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Author Archive for Jacob Steinberg

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Kevin Anderson: ‘One tennis player coming out might open the gates for others’

The world No 8 on his fierce campaigning streak, how he was shaped by apartheid – and tennis’s long road to equality‘I try not to get too political,” Kevin Anderson says as he winds down at the end of a rainy day at the National Tennis Centre. “But com…

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Andy Murray has the talent to make comeback, says Juan Martín del Potro

• Argentinian has fought back from several injuries • ‘I was close to quitting right before the Olympics three years ago’Few people have a better insight into Andy Murray’s torment than Juan Martín del Potro. For Murray’s right hip, read Del Potro’s tr…

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West Ham fear missing out to Valencia in race for Celta Vigo’s Maxi Gómez

• 22-year-old striker has £45m release clause in contract• West Ham tell Manchester United Issa Diop is not for saleWest Ham face an uphill battle to convince Maxi Gómez to choose them over Valencia after lodging a £25m bid for the Celta Vigo striker.M…

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France v Norway: Women’s World Cup – live!

Updates from the Group A match kicking off at 8pm BSTYou can email Jacob here or tweet him hereSearch for female Mbappé hots up in Paris suburbsGolden boot standings: the top scorers at France 2019 8.11pm BST 10 min: A brief stoppage while one of the a…

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West Ham close to signing Villarreal midfielder Pablo Fornals for £24m

• Spanish international one of La Liga’s brightest young talents• Manuel Pellegrini retains interest in Celta Vigo’s Maxi GómezWest Ham are close to completing a £24m deal for Villarreal’s Pablo Fornals.Mario Husillos, West Ham’s director of football, …

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New Zealand v Netherlands: Women’s World Cup 2019 – live!

Women’s World Cup Group E updates from the at 2pm BST gameEngland will go far if we can repeat first half, says BronzeEmail Jacob here or tweet @JacobSteinberg 1.19pm BST Related: Women’s World Cup 2019 team guide No 19: New Zealand Related: Women’s …

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Argentina v Japan: Women’s World Cup 2019 – live!

Keep up with all the action from 5pm BST matchWomen’s World Cup team guides: Argentina and JapanFeel free to email Jacob or to tweet: @JacobSteinberg 4.12pm BST Argentina: Correa; Gomez, Barroso, Cometti, Stabile; Banini, Bravo, Benitez, Mayorga, Bons…

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The Fiver | Educational songs about mid-20th century European history

Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!You’ll have noticed a few red-faced Englishmen getting very angry when Callum Wilson’s goal against Switzerland was disallowed by VAR on Sunday. No surprise there, to be fair to the lads, given they mu…

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Rafael Nadal v Dominic Thiem: French Open men’s final – live!

Game-by-game updates from the final at Roland GarrosThiem tasked with facing Nadal after ending Djokovic’s streakSend your emails to Jacob here or tweet @JacobSteinberg 2.40pm BST First set: Nadal* 2-3 Thiem (*denotes server): Nadal has made quite a fe…

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West Ham keen to sign Celta Vigo’s Maxi Gómez and Stanislav Lobotka

• Talks held over Uruguayan forward and Slovakian midfielder• West Ham also target Olympiakos midfielder Kostas FortounisWest Ham are in talks with Celta Vigo over the signings of Maxi Gómez and Stanislav Lobotka.Manuel Pellegrini is determined to stre…

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France v South Korea: Women’s World Cup 2019 – live!

Women’s World Cup opening game, 8pm BST kick-offGuardian writers give their World Cup predictionsFeel free to email Jacob or tweet @JacobSteinberg your thoughts 6.11pm BST My colleague Suzy Wrack is covering the game from the Parc des Princes. And look…

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French Open quarter-finals delayed by rain – live

Novak Djokovic and Dominic Thiem in action laterKonta aims to go ‘two steps further’ as she targets titleAnd email Jacob here or tweet @JacobSteinberg 2.30pm BST I bring bad news: it sounds like there might be no play today. That would create quite a …

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West Ham make renewed £20m bid for Barcelona midfielder André Gomes

• Club have already had an opening bid of £18m bid knocked back• West Ham likely to face competition from Everton for GomesWest Ham have underlined their determination to sign André Gomes after making a £20m bid for the Barcelona midfielder.While West …

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French Open 2019: Kenin v Barty, Siniakova v Keys and more – live!

Keep up with all the action from Roland GarrosKonta reaches last eight | Federer and Nadal on courseEmail jacob.steinberg@theguardian.com | Tweet @JacobSteinberg 11.12am BST Serving for the second set at 5-3, a wonderful backhand winner from Sofia Kenn…

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French Open 2019, day six: Pliskova takes on Martic – live!

Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Johanna Konta in actionKonta faces meeting of minds against KusmovaFeel free to email Jacob or tweet @JacobSteinberg 10.57am BST Petra Martic lets her level dip at the moment. Karolina Pliskova breaks straight back. Mart…

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French Open 2019, day six: Pliskova takes on Martic – live!

Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Johanna Konta in actionKonta faces meeting of minds against KusmovaFeel free to email Jacob or tweet @JacobSteinberg 10.57am BST Petra Martic lets her level dip at the moment. Karolina Pliskova breaks straight back. Mart…

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French Open 2019, day six: Pliskova takes on Martic – live!

Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Johanna Konta in actionKonta faces meeting of minds against KusmovaFeel free to email Jacob or tweet @JacobSteinberg 10.57am BST Petra Martic lets her level dip at the moment. Karolina Pliskova breaks straight back. Mart…

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French Open 2019: Osaka v Nara, plus Edmund in action on day five – live!

Novak Djokovic and Simona Halep in actionNadal shows title credentials in win over MadenGet in touch! Email Jacob or tweet him here 10.30am BST Naomi Osaka gets on the board. There’ll be no first-set bagel this time. But she still trails Azarenka by tw…

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French Open 2019: Muguruza, Tsitsipas and Stephens in action on day four – live!

Updates from the fourth day at Roland GarrosOsaka battles back to beat SchmiedlovaYou can email Jacob here or tweet him here 10.20am BST Sloane Stephens, beaten by Simona Halep in last year’s final, is on top early on against Spain’s Sara Sorribes Torm…

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French Open 2019: Zverev and Del Potro in action on day three – live!

Updates from the first-round action at Roland Garros‘Mother, champion’: Serena makes sartorial statementGet in touch! Email Jacob or tweet @JacobSteinberg 11.21am BST Stat! Del Potro levels against Jarry 3-6, 6-2. Winner count:Jarry 27DelPo 8 11.17am B…