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

New Zealanders hope to be on top of the world

New Zealanders' anxiety levels are reaching a peak today as the country eyes a victory in the Rugby World Cup final that would overcome two decades of sporting disappointment – and banish memories of a very bad year.

Late pardon beckons for Breaker Morant

Australian officials press Britain to clear name of Boer War soldier shot for killing unarmed prisoners

James Lawton: Welsh burnt out by brilliant efforts but the future is bright

No, in the end Wales didn't make the podium of this seventh World Cup but if some lesser performers here take any satisfaction in this they not only do discredit to themselves but also the game they play.

Australia's iron defence denies Wales bronze

Australia 21 Wales 18

Hair today, gone tomorrow – because they're worth it

Marc Lièvremont's 'tache has lit up the World Cup, prompting Robin Scott-Elliot to unfurl a top 10 of hirsute sporting errors

Flower quick to defend petulant England

It is one thing to lose, it is another to lose badly.

Greek unions threaten more strikes

Greek unions threatened further strikes next week, a day after parliament approved new harsh cutbacks to secure international loans despite protests and riots that left one man dead and nearly 200 injured.

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England bowler Tim Bresnan fined for showing dissent

England's Tim Bresnan has been fined 7.5% of his match fee for showing dissent towards an umpire during yesterday's one-day international against India in Mohali, the International Cricket Council have announced.

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Graham Henry admits it would be "marvellous" to see his New Zealand team crowned world champions.

Valiant Wales narrowly beaten by Australia

Wales 18 Australia 21

Dhoni wraps up series then sticks knife into England

England 298-4 India 300-5 (India win by 5 wickets)

Fallon's excursion Down Under leaves Hanagan on top

One tense saga seems unlikely to be resolved today, albeit the British Horseracing Authority expects revised recommendations from the review group that drafted the contentious new whip rules. But another seemed to have run its course yesterday when it emerged that Kieren Fallon is prepared to abandon his quest for a seventh jockeys' title in order to ride overseas during the final week of the campaign.

A Life Too Short: The Tragedy of Robert Enke, By Ronald Reng, trans. Shaun Whiteside

When Robert Enke killed himself in 2009, Germany was wracked with uncomprehending grief. A goalkeeper for the national football team, he appeared to have played his way through mid-career doldrums to become one of the most able players in his position, in line to represent his country at the 2010 World Cup. He had matured, too, into a fine young man.

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