England are still alive in the World Cup – the same one they are hosts of and favourites for, have been home and hosed in, then almost out of. Beat New Zealand on Wednesday, and they are through to a World Cup semi-final – at Edgbaston, where they have now won 10 matches in a row – for the first time since 1992. Lose on Wednesday, and they need Bangladesh to beat Pakistan but lose to India. Their 31-run win over India was, make no mistake, the very best of the World Cup: a thrilling match, played at a venue fizzing with support for the away side, but also with the sheer desire of a home team on the brink. England batted with intent, bowled smartly and fielded with extraordinary vim. India were the last team to lose in this competition, but England have shown they can be beaten. England chose to bat first and, propelled by Bairstow’s century, made 337 – a good score that could have been more. India’s two key batsmen, Rohit Sharma with … [Read more...] about England beat India at Edgbaston to keep World Cup dreams alive
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9 June 2019 • 7:17pm From a surprise penalty scorer in Jordan Pickford to a more conventional one here. The figure of a darting Nikita Parris, forehead gleaming in the oppressive Nice heat, leaping into the celebration for her first World Cup goal, fists pummelling the air, embodied England’s slick, impressive opening performance and they ultimately saw off an inferior Scotland side with very little strain. For all the consternation and hand-wringing that had followed their stalling send-off at Brighton, the fear of an injury Millie Bright, replaced by Abbie McManus after the Chelsea centre back landed on her shoulder after stumbling over Erin Cutbert, is, realistically, the only worry that will dominate Phil Neville’s thoughts given he is already monitoring the fitness of Demi Stokes and Toni Duggan. Inevitably, enthusiasm is tempered somewhat by the nagging feeling that this was an unfair balance of resources. You can, of course, only play … [Read more...] about England survive late Scotland scare to win World Cup opener
(CNN)It's a race that looks set to go down to the wire -- but both Liverpool and Manchester City will be hoping it's the other that trips up in the final straight. Follow @cnnsport The two teams resume their battle for the Premier League crown this weekend with the title very much in reach. Liverpool heads into the weekend in top spot on 76 points, two ahead of City, but having played a game more. Liverpool's Roberto Firmino challenges Manchester City's Fernandinho during City's 2-1 win in January. Jurgen Klopp's side is unbeaten since losing to City on January 3 -- winning six and drawing four of its 10 Premier League games. It is conceivable that Liverpool, even if it won every single one of its remaining seven games and reach 97 points -- and still lose out on the title. Read More That's because Manchester City, the reigning champion, could reach 98 if it wins all of its remaining eight fixtures. No team has ever reached 90 points and not won the title -- but both … [Read more...] about Liverpool FC or Man City: Which team is most likely to win the Premier League title?
Andy Thomson has experienced the euphoria of scoring a winner at Wembley and had an entire stand built on the proceeds of the fees paid for him. He has played for some of the most charismatic and highly-rated gaffers in the game, from Ally MacLeod to Ian Holloway and Peter Taylor. Scored 227 goals, better than one in every three games, in a 625-match, 20-season career. He grins as he calls himself “unique” as a player. Some of his bosses had another word for it. “Lazy would pretty much cover it,” he admits. So if Andy Thomson the coach had to deal with Andy Thomson the player? He rolls his eyes, the implication clear. “And aye,” he smiles, “that makes me 100 per cent a hypocrite!” Which is fine. Because, as Shelley Kerr’s No.2 heading to the World Cup with the Scotland women’s national team, he knows he won’t have to worry about it in a dressing room that rarely allows itself to fall below the sky-high standards either … [Read more...] about The former Queen of the South star heading to the World Cup
(CNN)Consistency was king for speed merchant Beat Feuz as the Swiss racer successfully defended his World Cup downhill season title in a tense battle with Italian Dominik Paris. The 32-year-old Feuz took an 80-point lead over Paris into the last downhill of the season at the World Cup finals in Soldeu, Andorra and finished sixth behind winner Paris to seal the Crystal Globe. Feuz won just one of the eight downhill races on the calendar, but he picked up regular points with five podium places to pip Paris, who scored his third Kitzbuhel Hahnenkamm victory this season. READ: Skiing's bucket-list party even Arnie can't miss Paris' win-or-bust style earned him four downhill wins but he only managed one other podium place to fall 20 points short of Feuz in the title race. Read More "It's unbelievable to have two globes now," Feuz, the 2017 downhill world champion, told Eurosport in the finish area in Soldeu. "I'm very proud to have this in my hands." Visit CNN.com/Sport for more … [Read more...] about Beat Feuz wins World Cup downhill title from Dominik Paris