England Under-21 2 Slovenia Under-21 1: Milner on target as youngsters come from goal down

Goals from the impressive Micah Richards and captain James Milner helped England claim a 2-1 victory over a Slovenia side reduced to 10 men in their Under-21 international friendly at the KC Stadium in Hull last night.

Britain on course in medals chase

They are in the fight of their lives but Britain's sailors, with one, not fully justified, exception, were in upbeat mood today as setbacks were overcome and medals on the minefield of a track that is Fushan Bay stayed firmly in prospect.

Rowing: Brits storm back to qualify for Beijing

Olivia Whitlam and Louisa Reeve brought the total of Britain’s boats for the Beijing Olympics to twelve in a finely judged race on the Malta rowing course in Poznan. In a four boat race in which the first two qualified, this recently-formed combination left their decisive move to the last 500 metres when, lying third, they stepped up their rating and speed to deliver the fastest finish and send the Russians into history.

Slovenia: Snow with everything

Slovenia can't match France for ski slopes, but with cross-country and toboganning also on offer, it's still a great winter destination, says Anna Jenkinson

Worthington still holding Northern Ireland reins

Nigel Worthington has begun plotting a route to South Africa after being confirmed as Northern Ireland's manager for the 2010 World Cup qualifying campaign.

Brakspear family net £35m in sale to rival pubs group

Members of the Brakspear family are to share in a £35m windfall after yesterday agreeing to sell their stake in one of the UK's last remaining family-owned pub businesses.

An outspoken MP who made plenty of enemies

The world will see Clare Short's departure as another blow for the Labour Party brought on by Tony Blair's decision to send troops into Iraq. She is one of those rare politicians with star quality, not afraid to stand alone, whose unspoken opinions made sense to people who would otherwise have little time for politicians.

Fletcher sees cause for hope in the gloom

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