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A look ahead to this week’s FA Cup fixture at the Stadium of Light

Shane Watson hit a century in Australia’s final Ashes warm-up

Shane Watson hits a century as Australia's batsmen enjoyed productive first day in final Ashes warm-up against Worcestershire

These Australian tourists may not be of the finest vintage but they can still draw a crowd. Despite cold, blustery conditions, there were few empty seats here. It is a tradition, too, for the Australians to win this game with a bit of a swagger, which may well be the outcome this time.

Roger LaVern: Keyboard player with the Tornados

After we had made 'Telstar'," the pianist Roger LaVern told me in 2009, "I thought it was a strange piece of music and I wasn't even sure if I liked it. When it started climbing the charts, I started to like it and now I find it absolutely incredible to think that I was involved with something so iconic."

Peter Siddle is expected to play at Worcester after struggling for pace

Australians feel at home having turned a corner

Australia have a spring in their step and a song in their heart. This is not only because they have arrived in Worcester where, in days of yore, their tours traditionally began and Don Bradman usually scored a hundred beneath the cathedral.

The sporting week ahead (30/06/13)

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Anti-Ground Zero Mosque campaigners Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer, pictured in 2012, have been barred from entering Britain

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Michael Clarke returns for Australia - and sets sights on preparing for the Ashes against England

Australia captain Michael Clarke has urged his team-mates to move on from their recent troubles and focus on preparing for the Ashes against England.

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We’ve had crisps made from beetroot, parsnip, sweet potato and even carrot but the latest vegetable to be sliced up, cooked in oil and served as a snack at middle-class dinner parties is asparagus.

James Foster’s 143 continued a fine run of form for Essex

County Cricket Round-Up

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Worcester appoint Carl Hogg as new head coach

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County Championship round-up: Darren Stevens at home in Essex

Batsman of the day Can I play you every week? Darren Stevens must be thinking along those lines whenever Essex are the opposition. Kent's veteran all-rounder, now in his 17th season in first-class cricket, has made five of his 25 career hundreds against Essex, including three in his last four visits to the County Ground at Chelmsford, where he advanced from 91 not out overnight yesterday to 136 before he was caught on the long leg boundary trying to hit a second consecutive six off Ravi Bopara. The runs put pressure on the home side, who conceded a first-innings lead of 84, then slipped calamitously to 24 for 5 as Mark Davies took four wickets in 11 balls. But James Foster and Ben Foakes saved the day.

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