Sport Saracens' Nathan Earle is held by Zach Kibirige during the game on Sunday

Saracens recorded a comfortable 41-8 victory over Newcastle on Sunday to ensure they finished top of their LV= Cup pool and so sealed their progression to the semi-finals.

Margaret Thatcher Day idea won little support

Not a vote winner: Only one in eight would support 'Margaret Thatcher' bank holiday

Proposal was among raft of parliamentary Bills tabled by Tory backbenchers' group in 'Alternative Queen's Speech'

Ricky Ponting celebrates his century

Ricky Ponting hits century in final first-class innings

The former Australia captain was playing for Surrey

Leicester Tigers boss Richard Cockerill is suspended for nine matches over his conduct in the Premiership final

Leicester director of rugby Richard Cockerill handed nine-match ban

Leicester director of rugby Richard Cockerill has been suspended for nine matches by a Rugby Football Union disciplinary panel after he was found guilty of using words that were “obscene, inappropriate and unprofessional” during the Aviva Premiership final.

James Foster’s 143 continued a fine run of form for Essex

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Sir Michael Wilshaw, head of education standards watchdog Ofsted

Poor children are being let down by schools, warns Ofsted

The TeachFirst initiative is narrowing the attainment gap between rich and poor pupils

Round-Up: Yorkshire are undone by Klinger's 96

In the Yorkshire Bank 40, a fighting 96 at Headingley from Group C leaders Gloucestershire's Australian captain, Michael Klinger, condemned Yorkshire to a five-wicket defeat.

County Championship round-up: Ajmal Shahzad settling at Notts

Performance of the day Ajmal Shahzad has made a low-key start to life as a Nottinghamshire bowler following his fall-out with Yorkshire and a move to Lancashire that was curtailed, in effect, when the Red Rose county were relegated. Trent Bridge may be a helpful ground for bowlers but those new to it must first learn how to make it work for them and Shahzad is still getting to grips with his new surroundings. In the sea air at Hove yesterday, he first turned an overnight 35 not out into a maiden half-century for Nottinghamshire. Then he found conditions to his liking with the ball and delivered his best performance so far for his new county, bowling Chris Nash off a bottom edge, cartwheeling Mike Yardy's off stump and finding the edge to have Rory Hamilton-Brown caught at first slip.

Kyle Eastmond

Stuart Lancaster turns to Kyle Eastmond's creativity as England face South American XV

Stuart Lancaster hailed Kyle Eastmond’s creative potential after naming the Bath centre in the England side to play a South American XV in Montevideo tomorrow.

Calum Clark has only just returned from a 32-week suspension

Northampton flanker Calum Clark misses out on third England spot

Northampton flanker Calum Clark has been ruled out of England action for a third time in 12 months after he failed to overcome an ankle injury in time to make the tour of Uruguay and Argentina.

Dylan Hartley trudges off after the presentation

Banned Dylan Hartley out of Lions tour

Rory Best called up after hooker given 11-week ban for calling Premiership final referee Wayne Barnes a cheat

Charity swimmers rescued from sea off the coast of Southwold

A search and rescue operation was under way today after dozens of people taking part in a charity swimming race had to be pulled from the sea, the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) said.

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