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VIDEO: France score after just 35 seconds

BBC Sport - Wed, 06/17/2015 - 16:13
Marie Laure Delie scores for France after just 35 seconds in their final Group F match against Mexico at the 2015 Women's World Cup in Ottawa.

Lisicki sets new world mark for aces

BBC Sport - Wed, 06/17/2015 - 16:10
Sabine Lisicki sets a world record for aces in a women's singles match by firing 27 in a second-round win in Birmingham.

Will US Soccer dare make an example of Clint Dempsey?

Guardian Sport - Wed, 06/17/2015 - 16:05

The Sounders striker has put US Soccer in an awkward position, where it needs to balance discipline with the interests of the game in America

So how does US Soccer deal with Hope Solo Clint Dempsey?

Just a few hours after the US women’s team and their controversy-dogged but apparently indispensable goalkeeper had secured their passage into the knockout stages of the World Cup, the US men’s team captain was tearing up a referee’s notebook, stalking off the field, sarcastically applauding an inch from the face of the assistant referee as he did so, and spitting in a manner that, to the neutral at least, looked distinctly editorial.

Related: Clint Dempsey tears up ref's notebook and is sent off as Seattle Sounders slump

Related: US Soccer has failed over Hope Solo – but it shouldn't just ape the NFL

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County Championship roundup: Somerset edge past Nottinghamshire

Guardian Sport - Wed, 06/17/2015 - 16:01
• Abdur Rehman seals two-wicket win to lift Somerset off the bottom
• Sussex need unlikely further 399 against Durham with eight wickets left

Somerset lifted themselves from the foot of Division One with a rousing victory over Nottinghamshire at Taunton, having been in a perilous position for much of the match. The 127 required for victory were knocked off but not without drama, as three of their five standing wickets – including the two set and recognised batsmen – fell for 16 runs with 20 still required. But the No10, Abdur Rehman, completed the job with three boundaries in four deliveries off the 19-year-old Matthew Carter, who ended with match figures of 10 for 59 on his first-class debut.

Somerset’s intent was crystal clear as standard-bearer and charge-leader Peter Trego drove the first two deliveries he received from Carter (in the day’s first over) through the covers for boundaries and would go on to add 53 to his overnight 26 in his 116-run stand with Jim Allenby, before the pair fell in quick succession. First, Allenby was leg before to Samit Patel, then Trego edged to slip to become Carter’s third victim to add to his seven for 56 in the first innings. Tim Groenewald was dropped when top-edging a sweep on two by Ben Hilfenhaus off Carter, but Patel had his man soon after, trapped in front playing across the line.

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Boyz to face Argentina Saturday

Observer Sport - Wed, 06/17/2015 - 15:39
ANTOFAGASTA, Chile - The Reggae Boyz are preparing to travel down to Vina Del Mar tomorrow after wrapping up their two-game stay in the mining province of Antofagasta earlier today.

Victoria Azarenka and Ana Ivanovic take early leave from Edgbaston Classic

Guardian Sport - Wed, 06/17/2015 - 15:37
• Azarenka withdraws with injured left foot
• Ivanovic losers to qualifier and Bouchard also bites the dust

Victoria Azarenka and Ana Ivanovic, former world No1s both, departed the Aegon Classic in Edgbaston on Wednesday, with only Ivanovic confident of being ready for Wimbledon in 11 days.

Azarenka suffered another blow to her faltering career when she was forced to withdraw with an injured left foot while Ivanovic’s title defence was ruined in the second round by the Portuguese qualifier Michelle Larcher de Brito 6-4, 3-6, 7-6.

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Andy Murray out of Queen’s doubles but targets Fernando Verdasco in singles

Guardian Sport - Wed, 06/17/2015 - 15:36
• Murray and Inglot beaten 6-4, 7-6 by Alexander Peya and Bruno Soares
• World No3 faces Spaniard Verdasco in singles second round on Thursday

The extra week between the French Open and Wimbledon this year has been well received by the top players but since most of them are still playing just one event, they have little room for manoeuvre. The grass-court season remains woefully short, which explains why Andy Murray was happy to lap up some more time on the surface on Wednesday as he prepares to go up another level at Queen’s Club on Thursday.

Murray takes on Fernando Verdasco in the second round of the Aegon Championships, a man he has beaten 10 times out of 11 but who almost ruined Murray’s march to the Wimbledon title two years ago when he led by two sets to love. A brilliant shot-maker, the left-handed Spaniard may not be as consistent as he was when he earned his one win over Murray, in the last 16 of the Australian Open in 2009, but he remains dangerous, with one of the biggest forehands on Tour.

Related: Kevin Anderson does for Wawrinka at Queen’s and makes a case for Wimbledon

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Scottish football fans given legal right to buy their clubs

Guardian Sport - Wed, 06/17/2015 - 15:23

Supporters’ groups will be given first and preferred bidding if club owner decides to sell or if it faces closure

Scottish football fans are to be given legal rights to buy their football clubs using powers traditionally given to crofters and island communities to mount buyouts of Highland estates.

The powers would give supporters’ groups the right to become the first and preferred bidders if the owner of their club decides to sell or the club is facing closure after a financial collapse.

Never again would fans be left watching on the touchline as their club goes bust

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Lizzie Armitstead leaves hospital but her Women’s Tour future in balance

Guardian Sport - Wed, 06/17/2015 - 15:22

• Armitstead crashed into race director after winning opening stage
• Decision on whether she will start stage two expected overnight

The Aviva Women’s Tour favourite, Lizzie Armitstead, was released from hospital early on Wednesday evening with no major injuries, according to her team, after a dramatic finish-line crash following her victory in stage one of the race at Aldeburgh. The Yorkshirewoman lay on the road for some 40 minutes receiving attention from medical staff after the incident. She was taken away on a stretcher with her head in a neck brace but left Norfolk and Norwich hospital several hours later after check-ups. With the extent of her injuries unclear, a decision on whether she would start stage two was expected overnight.

Armitstead had proved the fastest of four women leading the mass sprint, crossing the finish line almost half a bike length ahead of her closest rival, Germany’s Lisa Brennauer. Going through the line she shrieked with delight and raised her arms in triumph; video footage indicated that she then lost control of her bike – suddenly dropping her hands back on to the bars – before veering to the left, towards the tightly packed row of photographers who were standing in their usual positions behind a chalked line on the side of the road 50 to 75 metres after the finish.

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Cops destroy 16 acres of ganja in St Elizabeth

Observer - Wed, 06/17/2015 - 15:16
ST ELIZABETH, Jamaica — The St Elizabeth police are reporting the seizure and destruction of large quantities of ganja during an anti-narcotic operation in the remote Bagdale Mountain area of Siloah, East St Elizabeth on Tuesday.

VIDEO: We're here to win Euros - Butland

BBC Sport - Wed, 06/17/2015 - 15:03
England Under-21 captain Jack Butland is confident that England will be a success at the European Under-21 Championship and states that they "fear no one".

Wagg's double ton on son's orders

BBC Sport - Wed, 06/17/2015 - 15:01
Glamorgan double centurion Graham Wagg reveals that his career-best innings against Surrey came on the orders of his six-year-old son.

England v Colombia: Women's World Cup 2015 – live!

Guardian Sport - Wed, 06/17/2015 - 15:00

8.00pm BST

Vital. Critical. Crucial. Important. Very important. Very, very important. Very, very, very important. Just important as your president. Serious. Significant. Decisive. Front page. Big league. Far reaching. Mattering much. Apply any of these and you get the relevance of this evening’s game for England against Colombia. It’s the World Cup for goodness sake, of course it’s all those, and much, much more. That realisation might have you resting uneasy in your chair. It might have you walking up and down and up and down and up and down, wearing out the faux-Persian Ikea rug that is so desperately hard to vacuum. It might even have you you fumbling for your pockets and yet another cigarette, while the other hand uses that snot-stained, old rag to wipe away the gathering sweat. But maybe you should take a leaf from Mark Sampson’s book. He’s as cool as the people who hand around Le Mary Celeste.

“It’s not a must-win game. We’re in a place where we can afford to drop some points and still go through, but of course we want to win the game.” He’s right. Kinda. It is not a must-win-or-the-world-will-end game but it is a win-this-last-group-match-and-life-is-a-heck-of-a-lot-easier game. Let’s explain why. Colombia, thanks to their draw with Mexico and their impressive win over France, are perched atop of the group with four points. England and France come next, both on three points, with only goal difference separating the two (in England’s favour). The aforementioned Mexicans are Johnny Last on one point. Come the final whistles tonight, the top two teams go through, no sweat. However, should you finish third, you need to be one of four best teams in that spot from the six World Cup groups to go through.

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Chambers Bay is ready to produce its US Open champion | Ewan Murray

Guardian Sport - Wed, 06/17/2015 - 14:57
Season’s second major gets under way in Washington state on Thursday with plenty of live contenders, only one of whom will still be standing on Sunday evening

The point of entry into Chambers Bay instantly reveals a work of architectural genius. It is also appropriate that the first glimpses of a stunning venue arrive from well on high. Victory at this, the 115th US Open Championship, will represent golf’s equivalent of conquering Everest. If the Puget Sound inlet serves as the serene, picture-postcard backdrop, a golfing Rubik’s Cube stretching to 250 acres is the fiendish, pertinent detail.

Talent alone will not suffice here. The first US Open in the Pacific Northwest will gladly chew up and spit out some of the world’s finest golfers, on the basis of mental and physical torture. The player who most readily shrugs off the inevitable, unfair breaks which could well turn the second major of 2015 into a horror show will be last man standing.

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