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NSW junior surfing contest going ahead despite two shark attacks

Organisers made the call for the Lennox Head contest to start on Saturday morning after a helicopter patrolling the beaches gave the all clearA junior surfing contest was due to go ahead on the NSW north coast despite two shark attacks.Organisers of the Skullcandy Oz Grom Open made the call for the Lennox Head contest to start on Saturday morning after a helicopter patrolling the beaches g

Arsenal’s Lukas Podolski closes in on permanent switch to Galatasaray

• Galatasaray confirm talks are ongoing with German international• Turkish club have tried to sign Podolski’s on three previous occasions• Podolski’s agent says Arsène Wenger willing to sanction the transferLukas Podolski is on the brink of a permanent transfer to Galatasaray with the Turkish club confirming talks are underway to negotiate a deal at the fourth time of asking. .Galatasaray

England’s Laura Bassett was ‘heartbroken’ following World Cup own-goal

• Notts County defender yet to speak to parents about Japan semi-final• England head coach will ‘definitely’ start 31-year-old against Germany• Mark Sampson’s Lionesses out to spoil Silvia Neid’s partyLaura Bassett has spoken about the anguish of scoring the stoppage-time own-goal which ended England’s hopes of reaching the Women’s World Cup final.“I couldn’t breathe, my heart was out of m

Talking Horses: Saturday’s best bets plus the latest racing news

Aidan O’Brien and Ryan Moore can combine to give Cougar Mountain a shock win in the Coral-Eclipse despite the presence of Derby winner Golden HornTen years on from Oratorio’s shock victory over Motivator in the Eclipse, Aidan O’Brien may be about to pull off another surprise defeat of a Derby winner in the Sandown race. Cougar Mountain (3.45) is a fascinating contender for Saturday’s feature an

Heroic Heather leaves her mark on childhood idol Serena Williams

After Britain’s No1 pushed Wimbledon’s top-seed all the way, Esther Addley takes a look at the rise of Guernsey’s 23-year-old tennis starHeather Watson and Serena Williams had never played each other before Friday, and the world No1 admitted earlier this week that she “[didn’t] know her at all”.But the British 23-year-old’s name will be considerably more familiar to Williams today, after W

Cas confirms Vanessa-Mae broke no rules in Olympic qualification

• Court absolves musician over use of International Ski Federation system • Four-year ban lifted, clearing her of rigging low-level races in SloveniaVanessa-Mae exploited weak International Ski Federation rules and got help from alpine race officials “smitten” by her celebrity to qualify for the Sochi Olympics, according to sport’s highest court.The court of arbitration for sport cleared th

Leeds 46-18 St Helens | Super League match report

• Leeds 46-18 St Helens• Rhinos run in eight tries in top-of-the-table clashThe hallowed blend of youth and experience is a much sought after combination in sport and Leeds Rhinos, as they have for the last 10 years or so in Super League, appear to have got the formula just right again in 2015.As is tradition with Leeds, their holy trinity of Kevin Sinfield, Rob Burrow and Danny McGuire hav

Astana’s Lars Boom could be thrown off Tour for low cortisol levels

• Astana say cyclist will start if he cannot be replaced• Boom is a key lieutenant of the champion, Vincenzo NibaliLars Boom, one of the reigning Tour de France champion Vicenzo Nibali’s most experienced lieutenants on the Astana team, could be excluded from this year’s race after returning cortisol levels below the normal level.The Dutchman, 29, was revealed to have posted an abnormally lo

Brendon McCullum hits record 158 for Birmingham against Derbyshire

• McCullum’s 64-ball knock the highest in English Twenty20 history• New Zealand captain equalled his own highest score in T20Brendon McCullum scored 158 not out, the highest total in English Twenty20 history, as Birmingham Bears crushed Derbyshire in the NatWest T20 Blast.New Zealand’s captain, McCullum, clubbed 13 fours and 11 sixes in a thrilling 64-ball knock at Edgbaston, to lead the No

Liverpool in talks to sign Allan Rodrigues de Souza from Internacional

• Discussions under way to bring Brazilian midfielder to Anfield• Deportivo La Coruña interested in signing Luis Alberto on loanLiverpool are attempting to strengthen their academy ranks with the signing of Brazilian midfielder Allan Rodrigues de Souza from Internacional.The 18-year-old impressed Liverpool coaches during the Frenz International Cup held in Indonesia and Kuala Lumpur earlier

Tom Ince joins Derby from Hull on permanent transfer after loan spell

• 23-year-old agrees four-year deal and joins for undisclosed fee• Paul Clement: ‘He is an exciting talent, there’s no doubt about it’Derby County have completed the permanent signing of Tom Ince from Hull City. The 23-year-old winger, who had a spell on loan with the Rams last season, has agreed a four-year contract after the clubs agreed an undisclosed fee. Related: England Under-17s head

Wimbledon held its breath as Heather Watson stood up to Serena Williams | Andy Bull

The British No1 came agonisingly close to beating her childhood hero but when push came to shove the world No1 had deeper to dig on a raucous Centre Court• Serena Williams v Heather Watson – as it happenedIt can be a hard thing to meet your heroes, and a harder thing still to beat them. This was Heather Watson’s first match against Serena Williams, a player she used to idolise as a child. The

A-Rod gets to keep ball from 3,000th hit after he settles Yankees dispute

Deal announced Friday gives $3.5m to charitable groups, saves the team $5.5m and gets A-Rod the home run ball from his 3,000th hit against Detroit in JuneAlex Rodriguez and the Yankees settled their dispute over a marketing payment with a deal announced Friday that gives $3.5 million to charitable groups, saves the team $5.5 million and gets A-Rod the home run ball from his 3,000th hit.At

Wimbledon winner Andy Murray would relish joining different type of Superstars

The 2013 champion believes the versatility tennis players have to show on court would make them ideal candidates for the cult sporting TV programmeAndy Murray’s standing as an international athlete ought to be established beyond doubt – certainly in tennis he is universally respected and admired – but it is a little odd, still, to hear commentators occasionally say that he has “finally arrived”

James Ward relishes big Wimbledon stage for Vasek Pospisil duel but stays grounded

• ‘A lot of people rise to the occasion. I am one of them’• Ward still hopeful of progressing to Andy Murray meetingJames Ward and Andy Murray are as close as any players dare to be in the cut-throat world of elite tennis, sharing a love of Arsenal, a dry sense of humour and a passion for the Great Britain Davis Cup team. And they know that if they collide in the quarter-finals at Wimbledon al

Damon Hill: more powers for F1 drivers can restore sport’s human touch

• Drivers must not be mute and compliant, says former world champion• Hill backs reforms as a step in the right directionDamon Hill has expressed strong concern over the disempowerment of drivers in Formula One and argued that their lack of involvement has been a fundamental problem with the way the sport has been run and its consequent perceived decline in popularity.Criticism of Bernie Ec

Lewis Hamilton: ‘I don’t like to think I’m in my golden years in F1’

The newly mellow Mercedes driver is in philosophical mood as he reflects on his 20s and prepares for the British Grand Prix at SilverstoneIn the brutally abridged lifespan of the professional sportsman, Lewis Hamilton has just hurtled into middle-age and the consequences of his jolting arrival appear to surprise him as much as everyone else. His recent maturity is all the more unexpected becaus

Graeme McDowell misses cut in bid for third straight Open de France

• Champion bows out after disastrous second round of 78• Martin Kaymer, Victor Dubuisson and Rafa Cabrera-Bello share leadGraeme McDowell admitted he needs to “clear his mind” after his bid for a third successive Alstom Open de France title came to an ignominious early end on Friday. McDowell was one of 42 unable to complete their opening rounds on schedule at Le Golf National after thundersto

Zharnel Hughes shrugs off ‘Plastic Brit’ tag after winning 200m heat

• Anguillan-born teenager runs 20.55sec to reach final at British Championships• ‘I have a positive mind. I came here to do something great’The teenager dubbed the new Usain Bolt said ‘Plastic Brit’ jibes would not faze him after sauntering to victory in his first race on British soil in Birmingham on Friday night.Zharnel Hughes, the Anguillan 19-year-old who last month was one of five over

Wimbledon 2015: Order of play for Saturday 4 July

• Andy Murray takes on Andreas Seppi on Centre Court• Dustin Brown plays Viktor Troicki on No3 Court 1pm start Continue reading...

Team Sky tight-lipped over rumours linking Richie Porte to BMC Racing

• Australian’s contract expires after a year which has already seen nine race wins• Cycling’s small print prevents Brailsford from discussing rumours until AugustSir Dave Brailsford has refused to be drawn on speculation that Richie Porte could be on the verge of leaving Sky at the end of the season to take over as grand tour leader of BMC Racing.Reports from Australia hinted strongly that

Kyrgios bounces racket into spectators during tantrum at Wimbledon

Controversial Australian, who received a warning during his victory over Milos Raonic, connects with crowds but has been criticised for his behaviourIt was his third match at Wimbledon in five days, and the third time Nick Kyrgios had attracted the attention of the umpire for the wrong reasons. The rangy Australian 20-year-old was a set into his third-round victory over number seven seed Milo

Belinda Bencic thwarts Bethanie Mattek-Sands’ charging momentum

• Eastbourne champion continues fine form with 7-5, 7-5 win• Swiss hits back to set up meeting with AzarenkaAfter 17 eventful years on the women’s tour the American Bethanie Mattek-Sands will feel she has an explanation for most things that have happened in her career. But the veteran may well struggle to explain the vagaries of her 7-5, 7-5 defeat by the 18-year-old Belinda Bencic, rising sta

Ireland, France, Italy and South Africa pitch for 2023 Rugby World Cup

• World Rugby confirms formal expressions of interest from four unions • United States, previous contenders, have withdrawn their bidThe bidding battle to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup is set to be between four countries – Ireland, France, Italy and South Africa.World Rugby confirmed on Friday that formal expressions of interest were received from the four respective unions by last month’s

Utrecht and Tour de France rivals gear up for grandest of départs

Cycling-mad Dutch city embraces its big day while Contador, Nibali, Froome and Quintana get set for one of the most exciting Tours in yearsFrom gleaming top-end racers down to rusting bone-shakers whose best days are long behind them, the sight of bicycles swarming the streets of Utrecht is far from rare. How fitting, then, that Saturday’s opening stage of the Tour de France will bring to fruit

F1 chiefs take sport to task in candid conference call at British Grand Prix

• Force India owner Vijay Mallya says Bernie Ecclestone must ‘uncrap’ F1 • Lotus CEO Matthew Carter blames media for negativity around sport• Jenson Button keen to put on show at Silverstone despite slim hopesThe second of the two press conferences held at a Formula One race weekend tends to be the drier. With the glamour boys going first on Thursday, Friday heralds the team principals and ch

Heather Watson pushes Serena Williams to limit before bowing out in thriller

• World No1 recovers to win epic Wimbledon duel 6-2, 4-6, 7-5• Watson rattles Williams in performance of her life before exitingHeather Watson disagrees – because athletes hate to embrace defeat – but she might never reach a higher standard of tennis than that which she showed in losing to Serena Williams in three sets of incomparable drama on Centre Court at Wimbledon on Friday evening.To

Serena Williams v Heather Watson: Wimbledon 2015 – as it happened

Serena Williams fought back from the brink to win an astonishing match 6-2, 4-6, 7-5 against the British No1 7.33pm BST Heather Watson led 3-0 in the final set and then she served for the match at 5-4. And still it wasn’t enough against the remarkable Serena Williams. What a match. That will live long in the memory but despite Watson’s coming-of-age heroics, it’s Williams who moves into th

Watford striker Troy Deeney signs new five-year contract

• Former Walsall striker commits future until 2020• Deeney has scored at least 20 goals in last three seasonsThe Watford striker Troy Deeney has signed a new five-year deal with the Premier League newcomers.The 27-year-old scored 21 goals as the Hornets finished second to Bournemouth last season and secure a return to the top flight after an eight-year absence. Continue reading...

Women’s World Cup: Mark Sampson’s Lionesses out to spoil Silvia Neid’s party

Manager is determined to bid farewell to ‘the greatest coach in the history of the women’s game’ with England’s first win over GermanyMark Sampson calls Silvia Neid the greatest coach in the history of the women’s game. His admiration is sincere but it has only intensified a long-standing ambition to outwit her on a football pitch.Neid steps down as Germany coach after the third-place play-o

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