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Mark Williams defends controversial break-off after first-round win

Three-time world champion beat Sam Craigie 10-4 at CrucibleWilliams criticises decision to canvas opinion on techniqueMark Williams blasted a bid to ban his controversial break-off technique after cruising into the second round of the World Snooker Cha…

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European roundup: Karim Benzema double fires Real Madrid to the top

Milan’s title hopes fade as Inter move a step closerDortmund stay in top-four race with Wolfsburg in thirdA first-half double from Karim Benzema helped Real Madrid cruise to a 3-0 victory away to Cádiz that moved them top of La Liga. Related: Agnelli’s…

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Phil Foden leads Man City to win at Aston Villa despite red card for Stones

After a tumultuous few days in which their dreams of a quadruple evaporated and their reputation acquired a foul odour, Manchester City got the result they needed to move closer to the Premier League title.Although this performances occasionally lapsed…

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Manchester City’s Lauren Hemp stars but Chelsea survive to stay on course | Louise Taylor

The champions were given a fright at the Academy Stadium in an enthralling advertisement for the WSL’s progress Before kick-off Emma Hayes told her players she did not want to end up watching a thriller yet, for once, even a team as accustomed to being…

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Sam Warburton backs Maro Itoje to captain Lions on South Africa tour

Former captain says England lock in good shape to lead touristsDarren Childs resigns as Premiership Rugby chief executiveSam Warburton has backed Maro Itoje to follow in his footsteps and captain the British & Irish Lions this summer in South Afric…

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Manchester United and Liverpool plead for forgiveness for Super League fiasco

Manchester City also offer grovelling public apology to fansPremier League wants ‘big six’ chiefs removed from committeesManchester United, Liverpool and Manchester City have issued grovelling apologies to fans for the European Super League fiasco, dem…

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Ryan Mason makes winning start at Tottenham thanks to Son’s penalty

After everything they have lived and brought upon themselves in recent times, from the slow death of José Mourinho’s tenure to the ill-judged scramble to join the ultimately doomed European Super League, this was a flash of something more heartening fo…

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Championship: Bournemouth up to third after thrashing Millwall

Dominic Solanke’s goal completes a seventh straight winLoss to Middlesbrough deepens Rotherham relegation fearsBournemouth maintained their fine recent form as they thrashed Millwall 4-1 at the Den to move up to third in the Championship, and closer to…

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Super League died but the cartel lives on: ‘back to normal’ will simply not suffice | Jonathan Liew

European football’s dirty dozen must not be allowed to slip back into their routines. Now is the time to get vindictiveThose of you with a taste for these things will have noted the irony: a competition designed to eliminate promotion and relegation in…

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Chelsea inch closer to WSL title after thrilling draw at Manchester City

Emma Hayes expressed her relief after Chelsea maintained their edge in the race for the Women’s Super League title as the league leaders survived losing their lead twice to earn a point against a tenacious Manchester City.“I’m so relieved it’s over,” s…

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Manchester City 2-2 Chelsea: Sam Kerr scores again as Blues stay top of WSL

Chelsea’s defence of their Women’s Super League title is still in their hands but Manchester City remain hot on their heels following an entertaining draw at The Academy Stadium.A late equaliser from Lauren Hemp ensured City remain two points behind Ch…

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Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 Southampton: Bale and Son score as Spurs fight back

Son Heung-min’s late penalty capped Tottenham’s fightback as they beat Southampton in interim head coach Ryan Mason’s first match in charge. Former Spurs midfielder Mason, the Premier League’s youngest head coach at the age of 29, succeeded Jose Mourin…

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Richard Freeman launching appeal to clear his name after being struck off

Legal team are preparing up to 15 grounds for the appealWill seek recording of exchanges with Shane Sutton at hearingRichard Freeman, the former Team Sky and British Cycling doctor found guilty of ordering banned testosterone for an unnamed rider, is …

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Podium protests to be banned at Tokyo Olympics after athletes’ poll

IOC asked more than 3,000 athletes for their viewsTwo-thirds support ban on podium protestsAthletes will not be allowed to take a knee or protest against human rights abuses on the podium of Tokyo 2020 or the Beijing 2022 Olympics after two-thirds of c…

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Tottenham Hotspur v Southampton: Premier League – live!

Premier League updates on the 6pm BST kick-offLive scores: all the goals around the UK and EuropeGet in touch! Send your thoughts to Scott by email 5.22pm BST Outside the ground, a number of Spurs fans have gathered to give chairman Daniel Levy and ow…

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Manchester City v Chelsea: Women’s Super League – live!

WSL updates as the top two meet at the Academy StadiumWomen’s game set for huge rise in viewing figures globallyAnd you can email Simon here or tweet @Simon_Burnton 5.16pm BST The teams have been announced, and they look like this:Man City: Roebuck, Br…

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European Super League Q&A: Why it failed – and will clubs try again?

European Super League Q&A: Why it failed – and will clubs try again? – BBC Sport

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Farewell, Ed Smith, the selector who was the victim of his own success | Andy Bull

Smith was not a total success but his knack for spotting talent will shape England for the best part of the next decadeSo Ed Smith has lost one of his many slashes. His potted CV now reads author/broadcaster/academic/Test cricketer, but not national se…

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The Fiver | The €$£ and why you have to enjoy the little victories while you can

Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!After three days of his boorish nonsense, the world of football is back to where it was before The Man started throwing his weight around like a great big ignorant greedy fat get. He and his pals – tho…

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USWNT face rivals Sweden at Olympics as GB play hosts Japan

Swedes knocked US out on penalties at Rio 2016 OlympicsReigning champions Brazil face Germany in men’s drawThe US women’s national team will face Australia, Sweden and New Zealand at the Tokyo Olympics, while in the men’s competition 2016 winners Brazi…