Venables returns with football fund

Former England manager fronts investment scheme

James Davis and Jeremy Taylor at the Leon Paul Fencing Centre
©Greg Funnell

FT Masterclass: Fencing with James Davis

One of the rising stars of British fencing has built a career on a childhood love of his ‘Star Wars’ lightsaber

Joe Cummings illustration - Imran Khan

Imran Khan, playboy turned politician

Run out last year, the former cricketer is now marching on Islamabad, writes Victor Mallet

Coup is no solution for Pakistan

Sharif has brought the crisis down on his own head

Geopolitical threats weigh on confidence

Fears of Russia trade war on the rise

Li & Fung casts doubt on global recovery

Supply chain group blames US retail market for missing forecasts

Ladbrokes chief in line to pick up 760,000 shares

Award subject to group’s performance over three years

Kevin Sutherland tees off on the 17th hole during the second round of the Champions Tour Dick's Sporting Goods Open at En-Joie Golf Course on August 16 2014 in Endicott, New York
©Chris Condon/PGA Tour

US golf slump drops Dick’s in the bunker

Sports retailer to lay off around 500 PGA professionals

Digital revamp is just the ticket

Big airlines must fly beyond legacy GDS technology and disrupt their own models before rivals do it for them, writes Steve Jones of Capgemini

Cricket: England seal series as India collapse

Joe Root’s unbeaten 149 puts England in control

BT and Sky kick off fresh round of rivalry

Big telecoms groups already eyeing Premier League crown

French politician joins plans for Crimean theme park

Links to blacklisted businessmen likely to attract controversy

Interview: tennis star Grigor Dimitrov

Fresh from his humbling of Andy Murray at Wimbledon, the Bulgarian tennis player is turning his attention to a first grand slam win at the US Open

Football clubs cry foul over wealth rules

Musandam breaks round-Britain record

French skipper led dash to beat compatriot’s record

Wie leads the way for women’s game

A top performer on the course and a charismatic personality off it, this US player is driving change

Major ambition drives Indian golf star

The success of Asian players such as Anirban Lahiri amounts to a vital component for the sport’s future

Golf needs to get a grip on its future

Despite some bright stars, the game is engaged in a fight to modernise and reverse a decline in participation

‘Augusta syndrome’ threatens efforts to turn green into brown

California’s drought prompts anger over golf course watering

Simulators aim to stimulate inner-city swingers

Entrepreneurs seize on idea of an urban antidote to the five-hour round

Lament for golf’s lost art of shot-making

Big distance is the skewed goal that rules both the professional and amateur sides of the sport

Thiam risks joining the establishment

We will never know if Pru would have performed better with AIA

Catalonia’s shame, a stain on Spain

Pujol scandal presents opportunities as well as dangers

Trimaran set to take round Britain record

Oman Sail’s Musandam already two hours inside course record

Ladbrokes’ profits down despite World Cup

Bookmaker’s half-year profits down 50% after restructuring

Bertha puts UK sailing record in sight

Trimaran Musandam screams ahead of the 28-strong fleet

Focus returns to future of F1 after trial

Sport faces rapidly changing media landscape and succession issue

Tawdry trade tarnishes German justice

The Ecclestone case shows how power is migrating away from votes

FT Masterclass: One-wall handball with Joe Durso

An all-time great in the hard and fast world of American handball shares tips on how to be at the top of the game

Salford students team up with Class of ‘92

Manchester United’s players will work to boost business acumen

French trimaran wins Artemis Challenge

Prince-de-Bretagne first in 50-mile dash round Isle of Wight

A Norse sense to company votes

Norway’s oil fund readies a raid against complacent boards

Lufthansa plots another German winner

Itaú-Unibanco: banking on Brazil

The party continues for Brazil’s biggest bank

Kabaddi holds breath for glitzy relaunch

India’s oldest and most traditional sport turns to television to increase its appeal

Ecclestone settles bribery case for $100m

Offer from F1 boss’s lawyers accepted to bring early end to trial

Telefónica offers €6.7bn for Vivendi’s GVT

Sale of Brazilian unit would help French group exit its legacy telecoms business

China Everbright: still dark

Restructuring the group requires greater transparency

Leaders mark first world war centenary

Sporting Life: The Commonwealth Games

Matthew Engel on the warmth radiating from the Commonwealth Games