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Tokyo 2020 Olympics: athletics blasts off, swimming and more – live!

Games schedule | Results | Medal table | Full coverageLee steps up in Biles’s absence to take gymnastics glorySign up for the Guardian’s daily Olympic briefingEmail Tom, tweet or comment below the line 12.00am BST Hello! The athletics/track and field s…

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Virgil van Dijk pays thanks to Liverpool and family after friendly comeback

• Van Dijk had been out since October with cruciate injury• Joe Gomez also made injury comeback against Hertha BerlinVirgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez have lifted Liverpool by making successful playing returns following their long-term injuries.The centre-…

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Manchester United cancel Preston friendly due to suspected Covid cases

Testing identifies several possible positive cases in camp‘Maintaining Covid security is a priority for us,’ say clubManchester United have cancelled their pre-season friendly with Preston on Saturday after a number of suspected coronavirus cases in th…

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Sunisa Lee’s all-around gymnastics gold hailed by Hmong in US

Simone Biles cheers on the 18-year-old daughter of refugees who fled Laos for US at end of Vietnam warThis was supposed to be the night that Simone Biles added yet another star-spangled page to the history books, by becoming the first gymnast to defend…

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Liverpool team and staff observe silence as tribute to 97th Hillsborough victim

Club pauses for 97 seconds at pre-season training base in Austria for Andrew Devine, who died this weekThe players and staff of Liverpool football club have observed 97 seconds of silence at their training base in Austria as a tribute to Andrew Devine,…

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Marketa Vondrousova and Belinda Bencic reach women’s tennis final

Vondrousova has backed up her big win over Naomi OsakaMedvedev loses against Carreño Busta in men’s singlesMarketa Vondrousova and Belinda Bencic will face each other in the women’s tennis singles gold medal match. Vondrousova, who toppled the second s…

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José Mourinho out to prove he can rediscover art of winning at Roma

The Portuguese has downplayed the idea he can offer a quick fix but expectations are high for his return to ItalyHow many managers could inspire a mural before taking charge of their first game? José Mourinho was not even officially in the job yet at R…

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Simone Biles helped me to gold, says USA’s Sunisa Lee after all-around win

Lee: ‘I was starting to put a lot of pressure on myself’Brazil’s Rebeca Andrade wins silver after injury troubles Sunisa Lee, the new women’s Olympic all-around champion, said that Simone Biles and her older teammates gave her some key advice in a tens…

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Lutalo Muhammad: ‘I thought people were just excited to see taekwondo’ | Sachin Nakrani

Rio 2016 silver medallist went down a storm as part of the BBC’s Olympics coverage and is keen to go again as a punditThis Olympics has seen the rise of new British stars, from the likes of Tom Dean and Duncan Scott in the pool to Tom Pidcock and Georg…

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Twelve years after the Lions’ bloody battle in Pretoria, player welfare is still a concern

Attritional contests are things of the past but there has been no change to the exhausting number of games on the calendar Listen to anyone involved in the British & Irish Lions’ agonising defeat by South Africa in the second Test in 2009 and one w…

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Manchester City open Jack Grealish transfer talks with Aston Villa

Decision on whether deal will happen expected in daysVilla want to hold on to Grealish and have offered new dealManchester City have stepped up their pursuit of Jack Grealish by opening negotiations with Aston Villa. The England playmaker is a key targ…

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Lady Bowthorpe redemption for Shoemark after shame of cocaine ban

First Group One winner for jockey after low of 2018Renowned music agent puts Jarvis back at top table Oisin Murphy led a celebration party from the weighing room holding a sign that read “Smile, dance, wave and celebrate” after Lady Bowthorpe’s success…

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Chelsea told by Sevilla to pay more for Koundé as West Ham eye Zouma deal

Sevilla want at least €45m plus Zouma for France defenderWest Ham’s £20m valuation of Zouma falls about £10m shortSevilla have told Chelsea to increase their offer for Jules Koundé, and the deal could run into further complications after West Ham enter…

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Lewis Hamilton ‘would repeat move’ that caused Max Verstappen crash

Dutch driver went to hospital after incident at British GPHamilton will endure racist abuse if it leads to equalityLewis Hamilton has said he would repeat the move against Max Verstappen that led to the Dutchman crashing out of the British Grand Prix. …

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US rugby sevens coach frustrated despite win over ‘pretty average’ Japan

US qualify for knockout stage with 17-7 victory over hostsChris Brown expresses disappointment with performanceChris Brown sounded keen to return to the dressing room and admonish his players, which felt a little incongruous since his team had just won…

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The Fiver | Wayne Rooney finds himself with some explaining to do

Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!Never accuse The Fiver of failing to offer past England players their dues. Big Phil Neville last week, Plain Old John Terry this – and, to complete the hat-trick of 2000s stars who have otherwise been…

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Solskjær: Sancho and Varane signings show Manchester United’s ambition – video

The Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjær says the club has showed its ambition by agreeing deals to sign Jadon Sancho and Raphaël Varane. Sancho has completed his move from Borussia Dortmund, while Varane should soon follow from Real Madrid su…

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US ready to soar again in Netherlands quarter-final, insists Crystal Dunn

Team have ‘scratched surface of what we can do’ at OlympicsAndonovski says sacrifices must be made to execute his plansCrystal Dunn believes the US women’s national team have only “scratched the surface” of what they can achieve at the Tokyo Olympics b…

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GB’s rugby sevens side give New Zealand scare before wild comeback

GB women’s team led at half-time but Black Ferns win 26-21British side will face Kenya next in Group AGreat Britain were so far ahead that, just for a moment, Tyla Nathan-Wong struggled to remember the score – “21-0 down, or however it was,” the New Ze…

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Crystal Palace win race to sign Chelsea midfielder Conor Gallagher on loan

Gallagher prefers Palace to Leeds or NewcastleMidfielder spent last season on loan at West BromChelsea’s Conor Gallagher is set to sign for Crystal Palace on a season’s loan after turning down interest from Leeds and Newcastle.The England Under-21 midf…