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Tour de France 2014 stage 16: Carcassonne to Bagnères-de-Luchon live!

*All the action as the riders hit the Pyrenees*Send your thoughts to*William Fotheringham: Where did it all go wrong for Sky?*Our readers' Tour de France photos: from Yorkshire to Paris 4.05pm BST There are four men together, all of them now well behind Rogers: Serpa, Voeckler, Kiryienka and Gautier. Surely, though, the Australian is going to win this.

James Rodríguez signs for Real Madrid for a reported £63m

Colombian to wear No10 shirt vacated by Mesut Özil Midfielder joins Toni Kroos at European champions Sid Lowe on how the new galáctico will fit inThe unexpected star of the World Cup finals, Colombias James Rodríguez, has signed for Real Madrid for a reported £63m.The 23-year-old follows the signing of another key midfielder from the World Cup, Germanys Toni Kroos who joined for a bargain

Greg Dyke rules out any England bid for a future World Cup

Chairman says world body needs to replace Sepp Blatter FA walking out of Fifa is not an option at presentGreg Dyke has ruled out England bidding for a World Cup and suggested that if Fifa is serious about wanting to reform itself it should think about electing a new president next year.The FA chairman appeared before the Culture Media and Sport select committee on Tuesday to answer question

The Spin | England exhausted: weary limbs and tired minds | Andy Bull

Englands new era cannot start while the core of their fledgling side are still struggling to recover from the old oneThe third floor of the Langham hotel is, they say, haunted by a silver-haired doctor who murdered his wife on their honeymoon, a German prince who jumped out of a fourth-floor window, a footman in pale blue livery and a powdered wig, and the Emperor Napoleon III. But not, so far

Jos Buttler replaces Matt Prior in England third Test squad to play India

Buttler will make Test debut at Southampton but Kerrigan out Prior taking break after Englands second Test defeat Alastair Cook vows to stay on as England captainJos Buttler will replace Matt Prior behind the stumps in the third Test at Southampton but Alastair Cook will remain as England captain.Buttler will make his Test debut in the game beginning on Sunday after Prior decided to take a

Rory McIlroy to parade Open trophy in front of Manchester United fans

Lifelong United fan to show off Claret Jug at Old Trafford Opening home fixture with Swansea the likely dateManchester United will invite Rory McIlroy to parade the Claret Jug at Old Trafford after his victory at the Open on Sunday.The lifelong United supporter will most likely show off the trophy at the clubs opening home game of the season, the visit of Swansea City on 16 August. Continu

County cricket live!

All the action from Scarborough, where Yorkshire are hosting Middlesex in the County Championship Division One 3.48pm BST Richard Rae reports at teaTea, which means 32 overs remain to be bowled here at Scarborough, and though one result has now been ruled out Middlesex have long since given up any thoughts about chasing Yorkshire still need another six wickets to force the win. 1.04p

Nick Matthew to be Team Englands flag bearer at Commonwealth Games

Squash star given honour for Glasgow opening ceremony 33-year-old won two golds at 2010 Delhi GamesSheffields Nick Matthew will lead Team England into the Commonwealth Games after being named as the squads flag bearer.The 33-year-old multiple squash world champion will walk out first at Wednesdays opening ceremony at Celtic Park after being nominated by his team-mates. It is deserved recogn

European champion Becky Downie going for gold at Commonwealth Games

Gymnast tells how her battle to overcome illness and injury has fired her desire to secure a winners medal in GlasgowBecky Downie was just a kid when she first made a name for herself on the international stage. The shy 14-year-old from Nottingham won an unexpected individual bronze medal on that most terrifying of gymnastics apparatus, the balance beam, at the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne.

St Patrick's school, the 'home of champions'- in pictures

A glimpse at St Patrick's High School in Iten, Kenya home to the 800m Olympic Champion and world record holder David Rudisha, and his coach and the school's former headmaster, Brother Colm O'Connell Continue reading...

Sport picture of the day: Spanish inquisition

Water polo is an aggressive team sport that requires stamina and is not for the faint hearted. Judging from the passion shown by the Gabriel Hernandez at the Water Polo European Championships team talks can be just as tough. Here the Spain coach is surrounded by his team, talking tactics as they take on Serbia Continue reading...

Vincenzo Nibali tightens grip on Tour de France

Nico Rosberg wins F1 German Grand Prix; India beat England at Lord's; Bradford Bulls relegated from Super LeagueHaving already dispensed with last year's champion Chris Froome, the 2014 Tour de France developed further into a contest of last man standing as crashes forced out two other leading contenders, Alberto Contador and Andrew Talansky. The last man in question looked increasingly like It

LeBron has gone, Love is in the air: NBA free agency winners and losers

Here's our selection of those who have done well (Cleveland, natch) and those (Houston, obvs) who have notIn the NBA, free agency goes pretty fast: as Ferris Bueller would say, if you don't stop to look around you could miss it. This year, you may have lost track after LeBron James made the Decision II whether because of the World Cup or the MLB All-Star Game, or because you were actually

Jimmy Anderson to face hearing over Ravindra Jadeja spat on 1 August

England fast bowler facing four-Test ban if found guilty Indias Jadeja still waiting for hearing dateThe England fast bowler Jimmy Anderson, who has been charged with a level three breach of the ICC code of conduct, will face a full disciplinary hearing before a judicial commissioner on Friday 1 August at 9.00am.Anderson has been charged by India with abusing and pushing Ravinda Jadeja afte

Donald Sterling needs Clippers sale to pay debts, witness says

Chief financial officer of Sterling's properties says banks will recall their loans if Sterling persists in refusing to sell the teamThe chief financial officer of Donald Sterling's properties said Monday that the billionaire may be forced to sell a large portion of his real estate empire to cover $500 million in loans if he persists in refusing to sell the Los Angeles Clippers for $2 billion

The forgotten story of Robert Maxwells 1986 Commonwealth Games

Edinburgh 86 was crippled by boycotts and lack of funding until the media mogul stepped in to save the day or so it seemedThe last time the Commonwealth Games came to Scotland, in Edinburgh in 1986, the cast list of champions was mightily impressive. Steve Ovett left the 800m and 1500m to Steve Cram, and ran instead in the 5,000m, which he duly won. Daley Thompson won the decathlon for the th

Golf stars react to Rory McIlroy's British Open win - video

Golfers past and present pay tribute to British Open champion Rory McIlroy, who on Sunday became the third youngest player in the modern era to land three of the four major championships. Rickie Fowler, Colin Montgomerie and Jason Dufner all praise the 25-year-old for his world class form Continue reading...

Struggling rugby league clubs should crowdsource their fans for help

Super League clubs like Bradford Bulls and London Broncos should take inspiration from an ice hockey franchise in Canada that asked its supporters for ideas and drew on their expertiseBradford Bulls and London Broncos have finally been put out of their misery and their time in the top flight will come to an end after 40 and 19 years, respectively. It is hoped relegation will bring new attitud

Talking Horses: todays best bets and the latest racing news

Tony McCoy continues his bid to ride 300 winners in a season with two excellent chances at Southwell Continue reading...

Our readers' Tour de France photos: from Yorkshire to Paris, via London

Every Tour de France is special, but this year's race captured the imagination of the British public like never before. People took to the streets, baked themed cupcakes and decorated their bikes in celebration. When we asked for your Tour de France photos, we received over 200 images. Here is a small collection of our favourites. Thanks to everyone who took part Continue reading...

Heather Watson loses to Kristina Mladenovic in first round of Baku Cup

British No1 goes down 6-2, 3-6, 6-0 in Azerbaijan Watson broken seven times in first match since WimbledonHeather Watson was broken seven times as she was dumped out of the first round of the Baku Cup by Kristina Mladenovic.Watson, the British No1 who was seeded seventh in Azerbaijan, was in action for the first time since losing to Angelique Kerber in the second round at Wimbledonbut it wa

Australian Cameron Bairstow signs NBA deal with Chicago Bulls

*Bairstow reportedly signs three-year deal*Power forward in Boomers' World Cup squadAustralia's Cameron Bairstow has landed a three-year NBA deal with the Chicago Bulls. The franchise confirmed it had signed the Queenslander, whom they picked up in the second round of last month's draft.While the terms of the contract weren't officially disclosed, several reports indicate it is for the n

Anna Meares named Australias flag bearer at Commonwealth Games

*Cycling star to lead out 418-strong delegation in Glasgow*Meares eyeing fifth gold medal at her fourth GamesAustralian gold medal hope Anna Meares will lead out her countrys 2014 Commonwealth Games delegation during this weeks opening ceremony in Glasgow.Two-times Olympic track cycling champion Meares, who will be competing in her fourth Commonwealth Games, was overcome with excitement

Theres no place like home for Wayne Bennett

Wayne Bennetts return to coach the Broncos is not without risk - and the ramifications of his move will not just be felt in BrisbaneTheres no place like home, theres no place like home. And just like that, coach Wayne Bennett has clicked his heels and will return to Red Hill to guide the Brisbane Broncos again.The only coach the Broncos knew for their first 21 years of existence will retur

Englands dismal Test run in numbers

Individual statistics explain the teams terrible decline in form since last summers Ashes series victory45.34 Alastair Cooks Test average Continue reading...

The Joy of Six: sports ghost stories

Cricketers, baseball players and dogs named after big-serving tennis stars of the 1970s appear particularly prone to paranormal apparitionsWhen it comes to ghosts and sports we normally think along the lines of the apparitions of seasons past. It might be teams or players struggling to overcome hoodoos and curses; the currse of the Bambino; the Chicago Cubs' curse of the billy goat; Hawthorns

Time to rethink the decision to cut Pararoos funding

A blame game has erupted over funding cuts to a successful disability sport programme, but that is of no help to the athletes affectedAt a time when a National Disability Insurance Scheme is being rolled out and there is a search for ways of improving services which contribute to the physical and mental health of the Australian population, it is odd, to say the least, that one successful prog

Matt Prior taking break from England duty because of fitness issues

Wicketkeeper hopes to play for England again Prior will miss remainder of series against IndiaMatt Prior has admitted that his international career may be over after he announced on Monday night that he was taking a break for the remainder of the summer because of fitness issues.The 32-year-old wicketkeeper said he had a series of physical problems which were hampering his performances and

Manchester United training pitches relaid on Louis van Gaals orders

Carrington pitches replaced with synthetic-grass hybrid United play LA Galaxy in Van Gaals debut matchLouis van Gaals first major move since becoming Manchester United manager takes place on Tuesday morning when the training pitches at the clubs Carrington base are ripped up to be replaced by Desso, a synthetic-grass hybrid material.With Van Gaal also ordering that trees be planted at Carri

England captain Steven Gerrard retires from international football

Gerrard made 114 England appearances over 14 years It is a sad day for me, says Liverpool captainSteven Gerrard said he agonised over the decision to retire from international football following Englands dire World Cup campaign but had to be selfish and quit to preserve his career with Liverpool.The 34-year-old announced on Monday that he was calling time on an England career of 14 years an

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