• Black Caps coach declines to blame umpiring error for loss
• Stead says losing in such a manner a ‘very hollow feeling’
The New Zealand coach, Gary Stead, has shrugged off the debate over whether an umpiring error denied the Black Caps World Cup final glory against England, saying umpires are “human”. However, he added that sharing the trophy when teams cannot be separated should be considered.
England beat New Zealand on boundaries scored after a tied super over, but the former Australian umpire Simon Taufel suggested the umpires had incorrectly awarded an extra overthrow run to Ben Stokes in the 50th over when the ball deflected off his bat and sped to the boundary.Continue reading...
Clashes with other events and changes in domestic structure mean cricket’s attempts to reclaim its territory will be resisted
An hour after the midsummer madness finished at Lord’s on Sunday night the phone rang. One of our relatives in Yorkshire had something to say. “I couldn’t handle the tension,” announced nine-year-old Amos. “Really, I just wanted it to be over. My hands were so sweaty.” He did not say this as though it were a bad thing. He said it with the zeal of a convert.
“So if someone in the playground tomorrow says: ‘Let’s play cricket,’ would you go for it?” I asked. He thought for a moment. “Yeah. Think I would.”Continue reading...
The track drew praise from several drivers after Sunday’s British GP for encouraging competitive racing and it also benefited from the stewards allowing hard but fair racing
With the signing of a new contract to host F1 for a further five years there was a celebratory air at Silverstone. That F1 had done the right thing was confirmed in spades on Sunday, when the old airfield delivered a marvellous race. The drivers revelled in it and the opportunity for genuine racing it affords. F1’s problems in following closely have not gone away but they are negated on good tracks. Silverstone’s layout encourages a fight and several of the corner sequences give drivers the chance to come back during an attempted pass which makes for compelling action. The previous race at Austria similarly facilitated proper racing. It is no coincidence these tracks repeatedly host a great spectacle. The three men on the podium – Lewis Hamilton, Valtteri Bottas and Charles Leclerc – were all in agreement: it was the circuits making the difference. Bottas was unusually and pleasingly blunt in identifying F1’s real problem. “It’s all about selection of the tracks,” he said. “I’m sure many of the track selections for the calendar are just pure political reasons and money, rather than focusing on whether it’s good for racing or not.”Continue reading...
The size of the loss has not been revealed, but Arc weekend was in the red in 2018, despite an eye-watering admission price hike
French racing’s senior executives are clearly hard at work before October’s Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe and briefed reporters at Longchamp for Sunday’s Grand Prix de Paris on their plans to avoid a repeat of the PR disaster when the track hosted its first Arc since 2015 last autumn. But while they were doing their best to woo the British and Irish fans who were bitterly disappointed by their experience in 2018, they also revealed what seems to be – to me, at least – an astonishing fact about the showpiece event of European racing. Arc weekend, which includes the only day of the entire season when Longchamp is full to the rafters, runs at a loss.
You read that correctly. A loss. If Edward Gillespie, the man who turned the Cheltenham Festival into one of sport’s biggest events, happens to be reading this piece, his eyebrows have just hit the ceiling.Continue reading...
Glamorgan could only last an hour and a half this morning in what was always going to be a near-impossible task. The reborn Toby Roland Jones finished with five for 68 - and ten wickets in the match - and Mr Boom-Boom de Lange was stranded on 45. It was Glamorgan’s first defeat of the season, but they remain second in the table.
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• Pinot, Fuglsang, Urán and Porte lose time in crosswinds
• Van Aert takes stage win, Alaphilippe keeps yellow
Geraint Thomas seized the initiative as the Tour de France peloton was blown apart in the gusting crosswinds of the Tarn, on the eve of the first rest day in Albi, with Thomas, his Ineos teammate Egan Bernal and the consistently surprising Julian Alaphilippe, distancing many of their rivals.
A sedate 10th stage exploded into life in the closing 30km with the key challengers for final victory hunting each other on the rural roads leading to the cathedral city, and the precocious Belgian talent Wout van Aert, riding his first Tour, taking the Jumbo-Visma team’s fourth stage win of the race.Continue reading...
The Arsenal manager, Unai Emery, has said he is awaiting a decision on Laurent Koscielny after the captain refused to travel with the squad for their pre-season tour to the United States but added the Premier League club must “keep moving ahead” regardless.
The 33-year-old French centre back, who has a year remaining on his contract, has been linked with a switch to the Ligue 1 clubs Bordeaux and Lyon.Continue reading...
• Club will have to make De Gea the best paid goalkeeper ever
• Paul Pogba now likely to stay on at Old Trafford
Manchester United confidently expect to persuade David de Gea to sign a new contract but have been unsuccessful so far because of the goalkeeper’s determination to drive a hard deal and establish himself among the highest earners in world football.
With De Gea now in the final year of his contract, United have been trying for the last 18 months to persuade the Spain international to agree new terms and abandon thoughts of moving to another club. United’s stance has never altered but the matter has been complicated by De Gea’s advisers insisting their client receives a financial package that recognises he has been the club’s player-of-the-year in four out of the last six seasons.Continue reading...
Guardian and Observer photographer Tom Jenkins spent seven weeks working on the Cricket World Cup from the first game between South Africa and England at the Oval to the dramatic finale at Lord’s. His images here focus on the friendly and colourful tournament that showcased the country’s multicultural population
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Everybody is allowed to be themselves, and everybody should be a little bit different as well.Continue reading...
In the England dressing room it does not matter where you come from or what you believe in if you show courage, unity and respect
The moment we won the World Cup is one I will never forget and would do anything just to experience again. It was the most euphoric sporting sensation you could possibly imagine.
I was sat in the dugout, roughly at third man, as the throw came in from Jason Roy. In that split second I knew Jos Buttler would take the ball cleanly, I knew that Martin Guptill was short of his ground and from there, with the stumps demolished, I knew it would be total carnage.Continue reading...
Sunday’s Wimbledon triumph means Djokovic has 16 majors, four behind Federer, and overhauling the Swiss is in his sights
Any reasonable analysis of the 2019 Wimbledon men’s singles final – as opposed to the fan letters that drive fringes of the tennis media – would surely conclude that Novak Djokovic will finish his career with more majors than Roger Federer but a bucket less of love.
It must have been difficult for the world No 1 to endure the disrespect of large swaths of the Centre Court crowd on Sunday, emboldened by Pimm’s and their one-eyed adoration for the Swiss, cheering Djokovic’s every mistake, of which there were too many, and occasionally acknowledging his indomitable spirit.Continue reading...
• England 56-48 Jamaica
• Jamaica almost certain to miss knockout rounds
England have announced their intention to have fun at this World Cup, and now – for a few days at least – they truly can. This defeat of Jamaica here in Liverpool has effectively secured them a semi-final spot, in their first of this week’s matches. For Jamaica, however, it was almost certainly the end of the dream – after their surprise defeat to South Africa on Sunday it will be the first time since 1995 that they have not made it into the knockout rounds.
That is a major blow for a team who came into this tournament ranked second in the world and with great expectations of their first trophy in 15 attempts. Still, their captain, Jhaniele Fowler, took a deep breath and a philosophical stance. “We’re devastated, we’re disappointed because we wanted to go further,” she said. “But what can we do? We’re not going to kill ourselves.”Continue reading...
Employees will stay home for two weeks as part of mass trial to take pressure off crowded public transport system
Hundreds of thousands of employees in Tokyo will work from home for two weeks as part of a trial of measures designed to reduce congestion during next year’s Olympics.
With more than 8 million people commuting into Tokyo every day, the influx of visitors for the Games in 2020 is expected to pile more pressure on the Japanese capital’s infamously crowded train system.Continue reading...
Teammates make ‘Tongan Thor’ back away from getaway car after phone robbery left player with minor cuts
Taking on a 135kg Wallabies front-rower nicknamed the “Tongan Thor” on the street might seem like one of the worst ideas in the history of bad ideas, but it was Taniela Tupou who was left counting his blessings after being subjected to a brazen robbery in Johannesburg over the weekend.
Tupou, in South Africa preparing for Australia’s opening Rugby Championship match later this week, was heading back to the team hotel after dinner at a steak restaurant in an affluent suburb when a man pounced and snatched his mobile phone.Continue reading...
• Clarke: ‘It’s Royal Portrush and when the R&A ask you it’s a yes’
• The Open was last held in Northern Ireland in 1951
Darren Clarke has said he had no hesitation in accepting the R&A’s offer of a ceremonial role to hit the first tee shot of this week’s Open Championship. Clarke, a member of Royal Portrush with a home in the town, was approached by the R&A’s chief executive, Martin Slumbers, in June with a view to him getting the Open’s return to the venue for the first time since 1951 under way. “Mr Slumbers asked me about three weeks ago if I would do them the honour of hitting the opening tee shot,” Clarke revealed. “It’s Royal Portrush and, when the R&A ask you, it’s a definite yes. I said I’d love it.”Continue reading...
• Head coach trusts captain for T20 World Cup next year
• ‘The rest of the boys try and run through a brick wall for him’
Eoin Morgan has been backed to remain as the England captain for the foreseeable future after masterminding the World Cup victory.
As the ticker-tape settled in the aftermath of England’s historic win over New Zealand at Lord’s, the 32-year-old said he would take time away from the game to consider whether he will still be worth his place in the team in four years’ time.Continue reading...
• France Galop: ‘Every racing fan should have a proper drink’
• Last year’s race meeting was beset with problems
France Galop, French racing’s ruling body, will cut admission prices for this year’s Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe and “promise that every English racing fan should have a proper drink” if Enable wins her third Arc at Longchamp in October, following widespread criticism of the facilities and customer service at the track in 2018 after a €140m (£123m) redevelopment.
Thousands of British and Irish racing fans make an annual pilgrimage to Paris on the first weekend in October for Europe’s richest and most prestigious race. Last year, though, many left bitterly disappointed and threatening never to return, amid reports of extended queues for toilets, betting windows, sandwich kiosks and bars, many of which seemed to run out of supplies by mid-afternoon.Continue reading...
The all-rounder’s remarkable performances during the tournament, capped by a bravura display in the final, suggest Stokes 3.0 could be the best iteration of all
Ben Stokes: remember the name. This World Cup was always billed as a moment to refresh and start over, a chance to straighten the mistakes of the recent past. It is a process that works on the micro as well as the macro level.
For a long time Sunday’s final at Lord’s was an occasion looking for a shape to fit, a genre to follow. As England restricted New Zealand’s batsmen it must have felt for the home crowd like a summer comedy, a jaunt destined for the inevitable happy ending. As England fumbled and stalled in mid-afternoon it seemed like something else: a saga, an epic, perhaps even, as wickets began to fall, a horror story.Continue reading...
Our team of writers pick the best bits from an unforgettable tournament and offer a few hopes for the future
Vic Marks Kane Williamson. With minimal support he scored the runs that took New Zealand to the final; he stayed incredibly cool when defending all those low scores. And he was so classy after the final.Continue reading...
England’s gathering at the Oval seemed a fairly subdued and chaotic way to celebrate one of the great sporting achievements but, silly as it all was, it felt sweet and fitting too
People have all sorts of ideas about the best way to tackle a bad hangover: cold showers, carbohydrates, coffee, perhaps a good cooked breakfast or a turn in the fresh air. One thing no one has ever recommended, though, is the remedy the ECB concocted for their World Cup-winning team, which involved a meet-and-greet with hundreds of screaming primary‑school children on the outfield at the Oval, a round of press and TV interviews and then, to cap it all off, a swift hair-of-the-dog with Theresa May at No 10 Downing Street. Watching the players come stumbling downstairs from the dressing room at 11 in the morning, the drinkers among them conspicuous by their sunglasses, it looked less like a party than it did a punishment.
When Sri Lanka won the World Cup in 1996 their captain, Arjuna Ranatunga, lost the cheque he had just been presented with at the victory ceremony because someone pickpocketed it from him during the pitch invasion. This time one wondered, for a minute, whether Eoin Morgan was going to lose the World Cup trophy when he disappeared beneath a wave of over‑excited schoolchildren, who started climbing all over him, and each other, to get at it. At one point one of the bigger kids seemed to have wrenched the cup away from him, before someone wisely decided that maybe they should hurry the thing back indoors again.Continue reading...
England won the trophy but still lost out in the TV ratings to the Wimbledon final and the main test is whether participation numbers rise in the wake of their World Cup victory
At the height of the celebrations the Oval resembled a playground at the end of term. There was Joe Root, marching across the pitch, a comet with a tail of schoolchildren in pursuit. A few metres away and another gaggle of kids, probably about 30 of them, had mobbed a TV camera and were screaming “champions” into the lens.
Impromptu fielding practice was underway and everything from caps to miniature cricket bats were seeking autographs. Amid all that, and squired by two burly security guards, Eoin Morgan hustled off the field and into the pavilion, the weighty World Cup trophy held securely in two hands.Continue reading...
England have the spoils, to New Zealand goes the glory and the nation has a chance to fall back in love with cricket again
It is a phrase that is usually painfully glib or laden with irony but for once it may be appropriate: perhaps cricket really was the winner. The audience beyond, thankfully enlarged, as well as those crammed into every nook and cranny of Lord’s, watched a melodrama that left everyone gasping. Spectators eventually filed out of the old ground stunned by what they had just witnessed, enthralled and exhausted.
The last hour at Lord’s was complicated, yet there seemed to be women and children present who found it utterly captivating. The result may not have been just but that is often the nature of sport. The ricochet from Ben Stokes’s bat in the final over of the longer match was a freak occurrence, a deus ex machina that no self‑respecting playwright would dare to introduce. Never have I seen that happen with the game on a knife-edge. Without those four extra runs England would have needed seven to win, six to tie, from two balls: not impossible but not very likely.Continue reading...
Wimbledon champion says Swiss rival is an inspiration and he hopes that he will still be competing at the age of 37
At the end of this seesawing and tempestous epic, which was not only the longest final in Wimbledon history but perhaps its most dramatic, Novak Djokovic pointed one finger to the sky in triumph. He might as well have been waving it in defiance at the Centre Court crowd, who had spent four hours and 57 minutes willing and baying Roger Federer to victory.
Afterwards the Serb explained that he had tricked his mind so that every time he heard “Roger” he felt that people were actually cheering for him. “If you have the majority of the crowd on your side, it helps, it gives you motivation, it gives you strength, it gives you energy,” he admitted. “When you don’t, then you have to find it within. I like to transmutate it in a way. So when the crowd is chanting ‘Roger’ I hear ‘Novak’. It sounds silly but it is like that. I try to convince myself that it’s like that.”Continue reading...
• Djokovic wins 7-6 (5), 1-6, 7-6 (4), 4-6, 13-12 (3)
• Federer had two match points in the final set
In a final as memorable for its longevity and unfathomable swings of fortune as the quality of shot-making by two of the finest grass-court players of any era, Novak Djokovic ground down the classical skills of the ageless Roger Federer to win his fifth Wimbledon.
For four hours and 57 minutes, they resided side by side in the land of lost opportunities, before the world No 1 brought their mutual bewilderment to a close to win by the unique scoreline: 7-6 (5), 1-6, 7-6 (4), 4-6, 13-12 (3).Continue reading...
The women’s champion aims to use her emphatic victory over Serena Williams as a springboard for further success, with 2020 Olympics in Tokyo a major goal
Shortly after her stunning victory over Serena Williams in the Wimbledon final on Saturday, Simona Halep made her way to the players’ lawn, the area at the All England Club where families, team members and friends often congregate after a match. Sometimes the champion chooses to enjoy the moment in private but Halep marched straight into the middle of the lawn and spent the next hour receiving congratulations from anyone and everyone. It is hard to think of a more popular champion or one who has worked harder to earn it.Continue reading...
The Romanian’s work on her mentality as well as groundstrokes paid dividends as she dismantled Serena Williams
It took 56 minutes into the biggest match of Simona Halep’s career for her legs to go finally wobbly. But at that point her opponent, Serena Williams, was shuffling towards the net, head bowed and hand outstretched. And Centre Court was rising and roaring to salute a performance of staggering intensity.
Watching on it seemed impossible that when Halep was a young child in Romania she used to cry before going on to court because she was so shy. Yet on the game’s biggest stage the tiny introvert was transformed into a lion with ice in her veins, producing a near-faultless display to dismantle the greatest women’s player in history.Continue reading...
The Romanian took less than an hour to demolish the seven-times Wimbledon champion. But we shouldn’t write off Williams just yet
Last month, Simona Halep was asked what she thought when the word “grass” came up. She replied: “Picnics.” Now the 27-year-old Romanian is Wimbledon singles champion, having obliterated Serena Williams 6-2, 6-2 in less than an hour on centre court. It was a ruthless, near-perfect exhibition of grass-court tennis, and a brutal, confounding and at times poignant defeat for Williams, a seven-times winner here.
As Halep clutched the Venus Rosewater Dish to her chest, there was an obvious question: had she ever played better? “Never,” she beamed. “It was the best match. I had nerves. My stomach was not very well before the match. But I had no time for emotions.”Continue reading...
Whether at Lord’s, Wimbledon or Silverstone or just delirious in the back garden here was a day to rekindle the Olympic spirit of 2012 and forget the decision that has divided us since
Bread and circuses, eh? A full house of 140,000 at Silverstone, Wimbledon packed for the men’s final, the entire nation taking advantage of the free-to-air concession to follow the twists and turns of an unprecedented cricket showdown at a sold-out Lord’s. Who, we asked ourselves, does this stuff better? And yet amid the unfolding delirium of Sunday’s sporting cavalcade there were moments when it was impossible not to pause the action and ask what it means, in the times through which we are living, to find a few hours’ relief by cheering a bunch of talented people hitting a ball or driving round in circles.Continue reading...
What makes the British Grand Prix? We sent the writer, social advocate and self-confessed petrol head Yassmin Abdel-Magied to experience Silverstone for the first time
Is there anything more quintessentially British than the Grand Prix at Silverstone? A petrol-fuelled romp in the Midlands couched among country lanes and English villages, the 52-lap race is an unmissable fixture in the sporting summer. This weekend delivered excitement, nostalgia and glory, all wrapped in a neat carbon‑fibre package.
The 10th round of the Formula One world championship faced stiff competition this year, with both Wimbledon and the Cricket World Cup scheduled for the same Sunday. Such a clash of commitments suggests that major sporting event planners should coordinate timetables; if not for viewing numbers, at least to ease the Fomo (fear of missing out) for fans. Silverstone has the magic combination of a terrific track, fervent supporters and a proud past. It is, after all, where the first World Championship Grand Prix was held in 1950 and in many ways the British race has stayed true to its roots.Continue reading...
After a machine beat poker players hands down, athletes can take comfort from the fact that computer technology could help them significantly improve their performance
And still the machines rise. First chess was conquered. Then Go. Now, as revealed in the journal Science last week, artificial intelligence has cracked the most popular form of poker, six-player No-Limit Texas Hold’Em, by self-playing thousands of hands against itself to learn which strategies worked – and then applying them in real games against professionals.
The results were startling. After playing 10,000 hands of poker against more than a dozen top pros across 12 days, the Pluribus – a program designed by researchers at Carnegie Mellon University and Facebook AI – would have made about $1,000 an hour if playing with $1 chips, researchers calculated.Continue reading...
The summer has been dominated by the Pogba saga but quietly the manager has reordered the first-team and under-23 set-ups
As Ole Gunnar Solskjær grapples with the formidable challenge of overhauling his Manchester United squad, the manager is being granted unequivocal backing regarding his backroom staff.
Paul Pogba is this summer’s transfer market soap opera, Solskjær having to manage the midfielder’s wish to depart while balancing the desire to gain an optimum price for the Frenchman and his own need to maintain dressing-room cohesion.Continue reading...
Major returns to Northern Ireland for the first time since 1951 and the Ryder Cup captain believes it is a symbol of moving forward
The innocence of youth was useful as the Troubles raged in Northern Ireland. Padraig Harrington bears testament to that, even if an inquisitive nature took over eventually. As border checks and bombs reflected a grim way of life, Harrington was – in theory anyway – flirting with danger when travelling north from Dublin to participate in amateur championships. A journey that started as a teenager in 1987 will have travelled full circle by the time Harrington arrives at Royal Portrush for the 148th Open Championship that starts on Thursday.
“There were four of us driving up to Warrenpoint to play a match and we were stopped on the road, there was a big tailback, an hour of traffic before we get to a soldier redirecting us on to a detour,” Harrington says. “The driver was told: ‘Ah, there is just a wee problem up the road.’ On the news later there was a 500lb bomb on the road.Continue reading...
When Adnan Choudhry moved to England from Pakistan he thought his tape-ball cricket days were over. But, 15 years later, he’s part of a movement intent on taking it to Europe
Playing tape-ball in Lahore, joining a game in a Leyton car park, coaching at Lord’s – it’s not a bad trajectory.
Adnan Choudhry, one of the UK’s strongest proponents of a relatively unknown version of cricket called tape-ball, refers to his sporting journey as a “remarkable thing”.Continue reading...
As the Women’s Ashes gears up for a month of competition across six venues and three formats, Kalika Mehta assesses recent duels to see who might emerge victorious in July
Three one-day internationals (ODIs), one Test, three T20 matches … as a huge cricketing summer in England and Wales edges ever closer to exploding into life, the Women’s Ashes offers the promise of producing plenty of entertainment and excitement.
Old foes England and Australia will battle throughout July for the coveted Ashes trophy – and those all-important bragging rights – and it’s a difficult result to call.Continue reading...
Farouk Hussain went from street cricket to youth county trophies, and was coaching by the time he was 18. In the 30 years since, he’s inspired generations of young cricketers
When Farouk Hussain first played cricket at the age of six he could only keep one eye on the game – he used the other one to watch out for trouble.
Hussain and his friends would walk to a nearby factory, chalk a wicket on to its big wall, and play street cricket with a tennis ball.Continue reading...
Ahead of this summer’s Women’s Ashes tour, Kalika Mehta takes a look back at the tournament’s history, from its unofficial beginning in the 1930s
Although women’s competitive cricket dates back to the foundation of the Women’s Cricket Association (WCA) in 1926, it wasn’t until eight years later that an England team set sail for Australia for their first “unofficial” Ashes tour.
With the hosts refusing to pay travel expenses, the team consisted of players who could afford the considerable £80 – nearly £5,000 in modern-day terms – charged by the WCA. If that didn’t rule out a large enough section of society, married women were also barred from selection – on the grounds that it would not be appropriate for them to be away from home for a six-month tour.Continue reading...
• 25-year-old set for medical ahead of move to London
• Frenchman has scored 33 goals in 77 Bundesliga games
West Ham have reached agreement with Eintracht Frankfurt over the signing of Sébastien Haller, with the striker now set for a medical as he nears he move to the Premier League.Continue reading...
• England international becomes club’s third summer signing
• ‘I’ve come here with ambitions to win things’
Everton have completed the signing of Fabian Delph from Manchester City with Marco Silva convinced the 29-year-old can play an influential role on and off the pitch at Goodison Park.
The England international had one year remaining on his City contract but wanted more regular first-team football having made 20 appearances in their treble-winning season. Everton will pay an initial £8.5m for the midfielder, rising to £10m with add-ons. The former Leeds and Aston Villa player has signed a three-year deal at Goodison.Continue reading...
Today’s fluff is ready for anything
It’s Gareth Bale’s birthday and among the popping corks and sounds of party horns being blown there is also talk of happy returns, chiefly a move back to Tottenham Hotspur, the club that helped transform Bale from a skinny, injury-prone sickly left-back into a goal-guzzling, thunderous inside-forward. With Zinedine Zidane having placed Bale on a dusty shelf in a Real Madrid closet, Spurs have offered to refresh the Bernabéu coffers with £54m and then let off a few party poppers if they bring the 30-year-old back to N17. There is a snag, though. It says here Bale earns around £600,000 a week through wages and endorsements at Real and Spurs could, at best, match half of that. So while Bale would appreciate a nice cake and a birthday knees-up in north London, he’d expect much greater gifts landing in his bank account each week to play football there. He’s pooped his own party.Continue reading...
After a penalty miss in the 2002 final Cissé has the chance as coach to lead his country to a first Africa Cup of Nations triumph in Friday’s final against Algeria
When calm had been restored on the pitch, in the stands and even in the press box, Aliou Cissé struck straight to the heart of everything that matters to Senegal now. “This generation is better than my 2002 one,” he said. “My players told me they will be better than us and they did it.”
In truth that can still be debated although, if Senegal defeat Algeria in Friday’s Africa Cup of Nations final, the modern vintage’s case will be overwhelming. Had Cissé himself not missed a decisive penalty 17 years ago, when their most feted crop took Cameroon to a shoot-out in Bamako, then this week would be spent seeking to emulate rather than innovate. But Sadio Mané, Idrissa Gueye and Ismaila Sarr can succeed where El Hadji Diouf, Henri Camara and Khalilou Fadiga did not quite make it; Cissé, pulling the strings from the dugout this time, is quite content for the guard to change.Continue reading...
• 58-year-old believed to be close to replacing Benítez
• Joselu joins Alavés in deal worth around £2.5m
Steve Bruce has resigned as Sheffield Wednesday manager, clearing one of the hurdles before being able to take charge of Newcastle United.
The 58-year-old is believed to be close to replacing Rafael Benítez at the Tyneside club and has now left Wednesday, but the two clubs have yet to agree a compensation package.Continue reading...
As a player, Steve Bruce would put his face where the less courageous would not dare waft their boot. He wore the scars with pride. Similar has gone for his managerial career. With his 10th job as a boss set to be working with Magic Mike Ashley at Newcastle, football’s Bernard Cribbins doppelganger will be taking on a role that many have winced at. “Never go back,” Sam Allardyce said last week, even though his last Tyneside tenure and resultant redundo payment paid for that Casa St James bolthole on the Costa Blanca.Continue reading...
• Former Arsenal midfielder unveiled in Turin on Monday
• ‘There were other clubs but this is the right club for me’
Aaron Ramsey says he is looking forward to working with the Juventus head coach, Maurizio Sarri, having been impressed with the Italian at close-quarters last season.
Ramsey, 28, moved to Turin on 1 July after his contract at Arsenal expired – the Wales international signing a four-year deal. He will play under Sarri after the Italian manager left Chelsea to take the reins at the Allianz Stadium following a single season in charge of the Premier League club.Continue reading...
• 20-year-old spent last season on loan at Derby
• Midfielder joined Chelsea academy at the age of six
Mason Mount has become the latest Chelsea youngster to commit his long-term future to the club after signing a new five-year contract at Stamford Bridge.Continue reading...
The celebrations continued after a dramatic and tantalisingly close final saw England crowned Cricket World Cup champions by beating New Zealand.
Speaking the morning after Sunday's final, Joe Root said: "I don't think you can top what happened yesterday, it's the greatest game of all time."
Captain Eoin Morgan and the rest of the team paraded the trophy on the pitch at the Oval, as well as signed autographs for adoring fans. This is the first time England have ever been crowned victors of the Cricket World Cup
'I've hugged and kissed people I have never met before today,' one jubilant fan says after the dramatic World Cup final in which England tied with New Zealand in the regular game and the super over, winning only through virtue of having more boundaries. 'You know I thought we were dead and buried,' England's opening bowler Chris Woakes says. 'We tied somehow and a super over in a final, a World Cup final, it's incredible.' New Zealand fans agree it was an incredible game but not all are satisfied with the outcome. 'I don't want to be bitter,' said one. 'It seems like sharing the trophy would be the right result'Continue reading...
England have won their first ever World Cup, overcoming New Zealand at Lord's in extraordinary fashion. Watch the video to relive their 'rollercoaster' journey through the tournament to ultimate triumph
The game went to a super over after it was tied, but not even that could separate the teams.
Eoin Morgan's men won via 'boundaries struck' after two innings and the super over failed to settle the epic encounter.Continue reading...
Novak Djokovic again proved the toughest of nuts for Roger Federer to crack as he repelled everything the Swiss could throw at him to claim his fifth Wimbledon title in the first All England Club final to be decided by a tiebreaker on Sunday. The defending champion was outshone at times on Centre Court and saved two match points deep into a gripping decider, but he used his mental and physical resilience to claim a thrilling 7-6(5), 1-6, 7-6(4), 4-6, 13-12(3) win.
The 2019 edition of Wimbledon ended in a fifth – and second successive – title for Novak Djokovic, with the 32-year old winning 7-6, 1-6, 7-6, 4-6, 13-12 against Roger Federer in a gruelling four hours and 57 minutes. The world No 3, competing in his 12th final and thus equalling Martina Navratilova's record, was denied his ninth Wimbledon crown by the Serbian as they met in their third final in SW19. Day 13 of the tournament also saw Barbora Strycova and Hsieh Su-wei take the women's doubles in straight sets against Gabriela Dabrowski and Xu Yifan, and the mixed doubles go to Latisha Chan and Ivan Dodig.
Who won early? Who beat England? Who earned what?
In which European capital city did the Tour de France begin this week?
Andorra la Vella
England and New Zealand will meet in the Cricket World Cup final at Lord’s on Sunday. Which of them has won the trophy before?
Neither of them
Both of them
Who did England lose to the last time they reached the final, in 1992?
Roger Federer is in the mix to win his ninth Wimbledon title this year. What did the people of Switzerland give him after he won his first in 2003?
A massive bar of chocolate
A cow called Juliette
A lighthouse beside Lake Geneva
His body weight in beer
Coco Gauff lit up Wimbledon this year, making it to the fourth round of the women’s singles at the age of 15. Who won a Wimbledon women’s doubles title at 15?
Peter Crouch has retired from football at the age of 38. Crouch had an impressive record for England, scoring 22 goals in his 42 appearances. He hit his only international hat-trick against Jamaica in 2006. What else did he do in that game?
Was given a straight red card
Scored an own goal
Missed a penalty
Was given two yellow cards – both for taking off his shirt
What record does Crouch hold?
He won more England caps as a substitute than any other player
He has scored the most headed goals in the Premier League
He is the oldest player to have played in the Premier League
He has played for more clubs in the Premier League than anyone else
In which tournament are the Sunshine Girls, She-Cranes, Bajan Gems, Calypso Girls, Roses, Warriors and Thistles competing this weekend in Liverpool?
Women’s Rugby League World Cup
Netball World Cup
Baseball European Championship
Women’s Cricket World Cup
The world’s best golfers will be arriving in Northern Ireland this weekend to compete at the Open Championship. The tournament is returning to Royal Portrush golf course for the first time since 1951. The winner is now awarded £1.5m. What was the prize money for the champion back in 1951?
Antoine Griezmann has joined Barcelona for €120m. Which club did he play for before Atlético Madrid?
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This week’s roundup also features errant Wimbledon sprinklers, Netball World Cups and table tennis action
1) It’s the British Grand Prix this weekend, which gives us an excuse to raid the archives for some classic races from Silverstone and elsewhere down the years. Let’s start with the race’s first staging at Aintree, when Stirling Moss won it for the first time, and then relive the incident-packed 1976 race at Brands Hatch, when James Hunt’s victory over Niki Lauda was overturned on appeal and the race awarded to the Austrian. The 1987 edition saw Nigel Mansell sensationally overhaul Nelson Piquet at the last to win, and 1995’s featured an infamous crash between championship rivals Damon Hill and Michael Schumacher as Johnny Herbert took a surprise win. While in 2008, Lewis Hamilton underlined his promise with a magnificent victory in the wet and five years later a thrilling race was won by Nico Rosberg.
2) Fancy a pointless mud-diving goal celebration? We got ’em. Still, at least no one was sent off for their exuberance. Here’s 10 who were, including Edinson Cavani for a sniper impersonation, Carlos Tevez for a topless chicken dance, a couple of foolhardy strips and, our favourite, Medi Dresevic running into the stands and applauding himself for scoring.Continue reading...
“Any professional tennis players that played as professional footballers as well?” tweets Jack Chesterman.
James Clarke raises his hand. “Michael Boulding played professional tennis until the age of 22, peaking at No 1,119 in the world,” he writes. “He went on to sign for Aston Villa a couple of years after retiring, but only made one appearance, and then floated around the lower tiers of the Football League for a while.Continue reading...
There is a smorgasbord of insight on offer from the talented multi-lingual Asian players at the Cricket World Cup who only use English when they need to find a cricket cliche
After all the rain, the iron-weight zing bails and the threatened menu of endless dead matches, the round-robin section of the Cricket World Cup has been utterly absorbing – with England’s riches to rags to riches journey the switch-hit on top of the toenail-blackening yorker. Oh the utterly audacious drama!
But the very best thing about the tournament for me has been the chance to catch up with old friends. Last week I went out for dinner with Sharda Ugra and Neeru Bhatia, wonderful sports writers at ESPNCricinfo and The Week, and purveyors of the most delicious gossip. The last time the three of us had been out for a meal together was in Pietermaritzburg during the 2003 World Cup to celebrate my birthday, the day a 20-year-old James Anderson charmed the swinging ball in Cape Town and ripped through Pakistan’s top-order to win the match for England.Continue reading...
From Australia and South Africa choking at home to India’s 2007 shock and England’s woes, half a dozen CWC nightmares
The year 2007 changed cricket, a transformation that pivoted on India’s performance in its two international tournaments – their early exit from the 50-over shindig and their triumph in the inaugural Twenty20 one. In a Caribbean World Cup that opened with four groups of four from which only two teams progressed, the competition’s defining day was not its concluding one – when Australia emphatically beat Sri Lanka to secure a third successive crown – but its fifth, on which Pakistan and India crashed to cataclysmic defeats, against Ireland and Bangladesh respectively. Pakistan’s tournament was then engulfed by tragedy with the death of their coach, Bob Woolmer, while India’s was a strictly cricketing calamity – but one that reverberated throughout the game.Continue reading...
With the best of our sports journalism from the past seven days and a heads-up on the weekend’s action, you won’t miss a thing
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Putting the Cricket World Cup final on free-to-air TV could just be a one-off, but what if it was the start of something more?
In the summer of ’93, everyone at my school became a leg-spinner. We’d never seen leg-spin before Shane Warne arrived. Not that we could remember.
No one could do it – ball after ball just looping on to the top of the low‑hanging cricket net – batsmen waddling halfway down the green matting, jumping and trying to hit the ball back to the bowler, hopefully with enough power to do it in one go. We were hopeless, but we were inspired by what we saw on TV.Continue reading...
Patronising scheduling set it up to fail but players used their platform to highlight how the governing body lets them down
Gianni Infantino is one of those intensely political people who believe that as far as everyone else is concerned, there is no place for politics in football. It was just last year – at some grimly political press conference in Iran, naturally – that the Fifa president announced: “It’s very clear that politics should stay out of football and football should stay out of politics.” Is it? If so, the conclusion of the Women’s World Cup on Sunday suggests it is time to ask Infantino how that one’s working out for him.
So much of the previous month’s tournament had felt exuberantly political, from the delicious insolence of Megan Rapinoe in pre-emptively declining any invitation to Trump’s White House, to the boos and chants of “equal pay” that greeted Infantino’s own arrival on the pitch after the final, right down to the US players running over to the stands to kiss their wives and girlfriends in the hour of maximum-ratings triumph. I know this is a moment at which we have to talk about the potential to “grow the game”. So let me say that the last of those spectacles in particular served as a reminder of how far the men’s game has to grow in this department. Let’s hope it manages to ease itself into the late 20th century at some point over the next decade, so that maybe – by the year 2086 or something – we might one day even see a gay male player feel remotely able to do the same.Continue reading...
• Defender Adam Lindin Ljungkvist sent off for breaking wind
• Referee called it ‘unsportsmanlike’ and ‘deliberate provocation’
A Swedish footballer has hit out after being sent off for breaking wind during a match – with the referee accusing him of “deliberate provocation” and “unsportsmanlike behaviour”.
Adam Lindin Ljungkvist, who was playing at left-back in the match between Järna SK’s reserve team and Pershagen SK, was shown a second yellow card late on in what local media called “bizarre circumstances”.Continue reading...