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Worcester appoint Carl Hogg as new head coach

The former Scotland international leaves Gloucester

Sources at Defra told The Independent that Mr Paterson was aware of the threat to his property in Drôme

Environment Secretary Owen Paterson faces squatting threat over badger cull

Radical animal rights activists plan to squat at Owen Paterson’s house in southern France

London Irish's Marland Yarde scores against the Barbarians

England 40 Barbarians 12 match report: Marland Yarde shows his true measure to defeat Baa-Baas

It is increasingly difficult to love these annual end-of-season Barbarians jamborees, which have all the romance and passion of an arranged marriage. But every now and again, a player with an eye for the main chance presents the best of himself to the watching world and leaves the audience, pretty much exhausted by eight months of thud and blunder, craving a little bit more.

County Championship round-up: Darren Stevens at home in Essex

Batsman of the day Can I play you every week? Darren Stevens must be thinking along those lines whenever Essex are the opposition. Kent's veteran all-rounder, now in his 17th season in first-class cricket, has made five of his 25 career hundreds against Essex, including three in his last four visits to the County Ground at Chelmsford, where he advanced from 91 not out overnight yesterday to 136 before he was caught on the long leg boundary trying to hit a second consecutive six off Ravi Bopara. The runs put pressure on the home side, who conceded a first-innings lead of 84, then slipped calamitously to 24 for 5 as Mark Davies took four wickets in 11 balls. But James Foster and Ben Foakes saved the day.

Northampton Town's Adebayo Akinfenwa (left) and Clarke Carlisle (right) were targeted by allegedly racist tweets

Man charged over alleged racist Twitter comments at Northampton Town's Adebayo Akinfenwa and Clarke Carlisle

A man has been charged with sending racist tweets to two Northampton Town football players, police said today.

YB40 round-up: Five-scalp Parry does for Surrey

Stephen Parry claimed his first five-wicket haul in one-day cricket to help Lancashire beat Surrey in the Yorkshire Bank 40 Group B at Old Trafford. The left-arm spinner claimed five for 17 as Lancashire, who at one point were 59 for 5, took a seven-run win, the county's first YB40 win of the season.

Former England international Tom Voyce announces retirement

The wing was part of London Welsh's squad in the Aviva Premiership this season

Scott Borthwick, left, celebrates taking another Surrey wicket

Round-Up: Borthwick’s magical spell sends Surrey into tailspin

Scott Borthwick’s three wickets put Durham in control against Surrey in the County Championship on a damp day three yesterday at The Oval.

Britain's migratory birds stay away as climate change moves their wintering areas further north

Migratory waterbirds have shifted their wintering areas north-eastwards due to Europe's changing climate, scientists have revealed.

County round-up: Ryan Buckley impresses on Durham debut

Bowler of the day

Man arrested on suspicion of sending racist tweets to footballers Adebayo Akinfenwa and Clarke Carlisle

A 25-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of sending racist tweets to two League Two footballers.

County Championship round-up: Chris Rogers hits his stride

Ashes watch: The selection of 35-year-old Chris Rogers for Australia's Ashes squad has been interpreted as both a sign of desperation on the tourists' part and a decision that reflects the wisdom of the selectors. Either way, the Middlesex batsman will want to prove that his solitary Test cap so far, won five years ago, has been woefully insufficient recognition of his talent. His form this English season, from an Australian point of view, looks reassuringly strong. He completed the 59th first-class hundred of his career against Surrey at Lord's yesterday as Middlesex made nonsense of their first-innings dismissal for 166. Rogers and opening partner Sam Robson each posted three-figure scores in an opening stand of 259.

French-owned Sita UK poised to land £900m waste deal

French-owned utility firm Sita UK is set to take over the disposal of rubbish in west London in a £900 million scheme that will mean 300,000 tonnes of trash a year are no longer sent to landfill.

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