Feed aggregator

The moment of truth: can vibrant new England survive Australia onslaught? | Mike Selvey

Guardian Sport - 44 min 56 sec ago
England have been transformed by a new aggressive approach but will be tested by Mitchell Johnson and Mitchell Starc as the Ashes start at Cardiff

The next month or so will show just how far the vibrant new England has come: whether the cultural transformation infused in the team (and through it, the cricket-following public) during the first part of the summer is a permanent marking or whether it will be washed away under a pace-bowling onslaught.

The Test match series against New Zealand, and the white-ball matches that followed, were a revelation, the counterpunching partnership at Lord’s between Joe Root and Ben Stokes, when the side was in dire trouble at 30 for four, something that may be looked on in time as a watershed. It had strong overtones of the manner in which Michael Vaughan’s team hit back at Edgbaston in the 2005 Ashes, in the aftermath of the heavy defeat in the first Test at Lord’s, and the message was clear. There is always talk of brave new worlds when it comes to the fortunes of England cricket, but here was a side adding strong deeds to the rhetoric.

Related: Ashes 2015: Alastair Cook promises more attack-minded England side

Continue reading...

VIDEO: Highlights: Sharapova into semis

BBC Sport - 47 min 8 sec ago
Watch highlights as Maria Sharapova moves into the semi-finals at Wimbledon for the first time since 2011 with a three-set victory against Coco Vandeweghe.

Jamie Murray in doubles semi-finals

BBC Sport - 47 min 31 sec ago
Jamie Murray ensures at least one Murray will be in the Wimbledon semi-finals by reaching the last four of the men's doubles.

Horse racing tips: Wednesday 8 July

Guardian Sport - 1 hour 3 min ago
The Saeed bin-Suroor trained Muqarred at Kempton rates the best bet of the day

2.30 Dutch Mist 3.00 Rio Deva 3.30 Dasaateer 4.00 Cape Lion 4.30 Miss Macnamara 5.00 Signorina Roseina (nb) 5.30 Choppy Water

Continue reading...

Australia's Ashes squad - in pictures

Guardian Sport - 1 hour 3 min ago

Profiles and pictures of the players Australia hope will bring home the Ashes this summer

Continue reading...

Tour de France 2015: Tony Martin wins stage four and takes the yellow jersey

Guardian Sport - 1 hour 8 min ago
• Martin grabs yellow for first time after surging away 3km from finish
• Main Tour contenders avoid slip-ups over cobbled sections
The lowdown on the 2015 Tour: stage-by-stage interactive

Tony Martin claimed the Tour de France leader’s yellow jersey for the first time on Tuesday with victory on stage four to Cambrai.

The multiple world time-trial champion began the day one second behind the incumbent Chris Froome of Team Sky, having been denied the race lead by bonus seconds on Sunday.

Related: Tour de France 2015 – stage by stage

Continue reading...

West Ham confident of signing Angelo Ogbonna from Juventus after fee agreed

Guardian Sport - 1 hour 13 min ago
• Ogbonna due in London for a medical after fee of about £10m is settled on
• West Ham’s David Gold tweeted Ogbonna picture to welcome Pedro Obiang

West Ham United are confident of concluding a deal to secure the Juventus centre-half Angelo Ogbonna, with the Italy international due to take a medical and sign a four-year contract at Upton Park this week.

Ogbonna, who has 10 caps, had attracted interest from Everton but the prospect of moving to London appears to have swayed his decision. A fee of around £10m has been agreed with Juve, for whom the defender was an unused substitute in the recent Champions League final defeat by Barcelona, as Slaven Bilic seeks to bolster his backline.

Continue reading...

Nick Kyrgios’s pantomime Wimbledon antics cannot disguise a rare talent | Owen Gibson

Guardian Sport - 1 hour 14 min ago

Australian bad boy, who wears his heart on his sleeve and wields a racket like a wand, has the potential to become a tennis star to inspire the next generation

It is an occasional refrain between sips of Pimm’s among the blazered types who crowd the hospitality “village” at Wimbledon and every now and then amble towards their seats to titter at wayward pigeons and coo over Roger Federer. How to get more kids playing tennis? How to reach out beyond the bubble of leafy suburban tennis clubs and break football’s hegemony in inner-city schools?

If you were to design a tennis player in a lab to appeal to those kids who idolise Neymar and Cristiano Ronaldo and perhaps inspire them to pick up a racket, he would look a lot like Nick Kyrgios – a social media-addicted, ASAP Rocky fan, in box-fresh Air Jordans with immigrant parents who was a bit chubby at school, wears his heart on his sleeve and struggles to hide his emotions. Oh, and can wield a tennis racket like a wand.

Continue reading...

Nick Kyrgios escapes punishment over allegedly not trying at Wimbledon

Guardian Sport - 1 hour 24 min ago
• Australian fined £1,295 for audible obscenity in Richard Gasquet match
• Also fined £4,860 for unsportsmanlike conduct against Milos Raonic

Nick Kyrgios has escaped punishment regarding suggestions he failed to try during his fourth-round defeat by Richard Gasquet at Wimbledon.

He has been fined $2,000 (£1,295) for an audible obscenity during that match along with another $7,500 (£4,860) for unsportsmanlike conduct when bouncing his racket during his victory over Milos Raonic – making a total $9,500 (£6,000) – but has escaped a possible $20,000 (£12,860) fine for not trying in a match.

Continue reading...

It takes more than a broken back to stop a Tour de France cyclist

Guardian Sport - 1 hour 27 min ago

Fabian Cancellara suffered two fractured vertebrae after a crash mid-Tour, but still got back on his bike. Are professional cyclists the hardest in world sport?

A friend of mine fractured several vertebrae in May after a driver pulled out in front of his bike, sending him flying to the tarmac. More than six weeks later he still wears a back brace all day, and is some way from riding on the roads again.

On Monday, Fabian Cancellara crashed heavily amid a pile up in the Tour de France peloton. CT scans later showed the Swiss cyclist had fractured two vertebrae and had to withdraw from the race – but not before he had finished the last 30 miles of the stage.

Continue reading...

Wimbledon 2015: Grigor Dimitrov’s coach split reminds of need for patience | James Willstrop

Guardian Sport - 1 hour 27 min ago
Following his third-round exit at Wimbledon, Dimitrov cut ties with Roger Rasheed in a bid to return to his 2014 form. But snap decisions are unwise after disappointing results, writes the former squash world No1 James Willstrop

News came through on Monday of Grigor Dimitrov’s decision to split with coach Roger Rasheed. After a strong 2014, highlights of which were winning Queen’s and reaching the Wimbledon semi-finals, his form levelled off somewhat and he feels he needs change.

Related: Grigor Dimitrov parts with coach Roger Rasheed after run of bad form

Continue reading...

Pakistan's Misbah-ul-Haq hails Younis Khan after Test series victory against Sri Lanka - video

Guardian Sport - 1 hour 34 min ago
Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq praises Younis Khan after his unbeaten 171 led their side to Test series victory over Sri Lanka. Completing their highest ever run chase in Test cricket, the Pakistanis sealed a seven-wicket win with 382 runs. This is Pakistan's first Test series win in Sri Lanka since 2006 Continue reading...

Latest: Levadia Tallinn v Crusaders

BBC Sport - 1 hour 34 min ago
News from Estonia where Crusaders are playing Levadia Tallinn in the first qualifying round of the Champions League.

VIDEO: 5 best shots as Muguruza marches on

BBC Sport - 1 hour 38 min ago
Watch five of the best shots from Garbine Muguruza's 7-5 6-3 win over Timea Bacsinszky in their quarter-final match at Wimbledon.

Wimbledon 2015: Madison Keys v Agnieszka Radwanska – live!

Guardian Sport - 1 hour 42 min ago

4.49pm BST

First set: Keys 3-3 Radwanska* (*denotes next server)

Keys strikes a 111mph ace then a netcord winner stretches it to 30-0. Another ace (109mph) gives the American three game points, but an immediate service winner ensures she’ll only need one. Commanding hold.

4.46pm BST

First set: *Keys 2-3 Radwanska (*denotes next server)

Keys nets a forehand return on Radwanska’s second serve. She faults against and Keys pounces on the second serve for a return winner to bring it to 15-15. A fortunate netcord for Keys off a baseline groundstroke and Radwanska can’t retrieve it in time, but Keys misses a backhand down the line on the next point and we’re knotted at 30-30. Second serve by Radwanska to Keys’s body, but she sidesteps it and crushes a forehand winner to earn another break-point chance. Baseline rally between the players ends when Keys nets a backhand to bring it to deuce. Keys crushes a running forehand winner into the open court and she’ll have another shot at a break. Keys, positioned inside the baseline, crushes the return on Radwanska’s 77mph second serve, but hits the netcord on her next swing and this time bounces back on her side of the net. Consecutive errors by Keys on the ensuing points and Radwanska escapes with the hold.

4.40pm BST

First set: Keys 2-2 Radwanska* (*denotes next server)

Keys opens with a 103mph ace. Next comes an extended rally that sees the American moving forward into the court bit by bit with each penetrating groundstroke, with Keys winning the point when Radwanska attempts a passing forehand that misses the line. Another rally on the following point that sees Radwanska attempt a lob that sails long. Three game points for Keys. Radwanska saves the first by running Keys from left to right across the baseline with powerful angled groundstrokes into the corners. At 40-15, Keys faults but then delivers a service winner on a 93mph second serve.

4.35pm BST

First set: *Keys 1-2 Radwanska (*denotes next server)

At 15-15, Radwanska with a mishit forehand from the baseline that’s sprayed wide. Early pressure again for Radwanska at 15-30. Sharp 94mph serve for Radwanska that Keys has trouble with makes it 30-30, then Radwanska whiffs on a shot to set up another break chance for Keys at 30-40. Golden opportunity for Keys squandered as she mishits a backhand volley into the net to bring it to deuce. Another netted shot by Keys gives Radwanska a game point and she converts it with a service winner.

4.32pm BST

First set: Keys 1-1 Radwanska* (*denotes next server)

Very nice backhand winner from Keys for her fifth straight point, but forehand errors on the next two points put her in a 15-30 hole. Forehand winner by Keys where she waits just long enough to wrong-foot Radwanska for 30-30, followed by another forehand winner by Keys to give her a game point. Thunderous backhand from Keys nearly hits the baseline for the game, but it’s called out to bring it to deuce. A Keys error on the backhand side gives Radwanska her first break-point chance, followed by a netted backhand by the American to give Radwanska the break right back.

4.28pm BST

First set: *Keys 1-0 Radwanska (*denotes next server)

Sharp forehand from Radwanska proves too much for Keys on the opening point. Keys with a powerful cross-court backhand on the next point, but a forehand error on her next stroke makes it 30-0. Keys on the board with a forehand winner to make it 30-15 and a Radwanska error pushes it to 30-30. Madison striking the ball extremely well early. Keys pounces on Radwanska’s second serve and forces an error, giving Keys an early chance at a break point. Another second serve for Radwanska and Keys jumps on with it a hard, flat backhand that puts the Pole on the back heel. An error gives the early break to the American.

4.24pm BST

The players are well into their warm-ups and will begin play in two minutes. Keys will receive first. Radwanska holds a 3-0 edge in the head-to-head series.

4.12pm BST

Preamble

Welcome to No1 Court where minutes from now Madison Keys will take on Agnieszka Radwanska for a spot in the semi-finals opposite Garbiñe Muguruza, who just saw off Timea Bacsinszky in straight sets. The players should be emerging from the tunnel any minute now.

4.12pm BST

Bryan will be here shortly.

Continue reading...

Maria Sharapova holds never to overcome Coco Vandeweghe

Guardian Sport - 1 hour 44 min ago
• Sharapova beats Vandeweghe 6-3, 6-7, 6-2
• Russian could face Serena Williams in semi-finals

The serve may be faltering but the nerve of Maria Sharapova remains as strong as ever. The Russian hit 10 double faults and dropped her first set of the tournament to an inspired performance from unseeded American Coco Vandeweghe but as she so often does, Sharapova found a way. Her 6-3, 6-7, 6-2 victory put her into the semi-finals here for the fifth time and for the 20th time in a grand slam event.

When she failed to serve out the match at 5-4 in the second set and promptly lost the tiebreak 7-3, lesser players might have folded. But Sharapova is a mental giant and she found her game again to clinch victory after two hours, 46 minutes and set up a semi-final against world No 1 Serena Williams or former No 1 Victoria Azarenka.

Continue reading...

Froome loses Tour lead to Martin

BBC Sport - 1 hour 46 min ago
Britain's Chris Froome loses the lead in the Tour de France to Tony Martin after the German wins stage four.

Yohan Cabaye mulls over Crystal Palace move after deal agreed with PSG

Guardian Sport - 1 hour 53 min ago

• Cabaye expected to confirm next week whether he will join Palace
• Frenchman wants to see evidence of club’s transfer ambitions

Crystal Palace have reached agreement in principle with Paris Saint-Germain over the purchase of Yohan Cabaye, with the France international expected to confirm next week whether he will return to the Premier League with the south London club.

Talks between the Palace co-chairman Steve Parish and PSG have been positive, with the fee involved to secure Cabaye expected to top £10m and, therefore, constitute a new club record. The 29-year-old worked with Alan Pardew during a successful stint at Newcastle and is attracted to the idea of linking up with his former manager, though it is understood he is also seeking evidence of Palace’s ambition, particularly in the transfer market.

Continue reading...

VIDEO: Cook and Clarke look forward to Ashes

BBC Sport - 1 hour 56 min ago
England and Australia captains Alastair Cook and Michael Clarke look forward to the first Ashes Test in Cardiff.

Muguruza into Wimbledon semi-finals

BBC Sport - 1 hour 57 min ago
Spaniard Garbine Muguruza beats Timea Bacsinszky in straight sets to reach the Wimbledon semi-finals.

Pages