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Nick Skelton finished in joint fifth place

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Despite the collective will of nearly all of the 21,000 faithful in the Greenwich grandstands, Great Britain's showjumpers could not gallop on from team gold on Monday to individual glory of any metal yesterday. But it was only by the narrowest of margins that Nick Skelton and Scott Brash missed out; one fence down apiece in the tense final stages relegated them instantly from medal contenders to joint-fifth place, as Swiss rider Steve Guerdat took gold.

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Ashwell Prince hit a priceless century for champions Lancashire

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US company buys Belfry

The Belfry, four times the host of the Ryder Cup, has been sold to American financiers who have pledged to carry out a major renovation on the vast property.

UK's Public libraries are expected to close or open for a total of 150,000 fewer hours this year

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More than 150 libraries have been closed or put into the hands of volunteers in the past year owing to the Government spending squeeze, with a further 225 at risk as councils look for ways of finding savings, according to research released last night.

Man, 24, dies in tent at music festival

Police are investigating the death of a 24-year-old man at the Global Gathering electronic and dance music festival.

Graham Onions: The bowler chipped in with three wickets for Durham

Round-up: Stokes at the double as Durham win at last

Durham clinched their first LV County Championship Division One victory of the season after a 15-run win over Middlesex in a low-scoring contest at Chester-le-Street.

Paul Collingwood: The Durham captain was one of two to fall to Steven Finn’s bowling

Finn tucks in but Onions fails to sizzle as Durham struggle

It was advantage Finn as the two England bowlers who are next in line went head to head in the First Division of the County Championship yesterday.

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Ian Bell: Steyn may be fierce but I'm out to tame my old Bears team-mate

View From the Middle: Cape Town was one of my most satisfying moments in an England shirt

Alastair Cook, England's captain, was frustrated yesterday

Rain at Edgbaston washes away England's No 1 spot and Warwickshire's hopes of a pay day

England were deprived last night of the opportunity to become the world's top ranked one-day side, when their match against Australia in Birmingham was called off because of rain. Although they are 2-0 ahead in the series they had to win all five scheduled matches if they were to head the International Cricket Council ratings for the first time.

Five-minute memoir: Anjali Joseph recalls a life-changing horse ride

In 2003, I'd just split up with my first serious boyfriend. I began going out with someone older. He was the kind of 41-year-old who thought the line about being as young as the person you're feeling was funny; I was the kind of 25-year-old who read into the joke irony that wasn't there.

Stuart Broad

England rotate squad for final one-day international against West Indies

England's rotation policy appears to be here to stay after Stuart Broad, Graeme Swann and Tim Bresnan were rested for Friday's final one-day international against the West Indies.

Jean Field: Expert on the poet Walter Savage Landor

Jean Field was an expert on the 19th-century poet Walter Savage Landor, whom she felt had been much maligned by earlier biographers and whose standing she aimed to rescue with her magnum opus Landor: a Biography of Walter Savage Landor (2000). In this book, in which she concentrated on his Warwickshire background – which she herself shared – she unearthed new material, particularly regarding his friendships with other writers such as Charles Dickens, who based the character of Boythorn in Bleak House on him, and Robert and Elizabeth Browning, who took care of him during his last years in Florence.

County Championship round-up: Leaders hold on for draw to thwart champions

Lancashire may have said goodbye to any hopes of retaining the County Championship title but they ended the first half of the season with a reminder of how they won it.

A lone St George's flag as heavy rain prevents any play on day one

Rain rescues Broad but ECB left to count the cost

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