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Hazlewood targets big England scalps

Josh Hazlewood is always on the hunt for English wickets but prizes two of them high above the rest.

West Indies? Sunil Ambris has endured rotten luck

Who’d be a Test cricketer?

It’s fair to assume that Sunil Ambris will want to forget his first Test series for West Indies.

Arsene Wenger: Football celebrations can be offensive, unlike in sumo wrestling

Arsene Wenger: Football celebrations can be offensive, unlike in sumo wrestling

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes over-celebrating victories can be “a little bit offensive” and offered the example of sumo wrestling as the right way to do it.

Great Britain?s Elise Christie is aiming for her first Winter Olympic medal

Elise Christie leads Team GB speedskating squad

Triple world champion Elise Christie will lead a five-strong Great Britain short-track team to next year’s Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang.

Alastair Cook wants to remain England's Mr Reliable, in a much-changed world (Jason O'Brien/PA)

England have got to smarten up – Alastair Cook

Alastair Cook warns England must wise up to a changed world if they are to regain the respect of a nation.

Burnley v Watford ? Premier League ? Turf Moor

Watford lose their appeal against Marvin Zeegelaar’s red card

Watford’s appeal against the red card shown to Marvin Zeegelaar against Burnley has been rejected.

Jim Mallinder has left his role as Northampton rugby director (Paul Harding/PA)

Northampton sack Jim Mallinder

Jim Mallinder has been sacked as Northampton director of rugby.

Pep Guardiola's Manchester City are sitting pretty

Manchester City charting a course towards biggest mid-season lead

Manchester City could be on course to hold the biggest mid-season lead in Premier League history.

Cao Yupeng

Cao Yupeng hits 147 as he eases through in Glasgow

Cao Yupeng hit a stunning 147 as he breezed into the second round of the Dafabet Scottish Open in Glasgow.

Giancarlo Stanton is a New York Yankee

New York Yankees complete blockbuster trade for NL MVP Giancarlo Stanton

The New York Yankees have pulled off one of the biggest trades in recent baseball history by acquiring slugger Giancarlo Stanton from the Miami Marlins.

Manchester City are looking for another win

Premier League talking points

Only struggling Swansea stand in Manchester City’s way as the runaway leaders bid to set a new record for successive Premier League wins on Wednesday.

Houston Rockets' Clint Capela scored a career-best 28 points (David J. Phillip/AP/PA)

Clint Capela stars as Houston win again

The Houston Rockets surged to their 10th straight victory with a 130-123 win over the New Orleans Pelicans.

Ostersund's Europa League run will take them to London next year (Michael Sohn/AP)

Manchester United fan keen to end Arsenal’s Europa League hopes

Self-confessed Manchester United fan Jamie Hopcutt has an extra incentive to help Ostersund write another chapter in their remarkable recent history by sinking Arsenal in the last 32 of the Europa League.

Mohamed Salah has impressed for club and country

Mohamed Salah wins BBC African Footballer of Year award

Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah has won the BBC African Footballer of the Year award.

Ilkay Gundogan helped Manchester City topple rivals United at Old Trafford

Manchester City’s Ilkay Gundogan insists Premier League title race is not over

Ilkay Gundogan insists the Premier League title race is not over, despite Manchester City racking up a double-digit lead over bitter rivals Manchester United.

Clermont fans eventually had something to celebrate

Red-hot Clermont plunge Saracens’ European Champions Cup hopes into deep freeze

Clermont took out their frustration over the chaotic postponement of their Champions Cup clash at Allianz Park by inflicting a record 46-14 defeat on holders Saracens.

Ronnie O?Sullivan got his hands on the UK Championship got a sixth time

Rocket Ronnie not intending to land for some time to come

Ronnie O’Sullivan revealed his thrill at matching records held by Steve Davis and Stephen Hendry as he vowed to play on for years to come.

Jonny Bairstow, left, thinks England have let down Joe Root

Jonny Bairstow: England have let Joe Root down

Jonny Bairstow admits England’s Ashes tourists have let captain Joe Root down with their off-the-field behaviour – and need to start winning back the trust of their supporters.

Arsenal are said to be making a last push to keep Mesut Ozil at the club

Football rumours from the media

What the papers say Arsenal are making a last push to keep Mesut Ozil, the Mirror reports. The paper says Arsene Wenger is still hoping a new round of negotiations will persuade the 29-year-old Germany star to stay at the club. Manchester United and Barcelona are both said to be interested in Ozil, who is free to sign a pre-contract with foreign clubs from January 1.

Sizing John after his impressive comeback victory at Punchestown on Sunday

Jessica Harrington in no rush to make Sizing John plan after impressive return

Jessica Harrington will let the dust settle on Sizing John’s comeback victory at Punchestown on Sunday before deciding whether to run him again over the festive period.

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