PGA Tour: New doping programme to blood test and name recreational drug users

The PGA Tour is to introduce blood testing next season and will align its list of prohibited substances with that of the World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada). The Tour will still use urine testing as an anti-doping measure, with blood testing intended to detect substances such as human growth hormone. Commissioner Jay Monahan said the move…

Garry Monk: Middlesbrough name ex-Leeds United boss as manager

Middlesbrough have confirmed former Leeds United boss Garry Monk as their new manager. Boro interviewed several candidates, but Monk emerged as the club’s first choice and will be unveiled on Monday. Monk, 38, left Leeds on 25 May after being unable to “reach an agreement” with new owner Andrea Radrizzani. He managed Swansea City in…

Fed Cup: Great Britain name unchanged team

Great Britain have named an unchanged Fed Cup team of Johanna Konta, Heather Watson, Laura Robson and Jocelyn Rae for their tie against Romania. Britain travel to the Black Sea city of Constanta for the World Group II play-off on outdoor clay on 22-23 April. They are looking to return to the elite level of…

England name squad for UAE training camp – but Taylor remains on sidelines

Sarah Taylor remains on course to return for this summer’s Women’s World Cup despite missing out on a Dubai training camp, says England head coach Mark Robinson. The ECB’s touring party to Dubai includes 17 centrally-contracted players and seven academy players. Wicketkeeper Taylor, 27, took a break from cricket last year to deal with anxiety…

Joe Root: England name batsman Test captain, succeeding Alastair Cook

Media playback is not supported on this device Joe Root has been named as England’s new Test captain. The Yorkshire batsman, 26, succeeds Alastair Cook, who resigned last week after more than four years in charge. “It is a huge honour to be given the Test captaincy,” said Root, who will be the 80th man…

Chris Rogers: Somerset name former captain as batting coach for four-month stint

Somerset have appointed former captain Chris Rogers in a batting coach and player mentoring role, on a four-month contract subject to a visa application. Former Australia Test opener Rogers only retired as a player in September after bringing his 18-year first-class career to an end at Taunton. The 39-year-old will join up with Somerset on…