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Stokes called up to England ODI squad but unlikely to play

Ben Stokes and Alex Hales have been named in England’s one-day squad for the five-match series against Australia in the new year. Stokes, 26, has not played since being arrested following an incident outside a Bristol nightclub in September. He is not available for selection until the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) decides whether to charge him. Once a decision has been made, the England and Wales Cricket Board will decide on disciplinary action. Hales is facing no criminal charges for his involvement in the Bristol incident but he too could…

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Analysis: Total belief, squad unity and late goals – who can stop Man City?

We saw Manchester City destroy plenty of teams earlier this season but they are now showing some of the other qualities you need to win titles. I won the Premier League six times with Manchester United between 1996 and 2003, and our ability to keep going right until the end of matches to score decisive late goals was a far bigger factor in that success than the attacking football we were renowned for. That was how our manager Sir Alex Ferguson viewed it, because it meant he had a team…

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Ben Stokes could be fast-tracked into Ashes squad if he is not charged by police

England may fast-track Ben Stokes into the Ashes if he avoids police charges. Stokes appears set to play for Canterbury Kings in New Zealand’s Ford Trophy this weekend, while his England team-mates are contesting the second Ashes Test with Australia in Adelaide. There has been no police update since the all-rounder was arrested and released under suspicion of causing actual bodily harm in September. But it is understood that the England and Wales Cricket Board has a contingency in place should Avon & Somerset Police clear the 26-year-old. The governing…

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Chris Heighington named in England squad for Rugby League World Cup final

Veteran forward Chris Heighington has been recalled by England for the World Cup final against Australia. The 34-year-old Cronulla second rower has been handed the vacant bench spot, with James Roby starting at hooker in place of the injured Josh Hodgson. It is the only change to the team that survived a torrid late onslaught to beat Tonga in last Saturday’s semi-final in Auckland. Roby, who won his 30th cap at Mount Smart Stadium, is the only other specialist hooker in head coach Wayne Bennett’s 24-man squad and will be…

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Ben Stokes not travelling to join England's Ashes squad in Australia – reports

Ben Stokes is heading to New Zealand to spend time with his family Monday, November 27, 2017 Ben Stokes is not on his way to join England’s Ashes squad in Australia, it is understood. Speculation about the all-rounder’s plans were raised by a picture on social media which appeared to show him at Heathrow Airport. However, it is understood Stokes is heading to New Zealand to practice and spend time with his family, rather than meeting up with his England team-mates. Stokes was initially named in England’s 16-man squad to…

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Former Newcastle striker Nile Ranger dropped from Southend United squad over 'disciplinary procedure'

Nile Ranger Wednesday, November 22, 2017 Southend striker Nile Ranger has found himself in more hot water after being left out of his side’s 1-1 draw at MK Dons due to a “disciplinary procedure”. The 26-year-old, who spent ten weeks in prison over the summer, was not selected at Stadium MK on Tuesday, with boss Phil Brown refusing to divulge the nature of Ranger’s latest misdemeanour. Brown told the Southend Echo: “Nile isn’t involved because of a disciplinary procedure yesterday. “It’s not for public consumption what’s happened but it’s just down…

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‘Off to Man United then?’ – Fans react as Danny Rose is mysteriously left out of Tottenham squad

Will Danny Rose be off to Old Trafford in January? Saturday, November 18, 2017 Tottenham fans believe Danny Rose’s Spurs career could be over after he was left out of the match-day squad for Saturday’s north London derby. The defender was a surprise absentee from the side to face Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium, with reports claiming he was training with players also not involved in the game despite being fully fit. Rose angered the club and supporters with a controversial interview with The Sun earlier this year, but appeared…

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