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Leigh Halfpenny will miss England clash

Wing Leigh Halfpenny has been ruled out of contention for Wales' RBS 6 Nations opener against England in Cardiff on Friday night.

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Ricky Ponting is to have surgery on the fractured finger he suffered during the third Ashes Test in Perth.

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No winner , but the broadest smile at Exeter yesterday belonged to Choc Thornton after a comeback that defied medical opinion. After a horror fall in July that snapped three of the four ligaments in his right knee, doctors predicted as much as a year on the sidelines for the jockey. But it was only five months to the day later that he threw that pesky leg over hurdler Causeway King and came within a length and a half of a fairytale victory.

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Thornton falls in step on road to recovery

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Hargreaves to make comeback on Saturday

Owen Hargreaves' surgeon has suggested the injury-plagued Manchester United midfielder will make his comeback in Saturday's Premier League game with West Bromwich Albion at Old Trafford.

Haslam beats pain to go third fastest

Leon Haslam kept his World Superbike title challenge on course with the third fastest time in first qualifying practice at Imola yesterday.

Texting and calling while driving kills 16,000

Drivers distracted by talking or texting on mobile phones killed an estimated 16,000 people from 2001 to 2007, US researchers have reported.

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The fake blood scandal at Harlequins happened the best part of 18 months ago, but the union game has yet to rid itself of the rancid smell. Steph Brennan, the physiotherapist who participated in the Heineken Cup substitution scam orchestrated by the London club's director of rugby Dean Richards, was yesterday struck off by the Health Professions Council – a development that cast Richards' current efforts to "clarify" the roles he may or may not perform during his three-year ban from the sport in a dismal, dirty-grey light.

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