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Euro 2020 roundup: Spain qualify but David de Gea limps off

• Manchester United keeper suffers leg injury in second half• Sweden 1-1 Spain; Teemu Pukki scores twice for FinlandSpain needed an injury-time goal from Rodrigo to draw 1-1 with Sweden in Stockholm and book their place at Euro 2020 with two matches to…

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Euro 2020 roundup: Spain qualify but David de Gea limps off

• Manchester United keeper suffers leg injury in second half• Sweden 1-1 Spain; Teemu Pukki scores twice for FinlandSpain needed an injury-time goal from Rodrigo to draw 1-1 with Sweden in Stockholm and book their place at Euro 2020 with two matches to…

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Ireland fall to Switzerland despite Darren Randolph’s heroics

A goal in each half left the Republic of Ireland needing to beat Denmark to secure automatic qualification for the Euro 2020 finals as Switzerland got themselves right back into the race.Haris Seferovic’s early effort and a Shane Duffy own goal when he…

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Ireland fall to Switzerland despite Darren Randolph’s heroics

A goal in each half left the Republic of Ireland needing to beat Denmark to secure automatic qualification for the Euro 2020 finals as Switzerland got themselves right back into the race.Haris Seferovic’s early effort and a Shane Duffy own goal when he…

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Andy Murray wins first ATP Tour match in Europe for 16 months

• Former world No 1 battles past Belgian wild card Coppejans• Murray moves up to 243 in the world after 6-4, 7-6 (4) winAndy Murray won his first ATP Tour match in Europe for 16 months as he continued his encouraging return from hip surgery.The former …

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Ronnie O’Sullivan renews criticism of English Open snooker venue

Player last year labelled Crawley venue as ‘a hellhole’O’Sullivan: ‘It’s not changed as far as I’m concerned’Ronnie O’Sullivan believes a “complete refurbishment” is required after renewing his criticism of the English Open venue.The five-time world ch…

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Derby’s Tom Lawrence and Mason Bennett plead guilty to drink-driving

• Players also plead guilty to failing to stop at scene of accident• District judge says he cannot rule out prison sentencesThe Derby County footballers Tom Lawrence and Mason Bennett have pleaded guilty at Derby magistrates court to drink-driving and …

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Josh Adams has Wales quarter-final and World Cup record in his sights

• Adams has scored five tries in this World Cup• Wing wary of danger posed by France in last eightJosh Adams’ outstanding impression on Test rugby has left him on the verge of a World Cup record for Wales as he prepares for the biggest week of his care…

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McNair double sets up first Northern Ireland away friendly win since 2006

Northern Ireland achieved what England could not as they beat the Czech Republic in Prague but had to cling on as the home side threatened to come back from three goals down.A first friendly victory away from home in 13 years was a dramatic one as Padd…

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Johnny Sexton urges Ireland to peak against All Blacks at Rugby World Cup

• Fly-half urges his side to produce top form in quarter-final• Bundee Aki faces disciplinary hearing after Samoa red cardJohnny Sexton has questioned the “strange” negativity around Ireland’s Rugby World Cup campaign, insisting Joe Schmidt’s men are r…

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John McGinn hits hat-trick in Scotland’s hollow demolition of San Marino

John McGinn scored a first-half hat-trick as Scotland defeated San Marino 6-0 on an increasingly waterlogged Hampden pitch.Lawrence Shankland and Stuart Findlay got their first international goals during a second half played in terrible conditions. Stu…

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Tonga score try with last play to leave USA pointless at Rugby World Cup

• Tonga secure bonus-point victory with late Telusa Veainu score• USA finish bottom of Pool C after disappointing second halfTonga came from behind at half-time to secure a 31-19 win over the United States and avoid finishing bottom of Rugby World Cup …

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Former England head coach Andy Flower leaves ECB after 12 years

• Zimbabwean led England to Ashes and Twenty20 successes• Exit follows appointment of Chris Silverwood as head coachAndy Flower is leaving the England and Wales Cricket Board after 12 years. The Zimbabwean was appointed England assistant coach to Peter…

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Liverpool’s Harvey Elliott banned by FA over video mocking Harry Kane

• Winger, 16, banned for 14 days from domestic club football• Elliott has said he is ‘truly sorry’ for offensive social media videoThe young Liverpool winger Harvey Elliott has been banned for 14 days from domestic club football for using offensive lan…

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Ireland face Samoa needing bonus-point win amid concerns about pitch

• Fukuoka pitch has been heavily relaid in places• ‘We’ve been given assurances that it’s safe to play on’Ireland have expressed concerns about the state of the pitch before Saturday’s decisive Pool A World Cup match with Samoa at the Fukuoka Hakatanom…

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Wales upbeat with Biggar and Davies news as they change 13 for Uruguay

• Dan Biggar was symptom-free the next day, says Warren Gatland• Justin Tipuric to captain Wales for the first timeWales are hopeful the fly-half Dan Biggar and the centre Jonathan Davies will be fit for a likely quarter-final against France. Neither i…

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‘We will not be collateral damage’: Scotland to fight moves to cancel Japan match

• SRU’s Dodson promises to fight moves to cancel Japan match• Scotland says cancellation would harm integrity of World CupThe Scottish Rugby Union chief executive, Mark Dodson, says he will not allow Scotland to become the World Cup’s “collateral damag…

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Northern Ireland hopes slip after Memphis Depay double for Netherlands

Northern Ireland endured heartbreak in Rotterdam as the Netherlands scored twice in stoppage time to snatch a 3-1 victory which leaves Euro 2020 qualification hopes hanging by a thread for Michael O’Neill’s side.Josh Magennis’s header had Northern Irel…

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Northern Ireland hopes slip after Memphis Depay double for Netherlands

Northern Ireland endured heartbreak in Rotterdam as the Netherlands scored twice in stoppage time to snatch a 3-1 victory which leaves Euro 2020 qualification hopes hanging by a thread for Michael O’Neill’s side.Josh Magennis’s header had Northern Irel…

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Scotland’s slender Euro 2020 automatic qualification hopes ended by Russia

Scotland’s miserable Euro 2020 qualifying campaign continued after a second-half capitulation resulted in a heavy defeat by Russia in Moscow.David Marshall had rarely been troubled before three goals in 13 second-half minutes made it five defeats in se…