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Stuart Lancaster trims World Cup squad down to 45

Lancaster has trimmed his squad down to 45. Credit: PA

England's Rugby World Cup training squad for their Colorado training camp has been reduced from 50 to 45, with Stephen Myler, Elliot Daly, Maro Itoje and Ed Slater returning to their clubs on standby and Nick Easter remaining at Harlequins for treatment on a sore back, the Rugby Football Union has announced.

England's opening World Cup match against Fiji, and every other game throughout the tournament, will be broadcast live on ITV and ITV4.

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Richie Porte loses ground at Giro d'Italia

A late mechanical proved costly for Team Sky's Richie Porte as Nicola Boem (Bardiani-CSF) won stage 10 of the Giro d'Italia on Tuesday.

Porte slipped to fourth after losing 47 seconds. Credit: PA

Boem was part of the breakaway which held off the charging peloton in the finale of the 200-kilometres route from Civitanova Marche to Forli.

Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo) enjoyed an uneventful day to retain the overall leader's pink jersey, with Porte's bid for the maglia rosa hindered by a mishap with around 5km to go.

The Australian, who began the day 22 seconds behind in third, suffered a late and costly mechanical, losing 47 seconds to the Spaniard to slip to fourth.

Porte now trails Contador by one minute nine seconds overall, with Fabio Aru (Astana) the nearest challenger, three seconds behind.

Review commissioned into Phillip Hughes death

Cricket Australia has commissioned an independent review into the death of former Australia batsman Phillip Hughes, who died after being struck by a cricket ball.

Hughes died after being struck in the head by a cricket ball. Credit: PA

The 25-year-old died in November two days after being hit on the neck by a delivery during a Sheffield Shield match at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

CA chief executive James Sutherland said in a statement:

When this tragedy happened, I said that it was a freak accident, but it was one freak accident too many.

Never again do we want to see something like that happen on a cricket field.We have a deep responsibility and obligation to look into the events of that awful day to understand everything that occurred and then see what could be done to prevent a similar accident happening in the future.

This is not an exercise designed to apportion blame on any individual for what took place. It is about making sure that as a sport we are doing everything in our power to prevent an accident of this nature happening again.

– CA chief executive James Sutherland
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