Ashes 2013: Alastair Cook confident Kevin Pietersen will be fit for third Test

Calf complaint has made batsman a doubt

The Sport Matrix: Wednesday 31 July 2013

Sport in turmoil as McQuaid and UCI branded ‘dictators’

Papiss Cissé has scored three late winners but may not start against Benfica

Papiss Cisse delighted to have resolved Wonga dispute with Newcastle after 'difficult time'

The striker discussed the problem with his club, his family and Islamic teachers

James Taylor, left, goes for a quick single against Australia

Ashes 2013: England guard against complacency ahead of third Test against Australia

Selectors shake up squad as Panesar and Tremlett earn surprise recalls

Jessica Ennis-Hill of Great Britain competes in the Women's 100m Hurdles

Sainsbury's Anniversary Olympic Games: Jessica Ennis-Hill back on track

The London 2012 heptathlon champion, whose last hurdles race was at the Olympic Stadium last summer, clocked 13.08 seconds.

Jozy Altidore

Sunderland striker Jozy Altidore reveals game against Tottenham was the hardest of his life

The 23-year-old had recently learned of the death of his mentor

Vertonghen is carried off injured

Tottenham await news on Jan Vertonghen injury sustained during defeat to Sunderland

The defender had to be stretchered off

Luis Suarez in action against Melbourne

Melbourne Victory 0 Liverpool 2 match report: Arsenal target Luis Suarez makes impact after coming off bench

Following £40m bid from Arsenal, the Uruguay striker shows his worth during pre-season friendly

Wayne Rooney was frustrated for a large part of last season

Transfer news: David Moyes reiterates that Wayne Rooney will not leave Manchester United and sets August 6 as his return date

Striker has been out of action with a hamstring injury while Jose Mourinho has expressed significant interest in signing the England international

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Ashes 2013: Kevin Pietersen ruled out of the rest of second Test putting Old Trafford participation into question

Batsman could miss third Test which gets underway on August 1 after he suffers a calf strain

Charging to play sport in Hyde park hardly captures the spirit of the London 2012 Olympics

Governments and local authorities should be doing everything they can to make it easier for people to be active - not taxing them harder for it

Michael Essien was introduced to local press by Jose Mourinho as 'my son'

Jose Mourinho is my 'daddy', says returning Chelsea midfielder Michael Essien

Ghana midfielder is back  n the fold at Chelsea  and claims his injury problems are behind him

Yohan Blake

Yohan Blake withdraws from World Championships

The 100m champion has suffered a hamstring injury

Arnold Schwarzenegger,  the beefcake-turned-actor-turned-Governator-turned man with time on his hands, has surprised meatheads on the website Reddit by terminating a dispute about workouts

The Moderator: Arnold Schwarzenegger weighs in on cardio workout forum thread

Arnold Schwarzenegger,  the beefcake-turned-actor-turned-Governator-turned man with time on his hands, has surprised meatheads on the website Reddit by terminating a dispute about workouts.

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