Bale bags awards treble with writers' honour

Gareth Bale

Tottenham Hotspur winger Gareth Bale completed a notable treble after being voted the 2013 Footballer of the Year by England's Football Writers' Association.

Friday, 3 May, 2013, 4:48am

English law brings end to 'libel tourism'

Arnold Schwarzenegger

London's reputation as the defamation capital of the world is poised to end after the enactment of a law that strengthens the position of respondents and puts a virtual end to so-called libel tourism. Powerful foreigners - Russian oligarchs, Arab oil magnates and large corporations - have often brought libel cases against authors, journalists, academics, scientists and bloggers based on the most tenuous of links to England.

27 Apr 2013 - 3:27am

We're not done yet, insists England after loss to Samoa

Samoa's Reupena Levasa takes two England defenders with him in last night's convincing victory at Hong Kong Stadium. Samoa shocked England 28-7. Photo: Felix Wong.

England will meet old enemy Scotland with the pressure on their shoulders after Samoa knocked the stuffing out of them in a powerful and consummate performance which stunned most of the packed stadium on the opening night of the Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens.

23 Mar 2013 - 5:13am

England must be wary of group's surprise package

England manager Roy Hodgson. Photo: Reuters

England head to Montenegro for Tuesday's second and most difficult part of their away double-header in the 2014 World Cup qualifiers, with the result likely to be more crucial to the group H final standings than most would have expected at the start of the qualifying campaign.

23 Mar 2013 - 4:41am

England 234-1 vs NZ after day 4

England's Alastair Cook makes his ground as the New Zealand wicket keeper B J Watling breaks the stumps on the fourth day of the 1st international cricket test at University Oval in Dunedin on Saturday. Photo: AP

Alastair Cook scored his 24th test century and Nick Compton his first Saturday in an 231-run opening partnership which steered England towards parity with New Zealand on the fourth day of the first test.

At stumps England was 234-1, 59 runs behind New Zealand with a day to play.

9 Mar 2013 - 3:58pm

New Zealand skittle England for 167

New Zealand's Bruce Martin (centre) celebrates on the second day of the 1st international cricket test in Dunedin, New Zealand, on Thursday. Photo: AP

England were hustled out for just 167 on the second day of the opening Test against New Zealand on Thursday as the unfancied Black Caps attack destroyed the tourists’ powerful batting line-up.

7 Mar 2013 - 1:02pm

France should follow England's example, says Philippe Saint-Andre

Philippe Saint-Andre

France should follow England's example when it comes to looking after their players and not overloading the schedule, French coach Philippe Saint-Andre said.

The 45-year-old, who spent over eight years coaching in England, said the lack of time allowed for top players to develop their skills had hindered and would continue to hinder the national side.

29 Jan 2013 - 4:16am

Briefs, December 29, 2012

The Beatles arrive in the US for their first visit in 1964.

Former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi must pay his second wife, Veronica Lario, €3 million (HK$30.8 million) a month in alimony but gets to keep their estate.

29 Dec 2012 - 3:59am

Christians could be a minority in England and Wales by 2018

An increasing number of people in England and Wales profess no faith.

Christians could be in a minority in England and Wales by 2018, according to analysis of the latest census results, which have revealed a fall of more than four million in the number of people who describe themselves as adhering to the faith.

13 Dec 2012 - 5:05am

Big guns clash in World Cup 'group of death'

The Webb Ellis Cup near Tower Bridge ahead of the Rugby World Cup draw. Photo: AFP

England, Wales and Australia were all drawn together in a potential 'group of death' when the draw for the 2015 Rugby World Cup in England was made yesterday.

The trio all found themselves in Pool A at a draw conducted at London's Tate Modern gallery.

4 Dec 2012 - 1:37am

Barritt insists All Blacks can be beaten

England's Brad Barritt being tackled by New Zealand Maori's Luke McAlister. Barritt insists his side can beat New Zealand. Photo: Reuters

England centre Brad Barritt insisted his side can do what no side has done in more than a year and defeat New Zealand when they meet the world champions at Twickenham on Saturday.

The All Blacks, who have not lost a European autumn series international in a decade, arrive at ‘headquarters’ on a 20-match unbeaten run dating back to August last year.

28 Nov 2012 - 10:14am

800 homes flooded as Britain soaked by more heavy rain

People use canoes to travel through floodwaters in Malmesbury in Wiltshire, western England, on Sunday. Photo: AFP

More than 800 homes in England and Wales have been flooded as heavy rain and strong winds battered the country and environmental officials warned of more downpours to come on Monday.

Two people have died since heavy rain began on Wednesday, including a woman killed by a falling tree in the southwestern English city of Exeter and a man trapped in his car in rising waters in Somerset.

26 Nov 2012 - 12:50pm

2 dead, 500 homes affected as storm soaks southwest England

The British government has pledged to help victims of widespread flooding across the country, as gale-force winds and torrential rain claimed the lives of two people.

A 21-year-old woman was killed when a tree smashed into her tent while she was sleeping, near the Exeter city centre, while a 70-year-old man died after his car crashed into a swollen river in Cambridgeshire.

26 Nov 2012 - 4:26am

Pietersen back in England fold for India tour

England's Kevin Pietersen. Photo: AP

Kevin Pietersen has been added to England’s test squad for next month’s tour to India after being dropped following a controversial text-message row.

The decision to recall the South African-born batsman was made after he met coach Andy Flower, captain Alastair Cook and other senior players and members of England’s management team this week.

19 Oct 2012 - 9:15am

Germany and Spain held as rain beats England

Portugal's Helder Postiga (left) and Nani after scoring the equaliser goal against Northern Ireland during their World Cup Group F qualifying match at the Dragao Stadium in Portugal on Tuesday. Photo: AP

Germany squandered a four-goal lead to draw 4-4 with Sweden while world champions Spain conceded in stoppage time to draw 1-1 with France as both teams lost 100 per cent records in World Cup qualifying on Tuesday.

17 Oct 2012 - 8:32am