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Tammy Beaumont: ‘I genuinely had doubts on whether I was good enough’


The England opener talks about how coaches revived her confidence from rock-bottom and helped her become a spearhead of the team’s World Cup challenge

The Open 2017: second round – live!

Official live leaderboard from Royal Birkdale; Small Talk: the legendary Gary Player; Playing Royal Birkdale is pain and pleasure wrapped into one; And feel free to email scott.murray@theguardian.com

Orica-Scott: 24 hours on the road with the Australian Tour de France team

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Kieran Pender joins the Orica-Scott cycling team as they battle their way through the gruelling stage 17 of the Tour de France

Allez allez! Le Tour de France - a photo essay

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Guardian photographer Alicia Canter donned a polka dot jersey and headed to Le Puy-en-Velay to watch the cycling’s most famous race storm into the mountains

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Football transfer rumours: Manchester City's Jadon Sancho to Arsenal or Spurs?


The notion of Philippe Coutinho moving to Barcelona has always been an itchy, scratchy little thing you can’t quite get shot of. Nimble-footed, quick-thinking, dynamic playmaker doing well at a big Premier League club – all boxes ticked.…

Not feeling the (Dallas) Burn: why MLS teams tried to sound more European

There was a time when US soccer was a storm of Rowdies and Cosmos, but now United is the name of choice. What’s going on?


Africa Cup of Nations to switch from January staging to June in 2019


The Africa Cup of Nations will move from January to June from its next staging in Cameroon in 2019 and be expanded from 16 to 24 teams.


Caddie’s choice words kick Rory McIlroy into gear after nightmare Open start | Andy Bull

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Five bogeys in the first six holes left Rory McIlroy facing humiliation and it needed JP Fitzgerald to jolt the world No4 into making four birdies on the back nine to keep his Open challenge alive

Harmanpreet Kaur’s power-hitting takes India past Australia into final

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In one of the most spectacular innings in limited-overs cricket Harmanpreet Kaur sent India into the World Cup final with an unbeaten 171 from 115 balls, ousting Australia, the favourites and champions.


Jordan Spieth sets standard at Open to share lead after first round

Spieth joined on five under par by fellow Americans Koepka and Kuchar; Casey one shot off lead, with Poulter on three under and McIlroy one over

The Open 2017: first round, as it happened

Jordan Spieth, Brooks Koepka and Matt Kuchar lead, while Rory McIlroy bounced back from a nightmare front nine to stay in contention


India beat Australia by 36 runs to win Women's World Cup semi-final – as it happened

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India to meet England in Women’s World Cup final at Lord’s; Brilliant 171* from Harmanpreet Kaur stuns the world; Taylor revels in tense finish as England reach final

Ian Poulter ‘pretty happy’ after feeding off Birkdale experience at Open


Ian Poulter, who missed five majors in a row with injury and made it to this, the sixth, only after coming through final qualifying at his home club, Woburn, has previous at Birkdale and memories of the 2008 experience flashed through his…


Tom Westley and Dawid Malan named in England squad for third Test

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Tom Westley has already tasted success against South Africa this summer and now the Essex right-hander believes this familiarity with their bowlers could help ease the jump to Test cricket when he makes his England debut next Thursday.

Manchester City among clubs accused by Monaco of tapping up Kylian Mbappé

Manchester City are one of four clubs, including Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid, whom Monaco are threatening to report for allegedly making an unauthorised approach to Kylian Mbappé.

Tommy Fleetwood takes a beating at Birkdale as Koepka and Matsuyama excel | Kevin Mitchell


The local hero found it tough going on a difficult first day and recorded a six-over-par 76, made worse by the fact his playing partners were in fine form


Tour de France 2017: Warren Barguil wins stage 18 as Froome maintains his lead

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

If weight of national expectation and volume of media hype counted for anything, Romain Bardet would have dislodged Chris Froome here and won the Tour de France. Instead he finished exhausted, close behind the stage winner Warren Barguil,…


Mark O’Meara has Birkdale nightmare with quadruple-bogey at 1st hole | Mark Tallentire


The 1998 champion’s ceremonial opening shot at 6.35am sailed out of bounds – an ominous start to a round of 81 in harsh conditions


Annemiek van Vleuten wins La Course stage one with Lizzie Deignan second


Lizzie Deignan will start Saturday’s second stage of La Course by Le Tour de France with a chance of victory after finishing second to Annemiek van Vleuten at the summit finish on the Col d’Izoard. However, given the time-trial format of…

Wednesday, Jul 19

England v Scotland: Euro 2017 – as it happened

England overpower their old rivals with a 6-0 victory in Group D, Jodie Taylor’s hat-trick added to by goals from Ellen White, Jordan Nobbs and Toni Duggan

Picking an Open winner becomes ever harder in era without a hierarchy | Andy Bull

Rory McIlroy says ‘the margins are so fine’ between the leading players while Jordan Spieth cannot identify who would be in a ‘big four’, which means mental strength and adaptability could be key at Royal Birkdale

Tour de France: Primoz Roglic wins stage 17 as Froome extends lead – as it happened

Green jersey Marcel Kittel abandons after early group crash; Matthews wins chaotic stage 16 after ‘attacking like a maniac’; Email Barry or tweet @bglendenning with your thoughts

Chris Froome extends narrow Tour de France lead as Roglic wins in Alps

The finish at the summit of the Col d’Izoard will provide another reshuffle, probably a more meaningful one, but over another great ascent, the Galibier, the first Alpine stage provided more than a few hints of what may be seen amidst the…

Tuesday, Jul 18

Michael Matthews wins chaotic stage 16 after ‘attacking like a maniac’

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This was no gentle run to the foothills of the Alps. As Daniel Martin observed, the Tour de France can be lost on any given day and this apparently innocuous 100 miles dealt a potentially fatal blow to the Irishman’s ambition to finish on…

Sarah Taylor revels in tense finish as England make Women’s World Cup final

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Skill, nerve and tension merged together here in a crescendo that played the emotions like a banjo, providing a dramatic climax to a semi-final that rivalled any other nerve-shredder in any sport, anywhere.

Maverick McNealy looking for proof he can be a top gun on the biggest stage

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The world’s No2-ranked amateur, playing in the Open, has to choose between life as a professional golfer or following in his father’s footsteps in business

Tour de France: Michael Matthews wins stage 16 in photo finish – as it happened

Updates as riders race from Le Puy-en-Velay to Romans-sur-Isère; William Fotheringham: Tour enters final week with all to play for; And feel free to email Barry or tweet him @bglendenning

Monday, Jul 17

Ian Poulter: ‘Nobody is going to hand you an invite for the Open’ | Ewan Murray


Ian Poulter, runner-up at Royal Birkdale in 2008, secured a place this year via final qualifying, displaying the work ethic that has epitomised his career

Joe Root says England must learn fast from defeat Trevor Bayliss calls ‘shocker’


Joe Root said his England side must learn quickly from their series-levelling 340-run defeat by South Africa after a grim collapse on the fourth day in Nottingham that their head coach, Trevor Bayliss, watched in disbelief and described as…

South Africa thrash England by 340 runs to win second Test – as it happened


England collapsed to a 340-run defeat well inside four days as their batting failed embarrassingly once again in the second Test at Trent Bridge

How Bahrain uses sport to whitewash a legacy of torture and human rights abuses | David Conn


Campaign groups argue that Bahrain’s association with glamour sport is used to ‘launder’ a more wholesome image for the country

Sunday, Jul 16

Roger Federer already planning Wimbledon return after record eighth title

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Roger Federer is already planning his return to Wimbledon next year after cruising to a record-breaking eighth title with a straight-sets victory against a distressed Marin Cilic.

South Africa declare on day three to leave England with target of 474 – as it happened

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South Africa tighten grip on the second Test; England survive last four overs of day without loss in chase of 474

Roger Federer wins record eighth Wimbledon title against Marin Cilic

Roger Federer, as ruthless as he had to be – and as lovely to watch as ever – took only an hour and 41 minutes to win his eighth Wimbledon title, 14 years after his first, and left his wounded opponent, Marin Cilic, in a bedazzled heap on…

Wimbledon 2017: Roger Federer beats Marin Cilic to seal record eighth title – as it happened

Roger Federer cruised to his eighth Wimbledon title and 19th major by beating a hobbling and emotional Marin Cilic 6-3, 6-1, 6-4 in a disappointing final