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Graham Thorpe backs the Hundred to help England’s struggling Test batsmen

Graham Thorpe hopes the Hundred allows England’s batsmen to relax before their five Test series against India and believes their mental approach is proving more of a hindrance than any technical problems. Thorpe, the assistant coach, and Marcus Trescothick, the elite batting coach, have plenty of work to do with their charges before the first […]

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Coaches to the fore after series of masterclasses light up Super Netball

Super Netball coaches tend to keep a low profile. There is no punching of walls, no screaming expletives at umpires and no post-game altercations. And in addition to living up to the behaviour demanded of such role models, the league’s coaches this weekend also proved they boast some of the finest minds in sport, regardless […]

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Steve Clarke refuses to blame Scotland’s Marshall for being lobbed from halfway

Steve Clarke refused to blame David Marshall after the Scotland goalkeeper was beaten from almost 50 yards by the Czech Republic’s Patrik Schick. The Czechs ruined Scotland’s return to a major tournament after a 23-year absence with a 2-0 victory in Glasgow. With his team already a goal ahead, Schick left Marshall stranded in the […]

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Milan Skriniar strike earns Slovakia Euro 2020 win over 10-man Poland

So much for Robert Lewandowski and Marek Hamsik. This match was decided by Milan Skriniar, who kept Poland’s talisman in his pocket throughout and won it midway through the second half with a finish that would have made either of those attacking maestros proud. Skriniar has just enjoyed a marvellous season at the heart of […]

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Record-breaker Cristiano Ronaldo commands audience he deserves

Of all the stadiums in all of Europe to be close to full capacity at Euro 2020 it would be the one that Cristiano Ronaldo bestrides for his latest international record on Tuesday. Murky politics may have been behind the Hungarian government’s decision to allow more than 60,000 fans into the Puskas Arena but, purely […]

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Spain and Sweden rue missed chances after Euro 2020 stalemate in Seville

You may have heard this one before. It was noisy in Seville, but the roof was never truly raised at La Cartuja, the sound that lingered from Spain’s opening game at Euro 2020 instead the whistles of supporters who had watched their team dominate possession, complete 918 passes for 85% of possession, setting a new […]

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Biosecure bubble can help forge stronger Lions bonds, insists Ken Owens

The British & Irish Lions hooker Ken Owens believes the strict Covid-19 restrictions facing the squad can act as a strength rather than a weakness for the upcoming tour of South Africa. Training got under way on Monday for the 26 players who have arrived at the Lions’ pre-tour training base in Jersey and Owens […]