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All-rounder Mitchell Marsh was delighted to make an impact on day one of his first Ashes appearance of the series at The Oval.
Jos Buttler made 64 not out, including three sixes, to see England through to 271-8 at stumps after they had crumbled to 226-8.
KL Rahul has been dropped by India for the Test series against South Africa, with Rohit Sharma to open and Shubman Gill called up.
Rory Burns and Ben Stokes fell after lunch, but Joe Root will start the final session of day one at The Oval on 57 after riding his luck.
England have a good recent Test record at The Oval and they will need another win in London to avoid a home Ashes series defeat.
Rory McIlroy was hailed as a "model of consistency" after the Northern Irishman landed the Jack Nicklaus Award for a third time.
Australia and Spain will do battle for a place in the FIBA World Cup final after the Boomers beat Czech Republic to make history.
A lawsuit has been filed against New England Patriots new boy Antonio Brown, who denies allegations made against him by his former trainer.