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Jimmy Anderson takes 400th wicket

James Anderson is the first English player to reach 400 test wickets Credit: PA Images

James Anderson has become the first Englishman to take 400 test wickets.

The Lancashire bowler dismissed Martin Guptill early in the first innings of the Second Test against New Zealand at Headingley.

With his eighth ball, and with rain closing in, Anderson had Kiwi opener caught by Ian Bell at second slip.

Earlier this year he became England's record wicket-taker, moving ahead of Ian Botham, during a tour of the West Indies.

Red Devils' grieving brothers to play together for first time after father's death

Salford Red Devils' three Griffin brothers are set to play alongside each other for the first time on Saturday just four days after the death of their father.

33 year-old Darrell, 25-year-old Josh and 22-year-old George have declared themselves available for selection after speaking with Red Devils Head Coach Iestyn Harris and have been named in the squad for the Super League match against Widnes, which will open the Magic Weekend at Newcastle's St James' Park.

33-year-old Darrell will be joined by his brothers on the field for the first time this weekend Credit: PA Images

A minute's silence will be held before kick-off as a mark of respect to the Griffin family.

Josh broke the news of his father's death from a heart attack on Tuesday and admits it will be an emotional occasion on Saturday.

'Me and my brothers have put our hands up this week to play in memory of him,' he tweeted.

'Will be hardest thing.'

'He would have wanted us to take that field, he loved watching us play and I'm sure it's going to be an emotional experience.'

Salford's Josh announced the news of his father's death this week Credit: PA Images

Salford owner Marwan Koukash said:

'I have nothing but admiration for the strength and professionalism of the three brothers.'

The youngest of the brothers George joined his siblings at the AJ Bell Stadium in the winter. Darrell joined the club two and a half years ago, while Josh arrived last season.

22-year-old George, the youngest brother Credit: PA Images


Preston man banned from football for three years for Ian Evatt assault

Chesterfield captain Ian Evatt was confronted after Preston's Play-Off semi-final victory Credit: PA Images

An apprentice mechanic from Preston has been given a three-year football banning order after he assaulted Chesterfield captain Ian Evatt at the end of the League One play-off semi-final.

Matthew Edwards was said to have "got carried away" during a pitch invasion while celebrating his "beloved" Preston North End's victory over Chesterfield.

CCTV footage captured the 20-year-old weaving his way through fans and then forcefully grasping the shoulder of Chesterfield captain Ian Evatt from behind.

When Evatt turned round, a fellow supporter stepped in to drag away Edwards, who, magistrates heard, had wanted to "take the mick" out of the defender who used to play for Preston's arch-rivals Blackpool.

Edwards then appeared to shout abuse at Evatt, who had to be escorted from the Deepdale pitch for his own safety.

Edwards, of Southern Avenue, Preston, was also fined £135 and ordered to pay costs of £255 after he pleaded guilty at Preston Magistrates' Court to assault by beating.

Martine Connah, prosecuting, said Evatt, 33, was assaulted "by at least two people" and verbally abused "by many more" at the conclusion of the televised match on May 10.

Footage of the incident led to Edwards being identified by a police constable and then arrested the following day.

Edwards denied setting out to assault Evatt before he left his seat in the stand and denied intending to punch him.

Evatt reported to police that he had been "punched, kicked and spat on" and later said in a radio interview that he had been "terrified".

Lancashire Constabulary continue to investigate the incident, with several other people being sought.

Manchester City Women FC and Manchester Metropolitan University team up

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Manchester City Women's Football Club have announced a new partnership with Manchester Metropolitan University.

In each of the four years of the programme players from the Man Met University Women's team will experience a training session led by MCWFC and university coaching staff will be able develop from observing their own training sessions.

Also the University's Events Management course will be given access behind the scenes at Manchester City Women's match-day events and will have the opportunity to 'manage' a home fixture to put into practice what they have learnt.

Players and coaches from Manchester City Women will be invited to the University as guest speakers at open days.

Steph Houghton, Manchester City and England Captain said of the partnership:

“The Manchester City Women’s team are proud to be involved in this unique venture that aims to give students hands-on experience managing a real match-day event.

“Nothing beats the buzz of a football crowd and it will provide a good test for students to put what they have learned in the classroom into practice.”

University team takes the chequered flag

Pit stop for the team Credit: University of Bolton

The University of Bolton and their partner racing team RLR Msport claimed a stunning victory to finish on top of the podium in Imola, Italy.

Competing in the LMP3 category of the European Le Mans Series, an incredible drive saw the University finish two laps ahead of its closest rival.

The victory puts the University to the top of the team classification, after two races, with 40 points. See the winners ceremony here The university runs a degree course in Motorsport Technology and Automotive Performance Engineering giving students hands-on experience on keeping a racing car in peak condition on the track.

Preston fan's special moment

Preston's League 1 play-off triumph at Wembley has been particularly special for one fan. Linda Moon has terminal cancer and only got the go ahead from her doctors to go to the match the day before. Football mad Linda's been a Preston fan all her life and said promotion was her biggest wish for the club.

And so the club decided to reward her loyalty by bringing the trophy to her home.


Long lay-off for Burnley's Barnes

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Burnley striker Ashley Barnes is set to miss the majority of next season after suffering a serious knee injury.

The Clarets have announced that the 25-year-old sustained anterior cruciate ligament and medial collateral ligament damage in Sunday's final-day Barclays Premier League victory over Aston Villa.

Barnes, who will undergo surgery next week, is the fourth Burnley player to be struck by a cruciate ligament injury in the space of 14 months, following Sam Vokes, Kevin Long and Dean Marney into long-term rehabilitation.

Rugby League: Mick Nanyn announces retirement

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Goalkicking centre Mick Nanyn, the sixth highest scorer in the history of rugby league, has announced his retirement.

Wigan-born Nanyn, who turns 33 next week, amassed a total of 3700 points in a 16-year career that began and finished at Swinton and also took in spells with Rochdale, Whitehaven, Widnes, Oldham and Leigh.

Nanyn represented Scotland at the 2008 World Cup in Australia and won the Northern Rail Cup with Leigh in 2011.

"It was an extremely difficult decision for me to make and one that I thought long and hard about," Nanyn said.

"But, once I realised that my body couldn't do what my head wanted it to, I knew it was the right time for me to end my playing career."

Swinton head coach John Duffy said: "We are gutted to be losing Mick's services but he has expressed his views for retiring on personal grounds which we totally respect.

"We have decided to offer Mick a role on our staff due to his qualities as a person and his outstanding knowledge of the game and we hope he accepts."

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