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England get ready for cricket's richest prize

When Chris Gayle and Kevin Pietersen walk out for the coin toss next Saturday, their teams will be competing for the richest prize in cricketing history - $20m - to win the inaugural Stanford 20/20 for 20 event.

Keane and Warner on collision course after Yorke call-up

Sunderland boss Roy Keane could be heading for another row with the Trinidad and Tobago Football Federation over midfielder Dwight Yorke.

Mutu gathers support to challenge 'unjust and inhumane' fine

Adrian Mutu has vowed to appeal against the £13.68m fine he has been ordered to pay former club Chelsea, slamming Fifa's ruling as "unjust" and "inhumane".

The Assassin’s Song, by MG Vassanji

Nomad's tale grips the heart

Michael X: A Life In Black And White, by John Williams

Notting Hill to death row

Stanford incentive for counties

Just in case any of today's four semi-finalists needed a further incentive to win the Twenty20 Cup aside from the glory of being crowned victors, they have been handed one. Actually two hundred thousand big ones.

Veteran Yorke staying with Sunderland

Sunderland midfielder Dwight Yorke has signed a new one-year deal to extend his career on Wearside.

Top clubs are 'helping England's opponents,' says Blatter

England's failure to reach Euro 2008 was partly due to Premier League clubs helping overseas players reach the peak of their game and benefiting their own countries, the Fifa president, Sepp Batter, said yesterday.

Reprieve for England as Fifa waives subs rule in T&T game

Fifa yesterday announced they will not wipe England's friendly against Trinidad & Tobago from the record books despite a mistake over substitutions. Football's world governing body did not give special dispensation for seven rather than the maximum of six substitutions, but said that it had been a mistake by referee Enrico Wijngaarde.

Ref admission clears England friendly

FIFA today announced they will not wipe England's friendly against Trinidad and Tobago from the record books despite a mistake over substitutions.

Beckham back as captain in England bid to win cup votes

David Beckham is a shock contender to be named England captain for tomorrow's friendly against Trinidad & Tobago. The game has been arranged so that the Football Association can secure the vote of the Caribbean nation's influential grandee Jack Warner for its 2018 World Cup bid and Beckham making a token return to the captaincy is regarded as a way of winning over Fifa.

Capello cuts squad for Trinidad trip

Seven players involved in last week's Champions League final have been excused from England's trip to Trinidad and Tobago for the friendly international match on Sunday.

Yorke's late reply sees him cut adrift

Dwight Yorke has been left out of the Trinidad & Tobago team to face England in Sunday's friendly. The 36-year-old Sunderland midfielder, who played for the Soca Warriors at the 2006 World Cup, retired last year but had been invited to play in the match by the country's football federation.

England call-up to cap Hart's meteoric rise

Joe Hart is set to be called up into the full England squad for the forthcoming friendly matches against the United States and Trinidad & Tobago. The 21-year-old goalkeeper has impressed manager Fabio Capello with a string of fine performances for Manchester City this season.

Armitage pack are happy to pass it on down the line

Whatever else London Irish may fear as they continue their journey into the Heineken Cup unknown with a first semi-final next Saturday, it will not be fear itself. "I love rugby," said Steffon Armitage, the Exiles' openside flanker. "Knowing I can take the hit, soak it up and always come back for more. And I love golf too." But there's not much physical contact in golf, Steffon? "Look at it from the ball's point of view," he said.

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