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Israel Folau to sign three-year deal in coup for Australian rugby

*Wallabies star Folau expexted to reject overseas and NRL overturesWallabies fullback Israel Folau is expected to announce a three-year extension to his national contract later on Wednesday in a coup for the embattled Australian Rugby Union. A flock of seasoned Wallabies are leaving for foreign shores after the World Cup in England and dual international Folau, one of Australia’s highest p

Argentina hit Paraguay for six to reach Copa America final

*Argentina 6-1 Paraguay; Di Maria scores twice for Argentina*Tata Martino’s men take on hosts Chile in the final on SaturdayArgentina produced their best performance of the Copa America so far to crush Paraguay 6-1 on Tuesday and set up a classic final against hosts Chile. Related: Copa América 2015: Argentina beat Paraguay 6-1 – as it happened Continue reading...

How it's made: Pink cricket balls for world's first day-night test – video

Pink cricket balls being produced at the Kookaburra factory in Melbourne. The pink balls will be used in the world's first day-night Test match which will be played in Adelaide from 27 Nov-1 Dec between Australia and New Zealand. Cricket Australia announced the new format as an attempt to revive test match attendance and television ratings Continue reading...

Copa América 2015: Argentina beat Paraguay 6-1 – as it happened

*Live updates from the Copa América semi-final in Concepción*Chile shed romantic ideals in pursuit of Copa América dream*Email tim.hill@the or Tweet @timmyhilleh 9.40pm ET We’re going to wrap this blog up now. Here’s a quick match report: Related: Argentina hit Paraguay for six to reach Copa America final 9.32pm ET He was so good tonight, though, Messi. He and Pa

Women's World Cup: USA into final after Carli Lloyd tames Germany

*USA 2-0 Germany*Read Tom Lutz’s minute-by-minute reportThe USA and Germany may be the best two teams in the world, but their path to the Women’s World Cup final was paved with penalty kicks.A successful spot kick from Carli Lloyd punished Celia Sasic for missing her own penalty, keeping USA’s dream of winning their third Women’s World Cup alive. Germany, ranked No1 and the tournament’s

Aussies advance: Duckworth, Groth, Dellacqua score Wimbledon wins

*Australians Sam Groth and James Duckworth face off in second round*Casey Dellacqua faces 17th seed Ukrainian Elina SvitolinaSam Groth and James Duckworth have set up an all-Australian second-round Wimbledon showdown after scoring breakthrough victories at the All England Club.Groth nailed 16 aces to upset American 31st seed Jack Sock 6-3 3-6 6-3 6-3 for his maiden main-draw Wimbledon wi

Women's World Cup 2015 semi-final: USA beat Germany – as it happened

*USA 2-0 Germany: the full game report 9.30pm ET You can read the full game report from Tuesday’s game here: Related: Women's World Cup: USA into final after Carli Lloyd tames Germany 8.58pm ET Ellis is talking after the game: “It’s not about the system, it’s about the players”. She’s modest - it was a great change in formation to free up space for Lloyd and she subbed in O’Hara

The Cyril Rioli Riddle – How to establish individual player value in a team sport? | Ben Cuzzupe

Hawthorn’s forward pocket is a polarising figure in AFL; but love him or loath him, its important to acknowledge the role that Cyril Rioli performs for his teamNobody stokes debate or perpetuates a discussion about player worth like Cyril Rioli.The Hawks speedster’s on-field presence divides fans in a way which is almost partisan – acceptance of his creativity and genius in one corner, unc

Wimbledon 2015: Days 1 and 2 – in pictures

Guardian photographers Tom Jenkins and Graeme Robertson are down in SW19 to bring you a selection of their best images from the opening two days Continue reading...

BBC's new Wimbledon highlights show mauled by critics and viewers

Clare Balding-fronted programme featuring tweets, chat and clips criticised by people wanting to just see actual footage of tennis being playedCritics and viewers have savaged the BBC’s new Wimbledon daily highlights package, presented by Clare Balding. The revamped programme, called Wimbledon 2Day, sees Balding and guests discuss the day’s play in one of the tournament’s hospitality suite

Mark Sampson believes England can stun Japan on way to World Cup win

• Lionesses face World Cup holders in semi-final• Head coach says England will be ‘last’ to leave Canada• We must accept demands of World Cup success, says Mark SampsonMark Sampson believes his England team “will be the last one to leave Canada” as the Lionesses prepare to take on Japan in the World Cup semi-final on Wednesday night. A win against the world champions in Edmonton would mean En

Sheffield Wednesday appoint Carlos Carvalhal as new head coach

• Portuguese manager replaces Stuart Gray at Championship club• French defender Vincent Sasso joins on loan from BragaCarlos Carvalhal is the new head coach of Sheffield Wednesday. He replaces Stuart Gray, who was controversially sacked early last month after guiding the Owls to a comfortable 13th-placed finish last season.A statement on the club’s website added: “The Portuguese is joined b

Sport picture of the day: hot stuff in Wimbledon

With on court temperatures topping 40 degrees it’s no wonder the sweat is dripping off Rafael Nadal saw off Tomasz Bellucci at Wimbledon Continue reading...

Super League: Hull KR 34-28 Salford

• Hull KR 34-28 SalfordDane Tilse scored his first try in the English game as the Challenge Cup semi-finalists Hull KR continued their impressive home form to haul themselves out of Super League’s bottom four for the first time since April.The prop’s touchdown 10 minutes into the second half sparked a purple patch for Rovers, who turned a 10-8 interval deficit into a commanding 26-10 lead

West Brom chase Rickie Lambert and Charlie Austin as Terry Burton goes

• Burton dismissed after 13 months as technical director• West Brom confident that Saido Berahino will sign a new dealTony Pulis has strengthened his powerbase at West Bromwich Albion on the back of some significant backroom changes and the club have moved to support their head coach further by making ambitious moves for Charlie Austin and Rickie Lambert to sharpen their strikeforce.In a de

Japan’s strengths: four reasons for England to be fearful | Louise Taylor

The World Cup holders are pass masters of the women’s game with a variety of threats for England to counter in the semi-final on Wednesday nightDubbed the _Nadeshiko’s_ “brightest flower” the 22-year-old Bayern Munich creator has been used primarily as an impact substitute during Canada 2015. She stepped off the bench to devastating effect in the quarter-final against Australia, scoring Japan’s

Nottinghamshire hope arrival of Peter Moores will revive lowly county

• Nottinghamshire 240 & 115-3; Worcestershire 283• Mick Newell: there was a need for fresh ideas and voices in dressing roomPeter Moores has been tasked with saving Nottinghamshire from relegation nearly eight weeks after being sacked as the England coach.The genesis of the eye-catching move for 52-year-old Moores, planned by Mick Newell and Lisa Pursehouse, the club’s director of cricket a

Sweden v Portugal: European U21 Championship final – as it happened

Outsiders Sweden defeat Portugal 4-3 on penalties to win the tournament for the first time after the teams had been tied 0-0 at the end of extra time*Read John Ashdown’s match report from Prague 10.46pm BST The yellow wall erupts once more, and this party will go on long, long into the night. Congratulations again to them, and goodnight for me. Thanks for all your emails, dog breed disc

Sweden 0-0 Portugal (4-3 on pens) | European U-21 Championship final

• Sweden 0-0 Portugal (Sweden win 4-3 on penalties)• Patrik Carlgren saves William Carvalho’s final penaltyThe European Under-21 Championship crowned perhaps its most unlikely winners at the Eden Stadium, with Sweden defeating Portugal 4-3 on penalties after a 0-0 draw to take their first title at this level.William Carvalho, perhaps the player of the tournament, was the fall guy, with his

Sebastian Coates to make Sunderland move permanent from Liverpool

• Defender spent last season on loan at Stadium of Light• Coates moved to Anfield in 2011 but failed to impressThe Uruguay international Sebastian Coates spent last season on loan at the Stadium of Light where he initially struggled to secure a regular first-team place under his compatriot Gus Poyet but established himself in the side once Dick Advocaat took over as manager.The 24-year-old

Former England cricket head coach Peter Moores joins Nottinghamshire

• Moores joins on consultancy basis to help director of cricket• Nottinghamshire are bottom of Division OnePeter Moores has joined relegation-threatened Nottinghamshire on a consultancy basis with the aim of turning around their form in the County Championship.Moores, who was sacked as coach by the England and Wales Cricket Board at the start of May following a disappointing second spell in

Usain Bolt withdraws from Diamond League meetings with leg injury

• Olympic champion pulls out of Paris and Lausanne• Double world record holder also missed Jamaican trialsUsain Bolt’s troubled season continued on Tuesday when he pulled out of the Paris and Lausanne Diamond League meetings because of a leg injury.“I’m disappointed not to be able to compete in Paris and Lausanne. I love running at these meetings but at the moment I am unable to compete at

Sepp Blatter to miss Women’s World Cup final for first time

• Fifa’s president will not travel to Vancouver for the final on Sunday• Decision follows Fifa executives being charged with corruption in USSepp Blatter will not travel to Vancouver for the final of the women’s World Cup on Sunday. The Fifa president has told organisers that personal reasons will prevent him from attending, a US-based lawyer for Blatter said on Tuesday.The lawyer, Richard

Wimbledon 2015: Aljaz Bedene and James Ward make it a British quartet

• Pair seal wins over Radek Stepanek and Luca Vanni • More than three British men in second round for first time since 2006Aljaz Bedene, the Slovenia-born British No2 who was playing his first match at Wimbledon since qualifying for citizenship in March, found home advantage to his liking after completing a five-set victory over the Czech veteran Radek Stepanek.The court temperatures may ha

Graham Rowntree: England fitness work gives them a World Cup edge

• Forwards coach says boot camp will give hosts an advantage• Squad to be cut by five before Denver altitude training campIf this autumn’s World Cup heads southwards, it will not be for failings in preparation among the northern contenders. Graham Rowntree, England’s forwards’ coach, is in no doubt that the time his squad have together now will lend them an advantage over the southern hemisphe

Brad Haddin has final ambition before pulling up stumps with Australia

• 37-year-old Ashes wicketkeeper will sit out four-day game with Essex• ‘We are not New Zealand; we won the World Cup final,’ says HaddinTrevor Bayliss will outline his vision for the future of the England team on Wednesday after being furnished with his squad for next week’s Ashes series opener in Cardiff. And the Australian’s qualities as a head coach continue to be talked up by the oppositi

Middlesex’s Ollie Rayner turns game away from Hampshire

• Hampshire 176 & 195-7; Middlesex 330• Rayner and James Harris take three wickets apiece on third dayOn Ollie Rayner’s own admission, his role at Middlesex is “not sexy”. Playing half of his matches at Lord’s, his duty is to hold up an end with the ball and contribute with the bat. But sometimes, when a pitch wears and he is allowed the opportunity to stitch some overs together, like he did a

Lewis Hamilton: British Grand Prix gives me the biggest buzz

The F1 champion, whose early Silverstone days were in a go-kart on a straw bale track, relishes the ‘gold medal race’ but wishes the winner’s trophies were betterLewis Hamilton was in an almost monarchial mood as he held court at Mercedes-Benz World at Brooklands in the buildup to the British Grand Prix at Silverstone.Before him an exhibition of exotic cars gleamed and preened on their stand

Crystal Palace in talks with PSG over £10m Yohan Cabaye transfer

• Frenchman would like to join his former Newcastle manager Alan Pardew• Southampton may rival Palace if Morgan Schneiderlin joins Manchester UnitedCrystal Palace are in dialogue with Paris Saint-Germain over the potential purchase of Yohan Cabaye in what would amount to a club record deal having been offered encouragement that the France international is tempted by a move to Selhurst Park.

Leap second: how one second can be long enough to spell disaster

As the world gets ready to reset its clocks, we reflect on what a difference a second can make, from the basketball court to the campaign trailA lot can happen in a second. And on Tuesday night every person on Earth will gain one more when a “leap second” is introduced to the world’s time in order to allow the Earth’s rotation, which is gradually slowing, to stay in sync with atomic clocks.

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