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South Africa v England: third Test – live!


Minute-by-minute coverage of the match in Cape Town; Eddie Jones seeks end to losing run for weary England; Drop John an email | Tweet @JohnBrewin_

Ireland defeat Australia to claim Lansdowne Cup in dramatic third Test

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Ireland have won the Lansdowne Cup with a heart-stopping 20-16 win over Australia in the series-deciding third rugby Test in Sydney.

South Korea v Mexico: World Cup 2018 – live!

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Minute-by-minute updates from the Group F game; Son Heung-min hoping for miracle to avoid military service; Follow the game in Spanish here; Email barry.glendenning@theguardian.com | Tweet @bglendenning

Royal Ascot 2018: day five – live!


The latest from day five, featuring the Diamond Jubilee Stakes; Talking horses: Growl can give Fahey a Wokingham repeat; Royal Ascot 2018: runners, riders and racegoers – in pictures; Email Tony here or tweet him here with your thoughts

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World Cup 2018: Belgium 5-2 Tunisia – as it happened

Romelu Lukaku and Eden Hazard both scored twice as Belgium showcased their attacking verve in Moscow


Australia v Ireland: rugby union international – as it happened

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Ireland claim third Test and series in dramatic circumstances; Australia 16-20 Ireland; New Zealand 49-14 France

England v South Africa: women's T20 series – live!


Live updates from the first game in Saturday’s double-header; Email Adam here or tweet him here, if you fancy; Beaumont stars in record-breaking win

Day 10 buildup with Belgium and Germany in action: World Cup 2018 – as it happened

Dele Alli trained with the England squad ahead of their match with Panama and the Germany team received plenty of criticism


England have gone from inflated egos to inflatable unicorns | Simon Burnton

Gareth Southgate’s willingness to let England players engage has few parallels beyond 1966


World Cup 2018: Serbia 1-2 Switzerland – as it happened

VAR failure as Serbia controversially denied a penalty at 1-1; Shaqiri keeps cool to claim win at the death

Switzerland’s Xherdan Shaqiri stuns Serbia with late breakaway

Of all the people, it had to be them. Suddenly, in the last minute, Xherdan Shaqiri was racing away, Serbs in pursuit but unable to catch him before he slipped the ball under Vladimir Stojkovic. It was the goal that defeated Serbia and put…


County cricket: Surrey go top as Jennings hits ton for Lancashire – as it happened

Surrey beat Somerset by an innings and 69‑runs whilst Keaton Jennings made a century as Lancashire chase target of 602 at Worcestershire


Germany in crisis as Mesut Özil’s ‘Bling-bling gang’ take on Bavarians | David Hytner

Joachim Löw’s World Cup squad has become fractious and distrustful in the face of unforgiving scrutiny

Alpha Centauri stamps her class on Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot


“It’s over quicker, which is great,” Jessica Harrington said after winning the Coronation Stakes with Alpha Centauri here on Friday, when asked about the difference between racing on the Flat and over jumps. On that basis her latest Group…

Nigeria 2-0 Iceland: World Cup 2018 – as it happened

Ahmed Musa scored both goals as Nigeria saw off Iceland, doing Argentina a big favour in the process

The French GP is back: ‘We love F1 here, its return is good for everybody’


For Jacques Laffite the return of F1 to France after a 10-year absence and at the Paul Ricard circuit has special resonance


Brazil’s Tite insists Neymar will reach his ‘best level’ at the World Cup

The Brazil manager, Tite, insisted Neymar would reach his “best level” at the World Cup after his team’s 2-0 defeat of Costa Rica in St Petersburg.

Romelu Lukaku working on helping Belgium to win rather than Golden Boot

Roberto Martínez believes that Romelu Lukaku is not focused on winning the Golden Boot at the World Cup finals, with the Belgium manager claiming that team success, rather than individual awards, is driving his players on in Russia.

Royal Ascot 2018: Alpha Centauri storms to Coronation Stakes win – as it happened

Alpha Centauri won Friday’s marquee race to give trainer Jessica Harrington her first Group One winner in Britain and her first at Royal Ascot


England will beat Panama. The ant pundits have spoken

Insects racing with flags of the two countries offer prediction for outcome of World Cup tie

Friday, Jun 22

Brazil 2-0 Costa Rica: World Cup 2018 – as it happened

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Brazil left it late before knocking Costa Rica out of the World Cup thanks to goals from Philippe Coutinho and Neymar

Brazil’s Philippe Coutinho and Neymar snatch win to sink Costa Rica

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Well, that was late; and indeed a little ugly at times. On a breezy afternoon by the Gulf of Finland Brazil beat Costa Rica 2-0 at the St Petersburg Stadium to ease their route towards the knockout stage of Russia 2018.

Argentina fallout and latest news on day nine: World Cup 2018 – as it happened

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Jorge Sampaoli’s Argentina are on the brink of a World Cup exit after failure to beat Croatia, while Brazil return to action on day nine

David Squires on … more of the World Cup highlights and lowlights so far

From the secret of Russia’s success to Argentina’s woes, our cartoonist takes his latest look at Russia 2018

Thursday, Jun 21

World Cup 2018: Argentina 0-3 Croatia – as it happened

Argentina and Lionel Messi are on the brink of elimination after being swept aside by rampant Croatia

Argentina on brink as Ante Rebic sparks rout to put Croatia through

Jorge Sampaoli held his head in his hands. Lionel Messi stared at the floor. The rest of the Argentina players were speechless, standing with hands on hips and gazing aimlessly into space as wild Croatia celebrations broke out all around.…

Denmark 1-1 Australia: World Cup 2018 – as it happened

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Eriksen’s early strike cancelled out by Jedinak’s penalty; Australia on the verge of elimination

England team hints, day eight buildup: World Cup 2018 – as it happened

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England assistant Steve Holland appeared to give away Sunday’s tactics – with his notes suggesting Raheem Sterling will be dropped

Wednesday, Jun 20

How England changed shape: Holland on Southgate’s tactical evolution

England assistant manager reveals the influences and considerations that led to England’s decision to play a back three in Russia

World Cup 2018: Iran 0-1 Spain – as it happened

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Diego Costa winner denies impressive Iran; Portugal 1-0 Morocco | Uruguay 1-0 Saudi Arabia

World Cup 2018: Uruguay 1-0 Saudi Arabia – as it happened

Luis Suarez scored the only goal to book Uruguay’s passage to the knockout stages with a game to spare

Portugal 1-0 Morocco: World Cup 2018 – as it happened

Ronaldo’s early goal gives Portugal win; Morocco fail to turn dominance into goals

Tuesday, Jun 19

England flatten Australia and clinch ODI series on record-breaking day

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The pitch may have been benign and the opposition bereft but Eoin Morgan’s one-day wonders still hit a new high at Trent Bridge on Tuesday, inflicting a world‑record 481 for six on Australia’s hapless bowlers to set up a crushing, series…

England beat Australia to series after setting ODI men's world record score

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England annihilated their own world record ODI score thanks to centuries from Jonny Bairstow and Alex Hales; Australia had a bash at chasing it but fine bowling finished things in 37 overs

It’s 2070 and after 52 years of hurt can young England repeat 2018 glory? | Max Rushden

Sir James Corden, aged 92, presents the Late Late Show and asks Jamie Vardy and Kieran Trippier the vital questions about England’s World Cup triumph in Russia

Kane double ensures England defeat Tunisia in World Cup opener

The clock had ticked past 90 minutes. Harry Kane was there and, in that position, Gareth Southgate could not have wished for any other player to be primed inside the penalty area. An old English routine: the corner, the flick-on, the back…

Monday, Jun 18

Joachim Löw faces biggest test but is unlikely to tinker with tactics | Thomas Hitzlsperger

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Germany are in a tight spot as they prepare to face Sweden in the World Cup on Saturday and their manager can be expected to change personnel rather than strategy

Tommy Fleetwood says US Open near miss ‘proof I can get up there’ at majors

There seems no question of Tommy Fleetwood fretting over what might have been. Not only is that useful for his state of mind, it is perfectly correct in respect of a US Open where he produced a history-matching round to move within a…

Fernando Alonso puts his F1 future in doubt after Le Mans win

Fernando Alonso has said he will consider his future in Formula One after his win at the Le Mans 24 Hours put him within touching distance of achieving motor racing’s triple crown.

Brooks Koepka wins US Open 2018 – as it happened

Brooks Koepka held off Tommy Fleetwood to retain his title at Shinnecock Hills with a performance of skill and nerve