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Hockey: Australia edge out Netherlands to seal final berth

Jamie Dwyer marked his 350th international appearance with two assists to help World champions Australia defeat European champions the Netherlands 3-2 to reach the final of the Hero Hockey World League Final 2015 in Raipur, India. The Kookaburras will face either Belgium or India - who meet in their semi-final on Saturday - in the competition final.

In a high quality match, the 36-year-old five times FIH Player of the Year provided the perfect pass for Dylan Wotherspoon to open the scoring before forcing a save from Hero Man of the Match goalkeeper Jaap Stockmann only for Daniel Beale to fire home from close range. The Oceania champions could easily have scored more, but the Dutch fought back with excellent finishes from Constantijn Jonker and Mirco Pruijser either side of half time to level the match at 2-2.

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Nottinghamshire do the double at this year’s Business of Cricket Awards

ECB today announced the winners of this year’s Business of Cricket Awards which were staged in London last night (Thursday) and celebrate Communications and Marketing excellence across the county game.

Nottinghamshire won two awards on the night: the Digital Campaign Award and the Customer Match Day Experience Award. Their social media campaign to drive ticket sales included a launch video which was viewed more than 160,000 times online, while the second award reflected the club’s impressive response to fans’ feedback on the match-day experience at Trent Bridge.

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Red Bull Racing to drive forward with TAG Heuer power unit in 2016

From the milliseconds that separate victory from defeat to the finely balanced and perfectly measured rhythm of a racing engine, in motorsport timing is everything.

As the curtain falls on the 2015 Formula One season and the sport gears up for next year’s challenge, the timing is right for Red Bull Racing to reveal that the team’s 2016 F1 car will race with a power unit carrying the name of motorsport’s most iconic timing brand – TAG Heuer. 

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Hockey: Belgium to meet India in the Semi-Finals

Belgium’s Red Lions have set up a semi-final meeting against host nation India thanks to a 2-1 win over Argentina in the quarter-finals of the Hero Hockey World League Final 2015 in Raipur.

Alexandre hendrickx gave Belgium the lead with a low, powerful penalty corner effort in the 22nd minute, before Sebastien Dockier added a second three minutes before the half time break, forcing the ball home following a goal-mouth scramble. A defensive error from Loick Luypaert was punished by Argentina’s Los Leones, with Agustin Mazzilli eliminating the goalkeeper with a perfectly placed pass into the corner of the Belgian goal. However, it proved to be only a consolation, with Belgium’s defensive line holding firm to see out the victory. 

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Aussie Women's Sevens side book Quarter-Final clash with New Zealand

The Australian Women's Sevens side has set up a mouthwatering trans-Tasman clash with New Zealand in the Dubai Sevens Cup Quarter-Finals later this afternoon (Friday).

On a day full of surprises on Day One of the 2015-16 HSBC Women's Sevens Series, Australia avoided any slip ups of their own to go undefeated after beating Spain (29-7), Japan (41-0) and then England (24-7).

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