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Rugby - Hartley and Care out, Brown recalled by England for Six Nations

LONDON (Reuters) - Co-captain Dylan Hartley and scrumhalf Danny Care have been left out of the England squad to face Ireland in the Six Nations while back Mike Brown and Dan Cole were recalled by coach Eddie Jones on Thursday.

Rugby - Ford backs 'explosive' Tuilagi to have big impact for England

(Reuters) - Manu Tuilagi is back to his bulldozing best just in time for the Six Nations but the key for England will be finding a way to free up the powerful centre in the spaces where he can do the most damage, his team mate George Ford has said.

Finch happy with Lyon's displays ahead of India decider

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Nathan Lyon has failed to take a wicket in Australia's ongoing one-day series against India but captain Aaron Finch is pleased with the off-spinner's role as they head into a series-decider against India in Melbourne on Friday.

Cricket - England's Stone out of West Indies tour with back injury

(Reuters) - England fast bowler Olly Stone has been ruled out of the upcoming tour of West Indies with a back injury and will return home, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) said.

Cycling - Former sprint champion Varnish loses employment case

LONDON (Reuters) - Former European team sprint champion Jess Varnish lost her employment case against British Cycling and UK Sport in a decision published on Wednesday.

Boxing - WBC orders Wilder v Fury rematch

(Reuters) - WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder and Britain's Tyson Fury must agree to terms on a rematch by Feb. 5 or else it will be put to a purse bid with a 60-40 split in Wilder's favour, the sanctioning body said on Wednesday.

National no. 1 spot not on Vivian-Cheng Wen’s minds after upset of Thai pair

VIVIAN Hoo insists the national No. 1 women’s doubles spot isn’t something she and partner Yap Cheng Wen are pursuing despite making steady progress in their four-month partnership so far.

Winning start: Malaysia’s Yap Cheng Wen (right) and Vivian Hoo in action against Thailand’s Chayanit Chaladchalam-Phataimas Muenwong in the women’s doubles first round.

Malaysia whitewash opponents in Asian Junior squash tourney

KUALA LUMPUR: Both the boys and girls squash teams cruised to two wins on the opening day of the Asian Junior Team Championships in Pattaya, Thailand.

MHL’s drop in standard alarms ex-international Jiwa

KUALA LUMPUR: Former international Jiwa Mohan is concerned about the decline in quality of the Malaysia Hockey League (MHL) this year.

Still active: Former hockey international Jiwa Mohan (right) and New Zealand’s Nicholas Wilson tussling for the ball during the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup hockey tournament in Ipoh in 2011. Jiwa is still playing for the Nur Insafi team of Penang in the MHL.

Jazz hopes to capitalise on his good form in Singapore

PETALING JAYA: Thailand’s Jazz Janewattananond (pic) is ready to capitalise on his good form and become the third Thai to lift the prestigious SMBC Singapore Open trophy when the US$1mil (RM4.11mil) event starts today.