Sport Alex Cuthbert admits that Wales will be the team to beat ahead of this year's Six Nations

Fixture list favours Wales this year although they still face a testing trip to Twickenham to take on England on March 9

Mason Caton-Brown makes mark as London Broncos rise from dead

Hull Kingston Rovers 22 London Broncos 34

it’s undeniable that a growing number of presenters and pundits have headed for the exit door in recent times as the BB C’s portfolio of sporting events continues to shrink

Sport on TV: Alan Hansen says no to extra time as he joins BBC exodus

Suggestions that BBC TV have ordered new signs for their sports studio(s) – whether they have more than one these days is unclear – which read: "Will the last presenter to leave the premises please turn out the lights" are, of course, mere malicious gossip, but it's undeniable that a growing number of presenters and pundits have headed for the exit door in recent times as the BBC's portfolio of sporting events continues to shrink.

Dave Hadfield: Rugby league players' lot is not a happy one in a game suffering money and image problems

One of the most depressing thoughts for a sportsman is no reliable income

Queensland Rugby League investigates Anthony Watts penis biting claims

The eye-watering alleged incident took place during the first-half at the Bycroft Cup preliminary final in Tugun on Sunday

Jig of joy: Wigan players celebrate as the final whistle confirms victory

The Calvin report: A prisoner of geography fluffs its chance to shine

League serves its community but uninspired final bypasses the neutral

Wigan captain Sean O'Loughlin lifts the Challenge Cup at Wembley

Hull 0 Wigan 16 match report: Inept Hull fail to rain on Wigan’s march to Challenge Cup victory

Iain Thornley and Sam Tomkins run in tries but dour final fails to live up to the ‘best ever’ clash between these two sides at Wembley back in 1985

Wigan's Sam Tomkins is the short-priced favourite to win the Lance Todd Trophy as man of the match

Challenge Cup: Sam Tomkins can wave Wigan goodbye with one more Wembley gesture

All eyes today will be on departing full-back

Eorl Crabtree crossed the line for Huddersfield in their 26-12 win over London Broncos

Rugby League: Huddersfield Giants one win away from claiming maiden League Leader's Shield

Coach Paul Anderson relieved after tough 26-12 victory over London Broncos

Sport on TV: Three jeers for the players who dodge the Bullettes

Greatest Little Britons (Sky One, Thursday) has had some excellent subject matter, including the not particularly British-sounding gymkhana. But even more alien was last week's concluding study of cheerleading, the huge American phenomenon which has not exactly star-jumped its way into the national consciousness over here.

Yorkshire celebrates after announcement of the Grand Depart of the Tour de France 2014

Tour De France 2014: Government pledge £10m towards Grand Depart in Yorkshire

The first three stages of next year's race will be held in the UK

Australia’s Steve Waugh celebrates his one-legged century at The Oval

James Lawton on the Ashes 2013: Australia must learn lessons of Steve Waugh to restore past glories in the Ashes

Tourists should take a leaf out of former captain’s book as their country’s failing cricket culture threatens to overwhelm Clarke

Ben Harrison is back in action for Warrington after injury

Danny Brough hopeful Huddersfield can take giant stride to top

Wigan’s two rivals for the League Leaders’ Trophy have the opportunity to step up the pressure this weekend. With the Warriors not going to St Helens until Monday night, both Huddersfield and Warrington have the chance to steal a march on them tomorrow.

According to the Brisbane Times, Mr Holland, from Beach Holm, is thought to have choked, though police have yet to confirm the cause of death.

Australian man dies after eating chilli pie in pub pie eating contest

Bruce Holland died during a contest which took place in a local pub in north Queensland on Wednesday

Robin van Persie of Manchester United signs autographs after a first team training session at Kogarah

Manchester United excite fans in Australia - with 17,000 buying tickets to watch a training session

The Premier League champions are to play an A-League All Star XI on Saturday

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