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Wales captain Lee Briers believes there is a widespread misconception about the Four Nations, which begins this weekend. "It's the Four Nations, not the Three Nations like people seem to think," said the Warrington stand-off, who captains Wales against England at Leigh this afternoon. "We are massive underdogs, but we aren't here just to make up the numbers."

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England spinner Graeme Swann claims he was sent death threats via Twitter in the aftermath of his side's one-day mauling by India.

Broken cheekbone rules out Tuilagi

It has not been the best of months for Manu Tuilagi. There was the World Cup quarter-final exit to France, then the jump from the Auckland ferry that earned England's hyperactive young centre a £3,000 fine and a slap on the wrists. Now there is the smack to the head that will keep the 20-year-old out of action for six weeks with a broken cheekbone.

No credit event seen as bond holders ready for bigger losses on Greek debt

European plans for a voluntary 50 per cent discount on Greek debt are unlikely to constitute a credit event, according to the body responsible for determining whether or not the move would trigger payouts under insurance contracts covering losses on Greek bonds.

Pietersen keen to play in T20 match to showcase his worth

No England tour worth its salt is complete without Kevin Pietersen playing a prominent part, usually as the pantomime villain. In this ill-starred venture to India, where the tourists lost the one-day international series 5-0, he has left it late.

Verdict expected today in Lord's spot-fixing trial

The jury in the trial of former Pakistan captain Salman Butt and his team-mate Mohammad Asif will resume their deliberations at Southwark Crown Court this morning.

Four Nations can erase pain of World Cup

Expect more tries and better rugby as 13-man code emerges from union's shadow

Jury retires to consider spot-fixing verdict

Jurors hearing the trial of two Pakistan cricketers accused of match-fixing retired to begin considering their verdicts today.

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