Sussex will start the 2015 County Championship season by taking on both clubs promoted from division two.
Jon Lewis has been appointed as Sussex’s fast bowling coach after deciding to retire from first-class cricket.
Sussex players have expressed their shock and distress following the tragic death of Australia batsman Phil Hughes.
Sussex bowler Steve Magoffin has expressed his shock at the injury which has left Australia batsman Phil Hughes fighting for his life.
Lewis Hatchett has been rewarded for his best ever season for Sussex with a new two-year deal.
McIlroy won in Australia last December
Rory McIlroy will look to successfully defend the title which kickstarted his resurgence at this week’s Australian Open in Sydney.
Given the world number one's brilliant performances this year, which brought major victories in the Open and US PGA Championship and two other wins, it is hard to believe just how bad 2013 was in comparison.
McIlroy struggled to adapt to his new equipment, fell out with his management company and walked off the course during his defence of the Honda Classic, not to mention labelling his own play "brain dead" when missing the cut in the Open at Muirfield.
The 25-year-old had to wait until December to win his first tournament of 2013 at Royal Sydney, denying home favourite Adam Scott the triple crown after the Masters champion had won the Australian PGA and Australian Masters.
Twelve months on McIlroy returns to Sydney – albeit a different golf course – already thinking about completing a career grand slam in the Masters next April and brimming with confidence.
"This year has been full of ups and downs, mainly ups, which is a great thing," said McIlroy, who won the BMW PGA Championship in May just days after calling off his wedding to tennis star Caroline Wozniacki.
"I learned a lot from it and I feel like I came through this year stronger and wiser, and I can go into 2015 in a much better place. I'm happy with the success that I've had and I feel like there's been a lot that I've learned this year, as well, and that's a great thing going into the future.
"This week's a big week. I want to go down there and play well and do a good job with defending my title. After that I've got a pretty busy week. I'm not playing golf but I've got a few other commitments and things to do.
"But I'll have a little bit of downtime over Christmas and New Year, which will be nice. I'll start practising again early on in the new year and getting ready for Abu Dhabi."
McIlroy has now spent a total of 56 weeks as world number one during his career and feels he has finally come to grips with the responsibility which accompanies such a lofty position.
"I used to be uncomfortable," added McIlroy, who is in his fifth spell at the top of the rankings. "You get to the point where there's added scrutiny and there's added criticism or whatever it is.
"But I learned to deal with it. It's just part of the title now, world number one. That's what it comes with. I've become comfortable with it.
"I've spent more than a year of my career at world number one, so if I'm not used to it by now, then there's something wrong. I obviously enjoy it. It's where I want to be. I want to be the best player in the world and I want to keep it for as long as I possibly can."
The Swiss team (from the left, Marco Chiudinelli, Roger Federer, coach Severin Luthi , Stanislas Wawrinka, and Michael Lammer) hold the trophy after winning the Davis Cup final at the Pierre Mauroy stadium in Lille, northern France
Roger Federer tasted success in the only major tournament to have eluded him as he steered Switzerland to their maiden Davis Cup success.
The world number two beat Richard Gasquet in straight sets to give his country an unassailable 3-1 final lead over France in Lille.
It more than atoned for his day-one loss to Gael Monfils and means that he and compatriot Stan Wawrinka have created more history for Swiss tennis.
With 17 grand slam titles to his name along with an Olympic gold and numerous World Tour and Masters prizes, the Davis Cup was all Federer needed for the full set.
And the 33-year-old was in no mood to delay the party on Sunday, seeing off Gasquet 6-4 6-2 6-2 at the Stade Pierre Mauroy.
Runners-up in 1992, Switzerland have barely had a sniff of Davis Cup success since – a staggering thought considering they have had the talents of Federer at their disposal.
But with Wawrinka now a fully paid-up slam winner himself, they finally found the right combination to reach the top of the world.
Federer slumped to his knees after a drop shot sealed the deal, the 33-year-old overcome with emotion.
Victory in France not only vindicates his decision to withdraw from last weekend's World Tour finals at the O2 with a back injury, but also cosigns talk of a rift between he and Wawrinka to the past.
Lewis Hamilton celebrates after clinching the Formula One drivers’ title
Lewis Hamilton claimed a second Formula One world championship with victory at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
Hamilton, who won his first title in 2008, took control off the line, surging past title rival and Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg who started on pole.
The 29-year-old becomes only the fourth Briton to win more than one world title, joining Jim Clark, Graham Hill and Jackie Stewart.
Rosberg's title challenge was hit by a failure of the ERS (energy recovery store) and from that moment he only went backwards.
Hamilton clinched his 11th victory of the season while Rosberg crossed the line in 14th, a full lap adrift.
After Hamilton crossed the line Prince Harry was the first to offer his congratulations over the pit radio as he said: "Lewis, thank you very much for not making the British public sweat. You are a legend!"
With the enormity of the moment sinking in, Hamilton let out a loud "Woohoooooo!" in reply, before adding: "World champion!"
The watching public, however, were denied a fight to the line between the two men who have thoroughly dominated the season.
For Mercedes, it is their 16th victory from the 19 races, a new F1 record, surpassing the mark previously set by Ferrari twice and also McLaren.
However, internally the team will be bitterly disappointed a technical gremlin wrecked the prospect of a spectacular grandstand finish between the former friends.
Will Beer is determined to become a man for all formats for Sussex after receiving a “kick up the backside”.
Following two thrilling semi-finals on Saturday last, the 2014 Kerry Agri-Business Irish St Leger comes to a most anticipated conclusion tonight with a mouthwatering final line-up that will draw down the curtain on a Classic renewal that has offered all that is good in the sport and maintains this wonderful competition’s status as one of the most prestigious prizes in Greyhound racing, very much intact!