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Chahal, Dhoni script India's ODI series victory in Australia

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Former captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni scored his third successive half century to guide India to a seven-wicket victory in the series-deciding third one-day international against Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Friday.

Cricket - England call up Wood to replace injured Stone

(Reuters) - England have called up fast bowler Mark Wood to replace the injured Olly Stone for their three-test series against West Indies that starts in Bridgetown on Jan. 23.

Rugby - Talk of deploying Nowell as flanker an 'own goal': Woodward

(Reuters) - England coach Eddie Jones has scored a "huge own goal" ahead of next month's Six Nations opener against Ireland by suggesting winger Jack Nowell could be deployed at number seven, former coach Clive Woodward said.

NBA - Heartache for Knicks as basketball steals London spotlight

LONDON (Reuters) - A game between the struggling New York Knicks and Washington Wizards would barely have registered back in the United States but transported across the Atlantic it stole the London sporting spotlight on Thursday.

Alvarez to face Jacobs in May 4 middleweight unification bout

(Reuters) - Mexican Saul "Canelo" Alvarez and fellow middleweight champion Daniel Jacobs will meet in a May 4 unification bout, Golden Boy Promotions and streaming service DAZN announced on Thursday.

Rugby - Gatland shows interest in coaching Lions on 2021 tour

(Reuters) - Wales coach Warren Gatland has had what he called "informal conversations" about leading the British & Irish Lions on their tour of South Africa in 2021.

Rugby - I'm serious, says Jones after tipping Nowell as England flanker

LONDON (Reuters) - What do you do if you are blessed with an abundance of talented wingers but face a perennial problem at flanker? The obvious answer, if England coach Eddie Jones isn't taking the media for a ride, is to put Jack Nowell in the number seven shirt.

Rugby - Hartley's halo slipping as Jones omits skipper

LONDON (Reuters) - The official line is that Dylan Hartley has been omitted from England's Six Nations squad due to injury but the fact that he is also absent from next week's training camp, having already lost his starting berth, suggests it might be a tough road back.

Doping - WADA says it has recovered doping data from Moscow lab

TORONTO (Reuters) - World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) inspectors have recovered doping data from a discredited Moscow laboratory, WADA said on Thursday - a condition of its controversial decision in September to restore the accreditation of Russia's anti-doping agency (RUSADA).

Cycling - No regrets for Varnish over failed employment case

(Reuters) - Former European team sprint champion Jess Varnish said she had no regrets after losing her employment case against British Cycling and UK Sport and will consider grounds for an appeal.