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England v India: second ODI live! | Daniel Harris and John Ashdown

*ODI updates from the match in Cardiff*Email*Or get in touch via Twitter: @John_Ashdown*Look in on Australia v South Africa here 3.06pm BST Following on from Rihannas lead, will England be able to find runs in a hopeless place? ponders David Hopkins. Will Alex Hales shut up and drive for four? Once the crowd have put their umberellas away of course. God,

Australia v South Africa: tri-series live! | Russell Jackson

*Email with your thoughts*Why cricket needs Richie Benaud back*Check in on England v India here 12.13am AEST Kane Richardson returns in time for the Proteas to bring up their 200 and AB de Villiers to register some sort of injury discomfort that well have to keep an eye on. Forget shirt-talk, says Robert Wilson, who clearly hasnt yet read of my escal

Bradley Wiggins sets sights on world hour record for June 2015

Cyclist aims to reinvigorate famous old challenge Rule change allowing aerodynamic kit is behind decisionSir Bradley Wiggins has set his sights on breaking the world hour distance time in June 2015, which he hopes will rejuvenate cyclings most prestigious record. In an exclusive interview with the Guardian, Wiggins laid out his plans to set a marker for others to follow, after a rejig in the r

Louis van Gaal not shocked by Manchester Uniteds defeat to MK Dons

MK Dons thrash United 4-0 in Capital One Cup Ángel di María claims club were only one he would join Van Gaal undecided on whether to change systemLouis van Gaal admitted he was not shocked after overseeing one of the most humiliating evenings in Manchester Uniteds recent history. His side were thrashed 4-0 by Milton Keynes Dons in the Capital One Cup and it could have been worse as the Lea

Crystal Palace appoint Neil Warnock for second spell on two-year contract

Warnock returns to Selhurst Park to replace Tony Pulis Club planning at least four new signings before deadline Warnock turned down Nottingham Forest job in March Palace beaten at home by West Ham in first home gameCrystal Palace have ended their search for a new manager by reappointing Neil Warnock, who has been out of work since leaving Leeds last year, and will grant him funds to strength

Ángel di María admits: It was never my desire to leave Real Madrid

Argentinian writes open letter after Manchester United move United humiliated 4-0 by MK Dons Van Gaal not shocked by defeatDi María and the problem of Uniteds central midfieldÁngel di María has admitted he never wanted to leave Real Madrid for Manchester United following his £59.7m British record transfer that was completed on Tuesday.In an open letter to Real fans Di María wrote: My cycl

Matthias Bachinger renews acquaintance with Andy Murray at US Open

German fought through qualifying tournament after late arrival Bachinger played Murray as 14-year-olds and won once Murray struggles past Robin Haase Heather Watson crashes out after winning two gamesIf Matthias Bachinger were to beat Andy Murray in the second round of the US Open on Thursday, it would not only rank alongside the embarrassment that Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer endured in t

Talking Horses: Best bets as Tony McCoy aims for a Worcester sweep

It is by no means impossible that Tony McCoy could go through the card and ride seven winners at WorcesterWe may be in the core Flat season but I quite admire the way Tony McCoy keeps appearing like a Jump Racing ninja to steal the headlines on behalf of the winter game. He could do it again tonight, when he has seven good rides at Worcester and it is by no means impossible to see him going thr

Michael Jordan inspires Roger Federer to victory over Marinko Matosevic

*NBA great watches from players box*Federer beats Australian in straight setsRoger Federer put on a show in front of Michael Jordan to reach the second round of the US Open. Federer tweeted a picture with the NBA Hall of Famer on Monday and Jordan was in the Swiss stars box as he opened his campaign at Flushing Meadows with a 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 (7-4) win over Australias Marinko Matosevic. C

Richie Benaud must rescue us from the horror of KFC cricket | Russell Jackson

The great man may broadcast from home this summer, and the game has suffered through his absenceThere are a couple of ways you can take Channel Nine CEO David Gyngells statement that a convalescing Richie Benaud might call this coming summers international cricket from his Coogee lounge room; either its the ultimate tribute to Benauds unimpeachable standing in the game and at his network, or

Brumbies deny reports Pat McCabe forced to retire at age of 26

*Back suffers third serious neck injury*Has been member of Brumbies since 2010The Brumbies have watered down head coach Stephen Larkhams comments that Pat McCabe has retired, saying the 26-year-olds playing future hinges on a meeting with the Wallabies doctor.McCabe fractured his neck in the Wallabies 51-20 loss to the All Blacks at Eden Park on Saturday, with Larkham telling ABC radio o

Richie Benaud could call Australia v India from home

*Commentator recovering from car crash*Missed last Ashes series due to injuryIt would be an extraordinary decision but then it would benefit an extraordinary journalist: Channel Nine are considering arrangements for Richie Benaud to commentate on Australias series with India from his lounge.Benaud is still recovering after a car crash near his Coogee home last year. He suffered a back in

US Open: Australia's Sam Stosur and Casey Dellacqua breeze through

*Both players win in straight sets*Bernard Tomic and Sam Groth through in mens drawBernard Tomic and big-hitting Sam Groth joined Samantha Stosur and Casey Dellacqua in the second round of the US Open on another banner day for Australians at Flushing Meadows.Tomic nullified dangerous German Dustin Brown to progress 7-6 (7-2), 6-4, 7-6 (7-3) and book a showdown with the Spanish fourth see

Matthew Dellavedova: from country Victoria to the court of King James

As he prepares for the Basketball World Cup, the Boomers point guard credits his dramatic rise to hard work, dedication, and family supportBasketball has always been a family affair for Matthew Dellavedova. From spending his formative years marshalling grandparents and cousins around the backyard, to watching his father Mark play every Friday as his mother Leanne completed cheerleading duties

Away Days: Sharks v Raiders and the battle for the wooden spoon | Matt Cleary

Matt Cleary takes a trip to Remondis Stadium to witness a spectacle more horrifying than Clive Palmer twerkingAnd so to Remondis Stadium, Sweet home, Remondis as its known by very few if any people, for the NRLs Battle for Little Big Spoon: Cronulla Sharks and Canberra Raiders. Should be a good one.Actually it should be rubbish. The home team Sharks are without a host of players due to inj

Bradley Wiggins: Id like to re-establish the world hour record

The Team Sky rider has a memorable treble in his sights the Tour of Britain, the world time trial championship and cyclings most illustrious markFour years ago, Sir Bradley Wiggins travelled to Brittany to ride the Grand Prix de Plouay, and let slip to a French television journalist that he did not want to be there. There were mitigating circumstances in the death of his hugely influential gran

Nottinghamshire thrash Derbyshire in Royal London Cup quarter-final

Nottinghamshire 313-5; Derbyshire 228 Nottinghamshire win by 85 runsJames Taylor channelled his disappointment at another England omission with yet another televised hundred to retain Nottinghamshires hopes of a double.Taylor struck a career-best unbeaten 146 which ensured there was to be no upset in this East Midlands derby and thrust his County Championship title-chasing team into the las

US Open: 2014 Cirstea calls the shots and Heather Watson falls flat

British No1 out in under an hour 6-1, 61 2011 champion Sam Stosur through in straight setsHeather Watsons 2014 US Open, which she entered with such high hopes after significant breakthrough wins this summer, lasted only 54 minutes, but there was not a lot she could do against Sorana Cirstea, who destroyed her second serve with awesome power in the first round on Tuesday.The 24-year-old Rom

Mark Cavendish secures first victory since crashing out of Tour de France

Mark Cavendish wins stage one of Tour de Poitou-Charentes Welcome boost in France before next months Tour of BritainMark Cavendish secured his first victory since crashing out of the Tour de France by winning the sprint on stage one of the Tour de Poitou-Charentes.Cavendish, the Omega-PharmaQuick Step rider, took the stage win ahead of the Ag2rs Maxim Daniel after a 192.4km race through La

Pro12 ready to join the big leagues after Guinness and Sky jump aboard

New sponsors Guinness, plus Sky deal, raise profile of league Pro12 is now in a position to rival the PremiershipThe decision to hold the launch of the Pro12 in a country not involved in the tournament may have seemed perverse but the day-long event at the London headquarters of the tournament sponsor, Guinness, had less to do with tempting reporters based in the English capital than making a

John Degenkolb wins fourth stage of Vuelta a España

German rider edges out Vicente Reynes and Michael Matthews Orica GreenEdges Matthews retains leaders red jerseyThe German rider John Degenkolb outsprinted Vicente Reynes and race leader Michael Matthews to win a hot, sunny fourth stage of the Vuelta a España on Tuesday.Degenkolb, who rides for Team Giant-Shimano, surged past Matthews and Reynes in the final kilometre of the hilly 164.7km

Roger Charlton says Al Kazeem may take on Australia in Irish Champion

Veteran runner could stay in training next year Cirrus Des Aigles and Treve recovering wellAustralia may, contrary to expectations, face some significant opposition when he lines up at Leopardstown for the Irish Champion Stakes next month. The race is being seriously considered for Al Kazeem, despite initial indications that the race could come too soon after his win at Windsor on Saturday nig

Horse racing tips: Wednesday 27 August

Giovanni Jack is napped to score at Catterick (3.10), plus tips for all five Wednesday race meetings2.10 Wiseton 2.40 Foxcover 3.10 Giovanni Jack (nap) 3.40 Smart Alec 4.15 Showtime Star 4.45 Sir Charlie Kunz 5.15 Pastureyes Continue reading...

Legia Warsaw mock Celtic on Twitter after Champions League humiliation

Legia react to Celtics home defeat by Maribor Champions League report: Celtic 0-1 Maribor Minute-by-minute: Celtics exit as it happened CAS overturned Legias appeal against expulsionCeltics failure to take a second chance at Champions League group stage qualification earned a satisfied response from Legia Warsaw, who tweeted to celebrate Maribors 1-0 win at Celtic Park.Celtic lost to Legi

Celtic 0-1 Maribor | Champions League play-off second leg

Celtic 0-1 Maribor Tavares 75 Maribor won 2-1 on aggCeltics season is only a few weeks old but in one sense it is already over. In an unabashed one-horse race of a Scottish Premiership, the new manager Ronny Deila was always going to be defined by his European exploits. Until next season at least, he will now be known as the man who was given a second chance in the Champions League and blew i

Joe Root leaps to Alastair Cooks defence as Englands one-day captain

Root brushes off criticism from Vaughan and Swann Yorkshireman expects Cook and Hales to flourishFirst ODI between England and India washed outEngland are confident they have the right captain, and right methods, to take on India in the Royal London Series and on the journey to next winters World Cup.Joe Root spoke defiantly on the eve of the second one-day international in Cardiff in supp

Cook and Hales feel the heat as England prepare to face India in Cardiff | Vic Marks

Englands new openers face different pressure Home side have yet to lose an ODI in Wales capitalHales part of English change of tackWales has always been a happy hunting ground for England at least as far as cricket is concerned. In one-day internationals, England have never lost there; in seven matches they have won four and three, rather ominously, have been no results. After the downpour at

MK Dons 4-0 Manchester United | Capital One Cup second round match report

View the best images from the match hereUnited finally sign Ángel di MaríaUnlike the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, Louis van Gaals Manchester United tactics playbook does not appear to have the phrase Dont Panic written in large, friendly letters on the cover. There are those who would suggest the acquisition of Ángel Di María indicates that it should, and Van Gaal would certainly be forg

Ángel di María says Manchester United were the only club after Real

United smash British transfer record for £59.7m Argentinian Di María set to make debut against Burnley on Saturday Uniteds spending hits £130.7m but could increase further Di María and the problem of Uniteds central midfieldÁngel di María said Manchester United were the only club for which he would have left Real Madrid as the 26-year-old completed a £59.7m British record transfer, signing a

Arsenal seek striker reinforcement in wake of Olivier Giroud injury

Loïc Rémy fronts list of emergency strikers for Arsenal Radamel Falcao and Danny Welbeck options to be exploredOlivier Giroud fears lengthy absenceArsène Wenger is considering a late move into the transfer market to secure a striker before Mondays deadline, with the Arsenal manager resigned to being without his principal centre-forward, Olivier Giroud, until the new year.The France interna

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