Sport Steven Finn has returned to the UK from England's Tour of Australia

Finn returned home from Australia after failing to make an appearance due to concerns over his bowling technique

Derbyshire sign rising Aussie star

Derbyshire have signed Usman Khawaja, who made his Australia debut in the Ashes, for the forthcoming season. The 24-year-old will be available from the beginning of the campaign through to the conclusion of the Friends Provident T20 competition.

The 'nearly man' Tremlett has arrived at last

There was profoundly little for England to celebrate yesterday as they came crashing to earth here. But, as the players left the field having dismissed Australia for the second time in three days, they paused to make way for a weary Chris Tremlett to lead them off. He had deserved his place in the sun by taking 5 for 87 in the innings and 8 for 150 in the match. Tremlett has been England's "nearlyman". Aged 29, he seems to have arrived at last.

Scottish FA chief slates MP over 'grossly misguided' comments

The Scottish Football Association's chief executive Stewart Regan has hit out at an MP who called for an independent inquiry into the governing body in a bid to root out any "bias or bigotry".

'Layabout' jailed indefinitely for killing parents

A "layabout" son was jailed indefinitely for public protection today for the manslaughter of his retired teacher parents.

Sidebottom: The reason I gave up on England

The bowler tells Richard Rae about his 11-month-old daughter, going home to Yorkshire and who will win the Ashes

Pietersen finds belated form

Kevin Pietersen's rehabilitation period in county cricket seems to be paying off after he made his first hundred in any format for 18 months as Surrey tied a thrilling Clydesdale Bank 40 game with Sussex Sharks on Saturday.

Sport on TV: It's a load of balls to say MCC are still stuck in the dark ages

Having a go at MCC is like bowling to KP; it's too easy. Four decades ago there was the D'Oliveira affair, when England's MCC selectors refused to pick the naturalised Cape coloured all-rounder for a tour of South Africa after bowing to pressure from its apartheid government. There's also the fact that the owners of Lord's didn't allow female members until 1998, a mere 211 years after they were founded. As Quentin Letts points out in What's the Point of... Marylebone Cricket Club (BBC Radio 4, Tuesday): "When the Aussies think you're mistreating the Sheilas, you really do have a problem."

Bravo to zero with no mercy for mercenary

Essex 156-7 Hampshire 157-4 <i>(Hampshire win by six wickets)</i>

Hampshire to keep Pietersen on sidelines at the Rose Bowl

Hampshire have effectively told Kevin Pietersen he is no longer wanted at the Rose Bowl after defying England's wish for the out-of-form batsman to play for the county against Kent on Sunday.

The business on: Neil Goulden, Chairman, Gala Coral

So why is he in the news?

Ntini is fired up for a whole new ball game

Given there may be no more significant athlete in South African history, it seems ironic that most of the football supporters now heading for the country have probably never heard of Makhaya Ntini.

Match-fixing fears rise after ECB revelation

Two county cricketers have reported to the ECB that they had been approached by bookmakers, it was revealed yesterday. The news came after an earlier revelation that an unnamed county player had been asked to "name his price" to throw a match.

Neville Richardson : A merger of mutuals in interesting times

Neville Richardson thinks putting Britannia together with Co-op Financial Services can create a real force. David Prosser reports

Essex players hit by police investigation

A dark shadow was cast across the first day of the new county cricket season yesterday when it emerged that two Essex players are the subject of a police investigation over allegations of "match irregularities".

Is Rory Hamilton-Brown ready to be Surrey's youngest captain for 138 years?

Rory Hamilton-Brown was unveiled again yesterday. The unwrapping brought two thoughts: either he is the symbol of the suspicion that English county cricket has finally gone mad or the standard-bearer of a new golden age.

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