Sport Sunderland keeper Vito Mannone celebrates making a save during Wednesday's shoot out

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

County Championship round-up: Twins rub salt in Surrey's wounds

If Surrey are the Manchester United of cricket, perhaps Chris Adams is modelling himself on Sir Alex Ferguson. Or maybe Phil Brown.

County Championship round-up: Dazzling Surrey denied

Worcestershire foiled Surrey's bid for an improbable win at New Road after the visitors, who had been bowled out for 113 in their first innings, stacked up 431 for 7 following on.

Round-up: Three drops and only two runs on dark day for Strauss

On another day decimated by the miserable spring weather, the dark clouds avoided Trent Bridge but the one currently following Andrew Strauss clung doggedly to its purpose.

Craig Meschede took wickets for Somerset and then hit a half-century

County Championship round-up: Durham left reeling afterSomerset's youngsters seize chance

Durham, who began the season among the favourites for the Championship, continued their troubled start by being bowled out for 125 by an injury-hit Somerset side containing five players aged 20 or under yesterday.

County Round-up: Tim Murtagh opens the way for Middlesex's shock victory

Worcestershire captain Daryl Mitchell paid a high price for his enterprise as his side were dismissed for 150 to give Middlesex an 132-run win in yesterday's First Division at Lord's.

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Cooks must make do with... foreign brands

Asparagus festival cancelled - due to lack of of asparagus

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York pub-goers won't complain too much at their inability to leave their local

Flood warnings as Britain is battered by high winds and heavy rain

High winds and driving rain have continued to batter Britain with the south suffering the worst of the April washout today.

New deal: Aneesh Kapil is a genuine all-round prospect at Worcestershire

Kapil looks one to watch as he turns on the style

Nottinghamshire 243 & 88-2 Worcestershire 157 (Nottinghamshire lead by 174 runs)

Jonathan Trott takes evasive action during a century at Hove

County Championship round-up: Trott eases to century as Bell fails once again

After Andrew Strauss's frustration at Lord's last week, Ian Bell's bid to find form in the County Championship ran into trouble against Sussex yesterday. Bell made a seven-ball duck, in complete contrast to his Warwickshire and England team-mate Jonathan Trott.

Ramprakash now has six points against his name. Three more and it's a ban

Ramprakash pays the penalty for obscene language

Mark Ramprakash has done a lot of talking recently – irking every bowler in the land by moaning about how hard it is to make runs in England in April – and his mouth got him into trouble again yesterday when he was reprimanded by the England and Wales Cricket Board for his bad language.

Champions beaten again as Bears climb to the top

Warwickshire, pipped to the title by Lancashire on the last day of a dramatic 2011 County Championship, enjoyed a measure of revenge by inflicting a five-wicket defeat on the champions at a damp Liverpool yesterday.

Kevin Pietersen enjoys his superb match-winning century for Delhi

Day in the sun for Pietersen but it's a washout for Strauss

Having already declared his decision to play in the Indian Premier League to be the right one for his England career, Kevin Pietersen came up with spectacular justification in Delhi yesterday. While his England captain, Andrew Strauss, endured a day of frustration watching a washout at Lord's, Pietersen smashed his maiden Twenty20 century to propel Delhi Daredevils to a five-wicket win over Deccan Chargers.

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Aston Villa fans give a standing ovation during the 19th minute in support of club captain Stiliyan Petrov who was diagnosed with acute leukemia last week.

Stiliyan Petrov pays visit to Aston Villa training ground

Aston Villa skipper Stiliyan Petrov has paid his first visit to the club's training ground since being diagnosed with acute leukaemia and is in "good spirits", according to first-team coach Gordon Cowans.

All white now: Steve Magoffin is England-qualifed through his wife

Magoffin shines on debut as Sussex sink champions

Lancashire 124 & 176 Sussex 300 & 4-0 (Sussex win by 10 wickets)

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