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That's one hell of a lot of lycra: The 12 celebrities are in Austria training for new reality TV show, The Jump

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Eddie 'The Eagle' Edwards will teach the celebrities to conquer the ski jump

Nasser Hussain is currently working as a pundit for Sky Sports

Nasser Hussain leads the race to fill national role

Former captain in line for England team director's post after Strauss rules himself out

Kevin Pietersen bowled four overs on his return from injury

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After Surrey’s latest captain won the toss and asked Yorkshire to bat, it was always likely to be a quiet reintroduction to competitive cricket for Kevin Pietersen as the England batsman stepped on to the field for the first time in more than three months.

Kevin Pietersen: Back from injury, the star batsman plays for Surrey today and then England in T20

Kevin Pietersen breaks his silence as he prepares for comeback with England

The batsman has been out since March

James Anderson in the defeat to Sri Lanka

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England bowler has his say on claims by former captain Bob Willis of cheating in defeat to Sri Lanka

Broad passed fit but Finn is saved for later in series

After a week of will-they, won't-they, England's bowling stocks for the first Test against India became clearer yesterday. Steve Finn will miss the match which starts tomorrow, Stuart Broad looks certain to be available and therefore will play.

England's reign is prolonged by rain

Patel's innings counts for little as depleted world champions are denied from a position of strength after an encouraging display with the bat

England on tenterhooks as Tremlett faces fitness test

Hamstring injury makes Ashes hero a doubt for second Test so able deputy Bresnan is on standby

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Tiger Woods, who used to be good, and Sergio Garcia, who used to be good, are on the verge of being good again.

MP Illsley jailed for 12 months over expenses scam

Eric Illsley, the first sitting MP to face criminal charges over the expenses scandal, was sentenced to a year in prison yesterday – 24 hours after it was confirmed he had finally quit Parliament. On the same day, the former Labour MP Jim Devine was convicted of fiddling his Commons expenses. He will be sentenced in about four weeks.

Darren Gough spoke to David Cameron about becoming MP

David Cameron phoned cricket star Darren Gough to talk to him about becoming a Conservative MP, it was revealed today.

Sport on TV: Can Fred Flintoff avoid image of TV presenters as cavemen?

So what has Andrew Flintoff been doing while his old muckers have been winning the Ashes? After a decade of straining every sinew, quite literally, for his country, you might think he would put his feet up. But instead he has entered another world where the capacity to inflict pain is even greater: TV presenting.

MacGill 'gobsmacked and shocked' by Beer inclusion

If Shane Warne had never been born not only would Liz Hurley be tucked up beside her Gloucestershire fireplace more often but Stuart MacGill would have a lot more Test caps to his name. The former Australian leggie spent a career as Warne's understudy and so knows a thing or two about the watching the art of spin and yesterday he slammed the decision of his country's selectors to call up Michael Beer.

England go into series as favourites, says Gilchrist

England's unity gives them a slight edge going into the Ashes, according to the former Australia wicketkeeper Adam Gilchrist. The 39-year-old – who played in the last two Ashes series Down Under, both of them won by Australia – expects a tight series but he believes England's fastidious preparation for the first Test in Brisbane next week could be crucial as Australia struggle to decide on their best XI.

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