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The striker refused to play for Stoke after texting manager Mark Hughes

Denesh Ramdin holds up the offending message

Rajan's Wrong 'un: Ramdin should be praised not pilloried

Players like Shane Watson are punished for colourful, crowd-pleasing antics

Usain Bolt pats Asafa Powell on the head after edging him out in the 100m in Oslo last night

Usain Bolt wins again as Jessica Ennis misfires

Usain Bolt did not get off to the best of starts in the 100m at the Bislett Games Diamond League meeting in Oslo last night but at least he got off to a legal one – unlike Jessica Ennis, who was disqualified for a false start in the 100m hurdles final, and Mark Lewis-Francis, who suffered the same fate in the same race as the world's fastest man.

England serene as Windies await Narine

West Indies 150-3 v Leicestershire: Tourists hope mystery spinner can reproduce his stunning IPL form
Jack Warner resigned, after revelations that payments of 40,000 US dollars in brown envelopes were handed over to officials from 25 nations.

Prosecutor calls for further investigations into bribery

The chief prosecutor in Trinidad has declared that further investigations may be needed into how around $1million was brought into the country and paid to Caribbean football officials last year.

Crime writer who became the story

A crime reporter has been charged with robbing a liquor store and shooting at police.

Dwayne Bravo, 28 - Trinidad & Tobago, right-handed middle-order batsman, medium-pace bowler

West Indians cannot resist Twenty20's pot of cash

Five leading players in Caribbean are plying trade in Indian Premier League so Test side will suffer

West Indian bowlers; Fidel Edwards, Kemar Roach and Shane Shillingford

Chaos and crisis in Caribbean

As they arrive for the Tests against England, West Indies are average on the field and a shambles off it. Stephen Brenkley reports

Dereck Chisora and David Haye square up before fighting breaks out

Trending: Who are you calling a lightweight?

There was a telling moment in The Independent's Steve Bunce's eyewitness account of the Chisora/Haye brawl in Munich on Saturday. Bunce wrote of the moment Dereck Chisora headed over to confront David Haye: "It was at this crucial point that press-conference protocol for heavyweights fell down, when nobody in a security shirt appeared to step in front of the two fighters and restrict the confrontation to taunts, promises and threats."

Jack Warner said he was awarded TV rights for just $1

Blatter hit by new corruption row as Warner tells of 'inducements'

Fifa last night faced potentially damaging fresh accusations of corruption, this time involving Sepp Blatter, the world governing body's president. Jack Warner, once Blatter's right-hand man, said he was awarded lucrative World Cup TV rights for a nominal $1 after assisting Blatter's election as president.

Trinidad & Tobago: Government cracks down on gangs

Authorities rounded up 117 people in Trinidad and Tobago after imposing emergency rule on the oil-rich Caribbean nation this week to halt a spike in violent crime.

In the pink: First lady of hip-hop Nicki Minaj is a bewigged global phenomenon

But as the singer tells Nick Haramis, she is still a determinedly private person

Science of the social network

Forget the scare stories, what effect is Facebook really having on how we interact with each other? Nick Harding gets an anthropological insight

My Life In Travel: Liz Bonnin, TV presenter

'The more I travel, the more I want to see'

Jack Warner hints at return to football

Jack Warner, the controversial ex-FIFA vice-president, has claimed he may return to football in the future because he has "unfinished business".

Burren bosses to float new firm

Bayfield Energy, founded by former Burren Energy executives, said it plans to list on London's junior AIM market in early July.

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