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• Gueye turned down last-ditch approach from Marseille to join Villa
Aston Villa will sign Idrissa Gueye from Lille in a deal worth about £9m after the Senegal international completed a medical and agreed personal terms with the Midlands club.
Marseille made a late attempt to hijack the transfer but the 25-year-old was keen to come to the Premier League and Tim Sherwood convinced him that Villa was the right place for his development.Continue reading...
• Russian has not dropped a set on journey to last 16
The former champion Maria Sharapova continued her smooth, relatively untested progress through the Wimbledon draw as she saw off Irina-Camelia Begu of Romania 6-4, 6-3 on Friday to book her place in the last 16. After dropping serve in the opening game, the 2004 winner eased her way through the gears and, despite a late rally from the world No40, was good value for her win as she moved into the second week here for the 10th time.
With so much focus on Serena Williams and her quest for a 21st grand slam title, the Serena Slam and the third leg of the calendar year Grand Slam, Sharapova has been in the unusual position of being able to go about her business without too much fuss. It seems to be helping and her 83-minute victory means she is into the last 16 without losing a set.Continue reading...
• Faulkner: my decision to drive was an error in judgement
Australia and Lancashire all-rounder James Faulkner has admitted making “an error of judgement” after being charged with drink-driving by Greater Manchester Police.
Red Rose overseas star Faulkner, 25, has been released on bail and faces a court hearing in Manchester on 21 July.Continue reading...
1.50 Mistymoistymorning 2.25 Koothrappali 3.00 Bahamian Sunrise 3.35 Castle Talbot 4.10 Sallabeh (nb) 4.45 Krafty One 5.20 Grand BeautyContinue reading...
• ‘I’m really pleased the way I’m playing,’ says Serb
Novak Djokovic reminded everyone just why he is the defending champion with an utterly ruthless victory over Australia’s Bernard Tomic to move into the last 16.
The Serb had been expecting a tough match against such a talented opponent but he produced another consummate performance, breezing through 6-3, 6-3, 6-3 to throw down a marker as he heads into the second week.Continue reading...
• Low fuel run error costs Mercedes team-mate Hamilton
Nico Rosberg, the winner of three of the last four races, maintained his advantage over his team-mate, Lewis Hamilton, on Friday, when he topped both practice sessions before Sunday’s British Grand Prix at Silverstone.
Hamilton, second in the morning, was only fourth in the afternoon, when he was also slower than the Ferrari pair of Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel. He made a final sector error on his low-fuel run. Rosberg was almost half a second quicker than Hamilton in the second outing, and the world champion and current championship leader – by ten points – complained that “the car is all over the place.”Continue reading...
With the Women’s World Cup final ahead, the soccer world must call for an end to the Islamic republic’s ban on women watching the sport live, say prominent human rights activists
As the world watches Sunday’s Women’s World Cup final, TV cameras will capture the joyful faces of spectators of all ages, races, and genders. Such joy, taken for granted by many people around the world, is unfortunately denied to women in Iran.
Since 1982, the Islamic republic has prohibited women from attending football and other sporting events. Though such discrimination is a blatant violation of the statutes and guiding principles of Fifa, it has counted the Islamic republic of Iran football federation as a member for over 30 years without the slightest reproach. The time has come for the world to call on Fifa, and for Fifa to call on Iran, to put an end to discrimination against women.Continue reading...
• World Cup winner ‘wouldn’t say no’ to longer stay with Wildcats
• Injury forces Locke out of Sunday’s Super League rematch with Hull FC
Kevin Locke has revealed he would be open to staying with Wakefield regardless of the division they are in next year, as he looks to rebuild his career with the Super League strugglers.
A former World Cup winner with New Zealand, Locke has signed for Wakefield initially until the end of the season after securing his release from an unhappy stint with Salford Red Devils, where he made just 13 appearances after being heralded as a major signing following his arrival from the NRL.Continue reading...
• But Egyptian’s representatives tell Italians he is not returning
Fiorentina have threatened to take legal action against Mohamed Salah after the player informed them he did not wish to extend his loan from Chelsea for the forthcoming season, with Internazionale having indicated a desire to bring the Egypt winger to San Siro.
Salah, an £11m recruit from Basel in 2014, moved to Florence in January on a six-month temporary deal and duly revived his career in Serie A, scoring nine goals in 26 appearances. The Italian club, who had paid an initial loan fee to Chelsea, had an option in writing to extend the agreement for a further season ahead of a potential permanent transfer next summer, and duly exercised that clause by paying a further agreed fee.Continue reading...