Sport Kevin Pietersen can either wait for the IPL auction next month or play county cricket in England

Giles feels that England cannot overlook someone of Pietersen's ability given their failure to capitalise on winning positions in Australia

Andy Murray: Plays his first competitive game of 2013 in Brisbane as he defends title

Murray: I feel more relaxed after breaking my Slam duck

The brief Christmas which he enjoyed back in a soggy and windswept Britain must feel like a distant memory to Andy Murray. The world No 3 has already made his first appearance of the season, in the warmth of the Middle East, and now he is preparing for his second, in the searing heat of Australia's Sunshine State of Queensland.

Freddie Flintoff makes his boxing debut on Friday

Bunce on Boxing: Freddie Flintoff has put hard yards in – but he's no Mundine

When former England cricketer Freddie Flintoff is finally left alone on Friday night at the MEN Arena, hopefully he will not look down at the wet imprint left by his pal Ricky Hatton's stricken body on the same canvas.

Nike could face huge bill to maintain association with Manchester United

The American sportswear giants are due to sit down with Red Devils officials in February at the start of an exclusive six-month negotiating period with United over their £303million kit supply deal.

Charlie Sharples can show this autumn he has an England future

Brian Smith: Stuart Lancaster will be looking to find more proven performers for England

Coach's view: England coach will want to emerge with a clear idea of who he can trust to deliver

Andy Murray practises ahead of tonight’s final round-robin match

Murray fights to keep season alive – then plans rare holiday

Andy Murray is hoping not to start thinking about holiday plans until the end of Monday night's final here at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals but the Scot will be taking his first break for two years after the season-ending finale. Murray, who meets Jo-Wilfried Tsonga tonight in his concluding round-robin match as he attempts to qualify for Sunday's semi-finals, is changing his off-season plans this year to incorporate both a holiday and Christmas at home.

Hansen vows All Blacks will bounce back on European tour

Steve Hansen responded defiantly as the New Zealand coach reflected on the end of the All Blacks' winning streak.

Richie McCaw has led the All Blacks to 16 Test wins in a row

Merciless McCaw wants wounded Wallaby scalps

Richie McCaw, just about the finest player in the 17-year history of professional rugby union and a World Cup-winning captain to boot, has never been one to get ahead of himself – hence his understandable decision to concentrate body and soul on today's Bledisloe Cup game with Australia rather than cast his mind forward to the task of chasing down those titans from… wait for it… Lithuania.

A view of the Olympic Stadium with the newly turfed field

Leyton Orient open to changing name to 'London Orient' if Olympic Stadium bid is successful

Leyton Orient owner Barry Hearn is proposing to change the name of the club to London Orient if they are successful in their bid to share the Olympic Stadium alongside West Ham.

Brett Lee brings end to glittering career

Loss of desire sees Australian cricketer Brett Lee announce international retirement

Brett Lee revealed a loss of desire to compete at the highest level led to his decision to retire from international cricket today.

James Anderson is all smiles at training last week before picking up his groin injury

Soft ground and Anderson will be a non-runner again

Woakes set to replace England swing bowler who can hardly get a game after being rested

Australia edge Wales to wrap up series 3-0

Australia 20 Wales 19

Harris slots penalty after siren as Wallabies pip Wales

Australia 25 Wales 23

Rhys Priestland practises in kicking in Melbourne yesterday

Wales aiming to catch Wallabies in their own 22

Edwards wants players to push Aussies back and for referee to police the breakdown

Ryan Jones returns to Wales line-up for second Test against Australia

Former captain Ryan Jones is one of four changes to Wales' line-up for their second Test against Australia in Melbourne on Saturday.

NSW level in Origin series

New South Wales beat Queensland 16-12 in Australia's second State of Origin match yesterday, staving off the immediate threat of an unprecedented seventh-straight series defeat.

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