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Norrie heats up Centre Court but fast start fails to deliver fairytale final | Emma John

There was a tacit acknowledgment on Centre Court on Friday that we might need to pace ourselves. It’s been 10 years since Andy Murray was the last Briton to reach a men’s semi-final, but everyone remembered how exhausting it can be. It’s not the heat, it’s the humidity; it’s not the hits, it’s the hopes. […]

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Chelsea close to agreeing terms with Aké as Manchester City seek £40m-plus

Chelsea are closing in on the signings of Raheem Sterling and Nathan Aké from Manchester City. Sterling is expected to leave City for £45m plus £10m in add-ons and Aké is understood to be close to agreeing personal terms on a return to Stamford Bridge. Chelsea’s owners are working hard to strengthen Thomas Tuchel’s squad […]

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Spain up and running after favourites recover from first-minute Finland goal

The Finland coach, Anna Signeul, had warned that Spain have a lot of Alexia Putellases in their team, which might have been pushing it, but they can certainly play. Cruelly denied the chance to grace this stage by a torn cruciate ligament suffered 48 hours before it all began, the world’s best footballer sat in […]

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Cameron Norrie exits Wimbledon to ovation after semi-final defeat

Cameron Norrie’s hopes of becoming the first British man to reach the Wimbledon final in six years were dashed on Friday as he was defeated by the 20-time grand slam champion Novak Djokovic. But a roaring audience gave the British No 1 a standing ovation as he left Centre Court while Djokovic was booed as […]

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Ronaldo and Messi, fading stars, will not make your football club better | Barney Ronay

In Tudor times there were few things more disastrous for a British noble than the honour of a home visit from the monarch. Oh no. He’s here again. The man with the week-long pheasant-gorging mass drunken banquet in his eyes. Attempts were sometimes made to shutter up the windows and simply hide on these occasions. […]

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Robber convicted after gang threaten to cut off Ashley Cole’s fingers

A “dominant and dangerous” robber has been convicted of being part of a four-strong gang who smashed into the home of the former England footballer Ashley Cole and threatened to cut off his fingers. The former Arsenal, Chelsea and Derby defender told police he thought “now I am going to die” as he recalled how […]