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Wednesday 18 October 2017

Cook's keen to carry on for England

Cricket: Alastair Cook is experiencing the toughest moments of his professional career, by his own admission, but remains determined to lead England out of their long, losing run.

The manner of England's 95-run defeat by India was especially dispiriting in the second Investec Test at Lord's, after a century stand between Joe Root (66) and Moeen Ali began to hint at a famously unlikely win - only for Ishant Sharma to induce a hapless collapse from 173 for four to 223 all out.

"I haven't had any tougher times in my career than at the moment," said Cook. "It gets harder and harder the longer it goes on. But I don't think walking away from it would be the way to go. Until somebody taps you on the shoulder and says 'we don't want you to be captain', or 'we think there is a better man', or my position does become untenable, I want to be carrying on."

Wiggins won't get 'greedy'

Cycling: Bradley Wiggins has explained his reasons for deciding to race only one of a possible four events at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games.

He had initially been mulling over a combined programme of track and road, with the team pursuit, individual pursuit, time-trial and road race all options for him.

But he will only contest the team pursuit in Glasgow.

"The plan was to come in and do pretty much most of the events, (but) with hindsight, I thought just focus on the Olympic event rather than try to be too greedy," he said. "I thought I'd put all my eggs into the one I'm going to try and do for the next two years."

Chisora out of fight with Fury

Boxing: Dereck Chisora has been forced to withdraw from his European heavyweight title showdown with Tyson Fury in Manchester after fracturing his hand during a sparring session.

In a statement from promoters, Chisora said: "I can't tell you how disappointed I am to have to pull out of the fight against Fury, but it is on the advice of my specialist that I have to do this. I'll be working on the new date for the fight."

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