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Cricket
Notts’ Fletcher set to leave hospital after head injury 

9 Jul 17

Notts seamer Luke Fletcher is set to leave hospital on Sunday after being hit on the head against Birmingham Bears.


Cricket
Incredible missed run-out gives Bears last-ball win in T20 Blast 

8 Jul 17

Birmingham win a dramatic T20 Blast encounter against Nottinghamshire as Michael Lumb fails to run out Rikki Clarke from the final ball of the match.


Cricket
T20 Blast: Birmingham beat Notts, Derbyshire edge out Yorkshire 

8 Jul 17

Ian Bell stars as Birmingham beat Notts at Edgbaston, while Derbyshire make it two wins from two in this season’s T20 Blast.


Cricket
Play suspended in T20 Blast as Notts’ Fletcher suffers head injury 

8 Jul 17

Play against Birmingham in the T20 Blast is suspended after Nottinghamshire bowler Luke Fletcher suffers a serious-looking head injury.


Cricket
Watch: De Kock hits second-fastest Test 50 at Lord’s 

8 Jul 17

South Africa’s Quinton de Kock reaches the second-fastest Test 50 in Lord’s history – off 36 balls – during the first Test against England.


Rugby
‘Astonishing’ Jones prepares for ninth consecutive Lions Test 

7 Jul 17

Former players praise “astonishing” Alun Wyn Jones as he prepares for ninth consecutive Lions Test.


Cricket
Warwickshire v Middlesex: Stevie Eskinazi’s century puts visitors on top 

4 Jul 17

Stevie Eskinazi’s unbeaten 178 helps Middlesex take the edge over struggling Warwickshire at Edgbaston.


Cricket
Warwickshire v Lancashire: Andrew Umeed century offers Bears hope at Egbaston 

27 Jun 17

Warwickshire’s Andrew Umeed bats all day (and night) against Lancashire to offer hope of a first-innings lead.


Cricket
Warwickshire v Lancashire: Shivnarine Chanderpaul scores century at Edgbaston 

26 Jun 17

Shivnarine Chanderpaul makes a century to help Lancashire defy Warwickshire on day one of the day-night Championship match.


Saddlers
Walsall sign Ayr right-back Devlin 

26 Jun 17

Walsall sign Scottish right-back Nicky Devlin following his decision to turn down a new deal with Ayr United.


Sport
Eastbourne: Petra Kvitova opts out of tournament with abdominal injury 

26 Jun 17

Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova pulls out of Eastbourne with an abdominal injury, a day after winning in Birmingham.


Sport
Aegon Classic: Petra Kvitova wins first title since stabbing by beating Ashleigh Barty 

25 Jun 17

Petra Kvitova caps her remarkable comeback from a career-threatening hand injury by winning the Aegon Classic in Birmingham.


Baggies
West Brom open to safe standing trial 

24 Jun 17

West Bromwich Albion say they are willing to use The Hawthorns as part of a pilot scheme for safe standing.


Blues
Carsley back at Birmingham in coach role 

23 Jun 17

Former Republic of Ireland midfielder Lee Carsley returns to Birmingham City as head professional development coach.


Saddlers
Walsall sign goalkeeper Gillespie 

23 Jun 17

Walsall sign goalkeeper Mark Gillespie on a two-year contract from Carlisle United on a free transfer.


Saddlers
Walsall sign Crewe defender Guthrie 

22 Jun 17

League One side Walsall sign Crewe Alexandra defender Jon Guthrie on a two-year contract.


Sport
Aegon Classic Birmingham: Petra Kvitova continues comeback with Naomi Broady win 

21 Jun 17

Petra Kvitova continues her comeback from a career-threatening hand injury with a 6-2 6-2 win against Britain’s Naomi Broady in Birmingham.


Sky Blues
League Two fixtures in full 

21 Jun 17

Find out your team’s fixtures in League Two during the 2017-18 season.


Saddlers
League One fixtures in full 

21 Jun 17

Find out your team’s fixtures in League One during the 2017-18 season.


Blues
Championship fixtures in full 

21 Jun 17

Find out your team’s fixtures in the Championship during the 2017-18 season.


Sport
Aegon Classic: Johanna Konta into second round in Birmingham 

20 Jun 17

British number one Johanna Konta beats Ukrainian Lesia Tsurenko to reach the second round of the Aegon Classic in Birmingham.


Wolves
Wolves sign Ghana defender Ofosu-Ayeh 

20 Jun 17

Wolves sign Ghana defender Phil Ofosu-Ayeh on a free transfer from German second-tier side Eintracht Braunschweig.


Sport
Aegon Classic: Naomi Broady beats Alize Cornet as Heather Watson loses 

19 Jun 17

Britain’s Naomi Broady earns one of the best wins of her career but Heather Watson is out of the Aegon Classic in Birmingham.


Wolves
Lambert considering management options 

17 Jun 17

Paul Lambert will take his time before deciding on his next move but expects any return to management to be “away from Scotland”.


Wolves
Sunderland to play Bury in EFL Cup 

16 Jun 17

Sunderland will travel to Bury in the EFL Cup first round following their relegation from the Premier League.


Saddlers
Walsall sign Falkirk left-back Leahy 

14 Jun 17

Walsall sign 24-year-old left-back Luke Leahy on a two-year deal after his contract expires at Falkirk.


Baggies
Premier League fixtures in full 

14 Jun 17

Find out your club’s full fixture list for the 2017-18 Premier League season.


Wolves
Wolves sign Rio Ave defender Miranda 

13 Jun 17

Wolves sign defender Roderick Miranda from Portuguese Primeira Liga side Rio Ave on a four-year deal for an undisclosed fee.


Saddlers
Record signing Makris ends Walsall stay 

13 Jun 17

Walsall striker Andreas Makris will return to Cyprus less than a year after becoming the Saddlers’ club record signing.


Cricket
Champions Trophy: Jason Roy’s brilliant catch sparks Australia collapse 

10 Jun 17

Watch England’s Jason Roy take a brilliant catch to dismiss Glenn Maxwell and spark an Australia collapse in their must-win Champions Trophy game at Edgbaston.


Cricket
‘It was going for six!’ Watch Roy’s brilliant catch 

10 Jun 17

England’s Jason Roy takes a stunning catch to dismiss Australia’s Glenn Maxwell in their final Champions Trophy group game at Edgbaston.


Sport
Maria Sharapova expected to pull out of Aegon Classic in Birmingham 

10 Jun 17

Maria Sharapova is expected to pull out of the Aegon Classic in Birmingham because of injury.


Cricket
Aussies facing another washout? 

8 Jun 17

Could Australia suffer a third weather-ruined match of the Champions Trophy when they meet England at Edgbaston on Saturday…


Cricket
Pakistan shock South Africa at Edgbaston 

7 Jun 17

Pakistan beat South Africa by 19 runs on the DLS method to cause a Champions Trophy upset in the Edgbaston rain.


Cricket
Watch: Pakistan remove SA’s world-class top four cheaply 

7 Jun 17

Watch the wickets as Pakistan’s bowlers remove Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock, Faf du Plessis and AB de Villiers to reduce South Africa to 90-4 in the Champions Trophy.


Cricket
Champions Trophy: Eoin Morgan says England will show no let-up against Australia 

6 Jun 17

England captain Eoin Morgan says his side will show no let-up when they meet Australia in the Champions Trophy at Edgbaston on Saturday.


Cricket
Champions Trophy: India’s Hardik Pandya hits three successive sixes 

4 Jun 17

Watch as India’s Hardik Pandya hits three successive sixes off Pakistan’s Imad Wasim in the Champions Trophy game at Edgbaston.


Cricket
Australia v New Zealand: Josh Hazlewood mops up Kiwis tail with three wickets in four balls 

2 Jun 17

Australia’s Josh Hazlewood takes three wickets in four balls and finishes with 52-6 as New Zealand are bowled out for 291 in the Champions Trophy at Edgbaston.


Cricket
ICC Champions Trophy: Edgbaston interested in being neutral venue for Pakistan v India 

2 Jun 17

Edgbaston is “very interested” in being neutral venue for future Pakistan and India matches, says Warwickshire CEO Neil Snowball.


Cricket
Australia v New Zealand: Fan catches Luke Ronchi’s six off Pat Cummins 

2 Jun 17

A spectator catches Luke Ronchi’s “extraordinary” six for New Zealand against Australia in the Champions Trophy at Edgbaston.


Baggies
Stoke sign Fletcher on free transfer 

1 Jun 17

Stoke have signed midfielder Darren Fletcher on a free transfer from West Brom on a two-year deal.


Saddlers
Cardiff to sign Walsall keeper Etheridge 

30 May 17

Cardiff City are to sign Philippines international keeper Neil Etheridge after he turns down a new deal at Walsall.


Blues
Former Wales forward Kinsey dies 

24 May 17

Former Wales, Cardiff City, Norwich City, Birmingham City and Port Vale forward Noel Kinsey has died at the age of 91.


Cricket
South Africa v Sussex: Quinton de Kock hits 104 as tourists win first warm-up game 

19 May 17

South Africa thrash Sussex by 66 runs in the rain-affected first game of their tour of England, which runs until early August.


Baggies
Pulis confident over Fletcher deal 

19 May 17

West Brom boss Tony Pulis is confident that captain Darren Fletcher will sign a new deal to stay at the club beyond this season.


Baggies
Swansea City v West Bromwich Albion 

19 May 17

Preview followed by live coverage of Sunday’s Premier League game between Swansea City and West Bromwich Albion.


Blues
Birmingham director Pavlakis steps down 

19 May 17

Panos Pavlakis resigns from the board of directors at Birmingham, having been in charge of the day-to-day running of the club.


Baggies
Lawro’s final-day predictions v rock band Royal Blood 

18 May 17

BBC football expert Mark Lawrenson takes on rock band Royal Blood in his predictions for the final day of the Premier League season.


Sport
Sharapova signs two-year deal to play at Birmingham 

18 May 17

Maria Sharapova signs a deal with the Lawn Tennis Association to play at Birmingham’s Aegon Classic for the next two years.


Blues
Groves named Blues first-team coach 

17 May 17

Championship side Birmingham City appoint Paul Groves as first-team coach on a 12-month rolling contract.


Blues
Peterborough sign Blues’ Tibbetts 

17 May 17

League One side Peterborough United sign young goalkeeper Jordan Tibbetts from Birmingham City on a two-year contract.


Baggies
Manchester City v West Bromwich Albion 

15 May 17

Preview followed by live coverage of Tuesday’s Premier League game between Manchester City and West Bromwich Albion.


Baggies
WBA wary of ‘extraordinary’ Taylor fee 

15 May 17

West Brom will not pursue Leeds full-back Charlie Taylor if the clubs cannot agree a compensation fee.


Baggies
West Brom to investigate crowd unrest 

15 May 17

West Brom are to investigate crowd disturbances during Chelsea’s 1-0 win at The Hawthorns, after nine fans were arrested.


Baggies
Nine held after West Brom v Chelsea game 

13 May 17

Football fans were detained on the night Chelsea were crowned Premier League champions.


Wolves
Lambert’s future at Wolves in doubt 

12 May 17

Paul Lambert’s role as Wolves head coach is in doubt over a dispute about who has the final say on signing players.


Baggies
Lawro’s predictions v Andy Murray 

11 May 17

BBC football expert Mark Lawrenson takes on tennis world number one Andy Murray in this week’s Premier League predictions.


Baggies
West Bromwich Albion v Chelsea 

11 May 17

Preview followed by live coverage of Friday’s Premier League game between West Bromwich Albion and Chelsea.


Baggies
Leeds’ Taylor ‘on West Brom’s radar’ 

11 May 17

West Brom boss Tony Pulis confirms the club’s interest in signing Leeds defender Charlie Taylor.


Sport
Strong field could await Sharapova in Birmingham 

10 May 17

Maria Sharapova will feature alongside eight of the world’s top 10 if she accepts a wildcard for next month’s Aegon Classic in Birmingham.