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Cricket
This series will be sad to watch – Vaughan 

19 Aug 17

England’s series against West Indies will be “sad to watch”, says ex-England captain Michael Vaughan after the hosts’ crushing win at Edgbaston.


Cricket
Pint-sized TMS: Landmark Stuart Broad wicket as England cruise to win over poor West Indies 

19 Aug 17

Stuart Broad passes Ian Botham’s tally of 383 wickets as England thrash West Indies by an innings and 209 runs in the day-night Test at Edgbaston.


Cricket
England thrash West Indies in three days – report & highlights 

19 Aug 17

England take 19 wickets on the third day to beat West Indies by an innings and 209 runs in the day-night Test at Edgbaston.


Cricket
Watch: Broad passes Botham as England close in on win 

19 Aug 17

Stuart Broad claims his 384th Test wicket to go past Sir Ian Botham’s tally in England’s innings-and-209-run win over West Indies inside three days at Edgbaston.


Cricket
Can we have our ball back? Fancy dress fans celebrate steward’s u-turn 

19 Aug 17

Amusing scenes at Edgbaston as cricket fans in a wide variety of fancy dress protest against a steward taking away their inflatable ball by rushing towards the edge of the stand – and then celebrate wildly when the ball is returned.


Cricket
Where’s the ball, Joe? Root searches for lost six 

19 Aug 17

England captain Joe Root goes searching under the covers to retrieve the ball after West Indies’ Jermaine Blackwood hit a six in the first Test at Edgbaston.


Cricket
Pint-sized TMS: England take control against West Indies thanks to 243 from Alastair Cook 

18 Aug 17

Alastair Cook finishes on 243 as England tighten their grip on the West Indies on a rain-affected second day of the first day-night Test at Edgbaston.


Cricket
England v West Indies: Alastair Cook’s 243 puts hosts in control of first Test 

18 Aug 17

Alastair Cook churns out 243 as England tighten their grip on West Indies on day two of the day-night Test at Edgbaston.


Cricket
Watch: Cook out for 243 as England declare 

18 Aug 17

Alastair Cook is dismissed lbw for 243, sparking England’s declaration on 514-8 on day two of the first Test against the West Indies at Edgbaston.


Cricket
England v West Indies: Ashes places up for grabs – Joe Root 

16 Aug 17

Ashes opportunities will be up for grabs when the first Test against West Indies begins at Edgbaston on Thursday, says England captain Joe Root.


Sport
Sport on the BBC: Best of this week’s TV & radio coverage 

14 Aug 17

This week’s sport on the BBC includes England’s first Test against West Indies, the Women’s Rugby World Cup and the Birmingham Indoor Grand Prix.


Cricket
T20 Blast: John Hastings and Joe Clarke help Worcester Rapids beat Birmingham Bears 

4 Aug 17

An opening partnership of 75 from John Hastings and Joe Clarke helps Worcestershire Rapids to a five-run win over Birmingham Bears at Edgbaston.


Cricket
Fastest fifties, nightmare journeys & tight finishes – T20 Blast round-up 

4 Aug 17

Worcestershire keep alive their hopes of reaching the T20 Blast quarter-finals with a thrilling win against Birmingham Bears.


Cricket
England v South Africa: Quinton de Kock’s ‘brilliant’ catch brings up his 100th Test dismissal 

4 Aug 17

South Africa’s Quinton de Kock claims his 100th Test dismissal, catching England’s Tom Westley off the bowling of Kagiso Rabada.


Cricket
England v South Africa: Keaton Jennings caught by Quinton de Kock off Duanne Olivier 

4 Aug 17

Duanne Olivier finds Keaton Jennings’ outside edge on the first day of the fourth Test against South Africa at Old Trafford.


Cricket
T20 Blast: Birmingham beat Northants in thrilling finale while Kent beat Hampshire 

1 Aug 17

Birmingham Bears go top of the T20 Blast North Group with a two-run win against Northants, while Kent beat Hampshire.


Cricket
T20 Blast: Watch thrilling final over as Birmingham Bears beat Northamptonshire Steelbacks 

1 Aug 17

Watch the thrilling final over as Birmingham Bears beat Northamptonshire Steelbacks by two runs in the T20 Blast.


Cricket
Adam Hose: Birmingham Bears skipper Ian Bell hails debut knock the best he has seen 

31 Jul 17

Birmingham Bears captain Ian Bell says Adam Hose’s 76 off 43 balls against Lancashire is the club’s best-ever debut.


Cricket
England v South Africa: Debutant Roland-Jones bowls De Kock to take fourth wicket 

28 Jul 17

Debutant Toby Roland-Jones bowls Quinton de Kock to complete his removal of South Africa’s top four and put England firmly in control at The Oval.


Cricket
England v South Africa: Joe Root out after Quinton de Kock takes ‘unbelievable’ catch 

27 Jul 17

Quinton de Kock takes an “unbelievable” catch to dismiss England captain Joe Root for 29 on the first day of the third Test against South Africa at The Oval.


Cricket
Notts’ Fletcher set to leave hospital after head injury 

9 Jul 17

Notts seamer Luke Fletcher is set to leave hospital on Sunday after being hit on the head against Birmingham Bears.


Cricket
Incredible missed run-out gives Bears last-ball win in T20 Blast 

8 Jul 17

Birmingham win a dramatic T20 Blast encounter against Nottinghamshire as Michael Lumb fails to run out Rikki Clarke from the final ball of the match.


Cricket
T20 Blast: Birmingham beat Notts, Derbyshire edge out Yorkshire 

8 Jul 17

Ian Bell stars as Birmingham beat Notts at Edgbaston, while Derbyshire make it two wins from two in this season’s T20 Blast.


Cricket
Play suspended in T20 Blast as Notts’ Fletcher suffers head injury 

8 Jul 17

Play against Birmingham in the T20 Blast is suspended after Nottinghamshire bowler Luke Fletcher suffers a serious-looking head injury.


Cricket
Watch: De Kock hits second-fastest Test 50 at Lord’s 

8 Jul 17

South Africa’s Quinton de Kock reaches the second-fastest Test 50 in Lord’s history – off 36 balls – during the first Test against England.


Rugby
‘Astonishing’ Jones prepares for ninth consecutive Lions Test 

7 Jul 17

Former players praise “astonishing” Alun Wyn Jones as he prepares for ninth consecutive Lions Test.


Cricket
Warwickshire v Middlesex: Stevie Eskinazi’s century puts visitors on top 

4 Jul 17

Stevie Eskinazi’s unbeaten 178 helps Middlesex take the edge over struggling Warwickshire at Edgbaston.


Cricket
Warwickshire v Lancashire: Andrew Umeed century offers Bears hope at Egbaston 

27 Jun 17

Warwickshire’s Andrew Umeed bats all day (and night) against Lancashire to offer hope of a first-innings lead.


Cricket
Warwickshire v Lancashire: Shivnarine Chanderpaul scores century at Edgbaston 

26 Jun 17

Shivnarine Chanderpaul makes a century to help Lancashire defy Warwickshire on day one of the day-night Championship match.


Saddlers
Walsall sign Ayr right-back Devlin 

26 Jun 17

Walsall sign Scottish right-back Nicky Devlin following his decision to turn down a new deal with Ayr United.


Sport
Eastbourne: Petra Kvitova opts out of tournament with abdominal injury 

26 Jun 17

Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova pulls out of Eastbourne with an abdominal injury, a day after winning in Birmingham.


Sport
Aegon Classic: Petra Kvitova wins first title since stabbing by beating Ashleigh Barty 

25 Jun 17

Petra Kvitova caps her remarkable comeback from a career-threatening hand injury by winning the Aegon Classic in Birmingham.


Baggies
West Brom open to safe standing trial 

24 Jun 17

West Bromwich Albion say they are willing to use The Hawthorns as part of a pilot scheme for safe standing.


Blues
Carsley back at Birmingham in coach role 

23 Jun 17

Former Republic of Ireland midfielder Lee Carsley returns to Birmingham City as head professional development coach.


Saddlers
Walsall sign goalkeeper Gillespie 

23 Jun 17

Walsall sign goalkeeper Mark Gillespie on a two-year contract from Carlisle United on a free transfer.


Saddlers
Walsall sign Crewe defender Guthrie 

22 Jun 17

League One side Walsall sign Crewe Alexandra defender Jon Guthrie on a two-year contract.


Sport
Aegon Classic Birmingham: Petra Kvitova continues comeback with Naomi Broady win 

21 Jun 17

Petra Kvitova continues her comeback from a career-threatening hand injury with a 6-2 6-2 win against Britain’s Naomi Broady in Birmingham.


Sky Blues
League Two fixtures in full 

21 Jun 17

Find out your team’s fixtures in League Two during the 2017-18 season.


Saddlers
League One fixtures in full 

21 Jun 17

Find out your team’s fixtures in League One during the 2017-18 season.


Blues
Championship fixtures in full 

21 Jun 17

Find out your team’s fixtures in the Championship during the 2017-18 season.


Sport
Aegon Classic: Johanna Konta into second round in Birmingham 

20 Jun 17

British number one Johanna Konta beats Ukrainian Lesia Tsurenko to reach the second round of the Aegon Classic in Birmingham.


Wolves
Wolves sign Ghana defender Ofosu-Ayeh 

20 Jun 17

Wolves sign Ghana defender Phil Ofosu-Ayeh on a free transfer from German second-tier side Eintracht Braunschweig.


Sport
Aegon Classic: Naomi Broady beats Alize Cornet as Heather Watson loses 

19 Jun 17

Britain’s Naomi Broady earns one of the best wins of her career but Heather Watson is out of the Aegon Classic in Birmingham.


Wolves
Lambert considering management options 

17 Jun 17

Paul Lambert will take his time before deciding on his next move but expects any return to management to be “away from Scotland”.


Wolves
Sunderland to play Bury in EFL Cup 

16 Jun 17

Sunderland will travel to Bury in the EFL Cup first round following their relegation from the Premier League.


Saddlers
Walsall sign Falkirk left-back Leahy 

14 Jun 17

Walsall sign 24-year-old left-back Luke Leahy on a two-year deal after his contract expires at Falkirk.


Baggies
Premier League fixtures in full 

14 Jun 17

Find out your club’s full fixture list for the 2017-18 Premier League season.


Wolves
Wolves sign Rio Ave defender Miranda 

13 Jun 17

Wolves sign defender Roderick Miranda from Portuguese Primeira Liga side Rio Ave on a four-year deal for an undisclosed fee.


Saddlers
Record signing Makris ends Walsall stay 

13 Jun 17

Walsall striker Andreas Makris will return to Cyprus less than a year after becoming the Saddlers’ club record signing.


Cricket
Champions Trophy: Jason Roy’s brilliant catch sparks Australia collapse 

10 Jun 17

Watch England’s Jason Roy take a brilliant catch to dismiss Glenn Maxwell and spark an Australia collapse in their must-win Champions Trophy game at Edgbaston.







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