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Warren Gatland admits ‘the better team lost’ after Wales beat France
Warren Gatland admits ‘the better team lost’ after Wales beat France

• ‘They were excellent and very unlucky – we didn’t play our best’
• France coach Jacques Brunel unhappy with decisive Wales try

Warren Gatland admitted “the better team lost” after Wales narrowly avoided a France ambush to reach the World Cup semi-finals. His side will now face South Africa but only after squeezing into the last four against 14-man opponents courtesy of a 74th-minute try from the replacement back-row Ross Moriarty.

Related: Wales come from behind to beat 14-man France in World Cup quarter-final

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Manchester United v Liverpool: Premier League – live!
Manchester United v Liverpool: Premier League – live!

“I was listening on BBC World Service in France and following the MBM,” says Andrew Dobson. “Weirdly, you were always ahead of the radio. How does that happen?”

If I tell you, I’ll have to kill you in two minutes’ time.

Jordan Henderson “I delighted for Adam, because he’s worked so hard and he deserves that. He saved us today and that could be a big point come the end of the season. We could have been better – we know that – but if you can’t win, don’t lose. We were sloppy first half, not fluid enough; it was quite scrappy. Second half I thought we caused them more problems, especially towards the end of the game, but we couldn’t find a winner.

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Andy Farrell can reshape Ireland’s future after defeat to New Zealand
Andy Farrell can reshape Ireland’s future after defeat to New Zealand

Irish have to face up to life after Joe Schmidt and Rory Best but the incoming head coach has young talent to work with
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A wit once stated, after surveying the wreckage of another forlorn Five Nations campaign, that Ireland were in a critical state but it was not serious. Nothing a few shots could not make appear better. As the swaying lines of supporters made their way to the train station more than two hours after the end of one of the most sobering defeats in the six-year reign of Joe Schmidt, their optimism had not been doused by the raging fire that burned deep within New Zealand. They scorched the hopes of a team who had never made it beyond the last eight but hope sprung infernal.

Related: Almighty All Blacks lay waste to the side that inspired their rebuild | Liam Napier

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Hannah Mills: ‘I don’t wake up thinking about making sailing history in Tokyo’
Hannah Mills: ‘I don’t wake up thinking about making sailing history in Tokyo’

The 31-year-old tried retirement after winning gold in Rio but the call of the sport to which she has dedicated her life was too strong

After the Rio Olympics, Hannah Mills tried retirement out to see what it felt like. “I knew that Saskia was going to retire,” the 31-year-old says of her long-time sailing partner, Saskia Clark, whom she competed with at two Games and won first silver then gold in the 470 dinghy class, “but for me the path wasn’t clear. It was all up in the air, and I hadn’t had anything organised. I just wanted to have focus, have something else to do to look forward to and experience.”

So Mills took a room at her brother’s house and some work experience at the activity clothing company Musto. “It was a precaution”, she says. “I knew how empty I’d felt after London in terms of having such an incredible buildup, an amazing experience but then it just suddenly ends. It’s actually hard; it’s really, really hard. Like anything you’ve been building up to in life it’s really exciting and then you just feel empty and a bit lost. So win or lose in Rio I wanted to make sure I had got some things planned, regardless of whether I was sailing again.”

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Almighty All Blacks lay waste to the side that inspired their rebuild | Liam Napier
Almighty All Blacks lay waste to the side that inspired their rebuild | Liam Napier

Youthful exuberance was at the heart of a new-look New Zealand’s stunning quarter-final win over their recent nemesis

Sympathy is rarely felt for a rival rugby nation yet it was impossible to suppress pangs of exactly that emotion for Ireland. The cruel, crushing nature of this seventh World Cup quarter-final exit has never been so severely inflicted. As the Ireland coach, Joe Schmidt, exclaimed, the scars of this defeat will remain for some time. There could be no more brutal way to sign off his tenure.

While Ireland knew the All Blacks would respond after two defeats in their last three meetings, they were powerless to stop it. Four years ago it was a similar theme. The All Blacks arrived at the World Cup quarter-finals to meet France, their supposed World Cup nemesis. Playing at the same Cardiff venue, memories of 2007 were rolled out in the build-up. The All Blacks bottled that fury and produced one of their best performances on this stage, sweeping France aside to win 62-13.

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‘We’ve not played our best’: England can improve, Eddie Jones tells New Zealand
‘We’ve not played our best’: England can improve, Eddie Jones tells New Zealand

• ‘The challenge is how do we get better as a team,’ says coach
• England must beat All Blacks for first time since 2012

Eddie Jones has warned New Zealand that the best is still to come from his England side after they booked a World Cup semi-final showdown against the All Blacks.

England’s 40-16 victory over Australia was their biggest ever in a World Cup knockout match and they are in their first semi-final in 12 years. The Wallabies came back to 17-16 early in the second half but tries from Kyle Sinckler and Anthony Watson, to add to Jonny May’s first-half double, sealed one of the most impressive victories in Jones’s tenure.

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England into World Cup semi-finals after bruising victory over Australia
England into World Cup semi-finals after bruising victory over Australia

• Jonny May’s two first-half tries give England platform for victory
• Sinckler adds third in second half to halt Wallabies comeback
Bret Harris: Australia’s pain is self-inflicted

No typhoons this week, just a gathering English storm. Whether it will be enough to propel Eddie Jones’s side all the way to World Cup glory remains to be seen but Australia could not withstand their second-half surge in this eventful quarter-final. For the first time since 2007 England are into the last four and Saturday’s smackdown with New Zealand will be some collision.

If the final margin was slightly harsh on a spirited Wallaby side it was hard-earned reward for England’s well-organised defence and the last-quarter power lurking on their bench. It took until the final quarter to establish clear forward-control but a rampaging 46th-minute score by tight-head Kyle Sinckler had already pushed Australia towards their earliest World Cup exit for a dozen years.

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When England flopped in the quarter-finals of the first Rugby World Cup
When England flopped in the quarter-finals of the first Rugby World Cup

England went into the tournament in 1987 believing they could ‘beat anyone’. Wales dispelled that notion in the quarter-finals

By Steven Pye for That 1980s Sports Blog

England’s preparations for the inaugural Rugby World Cup began in earnest at the Five Nations in February 1987. They had an awful start to the tournament, losing 17-0 to Ireland in Dublin and then 19-15 to France at Twickenham. But the fallout from the Battle of Cardiff threw an even bigger spanner in the works. England were defeated and disgraced in Wales, losing the game 19-12 and losing four players to suspension. With just one match to play in the Five Nations – and just three months to go before Australia and New Zealand co-hosted the first World Cup – England’s plans lay in tatters.

Three-quarters of the way through their Five Nations campaign, England were still waiting for their first win and their first try. With Richard Hill banned, they were now in search of a new captain to lead the team in the Calcutta Cup and the World Cup. Step forward winger Mike Harrison, whose selection came as some surprise – especially to himself. “They must have gone through the list from one to 15. I imagine I was their 15th call after everyone else had said no. I was gobsmacked. It was not something I ever expected.”

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Gabriel Jesus and David Silva on target as Manchester City pick off Palace
Gabriel Jesus and David Silva on target as Manchester City pick off Palace

If Manchester City go on to retain the title they may look back at this game as an important step. The champions arrived here with their backs against the wall having lost to Wolves before the international break and with Liverpool sailing off in the distance. If that was not bad enough, Pep Guardiola was forced into deploying a team containing no recognised central defenders. Another slip looked possible but instead City showed their class and defiance to record a victory that puts them within five points of Jürgen Klopp’s men, who visit Old Trafford on Sunday.

It remains early days in the title race but this nevertheless felt like a notable win for Guardiola’s team given the context and the circumstances. Some sides may have stumbled; City instead dominated possession, territory and chances created. Crystal Palace mustered a period of pressure late on, having been deflated by Gabriel Jesus and David Silva’s goals in the space of two first-half minutes, but that merely gave the platform for Ederson to show why he is one of the best goalkeepers in the world.

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The Fiver | The Glazer family, that real-life version of Succession season four
The Fiver | The Glazer family, that real-life version of Succession season four

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It is the grandest rivalry in English football. It’s just a pity that Manchester United v Liverpool matches regularly resemble those mid-2000s Birmingham v Bolton clashes that not even Sky Sports Premier League finds airspace to replay. Each of the last three seasons has featured a 0-0 draw in a fixture that gets the loudest fanfare for the most diminished returns. By now, you know the drill for the buildup: a Jimmy Nesbitt voiceover or a local poet delivering Vogon verse atop a soft-focus glimpse of life in the north west’s two great cities, soundtracked by either Pete Wylie or the Stone Roses, depending on which is the home side.

Could Sunday’s showdown be any different? With Liverpool riding high and Ole Gunnar Solskjær, the Moyes-faced Assassin, looking increasingly befuddled, the worst is feared at Old Trafford – a humbling at the hands of the old enemy. United chief suit Ed Woodward has been getting some pre-emptive strikes in before Gary Neville, Graeme Souness and Roy Keane deliver their weekly post-match lecture on what is going wrong for Big Red. “There is a myth that we have non‑football people making football decisions, and it’s insulting to the brilliant people who work on the football side in this club,” roared Ed.

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Sports quiz of the week: winners, losers, movers and history makers
Sports quiz of the week: winners, losers, movers and history makers

Who is in Sydney? Who is in Leicester? And who is at home?

Liverpool have started the season with eight wins in a row. Which club once began a top-flight campaign with 11 straight victories?

Manchester United

Arsenal

Tottenham Hotspur

Chelsea

Which of the quarter-finals at the Rugby World Cup this weekend features two former champions?

England v Australia

New Zealand v Ireland

Wales v France

Japan v South Africa

None of them

Which two teams at the tournament flew home having lost all four of their games?

Georgia and Uruguay

Russia and USA

Tonga and Samoa

Namibia and Canada

England are playing Australia at the Rugby World Cup on Saturday. At which other World Cup – which is being held in Australia over the weekend – are England playing France, Lebanon and Wales (in the men’s event) and Papua New Guinea, Australia and New Zealand (in the women’s event)?

Table-tennis World Cup

BBQ World Cup

Rugby League Nines World Cup

Barrecore World Cup

Pedro Pasculli managed Bangor City to a 1-1 draw against Ruthin Town in the Welsh second division this week. What did he do in June 1986?

He was top of the UK albums charts with his band Super Furry Animals

He and his co-pilot Richard Branson became the first people to cross the Atlantic Ocean in a hot air balloon

He was elected as an MEP for Plaid Cymru

He played in the Argentina team that won the World Cup

Which capital city hosted a World Cup qualifier this week that had no goals, no fans, no journalists and no live broadcast on TV?

Beijing

Baku

Pyongyang

Doha

Lee Ann Walker received 58 penalty shots at a golf tournament in Indiana this week. What had she done wrong?

She was caught smoking marijuana midway through her round

She “knowingly” killed an animal (a beetle) while putting on the green

She picked up her opponent's ball and threw it into a lake

Her caddie helped her line up shots while she was on the green

Mighty Mike, Voltage, Superchin, Bully Boy, The Flying Scotsman, Snakebite, The Iceman and The Machine will be in Leicester this weekend. Which sport will they be playing?

Pool

Snooker

Darts

Squash

If La Liga have their way, where will the match between Atlético Madrid and Villarreal be played in December?

Catalonia

Miami

Scotland

Lapland

As a player, he scored his country’s first (and so far only) goals at the European Championship. And now, as the team's manager, he has helped them qualify for the Euros next year. Who is he?

Gheorghe Hagi

Theodoros Zagorakis

Andriy Shevchenko

Savo Milosevic

Cristiano Ronaldo scored the 700th goal of his career this week. For which team did he score the first goal of his career?

Manchester United

Benfica

Sporting

Porto

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Football transfer rumours: Kessié to Wolves? Håland to Manchester City?
Football transfer rumours: Kessié to Wolves? Håland to Manchester City?

Today’s fluff is guessing Norway’s coverage has started already

The curious thing about Wolvesdefeat of Manchester City a fortnight ago is that it could have been much more comfortable had Patrick Cutrone not seemingly had his boots on the wrong way round. It’s not gone unnoticed by Nuno Espírito Santo that the young striker, signed from Milan in the summer for £16m, is taking his time to settle at Molineux. What he needs is a familiar face in the ranks to help him feel comfortable – surely then the goals will come. Step forward Franck Kessié.

The midfielder had a fine understanding with Cutrone at Milan last season and was close to joining Wolves in the summer window only for the transfer to fall through. But Milan’s dire financial situation means a move is back on again. The box-to-box Ivory Coast international would bring even more energy to Nuno’s side and a smile back to Cutrone’s face. The cost for all this positivity would be £26.9m but there is a sticking point. Milan want a replacement and would only be willing to let Kessié leave if they can secure Mohamed Elneny from Arsenal for £13m in January. But let’s be honest, Elneny hardly has a queue of suitors lining up to whisk him away now does he?

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Rugby World Cup quarter-finals, cartwheels and magic marathons | Classic YouTube
Rugby World Cup quarter-finals, cartwheels and magic marathons | Classic YouTube

Also featuring classic Manchester United v Liverpool matches, a player running to the wrong end zone and Sergio Parisse

1) It’s the Rugby World Cup quarter-finals this weekend, and there have been some mighty last-eight clashes down the years. The 2015 match between Scotland and Australia will always be remembered for the controversial penalty that broke Scottish hearts at the death. But the Wallabies’ 35-34 win had everything, including interceptions, a rain storm and eight tries. France’s shock win over the All Blacks in 2007 was pretty special too. That win for Les Bleus in front of their home fans comes in at No 7 in this list of most memorable World Cup moments, also starring David Campese, Jonah Lomu and Nelson Mandela. Meanwhile … who could forget Jason Robinson’s electrifying run and pass to set up Will Greenwood’s try in England’s 2003 quarter-final win over Wales? That same tournament also provided one of the greatest passes the game has ever seen, from Carlos Spencer to send Joe Rococoko over to score for the All Blacks in their last-eight win against South Africa.

2) Typhoon Hagibis may have eased in time for Japan’s breathtaking win over Scotland, but the cancellation of Italy’s match against the All Blacks denied Sergio Parisse his World Cup swansong at the age of 36. No matter, let’s remember the power, the pace and the personality.

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Euro 2020 updates, China's grand plan and Petr Cech on ice – Football Weekly
Euro 2020 updates, China's grand plan and Petr Cech on ice – Football Weekly

Max Rushden, Barry Glendenning, Lars Sivertsen and Paul MacInnes discuss England’s defeat in Prague, Welsh consistency, Scotland wading through San Marino, Euro 2020 permutations and, er, a reality Cech

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We take a look back at the weekend’s football, starting with England’s shock 2-1 defeat in Prague, moving through Wales’s pair of 1-1 draws, before looking at the home nations and the rest of the qualifying groups for Euro 2020.

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Buy a classic sport photograph: Kelly Holmes' eye-popping celebration
Buy a classic sport photograph: Kelly Holmes' eye-popping celebration

The fifth of a new Guardian Print Shop series featuring classic sports images from the likes of Gerry Cranham, Mark Leech and Tom Jenkins – yours to own for just £55 including free delivery

Those eyes! Having just crossed the line to win 800m gold at the 2004 Olympics in Athens, British athlete Kelly Holmes is pictured bursting into celebration. Part shock, part jubilation, her expression spoke volumes of her remarkable journey to success. Holmes’ career had been blighted by injuries, anaemia, asthma and depression, and her undeniable talent was frequently stymied on the greatest stage of all: at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta she competed with a stress fracture in her shin, narrowly finishing fourth in the 800m; at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney she overcame a calf tear to win bronze. By 2004, aged 34 and injury-free for the first time, she targeted gold in the 800m and 1,500m. In both finals she waited until the home straight before powering to the front of the field, becoming only the third woman in history to do the middle-distance double. “I can’t believe it!” she yelled repeatedly after her 800m triumph. This image captures that feeling perfectly.

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