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Josh Adams scores four tries as British & Irish Lions start tour in style

The grand old Springbok citadel of Ellis Park has rarely been more achingly empty but the British & Irish Lions will take significant heart from this opening foray on South African soil. The scoreboard does not lie: the touring side are up and running and showing sufficient early promise to suggest they can create problems […]

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Raducanu Ridge? How Wimbledon’s fans on the hill fell for a new star

Wimbledon’s Henman Hill has repelled many invaders over the years. Greg Rusedski and his army were sent packing, without ceremony, in the 1990s. Andy Murray could never summon much interest in taking it over, however much pressure was put on him to care. But on Saturday afternoon it was assailed by a new force. Raducanu […]

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Roger Federer holds off Cameron Norrie fightback to move on at Wimbledon

After a trying opening round match that ended in the retirement of his surging opponent, Adrian Mannarino, then a routine second round win against his historic punching bag, Richard Gasquet, as Roger Federer stepped onto Centre Court to face Cameron Norrie, his form was still a source of curiosity. Theoretically, by retrieving far more balls, […]

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Denmark’s Euro 2020 run is built on class and coaching, not just team spirit

Denmark are on a mission they never wished to undertake, inspired by a tragedy their players may never truly absorb, yet their uplifting march to the European Championship semi-finals is not entirely explained by the spirit they have found following Christian Eriksen’s cardiac arrest. That is too simplistic and a disservice to Kasper Hjulmand and […]

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Nick Kyrgios forced to pull out of Wimbledon with abdominal injury

The performances of Nick Kyrgios – on and off the court – have been one of the most enjoyable aspects of the first week here, the Australian thrilling the crowds with his swashbuckling style. Unfortunately, though, they will have to wait until next year to see more after the 26-year-old was forced to quit two […]

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Nerveless Mithali Raj steers India to last-gasp victory over England

India pulled off a memorable last-over victory against England in the third ODI at Worcester yesterday, chasing down 220 with three balls to spare to bring up their first win of the multi-format series. Captain Mithali Raj finished unbeaten on 75 not out from 86 balls, along the way becoming the leading run-scorer of all-time […]

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Roger Federer rolls back the years to reach 18th Wimbledon quarter-final

If there was more than a hint of vulnerability about Roger Federer when he began his campaign at this year’s Wimbledon, it is fading fast. The 39-year-old defeated the world No 27 Lorenzo Sonego of Italy 7-5, 6-4, 6-2 to reach the quarter-finals for the 18th time and although the world No 1, Novak Djokovic, […]