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NBA tanking may be traumatic but it works

NBA: Dallas Mavericks at Cleveland Cavaliers

When I read that Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban will not allow his abysmal 3-13 basketball team to succumb to the darkness and tank for better odds in the draft lottery, I clutched my imaginary pearls in horror.

Alastair Cook endures a day to forget after India twist the knife

Cricket - India v England - Third Test cricket match - Punjab Cricket Association Stadium, Mohali

Alastair Cook has soaked up some tough days during his record 57 Tests as England captain but Monday in Mohali – which ended with him out for 12, his opening partner unable to bat, his side four down and 56 runs adrift with hopes of a series win close to blown – was quite some challenge to his fortitude.

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Eddie Jones warns Australia: ‘England will break you physically and mentally’

The acrimonious buildup to England’s final autumn Test against Australia looks set to spill over on to the pitch after Eddie Jones warned the Wallabies his side would look to “break them mentally and physically”. The lock George Kruis indicated the home team would be looking to “target their puppet masters” and extend their unbeaten run to a record-equalling 14 Tests.