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Sport in brief with Jamie J: September 8

CRICKET: Asia Cup co-hosts Sri Lanka take on Bangladesh in Colombo tomorrow morning for their first “Super 4” fixture. Bangladesh lost by five wickets when the two teams clashed in a group B clash last week and also went down heavily to world number ones Pakistan on Wednesday. India meet Pakistan on Saturday after their Group A meeting was rained off when the Indians had recovered from 66-4 to reach 266 all out.

MEN’S FOOTBALL: The FA Trophy first qualifying round continues tomorrow afternoon but AFC Dunstable are already through after East Thurrock United withdrew from the competition, going into liquidation due to unsustainable debts. Highlights from today’s fixtures include Corinthian Casuals against Hartley Whitney, Sheffield FC, the world’s oldest football club, taking on Spalding United and Widnes v Clitheroe. Today’s winners receive £1,500 in prize money, the losers £400.

SPEEDWAY: Needing to score just 34 points to secure a Premiership play-off place the Leicester Lions ended their season in dismal fashion after slumping to a 58-32 thrashing at Peterborough. Ipswich will now take on reigning champions Belle Vue in the first semi-final while the other play-off will be a repeat of Thursday night’s match between Sheffield and Wolverhampton, which saw Sheffield cruise to a 54-36 victory.

MEN’S RUGBY LEAGUE: Hull-born Josh Hodgson, who made almost 300 appearances in the Super League and Australia’s NRL, as well as representing England and Great Britain, has announced his retirement at the age of 33 due to an ongoing neck injury. Hodgson made his name as a hooker at Hull Kingston Rovers then moved to Canberra, where he appeared in an NRL grand final, before ending his career with Parramatta.

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