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Argentina, Morocco and ‘the biggest circus ever seen’

ROLL UP, ROLL UP Football at Big Sports Day; it’s a concept that has always seemed a little off somehow. The world’s most popular game rarely, if ever, enjoys centre stage at the Games, instead taking a back seat to volleyball and sailing for a couple of weeks every four years. Olympic football usually tends to force its way into the headlines only when something goes wrong. Luckily for tea-timely emails scraping through the dog days of July,...


England captain Ben Stokes hopes packed international schedule is ‘addressed’

Stokes’ Test team have a three-week break after the West Indies series before facing Sri Lanka in three matches.


Kavem Hodge interview: I scored hundred with Warner’s bat and some help from Vaughan

At long last, a Test hundred in England from the bat of David Warner. The only catch was that the bat was being wielded by West Indian Kavem Hodge rather than the Australian opener. Hodge’s first-innings 120 against England at Trent Bridge last week is described by him as “what dreams are made of” and the sparkling innings appears an extension of h...


Paris 2024 men’s singles draw: 5 key takeaways – ft. Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Carlos Alcaraz

Djokovic, Nadal, and Alcaraz feature among our key talking points from an intriguing men's draw.


Nelly Korda: Golfer defends Olympic crown at Paris 2024 amid season for the ages

Nelly Korda: Golfer defends Olympic crown at Paris 2024 amid season for the ages - Korda will defend her title at Le Golf National having won a remarkable five LPGA Tour events in a row earlier this year


Sevu Reece gives honest verdict on new All Blacks coaching group

Sevu Reece has given his views on working with the current All Blacks coaching staff.


Who is Florent Manaudou? France’s flagbearer seeks swimming success at Olympics 2024

Who is Florent Manaudou? France’s flagbearer seeks swimming success at Olympics 2024 - The French flagbearer will look for a fourth successive medal in the 50m freestyle on home soil


Man Utd: Ten Hag ‘not under pressure to finish in top four’ as huge sack ‘worry’ emerges

Man Utd boss Erik ten Hag will not be under pressure to finish in the Premier League's top four this season, according to reports.


As Ibrox descends into complete disarray, what now for Celtic?

Last night, the Ibrox side capitulated to a third tier English side, losing 2-1 to Birmingham City. In complete contrast to our pre-season, theirs has been an unmitigated disaster. Four defeats from four. The side that won the Covid championship is finally almost dismantled. What you have left now is a squad being built in a time of austerity for a club that does not have a credit line from any major banking institution. With UEFA’s new...


Who is Neeraj Chopra? Javelin champion could herald new era of Indian Olympic success at Paris 2024

Who is Neeraj Chopra? Javelin champion could herald new era of Indian Olympic success at Paris 2024 - India’s Olympic record belies the nation’s huge population, but Chopra is one of a number of established stars bidding for success in Paris


Red Bull forced into decision over Max Verstappen’s future after driver’s troubled weekend

Max Verstappen has been told to stop one habit going forward following his fifth-placed finish at the Hungarian Grand Prix, in which the Red Bull driver was heard complaining over the team radio


32m Onana Replacement is a Disaster Waiting to Happen for Dyche at Everton

Replacing Amadou Onana was never going to be easy.


Hamilton tough on Verstappen: ‘This is not how a World Champion behaves’

There were a lot of talking points in the aftermath of the Hungarian Grand Prix. One of the biggest was Max Verstappen and his team radio meltdown during the race, which included multiple team radio messages filled with anger and swear words. Many drivers have commented on his behaviour over the radio in Budapest, but the latest is Lewis Hamilton, who was very tough on the Dutchman and his conduct.


Sir Steve Redgrave backs supermum Helen Glover to lead Team GB's rowing redemption in Paris

After a dismal regatta in Tokyo, yielding only one silver and one bronze medal, Brits in boats are back on course for glory at the Paris Olympics - and Steve Redgrave is in buoyant mood


Max Verstappen to get Belgian Grand Prix penalty as FIA punishment looms

Christian Horner recently warned that Max Verstappen will have to take an engine penalty this year and it seems Red Bull have opted to take the punishment this weekend at Spa-Francorchamps


LIV Golf star Jon Rahm has choice words for golf and Olympics critics

Jon Rahm is set to represent Spain at the Olympic Games in Paris and the former Masters champion has hit back at critics of golf's place at the Games


Springboks playmaker ‘blessed’ to join his brother at the Sharks

Jordan Hendrikse is keen to kick on after moving from the Lions to the Sharks.


UEFA Europa League: Second Qualifying Round Preview

The UEFA Europa League continues with the second qualifying round over the next two weeks. There were some excellent ties in the first qualifying round, providing fans with much to look forward to in the competition this season. This is the round where some of Europe’s more established sides enter, where expectations will be high in their respective continental campaigns. Looking ahead to the matches, The Sports Deck gives a preview of the...


F1 champion Max Verstappen agrees new deal with Red Bull bosses

Max Verstappen finished P5 at the Hungarian Grand Prix


Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal in line for mammoth early Olympics clash

Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal could clash very early into the men's singles tennis at the 2024 Olympics after Thursday's draw.


Olympics swimming schedule: Every event, date and start time at Paris 2024

Olympics swimming schedule: Every event, date and start time at Paris 2024 - Adam Peaty, Katie Ledecky and Lean Marchand are the stars in the pool with a number of big rivalries to look out for in Paris


Ornstein confirms that Fulham are 'close to reaching agreement' in the race for Emile Smith-Rowe

Arsenal’s Emile Smith Rowe is reportedly nearing a move to Fulham after being left out of our friendly against Bournemouth last night in Los Angeles. Reports were saying that the Cottagers are close to securing the 23-year-old midfielder for £35 million.


Mikel Arteta has signed one of four Arsenal transfer targets as Riccardo Calafiori nears

Arsenal have already welcomed one recruit this summer, and more arrivals are on the horizon as Mikel Arteta looks to build a Premier League-winning squad


The 9 longest matches of Andy Murray’s career as ‘man of steel’ calls time on singles career

Andy Murray was known for his marathon encounters.


‘Made checks…’ – Liverpool have sounded out European outfit about ‘extraordinary’ goal poacher

Liverpool have reportedly ‘made checks’ on a prolific striker who was one of Europe’s highest scorers last season. Viktor Gyokeres netted 43 times in all competitions as Sporting Lisbon regained the Primeira Liga title, and the ex-Coventry marksman unsurprisingly has a lofty £85m release clause in his contract (HITC).


Esteban Ocon to join Ollie Bearman at Haas next season

Ocon makes the move from Alpine as a replacement for Kevin Magnussen, whose departure was confirmed earlier this month.


Max Verstappen leaves Martin Brundle 'uncomfortable' as F1 pundit makes feelings clear

Martin Brundle was less than impressed with Max Verstappen ahead of this weekend's race in Belgium.


Olympics-Shooting-Zhang backs young team to win first gold

By Irene Wang PARIS (Reuters) - Chinese shooters are desperate to win the team's first gold medal in Paris and their first gold in the skeet event in over 30 years, former Olympic champion Zhang Shan said. The 10-metre air rifle mixed team event is among the first gold medal events in Paris scheduled for Saturday morning. "The Chinese team is very competitive in the event and I really hope our


Aussie boxing star Justis Huni destroys undefeated rival to maintain perfect record and continue bid for mega-fight with Tyson Fury, Anthony Joshua or Oleksandr Usyk

Huni's mantra before Thursday night's fight was 'more aggressive, more entertaining' and he delivered on his promise with the bout at Fortitude Valley Music Hall lasting just two minutes.


England no longer dictate to counties, they just ignore them and back their own judgment

A series whitewash is a rare achievement for England. They have only managed it at home twice in 13 years, but can make it three if they win the third Test against West Indies starting on Friday. By picking the same XI, England signalled their intention to win rather than experiment with their bowling attack with an eye on the Ashes in 16 months’ t...


Olympics: Irish fans gear up for Paris games by celebrating top medal hopes

Clothing will include patches of athletes’ home counties


NINE exit-linked Man Utd stars heading on USA tour but plethora of big names missing

United have named a 29-man squad for their summer pre-season tour of the US, with many players on the trip strongly linked with transfers away from the club


Arsenal start pre-season with our youngsters performing well in Bournemouth draw (we win 5-4 on pens)

Arsenal kicked off their US tour with a thrilling match against Bournemouth in Los Angeles, culminating in a 5-4 penalty shootout victory after a 1-1 draw in regular time.


Lando Norris F1 News: McLaren star delivers ruthless track conduct WARNING after missed wins

The McLaren star missed out on in another win in Hungary


Verstappen set for Belgian GP grid penalty for engine change

Max Verstappen is braced for a third consecutive Spa grid drop for taking a new combustion engine


Signing experienced players now will help Arsenal’s youngsters develop into future first teamers

Arsenal’s push to sign 28-year-old Mikel Merino may have surprised many, not because he isn’t a qualified option to step in at Arsenal LCM but because of his age.


Who needs Lionel Messi?! How Inter Miami survived without inspirational Argentine during Copa America to keep MLS title dreams on track

The Herons deserve credit for coping without their superstar attacker, as well as Luis Suarez, over the past few weeks


Fernando Alonso's mechanic drags up Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen in FIA dig

Fernando Alonso's mechanic has hit out at the FIA following the Hungarian GP.


Argentina complain to FIFA over Morocco chaos after seeing last-minute equaliser ruled out by VAR following delay of over an hour

The Argentinian FA have reportedly submitted a complaint to FIFA after seeing their last-minute equaliser against Morocco ruled out by VAR.


Man Utd release new away kit but fans think it is better suited to a different sport

Manchester United have released their 2024/25 away kit ahead of the new season and it has received a mixed reception from supporters with claims it is reminscent of an England cricket top


Olympics-Tennis-Gauff focused on collecting pins from LeBron, not dropping flag at opening ceremony

By Rory Carroll PARIS (Reuters) - Coco Gauff said she is excited and a little nervous to meet fellow U.S. flag bearer LeBron James for the first time when the pair carry the Stars and Stripes on a boat down the Seine at the Paris Olympics opening ceremony on Friday. The 20-year-old U.S. Open champion will be the youngest-ever U.S. flag bearer and the first American tennis player to be awarded


Andy Murray causes carnage at Olympics after last-minute withdrawal

The Scot has pulled out of contention in the men's singles tennis tournament at the Paris 2024 Olympics.


Watch: Neville shares what Van Nistelrooy thinks about Gakpo’s Anfield treatment

Cody Gakpo looked like a different player in the Euros and has been shining on the international stage, something that hasn’t always been possible at Anfield.


Bournemouth close in on Huijsen

According to self-proclaimed football transfer expert Fabrizio Romano, AFC Bournemouth are now closing in on the signing of Juventus defender Dean Huijsen.


Move over, tennis – padel is the best-dressed sport

At Wimbledon this year Novak Djokovic issued a harrowing warning to tennis fans. The 24-time-winning Grand Slam champ from Serbia said the racket sport to which he has dedicated his life was “endangered” by the rise of another. He was talking about padel. The first thing you ought to know about padel is that it’s pronounced pad-le, not pad-el. They...


This is who 9 Olympic and Paralympic legends back for medals in Paris

Rebecca Adlington, Kadeena Cox, Nicola Adams and more share their predictions with GH.


"Impressive" player prepared to leave Chelsea as Boehly sets 30m price tag

An "interesting name" in the Chelsea squad is now prepared to quit Stamford Bridge this summer as Todd Boehly and BlueCo set his price tag.


Sydney McLaughlin-Levrone: Record-breaking hurdler chases history at Paris 2024

Sydney McLaughlin-Levrone: Record-breaking hurdler chases history at Paris 2024 - The 24-year-old is a ‘generational talent’ and will bid to become the first woman to retain the 400m hurdles title in Paris


Who is Cindy Ngamba? UK-based boxer and medal hope of the Refugee Olympic Team

Who is Cindy Ngamba? UK-based boxer and medal hope of the Refugee Olympic Team - Ngamba is hoping to become the first athlete to win a medal for the Refugee Olympic team.


Andy Murray can be huge asset as a coach or mentor, say Team GB players

Team GB’s tennis players have called on Andy Murray to remain in the sport in a coaching or mentoring capacity. Murray’s singles career came to an end on Thursday when he withdrew from the Olympic draw to focus on the doubles, where he will compete alongside Dan Evans. When the pair finish in Paris, Murray will retire from playing altogether. “I’ve taken the decision to withdraw from the singles to concentrate on the doubles with Dan,” said...