New Zealand v England: 'It was just my lucky day,' admits hero Matt

Matt Prior reflected on the vagaries of batting fortune after his match and series-saving innings for England. He scored an unbeaten 110 which ensured that England left New Zealand with a 0-0 draw in the series that looked likely to elude them. It was crisp, to the point and deserved the reward it brought.

England bite should be too sharp for Kiwi pussycats

On no account should New Zealand be underestimated at home. They treat every ball as crucial, they are dogged and sometimes spectacular with the bat, relentless in the field and willing to improvise with the ball.

Alex Thomson finishing Vendée Globe in cautious mode

Foot off the pedal and doing everything to protect his third place over the last 500 miles, Alex Thomson was sounding happier as he added “I don’t care where I finish (in the Vendée Globe solo round the world race) just as long as I finish.”

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Speight's try ends Brumbies hoodoo

The ACT Brumbies snapped a 10-year losing streak in Sydney yesterday when they beat the New South Wales Waratahs 19-15, boosting their hopes of a place in Super Rugby's post-season play-offs.