Steve Harmison has committed his long-term future to Durham by penning a new four-year contract with the county.
The 31-year-old will now remain with the 2008 and 2009 County Championship winners until 2013.
Harmison, who played a part in England's Ashes successes of 2005 and 2009, has taken more than 400 first-class wickets for Durham, including 50 Championship wickets in the season just ended.
Somerset have completed the signing of batsman Nick Compton, following his decision to turn down a new contract with Middlesex.
The 26-year-old right-hander had stated that he was seeking a fresh challenge and has put pen to paper on a long-term contract at Taunton.
Derbyshire fast bowlers Tim Groenewald, Ian Hunter, and Tom Lungley have all signed new one-year contracts with the County Championship division two side.
Lungley has spent the whole of his career with Derbys, while Groenewald joined from Warwickshire a year ago and Hunter from Durham five years ago.
The Football Association could hand Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson a touchline ban after he admitted a charge of improper conduct for the comments he made about referee Alan Wiley's fitness.
The 67-year-old Scot said after his team's 2-2 draw with Sunderland at Old Trafford earlier this month that Wiley was not fit enough to officiate the game.
Ferguson has requested a personal hearing with the FA but could be fined or banned from the touchline.
Notts County, one of the online favourites to win promotion from League Two this season, have confirmed the appointment of Hans Backe as their new manager, following the recent sacking of Ian McParland.
The ambitious club have drafted in the Swede on a three-year contract, with his first game in charge coming next weekend against Shrewsbury Town.
Bolton Wanderers manager Gary Megson has claimed that four members of his first-team squad have suffered from the swine flu virus in the past.
On Monday it was revealed that several players in the Blackburn squad were suffering from the ailment and Rovers boss Sam Alladyce has since said that Chelsea players could suffer in the future.
Allardyce's side lost 5-0 to Chelsea on Saturday after which he confirmed three of his players were ill with the virus.
Tottenham Hotspur are being linked with a move for Internacional's Sandro as boss Harry Redknapp attempts to bolster his central midfield options.
The Spurs boss is keen to add more depth to his squad and believes that he needs more than Wilson Palacios, Tom Huddlestone and Jermaine Jenas in the centre of his midfield.