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The Scottish Premier League have extended their broadcasting deal with Sky and ESPN until 2017.

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Cricket is facing a test of credibility – but not because some players cheat. It's also because of the number of nurdlers and sloggers masquerading as Test cricketers. Last summer's series against India was billed as the battle for the world No 1 slot but they sent over a pub team – though admittedly one with a rather good ringer in Sachin Tendulkar. Now South Africa and Australia are contesting the main series of the winter as if it was an Under-9s house match. It's becoming difficult to tellif a player is deliberately underperforming or if he's just rubbish.

Dougherty shares revival with wife

England's Nick Dougherty finally had something to smile about this year with an eight-under-par 63 at Crans-sur-Sierre, Switzerland, yesterday to lead the first round of the Omega European Masters.

Gray and Keys score at TalkSport

TalkSport expects revenues to jump by 14 per cent in the third quarter, boosted by its hiring of Andy Gray and Richard Keys from Sky Sports.

Ganguly laments India performance but urges critics to keep the faith

Sourav Ganguly, one of India's most successful captains, believes his old team sunk to a new low earlier this week. But he has urged fans and critics alike to show them some patience – and insisted that now is not the time to make sweeping changes.

Andy Murray bemused by Montreal defeat

Andy Murray was at a loss to explain why he was always on the back foot as he went down to a miserable 6-3 6-1 defeat to Kevin Anderson in the Rogers Cup in Montreal.

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Shane Warne is half the man he was.

Volatile Sreesanth ignores crowd's boos to win acclaim for fiery talent

Like all the best pantomime villains, Sree Sreesanth invited the audience to boo him before the first intermission – an invitation that was happily accepted.

BBC loses half of its F1 coverage to Sky Sports

The BBC is to scale back its coverage of Formula One next season after reaching a deal with Sky Sports to share coverage of the competition.

BBC and Sky to share F1 coverage

The BBC will scale back its Formula One coverage next season after a deal with Sky Sports which has secured the rights to show every race live.

Maverick's mature determination has different sparkle to his youthful bling

Ex-captain dismisses all the doubts by putting team first, writes James Lawton at Lord's

Blackburn snap up Argentine striker Mariano Pavone

Blackburn have agreed terms with Argentine striker Mariano Pavone, who will sign a three-year deal with the Premier League club during the weekend, the player's agent said today.

County round-up: Hogg back with a bang to keep Lancashire on title trail

It's easy to come into a winning team, as Kyle Hogg would no doubt tell you. The Lancashire seamer, who had missed the entirety of the Championship season so far with injury, returned the best figures of his career on his comeback yesterday – 7 for 28 – with a spell of superb seam bowling that left Hampshire all out for 133 in their first innings at the Rose Bowl.

Sky Sports to unleash Neville in time to call Wembley showpiece

The excitement around Manchester United's potential Champions League and Premier League double is such that Sky Sports are hopeful their new signing Gary Neville can start his job early to be at Wembley as co-commentator on 28 May for the final against Barcelona.

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