Paul Kelso

India urged to vote for Zim ban

Moves to isolate Zimbabwe cricket gathered momentum this week when the England and Wales Cricket Board began preliminary talks with India.

Calls to stump Zimbabwean cricket heeded

Cricket South Africa and English cricket players are taking to heart Archbishop Desmond Tutu's call to isolate Zimbabwean cricket.

IOC officials deny backing off on Tibet

Senior Olympic officials denied bowing to Chinese government pressure this week after an influential International Olympic Committee (IOC) body watered down calls for Beijing to find a negotiated solution to the conflict in Tibet. Beijing is determined to press ahead despite the disastrous reception the torch has received so far.

Olympic spirit flickers amid London relay chaos

The Beijing torch relay was conceived as ''a journey of harmony''. But there was precious little unity on display in London on Sunday as the most powerful symbol of the Olympic movement completed a troubled and occasionally violent passage across the capital.

Will Wembley be ready for the Cup?

Fresh concerns over Wembley's readiness for the FA Cup final emerged this week after Brent council revealed it has been unable to confirm the dates for two ramp-up events planned for next month, adding to fears that the timetable for completing the stadium is slipping.

Top players on serious charges

Arsenal footballer Robin van Persie was arrested and held in the Netherlands on Monday on suspicion of rape, Dutch prosecutors said this week. Van Persie (21) was held in Rotterdam following an incident at the weekend, according to a prosecution spokesperson, Jei Chen de Graaf.

‘Murky’ football transfers

Gary Lineker this week attacked the ''murky'' world of the football transfer business, telling a high court jury in London that Harry Kewell's transfer from Leeds United to Liverpool was a deal that had tarnished the game's reputation. The former English captain says comments from a player's agent irked him.

Coke doesn’t make you a drugs cheat

It is hard to feel sympathy for a footballer on £60 000 a week whose all-round fondness for fast living and aversion to training has brought his career to the brink of disaster. In one respect, however, Adrian Mutu, the Chelsea striker who admitted this week that he tested positive for cocaine, can consider himself unfortunate.

Grand prix intruder strikes again

The final event of the Athens Olympics was marred on Sunday when a former Irish priest leapt from the crowd on the marathon route and attacked the race leader. Cornelius ''Neil'' Horan, who ran on to the track during the 2003 British Grand Prix at Silverstone, burst on to the road near the 35km mark and forced the leader, the Brazilian Vanderlei de Lima, into the crowd.

Olympic security confidence dented

It was the news Giorgos Voulgarakis did not want to hear. Eight hours before the Greek public order minister was due to begin briefing FBI and CIA officials in Washington on security arrangements for the Olympics, three bombs exploded outside a police station in an Athens suburb. The blasts blamed on anarchists have drawn attention to fears and delays dogging the games.

Walking alone

When things go wrong, supporters often feel personally let down by the manager. On Monday Liverpool revealed that in early February club manager Gérard Houllier was sent a letter by an anonymous supporter threatening his life if he did not resign immediately.

Money talks with foreign accents

There was a time when the ownership of English football clubs was a parochial matter; boardrooms were occupied by local boys made good, hoping some of the glory rubbed off. Now, on screens in the world's financial markets as well as in living rooms, the Premiership has become truly global.

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