Durham batsmen Will Smith (right) and Mark Stoneman celebrate after winning the County Championship

Paul Collingwood's band of local boys triumph over adversity and bad luck

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Champions League: Arsenal stretched to the limit ahead of clash with Marseille

Rosicky, Cazorla, Diaby, Podolski, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Bendtner, Arteta and Sanogo are all nursing ailments

<b>Tomas Rosicky – hamstring strain</b>
<br/> The Czech Republic captain returned from the international break with a hamstring injury that immediately ruled him out of the trip to Sunderland on the weekend. Rosicky had been in good form for the Gunners, and with Lukas Podolski and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain absent, he had become a regular starter playing on the left-wing or in the middle. It is not yet known when he is expected to return.

Gallery: Santi Cazorla ankle injury adds to lengthy absentee list for Arsenal

The Gunners are without eight first-team squad members ahead of their Champions League opener against Marseille

Olivier Giroud runs towards Mesut Ozil after opening the scoring for Arsenal

Olivier Giroud calms fears he will miss Marseille match as Arsenal injury concerns worsen with news of Santi Cazorla absence

Giroud limped out of the 3-1 victory over Sunderland while Cazorla has been ruled out for a month with an ankle injury

Matt Butler: World Cup hat-trick hero has his cerebral teeth pulled

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Davis Cup: GB fear for Andy Murray after fresh back injury scare

British number one dropped just six games in straight sets win

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has admitted Steven Gerrard has a specific training regime in an attempt to prolong his Anfield career

Brendan Rodgers reveals altered training regime has allowed Steven Gerrard to maintain a constant presence for both Liverpool and England

England and Reds captain has a specific training programme that allows him to recover properly and ensure he is 100% for each fixture

Arrival of Samuel Eto'o talked up by Chelsea captain John Terry

The striker has joined on a one-year deal

Mesut Ozil poses outside Arsenal's training ground

Mesut Ozil arrives at Arsenal to abate increasing injury problems ahead of Premier League debut against Sunderland

Club-record signing could be thrown straight into the starting line-up having only trained with the Gunners for the first time today

Darren Gibson of Everton

Everton midfielder Darron Gibson not ready for Premier League encounter against Chelsea

Gibson is yet to feature this term after suffering a knee injury in pre-season

JACK WILSHERE: Gave the ball away far too often and lost his radar in the final third. Did not shy away but never got going. 5/10

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Below par performance against Ukraine blamed on lack of fitness

LA Fitness and Dave Whelan Sports improve gym contracts after OFT investigation

Two of Britain's biggeset gym chains today agreed to make their contracts clearer and give customers more rights to cancel their membership, after an investigation by the consumer watchdog the Office of Fair Trading.

A police fitness test has been labelled “unfit for purpose” because it discriminates against women and is geared towards overweight officers

‘Like a meat market’ – police fitness test for new recruits attacked for being sexist

Female officers were nine times as likely to fail test as men, and were wolf-whistled at

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