Ryder Cup player Rafa Cabrera Bello joins field for Irish Open at Portstewart

Spaniard Rafa Cabrera Bello has become the latest player to confirm his participation in next month’s Irish Open at Portstewart. The world number 28, who was part of the European 2016 Ryder Cup team, has finished in the top 10 in four of his past five appearances at the event. The 33-year-old was joint runner-up…

Jenny Pitman joins British Horseracing Authority disciplinary panel

Former leading trainer Jenny Pitman is to join the British Horseracing Authority’s disciplinary panel. The 71-year-old’s appointment comes after recommendations by an official report that more ex-trainers and jockeys should be used in the process. Pitman, known for her straight talking, retired in 1998 having won two Grand Nationals and two Cheltenham Gold Cups. She…

Jason Gillespie: Ex-Yorkshire coach joins Kent as assistant to Matt Walker

Kent have appointed former Yorkshire coach Jason Gillespie as assistant to Matt Walker on an interim basis. The 41-year-old will stay with Kent until Allan Donald earns the qualifications to gain a visa and become assistant on a full-time basis. He led Yorkshire to promotion from Division Two and two County Championship titles before stepping…

Miami Open: Novak Djokovic joins Andy Murray in pulling out with elbow injury

World number two Novak Djokovic has pulled out of next week’s Miami Open because of an elbow injury. The 29-year-old Serb is the second big name to withdraw from the event, after world number one Andy Murray did likewise for the same reason. Defending champion Djokovic apologised to fans who had bought tickets to see…

Tom Curran: Surrey bowler joins England squad for West Indies tour

England in West Indies Dates and venues: 3 March, 5 March (both Antigua), 9 March (Barbados) Coverage: Ball-by-ball Test Match Special commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra, Radio 4 LW, online, tablets, mobiles and BBC Sport app. Live text commentary on the BBC Sport website. Surrey bowler Tom Curran has been added to…