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05 March 2024

Ones to watch

Andrew Strauss (SUPPLIED)

By John McAuley

Jelena Jankovic

The Serb began the year as world No1, but her fourth round exit at the Australian Open didn't justify her top seeding. The 23-year-old is back in action this weekend in the Fed Cup, where she helped her country qualify for their first World Cup last year. A packed Belgrade Arena and fervent home support should galvanise her against her Japanese opponent today.

Aiden McGeady

The Celtic winger has become central to Giovanni Trapattoni's plans as the Italian plots his adopted country's passage to the World Cup next year. The Republic of Ireland currently sit second in Group Eight and play Georgia in Dublin on Wednesday night knowing a win would take them level with Italy at the top of the standings.

Andrew Strauss

It was never going to be easy taking the reigns from Kevin Pietersen, but the new England captain will have to prove his leadership skills in the second Test against the West Indies in Antigua. It starts on Friday.

Anthony Kim

A Ryder Cup hero from Valhalla last September, the American makes his debut in South East Asia this week when he joins the European Tour for the Malaysian Open. The world No10 wants to play enough events to qualify for the Dubai World Championship in November, and will take to the fairways at the Saujana Golf Club in Kuala Lumpar from Thursday onwards.

Paul Deacon

The Bradford captain will look to lead his side to their first trophy since 2005 after some high-profile departures. Their new Super League campaign kicks off against Harlequins RL tomorrow.