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Strauss wins player of the year award
England captain Andrew Strauss was named as the team's player of the year for 2008/09 by sponsors Vodafone on Monday.
The award, given to the opening batsman just two days before he leads England into the first Test against the West Indies at his Lord's home ground, was a reward for some heavy run-scoring by the Middlesex left-hander.
Strauss, whose side face Australia later in the season, said he hoped the award would be a harbinger of Ashes success just as it was when he won it ahead of England's victorious 2005 campaign against their oldest cricket foes.
Hatton devastated
Ricky Hatton said in an interview Monday that he was "devastated" by his knock-out defeat to Manny Pacquiao at the weekend, but had yet to decide whether to make that fight his last. Hatton told Sky Sports News that he had not anticipated the Filipino's knock-out punch, which left him flat on his back in Las Vegas.
"I've lost twice and I've lost to the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world, it's not a bad way of looking at it, but I'm devastated. I would not have put money on that happening."
Deschamps job
France World Cup hero Didier Deschamps is to take over from Eric Gerets as manager of Marseille next season, the club announced on its website yesterday.
Deschamps, who skippered France to the World Cup title in 1998, has previously been coach at Monaco and Juventus. He will take over in June.