Will Hawkes

Will Hawkes works on The Independent's Sports Desk. He writes about beer in his spare time.

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Will Hawkes: Reborn Aussies take the biscuit – and they're feeling pretty bonzer about it

View From The Sofa: Australia v India Test series, Sky
The moment that Martin Keown was hit by a ball on the touchline

ESPN to continue its pitch-side punditry despite Keown's whack

Martin Keown's head may still be ringing, but ESPN is not prepared to do away with pitch-side punditry quite yet. The former Arsenal defender, working as a summariser, was hit by a well-struck football before Monday's game between Arsenal and Leeds United at the Emirates Stadium but the TV channel insists it will continue "to bring fans as close as we can to the game".

Rooney and Sir Alex have had some 'conflict'

Rooney: There's always conflict between us

United striker admits his performance was affected after Ferguson fined him

ECB to cut County Championship season

Counties will play just 14 four-day matches a season from 2014 if, as expected, recommendations contained in a review of the domestic game are approved by the ECB Management Board at Lord's today.

The moment that Martin Keown was hit by a ball on the touchline

ESPN to continue its touchline analysis despite Keown's whack

Broadcaster keen to bring fans 'as close to game as possible' – even if pundits end up being hit by balls

Will Hawkes: Upsets may be thin on ground but punditry can still be pretty shocking

View From The Sofa: FA Cup Highlights, ITV
Ricky Ponting's 134 – his 40th Test ton – at the Sydney Cricket Ground at least offers him the chance to go out on his own terms

Ponting fires again... but is that good for Australia?

Even in his most hangdog moments, Ricky Ponting does not inspire pity. The former Australia captain has been too good a player for that but only the fiercest of English cricket fans could have failed to have felt something for him these past two years. The diminutive Tasmanian's characteristic tenacity and courage were still there, but the dominance at the wicket that had taken him to the top of the Test game seemed a thing of the past.

Green machine: Mark Cavendish

2011 sporting review: The year of the drought-breakers

Lancashire's title, Clarke's Open and Cavendish's jersey show that good things come (eventually) to those who wait

Beer: Battling the Black Stuff

Taking on Guinness is the beer world’s equivalent of offering to mark Lionel Messi, or flicking Mike Tyson’s ears: it suggests a predilection for painful humiliation.

Will Hawkes: Pearce provides champagne moments but Lawrenson needs a few beers

The View From The Sofa: Euro 2012 Draw, BBC2
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