• Real Madrid left firing blanks as logic is imposed by superior Chelsea | Sid Lowe

    Real Madrid left firing blanks as logic is imposed by superior Chelsea | Sid Lowe
    It almost felt inevitable that Zinedine Zidane’s side would turn it around until Mason Mount sank Europe’s great survivorsThere is a scene in Pulp Fiction where a man bursts from Brett’s bathroom and unloads on Vincent Vega and Jules Winnfield. Bullets fly until the chamber empties, the trigger clicks, silence falls and he realises that somehow they’re still standing and he’s the one that’s finished. Vincent and Jules look down at their miraculously unscathed
  • Waratahs have a coach short list of three, but keen to make it four

    Waratahs have a coach short list of three, but keen to make it four
    Waratahs chiefs want to hear from Simon Cron, the wildcard in a pack of coaches battling for the job.
  • The key character trait giving footballers from refugee backgrounds the winning edge

    The key character trait giving footballers from refugee backgrounds the winning edge
    Four Adelaide boys used to catch the bus across town to play football together. Now, they’re playing for A-League clubs — part of a new generation of African-Australian rising stars.
  • Netherlands beat North Macedonia 3-0 to complete clean sweep in Group C

    Netherlands beat North Macedonia 3-0 to complete clean sweep in Group C
    Meantime, a coronavirus infection created disruption for two teams after a positive test for Scotland midfielder Billy Gilmour also led to two England players having to self-isolate.
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  • Italy’s PM says Euro 2020 final should be moved to Rome due to UK Covid rates

    Italy’s PM says Euro 2020 final should be moved to Rome due to UK Covid rates
    Mario Draghi tells Berlin press conference he will ‘try to stop’ the tournament final from being held in LondonItaly’s prime minister Mario Draghi has said he wants the final of the European football championships to be held in Rome rather than in London, because of Britain’s rising coronavirus infections.Asked if he was in favour of moving the final during a news conference in Berlin , Draghi said: “Yes … I will try to stop the final being held in a country
  • Ukraine 0-1 Austria: Euro 2020 – as it happened

    Ukraine 0-1 Austria: Euro 2020 – as it happened
    Christoph Baumgartner’s first-half goal earned an extremely impressive Austria a last-16 tie with Italy; Ukraine, who were extremely disappointing, cling to the hope that three points and a goal difference of -1 will see them through too 7.11pm BST Right then, that’s about us. But do pop next door for the two night games because what else is to do? Exactly. Ta-ra.7.10pm BST Austria will also be fortified with the confidence you get from doing it when you absolutely have to. Ukraine h
  • North Macedonia 0-3 Netherlands: Euro 2020 – as it happened

    North Macedonia 0-3 Netherlands: Euro 2020 – as it happened
    Gini Wijnaldum scored twice as the Netherlands triumphed over a North Macedonia side bidding farewell to the great Goran PandevRead Jamie Jackson’s match report from the Johan Cruyff ArenA 7.11pm BST Group C: Gini Wijnaldum scored his second and third goals of the tournament as the Netherlands triumphed over a North Macedonia side with whom the great Goran Pandev took his curtain call.Related: Georginio Wijnaldum double powers Netherlands past North Macedonia7.02pm BST Match recap: It was
  • Russia v Denmark: Euro 2020 – live!

    Russia v Denmark: Euro 2020 – live!
    Group B updates from the 8pm BST kick-off in CopenhagenFinland v Belgium – live updates | Tables, fixtures and resultsAnd you can email John or tweet @John_Ashdown 7.07pm BST Russia (3-4-3): Safonov; Diveev, Dzhikiya, Kudryashov; Mario Fernandes, Ozdoez, Zobnin, Kuzyaev; Miranchuk, Dzyuba, Golovin.
    Denmark (3-4-4): Schmeichel; Christensen, Kjaer, Vestergaard; Wass, Hojbjerg, Delaney, Maehle; Braithwaite, Poulsen, Damsgaard.So Denmark are unchanged from the side against Belgium. For Russia
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  • Georginio Wijnaldum double powers Netherlands past North Macedonia

    Georginio Wijnaldum double powers Netherlands past North Macedonia
    The Netherlands are beginning to resemble a juggernaut no other nation will relish trying to halt. Two goals from Georginio Wijnaldum made the captain Euro 2020’s joint top-scorer on three, as his side ended Group C as emphatic winners.Frank de Boer’s men have returned a perfect nine points via results of 3-2, 2-0 and now 3-0. The 3-5-2 the head coach switched to before the tournament will no longer be questioned, and common sense suggests that the Oranje will be better again in Sund
  • Christoph Baumgartner strike sinks Ukraine and puts Austria in last 16

    Christoph Baumgartner strike sinks Ukraine and puts Austria in last 16
    Austria had spent the buildup to this game batting away concerns that they might inflict another Anschluss on their rivals and the watching public, but they duly disabused everybody of that notion. There had been a temptation to wonder whether they and Ukraine might play out a draw that would see both through to the last 16, evoking memories of their famous entente with West Germany in 1982. Perhaps they did not get the memo: instead they offered a vigorous, insistent performance and deserved mo
  • Ukraine 0-1 Austria: Euro 2020 – live!

    Ukraine 0-1 Austria: Euro 2020 – live!
    Group C updates from the 5pm BST kick-off in BucharestNorth Macedonia v Netherlands: Euro 2020 – live!And you can email Daniel or tweet @unitedrewind 6.54pm BST I can’t believe how poor Ukraine were today, but Austria were excellent and now meet Italy at Wembley! 6.52pm BST 90+3 min Matviyenko advances down the right and looks to get the ball into the box, but again the excellent Grillitsch is there.Continue reading...
  • Jon Rahm driven to US Open glory by Harrington and Faldo messages

    Jon Rahm driven to US Open glory by Harrington and Faldo messages
    Spaniard inspired by former champions’ tales of bouncing back from disaster to win first major two weeks after Covid infectionTwo weeks ago, Jon Rahm was playing the golf of his life at the Memorial at Muirfield Village, equalling the tournament’s 54-hole record at 18-under-par and opening a six-stroke lead over the field, only to be informed on live television while coming off the 18th green that he would have to withdraw after testing positive for the coronavirus.The guidelines of
  • Lionel Messi remains Argentina’s best hope of glory even in his twilight | Jonathan Liew

    Lionel Messi remains Argentina’s best hope of glory even in his twilight  | Jonathan Liew
    The Barcelona maestro has been in top form in the Copa América, but his country’s pool of young talent is drying upThe ball comes to Lionel Messi in midfield. He returns it with a disdainful flick of the foot that says: I can’t do anything with this. I don’t want it. Take it back. And then he sighs and walks off in the opposite direction. Surprised, and a little abashed, Guido Rodríguez gathers the ball and looks around for somebody else to pass it to.Perhaps it&r
  • England’s Mount and Chilwell isolating after interacting with Gilmour

    England’s Mount and Chilwell isolating after interacting with Gilmour
    Players could miss Euro 2020 game against Czech RepublicScotland’s Gilmour has tested positive for Covid-19England’s Ben Chilwell and Mason Mount are isolating after “interaction” with the Scotland midfielder Billy Gilmour, who has tested positive for Covid-19.The Football Association said the precaution had been taken after consultation with Public Health England. It is not certain whether Mount and Chilwell will be able to face the Czech Republic on Tuesday. They, and t
  • Daniëlle van de Donk leaves Arsenal and joins mammoth Lyon overhaul

    Daniëlle van de Donk leaves Arsenal and joins mammoth Lyon overhaul
    Dutch forward’s contract expired at Arsenal after six yearsLyon also sign Christiane Endler and Signe BruunLyon have announced the signings of the goalkeeper Christiane Endler and the forwards Signe Bruun and Daniëlle van de Donk to kickstart the big summer of transfers promised by the president and owner of the seven-times European champions, Jean-Michel Aulas.The French club’s 14-year reign as Division 1 Féminine champions was ended by PSG, who won a first league title.
  • Didier Deschamps is reinventing the meaning of French football

    Didier Deschamps is reinventing the meaning of French football
    Having watched France teams of the past flatter then deceive, the manager is wedding his pragmatism to players’ panacheBy Adam White for Get French Football NewsAlthough style, tactics and philosophies undulate and evolve, a nation’s broad footballing identity is always there, quietly influencing changing generations of coaches and players. Dutch football is inextricably linked to Total Football; Spain has tiki-taka (even if the style’s main proponent, Pep Guardiola, dislikes t
  • Time for Gareth Southgate to remove England’s shackles and attack

    Time for Gareth Southgate to remove England’s shackles and attack
    A defeat in Prague prompted the manager to adopt a more cautious approach, Tuesday’s meeting with the Czech Republic feels like the time to become more adventurous againThere is an odd, rather overlooked detail about the recent progress of the England football team. Gareth Southgate has picked 10 different full-back combinations for England’s last 11 internationals. Yes, really. Ten!This has been a giddy two-year journey through James-Shaw, Walker-Trippier, Godfrey-Shaw, Alexander-Ar
  • It is time England stop playing for tomorrow and really catch fire | Barney Ronay

    It is time England stop playing for tomorrow and really catch fire | Barney Ronay
    The throttle must be revved and talent expressed by Gareth Southgate, because it is also the way to winThere is an odd, rather overlooked detail about the recent progress of the England football team. Gareth Southgate has picked 10 different full-back combinations for England’s last 11 internationals. Yes, really. Ten!This has been a giddy two-year journey through James-Shaw, Walker-Trippier, Godfrey-Shaw, Alexander-Arnold-Trippier, Walker-Chilwell, Walker-Shaw, James-Chilwell, Walker-Trip
  • Jos Buttler frustrated to miss England Tests but has ‘no perfect answers’

    Jos Buttler frustrated to miss England Tests but has ‘no perfect answers’
    T20 vice-captain has been rested for five Tests this yearEngland begin T20 series against Sri Lanka on WednesdayJos Buttler has said there are no perfect answers to the scheduling overkill that has led to him missing five of England’s eight Test matches this year in order to rest and with Twenty20 cricket seemingly prioritised.A centrally contracted player for England in all three formats, Buttler’s itinerary thus far in 2021 sums up much of the wider frustration with the team’
  • Ukraine v Austria: Euro 2020 – live!

    Ukraine v Austria: Euro 2020 – live!
    Group C updates from the 5pm BST kick-off in BucharestNorth Macedonia v Netherlands: Euro 2020 – live!And you can email Daniel or tweet @unitedrewind 4.42pm BST “There is a fascinatingly (to some) detailed research article on this very subject,” notes Matt Coneys, “by a scholar named Heiko Motschenbacher, a wonderful name in itself.” Brilliant! Who’s up for a quick precis?4.40pm BST “Speaking of countries with articles,” says Chris Parker, “U
  • Smashing shot: cricketer hits six but breaks own car window – video

    Smashing shot: cricketer hits six but breaks own car window  – video
    Hitting a six should be a moment to celebrate for most batsmen, however, for Asif Ali it was probably the most expensive shot he'll ever make. After a sweet connection the cricketer, who plays for Illingworth St Mary's Cricket Club in West Yorkshire, saw the ball flying over the boundary, only for it to crash into the back window of his own car. Poor Asif is then seen head in his hands as he realises what a costly shot he's just made. Ali finished the day with 43 runs and no rear window Continue
  • Patrik Schick: the Czech Euros star who was told he would never make it

    Patrik Schick: the Czech Euros star who was told he would never make it
    Striker’s three Euro 2020 goals, including one from 50 yards, have his country dreaming before they take on EnglandWhen Patrik Schick’s 50-yard shot flew into David Marshall’s net, it wasn’t the first iconic Czech goal at a European Championship. In 1976 Antonin Panenka scored his famous penalty, which won Czechoslovakia their only major trophy, and 20 years later Karel Poborsky’s chip over Portugal’s Vítor Baía in the quarter-final helped the Cz
  • Mark Cavendish back at Tour de France for first time since 2018

    Mark Cavendish back at Tour de France for first time since 2018
    Manxman named in Deceuninck-QuickStep’s eight-man squad‘I will do all I can to grab this opportunity with both hands’Mark Cavendish will return to the Tour de France for the first time since 2018 this summer as his resurgence continues. The 36-year-old was named in Deceuninck-QuickStep’s eight-man squad for the race which begins on Saturday as injury ruled out his fellow sprinter Sam Bennett, leaving the Irishman unable to defend the green jersey he won last year.It means
  • Titans Schools League final’s livestream bonanza

    Mabel Park SHS’s schoolgirl young gun Malaela Su’a will stride into tomorrow’s Titans Schools League grand final team hardened by a past which saw her playing junior football against the boys.
  • Crystal Palace hold talks with Lucien Favre over vacant manager’s role

    Crystal Palace hold talks with Lucien Favre over vacant manager’s role
    • Swiss manager Favre left Borussia Dortmund in December • 63-year-old is also believed to interest managerless EvertonCrystal Palace have held positive talks with Lucien Favre over potentially replacing Roy Hodgson but could face competition from Everton to appoint the 63-year-old as manager.Favre, out of work since being sacked by Borussia Dortmund in December, is understood to have been identified as Palace’s preferred candidate in a difficult recruitment process that saw them
  • Euro 2020: Gilmour tests positive for Covid, France lose injured Dembélé – as it happened

    Euro 2020: Gilmour tests positive for Covid, France lose injured Dembélé – as it happened
    Billy Gilmour was ruled out of Scotland’s game against Croatia, Ousmane Dembélé’s tournament is over and Germany have injury concernsEuro 2020 overview: groups standings, fixtures and more3.34pm BST I’m going to wrap this blog up now and send you on to the live coverage of the concluding matches in Group C, where Netherlands are hoping to match Italy’s perfect start to the tournament when they take on North Macedonia in Amsterdam. You can follow that match w
  • Euro 2020: Gilmour tests positive for Covid, France lose Dembélé – as it happened

    Euro 2020: Gilmour tests positive for Covid, France lose Dembélé – as it happened
    Billy Gilmour was ruled out of Scotland’s game against Croatia, Ousmane Dembélé’s tournament is over and Germany have injury concerns 3.34pm BST I’m going to wrap this blog up now and send you on to the live coverage of the concluding matches in Group C, where Netherlands are hoping to match Italy’s perfect start to the tournament when they take on North Macedonia in Amsterdam. You can follow that match with Barry Glendenning here:Related: North Macedonia v
  • What it will take to get the Crows home after Blues

    The AFL is seeking a travel exemption so the Crows can fly back into Adelaide after playing Carlton at Marvel Stadium on Sunday.
  • India v New Zealand: day four of World Test Championship final abandoned – as it happened

    India v New Zealand: day four of World Test Championship final abandoned – as it happened
    Rain ensured no balls were bowled in Southampton on day four 3.17pm BST Play has been abandoned for the day. Not even KP could argue with that. 3.07pm BST Another email from David Griffiths, and a change of tone. “Haha yes,” he very genially replies, “Kyle J is pretty good.”So good that NZ, as well as being the best batters in Tests at the Bowl, are also the best bowlers. Small sample, of course, but Kyle and company average 21 there, nipping ahead of West Indies on 25 an
  • AFL’s hottest side now the top seed; pretender ready to be exposed: Power Rankings

    AFL’s hottest side now the top seed; pretender ready to be exposed: Power Rankings
    Welcome back to the Power Rankings.

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