Sport Alastair Cook and Graeme Swann celebrate during the 2013-14 Ashes Series in Australia

Swann also reveals he retired midway through the series as his own performances were 'awful' and he was becoming a hindrance to his team

James Lawton: All calm with the All Blacks

New Zealand legends 'The Needle' and 'Old Buck' join the rest of the country in being soothed by team's victory over Australia

Australian police study Sri Lanka 'war crimes' dossier

War-torn island's former navy chief is named by witnesses in documents filed in Perth

England struggling to avoid a slow death on India's turning wickets

Nobody, probably including backpackers, should come to India without an idea of how to combat spin. It would be useful if there were sections on the subject in guidebooks because sometime, even if all you want to do is see the Taj Mahal, meet a yogi and spend time on the beach at Goa, it is inevitable that you will come across a slow turner intent on stifling your best intentions.

James Lawton: Dagg leads assault as champions-elect touch greatness

Australia put through the wringer before the 'unfinished business' of France in the final

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Swann must get tough with the ball

Spinner's asides in new book distract from the important matter – restricting India's explosive batting

England given reminder life in India is far from easy

India 300-7 England 174 (India win by 126 runs)

Host nation frets that reviled Cooper may shatter fragile optimism

If there is much justice left in the world the agony of doubt gripping this fine land of decent instincts and, by and large, the most superior sporting values for another 24 hours will be satisfactorily resolved with an All Blacks victory in the second semi-final.

'Pictures blackout' hits Sky Sports' coverage of India v England

Sky Sports were unable to provide live coverage of England's first one-day international against India in Hyderabad today due to what they described as a "pictures blackout".

Kurtley Beale named in Australia's provisional side

Australia will give full-back Kurtley Beale every chance to prove his fitness for Sunday's Rugby World Cup semi-final against New Zealand.

Bell to miss out as England seek rare triumph in India

About five minutes ago, those who were paying attention will recall, England defeated India in a one-day series. They prevailed in lots of other stuff as well but the one-day triumph at home last month was especially unexpected, not to say gratifying, because India were the newly crowned world champions.

England announce Wembley match against Sweden

England will get yet another chance to end their 43-year wait for a win against Sweden at Wembley next month.

James Lawton: Thorn repels tide of doubt sweeping All Black country

It's still another filthy morning of All Black foreboding, the rain clouds scudding in over the running track stadium out in the suburbs. They are accompanied by the overwhelming sense that if Bradley Carnegie Thorn, aged 36, didn't exist he'd have to be created.

Scott Borthwick: His turn to be 'the English Shane Warne'

A 21-year-old from Sunderland may have ended the long search for a leggie. He talks to Stephen Brenkley

James Lawton: Thorn repels tide of doubt sweeping All Black country

McCaw is world rugby's reigning player of the year. As much as a superb tactician, he is also a moral force

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