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Coach Jason Lee (pictured) has expressed concern that the 9-3 defeat by the Netherlands on Thursday will be hard to recover from

Hockey: Lee tells dejected players to win for future prospects

British men's hockey squad can deliver a boost to their drive to reach the same funding levels as the nation's women if they pull off a shock win over the world game's top nation, Australia, in today's bronze medal game.

Kevin Pietersen loss could present opportunity to another player, says Mike Gatting

Mike Gatting does not want to see Kevin Pietersen retire from international cricket but believes it could present an opportunity to another player.

Victory hopes recede further for England as rain halts play against South Africa

Hopes of an improbable series-levelling England victory were ever more remote after South African resistance and bad weather halted home progress at Headingley.

China next for Next's online expansion

Next will launch an own-language website in China this autumn, as the fashion retailer seeks to capitalise on booming online revenues.

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Bopara is back, and this time it may be for good

Essex batsman can nail down the place Morgan and Bairstow could not quite make their own

Graeme Swann used his full box of tricks against the Australians

England bowler Graeme Swann rested for remainder of one-day series against Australia

Graeme Swann will miss England's final two matches in the NatWest Series against Australia to rest the sore elbow in his bowling arm.

Argos drives up Home Retail Group's shares by 15%

A vastly improved performance at the catalogue chain Argos in its first quarter drove a sharp spike in Home Retail Group's shares yesterday to cheer its beleaguered investors.

Have BT and BSkyB bosses scored an own goal over football rights?

Ian Livingston and Jeremy Darroch, once colleagues, are now going head to head after forking out £3bn for three-year TV football rights deals
Andrew Strauss salutes the crowd after his dismissal for 45 yesterday

England will defend one-point lead in ICC Test rankings against South Africa

England will defend a one-point lead over South Africa at the top of the International Cricket Council's world Test rankings in this summer's three-match series between the two teams, it was officially confirmed today.

Tino Best celebrates becoming the first number 11 batsman to hit a half-century against England in over 100 years

Draw looms for West Indies despite Tino Best's record breaking heroics

Tino Best and Denesh Ramdin's last-wicket heroics stunned England at Edgbaston, but were still powerless to permanently revive the rain-ravaged third Investec Test.

Kevin Pietersen celebrated his century against Pakistan in Dubai in February but England must now do without him in ODIs

England 'better for having Kevin Pietersen out' claims Nick Knight

Nick Knight has risked a further deterioration in his already frosty relationship with Kevin Pietersen, by claiming England are likely to be better off without the latter in 50-over cricket.

Market Report: Investors resigned to a one-horse race for Logica

Those praying for the emergence of a rival admirer to fight for Logica's affections are losing heart. Last week's news that the software group had agreed to be snapped up by Canada's CGI prompted hopes of a bidding war, but investors are getting increasingly resigned to the prospect of it being a one-horse race.

‘This agreement demonstrates the appetite for cricket worldwide,’ says the ECB’s David Collier

ECB beats recession with £100m TV deal

English cricket secured another recession-busting deal yesterday. In announcing a seven-year contract for the overseas rights to home and domestic international matches it ensured the age of austerity will remain a foreign land to the sport.

James Moore: Insurers are also paying for their incompetence

Who to believe? The Office of Fair Trading lambasted motor insurers yesterday for overcharging customers to the tune of £225m.

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