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England beaten after injured Martin Guptill digs in for New Zealand

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England's rocky relationship with Seddon Park was surely dealt a final blow when they squandered a winning position to lose the first of three ODIs to New Zealand by three wickets, undone in the end by the captain, Brendon McCullum, and Martin Guptill, an opening batsman returned to the crease, hobbling on one leg having previously retired hurt with a twanged hamstring.

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Royal Ascot announces prize money increase of 18% to a record £6.85m

Every day at Royal Ascot this summer will be a £1m day following a decision at the Queen’s racecourse to ramp up prize money for the famous week of action in June. An extra £1m in prize money is to be added to purses, taking the total for the five race-days to more than £6.5m and ensuring that at least £1m will be, as it were, redistributed each afternoon.