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Off to the North of England education conference – the traditional curtain raiser of the year.

Leicester Tigers boss Richard Cockerill is suspended for nine matches over his conduct in the Premiership final

Leicester Tigers boss Richard Cockerill claims RFU have set a dangerous precedent that he expects to be maintained

Tigers director of rugby was banned for using foul and abusive language and expects anyone who swears in the future to face the same punishment

The Feral Beast: Trophy Tories, Bongo man clangers, missing moggies and model English

The awkward squad within the Tory party has found a figurehead in Peter Cruddas. He's the former party treasurer who last week won a libel case over allegations he charged people to meet the Prime Minister. David Cameron was forced to make a grovelling apology after making him "feel like an outcast". Now, some mischievous Tories are organising a party in Cruddas's honour, where he will be presented with a trophy. Sources are remaining tight-lipped about who will attend, but the date of 17 September has been earmarked, before party conference. "It looks like deliberate shit-stirring by the anti-Cameronites," says my man on his sunlounger. "It will be revealing to see who comes." One of Cruddas's most prominent supporters is the former Tory donor Lord Ashcroft, who cheerfully tweeted yesterday that party membership had slipped to under 100,000. Cruddas was lunching with Ashcroft when Cameron made his apology. They were seen at the super-spiffy Hôtel du Cap on the Côte d'Azur. Ashcroft was once a fan of Dave's but has clearly changed his mind lately. His office did not return my calls.

Ryan Ten Doeschate top scored with 82

Essex through to T20 Finals Day

Essex booked the last place in the Friends Life T20 Finals Day with a 47-run victory over Nottingham-shire in the quarter-final at Trent Bridge.

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New-look Saints stick with captain Dylan Hartley

Northampton parade Premiership's strongest set of summer signings at swanky Stowe School

Surrey reach T20 semi-finals

Surrey booked their place in the Friends Life T20 Finals Day for the first time since 2006 after edging to a three-wicket win over Somerset in their quarter-final at The Oval.

Hannah Smith was found hanged at her home

'Why don't you kill yourself?': Hannah Smith's grieving father calls for halt to sinister world of internet abuse

After 14-year-old's death, David Smith accuses ask.fm of 'making millions out of misery'

Nick Compton's unbeaten 70 guided Somerset to a draw

County cricket: League leaders escape after rain frustrates Warwickshire

Warwickshire will not yet admit defeat but their chances of mounting a successful defence of their title certainly receded when a rain-wrecked final day at Headingley robbed them of an  opportunity to deal Yorkshire’s prospects a blow.

Luis Reece, the 22-year-old opener for Lancashire

Eight injured as two trains crash into each other in Norwich

Greater Anglia service travelling at "low speed" hit an East Midlands train parked in station

Ryan Sidebottom brought the match to a quick conclusion

Derbyshire 235 & 269 Yorkshire 617-5 dec (Yorkshire win by innings and 113 runs): Yorkshire go top despite Madsen’s brave knock

Yorkshire have been so far in front of Derbyshire for most of this match that wrapping up victory before the end of day three – and in doing so reclaiming the lead in the Championship – always looked a possibility, even though it required their bowlers to run in all day in strength-sapping heat.

Round-up: Phil Jaques and Alex Lees score tons for Yorkshire

Alex Lees, the 20-year-old Yorkshire opening batsman tipped as a future England player by Geoff Boycott, scored his second century of the season as Derbyshire suffered at Chesterfield, where the visitors hope to regain top place in the First Division from unbeaten Sussex with a fifth win.

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New figures show 6% growth in number of tenants aged over 50

Ricky Ponting finished unbeaten on 41 runs at The Oval

Ricky Ponting turns back the clock one last time

Surrey 198 & 186-2 Nottinghamshire 410

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