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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