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Ashes 2019: England v Australia fourth Test, day four – live!

Updates from the fourth day of play at Old TraffordAny thoughts? Email or tweet @JPHowcroft 9.47am BSTHello everybody and welcome to live OBO coverage of the fourth day of the fourth Test of the Ashes from Old Trafford. And what a day we have in store. After three rain-interrupted days the match is delicately poised. Australia are the only combatant with a chance of winning but to do so they must engineer 15 English wickets on a surface containing few

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Rafael Nadal overcomes early Berrettini resistance to reach US Open final

Spaniard will face Daniil Medvedev in Sunday’s finalThree-time US Open champion beats Italian 7-6, 6-4, 6-1Rafael Nadal reached his fifth US Open final – and third grand slam final of the year – beating the big-serving Italian Matteo Berrettini in straight sets on Friday night. He will now start as favourite on Sunday against the game’s latest “bad boy”, Daniil Medvedev, to draw within one major of Roger Federer’s record of 20.It took the 33-year-old Spaniard two hours and 34

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Rory Burns adds fluency to graft and looks part as England Test opener | Barney Ronay

Batsman looked comfortable in his own skin and faced Australia’s bowlers confidently despite barrage of bouncersAdapt and survive. At times in this Ashes series Rory Burns has looked twisted and crabby facing up to Australia’s pace attack, a man constantly fighting the limits of his own gnarled style.Not so here. On a rain-delayed third day of the fourth Test, with England’s hopes at a point of crisis, something seemed to clear. Continue reading…

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WSL preview: Arsenal renew title rivalries as bar raised for new season | Louise Taylor

Chelsea and Man City are jostling to unseat Arsenal, with Man Utd and Spurs keen to shake up the established orderThe answers to a quartet of questions promise to become defining themes of the Women’s Super League season.Will Joe Montemurro’s fast evolving version of total football help Arsenal retain their title? Can Ellen White’s goals compensate for the steady exodus of some of Manchester City’s brightest stars? Is is too early for Casey Stoney’s promoted Manchester United to disrupt the

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England fail to impress in World Cup warm-up victory over Italy

• England 37-0 Italy• Four second-half tries secure win after dismal openingWhatever happened to the likely lads of Twickenham? Make all the polite noises you like about World Cup dress rehearsals or shadow boxing but, until the final quarter, this was far from the resounding northern powerhouse display Eddie Jones would have preferred ahead of his squad’s departure on Sunday. If this is how his players respond to unfamiliar surroundings in Japan, they will fall well short of their ultimate

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Anthony Joshua defiant over criticism of Andy Ruiz Jr rematch in Saudi Arabia

• Amnesty claims rematch is to ‘sportswash’ image of regime• ‘I’m there to fight,’ says Briton of Clash of the DunesA defiant Anthony Joshua has attempted to slip condemnation from human rights organisations about staging his WBA, IBF and WBO heavyweight rematch against Andy Ruiz Jr in Saudi Arabia by insisting he is not a superhero who can solve the world’s problems by himself.On the third stage of his whistlestop tour to promote the fight – which has taken in

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US Open men’s semi-final: Rafael Nadal v Matteo Berrettini – live!

Williams out to overcome 2018 US Open final meltdownEmail Tom with your thoughts or tweet @tom_lutz 12.26am BSTOur protagonists are now on court to a huge roar. Apart from the small matter of beating one of the greatest players of all time, Berrettini will be less fresh than his opponent – he’s spent 15 hours and 23 minutes on court at this tournament, while Rafa’s tournament has involved just nine hours and 43 minutes of play. That’s partly because his

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US Open men’s semi-final: Daniil Medvedev v Grigor Dimitrov – live!

Live updates on the first semi-final before Nadal plays BerrettiniDimitrov’s resurgence to be tested by fast-rising MedvedevWilliams out to overcome 2018 US Open final meltdownEmail Katy with any musings or tweet @KatyMurrells 9.55pm BSTFirst set: Medvedev 4-4 Dimitrov* (*denotes next server)Despite Dimitrov having the greater grand slam pedigree and experience, there’s a sense he has less to lose in this match than Medvedev, what with Dimitrov having absolutely no expectations on him coming into the tournament. Dimitrov is pushing Medvedev

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Root and Burns show England path to survival but Hazlewood strikes late blow

• Australia 497-8dec: England 200-5• England lose three wickets in final hour on day threeThree late-evening wickets from Josh Hazlewood have left England with a mighty struggle to save this game and keep the pursuit of the Ashes alive. In a six-over spell just before the intervention of bad light Hazlewood dispatched two of England’s most adhesive batsmen, Rory Burns and Joe Root, who had assembled a dutiful partnership of 141. Then he clean bowled Jason Roy, who attracts many

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Euro 2020: Germany v Netherlands, Scotland and Wales in action – live!

Updates from all Friday’s qualifiers around EuropeRoundup: Spain cling on, Pukki earns Finland winAnd you can email Ben or tweet @benfisherj 7.52pm BST4 min: An encouraging half-chance for Tom Lawrence, with the Derby forward attempting to hook a clever cross by Gareth Bale goalwards. Bale raids down the right flank and dinks a ball into the front post, where Lawrence tries to steer it in but it bounces wide. Wales have certainly began brightly in Cardiff. 7.50pm BST3 min: Harry

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England v Italy: Rugby World Cup warm-up match – live!

England play their final warm-up game in NewcastleRobert Kitson: home tie lifts Wilson’s World Cup hopesGet in touch! Email Lee or tweet @bloodandmud 7.53pm BST6 mins. Canna attempts a cheeky chip over, but it’s gathered by Francis just inside England half, and Italy are penalised again, this time for offside. England tap and go quickly. 7.52pm BSTOwen Farrell has no issue with that. Continue reading…

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Chester Williams, South Africa’s 1995 Rugby World Cup hero, dies aged 49

• Former wing suffered reported heart attack• Williams was part of Springbok team which beat New Zealand in finalThe World Cup-winning South Africa wing Chester Williams has died from a heart attack at the age of 49, South Africa Rugby has announced. Williams was the only black player in the Springboks squad as they claimed the world title in 1995. He scored four tries against Western Samoa in the quarter-finals before tasting glory in the final win over New Zealand.The

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Legendary Pakistan leg spinner Abdul Qadir dies aged 63

• Bowler passes away following cardiac arrest• Spinner took 236 Test wicketsThe legendary Pakistan leg spinner Abdul Qadir has died after a cardiac arrest.The 63-year-old passed away in Lahore, his family confirmed on Friday. Qadir played 67 Tests from 1977-90, taking 236 wickets including 9-56 against England at Lahore in 1987. He also featured in 104 one-day internationals, claiming 132 victims. Continue reading…

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Caster Semenya starts ‘new journey’ after joining football team

South African eyeing debut with JVW next seasonJanine Van Wyk: ‘She has all the fundamentals’The two-time Olympic 800m gold medallist Caster Semenya appears to be preparing for a career outside of athletics after joining a women’s football club. The 28-year-old is currently appealing against a decision by the Court of Arbitration for Sport which approved the IAAF’s introduction of a new testosterone limit for female athletes. Continue reading…

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Ashes 2019: England v Australia fourth Test, day three, rain delay – live!

Updates from the third day of play at Old TraffordEngland’s inept afternoon conjures dark memoriesAny thoughts? Email or tweet @JPHowcroft 11.03am BSTGareth adds to the chorus of confusion over Overton’s inclusion. “It reminds me a lot of the misguided selection for the 13-14 Ashes squad, where we picked medium pace tall bowlers who were apparently going to rattle Aussie helmets. Tremlett and Rankin were too slow, and Finn couldn’t land it on the strip and was deemed unselectable (despite being

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