|ESSEX BOYS RULE!|
Essex clinched their second straight one-day league title despite a six-wicket defeat to Durham.
The Eagles' Pro40 crown was confirmed as rivals Sussex slipped to defeat against Notts at Trent Bridge.
Phil Mustard's career-best 84 in an opening stand of 152 from 29 overs with Jimmy Maher (70) was not enough to save the Dynamos from relegation.
Essex was in trouble at 12-3 in the sixth over before Andy Flower saved face with an innings of 81.
Durham's relegation was certain after Lancashire, who went into the final weekend third-from-bottom, beat Glamorgan at Old Trafford.
Captain Ronnie Irani expressed pride in his Essex side, saying: "Durham outplayed us but we've had a great season.
"We've played well in all forms of one-day cricket this year and I think we deserve some silverware.
"I'm proud of my boys. We've got one or two guys representing England and I hope one or two will do in the future.
"Our one-day form is good and we've got a chance of going up in the Championship as well."
|MICK FITZGERALD TO RETIRE|
Jump jockey Mick Fitzgerald is to retire at the end of the season.
The Irishman is one of an elite group of riders to have won both the Grand National and the Cheltenham Gold Cup.
Despite an injury-plagued career, the 36-year-old has also won most of the major races in the jumping calendar and has ridden more than 1,000 winners.
"You can't go on forever and I've been very lucky. I've had a fantastic run," said Fitzgerald, who is to become director of a racing club
The loquacious Irishman captured the Cheltenham Gold Cup on See More Business in 1999 and famously described his 1996 Grand National win on Rough Quest as "better than sex".
Other big wins include the Queen Mother Champion Chase on Call Equiname in 1999 and the Stayers' Hurdle on Bacchanal in 2000, the same year that he won the Arkle Trophy on Tiutchev.
|BRITISH OLYMPICS JOB FOR WOODWARD|
Sir Clive Woodward has been named as the new director of elite performance at the British Olympic Association.
Former England rugby coach Woodward, who recently left Southampton FC, will be involved with all 35 Olympic sports.
He will also be responsible for Britain's preparation camp for the Beijing Games in 2008. Woodward said: "The prospect of working together with our elite coaches and athletes is tremendously exciting for me. It is a privilege to join the BOA."
The 50-year-old Woodward only moved into football last July after previously working in rugby union, where he led England to the World Cup in 2003 and coached the British and Irish Lions in New Zealand last summer.