With less a month to go until the Rugby World Cup the Labour party has accused the government of “failing fans” by refusing to ban ticket resale and unveiled research showing prices on the secondary market have soared to more than 40 times face value. Pointing to prices of more than £11,800 for a pair of tickets to England v Wales and £20,252 for a pair for the final, Chris Bryant, the shadow culture secretary, said that fans were being “ripped off left, right and centre” (The Guardian).
England Test hero batsman Joe Root has been rested for the upcoming limited overs series against Australia (Sky Sports).
Sheffield’s British driver Justin Wilson has died after being struck by flying debris and suffering a serious head injury in Sunday’s Pocono IndyCar 500 race (BBC Sport).
The West Ham striker Diafra Sakho has been arrested on suspicion of making threats to kill and witness intimidation, according to reports. The 25-year-old was arrested on Sunday night on suspicion of domestic assault before being bailed, reported the Sun, having previously been questioned over an alleged assault earlier this month (The Guardian).
England reject Kevin Pietersen is sure to be BT’s first-choice pundit for their coverage of the next Ashes series Down Under in 2017-18. Pietersen has already proved himself a good cricket voice on TV and radio, and would be in Australia at that time of year for the Twenty20 Big Bash, which BT will also be broadcasting (Daily Mail).
Sheffield superstar Jessica Ennis-Hill has told how she was given added motivation to become a world beater by people writing her off. Britain’s golden girl added a second heptathlon World title to her Olympic crown here on Sunday night to cement her place amongst the greats of athletics (Daily Mirror).