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Ben Stokes calls for England to ‘right wrongs’ of Trent Bridge in third Test

• South Africa thumped hosts by 340 runs in Nottingham
• ‘We will prove how good of a side we are,’ says Durham all-rounder

Ben Stokes has called for England to “right the wrongs” of Trent Bridge when they face South Africa in the third Test at The Oval.

The hosts were thumped by 340 runs in Nottingham as the tourists levelled the four-match series in convincing fashion. England have now had time to reflect on the disappointing display, and Durham all-rounder Stokes insists it was not due to a lack of desire.

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Novak Djokovic set to miss US Open with Murray more positive of recovery

• Djokovic may need six to 12 weeks off with elbow injury
• Murray is hoping to recover from hip problem in time

Novak Djokovic is set to miss the US Open after one of his doctors indicated he will need six to 12 weeks to recover from an elbow injury. But Andy Murray’s chances of playing at Flushing Meadows would appear more positive, with the Scot continuing his rehabilitation from a hip problem.

The last grand slam of the year starts in just under five weeks on 28 August, meaning Djokovic will run out of time if the latest assessment is correct.

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Ben Proud follows Adam Peaty’s example as Great Britain claim two golds

• Peaty secures second successive 100m breaststroke world title
• Proud takes surprise first place in 50m butterfly in 22.75sec

The Olympic champion Adam Peaty claimed an expected title before proving the inspiration for his Great Britain team-mate Ben Proud to secure a surprise gold medal at the world championships in Budapest on Monday night.

Peaty bettered his own championship record to finish in 57.47sec but his own world record of 57.13, set last August in winning Olympic gold in Rio, was beyond him.

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Chelsea’s Pedro suffered multiple fractures in collision with David Ospina

• Spain forward to wear mask when he returns to training in 10 days
• Álvaro Morata to make Chelsea debut against Bayern on Tuesday

Antonio Conte has revealed the injury suffered by Pedro in Chelsea’s pre-season friendly victory over Arsenal is more serious than he thought.

The 29-year-old was taken off in the first half of the 3-0 win in Beijing after a heavy collision with goalkeeper David Ospina, with the club later announcing that he stayed the night in hospital having sustained a concussion and facial injuries.

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Gerard Piqué Twitter post suggests Neymar is to stay at Barcelona

• Defender posts picture of himself and Neymar with caption ‘He stays’
• Paris St Germain have been heavily linked with £200m move for the forward

Gerard Piqué has posted a cryptic message on Twitter which appears to suggest his Barcelona team-mate Neymar has decided to stay at Camp Nou. The defender posted a picture of himself with the Brazilian forward on Sunday night, along with the simple message “Se queda”, which translates as “He stays”.

Related: PSG increasingly confident of signing Neymar and Alexis Sánchez

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Portugal strike late to deny Scotland first European Championship point

• Scotland 1-2 Portugal (Cuthbert; Mendes, Leita)
• Defeat leaves Scots on verge of Euro 2017 elimination

Scotland’s chances of progressing out of their group at Euro 2017 were dealt another blow as they lost 2-1 to Portugal in Rotterdam.

The teenage substitute Erin Cuthbert briefly gave Scotland hope by scoring her country’s first goal at a major tournament to cancel out Carolina Mendes’ first-half opener, but Portugal regained the lead through Ana Leita four minutes later.

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Sammi Kinghorn takes second World Para gold with victory in T53 100m

• British athlete won T53 200m earlier in championships
• Mickey Bushell takes T53 100m silver, Polly Maton wins T47 long jump silver

Sammi Kinghorn clinched her second gold medal of the World Para Athletics Championships after winning the T53 100 metres, the 21-year-old finishing in 16.65 seconds at the London Stadium ahead of Australia’s Angela Ballard.

Related: Sophie Hahn breaks her own world record to win another World Para gold

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Sammi Kinghorn takes second World Para gold with victory in T53 100m

• British athlete won T53 200m earlier in championships
• Mickey Bushell takes T53 100m silver, Polly Maton wins T47 long jump silver

Sammi Kinghorn clinched her second gold medal of the World Para Athletics Championships after winning the T53 100 metres, the 21-year-old finishing in 16.65 seconds at the London Stadium ahead of Australia’s Angela Ballard.

Related: Sophie Hahn breaks her own world record to win another World Para gold

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Castleford move closer to title thanks to Jy Hitchcox against Catalans

• Catalans 24-32 Castleford
• Tigers close to winning League Leaders’ Shield

Two Jy Hitchcox tries secured a 20th regular season win for the Castleford Tigers as they defeated Catalans Dragons in Perpignan and all but confirmed the Super League leaders a semi-final place in the end of season play-offs, even before the Super 8s start this week. They will need a maximum of two wins from the seven games to secure the League Leaders’ Shield.

The Tigers scored two late tries to secure the victory despite being down to 11 men at one point in the second half following the yellow cards for Kevin Larroyer (unsportsmanlike behaviour) and Mike McMeeken (holding down in the tackle).

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British Cycling answers Hoy’s call to secure funding by voting for change

• Sir Chris Hoy said vote was vital not just for cycling ‘but society as a whole’
• Six-time Olympic champion penned an open letter to members

British Cycling members have answered the call of Sir Chris Hoy and voted to amend the sport’s governance structures, safeguarding around £43m of Sport England and UK Sport funding.

At an extraordinary general meeting of its national council on Saturday, British Cycling accepted proposals to fall in line with sports minister Tracey Crouch’s code to promote diversity by October.

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West Ham confirm agreed terms with Bayer Leverkusen to sign Javier Hernández

• Mexico international will join Hammers for fee believed to be £13m
• Striker will fly to London to finalise personal terms and undergo a medical

West Ham United have agreed a deal with Bayer Leverkusen to sign the former Manchester United striker Javier Hernández for a fee believed to be around £13m.

West Ham have confirmed the 29-year-old Mexican will arrive in London in the next few days to finalise personal terms and undergo a medical.

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West Ham confirm agreed terms with Bayer Leverkusen to sign Javier Hernández

• Mexico international will join Hammers for fee believed to be £13m
• Striker will fly to London to finalise personal terms and undergo a medical

West Ham United have agreed a deal with Bayer Leverkusen to sign the former Manchester United striker Javier Hernández for a fee believed to be around £13m.

West Ham have confirmed the 29-year-old Mexican will arrive in London in the next few days to finalise personal terms and undergo a medical.

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Chris Froome protects Tour de France lead after Warren Barguil wins stage 18

• Team Sky’s race leader holds off main rivals Bardet and Uran
• Froome’s deficit trimmed to 23sec with three stages remaining

Chris Froome conceded four seconds to Romain Bardet on the Col d’Izoard but took another step towards his fourth Tour de France title as Warren Barguil won stage 18.

Froome was alongside Bardet on the finish line but it was the Frenchman who finished third behind Barguil and Darwin Atapuma to collect four bonus seconds and trim his deficit in second place to 23 seconds.

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F1 confirms controversial halo device will be mandatory for 2018 season

• Cockpit safety device will be required in all F1 cars next year
• Move has been made to reduce injuries from flying debris

Formula One cars will look radically different next season after the sport’s governing body confirmed the controversial cockpit safety device known as the halo is to become mandatory.

Following a meeting of the sport’s major players in Geneva yesterday, the FIA revealed it has given the go-ahead to introduce the concept next year.

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Michael Matthews wins stage 16 at Tour de France after crosswinds chaos

• Dan Martin caught out in late stages and loses time on GC rivals
• Chris Froome safely retains yellow jersey as Alps stages loom

Michael Matthews won stage 16 of the Tour de France to Romans-sur-Isere as Chris Froome fought off fierce crosswinds to protect the yellow jersey. The Australian Matthews won his second stage of this year’s Tour in a sprint finish ahead of Norway’s Edvald Boasson Hagen and the German John Degenkolb.

The peloton battled strong winds over lengthy stretches of the 165-kilometre stage from Le Puy-en-Velay, but the three-time Tour winner Froome stayed on the right side as the peloton split into pieces over the final 20km.

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Middlesbrough sign Britt Assombalonga from Nottingham Forest

• Striker costs Middlesbrough club-record £14m
• ‘I can’t wait to meet the manager,’ says 24-year-old

Middlesbrough have signed Britt Assombalonga from Nottingham Forest for a club-record fee. The 24-year-old, who had an injury-hit three years at the City Ground, cost £14m.

Assombalonga is a proven goalscorer in the Championship, having scored 30 times in 47 league starts since joining Forest for £5.5m in 2014. Persistent injuries have held back his progress, with a serious knee injury ruling him out for much of the 2015-16 season. He signed a new five-year deal last summer after proving his fitness.

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Mayweather accuses McGregor of racism and uses homophobic slur

  • Boxer calls McGregor a ‘faggot’ in event at Wembley Arena
  • McGregor faces racism accusations for comments made this week

Floyd Mayweather attacked Conor McGregor with a homophobic slur and accused the UFC fighter of racism in the final leg of a promotional tour that has descended into an ugly war of words.

The UFC lightweight champion was again forced to defend himself against allegations of racism as Mayweather rounded on him at a heated press call in front of 10,000 fans at Wembley Arena.

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Leigh Griffiths hit by missiles during Celtic’s win over Linfield in Belfast

• Striker targeted during 2-0 win in Champions League qualifier
• Linfield are likely to face a Uefa investigation over incidents

Brendan Rodgers expressed concern for Leigh Griffiths’ safety after the Celtic striker had missiles thrown at him during the 2-0 Champions League qualifying win over Linfield at Windsor Park.

The Scottish champions had refused their ticket allocation for the first leg of the second qualifier in Belfast due to security fears but there were around 300 Celtic fans in the Kop stand, which was set aside for them in a half-full stadium.

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Jermaine Defoe wears England shirt for Bradley Lowery’s funeral

Jermain Defoe joins thousands in County Durham for funeral of six-year-old whose cancer battle captured hearts around the world

Premier League footballer Jermain Defoe wore an England shirt for the funeral of his six-year-old “best friend”, Bradley Lowery, whose cancer battle captured hearts around the world.

Thousands of people lined the streets of Blackhall, County Durham, ahead of the service at St Joseph’s Catholic Church, where the youngster was baptised six years ago.

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Jermaine Defoe wears England shirt for Bradley Lowery’s funeral

Jermain Defoe joins thousands in County Durham for funeral of six-year-old whose cancer battle captured hearts around the world

Premier League footballer Jermain Defoe wore an England shirt for the funeral of his six-year-old “best friend”, Bradley Lowery, whose cancer battle captured hearts around the world.

Thousands of people lined the streets of Blackhall, County Durham, ahead of the service at St Joseph’s Catholic Church, where the youngster was baptised six years ago.

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