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Your guide to all the departures since the season started

Andy Murray dismisses criticism from Virginia Wade after he was branded a 'drama queen'

Andy Murray has hit back at Virginia Wade after the former Wimbledon champion branded him a "drama queen" in his second-round comeback against Jarkko Nieminen at the French Open.

Bangladesh appoint Richard Pybus as head coach

Bangladesh have appointed Richard Pybus as their new head coach on a two-year deal.

Luke Donald on his way to victory in the PGA Championship

Luke Donald back at world No 1 after retaining PGA crown

He holds off Rose challenge with superb short game that showcases his unflappable style

Original feature: Every room at The Bell in Ticehurst, has a silver birch tree trunk in it

Summer 2012: Close to home

The best of British is on offer on a Champagne, Bucket & Spade Break at Hawke's Point (01726 884072; hawkes-point.co.uk) in St Ives, Cornwall.

<b>May 8 - Nick Barmby (Hull City)</b><br/>
After rumblings concerning the future of the former England international, it was finally confirmed that Barmby had been sacked. The 38-year-old had only been in charge for six months, winning 13 of his 33 game tenure, but it was his comments to the media about the club's finances that angered the Tigers hierarchy.

Nick Barmby fails in appeal over Hull sacking

Nick Barmby has lost his appeal against the decision to sack him as Hull manager

Gary Gold had a stint at Newcastle Falcons earlier this year

Gary Gold added to glittering new Bath set-up

If certain Premiership clubs are struggling for coaching staff at the end of a fraught season, there is one very good reason: Bath have recruited them all. The West Country club yesterday confirmed that the former Springbok coach Gary Gold would lead them in 2012-13, supported by the former England defence coach Mike Ford and two of the men at the heart of London Irish's progress in recent years, Toby Booth and Neal Hatley.

Davies goes home to build Wales base with the Blues

It is not all sweetness and light in Welsh rugby despite the Six Nations Grand Slam: the four regional sides are struggling for crowds, struggling for finance and, as a consequence, struggling to hang on to their best talent in the face of big-money raids from France.

<b>29 March 2012</b><br/>
The RFU announce Stuart Lancaster as the permanent head coach of the England rugby team. A more experienced man such as Nick Mallett had previously been favourite for the job but Lancaster impressed as interim coach during the Six Nations and landed himself the job.

Mike Catt still sees role for Wayne Smith in England set-up

Mike Catt believes England head coach Stuart Lancaster could still tap into the expertise of Wayne Smith - despite the New Zealander turning down the chance to be involved in the national set-up.

Wayne Smith (right) celebrates New Zealand's World Cup victory

England coach Stuart Lancaster content despite setback in recruitment process for assistant

England head coach Stuart Lancaster is convinced his plans are still on course despite a second setback in his bid to recruit an additional assistant.

Wayne Smith (right) celebrates New Zealand's World Cup victory

Wayne Smith weighing up offer from Stuart Lancaster to join England

Wayne Smith will decide whether to accept an offer from Stuart Lancaster to join the England coaching team within the next 10 days.

Keith Mills: Stalwart of Wigan RLFC across five decades

Keith Mills was one of the longest-serving and most recognisable backroom men in the history of Wigan's rugby league club and the only man to have also played football for Wigan Athletic. Though his professional careeras a rugby league player was brief – 25 first-team games and nine substitute appearances from 1967-69 – he had more claim to the honorary title of "Mr Wigan" than many who pulled on the famous cherry and white hooped shirt more often.

Didier Drogba is out of contract in the summer

Nicolas Anelka confirms he will try to lure Chelsea striker Didier Drogba to China

Nicolas Anelka has confirmed he will try to lure former Chelsea team-mate Didier Drogba to China following his shock appointment to the coaching staff of Shanghai Shenhua.

Warren Gatland injured in ladder fall

Wales coach Warren Gatland broke bones in both his feet in a fall from a ladder in New Zealand.

Nicolas Anelka has been added to the Shanghai Shenhua coaching staff

Nicolas Anelka to coach at Shanghai Shenhua

Nicolas Anelka has been added to the Shanghai Shenhua coaching staff to help struggling manager Jean Tigana.

Parents can relax while their children take part

Scrum in the sun in Sardinia

Forte Village Resort has enlisted the great and the good of English rugby to teach its younger guests this summer

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