Last Update: July 21, 2018 - 12:30 pm
Last Update: July 21, 2018 - 12:30 pm
Last Update: July 21, 2018 - 12:30 pm
Last Update: July 21, 2018 - 12:30 pm
The Open 2018: third round – live!
The Open 2018: third round – live!

Also zipping along very nicely this morning: Patrick Reed. The brilliant and ever-entertaining Masters champ put on a good show in the Scottish Open last week at Gullane. He was expected to do much more than just scrape under the cut line. But having done so, he’s making a statement now. Birdies at 5, 6, 7 and 13, and he’s just fired a long iron into the heart of the par-five 14th to set up a good chance for eagle. He’s -1 but won’t be hanging around there for long. Meanwhile here’s our first on-course dispatch of the day, courtesy not of the Guardian and Observer’s team - more from them anon - but our old live-blog pal Simon McMahon: “Made it to Carnoustie early this morning for Moving Day. The course looks magnificent, still some cloud around but warm and hardly any breeze. Highlight so far seeing Sam Locke roll in a 25 footer for birdie on 3, then splitting the fairway with his drive at 4. Not a care in the world it seemed. Crowds building up nicely, sun ready to come out, fantastic day ahead. I might even treat Mrs McMahon to a gourmet pie for lunch.”

Chris Wood is burning like a forest fire. Don’t it make you smile? His second into 7 was decent, straight at the flag, but he couldn’t get any spin and the ball trundled towards the back of the green. No worries! He races in a 30-footer, and that’s three birdies in a row, and his fifth of the day! He moves to -3 for the tournament, and already you have to start wondering ... is somebody going to take serious advantage of these conditions and match (or even better) Branden Grace’s major-busting 62 of 12 months ago? OK, let’s not get too carried away with ourselves. But let’s get carried away with ourselves! It’s OK to dream. It’s free.

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Tour de France 2018: stage 14 – live!
Tour de France 2018: stage 14 – live!

The field split into groups as the crosswind splits into said echelons. Team Sky have made it into the first group with Tom Dumoulin at the back and clinging on. Mikel Landa and Warren Barguil have been dropped into the third group.

Who can win today? It looks like a day for climbers though the one-day specialists cannot be dismissed, with Sagan perhaps fancying his fourth of the Tour on different terrain to normal. What may be a factor? The wind is whipping up and causing divisions in the peloton already. It is time for the echelons. A small climb beckons, and that may split the pack.

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Greg Rutherford set for emotional farewell to London Stadium
Greg Rutherford set for emotional farewell to London Stadium

• Long jumper hindered by ankle pain before Anniversary Games
• ‘I haven’t trained since Monday,’ 2012 Olympic champion says

Greg Rutherford has said he is emotionally preparing for one final return to the London Stadium – the scene of his long-jump Olympic gold in 2012 – but admitted that constant pain in his left foot has left his training schedule in tatters.

Rutherford was part of the British trio including Mo Farah and Jessica Ennis-Hill who won Olympic gold on Super Saturday six years ago, but after a rough couple of years he exclusively revealed to the Guardian last month that he will retire later this summer. His performances at the Anniversary Games this weekend will dictate whether he makes the Great Britain squad for a final swansong at the European Championships next month but, no matter the result, Rutherford is hoping to soak up the atmosphere in London one final time.

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Manchester City investigate if newly jailed sexual abuser had links to club
Manchester City investigate if newly jailed sexual abuser had links to club

• William Toner jailed on Friday for indecent assault
• Toner claimed he scouted for City’s junior system

Manchester City’s independent inquiry into the Barry Bennell scandal is investigating claims that another sex offender, jailed on Friday for four counts of indecent assault against a teenage boy in the 1990s, had connections to the club.

William Toner, 74, was jailed for three years and two months after a trial heard he preyed on a junior footballer after claiming to work for City, as well as having links to clubs in Bury, Rochdale, Oldham and Cambridgeshire.

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Hockenheim hiccup for Hamilton would puncture Mercedes optimism
Hockenheim hiccup for Hamilton would puncture Mercedes optimism

Lewis Hamilton’s new contract gave Mercedes a timely boost but Ferrari are functioning with a sharpness that has exposed and exploited their rivals’ weaknesses

There was, understandably, something of a celebratory air about Mercedes here in Hockenheim before they had even turned a wheel in anger at their home grand prix. The team had their man, they were pleased to announce on Thursday – Lewis Hamilton had finally put pen to paper. With the protracted wait for the British driver to renew his contract for a further two years concluded, there was an atmosphere of optimism and anticipation of greater glories emanating from the Mercedes motorhome.

The four-times world champion has taken three of his titles with Mercedes and expectations of further success are entirely realistic. But this season they are in the toughest fight they have encountered and, if the good cheer is to continue, the team need to step up now. Hamilton admitted in Germany they had to do better. “We’ve not won enough races this year,” he said. “We’ve done a really good job but we’ve definitely stumbled plenty of times. A small stumble this year is magnified because it’s so close.”

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Denis Ten in action: figure skater who won Olympic bronze – video
Denis Ten in action: figure skater who won Olympic bronze – video

Kazakhstan's first-ever Olympic skating medalist Denis Ten has died. The 25-year-old was killed during an attempted robbery in Almaty, Kazakhstan. Ten won a bronze at the 2014 Olympics in Sochi and acquired podium finishes in both the 2013 & 2015 world championships. At Pyeongchang earlier this year he finished 27th, after struggling with injuries throughout the season. Here are some clips of Denis Ten in action

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Determining whether FH Hafnarfjardar play 4-3-3 or 4-2-3-1 | The Fiver
Determining whether FH Hafnarfjardar play 4-3-3 or 4-2-3-1 | The Fiver

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The Fiver will never forget the moment we realised our love of football had become an addiction. It was when Granny Fiver asked where the spiralizer was and we instinctively replied, “CAN’T YOU FIND IT YOURSELF YOU EFFING BANSHEE, WE’RE TRYING TO WATCH FH HAFNARFJARDAR V HAVERFORDWEST COUNTY IN THE UEFA VASE FIRST QUALIFYING ROUND!”

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Sports quiz of the week: Cristiano Ronaldo, Anthony Joshua and the Open
Sports quiz of the week: Cristiano Ronaldo, Anthony Joshua and the Open

Who swapped shirts? Who returned? And who waved goodbye?

• The big 2018 World Cup quiz

Which sporting event this week features Hillocks, Whins, Jockie’s Burn, South America and Lucky Slap?

The Kentucky Derby

The Tour de France

The Open

The German Grand Prix

Which of these statements about new Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri is not true?

He was born in Naples

He was a foreign currency trader before becoming a football manager

He has replaced Antonio Conte in a job before – at Serie B club Arezzo

He led Napoli to a Serie A title

He smokes up to five packets of cigarettes a day

Which former Chelsea player has returned to the club to work as Sarri's assistant coach?

Roberto Di Matteo

Gianfranco Zola

Gianluca Vialli

Didier Drogba

Who said: "Cristiano Ronaldo is the best player on the planet, knowing that he will play with us is great. Of course, it is for him too. He gets to share the dressing room with a world champion"?

Mario Mandzukic

Blaise Matuidi

Nabil Fekir

Benjamin Pavard

Cristiano Ronaldo spent nine seasons at Real Madrid. How many times did he win La Liga?

None

Two

Four

Six

Santi Cazorla played for Villarreal against Hércules in a pre-season friendly this week. How long has it been since his last appearance?

360 days

401 days

636 days

777 days

Anthony Joshua and Alexander Povetkin, who will fight at Wembley in September, are both Olympic super-heavyweight champions. Joshua won his gold medal in 2012. When did Povetkin win his?

2016

2008

2004

2000

Sam Warburton retired from rugby this week after a year-long injury layoff. What was the score in the last game he played?

6-3

50-0

15–15

46-13

Josh Hader's family went to see him play baseball this week in shirts that had his name on the back. Why did they change clothes midway through the game?

He was playing terribly and they were taking stick from the crowd

They found out he had been traded to another team during the game

His racist and homophobic tweets were going viral during the match

He made a rude gesture in their direction while on the field

It has been a big week for Didier Deschamps. Which of these statements about the France manager is not true?

He won the FA Cup with Chelsea

He finished his career with Valencia in the season they made it to the Champions League final

He was only 24 when he captained Marseille to Champions League glory in 1993

He has won the World Cup and European Championship as a player and a manager

1 and above.

Oh dear

2 and above.

Poor show

3 and above.

Poor show

4 and above.

Poor show

5 and above.

Nice work

6 and above.

Nice work. Enjoy the weekend

7 and above.

Great work. Enjoy the weekend. You deserve it

8 and above.

Great work. Enjoy the weekend. You deserve it

9 and above.

Great work. Enjoy the weekend. You deserve it

0 and above.

Oh dear

10 and above.

Perfection. Enjoy the weekend. You earned it

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Spectacular cricket catches, Ronaldo at Real Madrid and Le Tour hits Pau | Classic YouTube
Spectacular cricket catches, Ronaldo at Real Madrid and Le Tour hits Pau | Classic YouTube

This week’s roundup also has Larry Bird, skateboarding, Franco Baresi and Paul Pogba, motivator and celebrator supreme

1) This catch from Luke Whitehead of Lullington Park Cricket Club is very good. This grab from Chris Gayle in Canada’s T20 league is better. Gayle has got previous in this department, catching Hashim Amla out in ridiculous fashion during the West Indies’ tour of South Africa in 2007-08. Come for the catch, stay for Geoffrey Boycott’s commentary.

2) Cristiano Ronaldo, the Real Madrid years. Meanwhile, in Turin … go behind the scenes at ‘#CR7DAY’. Go on, then. Let’s look back to the goal he scored against Juve in April with some other overhead kick classics from modern greats.

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Who has won the World Cup and European Cup in the same year? | The Knowledge
Who has won the World Cup and European Cup in the same year? | The Knowledge

Plus: players who have lost European Cup and World Cup finals in the same year; knocking out continents; and huge friendly attendances. Mail us or tweet @TheKnowledge_GU

“Raphaël Varane has just completed the big-time double of winning the European Cup and World Cup in the same year. Which other players have achieved this?” asks Jim George.

Well, having done some digging around, we came up with a list and Varane making an illustrious XI. Mind you, Luka Modric would also have completed a team of big-time double winners had Croatia won. Here is the XI:

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The Fiver | Yep, this is the comedown
The Fiver | Yep, this is the comedown

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With Ethics 2018 consigned to history, it’s time for silly season to begin. And not a moment too soon! Forget about Kylian Mbappé, Luka Modric, Eden Hazard and Harry Maguire’s forehead. Forget about the endless VAR debates, Gareth Southgate’s affability, Neymar’s diving, Harry Kane’s Golden Boot, Japan’s tidiness, Aliou Cissé’s fist pump and Nikola Kalinic having the same level of impact on Croatia’s run to the final as The Fiver because nobody cares any more. It’s old news. It’s time to move on and accept that the next four weeks are all about preposterous transfer sagas, Jim White gearing up for an early deadline day and The Fiver trying to eke out 300 flamin’ words on the Central Coast Mariners handing a trial to Usain Bolt before nipping outside to get heatstroke.

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Sam Warburton was a coach’s dream and will be an enormous loss to Wales | Paul Rees
Sam Warburton was a coach’s dream and will be an enormous loss to Wales | Paul Rees

The youngest player to captain a side at a World Cup has called it a day at 29

Sam Warburton was reflecting at the start of last year on how long his career may have to run. He had turned 28 two months before and, while he wistfully thought of still playing at the age of 35, he conceded that his body, after 18 major injuries, would probably not hold out that long. As it turned out his final outing would come six months later, helping the British & Irish Lions draw the series in New Zealand with a decisive intervention at the end of the third Test when he gently dissuaded the referee, Romain Poite, from awarding the All Blacks a penalty that would have won them the match and the rubber.

Warburton took last season off to allow neck and knee injuries to repair fully and give himself a tilt at playing in the World Cup next year but the rest only convinced his body that it had had enough. Realising he would not be the player he was, he announced his retirement in what is his testimonial season nine years after making his debut for Cardiff Blues and Wales, concerned more at the thought he was letting down his region than what he was going to do for the rest of his working life.

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Trump’s Turnberry trip shows golf to be most presidential thing about him | Andy Bull
Trump’s Turnberry trip shows golf to be most presidential thing about him | Andy Bull

The US president’s love of the game keeps up the rich relationship between the Oval Office and 18 holes of escapism

Once Chequers was done with, and Windsor out of the way, Donald Trump turned to the more pressing presidential business of addressing a golf ball. Trump spent last weekend at his resort in Turnberry, “for two days of meetings, calls and hopefully, some golf”. According to a source quoted on Politico, this section of the trip was arranged to entice the president into attending the Nato summit in Brussels “like a dessert he earned after eating his vegetables”. Trump had not been to Turnberry since he became president, and was eager to get back. According to the Trump Golf Count website, Sunday’s outing was his 121st visit to a golf club since he took office.

Related: Rory McIlroy takes heart from Novak Djokovic’s Wimbledon triumph

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