Alastair Cook’s career in photos

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BBC Sport dips into the archive to illustrate England captain and record run scorer Alastair Cook’s path from school chorister to top Test cricketer.

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Rio Ferdinand retires after being released by QPR

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Former Manchester United great Rio Ferdinand has retired from the game after being released by QPR following the club’s relegation to the Championship.

At the age of 36, Ferdinand retires with 503 Premier League appearances with West Ham, Leeds United, Manchester United, and Queens Park Rangers, 312 of them coming with the Red Devils.

Ferdinand began his career with the West Ham United youth academy, making his professional debut in early 1996 before his $44.5 million transfer from Leeds to Manchester United in 2002 set a then-record for a defender. He would end up on the PFA Team of the Year four times in five years from 2004-2009 and won six Premier League titles while at Old Trafford.

He was released from Manchester United following the expiry of his contract at the end of last season, clearly on the decline. He signed a one-year deal with QPR, but after a…

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Blatter hits back at US Attorney General, says “something smells” about the investigation

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Sepp Blatter has publicly spoken at length about the U.S. investigation that led to the arrest of seven FIFA officials in Zurich on money laundering, racketeering, and fraud charges.

The FIFA overlord told Swiss broadcasting channel RTS that to him, “there is something that smells” about the investigation, considering the timing.

“With all the respect to the judicial system of the U.S. with a new minister of justice,” Blatter said. “The Americans, if they have a financial crime that regards American citizens then they must arrest these people there and not in Zurich when we have a congress.”

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It’s no surprise that Blatter has taken to the offensive to protect the reputation of his organization, but if the United States honestly had the intention of disrupting the FIFA election and undermining his campaign, they would have swooped in much sooner and…

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