lly Stone excluded for the rest of the series

lly Stone excluded for the rest of the series

England’s hopes of hitting Australia with pace this summer now rest solely on Jofra Archer after Olly Stone was ruled out for the remainder of the season with the recurrence of a stress fracture to his lower back. The 25-year-old Warwickshire fast bowler made his Test debut against Ireland last month and was then an unused squad member for Ashes series-opener at Edgbaston, only for lower back soreness to see him initially stood down for two weeks. But with further scans revealing a stress fracture – the same injury that…

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A cyclist dies after an accident during a Polish Tour bike ride

A cyclist dies after an accident during a Polish Tour bike ride

The Belgian cyclist Bjorg Lambrecht has died after crashing at the Tour of Poland. He was 22. His Lotto Soudal team announced on Monday that Lambrecht had fallen during the third stage of the race and that he was taken to hospital, where he died. His Lotto Soudal team confirmed: “The biggest tragedy possible that could happen to the family, friends and teammates of Bjorg has happened … Rest in peace Bjorg.” The team did not provide additional details. Lambrecht had secured a series of strong finishes during one-day classics…

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Japanese celebrate landmark Goodwood win by Deirdre in Nassau

Japanese celebrate landmark Goodwood win by Deirdre in Nassau

Japan racing’s 19-year wait for its second Group One winner in Britain finally came to an end here on Thursday as Deirdre, a five-year-old mare trained by Mitsuru Hashida, brought Frankie Dettori’s golden run to at least a temporary halt with a one-and-a-quarter length defeat of the Italian rider’s mount, Mehdaayih, in the Nassau Stakes. Hermosa, the winner of the 1,000 Guineas in May, finished tailed off at the back of the nine-runner field. Dettori came into the race attempting to win four consecutive Group One events in Britain for…

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Pakistan exit Cricket World Cup despite victory over Bangladesh

Pakistan exit Cricket World Cup despite victory over Bangladesh

In the end it came with neither a whimper nor a roar but with a flicked single behind square by Tamim Iqbal off a shortish ball from Mohammad Amir. Batting first, Pakistan had made 315 at Lord’s. At which point the ICC version of Skynet ran the numbers through its circuits and decreed that they needed to bowl Bangladesh out for seven runs or fewer to qualify for the semi-finals of the World Cup. Defending seven to stay in the tournament Pakistan still managed to cram in a misfield and…

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John McCririck: flamboyant horse racing pundit dies aged 79

John McCririck: flamboyant horse racing pundit dies aged 79

John McCririck, the garrulous racing pundit who became a household name as the flamboyantly attired face of British racing coverage, has died at the age of 79. Typically clad in a trademark deerstalker hat and clutching a cigar, his gesticulating style was known even to many of those who were uninterested in the sport, about which he started broadcasting in the 1980s for ITV. McCririck, born in Surbiton, Surrey, worked variously as a waiter, bookmaker and as an award-winning journalist before going on to televised racing punditry. In 1981, he…

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Pierre-Hugues Herbert focused on doubles action with Andy Murray

Pierre-Hugues Herbert focused on doubles action with Andy Murray

Pierre-Hugues Herbert upset his regular doubles partner, Nicolas Mahut, when he accepted Andy Murray’s invitation to play with him at Wimbledon, but he is not in the mood for looking back as they prepare for their first match on Thursday, against Marius Copil and Ugo Humbert. The Frenchman’s priority on Wednesday was ensuring a minor knee problem he brought to the tournament – apparently unknown to Murray – is sufficiently rested before they begin their pursuit of the title. “It’s good,” the talented Frenchman said. “I had a day off…

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Los Angeles Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs dies aged 27

Los Angeles Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs dies aged 27

The Los Angeles Angels have confirmed pitcher Tyler Skaggs died before Monday’s game against the Texas Rangers. He was due to turn 28 on 13 July. Police in Southlake, Texas, responded to reports of an unconscious man in a hotel room on Monday morning. Skaggs was pronounced dead at the scene. Police said the death was not being treated as suspicious. “It is with great sorrow that we report Tyler Skaggs passed away earlier today in Texas,” an Angels statement said. “Tyler has, and always will be, an important part of the…

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King Philippe writes to King Eddy to thank him on behalf of Belgium

King Philippe writes to King Eddy to thank him on behalf of Belgium

King Philippe has written a thank you letter to Eddy Merckx, one week before the Tour de France kicks off in Brussels.  It is now 50 years since ‘the Cannibal’ won the competition for the first time. “I would like to thank you on behalf of the country”, the King said in his letter, which was published by Sudpresse on Saturday.  “Our country was on Cloud Nine 50 years ago: 30 years after the last Belgian Tour de France victory (Sylvère Maes’ second), another Belgian had finally won the famous…

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Israel Folau donations soar past $2m – as Australian Christian Lobby cashes in

Israel Folau donations soar past $2m – as Australian Christian Lobby cashes in

A campaign to raise funds to support Israel Folau’s legal stoush with Rugby Australia could soon be suspended after donations reached $2m. The Australian Christian Lobby, which set up the Folau fundraiser on its website, called the flow of donations overwhelming. “We have decided we should stop at $2m and raise more money if and when we need it,” the ACL head, Martyn Iles, told the Australian on Thursday. “The sheer scale and pace of the response from donors has just been overwhelming.” The ACL appears to be seeking to…

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Lewis Hamilton: F1 governance must change after ‘ugh’ French Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton: F1 governance must change after ‘ugh’ French Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton has revealed he is unimpressed with how Formula One is being run and says its governance must change. Speaking after his dominant victory at the French Grand Prix, Hamilton said Formula One teams – who have their own vested interests – should not be allowed to frame the sport’s regulations after he was present for discussions over new plans for 2021. Hamilton won at Paul Ricard from pole, untroubled after the first corner for his sixth victory this season. He leads the world championship by 36 points from…

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