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Hampstead captain Steve Clark. Pic: Paolo Minoli

Hampstead are aiming to be the first team for five years to retain the Middlesex County League title – and captain Steve Clark believes a fierce competition for places can help his side to keep their crown.

Benham & Reeves' David Price (centre) presents this season's shirt to North Middlesex's captain Tom Nicoll (left) and new coach Dave Robson. Pic: Max Flego

Skipper Tom Nicoll has challenged North Middlesex’s top-order batsmen to give last season’s talisman Evan Flowers more support as the Crouch End club bid to maintain their progress in the Premier Division.

Paul Weekes of Hornsey CC

Hornsey batsman Chetan Patel believes the appointment of Paul Weekes as captain is a huge boost to their promotion prospects.

Tottenham's Erik Lamela (left) and Arsenal's Hector Bellerin battle for the ball during the 2-2 draw at White Hart Lane in March

Tottenham blogger David Lee says it is important for Spurs to finish above north London arch-rivals Arsenal after their title dream was ended by Chelsea.

Brondesbury captain Adam Wilson (left) presents overseas signing Glenn Phillips with his shirt. Pic: Paolo Minoli

Captain Adam Wilson hopes Brondesbury can pick up where they left off last season and win promotion this time, having fallen short last campaign.

Highgate celebrate after clinching promotion from Middlesex County League Division Three last season. Pic: Paolo Minoli

Highgate are readying themselves for new challenges after going through last season unbeaten as they cruised to the Division Three championship.

North London CC captain Sam Bardon

North London’s new captain Sam Bardon is hoping his side can pick up where they left off at the end of last season.

South Hampstead's new captain Leroy Shepherd. Pic: Paolo Minoli

Leroy Shepherd has taken over the captaincy at South Hampstead as the Milverton Road side prepare for their curtain-raiser away against MTSSC on Saturday.

Middlesex batsman Stephen Eskinazi. Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo

Stephen Eskinazi’s route to Lord’s has certainly been a roundabout one – but now the South African-born Australian-raised Englishman is right where he wants to be.

Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris

Captain Hugo Lloris says he has always been confident he would play for Tottenham in the Champions League – and he has credited head coach Mauricio Pochettino for the club’s success this season.

Tottenham midfielder Ryan Mason

Ryan Mason says he has no complaints about being restricted to substitute appearances and understands why he has only played a bit-part role in the decisive weeks of Tottenham’s Premier League title challenge.

Leicester City's Wes Morgan (centre) celebrates after scoring against Manchester United

It’s funny how tribalism can consume you in football. Over the last few years, I imagine that most of us have been guilty of retreating into our respective corners of fandom, and with good reason: there isn’t a lot else to like.

Saracens' Jacques Burger leaves the field after being replaced in his last match at Allianz Park

Saracens boss Mark McCall described Jacques Burger as “the toughest and bravest rugby player there is” after the flanker played his final game for the club before retiring.

Spurs Ladies midfielder Shannon Moloney. Pic: Getty Images/Tottenham Hotspur

Midfielder Shannon Moloney was disappointed with Spurs Ladies’ performance as they lost the second of their three cup finals – and she says the Lilywhites are determined to make amends and win another trophy this weekend.

Tottenham goalscorer Harry Kane (left) grapples with Chelsea captain John Terry during last night's 2-2 draw at Stamford Bridge, which ended Spurs' title challenge

Harry Kane believes Tottenham showed their fighting spirit in last night’s fiery derby clash against Chelsea – but he feels they should have controlled the game better as they threw away another lead.

Harry Kane of Tottenham Hotspur turns away to celebrate after scoring the opening goal at Chelsea  (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Tottenham’s Premier League title challenge was ended by Chelsea at Stamford Bridge after they threw away a two-goal lead in a fiery and ill-tempered London derby.

Tottenham head coach Mauricio Pochettino

Mauricio Pochettino says he felt compelled to confirm his commitment to Tottenham to prove to the club’s current stars and prospective signings that he will be staying at White Hart Lane.

FOOTBALL

Yesterday, 12:00
Tottenham's Erik Lamela (left) and Arsenal's Hector Bellerin battle for the ball during the 2-2 draw at White Hart Lane in March

Tottenham blogger David Lee says it is important for Spurs to finish above north London arch-rivals Arsenal after their title dream was ended by Chelsea.

Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris

Captain Hugo Lloris says he has always been confident he would play for Tottenham in the Champions League – and he has credited head coach Mauricio Pochettino for the club’s success this season.

Wed, 17:24
Tottenham midfielder Ryan Mason

Ryan Mason says he has no complaints about being restricted to substitute appearances and understands why he has only played a bit-part role in the decisive weeks of Tottenham’s Premier League title challenge.

Wed, 17:04
Leicester City's Wes Morgan (centre) celebrates after scoring against Manchester United

It’s funny how tribalism can consume you in football. Over the last few years, I imagine that most of us have been guilty of retreating into our respective corners of fandom, and with good reason: there isn’t a lot else to like.

Spurs Ladies midfielder Shannon Moloney. Pic: Getty Images/Tottenham Hotspur

Midfielder Shannon Moloney was disappointed with Spurs Ladies’ performance as they lost the second of their three cup finals – and she says the Lilywhites are determined to make amends and win another trophy this weekend.

Cricket

Hampstead captain Steve Clark. Pic: Paolo Minoli

Hampstead are aiming to be the first team for five years to retain the Middlesex County League title – and captain Steve Clark believes a fierce competition for places can help his side to keep their crown.

Benham & Reeves' David Price (centre) presents this season's shirt to North Middlesex's captain Tom Nicoll (left) and new coach Dave Robson. Pic: Max Flego

Skipper Tom Nicoll has challenged North Middlesex’s top-order batsmen to give last season’s talisman Evan Flowers more support as the Crouch End club bid to maintain their progress in the Premier Division.

Yesterday, 12:01
Paul Weekes of Hornsey CC

Hornsey batsman Chetan Patel believes the appointment of Paul Weekes as captain is a huge boost to their promotion prospects.

Yesterday, 11:00
Brondesbury captain Adam Wilson (left) presents overseas signing Glenn Phillips with his shirt. Pic: Paolo Minoli

Captain Adam Wilson hopes Brondesbury can pick up where they left off last season and win promotion this time, having fallen short last campaign.

Yesterday, 10:01
Highgate celebrate after clinching promotion from Middlesex County League Division Three last season. Pic: Paolo Minoli

Highgate are readying themselves for new challenges after going through last season unbeaten as they cruised to the Division Three championship.

Rugby

Wed, 15:54
Saracens' Jacques Burger leaves the field after being replaced in his last match at Allianz Park

Saracens boss Mark McCall described Jacques Burger as “the toughest and bravest rugby player there is” after the flanker played his final game for the club before retiring.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016
Hendon's Terry Gilbride scored two tries in Saturday's cup final. Pic: Paolo Minoli

Hendon’s successful end to the season continued at the weekend as they secured two trophies.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016
Saracens' Chris Ashton

Chris Ashton hopes he will be a European champion at the third attempt after Saracens beat Wasps to secure their place in the final.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016
UCS Old Boys' director of rugby Geoff Boxer. Pic: Paolo Minoli

UCS Old Boys were defeated 71-30 away against Verulamians in Saturday’s final game of the season, finishing seventh in the standings – but director of rugby Geoff Boxer is optimistic about the future, both on and off the field.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016
Will Ville shows his disappointment at the final whistle after London Nigerian scored a late winning try to grab the title. Pic: Paolo Minoli

Belsize Park missed out on the league title on Saturday – but captain George Hazlett is delighted with the club’s third promotion in five years and is already eyeing another one next season.

Other Sport

Wednesday, April 27, 2016
Shaun Dixon (right) in action for Highgate Harriers. Pic: Dieter Perry

Highgate Harriers’ Shaun Dixon hacked almost 10 minutes off his personal best in Sunday’s London Marathon, finishing in under two and a half hours to take 22nd place out of over 37,000 runners.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016
Murray Strain overcame an injury to run the anchor leg and secure a glorious triumph for Highgate Harriers. Pic: Dieter Perry

Murray Strain defied just that – a strain – as Highgate Harriers won a national team event for the first time in more than a century.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Camden Swiss Cottage's Alex Borisov won four gold medals and a silver at the London Regional Championships

Alex Borisov led Camden Swiss Cottage’s gold rush, securing four victories and a silver medal as the 2016 London Regional Championships began with a three-day event at Crystal Palace and the London Aquatic Centre.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016
Shaun Dixon (right) in action for Highgate Harriers. Pic: Dieter Perry

Highgate Harriers’ Shaun Dixon finished 12th out of over 12,000 runners at the World Half Marathon Championships on Sunday, recording his second best time over the distance.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Haringey’s Judith Pedersen has won the 2016 Volunteer of the Year prize at the National Badminton Awards at the All England tournament in Birmingham.

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