposed again by brilliance of Kohli

England 220 India 223-4

Alive or dead, the Gaddafis divide their enemies

Kim Sengupta, in Misrata, reports on the wrangling over the fate of the former leader's body, while Jane Merrick looks at the potential threat posed by the only missing family member

The sporting week ahead (23/10/11)

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Race to India bypasses the poor

The state of Uttar Pradesh is accused of exploiting farmers to grab a slice of Formula One riches

Stubborn Cook can cut it as captain

Sledging and squabbles have made for a lamentable series but one-day leader will learn from experience

Scandinavian invasion: How Swedes and Danes have stormed the British high street

Mix sleek, simple design with a quirky sensibility: how the Swedes and Danes have stormed the British high street

Leading article: Britain is in the Pink

The United Kingdom has changed since this newspaper published its first Pink List in 2000. The age of consent for gay men was equalised a few months later. Civil partnerships conferring the same rights as marriage have been held since 2005. Discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation in providing goods and services was banned in 2007. It was one of the great achievements of New Labour in government that it helped Britain become a more tolerant, fairer and more open society.

Reed's stunning solo try gives England optimism

England's new look side did enough to warm up for the Four Nations, as they got over a tricky patch in the first half in Avignon to again prove too strong for the French, winning 32-18 last night.

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