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Wednesday 23 August 2017

KP's finished - Anderson

Cricket: James Anderson does not believe there is any way for Kevin Pietersen to play for England again following the release of his highly critical autobiography.

The batsman was sacked by the England and Wales Cricket Board at the start of the year and outlined in his book a number of criticisms of the team, with former head coach Andy Flower and wicketkeeper Matt Prior taking the brunt of the accusations.

Anderson was also among those to come under fire, and he is sure that the mercurial right-hander has burnt his bridges at international level.

"I can't see a way back really after what's been said and the decision that's been made," he said.

"We got to world number one, we won three Ashes series so I've loved every minute of that. It's just a shame that this kind of overshadows that a little bit."

Davydenko calls it a day

Tennis: Former world number three Nikolay Davydenko has announced his retirement from tennis.

The Russian, who has not played since the French Open, said: "Unfortunately, for some years now, I have been struggling with injuries.

"It's hard for me to talk about it.

"I decided to retire in June after Roland Garros."

Davydenko first broke into the top 10 in 2005 and was a virtual ever present for the next five years.

He won the 2009 Barclays ATP World Tour Finals, won three Masters series titles and reached four grand slam semi-finals.

Lendl's 'no' to Berdych

Tennis: Ivan Lendl says he will not return to coaching "anytime soon" after turning down a request from fellow Czech Tomas Berdych.

Berdych announced this week that he talked to Lendl, who ended a successful stint with Andy Murray in March, but Lendl was "too busy" to coach him.

Lendl says, "I enjoyed it enough to consider it again but at the moment I enjoy playing and having a bit more free time."

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