Wimbledon 2016: Best is still to come, says champion Andy Murray

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Murray clinched his third Grand Slam title as he brushed aside Canada`s Milos Raonic with an imperious 6-4, 7-6 (7/3), 7-6 (7/2) victory in Sunday`s final. The 29-year-old is the first Briton to secure multiple All England Club titles since Fred Perry in the 1930s and only the 12th man to win Wimbledon more than once. Having suffered painful defeats in eight of his previous 10 Grand Slam finals, the…


Euro 2016: France appear to be pushing into fifth gear, right in time for semis

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In a major tournament, success is often all about peaking at the right time. As France ruthlessly plundered minnows Iceland 5-2 in Paris, in order to set up a mouth-watering date with world champions Germany in the semi-final, you couldn’t help but wonder: have coach Didier Deschamps’ men timed it right? It’s a tough question to answer. France’s next opponent will be the strongest the host nation would’ve faced in…


Wimbledon: Reigning champs favored again

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LONDON — Top-ranked Serena Williams hasn’t won a Grand Slam since Wimbledon a year ago, but the 21-time major champion appeared confident about her chances of retaining the title on the eve of the tournament. “Honestly, I don’t feel any pressure,” said Williams, keeping her answers short at a news conference Sunday. “I feel good and confident.” Williams surprised many by failing to win any of the last three Grand…


Tennis: Germany’s Mayer wins in Halle


Florian Mayer beat youngster Alexander Zverev in three sets (6-2, 5-7, 6-3) to win the Gerry Webber Open. The win takes the veteran Mayer back into the top 100 in the tennis’ world rankings. Sunday’s final in the city of Halle was not only an all-German affair, but a contest between experience and youth, pitting 32-year-old Mayer against 19-year-old Zverev. And it was experience getting off to the much better…


Euro 2016: Germany fire up ‘the machine’ in Ukraine win, but need to fix some spare parts

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With little over a minute to go before full time, Ukraine had a corner. It trailed Germany by a goal and, as a final desperate throw of dice, the players pushed forward to seek parity. The move, however, broke down instantly and within seconds Andre Schurrle had released Mesut Özil on the left. The Arsenal playmaker looked up and composed himself before delivering a sumptuous ball that Bastian Schweinsteiger placed…


David Warner Scores Half-Century as Australia Thrash West Indies


David Warner scored unbeaten 55 as Australia beat West Indies by six wickets in the second match of the tri-series Providence, Guyana: David Warner scored an unbeaten half century as Australia romped to a six-wicket thrashing of West Indies in their opening Tri-Nation Series day-night game at the Guyana National Stadium on Sunday. Warner’s 55 not out saw Australia home with almost 25 overs to spare after the West Indies…


Euro 2016: Spotlight on Bale means Ramsey can profit for Wales – Coleman


• Ramsey has put in ‘best performances I’ve seen from any Welsh midfielder’ • Performance, not dyed blond hair, will make Euro 2016 impact, says Ramsey Chris Coleman said he is more than happy for all the attention to be on Gareth Bale at the European Championship finals in France this month if it enables Aaron Ramsey to thrive in the shadows of the world’s most expensive footballer. Bale scored…


French Open: Andy Murray plays Richard Gasquet in quarter-finals


Andy Murray will meet Richard Gasquet in the French Open quarter-finals on Wednesday after the weather in France finally relented. The match was due to take place on Tuesday but was postponed because of rain in Paris. The British number one will be on court at 13:00 BST at the earliest, with matches involving Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams scheduled before him. Cloudy, dry weather is forecast for Paris after…


‘You killed my country’s dream but even so, all the best’


Bobby Charlton has previously been a harsh critic of Jose Mourinho and was understood to have objected to his potential appointment when Manchester United were looking for a successor to Sir Alex Ferguson in 2013.  United’s new manager seems to have made peace with the England legend though… Manchester United’s new manager Jose Mourinho made peace with Bobby Charlton as he met the Old Trafford icon at the club’s Carrington training ground. Charlton has previously been a…


Virat Kohli Blames Himself, AB de Villers For RCB’s Loss to Sunrisers Hyderabad in IPL Final


Sunrisers Hyderabad beat Royal Challengers Bangalore by eight runs to win their maiden Indian Premier League (IPL) crown. Virat Kohli-led RCB tasted defeat for the third time in IPL finals Bengaluru: Virat Kohli was dignity personified in defeat but did admit that he did not feel good finishing second best as he termed his and AB de Villiers’ dismissal as the “big blow” in Royal Challengers Bangalore’s loss to Sunrisers…


Marcus Rashford and Wayne Rooney fire England to win over Australia


For Marcus Rashford this was another occasion to add to his increasingly impressive portfolio of outstanding moments. Rashford had reiterated his Euro 2016 credentials before any of the players had a single grass stain on their kit. In the process he became the youngest scoring debutant in England’s history and, of most significance, a boy who started the season in Manchester United’s under-18s might have secured a place in Roy…


Serena Williams cruises into third round of French Open


PARIS — Defending champion Serena Williams picked up a quick, clean victory to reach the third round of the French Open on Thursday. Williams, trying to win her 22nd Grand Slam title to equal Steffi Graf’s Open-era record, needed only 66 minutes to beat 81st-ranked Teliana Pereira of Brazil 6-2, 6-1. Shortly after that was over, Venus Williams entered the same French Open arena and won by the same score. She…