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Sunday 17 December 2017

Pietersen ends ODI career after ECB row

CRICKET: Kevin Pietersen began life as a Test specialist today after reaching an impasse with the England and Wales Cricket Board over his limited-overs future.

Pietersen, 31, decided to call time on his one-day international career in what he described as a reaction to "the intensity of the international schedule and the increasing demands on my body", but was happy to continue playing the shortest form for his country, including defending the World Twenty20 title in Sri Lanka later this year.

But England rejected that halfway house, demanding Pietersen make himself available for both formats or retire from both. With no compromise possible, England's most bankable asset opted for the latter.

'I did not call Ennis fat'

ATHLETICS: Head coach Charles van Commenee has flatly denied being the "senior figure" in UK Athletics who reportedly called Jessica Ennis fat. Ennis's coach Toni Minichiello claimed that Ennis had been described by the unnamed person as carrying too much weight. Van Commenee's outspoken style meant he was thought of as the likely culprit, but the Dutchman has "guaranteed" that is not the case. Van Commenee said: "I have never called Jessica Ennis fat."

Morrow leads amateurs

GOLF: Portmarnock's Adrian Morrow takes a three-stroke lead into the final round of the Irish Seniors Amateur Open in Athenry after carding a steady 73 on day two of the championship to lie on 143, three over par. Scotland's Ian Brotherston carded a 75 and is the nearest challenger on 146.

NBA playoff semi-final: Oklahoma City 102 San Antonio 24 17 19 22 82 (San Antonio lead best-of-seven series 2-1)

MLB: Boston 3 Detroit 7, Colorado 11 Houston 5, LA Dodgers 2 Milwaukee 6.

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