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: Wales are too strong not to bounce back from heartache of their missed final fling

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Five-time Olympic gold medallist Ian Thorpe claims he is mentally prepared to fail at next summer's London Games given the timeframe for his comeback.

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.

Wales hope to kick-start golden age

Almost a quarter of a century ago, Wales beat Australia to finish third in a World Cup – the first World Cup, as a matter of fact, much of it staged in this neck of the union woods – and returned home with a strong sense that players like David Young, Richard Webster, Robert Jones and Jonathan Davies would quickly establish the team as the premier force in European rugby. All too soon, they received two 50-point spankings from New Zealand, were beaten at home by Romania, lost the brilliant Davies to the "other" code of the game and found themselves looking on miserably as England enjoyed a brief but meaningful golden age.

Jol vents frustration after 'awful night' in Krakow

Wisla Krakow 1 Fulham 0

India defeat England to secure series

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

Wales v Australia: World Cup preview

Semi-final losers Wales and Australia meet at Eden Park in Auckland tomorrow morning to contest the bronze medal for the 2011 Rugby World Cup.

Meet the smooth operator really running cricket

IPL chief Rajeev Shukla has a plan to save Tests – just don't tell the players

Republican dreams a distant memory as Queen begins tour

Little more than a decade ago, Australia seemed poised to reject the British monarchy in favour of a home-grown head of state. But as the Queen embarks on her 16th visit to one of the farthest-flung members of the Commonwealth, the prospect of an Australian republic seems more distant than ever.

Rajeev Shukla: Meet the smooth operator really running cricket

The IPL chief has a plan to protect Tests, he tells Stephen Brenkley in Chandigarh. Just don't inform the players

Strange death of Australian republicanism

On possibly her final visit, the Queen finds an anti-monarchy movement at its lowest ebb in decades

England plot changes to save series

Tourists need a rapid turnaround in Mohali tomorrow if they are to avoid third loss in a row

James Lawton: Kid next door Cruden has world in hands after beating cancer

Carter's understudy is not going short of recognition for his brave and extremely accomplished attempt to run in the footsteps of the injured national icon

James Lawton: All calm with the All Blacks after soothing Australia defeat

In formal competition there would be around 4.4 million contenders, most of them daubed in some form of war paint. So this morning we have to be fairly arbitrary about the identity of New Zealand's most passionate – and substantial – rugby fan. The nomination here is Fred Allen – or to give him his full title, Sir Frederick Richard Allen, Knight of the New Zealand Order of Merit.

Kohli takes England to the cleaners

England 237 India 238-2: India hand out a thrashing as Cook discovers it’s a whole new ball game on the subcontinent

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