Groenewegen sprints to Tour stage win as Brailsford cools Bernal hype

Dylan Groenewegen sprinted to victory in Chalon-sur-Sane while Team Ineos were keen to play down expectations over Egan Bernal While the dust settled on the gravel climb to La Planche des Belles Filles, the Tours longest stage, a 230km haul from Belfort to Chalon-sur-Sane, was also its most soporific to date, illuminated briefly by a first sprint victory in this years race for Dylan Groenewegen of the Netherlands. As Groenewegens Jumbo-Visma team celebrated their third stage win in the 2019 Tour, there was more speculation over the hierarchy at Team Ineos after Geraint Thomass resurgence in the Vosges mountains and Dave Brailsfords suggestion that those tipping the Welshmans teammate, Egan Bernal, for final victory in Paris, were getting carried away. …

Serena Williams credits Murray after beating Strycova to reach Wimbledon final

Serena Williams will face Simona Halep in the Wimbledon final in her quest for a 24th grand slam title, after beating Barbora Strycova 6-1, 6-2 Serena Williams could see the question coming just as she had anticipated nearly every move Barbora Strycova made on Centre Court shortly before and she smilingly agreed that her brief beating Alison Riske in three sets. Here there was sharpness at the net and confidence in moving to the volley that bore the signs of her mixed doubles campaign with Murray, and she will need all of that and more to beat Simona Halep in the final on Saturday. As she put it after beating Strycova 6-1, 6-2 in 59 minutes: I promise you, when …

Womens World Cup captured publics imagination despite Fifas worst efforts | Marina Hyde

Patronising scheduling set the tournament up to fail but players such as Megan Rapinoe used their platform to highlight how the governing body has let them down Gianni Infantino is one of those intensely political people who believe that as far as everyone else is concerned, there is no place for politics in football. It was just last year at some grimly political press conference in Iran, naturally that the Fifa president announced: Its very clear that politics should stay out of football and football should stay out of politics. Is it? If so, the conclusion of the Womens World Cup on Sunday suggests it is time to ask Infantino how that ones working out for him. So much of …

Paul Pogba arrives for Manchester United tour despite doubts over future

Paul Pogba was photographed at Manchester airport as Manchester United left for Australia on Sunday to start their summer tour Paul Pogba was photographed at Manchester airport as Ole Gunnar Solskjrs squad left for Australia on Sunday afternoon to start their summer tour. The midfielders presence had been in doubt after his agent, Mino Raiola, said on Friday that the 26-year-old is trying to force his way out of the club. United named the Pogba in the squad and would have been shocked had he not been present on the tour, which is Solskjrs first as the clubs manager. United play Perth Glory and Leeds in Perth, before Internazionale in Hong Kong and Tottenham in Shanghai. United are then in …

Mitchell Starc sinks New Zealand after Usman Khawaja lifts Australia

Usman Khawajas dogged 88 and a five-wicket haul for Mitchell Starc steered Australia to an 86-run World Cup victory over New Zealand at Lords Be afraid, England and Wales 2019. The Aussies are coming. Or rather, the Aussies are still coming, after an 86-run defeat of a New Zealand team who seemed consumed by the occasion at Lords. At times in the Black Caps attempts to chase 243 this felt a bit like a Sunday morning junior age group game. Steve Smith sent down some weird, wonky all-sorts. Wickets were greeted with jokey huddles. It took the return of Mitchell Starc to restore a sense of World Cup order, figures of five for 26 reflecting a spell of brutal, high-grade, …

Liverpool and Spurs face off for a priceless route past the velvet rope | Daniel Taylor

Liverpool and Tottenham enter the Champions League final in Madrid from which the ripple effects for the winners could be era-defining On the streets outside Puerta de Atocha, with the throngs pouring off the trains from Madrids main railway station, it was possible to make out a couple of Liverpool fans who had been presumptuous enough to have 6 Times emblazoned across the back of those familiar red shirts. A little too presumptuous, you might think, on the eve of the final, even if it was true that Tottenham Hotspurs opponents at the Wanda Metropolitano accumulated 26 more points, lost 12 fewer games and beat them home and away in last seasons Premier League. Or perhaps you might have seen …

At home with Vincent Kompany: ‘Setbacks, racism everything fed my fire’

The Manchester City captain talks frankly about the wrong path he nearly took as a teenager, lunatic politicians and life after football It is 10am on an early spring day when I pull up at the electric gates of Vincent Kompanys home. In the drizzle, the Manchester sprawl has given way to the leafy streets of Cheshire, where long driveways announce the grand houses of the affluent. Kompany answers the door in a black T-shirt and jeans, having just finished a workout. Its March, and Manchester Citys battle-hardened captain and central defender is only now returning to fitness after a six-week layoff for a calf injury. I wasnt feeling great today, so an extra session in the gym is the …

Luke Campbell set for Lomachenko showdown as WBC orders title bout

The WBC has ordered Luke Campbell and Vasyl Lomachenko to fight for their vacant lightweight title. The WBC has ordered Luke Campbell and Vasyl Lomachenko to fight for the vacant lightweight title. Campbell, 31, has been expecting to fight the worlds finest fighter since the Ukrainian stopped Anthony Crolla in four rounds last month and the latest development from the WBC means he could do so for three of the four world lightweight titles. Lomachenko defended the WBA and WBO titles against Crolla in Los Angeles, where Campbell Sign up to The Recap, our weekly email of editors picks. A fight between mandatory challenger Luke Campbell from UK and multiple weight division champion Vasiliy Lomachenko from Ukraine with the vacant …

Red Sox coach Alex Cora will not visit White House due to Puerto Rico policies

The Boston Red Sox manager, Alex Cora, will not be with his team on Thursday when they visit the White House to celebrate their victory in last years World Series The Boston Red Sox manager, Alex Cora, will not be with his team on Thursday when they visit the White House to celebrate taking particular aim at San Juan mayor Carmen Yuln Cruz by calling her crazed and incompetent. Although the government of the United States has helped, there is still a long way to go, that is our reality, Cora said in a statement to El Nuevo Dia. I have continually used my voice so that we Puerto Ricans are not forgotten and my absence is not different. Therefore, …

Glenn Murrays penalty leaves Arsenal needing miracle to make top four

Glenn Murrays 61st-minute penalty for Brighton pegged back Arsenal to 1-1 all but ending their hopes of a Champions League place After the final whistle Arsenal players trudged around the pitch for the traditional lap of appreciation to mark their final home game of the season. The smattering of fans who had stayed to bear witness to this joyless formality did at least bid hearty farewells to Petr Cech, Aaron Ramsey and Danny Welbeck, none of whom will play a home game here again. Moments before that Arsenal had said goodbye to any realistic chance of finishing in the Premier Leagues top four this season. Arsenal could yet make it if things get freakish on the last day of term …