Sport in Brief: Piracy fear disrupts Ocean Race

Boats competing in the Volvo Ocean Race had to be transported onboard a huge ship manned by armed guards to the safe haven of Male in the Maldives because of the threat of pirates along the east coast of Africa.

Saeed Ajmal (second left) celebrates after dismissing Ian Bell

'Shocked' Flower trusts batsmen to work Ajmal out

Sooner or later on their travels in Asia, England were bound to be ambushed again by spin. History dictates that there is always another mystery man lying in wait, ready to ensnare them in a web of intrigue leading to disaster.

Up creek: From the Shindagha neighbourhood, it's a short walk along Dubai Creek to the Dubai Museum

Traveller's Guide: Dubai

With desert, beaches and audacious architecture, the emirate has plenty to entice visitors.

Flat jockey Robert Winston lost his appeal against a swingeing 22-day whip ban

Novice Ranjaan shows Festival class

When a boy beats men, notice is entitled to be taken. Yesterday at Taunton the four-year-old hurdler Ranjaan, having just his fourth outing over obstacles, outclassed a field of seasoned handicappers, older and much more streetwise rivals. He thus cemented his claims for the Cheltenham Festival, where he will be taking on his contemporaries in the Triumph Hurdle.

Argentina legend Diego Maradona

Diego Maradona undergoes surgery in Dubai

Diego Maradona has undergone surgery to have kidney stones removed, the Dubai hospital where he is being treated said on Monday.

Aidan O'Brien: The trainer is aiming his top older horse at the world's richest race

So You Think lined up for Dubai prize

Perhaps smarting from recent remarks by Ireland's official handicapper, connections of So You Think yesterday targeted a prize commensurate with the reputation that preceded him from Australia.

Failed £285m deal sees Adelphi back on the market

The Adelphi building off the Strand in London's West End, is expected to be put back up for sale in the next few weeks.

British skipper Ian Walker who scored a maximum six points from the in-port race with French boat Groupama

Flawless Walker takes maximum points

Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing eased the pressure on skipper Ian Walker after two miserable legs in the Volvo Ocean Race by scoring a crushing victory on home waters yesterday.

Swann is a doubt for the first Test against Pakistan

Chris Tremlett and Graeme Swann are doubts for England

Chris Tremlett and Graeme Swann's fitness remains in doubt for England's final warm-up match against a Pakistan Cricket Board XI tomorrow.

Tim Bresnan with team doctor Mark Wotherspoon

Tim Bresnan ruled out of series with Pakistan due to elbow injury

England seamer Tim Bresnan has been ruled out of the forthcoming series against Pakistan with injury.

Grounds for concern over these dates in the desert

Sharjah has staged 201 one-day internationals, but how many were fixed?
Hannah Dodkin who celebrated success with Richard Best

Apprentice winner accuses partner of running off with $1m prize money

What do a female plumber from Somerset, an Arab property magnate with a fondness for buying English football clubs and an eco-friendly Los Angeles architect have in common? The answer is they all feature in an intriguing legal battle over just who gets a share of the $1m dollar prize money from a Middle Eastern version of The Apprentice.

Ian Bell admits that his long-term goal is to hold down the No 3 spot for England

Bell resigned to relegation but dreams of climbing back to No 3

Ian Bell is quietly preparing himself for another drop down England's batting order this winter, but he admits that his long-term ambition remains to make the No 3 position his own. That will never be an easy task, of course, while the current International Cricket Council player of the year Jonathan Trott is in the frame.

Groupama notch first win of the Volvo Ocean Race

Spain’s Telefónica secured overall victory on the second leg of the Volvo round the world race with a strong second place on the sprint finish, but the last word went to France’s Groupama as they notching up its first win of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12, snatching top spot ahead of their rivals in the dying moments of the sprint into Abu Dhabi.

Fabio Capello: The England coach criticised Germany for calling on dually eligible players

Germans rage at Capello's 'stealing' jibe

The German football association has been left seething at Fabio Capello's criticism of their recruitment policy.

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As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

Mussolini tried to warn his ally of the danger of bringing the country to its knees. So should we, says Patrick Cockburn
Britain's widening poverty gap should be causing outrage at the start of the election campaign

The short stroll that should be our walk of shame

Courting the global elite has failed to benefit Britain, as the vast disparity in wealth on display in the capital shows
Homeless Veterans appeal: The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty

Homeless Veterans appeal

The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty
Prince Charles the saviour of the nation? A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king

Prince Charles the saviour of the nation?

A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king
How books can defeat Isis: Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad

How books can defeat Isis

Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad
Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

She may be in charge of minimising our risks of injury, but the chair of the Health and Safety Executive still wants children to be able to hurt themselves
The open loathing between Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu just got worse

The open loathing between Obama and Netanyahu just got worse

The Israeli PM's relationship with the Obama has always been chilly, but going over the President's head on Iran will do him no favours, says Rupert Cornwell
French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

Fury at British best restaurants survey sees French magazine produce a rival list
Star choreographer Matthew Bourne gives young carers a chance to perform at Sadler's Wells

Young carers to make dance debut

What happened when superstar choreographer Matthew Bourne encouraged 27 teenage carers to think about themselves for once?
Design Council's 70th anniversary: Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch

Design Council's 70th anniversary

Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch
Dame Harriet Walter: The actress on learning what it is to age, plastic surgery, and her unease at being honoured by the establishment

Dame Harriet Walter interview

The actress on learning what it is to age, plastic surgery, and her unease at being honoured by the establishment
Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Critics of Tom Stoppard's new play seem to agree that cerebral can never trump character, says DJ Taylor
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef's winter salads will make you feel energised through February

Bill Granger's winter salads

Salads aren't just a bit on the side, says our chef - their crunch, colour and natural goodness are perfect for a midwinter pick-me-up
England vs Wales: Cool head George Ford ready to put out dragon fire

George Ford: Cool head ready to put out dragon fire

No 10’s calmness under pressure will be key for England in Cardiff
Michael Calvin: Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links