Cook not thinking about retirement ahead of 150th test

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Alastair Cook has "no idea" when he will be retiring and is completely focused on beating Australia in his 150th test this week to keep the Ashes series alive, the former England captain said on Tuesday.




Russian Olympic Committee to support Winter Games athletes

MOSCOW (Reuters) - The Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) agreed unanimously on Tuesday to support Russian athletes who choose to compete in next year's Winter Games in South Korea.




Arsenal's Mustafi out, Ramsey doubtful for West Ham game

(Reuters) - Arsenal defender Shkodran Mustafi has been ruled out of Wednesday's Premier League game at West Ham United due to a thigh injury and midfielder Aaron Ramsey is doubtful with a hamstring problem.




Van Gaal slams 'boring' United under Mourinho

(Reuters) - Former Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal believes the club have become more boring under his successor Jose Mourinho, saying he would prefer to watch local rivals and Premier League leaders Manchester City in action.




Azpilicueta calls for Chelsea response after West Ham loss

(Reuters) - Chelsea must respond to last weekend's defeat with a dominant victory at Huddersfield Town later on Tuesday, defender Cesar Azpilicueta has said.




England need to regain fans trust by winning games - Bairstow

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Johnny Bairstow accepts that accusations of poor behaviour by England players have dented their trustworthiness in the eyes of fans but believes the team can rectify that by winning the third Ashes test.




South Korea conducts anti-terror drills ahead of Winter Games

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (Reuters) - Set to host the Winter Olympics in February, South Korea conducted a series of security drills on Tuesday to prepare against terror attacks ranging from a hostage situation, a vehicle ramming a stadium and a bomb-attached to a drone.




Mitchell Marsh raring to go if called in Perth test

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia all-rounder Mitchell Marsh said he was ready to go if his improved batting in domestic cricket earned him the nod for the third Ashes test against England that starts in Perth on Thursday.




Allardyce to review Everton players before January window

(Reuters) - New Everton manager Sam Allardyce will hold one-on-one talks with first-team players regarding their future at the Premier League club before making plans for the January transfer window.




Pereira steps in to replace Villas-Boas in Shanghai

TOKYO (Reuters) - Former Porto coach Vitor Pereira has been unveiled as the new manager of Chinese Super League (CSL) side Shanghai SIPG, replacing fellow Portuguese Andre Villas-Boas at the helm.