Sport Kevin Pietersen can either wait for the IPL auction next month or play county cricket in England

Giles feels that England cannot overlook someone of Pietersen's ability given their failure to capitalise on winning positions in Australia

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British and Irish Lions 2013: Sam Warburton to make bow as captain against Queensland Reds

The Welsh flanker has missed the first two warm-up matches through injury

Brian O'Driscoll speaks to members of the media during a press conference

British and Irish Lions 2013: Rob Kearney a serious injury concern for tour

Brian O'Driscoll to captain side against Western Force on Wednesday

Tongue lashing: Mike Phillips scores a mouthwatering second try as the Lions open their summer tour with a 59-8 thrashing of the Barbarians in Hong Kong yesterday

David Flatman: Never mind the biceps, this Lions team has got real class

From the Front Row: Warren Gatland's Lions show glimpses of magic as momentum gathers for tour of Australia

British and Irish Lions head coach Warren Gatland prepares for this summers tour of Australia
Jonny Wilkinson is ‘injury only’ for the Lions

Warren Gatland stands by Lions squad selection as clamour for Jonny Wilkinson grows

Outside-halves? They’re more trouble than they’re worth, even when the players involved are as accomplished, in their very different ways, as Jonny Wilkinson and Quade Cooper.

British and Irish Lions 2013: Full fixture list and itinerary for tour of Australia and Hong Kong

Sam Warburton will captain the side's summer tour

Bob Irwin, father of Steve Irwin, has launched a campaign to make people aware of the damage being caused to Australia’s Great Barrier Reef

Father of crocodile hunter Steve Irwin launches campaign to save Australia’s Great Barrier Reef

The father of crocodile hunter Steve Irwin has launched a multimillion pound campaign to save Australia’s Great Barrier Reef.

Mother 'gave cancer drugs to healthy daughter'

A four-year-old Australian girl is seriously ill in a Brisbane hospital after allegedly being poisoned with chemotherapy pills by her mother.

Tianland Guan practices alongside Tiger Woods at Augusta

The Masters 2013: Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy impressed by 14-year-old Guan Tianling

At 14, Tiger Woods was running cross-country and trying to stay on top of his homework. Adam Scott was psyched to finish second against a field of 17-year-olds. Rory McIlroy had thoughts of playing in the Masters, but it was the European Young Masters.

Video: The terrifying moment a plane collapses on its nose and skids along runway at 200mph

The incident, which was captured on video, took place at a Toowoomba Airport  regional airport in Australia earlier this week

Declan Kidney

Declan Kidney is shown the door after Irish Six Nations flop

Declan Kidney finished down on his luck in the 2013 Six Nations: three defeats and a draw followed the solitary opening-day victory over Wales in Cardiff. Now, he is finished as Ireland coach. The 53-year-old former maths teacher from County Cork was shown the door by his governing body – a development widely predicted by Emerald Isle rugby experts after last month's excruciating loss to Italy in Rome, in which the Munsterman got his sums badly wrong.

Snooze for a living: Finnish hotel seeks 'professional sleeper'

Snooze for a living: Finnish hotel seeks 'professional sleeper'

Applicants should speak fluent English and Finnish, with Russian considered an additional bonus

Jamie Hagan: Prop has been called a ‘future Test player’ by London Irish’s Brian Smith

Promising Jamie Hagan to join the Exiles

London Irish, under a significant  degree of pressure in the transfer market, made a striking signing of their own yesterday by adding the Irish prop Jamie Hagan to their front-row roster for next season. Brian Smith, the Exiles’ rugby director, described Hagan as “a future Test player” and said he would add some much-needed steel to a pack too often exposed as brittle this season.

Steve Finn is in fine form with the ball having shortened his run-up

New Zealand v England: Steven Finn remains positive despite struggles

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