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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.