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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.

Dom Joly: Cider with Freddie? Careers advice for a cricketer who has finally left the crease

Weird World of Sport: "There's a cider company in the South-west who are very keen to put you on their label"

Andrew Flintoff: Snapshots of Fred the Lionheart's career

Stephen Brenkley hails the England all-rounder who treated his adoring public to unforgettable moments on and off the pitch

Lee hails 'wonderful person' Flintoff

Australia paceman Brett Lee has described Andrew Flintoff as "an absolute beauty".

James Lawton: A warrior who forged his reputation in the heat of Ashes battle

However spectacularly hard he strived to succeed on a certain day he would never be guilty of mistaking cricket for a branch of warfare

The meaning of Andrew Flintoff

Three initial thoughts occur, on reading of the retirement of Andrew Flintoff, and ahead of the deluge of career obituaries we can look forward to tomorrow.

Strauss salutes retiring Flintoff

England captain Andrew Strauss today called Andrew Flintoff "the ultimate impact cricketer" who would put his "body on the line" for his team.

Flintoff's five best Test innings

Andrew Flintoff today retired from all cricket, bringing an end to a glittering career.

Andrew Flintoff retires from cricket

Andrew Flintoff admitted the news he has been forced to retire from cricket has not sunk in.

Andrew Flintoff: A career in pictures

Andrew Flintoff is set to announce his retirement from all forms of cricket later today.

Watson: I've thrived since giving up on being Aussie Flintoff

Shane Watson has never been the most popular of Australian cricketers and his revelation that he once dreamt of being an Englishman will not have improved his reputation Down Under.

Can Sky Sports News keep punching above its weight?

Kay Burley might wring her hands with jealousy. Adam Boulton might turn puce with anger. But there's a commercially run rolling-news channel that's now trouncing Sky News in the ratings on a regular basis.

Freddie Flintoff: A career in pictures

With the news that Andrew Flintoff's 2010 cricket season is over before it even began - the time feels right for a look back at his career highs and lows.

Flintoff plays down England's one-day success

Andrew Flintoff feels England's one-day success over Australia counts for little in relation to the Ashes and believes the two sides' forthcoming Test series against Pakistan will give a much better indication of how they might fare Down Under this winter.

Top 100 Cricketers of All Time, by Christopher Martin-Jenkins

What's this? England's Ashes hero Freddie Flintoff languishing down at No 82 in the all-time pantheon, while some Aussie called Jack Gregory is up at No 71? Ah, but look at their Test averages: Flintoff 31.77 with bat and 32.78 with ball, Gregory superior with 34.96 and 31.15.

Matt Gatward: Flintoff and Redknapp in relegation zone of their own

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Paul Scholes column: With the Premier League over for another year, here are my end of season awards

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Heysel disaster 30th anniversary: Liverpool have seen too much tragedy to forget fateful day in Belgium

Liverpool have seen too much tragedy to forget Heysel

Thirty years ago, 39 fans waiting to watch a European Cup final died as a result of a fatal cocktail of circumstances. Ian Herbert looks at how a club dealt with this tragedy
Amir Khan vs Chris Algieri: Khan’s audition for Floyd Mayweather may turn into a no-win situation, says Frank Warren

Khan’s audition for Mayweather may turn into a no-win situation

The Bolton fighter could be damned if he dazzles and damned if he doesn’t against Algieri, the man last seen being decked six times by Pacquiao, says Frank Warren
Blundering Tony Blair quits as Middle East peace envoy – only Israel will miss him

Blundering Blair quits as Middle East peace envoy – only Israel will miss him

For Arabs – and for Britons who lost their loved ones in his shambolic war in Iraq – his appointment was an insult, says Robert Fisk
Fifa corruption arrests: All hail the Feds for riding to football's rescue

Fifa corruption arrests

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Isis in Syria: The Kurdish enclave still resisting the tyranny of President Assad and militant fighters

The Kurdish enclave still resisting the tyranny of Assad and Isis

In Syrian Kurdish cantons along the Turkish border, the progressive aims of the 2011 uprising are being enacted despite the war. Patrick Cockburn returns to Amuda
How I survived Cambodia's Killing Fields: Acclaimed surgeon SreyRam Kuy celebrates her mother's determination to escape the US

How I survived Cambodia's Killing Fields

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Stephen Mangan interview: From posh buffoon to pregnant dad, the actor has quite a range

How Stephen Mangan got his range

Posh buffoon, hapless writer, pregnant dad - Mangan is certainly a versatile actor