Red Bull driver moves 46 points clear in standingsSainz comes close second, Hamilton rounds off podium
Max Verstappen had long promised that given the tools he was more than capable of delivering a world championship. He duly took the title last year but his victory at the Canadian Grand Prix for Red Bull was an object demonstration that he appears in every position to now go on to seal multiple championships.
He had never won at the Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve before but owned it with a dominant and composed drive redolent of the great champions, including seeing off a late charge from Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz, who was second. The victory has crucially further extended Verstappen’s lead over title-rival Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc, who is third in the championship, to 49 points.
2nd ODI: England (239-4) beat Netherlands (235-7) by six wicketsEngland 2-0 up in series; captain gets second successive duck
A damp flannel wrapped itself around the legs of England’s six-wicket win in the second one-day international against the Netherlands, when the captain, Eoin Morgan, was out for a duck for the second successive game.
While England’s ODI calendar has been empty for 11 months, in international Twenty20 cricket Morgan has not passed fifty in 24 games – and he was unable to scamper even a run at Amstelveen in a seven-ball innings that was put out of its misery when his eyes lit up at a flighted delivery from Tom Cooper, but he managed only a top edge which dropped nicely to backward point.
Injuries piling up for head coach before tour to AustraliaJones: ‘I’m not pleased with how we performed’
Eddie Jones has insisted he can still reverse England’s fortunes in Australia after enduring a humiliating record defeat by the 14-man Barbarians, which heaps the pressure on the head coach before the series against the Wallabies next month.
Compounding matters, Jones faces a number of injury headaches and a potential crisis at No 8 before naming his touring squad on Monday morning after the heaviest defeat of his tenure. England went down 52-21 against the invitational side and the home team had to endure the embarrassment of watching George Kruis backheel a conversion through the posts.
Athletes must prove they have ‘not experienced male puberty’New policy follows the report of a scientific panel
Swimming’s world governing body, Fina, has voted to restrict the participation of transgender athletes in elite women’s competitions in a major decision that has been welcomed by many female athletes but sets it apart from most other sports.
The new policy states that transgender women must establish that they “have not experienced any part of male puberty”. It follows the report of a scientific panel which found that trans women retained a significant advantage over cisgender female swimmers even after reducing their testosterone levels through medication.
The manager discusses the pressure of his job, Neymar’s future and turning down approaches from Real Madrid and PSG
With a few months to the World Cup how are you? How are you managing your anxiety? How am I? I’m expectant but focused. We reached the World Cup; now it’s time to reach the final and be champions. This is the truth. At the last World Cup I was the manager because of other circumstances [Dunga was fired in 2016 and Tite took over]. Now I have had the opportunity to do the full four-year cycle. Expectations are high but the focus is on work.
I have staff with great values and credentials. And an extraordinary family. If I didn’t have my wife [Rosi], I wouldn’t be where I am. I lose my temper, I hit the roof, I don’t sleep at night, just like everyone else. But I have a partner who supports me, a family that supports me. I draw strength from my family, work and spirituality.
City value England attacker at around £60mChelsea’s Lukaku set to seal Internazionale return on loan
Manchester City expect Raheem Sterling to leave this summer, with Chelsea poised to step up their interest in the England winger once Romelu Lukaku’s loan to Internazionale has been completed.
Thomas Tuchel is keen to strengthen his misfiring attack and Chelsea, who are close to giving Lukaku permission to seal a return to Inter, plan to accelerate their transfer activity soon. Sterling is high on their list of targets and City are unlikely to stand in the 27-year-old’s way.
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Christian Horner speaks: “Fernando is going to be going for it, so we’ve just got to try to get clear of that as soon as we can. You’ve just got to get on with your own thing. We can’t spend time worrying about what Fernando is going to do. Hopefully he’s sensible we’ve just got to get stuck in, and for Checo likewise.”
Zhou Guanyu delivered the best qualifying performance of his career yesterday and wants to make good on that today.
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Moving Day moved, baby. Like pulp, baby! And now Matt Fitzpatrick has the chance to add the 2022 US Open to the 2013 US Amateur title he won at Brookline as an 18-year-old. Neat narrative arc, huh?
But other splendid stories are available. Can Will Zalatoris go one better after coming second at the PGA last month? Could Jon Rahm become only the eighth man after Willie Anderson, John McDermott, Bobby Jones, Ralph Guldahl, Ben Hogan, Curtis Strange and Brooks Koepka to retain the US Open?
Olympic gold medallist reveals fears of court martial in army and toll on her mental health as she lifts 34-year public silence
Gay rights campaigners have welcomed Dame Kelly Holmes’ decision to come out at the age of 52, in a move that sparked questions about how many older people remain afraid to be open about their sexuality after growing up in more homophobic times.
The double Olympic gold medallist lifted a painful 34-year public silence on her sexuality on Sunday, saying that she felt as if she was going to “explode with excitement” by finally coming out after years in which she felt depressed, anxious and even suicidal, keeping her secret from all but close family and friends.
Italian defeats Filip Krajinovic to win cinch ChampionshipsBerrettini’s second grass-court title in June
Over the past three months, as the tennis tour travelled through Europe and the clay season endured, one men’s contender was missing throughout. Matteo Berrettini underwent surgery on a finger, forcing him to spend his days on the sidelines as the rest of the tour rolled on.
Coming back from injury and quickly regaining the form of old can be one of the biggest challenges a tennis player faces, but upon his return on his favourite surface, Berrettini has made it look easy. He has marked himself as one of the top Wimbledon contenders once more. On Sunday afternoon Berrettini won the cinch Championships for the second year running, defeating the unseeded Filip Krajinovic 7-5, 6-4 in the final.
England XV 21-52 BarbariansLacklustre display on eve of Australia tour selection
Whatever Eddie Jones had in mind for this fixture, watching George Kruis, the former England lock, backheeling a conversion through the posts in the final few minutes of an emphatic victory for the invitational side was probably not it. For all the players absent for England, for all the excuses that could be made, this was without question a chastening afternoon for Jones and one that will not be ignored in Australia.
The Barbarians hit 50 points and scored eight tries. They were leading by three points when Will Skelton became the first player in Barbarians history to be sent off and finished with a winning margin of 31.
Tour has banned golfers playing in Saudi-backed leagueAustralian is serving as figurehead for breakaway competition
Greg Norman, the figurehead of the Saudi-backed LIV Golf Series, has defended the competition after widespread criticism from high-profile figures across the sport.
Golfers such as Norman, Phil Mickelson and Dustin Johnson who have chosen to join the breakaway series have received criticism because of the human rights abuses carried out by the Saudi regime. In the US, the famed sportscaster Bob Costas offered a withering assessment of the LIV Series. “This is Saudi blood money,” he said last week. “We know all we need to know about the royal family and what they have done. It’s not just [Jamal] Khashoggi, it’s not just the ongoing oppression of women and gays, they’re directly or indirectly tied – according to US and British intelligence – to the 9/11 event.”
Prix de Diane at Chantilly goes to Gosden youngster Nashwa holds off late surge from 50-1 La Parisienne
Nashwa provided Hollie Doyle with her first Classic success after a thrilling victory in the Prix de Diane at Chantilly.
So impressive in winning her first two starts of the season at Haydock and Newbury, the Frankel filly was last seen finishing a creditable third in the Oaks at Epsom. Turning out just 16 days later for the French equivalent, John and Thady Gosden’s youngster was the 7-4 favourite under her record-breaking rider and got the job done in determined style.
Manager may need ‘different players and personnel’Stam explains what Ten Hag can learn from Sir Alex Ferguson
The former Manchester United treble winner Jaap Stam believes Erik ten Hag has what it takes to succeed at the club, provided they back their new manager in the transfer market.
Ten Hag is the latest in an illustrious line of Dutchmen to have been employed by United, including players such as Stam, Ruud van Nistelrooy, Edwin van der Sar and Robin van Persie. United’s only previous Dutch manager, Louis van Gaal, experienced mixed fortunes, sacked after two seasons but having won an FA Cup and given debuts to Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard. Stam is confident Ten Hag can thrive with the right support.
Right-back’s move could be worth £6.5m to Aberdeen‘It’s not just a massive club, they give young players chances’
Liverpool have completed the signing of the Scotland Under-21 defender Calvin Ramsay from Aberdeen, subject to international clearance. The 18-year-old joins the Premier League club on a “long-term contract” in a deal believed to be worth an initial £4m, with another £2.5m in potential add-ons.
“I’m just buzzing and it’s a dream come true really to be here,” said Ramsay. “It was a dream come true to play for Aberdeen, and now to be at one of the biggest, if not the biggest club in the world, it’s a massive achievement and I’m looking forward to trying to show the fans what I’ve got.”
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We should be good to get our match eventually, but.
Liam Livingstone, then. His 66 off 22 the other day gave him a strike-rate of 300.00, better even that Jos Buttler’s paltry 231.43. There’s a part of me that wonders if he might be worth a Test-match punt at some point (because yes, England are in dire need of some lower-middle order biffing).
Hope Powell’s side bowed out early but England’s last home women’s Euros was an ‘inspiring watershed moment’
It was as if a previously shuttered window had been thrown wide open and, for the first time, Hope Powell’s players could glimpse unexpectedly exciting new horizons.
Bev Ward, the Football Association executive responsible for that tournament’s marketing and communications strategy, recalls the moment well. “England were playing at Ewood Park in Euro 2005 but they were held up getting there because the team bus was waved down by fans lining the approach roads. I remember Rachel Unitt, Rachel Yankey and Kelly Smith – leading players – saying it was the very first time they’d seen women and girls wearing replica shirts with their names on the back.
Former Olympic champion says she ‘needed to do this now’Holmes feared she would be court martialed while in army
Dame Kelly Holmes has announced that she is gay, saying she “needed to do this now”.
Speaking during Pride month, the two-time gold medal winning Olympic champion said she realised she was gay at the age of 17 after kissing a fellow female soldier, and that her family and friends have known since 1997. “I needed to do this now, for me,” she told the Sunday Mirror. “It was my decision. I’m nervous about saying it. I feel like I’m going to explode with excitement. Sometimes I cry with relief. The moment this comes out, I’m essentially getting rid of that fear.”
The first woman to play in an MLB-affiliated league since 1994 understands interest but is busy making her way in the sport
Kelsie Whitmore is one of three figures on the baseball diamond at the Staten Island Community Park. The stands of the ballpark are empty, give or take a few hotdog sellers opening their kiosks in the concourses. Her coach, Nelson Figueroa, is hitting balls at her, which she waits on before reading the angle it will arrive, motioning towards the ball, then receiving it in her mitt with her left hand and throwing back with her right.
Next to her, a girl is watching and then doing the same. She is much smaller than Whitmore. Her throws do not comfortingly thud back into Figueroa’s mitt like Whitmore’s do, but die halfway before bouncing back along the ground. She looks towards Whitmore after each, who nods, shadows the action and then turns to receive.
Jon Rahm’s double bogey at the last leaves him one off leadersRory McIlroy three shots off lead after brutal day at Brookline
By Monday morning, there could be plans for a Matt Fitzpatrick statue in Brookline. Success in both the US Amateur Championship and the US Open at the Country Club, which is now within Fitzpatrick’s grasp, would be quite the feat.
Fitzpatrick, who endured a turbulent Sunday at last month’s US PGA Championship, is hot in pursuit of glory on his next major start. The Yorkshireman, whose amateur win came at this illustrious venue in 2013, will start day four in a tie for the lead. At four under par, Fitzpatrick has Will Zalatoris for company. History favours Fitzpatrick.
Sunday’s match is the final opportunity for hopefuls to force their way into Eddie Jones’s plans for Australia tour
Rewind the clock a little less than four years and there was Eddie Jones arguing that a defeat by the Barbarians should not be included in England’s losing streak because it was not a Test match. Excluding it, the run of defeats still reached five after two subsequent losses against South Africa before the Springboks were beaten, thanks in no small part to Danny Cipriani’s left boot, in a sodden Cape Town.
On the back of another difficult Six Nations and back-to-back defeats by Ireland and France, Jones has made clear that “it’s not England this week. It’s England XV against the Barbarians.”
System will stop players seeing offensive messagesGianni Infantino calls online abuse ‘a form of discrimination’
Football chiefs are to use technology to detect and block online abuse aimed at players during the World Cup finals in Qatar and beyond.
Fifa, the game’s world governing body, and FifPro, the global players’ union, published an independent report on Saturday to coincide with the United Nations International Day for Countering Hate Speech in which rising levels of discriminatory posts on social media surrounding international fixtures are highlighted.
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Not the start Matt Fitzpatrick wanted. A three-footer for par pulled left at 1. He slips back to -1. He left the flagstick in there, as he usually does, but the wind was blowing it around like crazy. That surely can’t have helped. A fair chance he’ll be taking it out for the shorter putts from now. Meanwhile on 6, Will Zalatoris misses the green to the right and doesn’t get particularly close with his chip on, but he steers in the left-to-right 12-footer to remain at -3.
England 18-4 Combined Nations All StarsJake Wardle scores on debut in encouraging World Cup warm-up
With the end goal of the World Cup just four months away, nobody will be getting too carried away with this mid-season victory: least of all Shaun Wane. The England head coach is a firm believer in keeping his squad grounded, but this was still an impressive workout from his squad against a Combined Nations All Stars squad who had been victorious against England this time last year.
Wane has stressed his belief that the delay of the World Cup from last year to this autumn will only benefit his young squad. This was a result and a performance that suggests he may be right. With key players to come back from injury and his Australia-based heavyweights playing in the NRL unavailable for this Test, it is clear there are still several more gears for this squad to go through.
‘I’m in disbelief right now,’ says replacement fly-half Coach Steve Borthwick praises his players’ last-gasp composure
Leicester’s matchwinner, Freddie Burns, has admitted he could barely believe the sensational conclusion to the Premiership final which saw him kick the match-winning drop-goal to deny Saracens in the final minute of the game.
Burns was required to play a more prominent role than he expected when George Ford limped off in the first half, having already managed to revive his professional career at Leicester following a stint in Japan. “I’m in disbelief right now. I’m normally not short of words but I can’t believe I’m sitting here. I managed to shin it over – it was like a dead duck – but I don’t care. It went through.
England Women 36-10 France WomenHosts run in seven tries in Warrington
The bigger tests are to come for England later this year but as preparations for the World Cup go, this was about as perfect as it gets.
France are not on the level of Australia and New Zealand, the two sides who will pose the greatest threat to England’s hopes of lifting the World Cup on home soil this autumn. But as the fifth-best side in the world and the next best in the northern hemisphere behind England, they were certainly a test on the level the head coach, Craig Richards, would have wanted.
Playoff final: Leicester 15-12 SaracensDecisive drop goal in dying moments decides thriller
It has been a while but the once-mighty Tigers of Leicester are roaring again. Not since 2013 have England’s erstwhile superclub been crowned English domestic champions and the outpouring of joy – and relief – at the final whistle was indicative of the long and winding trek they have had to undertake to regain their old status.
And, when it came, deliverance could scarcely have been sweeter, a last minute drop-goal from replacement stand-off Freddie Burns clinching a contest that bubbled throughout like molten lava. The game had seemed destined for extra time, with the Tigers down to 14 men, only for Ben Youngs to sweep the ball back to his fly-half almost in front of the posts. The flight of the ball was lowish and flat but over it went and Saracens were sunk.
Remarkable rides help Moore to ninth Royal Ascot jockeys’ titleNaval Crown leads one-two for Appleby in Platinum Jubilee
Ryan Moore ended a four-year wait for this ninth Royal Ascot jockeys’ title here and did so with winners from opposite ends of his race-riding repertoire. Broome, a 6-1 shot, made all the running to see off a field including Hurricane Lane, last year’s Irish Derby winner, in the Hardwicke Stakes before Moore pulled off a remarkable needle-threading exercise aboard Rohaan in the Wokingham Handicap, finding a way through a wall of horses as he went from nearly last to first in the space of a furlong.
Rohaan’s victory, for the second year running in this ultra-competitive handicap and under top weight of 9st 12lb for good measure, moved Moore to a total of seven winners over the meeting, three clear of his nearest pursuers, William Buick and Danny Tudhope, with only two races to run.
DP World Tour is expected to prevent LIV Golf players such as Phil Mickelson from playing the Scottish Open in July
The latest move in golf’s epic power struggle is likely to see those rebels who have committed to the LIV Series prevented from playing in the Scottish Open. Although still to be completely finalised, the sanction is among those expected to be revealed by the DP World, formerly European, Tour in the coming days.
The Scottish Open, worth $8m (£6.5m) in prize money, ordinarily forms a key part of Open buildup for scores of players and is a marquee event on the DP World Tour. Entries close on Thursday.
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There’s been a shower or two but it’s still not likely that the favourite Trueshan, who was pulled out of the Gold Cup on Thursday because of the fast ground, will run in the Queen Alexandra Stakes at 6.10pm later today. Zoe Bird of Sky Sports Racing caught up with trainer Alan King who wasn’t sounding positive.
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Leicester’s head coach Steve Borthwick speaks: “Tactically let’s be smart, let’s have a good plan, but let’s put in a performance we can be proud of ... you can try and be safe, but I want the players to be proud of their performance, and I want the fans to be proud of their team.
“It’s a great journey we’re on, we’ve enjoyed this week, and we’ll enjoy today. I’m excited every week ... I’m enjoying every second of it.”
Monaco, France and Spa may no longer host annual races, even as Formula One’s calendar grows towards a gruelling 25 races
With Sunday’s Canadian Grand Prix the final fly-away meeting of the spring, Formula One is about to enter its European leg proper. But the sport’s very popularity may now be putting at risk some of those classic races in what was considered F1’s heartland.
As ever following the money, F1 is signing more expensive and longer deals with circuits. But given there are a finite number of slots available on the calendar, something has to give.
Gillian Coultard and Carol Thomas reflect on 1984 event that had shorter games and little publicity in England
The contrast could hardly be greater for the former England captains Gillian Coultard and Carol Thomas between what was at their disposal in their playing days and the resources and professionalism afforded to the Lionesses today. The pair, who contested the first staging of the event in 1984, are looking forward intensely to England kicking off Euro 2022 against Austria at Old Trafford on 6 July.
Thomas, 67, took to the game before the FA ban on women’s football was lifted in 1970, while Coultard, 58, began playing in 1976 when female participation was permitted, though not championed. “When I started playing, I was only an 11-year-old local footballer in Hull,” Thomas says. “I didn’t realise there was a ban or anything. I just played for the fun of the game and we played wherever we could find goalposts.”
Striker signs new deal to stay with Gunners until 2027Takes No 14 shirt vacated by former captain Aubameyang
Eddie Nketiah has ended speculation about his future by signing a new long-term Arsenal contract, the club have announced. The 23-year-old, who has been with the Gunners since the age of 14, had been in the final few weeks of his previous deal. Nketiah had been linked with a move to Crystal Palace but has now committed his future to Arsenal until 2027.
Nketiah scored 10 goals in all competitions in 2021-22, including five in seven Premier League matches at the end of season. He will take the No 14 shirt, recently vacated by Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and previously worn by Thierry Henry, from next season.
Newly-crowned NBA champions Golden State Warriors returned to San Francisco after beating the Boston Celtics 103-90 in Game 6 of the NBA Finals. Scores of fans lined the perimeter fence around San Francisco International Airport to welcome the Warriors home as they paraded the trophy in front of them.'We weren't really sure when the season started if we could do it,' said Warriors head coach Steve Kerr. 'This one was the most unlikely championship.'
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36-year-old will still play for England in T20 and ODI gamesBrunt is England Women’s third-highest Test wicket-taker
Katherine Brunt has announced her retirement from Test cricket, with the England seamer planning to “prioritise white-ball cricket” for the remainder of her career.
The 36-year-old is England Women’s third highest wicket-taker with 51 dismissals in 14 Tests at a supreme average of 21.52. Brunt will continue to be available for one-day internationals and Twenty20s after making the “heartbreaking” decision to end her red-ball career after 18 years.
An idea taken to new levels by City Football Group is mushrooming in popularity but with mixed success
‘One lesson from all of this is that it’s difficult to be at two clubs,” said a reflective Nancy president, Gauthier Ganaye, after their relegation to France’s third tier last month. Feted as English football’s youngest chief executive after joining Barnsley for a spell in 2018 at the age of 30, Ganaye spent last season juggling his role at Nancy with being executive president of the Belgian club KV Oostende.
Barnsley, who were relegated from the Championship in April despite reaching the playoffs last year, are, like Nancy and Oostende, part-owned by New City Capital – an investment group that also includes American investors Pacific Media Group.