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Andrew Flintoff claims Ashes double-header may be England swansong for Kevin Pietersen

Ashes double-header may be Pietersen's England farewell, says Flintoff

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11:54 GMT, 18 April 2013

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14:49 GMT, 18 April 2013

Former England all-rounder Andrew Flintoff believes Kevin Pietersen may consider his England future early next year.

Pietersen has only been back in the fold for two series following last summer's dramatic exile from the international set-up and is due to miss the forthcoming home Tests against New Zealand due to a knee injury.

England's star batsman was left out of the final Test against South Africa last year having sent 'provocative' messages to friends in the Proteas side and given a confrontational press conference at Headingley.

Fore! Freddie ejoys a round at the Colin Montgomerie Golf Clinic at The Devere Mottram Hall Hotel in Cheshire

Fore! Freddie ejoys a round at the Colin Montgomerie Golf Clinic at The Devere Mottram Hall Hotel in Cheshire

Fore! Freddie ejoys a round at the Colin Montgomerie Golf Clinic at The Devere Mottram Hall Hotel in Cheshire

Fore! Freddie ejoys a round at the Colin Montgomerie Golf Clinic at The Devere Mottram Hall Hotel in Cheshire

Farewell Kevin Pietersen could quit the international stage after this year's Ashes double-header, according to former England team-mate Andrew Flintoff (below)

Farewell Kevin Pietersen could quit the international stage after this year's Ashes double-header, according to former England team-mate Andrew Flintoff (below)

Pietersen's last Tests

THE ASHES IN ENGLAND 2013
July 10-14 – First Test, Trent Bridge
July 18-22 – Second Test, Lord's
August 1-5 – Third Test, Old Trafford
August 9-13 – Fourth Test, Riverside Ground, Chester-le-Street
August 21-25 – Fifth Test, The Oval

THE ASHES IN AUSTRALIA 2013-2014
November 21-25 – First Test, The Gabba, Brisbane
December 5-9 – Second Test, Adelaide Oval
December 13-17 – Third Test, WACA, Perth
December 26-30 – Fourth Test, Melbourne Cricket Ground
January 3-7 – Fifth Test, Sydney Cricket Ground

He was initially left out of the touring party for India but returned to the fold after a much-discussed period of 'reintegration' and enjoyed a superb run of form with the bat.

But Flintoff, who called time on his own England career in 2009, believes Pietersen could be tempted to depart the scene again after back-to-back Ashes series at home and abroad.

'I wouldn't read too much into his not playing New Zealand, Kevin will be ready (for the Ashes),' he told Sky Sports News.

'There are 10 Tests against Australia in the next few months, I expect England to win and expect Kevin to be part of that.

'But
I would be quite interested to see if Kevin tries to play Test cricket
after that. We'll see what happens after that, if he is lured away to
play IPL and Twenty20 cricket around the world.

Old pals: Pietersen and Flintoff together for England during the winter 2008 tour of India

Old pals: Pietersen and Flintoff together for England during the winter 2008 tour of India

'I've got a sneaking suspicion he'll be looking at those 10 Tests and then consider his future.'

Pietersen took to Twitter on Wednesday to insist he would play internationally for another four years.

Responding to a question from another user asking: 'Do you think/want to play for England for a few more years', Pietersen replied: 'At least 4 years…'

I'm staying: Pietersen insisted he would play for England for another four years on Twitter yesterday

I'm staying: Pietersen insisted he would play for England for another four years on Twitter yesterday

The Championship: Guide to promotion battle and relegation scrap

A league of their own: The Championship is as thrilling as the top flight… and here's why

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22:00 GMT, 25 December 2012

The Barclays Premier League may be seen by many as the best in the world but as tens of thousands of people will testify on Boxing day, there is plenty of life outside the top flight. Stadiums will be packed throughout the country in the Football League, too, with all 72 teams still having plenty to fight for.

The Championship, in particular, is chaotic, with bottom-of-the-table Peterborough recently winning at leaders Cardiff. Here, Neil Moxley takes us through the scrap for promotion and the battle to survive ahead of Wednesday's bonanza.

Thriller: Wilfried Zaha is just one of many players who light up the Championship

Thriller: Wilfried Zaha is just one of many players who light up the Championship

THE BATTLE FOR THE TOP TWO

FIVE YOUNG STARS TO WATCH

Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace)
Widely tipped for a January transfer, the winger has pace, can play on either flank and is capable of turning defence into attack in the blink of an eye. Catch him while you can in the Championship, as the Palace flier is destined for greater glories.

Danny Drinkwater (Leicester City)
A product of Manchester United’s Academy. The midfielder struggled to settle last season but has established himself as the driving force in Leicester’s engine-room.

Will Hughes (Derby County)
It did not take long for the Premier League’s big guns to start sniffing around this 17 year-old once Nigel Clough promoted him to the first team. Manchester City, Arsenal and Liverpool are keeping close tabs on the midfielder who has since been promoted to England’s Under 21 side.

James Chester (Hull City)
Another Manchester United old boy who is flourishing under Steve Bruce’s tutorship at the KC Stadium. The centre half is another who should step up into the big league next term, irrespective of whether Hull are promoted.

Charlie Austin (Burnley)
The 23-year-old forward broke a club record when he claimed his 20th goal of the season on his 17th appearance last month. His ratio is better than one in two. The Premier League is on red alert.

Last season, Southampton were promoted on the back of a tremendous home record.

And if one team are following that formula, it’s Cardiff City. The change of their traditional colour from blue to red heralded a phenomenal run of form, as Malky Mackay’s side clocked up 10 wins on the spin.

With Craig Bellamy to call upon, Peter Whittingham in midfield and Mark Hudson at the back, the spine of Cardiff’s side is solid.

But what has proved their undoing in seasons past is the strength of their squad. When injuries have bitten, they have bitten hard.

With 10 points separating the top seven sides, none those clubs can be considering automatic promotion with any great confidence.

Crystal Palace will suffer if Wilfried Zaha moves on, though Ian Holloway is already backing himself to plug that considerable gap. Kenny Jackett has performed wonders at the New Den but his Millwall squad too may be short on quality.

Of the rest, Middlesbrough need Jonathan Woodgate to declare his fitness more often than not. The Teessiders look a different proposition with him shoring up their backline.

The other dark horses are Steve Bruce’s Hull City. The Manchester United double-winner has twice tasted promotion at this level with Birmingham City and knows exactly what this race entails.

But what should tip the balance in the coming months is the ability to add numbers. And Leicester City, who already boast one of the biggest wage bills in the league, are well positioned to add further.

Prediction: Cardiff City and Leicester City to be promoted automatically.

Going up: Leicester City's Anthony Knockaert (right) and Cardiff City's Peter Whittingham

Going up: Leicester City's Anthony Knockaert (right) and Cardiff City's Peter Whittingham

BATTLE FOR THE PLAY-OFFS

It would take a brave — or foolish — man to predict this, but here goes.

Only nine points separate Leicester in fifth and Charlton in 18th. Over the course of half-a-season, that tally could be made up inside little more than a week.

Of the top seven, Millwall have enjoyed an incredible run and will need a dose of good fortune if they are to keep their squad intact and finish in the play-offs, particularly if someone takes a gamble on highly-rated midfielder Liam Trotter.

The romantics may like to see Gianfranco Zola’s return to the big time with Watford. The takeover by the Pozzo family raised a few eyebrows but the genial Italian has pushed the Hornets into contention.

Over at the City Ground, Sean O’Driscoll has a distinct footballing philosophy. Whether Nottingham Forest’s Kuwaiti owners allow him to put into practice that which served him so well at Doncaster is another matter. They are another club that could spend big come the turn of the year.

In Brighton, the myth that Gus Poyet plays devil-may-care football is betrayed by his team’s defensive record. Only Leicester have conceded fewer goals. They are likely to be in with a shout.

Of the rest, would it be wise to bet against Neil Warnock achieving his eighth promotion with Leeds United now their takeover has been confirmed

If any club can generate a head of steam, it is the Yorkshire side.

Prediction: Crystal Palace, Nottingham Forest, Middlesbrough and Leeds.

Play-off potential: Can Lee Peltier of Leeds (right) skipper the side up to the Premier League

Play-off potential: Can Lee Peltier of Leeds (right) skipper the side up to the Premier League

THE BATTLE TO SURVIVE

Given Dave Jones’s excellent pedigree, it is surprising to see Sheffield Wednesday struggling. The Owls have conceded two goals per game at Hillsborough, and the man who ended Wolves’ 19-year wait for Premier League football will know that statistic has to change.

Likewise, Keith Hill at Barnsley has a problem on his own turf. His issue is finding the net, a paltry eight goals at Oakwell being a startling statistic.

Bristol City’s squad has some decent individuals at this level. But there are not enough of them.

And Peterborough, who put four players on the transfer-list last month following a late-night town centre fracas, will be lucky to survive if they replicate last season’s form, which saw them win only four matches from the turn of the year to the end of the campaign.

Prediction: Peterborough, Bristol City and Barnsley relegated.

Danger of the drop: Peterborough must do better than last season after the turn of the year

Danger of the drop: Peterborough must do better than last season after the turn of the year

League One

The top of the table is dominated by managers who were once strikers. Ronnie Moore, Uwe Rosler and Dean Saunders knew where the net was as players.

They are halfway to meeting their goal as bosses this season, too. Sheffield United’s Danny Wilson breaks up this glut of forward-looking managers in a division just as tight as the Championship.

The top 11 are separated by only nine points. In second place is that cagey old-timer Moore with Tranmere Rovers, the season’s surprise package, having set the pace for most of the season.

Rosler has reached the third round of the FA Cup with Brentford. Saunders has done well to lift Doncaster out of their post-relegation gloom and they are well placed for a tilt, as are MK Dons who must hope Karl Robinson can deliver what he has promised for so long after play-off semi-final defeat to Huddersfield.

The division’s top scorer, however, is David McGoldrick. Signing the forward permanently remains new Coventry boss Mark Robins’ priority. With Nottingham Forest poised to spend in the New Year, it would be a perfect present for the division’s in-form side.

While Coventry have improved, what of Portsmouth who suffered relegation alongside them last season

Manager Michael Appleton has left for Blackpool and the 2008 FA Cup winners are facing the prospect of ending a depressing 12 months in the relegation zone.

At least Pompey have a chance of surviving. It would take a miracle if Hartlepool, with just nine points, escape the bottom.

On the hop: Michael Appleton left strugglers Portsmouth for Blackpool

On the hop: Michael Appleton left strugglers Portsmouth for Blackpool

Going Dutch: Barnet have the undoubted star of League Two fighting their corner

Going Dutch: Barnet have the undoubted star of League Two fighting their corner

League Two

There was a time when Martin Allen revelled in the nickname ‘Mad Dog.’ Perhaps if he can extend Gillingham’s fine start over the second half, his managerial credentials will be taken far more seriously.

Gillingham lead the way from Port Vale, who have put their money worries behind them after a takeover last month. Nineteen goals from Tom Pope have helped, too.

Micky Adams has managed in all four divisions of English football, though he failed in the job he most coveted, in Sheffield with his beloved Blades, but home appears to be in the Potteries.

Another frontrunner, and another good guy, is Paul Sturrock, in charge at Southend. Phil Parkinson has got Bradford moving upwards, as Arsenal found out. Of the rest, it would be hard to claim Steve Evans would court as much goodwill.

But he can point to a sterling job with Crawley and promising start with Rotherham. The table always makes sorry reading for those clubs staring into the abyss of non-league football.

Edgar Davids’ playing pedigree is without question but the north Londoners have only just moved off the foot of the table despite his arrival two months ago in a blaze of publicity.

Mark McGhee has just lost his job at Bristol Rovers (why can’t either club in that city get it right) and Wimbledon completethe sorry trio hoping that 2013 brings better fortune.

Manchester Derby: Sir Alex Ferguson meets troops in Chester

Ferguson puts Manchester derby preparations on ice to meet troops in Chester

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17:07 GMT, 6 December 2012

Sir Alex Ferguson put his preparations for the Manchester derby on hold to present soldiers with service medals in Chester this afternoon.

The United manager greeted troops from The Royal Welsh 1st Battalion in the city after their return from Afghanistan.

The troops marched through the city centre before being presented with their Afghanistan tour medals by Ferguson at Chester Racecourse.

Meeting and greeting: Sir Alex Ferguson met with soldiers from the The Royal Welsh in Chester

Meeting and greeting: Sir Alex Ferguson met with soldiers from the The Royal Welsh in Chester

Honour: Ferguson awarded the returning soldiers with medals for their services in Afghanistan

Honour: Ferguson awarded the returning soldiers with medals for their services in Afghanistan

Honour: Ferguson awarded the returning soldiers with medals for their services in Afghanistan

WIth Ferguson's local rivals City gearing up to host a thrilling derby on Sunday afternoon, the Scot made plenty of time to talk with the returning soldiers.

The battalion returned from Operation Herrick 16 after a six months tour of duty in October.

The Welsh troops were based in Helmand province where they conducted a range of missions, including a security and ground holding role, mentoring and liaison with the Afghan National Police and Afghan Army and ensuring the local populations were safe from enemy threats.

Ferguson thanked the brave men and women for their heroism.

He said: 'Every time you go out there we pray for you. The ones who didn't make it we will remember most of all. It's an absolute privilege for me to be here.'

Proud: Soldiers from 1st Battalion marched through Chester before being awarded the medals

Proud: Soldiers from 1st Battalion marched through Chester before being awarded the medals

Proud: Soldiers from 1st Battalion marched through Chester before being awarded the medals

Around 500 of the troops marched proudly through their home city.

Lieutenant Colonel Steve Webb, the Commanding Officer of 1 R WELSH, told ITV: 'It is good to be home and to have the opportunity to celebrate with, and thank those who have been so important to our successful tour in Afghanistan this year, and I hope that everyone continues to show such kind support to those currently deployed as they have shown to us.

'Primarily though, I hope the day is a fitting way for the Battalion, our families and the wider Regiment to celebrate our homecoming.'

United are looking to bounce back from a humiliating 1-0 home defeat at the hands of FC Cluj as they travel to the Etihad stadium this weekend.

City also endured a miserable end to a miserable Champions League campaign.

Roberto Mancini's men returned from Germany having been comprehensively beaten by Borussia Dortmund, leaving them with a paltry three points from the group stages.

Leading the way: Ferguson took time away from his Manchester derby preparations to attend the march

Leading the way: Ferguson took time away from his Manchester derby preparations to attend the march

Nottingham Forest 1 Hull 2: Tigers stay on track with gritty win on the Trent

Nottingham Forest 1 Hull 2: Tigers stay on track with gritty win on the Trent

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17:19 GMT, 1 December 2012

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17:40 GMT, 1 December 2012

Hull maintained their npower Championship promotion push with victory over Nottingham Forest.

It was a tale of two penalties in the first half of a drab encounter on the banks of the River Trent.

Robert Koren put Hull in front after 34 minutes before Billy Sharp levelled things up with his spot-kick in the 43rd minute.

On the up: Paul McShane celebrates his goal for Hull City

On the up: Paul McShane celebrates his goal for Hull City

Match facts

Nottm Forest: Camp, Hutton, Ward, Collins, Harding, Coppinger, Guedioura, Gillett (McGugan 75), Cohen (Blackstock 75), Reid, Sharp. Subs Not Used: Darlow, Moussi, Findley, Moloney, Lansbury.

Scorer: Sharp 43 pen.

Hull: Stockdale, Bruce, Chester, McShane, Elmohamady, Meyler, Evans, Quinn, Brady (Faye 87), Koren (Rosenior 89), Mclean (Proschwitz 67). Subs Not Used: Jakupovic, McKenna, Simpson, Olofinjana.

Yellow cards: Brady, Stockdale, Meyler, Rosenior.

Scorers: Koren 34 pen,McShane 69.

Att: 19,472

Ref: Gavin Ward (Surrey).

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Paul McShane won it for the Tigers with a close-range header after 69 minutes.

Forest boss Sean O'Driscoll made two changes after seeing his side's four-game unbeaten league run come to an end with a 3-1 defeat at Ipswich on Tuesday night.

James Coppinger made only his second start since joining the Reds on loan from Doncaster at the end of August, while Andy Reid also returned in midfield.

Henri Lansbury and Dexter Blackstock dropped down to the bench as Forest played with Billy Sharp as a lone striker.

An injury to leading scorer Sone Aluko forced Hull boss Steve Bruce into his only change meaning a recall for Aaron Mclean.

A dull start to the game led to a first half littered with misplaced passes by both teams.

Forest had a lucky escape after 27 minutes when on-loan Aston Villa defender Alan Hutton conceded a corner when trying to head the ball back to goalkeeper Lee Camp.

Corry Evans' flag-kick was headed away from underneath his own crossbar by Elliott Ward before David Meyler shot into the side-netting. Meyler was involved in the penalty that gave Hull the lead.

He was brought down inside the box by Simon Gillett and Koren sent Camp the wrong way from the spot, stroking the ball into the bottom right-hand corner of the net.

Out of the blue, Forest were presented with the opportunity to equalise when they were awarded a penalty for Alex Bruce's foul on Sharp.

And the on-loan Southampton striker made no mistake from the spot, shooting powerfully into the top right-hand corner of the net.

Chris Cohen might have sent the hosts into half-time ahead but the midfielder lacked composure and blasted over from close range after his initial flick from Reid's cross was blocked.

The game improved slightly after the break with early chances at both ends.

Adlene Guedioura, who scored a superb long-range effort against his former club Wolves last weekend to give Forest a 2-1 win at Molineux, curled a shot just wide before Ahmed Elmohamady shot straight at Camp.

Guedioura then had a goalbound effort blocked and Cohen volleyed the rebound into the Trent End from the edge of the area.

Forest were dominating possession without making any telling inroads and they were made to pay midway through the second half.

It was dreadful defending from O'Driscoll's side.

Koren's corner was allowed all the way through a crowded penalty box and McShane had the simple task of heading in from two yards out.

Forest continued to enjoy much of the ball, with Hull seemingly content to play on the counter attack. O'Driscoll brought on Blackstock and Lewis McGugan, with Cohen and Gillett making way, but, with Forest continually frustrating with the final ball, it made no difference.

Centre-half Ward was pushed up front in the closing stages as an additional aerial threat and he almost rescued a point for Forest in injury time but his header was plucked from beneath the crossbar by Hull keeper David Stockdale.

ECB release 2013 domestic cricket fixtures

Warwickshire to start defence of County Championship against Derbyshire as 2013 domestic fixtures are announced

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15:10 GMT, 26 November 2012

Warwickshire are set to begin their LV= County Championship defence at Edgbaston against newly promoted Derbyshire after the domestic season’s fixtures were announced this afternoon.

The first round of the County Championship matches starts on Wednesday April 10 after champions Warwickshire return from Abu Dhabi having taken part in the traditional season opener against MCC.

The Clydesdale Bank 40, meanwhile, begins on Friday May 3 with holders Hampshire taking on Essex at Chelmsford in the floodlit game.

Ready Warwickshire start their title defence against Derbyshire on April 10

Ready Warwickshire start their title defence against Derbyshire on April 10

The final of the competition, which sees the 18 first-class counties joined by Scotland, the Netherlands and the Unicorns, will be held on Saturday September 21 at Lord’s.

The Friends Life t20 begins on Wednesday June 26 and, as usual, will include the first-class counties divided into three geographical groups before being pitted against one another.

The Friends Life t20 Finals Day will be held at Edgbaston on Saturday August 17.

Seven international teams are scheduled to play series in the UK next summer with New Zealand, Australia, Australia A, Bangladesh A, Bangladesh U19s, Pakistan U19s, and Australia Women all touring.

A full list of fixtures are published on the ECB's website here.

LV=CHAMPIONSHIP FIXTURES ON THE OPENING DAY

All the below matches begin on Wednesday April 10

Warwickshire v Derbyshire Edgbaston, Birmingham

Durham v Somerset Emirates Durham ICG, Chester-le-Street

Yorkshire v Sussex Headingley Carnegie, Leeds

Nottinghamshire v Middlesex Trent Bridge, Nottingham

Paul Taylor arrested following Ipswich pub brawl, two injured

Ipswich striker Taylor arrested following pub brawl which left two injured

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13:06 GMT, 21 November 2012

Ipswich Town striker Paul Taylor has been arrested following a pub fracas in which two members of staff were assaulted and injured.

Taylor, 25, joined the Tractor Boys in a 1.75 million move from Championship rivals Peterborough in August.

He is expected to miss the remainder of the season after surgery on a broken foot sustained in only his third game for the club.

Fracas: Taylor has been arrested after an incident at an Ipswich pub

Fracas: Taylor has been arrested after an incident at an Ipswich pub

A police statement confirmed that Taylor and a 24-year-old woman from Liverpool, believed to be his girlfriend, were arrested following an incident in an Ipswich town centre pub on October 16 at 12.15am.

The statement added: 'Two male members of staff within the premises were assaulted. One victim suffered a broken rib and the other a fractured eye socket and a broken finger.'

The couple have been released on police bail pending further enquiries until January 16 2013.

It is not the first time that Liverpool-born Taylor, who launched his career as a youth player at Manchester City, has been in trouble.

On the move: Taylor joined Town from Peterbrough in the summer

On the move: Taylor joined Town from Peterbrough in the summer

Four years ago, when he was at Chester City, he was banned from playing for six months after traces of cocaine were found in a random drugs sample.

He moved to Belgian lower league outfit Montegne before his goals alerted giants Anderlecht, for whom he signed in December 2009. He returned to England to join Peterborough in February last year.

An Ipswich Town statement said: 'We are aware of an alleged incident that took place in the town recently involving one of our players that is currently being investigated by the police.

'We are in communication with the police authorities over this matter but will be making no further comment at this stage.'

Ryder Cup 2012: Team USA pen-pics

Ryder Cup player-by-player guide: Meet the United States team aiming to beat Europe at Medinah

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UPDATED:

10:30 GMT, 17 September 2012

Davis Love's United States team are looking to regain the Ryder Cup at Medinah in September. Here, Sportsmail runs through the 12 men selected to take on Team Europe.

KEEGAN BRADLEY

Age 26. Woodstock, Vermont. Caps 0. Majors 1 (2011 USPGA). Rank 13

Aunt Pat Bradley won six major titles. Last year joined Ben Curtis as the only players since 1913 to win on their first appearance in a major, beating Jason Dufner in a USPGA play-off from five behind with three holes to play. Not picked for Presidents Cup, but Ryder Cup debut comes after WGC-Bridgestone Invitational victory.

New kid on the block: Bradley is the youngest member of Team USA this year

New kid on the block: Bradley is the youngest member of Team USA this year

JASON DUFNER

Age 35. Cleveland, Ohio. Caps 0. Majors 0. Rank 7

Four clear with four to play in last year’s USPGA, Dufner bogeyed the next three and lost a play-off to Keegan Bradley. Has been one of the stars of this season, however, with two wins and a second in the space of five weeks, then a fourth place finish at the US Open. Did not take up golf until he was 15.

JIM FURYK

Age 42. West Chester, Pennsylvania. Caps 7 (1997-99-2002-04-06-08-10). Record P27 W8 H4 L15. Majors 1 (2003 US Open). Rank 27

Until Rory McIlroy lowered it by four last year Furyk jointly held the record for the lowest total in US Open history. Beat Stephen Leaney by three at Olympia Fields and in addition to seven Ryder Cups has played seven Presidents Cups, winning all his five games in Melbourne last year. Wild card pick for first time.

The old and the new: Wild card pick Furyk (left) and Dufner (right)

The old and the new: Wild card pick Furyk (left) and Dufner (right)

The old and the new: Wild card pick Furyk (left) and Dufner (right)

DUSTIN JOHNSON

Age 28. Columbia, South Carolina. Caps 1 (2010). Record P4 W1 L3. Majors 0. Rank 12

Led the 2010 US Open by three with a round to go, but shot 82 and instead saw Graeme McDowell win. Two months later at the USPGA Championship was denied a play-off by a two-stroke penalty on the final hole for grounding his club on what was deemed a bunker. Joint runner-up in last year’s Open. Wild card pick.

ZACH JOHNSON

Age 36. Iowa City, Iowa. Caps 2 (2006-10). Record P7 W3 H1 L3. Majors 1 (2007 Masters). Rank 16

Earns third cap, but first at home, following victories at the Colonial tournament and John Deere Classic and a top 10 finish at The Open. Was ranked 56th in the world when he won the 2007 Masters, a victory notable for the fact that he did not go for a single par five in two all week.

Johnson and Johnson: Dustin (left) and Zach (right) were both part of the losing team in 2010

Johnson and Johnson: Dustin (left) and Zach (right) were both part of the losing team in 2010

Johnson and Johnson: Dustin (left) and Zach (right) were both part of the losing team in 2010

MATT KUCHAR

Age 34. Winter Park, Florida. Caps 1 (2010). Record P4 W1 H2 L1. Majors 0. Rank 14

Former US Amateur champion topped the PGA Tour money list in 2010, made his Ryder Cup debut and then last year played in both the Presidents Cup and World Cup, where he and Gary Woodland combined to give the United States their first victory since 2000. Won Players Championship in May.

PHIL MICKELSON

Age 42. San Diego, California. Caps 8 (1995-97-99-2002-04-06-08-10). Record P34 W11 H6 L17. Majors 4 (2004-06-10 Masters, 2005 USPGA). Rank 15

Ninth appearance takes him ahead of Billy Casper, Ray Floyd and Lanny Wadkins as America’s most capped player, but reached an unwanted record at Celtic Manor – most defeats against Europe. Three-time Masters champion also won the USPGA in 2005 and now has 33 top 10 finishes in majors.

Key men: Kuchar (left) and Mickelson (right) are both integral parts of Love's team

Key men: Kuchar (left) and Mickelson (right) are both integral parts of Love's team

Key men: Kuchar (left) and Mickelson (right) are both integral parts of Love's team

WEBB SIMPSON

Age 27. Raleigh, North Carolina. Caps 0. Majors 1 (2012 US Open). Rank 6

Came from four back in the final round to win the US Open – only the fifth major of his life. Team-mate of Dustin Johnson and Rickie Fowler at the 2008 Walker Cup, where the opposition included Rory McIlroy. Lost both his singles to David Horsey that week. Second to Luke Donald on last season’s PGA Tour money list.

BRANDT SNEDEKER

Age 31. Nashville, Tennessee. Caps 0. Majors 0. Rank 19

Played as an amateur in the 2004 US Masters after winning the Public Links Championship. Turned professional the same season and became the PGA Tour’s Rookie of the Year in 2007. Third in the 2008 Masters and this year’s Open, where his 66-64 start equalled the major record. Great putter. Wild card pick.

Debutants: US Open winner Simpson (left) and Snedeker (right)

Debutants: US Open winner Simpson (left) and Snedeker (right)

Debutants: US Open winner Simpson (left) and Snedeker (right)

STEVE STRICKER

Age 45. Edgerton, Wisconsin. Caps 2 (2008-10). Record P7 W3 H1 L3. Majors 0. Rank 11

Made stunning comeback from losing his PGA Tour card in 2004. Reached world number two, earned his first Ryder Cup cap at the age of 41 and after being unbeaten with Tiger Woods at the 2009 Presidents Cup they were together again and America’s top-scorers with three points out of four at Celtic Manor. Wild card pick.

BUBBA WATSON

Age 34. Bagdad, Florida. Caps 1 (2010). Record P4 W1 L3. Majors 1 (2012 Masters). Rank 8

Lost a play-off to Martin Kaymer at the 2010 USPGA Championship before capturing his first major at this April’s Masters, his recovery from the trees in sudden death arguably the shot of the year. Won three times with Webb Simpson in last November’s Presidents Cup.

Experience: Both Stricker (left) and Watson (right) are long-serving members of the US Tour

Experience: Both Stricker (left) and Watson (right) are long-serving members of the US Tour

Experience: Both Stricker (left) and Watson (right) are long-serving members of the US Tour

TIGER WOODS

Age 36. Cypress, California. Caps 6 (1997-99-2002-04-06-10). Record P29 W13 H2 L14. Majors 14 (1997-2001-02-05 Masters, 2000-02-08 US Open, 2000-05-06 Open, 1999-2000-06-07 USPGA). Rank 2

Has been on the winning side only once, missing the 2008 victory through injury. With 14 majors is second on the all-time list to Jack Nicklaus, but has not added to his total since the US Open four years ago. Only player in history to hold all four majors at the same time. Has had 12 different partners in the event.

Key man: Woods is the ace in the pack for Love

Key man: Woods is the ace in the pack for Love

CAPTAIN: DAVIS LOVE

Age 48. Charlotte, North Carolina. Caps 6 (1993-95-97-99-2002-04). Record P26 W9 H5 L12. Majors 1 (1997 USPGA). Rank 125

Given the job after winning six caps and serving as one of Corey Pavin’s assistants two years ago. Faced Jose Maria Olazabal and Seve Ballesteros in his first three cup games, winning one and losing the others. Also pipped by Olazabal in 1999 Masters. Father was a well-known player who died in a 1988 plane crash.

Pulling things together: Love is aiming to bring the Ryder Cup back to the States

Pulling things together: Love is aiming to bring the Ryder Cup back to the States

LIVE: England v South Africa – T20, Old Trafford

LIVE: England v South Africa – Follow the score from the second T20 match at Old Trafford

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13:00 GMT, 10 September 2012

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England take on South Africa at Old Trafford on Monday night in what is the second contest of a three-match Twenty20 series.

With the World Twenty20 coming up in Sri Lanka later this month, both sides will be looking to gain some momentum in the shortest format of the game before they depart these shores.

Stuart Broad's England side will be looking to level the series at Old Trafford having lost the series opener by seven wickets at Chester-le-Street on Saturday.

England are aiming to beat South Africa for the first time in a series this summer having lost 2-0 over three Tests and drawn 2-2 over five one-day internationals.

Expected to feature for the home side alongside Broad are fellow Twenty20 stalwarts Eoin Morgan and Graeme Swann, while the world class trio of Jacques Kallis, AB De Villiers and Dale Steyn will feature for the tourists.

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Jumping Jacques flash: Kallis bludgeoned South Africa to victory at Durham

Jumping Jacques flash: Kallis bludgeoned South Africa to victory at Durham

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England take on South Africa at Chester-le-Street in Durham on Saturday afternoon in what is the first contest of a three-match Twenty20 series.

With the World Twenty20 coming up in Sri Lanka later this month, both sides will be looking to gain some momentum in the shortest format of the game before they depart these shores.

England – who are aiming to beat South Africa for the first time in a series this summer having lost 2-0 over three Tests and drawn 2-2 over five one-day internationals – see captain Stuart Broad return, having been rested for the 50-over series.

Also expected to feature for the home side alongside Broad are fellow Twenty20 stalwarts Eoin Morgan and Graeme Swann, while the world class quartet of Hashim Amla, Jacques Kallis, Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel will feature for the tourists.

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Ready to go: England captain Stuart Broad (left) with his South African counterpart AB De Villiers

Ready to go: England captain Stuart Broad (left) with his South African counterpart AB De Villiers

Big-hitter Mustard puts a dent in Surrey"s title dreams

Big-hitter Mustard puts a dent in Surrey's title dreams

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22:43 GMT, 11 August 2012

Astonishing hitting by Durham’s Phil Mustard put a big dent in Surrey’s chances of retaining their CB 40 League title when they lost by 142 runs at Chester-le-Street.

England's Phil Mustard

Big-hitter: Durham's Phil Mustard scored an impressive 143 runs off 89 balls

After being overtaken by Hampshire at the top of Group B the previous evening, Surrey’s hopes of a quick return to the summit were demolished by Mustard’s 143 off 89 balls.

Durham were on course to beat their record 40-over total of 325 until the former England batsman was out with the total on 271.

The remaining six overs brought only 27 runs for the loss of five wickets and Durham finished on 298-9.

If Surrey thought they had clawed their way back into the game they quickly shot themselves in the foot as both openers departed carelessly with the score on 10.

Jason Roy revived them with 43 off 24 balls, but the visitors were all out for 156 in 29.1 overs.