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Rory McIlroy’s carefree 66 at the Open shows a player in control of his game

God but Rory McIlroy makes the game look easy when he’s in the mood. If it hadn’t been for the grandstands, and the tens of thousands of fans, you’d never have guessed what was at stake as he strolled around the Old Course in the opening round of the Open. Up, down and around the […]

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England’s Sarina Wiegman to avoid big changes for Northern Ireland game

Sarina Wiegman has said there will not be wholesale changes to her England side for Friday night’s dead rubber against Northern Ireland at St Mary’s. “I believe in rhythm,” the manager said. “When you have nine days in between the Norwegian game and the quarter-finals that’s too long. You need more rhythm and keep the […]

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Dina Asher-Smith: ‘You can’t run fast with baggage you gotta throw it out’

“Any time someone mentioned it, I just burst into tears,” says Dina Asher-Smith, with a rawness that stings and lingers. “It was really weird. It was kind of uncontrollable.” Everyone thinks they know the story of Asher-Smith’s Tokyo Olympics a year ago. How she arrived in Japan as a Team GB poster girl, only to […]

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Farhad Moshiri insists Everton not for sale but open to ‘minority investment’

Farhad Moshiri has insisted he is not looking to sell Everton but remains open to “minority investment” to finance the club’s new stadium at Bramley Moore dock and to strengthen Frank Lampard’s squad. A consortium led by the former Manchester United and Chelsea chief executive Peter Kenyon and including the US real estate magnate Maciek […]

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Tom Pidcock targets ‘bigger ambitions’ at Tour de France after breakthrough

Tom Pidcock may be a little too cocky for some tastes but as his track record shows, he delivers. The 22-year-old from Leeds has rapidly transferred his mountain biking and cyclocross expertise to road racing and is the coming force at the Ineos Grenadiers team. But even though he has won world and Olympic titles, […]

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Revealed: two members of Paris final ‘independent’ review worked for Uefa

The two Portuguese professionals appointed to work with the chairman of Uefa’s “independent review” into the chaos at the Champions League final have both worked extensively for Uefa, raising further serious concerns about the review’s independence. Daniel Ribeiro and Luis Silva were announced on 1 July by Uefa, which said that the Portuguese politician appointed […]

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Topley leads England to second ODI win over India on World Cup anniversary

On the third anniversary of England’s greatest moment in this format they returned to this ground with a performance that might, with a little effort, have sparked a few hazy memories of that World Cup final win. Those present might be less likely to tell their grandkids about it in the distant future, but history […]