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The Open 2017: Second round live score updates and Royal Birkdale leaderboard

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Oh he needed that alright. Huge cheer from the crowd as Westwood's approach shot at the fifth rolls in for eagle! That takes him back to level par. 11:16AM. Rory to -2. Joy to watch McIlroy in this form rather than yesterday's opening…

Man Utd bring back grey kit - the first time they have used the colour since infamous 1996 shirt swap


Manchester United have unveiled a new third kit in grey, the first time they have used the colour since the team's memorable half-time shirt swap in 1996. United have released images of the new fan-designed strip, which features a…

Man Utd 2 Man City 0: Romelu Lukaku proves his class, but are Jose Mourinho's men now the real deal?

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The first ever Manchester derby on foreign soil went United's way as Romelu Lukaku and Marcus Rashford put City to the sword in Houston. A year on from a quagmire pitch forcing their Beijing meeting to be called off, the cavernous NRG…

Why Liverpool's robust no to Barcelona really does mean no when it comes to Philippe Coutinho


In the murky world of the transfer market there are times when no does not mean no. There are days when no means maybe. Occasionally, no means no for now but come back in 12 months and we'll have another chat. And there are instances when…

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Man City manager Pep Guardiola wants to sign three defenders as Aleksandar Kolarov heads for Roma


Pep Guardiola has admitted he needs to sign three more defenders after confirming Aleksandar Kolarov has asked to leave Manchester City and is on the verge of a £6.3 million move to Roma. City had planned to keep Kolarov for the final year…

Football transfer news and rumours: 'Tottenham want Riyad Mahrez, but will not pay Leicester £50 million'


Tottenham are monitoring wantaway Leicester winger Riyad Mahrez, according to The London Evening Standard. The 26-year-old Algerian is keen to move on from the King Power Stadium, though Leicester will have to reduce their £50 million…


Liverpool dig heels in over Philippe Coutinho as Barcelona make their move


Liverpool have made it clear to Barcelona their star player Philippe Coutinho is not for sale at any price after the Spanish giants made their much anticipated first move for the Brazilian. Barca have indicated they will pay £72 million…


Michael Carrick: 'It's the Premier League title or nothing for me, top four is not acceptable'


Michael Carrick shakes his head, unable to identify with those players and clubs who equate a top-four finish with winning silverware. It may be four years and counting since Manchester United last laid hands on the Premier League trophy,…


Africa Cup of Nations moved to summer in boost to Premier League clubs


The Africa Nations Cup will be switched to the summer and expanded to include 24 countries from 2019, the Confederation of African Football has announced. The move will be welcome news to the Premier League and clubs across Europe as it…


Manchester City could face Fifa investigation over Monaco claims Kylian Mbappe was tapped up


Manchester City could be at the centre of a potential Fifa investigation amid allegations that Monaco forward Kylian Mbappe has been tapped up. Monaco are threatening to report an unspecified number of “important European football clubs”…


Tommy Fleetwood finds no home comfort as Open cut beckons again


As a seven-year-old Tommy Fleetwood “snuck” into Royal Birkdale to hit some balls. At 26, he was made to pay for his 1998 break-in, with a six-over par round that puts him at risk of missing the cut for a fourth consecutive Open…


Ian Poulter confidently struts to first round 67 at The Open


Like a caged tiger, Ian Poulter will never be content in captivity. He describes being cooped up in Sky's commentary studio during last year's Open, which he missed with a foot injury, as one of the most difficult experiences of his career…


Jordan Spieth defies the doubters to claim joint Open lead


With the help of a lucky piece of chewing gum, Jordan Spieth breezed to an effortless five-under 65 to place himself firmly in contention at the Open Championship on Thursday. Prophets of doom predicted a brutal morning at Royal Birkdale…

Monaco reject Man City's £44.5m bid for Benjamin Mendy and want same fee Tottenham got for Kyle Walker


Monaco have today rejected a bid of 50million euros (£44.5million) from Manchester City for full-back Benjamin Mendy. The French champions are demanding City pay at least the same as it took to sign Kyle Walker from Tottenham Hotspur – a…

Petr Cech refuses to celebrate Arsenal's pre-season win: 'let's lift the big one at the end of the season!'


Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech ordered his teammates not to celebrate their International Champions Cup trophy victory following a penalty shooutout win over Bayern Munich on Wednesday. Arsene Wenger's side came from a goal behind to win the…


Alvaro Morata will join up with Chelsea in Singapore and could make unofficial debut next week


Striker Morata arrived in London on Thursday to undergo a medical and discuss personal terms after Chelsea agreed an initial fee of £58million, which could rise to £70m after add-ons, with Real Madrid. Chelsea play the first friendly of…


What does Alvaro Morata bring to Chelsea and is he a better option than Romelu Lukaku?


lukaku vs real madrid Man Utd and Chelsea have both spent big money on strikers the other was supposedly interested in buying but who got the best deal? JJ Bull. 20 July 2017 • 3:02pm. Chelsea's £58million signing of Alvaro Morata means…

Thursday, Jul 20

The Open 2017 first round live score updates and Royal Birkdale leaderboard latest

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What a start for Charley Hoffman! He's eagled the first hole and gone straight to -2, hitting a beauty of a shot from behind a bush about 180 yards away from the pin. 2:04PM. Jason Day in hi-top trainers. jason day hi-top trainiers. Credit…

Wednesday, Jul 19

Tour de France 2017, stage 17: Chris Froome keeps hold of yellow jersey as Primoz Roglic solos to victory

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The nearest it came to the sky falling in on Team Sky on Wednesday was when a parking barrier dropped down on team boss Sir Dave Brailsford’s head mid-interview. An otherwise textbook first day in the Alps for the British team saw Chris…

England 6 Scotland 0, Women's Euro 2017: Jodie Taylor hits hat-trick as England thrash sorry Scots


This was the floor that was slippery when wet, the trip wire concealed in the undergrowth, the pot hole in the road, but England's Lionesses skipped through a tricky looking test against Scotland to launch their European Championship…

Arsenal 1 Bayern Munich 1: Alex Iwobi grabs late equaliser to deny Bundesliga giants

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There's only time for Bayern to restart the game before the ref blows up. After conceding 15 goals in their last three clashes with the German giants, Arsenal got lucky at the end. It's only a pre-season friendly but the scoreline will…

Football transfer news and rumours: 'Ross Barkley wants £150000 a week to join Tottenham - more than Harry Kane'


Ross Barkley is demanding a whopping £150,000-a-week deal to join Tottenham, reports The Mirror. The Everton midfielder, whose future looks certain to be away from Goodison Park, has been linked with a move to Spurs, but he wants to be…

Tuesday, Jul 18

Antonio Conte signs new two-year deal at Chelsea


The Italian guided the Blues to the Premier League title in his first season at Stamford Bridge. "I am very happy to have signed a new contract with Chelsea. We worked extremely hard in our first year to achieve something amazing, which I…

Arsene Wenger promises that Arsenal will not sell Alexis Sanchez this summer


Arsene Wenger has made his most emphatic statement yet on Alexis Sanchez and promised that his star striker will not be sold this summer regardless of whether he extends his contract. With Monaco having already refused two offers from…

Exclusive: Conor McGregor camp quash rumours he was knocked out sparring for Floyd Mayweather fight


Conor McGregor's management team have denied any truth in the rumour that he was knocked out in a sparring session. The rumours originated from a video interview with former two-weight world champion Jessie Vargas, who allegedly claimed…

Man Utd and Ivan Perisic hopeful of completing transfer before Inter leave for tour of China


Ivan Perisic hopes to be omitted from Inter Milan's tour party as Manchester United scramble to wrap up a £44 million deal for the unsettled Croatia winger before the Italian club fly to China on Tuesday afternoon. Inter's squad are due to…

Monday, Jul 17

England plan selection shake-up for Oval Test with Mark Stoneman in line for debut


Surrey's Mark Stoneman is in line for a Test debut on his home ground next week as England try to repair the damage of their batsmen being routed at Trent Bridge. Joe Root and coach Trevor Bayliss met with James Whitaker at Trent Bridge…

England crumble as South Africa win the second Test by 340 runs to hand Joe Root his first captaincy calamity

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"All disappointed after Lord's, had to stand up here. Got my groove going today and felt good. "Always enjoy bowling against left-handers. "Extra seamer allows me to run in more, with more intent. "Very tough on the first morning, it…

We need Silverstone: What we learned from the British Grand Prix


L-R Billy Monger and Lewis Hamilton Lewis Hamilton celebrates his fifth Silverstone win with young racing driver Billy Monger. Credit: Getty Images. Natasha Henry. 17 July 2017 • 8:24am. It was always going to be a dramatic weekend at one…

Sunday, Jul 16

Time Lord Roger Federer believes he could still be playing at Wimbledon aged 40


Roger Federer of Switzerland celebrates with the winner's trophy Doctor Who? Roger Federer proved he's a true Time Lord with victory over Marin Cilic in the Wimbledon Men's Singles final. Simon Briggs, Tennis Correspondent, at Wimbledon.…

England in survival scrap after South Africa set mammoth chase

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England retreated in good order on the third day of the second Test. But a retreat it is, which will end in South Africa levelling this series on day four or five, and deservedly, because they are better equipped for attritional cricket…

British Grand Prix, live updates - Lewis Hamilton wins at Silverstone to equal Jim Clark and Alain Prost

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Ricciardo: "Very excited about the upgrade [that is coming]. Budapest is a great track. We're going to Hungary and right now I'm hungry. " Verstappen: "The battles with Vettel were alright, I knew I was slower but I tried to stay in front…

Chris Eubank Jnr beats Arthur Abraham to remain IBO World Super Middleweight champion

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Chris Eubank Jnr successfully defended his IBO world super-middleweight title with a unanimous points win over determined German veteran Arthur Abraham at Wembley Arena. The champion showed his full array of punches, but was not able to…