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There was, for the first time in his Test career and perhaps his life, a moment’s hesitation in Ben Stokes. He had come off the field after taking 6 for 99 in his fourth Test match and was asked if he relished the fray.

Life after sport: Rebecca Adlington plans to cope, but Paul Gascoigne has struggled

The Last Word: Problems of surviving the end game

In the week Adlington and Carragher quit, Gazza offers a stark reminder of how it can go wrong

Darren Barker stops Kerry Hope on Saturday 8 December. It was one of 58 fights that took place in Britain that night

Bunce on Boxing: Record 58 fights in one night reveals a booming business

On Saturday 8 December a new record was set for professional boxing in Britain when 58 fights took place on one night. The previous highest record was set on a cold Monday night on February 4 1952 at a time of great upheaval and hardship. I have no idea how many of the fighters on that night 60 years ago had picked up the gloves during their national service but I would imagine the figure is high.

The Sports Matrix: Monday 3 December 2012

West Ham land Cup clash with United

Page 3 Profile: Ricky Ponting, Australian cricketer

Bowing out gracefully?

The sporting week ahead (25/11/12)

Today

England close to recording worst-ever Test year

Rapid decline leaves England mystified

Pedestrian flats and tickling highs are exactly what you get with John Bishop's latest offering

John Bishop: Rollercoaster Tour, 02 Arena, London

The title of his tour is 'Rollercoaster' and pedestrian flats and tickling highs are exactly what you get with John Bishop's latest offering.

1 - “I was quite surprised by that. It is not OK to pee in the pool.”
David Cameron on Ryan Lochte and Michael Phelps’s revelation that they had peed in the Aquatic Centre pool.

Wet otters, peeing in the pool and a swimmer's sex life: The best funny quotes surrounding the Olympic Games

The Olympic games is officially at the end of its cycle, we've laughed, we've cried and we've celebrated and here at The Independent, we've decided to bring you the funniest quotes from the London 2012 Olympic Games.

James Ashton: How UKTI left the press hacked off

Plenty of businesses speak well of UK Trade & Investment, the Government's export arm that tries to help firms carve out revenues from new overseas markets.

You've earnt that! Bradley Wiggins swigs a loosener at the end of the Tour de France

Drunk athletes: Faster, higher… boozier

Who can begrudge winning athletes a post-victory bender? Just wait until you're off the podium

Surrey cricketer Tom Maynard dies crossing London Underground line while trying to evade police

A young cricketer tipped for a bright international future with England was killed today after trying to evade police by crossing a London Underground line. The body of Tom Maynard, 23, was found on the tracks near Wimbledon Park Station in the southwest of the capital and pronounced dead at the scene at 5am.

Sport on TV: Flintoff returns to Oz to snatch victory from jaws of crocodile

It seems entirely appropriate that Freddie Flintoff should pursue his television career on the Discovery Channel. On the cricket field he was a force of nature, an elemental being who had no need of make-up or inane chatter – although a chatshow host with a nice line in sledging is an interesting idea for a new series.

Fast bowler Shannon Gabriel of the West Indies has been ruled out of the second Test against England

Windies forced to make Best of bad situation

The fast bowler will need more than a sunny personality

Stuart Lancaster, the newly appointed England coach

Exeter season catches eye of England head coach Stuart Lancaster

Exeter's memorable season that has been highlighted by Heineken Cup qualification for the first time could soon receive recognition from Stuart Lancaster.

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