South Africa bowler Makhaya Ntini has announced his retirement from international cricket.
The 33-year-old, who made his international debut in January 1998 and appeared in 101 Tests and 173 one-day internationals, was the first black cricketer to represent his country and took 390 Test wickets during his career.
Meanwhile, in football, West Ham United have been rocked by the news that influential midfielder Mark Noble could be sidelined for a month after undergoing surgery for appendicitis.
The 23-year-old was advised to have the operation after complaining of abdominal pains and was taken to hospital to have his appendix removed during an hour-long procedure.
Noble has started all ten of the Hammers' Premier League matches so far this season, finding the net with penalties against Bolton Wanderers and Wolves.
England international Joe Cole will be sidelined for two weeks after sustaining a hamstring injury during Liverpool's 1-0 victory at Bolton Wanderers on Sunday.
The former Hammers and Chelsea midfielder, who has endured a disappointing first three months at Anfield following his summer switch from Chelsea, had to be substituted in the second half of the weekend success.
In rugby union, England team manager Martin Johnson has included Andrew Sheridan in his starting 15 for Saturday's international against New Zealand at Twickenham.
The 31-year-old Sale Sharks star replaces Tim Payne at loose-head prop, Johnson's only change to the side that surprisingly beat Australia in Sydney in June.
Hooker Steve Thompson keeps his place in the team ahead of Dylan Hartley, who missed the summer tour of the southern hemisphere with injury, while captain Lewis Moody is fit despite suffering a career-threatening eye injury last month.
Uncapped duo Gloucester lock David Attwood and Leeds flanker Hendre Fourie have been named on the substitute's bench in place of Simon Shaw and James Haskell.
In horse racing, jockey Gerald Mosse guided the French-trained Americain to victory in the 150th running of the Melbourne Cup.
The five-year-old who is trained by Alain de Royer-Dupre, pushed hot favourite So You Think back into third, while Maluckyday was second at a sodden Flemington racecourse.
The San Francisco Giants claimed baseball's World Series by completing a 4-1 series success against Texas Rangers.
Edgar Renteria's three-run homer in Arlington, Texas sealed the Giants' first World Series success in 56 years."