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England v Scotland: Euro 2020 – live!

Euro 2020 Group D updates from the 8pm BST kick-offThe Fiver: sign up now and get our free football emailAnd you can email Rob with any thoughts on the game 5.45pm BST Take the best Friday feeling you’ve ever had, multiply it by a thousand and you’re still nowhere near it: England v Scotland in the European Championship, at Wembley, on a Friday night. When the draw was made in November 2019, few people twigged that England v Path C play-off winners (Wembley) would be such a big deal. It could have been England v Norway.Instead it’s England v Scotland, the oldest fixture in international football. The pre-match buzz is electric but also a peedie bit peculiar – the anticipation is as much about the occasion and the history as the actual football. Rightly or wrongly, reasonably or arrogantly, consciously or unconsciously, most people think England will win this match fairly comfortably. That’s rarely the case before such a blockbusting match. Continue reading...
Guardian - 18.06.2021 18:45

Eriksen discharged after successful operation for heart-starter implant

COPENHAGEN (Reuters) -Denmark midfielder Christian Eriksen has been discharged from hospital following a successful operation, days after he collapsed on the pitch during Denmark's Euro 2020 opener, the Danish Football Association (DBU) said on Friday. Eriksen had a heart-starter device implanted after his collapse due to a cardiac arrest during Denmark's first Group B game against Finland in Copenhagen on Saturday. "Thank you for the massive number of greetings, it has been incredible to see and feel," Eriksen, who plays his club football at Italian champions Inter Milan, said in a statement.
Yahoo - 18.06.2021 18:23

After Ronaldo snub, soccer stars swig Coca-Cola

It seemed like he'd started a thing. Some stars copied Cristiano Ronaldo after he snubbed Coca-Cola at a pre-match news conference. The soccer legend, known for his fitness obsession, seemed to urge viewers to drink water instead. But now some players and coaches at the Euro 2020 championship are going the other way.Russian coach Stanislav Cherchesov made a point of taking a big swig of Coke when he went on camera.Ukraine captain Andriy Yarmolenko went one further.Unlike Ronaldo he moved the cola bottles into shot, not out.And suggested the firm should get in touch with him.The comical turn is likely a relief to Coca-Cola.After Ronaldo’s snub its shares dipped 1.6%, wiping $4 billion off the firm’s share-market value.Tournament organiser UEFA had to remind teams of their sponsorship obligations.It didn’t rule out punishments, including fines, if any more bottles went missing.
Yahoo - 18.06.2021 17:41

Forsberg fires Sweden to 1-0 victory over Slovakia

Emil Forsberg scored Sweden's first goal of the Euro 2020 from the penalty spot as they edged out Slovakia 1-0 to boost their qualification hopes in Group E on Friday. After an insipid first half display, Sweden stepped up their intensity in the second half and deservedly earned a penalty in the 77th minute when substitute Robin Quaison was brought down by Slovakia goalkeeper Martin Dubravka in the box. Forsberg slotted the penalty into the right hand corner of the goal to take Sweden provisionally top of Group E on four points from two matches.
Yahoo - 18.06.2021 16:54

Bayern Munich linked Emil Forsberg scores in Sweden’s win over Slovakia as Newcastle star Martin Dubravka goes from hero to zero

Newcastle goalkeeper Martin Dubravka went from hero to zero as he gave away the penalty in Slovakia’s 1-0 defeat to Sweden. Dubravka had pulled off a wonder save in the second half, but was then at fault for the spot kick that handed all three points to their opponents in their Group E game. RB […]
TalkSport - 18.06.2021 16:53

Croatia vs Czech Republic: Euro 2020 – live score and latest updates from Group D

Croatia vs Czech Republic, Euro 2020 Group D match, begins at 5pm on BBC One Reading this on the Telegraph app? Sign up for Euro 2020 notifications here Euro 2020 teams, player lists and rankings - our definitive guide to the 24 countries Euro 2020 wallchart and predictor
Yahoo - 18.06.2021 16:18

Tottenham told to give manager job to Ryan Mason as former star Andros Townsend says Gennaro Gattuso move ‘shows nobody else wants it’

Tottenham have been urged to make Ryan Mason their permanent manager after the latest twist in their search for a new head coach. Former Spurs winger Andros Townsend says the club’s move for Gennaro Gattuso ‘shows nobody else wants it’ and has told his boyhood club to put their trust in the interim boss. Spurs […]
TalkSport - 18.06.2021 16:00

Jose Mourinho brands Eden Hazard ‘an awful trainer’ as former Chelsea boss says Real Madrid and Belgium star could win the Ballon d’Or if he had ‘professional attitude’

Jose Mourinho has revealed ‘the truth’ about Eden Hazard and why he has fallen short of expectations since signing for Real Madrid. Mourinho managed the Belgian playmaker at Chelsea and says he is a ‘terrible trainer’ who isn’t professional enough in his attitude to the game to maximise his talents. Hazard was one of the […]
TalkSport - 18.06.2021 11:53

Sergio Ramos, Real Madrid’s loudest warrior, quietly says goodbye

After 16 seasons and four Champions Leagues, the centre-back faces a future away from the club he never wanted to leaveAfter 16 seasons, 671 games, 101 goals and four Champions Leagues, walking in a teenager and walking out a legend, a comic book captain who embodied the club like no one else, Sergio Ramos’s farewell wasn’t the way he had planned. Not least because he hadn’t planned to depart at all. Almost the first thing he said as he took his seat in the press room at Valdebebas for the last time on Thursday was: “I would like to say that I never wanted to leave Real Madrid. I always wanted to stay here.” A brief event had already taken place: a couple of short speeches, a few forced smiles and some applause in front of maybe 20 people. But now the room was virtually empty: just Ramos, Emilio Butragueño, the press officer, Carlos Carbajosa, a cameraman and a TV with a Zoom screen on it. Florentino Pérez, the president, wasn’t there. “It might have been good for him to be,” Ramos sai...
Guardian - 18.06.2021 00:10

Belgium’s attacking riches bail out creaking back line against Denmark | Jonathan Wilson

On an emotional day Kevin De Bruyne’s introduction helped turn the tide but the Belgian defence never looked comfortablePerhaps this wasn’t the game for making proper judgments. Belgium were in the desperately awkward position of being the other team in the face of a great outpouring of Danish emotion, and for half the game they struggled in that role. But the introduction of Kevin De Bruyne, back after surgery on the facial injury he sustained in the Champions League final, changed everything.But beyond talk of the difficult emotion of the occasion or of De Bruyne’s brilliance, there are other issues for Belgium. Going forward after half-time, they looked like the side that had scored 40 goals in qualifying. Romelu Lukaku, the isolation of the first half ended, was exceptional. But that first half exposed major concerns about the defence: the foundations are creaking. Continue reading...
Guardian - 17.06.2021 21:57

Hungary plan to get stadium rocking and make France feel the heat | Andy Hunter

A raucous crowd and 33C weather await the world champions in Budapest, where players and fans are united in hopeHours before the European champions, Portugal, checked out of their hotel on Margaret Island on Thursday, bound for Munich and a potentially defining encounter with Germany, the world champions, France, checked in to the Budapest Marriott a few kilometres south along the Danube. There really is no let-up for Hungary at Euro 2020.There is no despondency inside Hungary either, it would appear, despite the misfortune to be drawn in a group alongside three heavyweights, in the role of supporting punch bag, and the manner of Tuesday’s 3-0 defeat by the holders. As Cristiano Ronaldo and company basked in victory before 4,500 Portugal fans in one corner of the Puskas Arena, Hungary’s players put their arms around each other on the 18-yard line at the other end of the pitch. Facing their hardcore support behind the goal, and in tandem with them, they bounced up and down while singing...
Guardian - 17.06.2021 19:46

Sergio Ramos bids emotional farewell to Real Madrid – video

Sergio Ramos gave an emotional farewell to Real Madrid on Thursday after 16 trophy-laden seasons with the La Liga club.Since the defender  joined Real Madrid in 2005, Ramos has won 22 trophies, which included five La Liga titles and four Champions Leagues.Ramos, who has also won one World Cup and two European Championships with Spain, revealed that he had received an offer to extend his contract with Real – which had ended in June – but that the expiry date had passed. Now aged 35, he will pursue a fresh challenge for the final phase of his playing career, with his brother and agent Rene expected to be at the forefront of negotiations with clubs.• Real Madrid confirm Sergio Ramos will leave after 16 years at club Continue reading...
Guardian - 17.06.2021 17:58

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Cameron Norrie flies the flag but Dan Evans goes out at Queen’s

Norrie beats Jack Draper to reach semi-finalsEvans outgunned by top seed Matteo BerrettiniBritain was guaranteed at least one player in the last four this weekend at Queen’s Club and it will be Cameron Norrie, who beat his teenage compatriot Jack Draper.In Draper’s breakthrough tournament he has beaten two top-40 players in Jannik Sinner and Alexander Bublik. But the 19-year-old found the in-form Norrie, currently ranked 41 in the world, a step too far and fell to a 6-3, 6-3 defeat. Related: Andy Murray’s Queen’s Club comeback halted by defeat to Matteo Berrettini Continue reading...
Guardian - 18.06.2021 21:54

US Open To Return To 100 Per Cent Fan Capacity

The US Open announced on Thursday that this year’s tournament will return to 100 per cent fan capacity at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. The year’s final Grand Slam will be held from 30 August-12 September at Flushing Meadows. “We are extremely excited to be able to welcome our incredible fans back to the US Open this year,” USTA CEO Mike Dowse said. “While we were proud that we were able to hold the event in 2020, we missed having our fans on-site, because we know that they are a large part of what makes the US Open experience unlike any other. Indeed, the challenges presented by the pandemic were tough on us all, but our sport came together like never before and tackled each challenge head on. “Interest in tennis has accelerated, with four million new and returning players taking to the court last year. Our sport surged in the toughest of times, and this year’s US Open promises to be an unforgettable celebration of the gam...
ATP - 17.06.2021 16:57

Berrettini Ends Murray’s London Run, Meets Evans In QF

Top seed Matteo Berrettini aced a big test from former champion Andy Murray at The Queen’s Club, fighting through 6-3, 6-3 on Thursday to move into the quarter-finals at the cinch Championships. The Italian impressed throughout the clay-court season after winning his fourth ATP Tour title at the Serbia Open (d. Karatsev) and reaching the final at the Mutua Madrid Open (l. to Zverev). He has been seamless in his first grass-court event of the year, reaching the last eight without dropping a set in his Queen’s Club debut.  "This was really hard. We all know who Andy is, he is a great player and he was always there even until the last point," Berrettini said. "I'm really happy for my performance. "I know how tough it is to come back from an injury, so I wish him the best of luck. I think he played great today. I played better. I am just happy that he is back." Murray previously lifted the trophy in London in 2009, 2011, 2013 and 2015-16, and was back in action with a wil...
ATP - 17.06.2021 16:47

Nadal Withdraws From Wimbledon, Olympic Games

Rafael Nadal has withdrawn from Wimbledon and will not compete in the Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo, the player announced on social media on Thursday.  Nadal, who reached the semi-finals at Roland Garros (l. Djokovic) after lifting the Internazionali BNL d’Italia and Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell trophies, cited the need to recover physically after a demanding clay-court season.  “It’s never an easy decision to take but after listening to my body and discuss it with my team I understand that it is the right decision,” Nadal posted in a Twitter thread. “The goal is to prolong my career and continue to do what makes me happy, that is to compete at the highest level and keep fighting for those professional and personal goals at the maximum level of competition.” The Spaniard is a two-time former champion at Wimbledon, having claimed the men’s singles trophy in 2008 and 2010. He also owns two Olympic gold medals, one in singles from the 2...
ATP - 17.06.2021 13:43

Warning: Be On The Lookout For A Diving De Minaur On Grass

Alex de Minaur might not be your typical big-serving grass-court player who rushes the net at every opportunity. But the Aussie is one of the toughest competitors on the ATP Tour, and he will look to make his mark on the lawns this grass-court season. ATPTour.com caught up with the 22-year-old, who is competing at this week’s cinch Championships, about his love for diving on grass, the player he wishes he could play on the surface and why lollies would be key for him on the Wimbledon queue.  What is the biggest adjustment physically when switching to grass? I think the biggest adjustment is you naturally have got to be a little bit lower to the ground because of the lower bounce, so you can’t quite slide. Even though there are some people who manage to slide on the grass, you can’t really slide. It [requires] a bit more compact footwork, so you’ve got to be nice and low and be ready to feel the quad burn. Do you feel a different type of soreness when you f...
ATP - 17.06.2021 01:36

Felix On Beating Federer: ‘I Was Locked Into The Moment’

Felix Auger-Aliassime has long idolised Roger Federer. And on Wednesday afternoon, the Canadian defeated the Swiss legend 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 in their first ATP Head2Head clash at the NOVENTI OPEN. “It was pretty cool. When we got to the court, when the match started it was a pretty cool moment. But then as the match went on, I was just really zoned in and locked into the moment and the match,” Auger-Aliassime said. “At the end of the third set, even though I was up by two breaks and I felt like things were going [my way] — he was missing a little more — I still had to maintain my focus. "Against players like him and other top players, you never know how quickly things can turn around, so I had to really maintain my focus.” This wasn’t the first time they have spent time on the same court together. When Felix was younger, Federer invited him to train together in Dubai. But that did not play a role in the #NextGenATP star’s victory. “Whe...
ATP - 16.06.2021 19:19

Former Champ Murray, #NextGenATP Alcaraz Lead Wimbledon Wild Cards

Two-time Wimbledon champion Andy Murray is among the five players that have received a wild card into this year’s Championships, the All England Club announced on Wednesday. The former World No. 1 delighted fans on Centre Court in 2013 when he became the first British man to win the singles title since Fred Perry, ending the country’s 77-year wait for a home champion. His last appearance in singles at Wimbledon was in 2017, and he played men’s doubles (w/Herbert) and mixed doubles (w/S. Williams) in 2019. Murray, who lifted the singles trophy again in 2016, will be joined by three more British men in the draw after Liam Broady, Jay Clarke and Jack Draper also received wild cards.  #NextGenATP Spaniard Carlos Alcaraz will make his Wimbledon main draw debut after receiving the last of the five initial wild cards announced. The 18-year-old has turned heads in his previous two Grand Slam ventures, qualifying for the Australian Open and Roland Garros and reaching the...
ATP - 16.06.2021 18:59