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Nov 02

Champions League roundup: Borussia Dortmund face early exit

• 2013 finalists miss chances and draw 1-1 at home against Apoel Nicosia• Important home wins for Sevilla and PortoBorussia Dortmund’s hopes of reaching the knockout stages of the Champions League were virtually extinguished when they could only draw 1…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/nov/02/champions-league-round-up-borussia-dortmund-face-early-exit-aubameyang-apoel

Oct 28

Caroline Wozniacki battles through to WTA final against Venus Williams

• Dane beats Karolina Pliskova 7-6(9), 6-3 in their semi-final• Williams comes from a set down to defeat Caroline GarciaCaroline Wozniacki stood her ground in the face of some testing early pressure before pulling away from Karolina Pliskova to eke out…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/oct/28/wta-finals-caroline-wozniacki-reaches-final-karolina-pliskova-singapore

Oct 18

Champions League round-up: Messi hits 100th European goal as 10-man Barça win

• Barcelona beat Olympiakos 3-1 despite Gerard Piqué’s first-half sending off• Basel shock CSKA Moscow with a superb 2-0 away victoryLionel Messi scored his 100th European goal as Barcelona maintained their 100 % winning start in Champions League Group…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/oct/18/champions-league-lionel-messi-century-barcelona-basel-juventus

Oct 17

Champions League roundup: Borussia Dortmund held to draw by Apoel

• Bundesliga leaders Dortmund face missing out on last 16 after draw in Cyprus• Spartak Moscow thrash Sevilla 5-1 in Russia to move level with LiverpoolBundesliga leaders Borussia Dortmund face an uphill struggle to qualify for the knockout stages of t…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/oct/17/champions-league-roundup-apoel-borussia-dortmund-draw

Oct 14

Maria Sharapova advances at Tianjin Open to first final since ban

• Sharapova overcame Peng Shuai 6-3, 6-1 in semi-final• Rafael Nadal beats Cilic to reach Shanghai Masters finalMaria Sharapova remains on course for a first WTA title since returning from a drugs ban after beating Peng Shuai in straight sets in the se…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/oct/14/maria-sharapova-tianjin-open-final-tennis

Sep 27

Champions League round-up: PSG thrash Bayern as Barça scrape past Sporting

• Dynamic duo had fallen out during league match
• Basel run riot against 10-man Benfica

PSG’s coach Unai Emery said his side’s Champions League victory over Bayern Munich had fulfilled their desire to lead Group B. The French side won 3-0 with goals from Dani Alves, Edinson Cavani and Neymar.

“We took three points tonight, that’s a good thing,” said Emery. “We wanted to win to take the lead of this group, it is done. It was important for our supporters to enjoy this evening. We were able to adapt tactically against Bayern, who played high [up the pitch] against us.”

Related: Chelsea’s Michy Batshuayi pops up late to seal win at Atlético Madrid

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/sep/27/neymar-edison-cavani-psg-bayern-munich-champions-league

Sep 03

Selection and weather doubts cloud Australia’s plans for Bangladesh rematch

• Handscomb could replace Wade behind the stumps for second Test

• Steve O’Keeffe expected to come into team as third spinner in Chittagong

Australia will head into the second Test against Bangladesh with an unsettled line-up and an unfavourable weather forecast that threatens to doom them to a humbling series defeat.

Heavy rain and storms have lashed Chittagong on the southeast coast in the build up to Monday’s second Test, and they are expected to continue throughout the week.

Related: Defeat to Bangladesh was painful but hardly Australian cricket’s lowest ebb | Adam Collins

Related: England’s Ashes audition puts spotlight on Westley in West Indies decider

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/sep/04/selection-and-weather-doubts-cloud-australias-plans-for-bangladesh-rematch

Aug 20

Britain’s Adam Blythe finishes third in second stage of Vuelta a España

• Blythe follows in slipstream of Yves Lampaert and Matteo Trentin
• Tour de France winner Chris Froome is 16th but improves overall standing

Adam Blythe finished third in the second stage of the Vuelta a España while his fellow Briton Chris Froome improved his overall standing.

Blythe crossed the line at the end of the 203.4km route from Nîmes to Gruissan just behind the Quick-Step Floors pair of Yves Lampaert and Matteo Trentin, with Team Sky’s Froome eight seconds off the pace in 16th.

Related: Chris Froome has eye on history but Vuelta a España could spring surprises | William Fotheringham

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/aug/20/adam-blythe-chris-froome-vuelta-a-espana-yves-lampaert

Aug 02

Cricket Australia inch towards agreement over pay dispute with players

  • CA say negotiations have advanced to ‘final details’
  • Steve Smith reiterates deal must be done before two-Test tour of Bangladesh

Cricket Australia is on the verge of agreeing a new pay deal with the players’ union, ending a long impasse and avoiding the need for arbitration. A CA spokesman said on Wednesday that negotiations had advanced to the “final details” after days of lengthy talks with the Australian Cricketers’ Association.

Australia’s top 230 players have effectively been unemployed since the last five-year agreement expired on June 30 and an A tour of South Africa has already fallen victim to the lockout.

Related: David Warner criticises Cricket Australia’s handling of pay dispute

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/aug/02/steve-smith-warns-bangladesh-boycott-still-an-option-amid-cricket-pay-dispute

Jul 19

Quade Cooper omitted from Wallabies squad – but Cheika leaves door open for return

  • Playmaker left out of Australia’s extended Bledisloe Cup training squad
  • Eleven uncapped players named by coach Michael Cheika

Quade Cooper has been omitted from Michael Cheika’s extended Wallabies squad ahead of next month’s Bledisloe Cup opener against the All Blacks, although the coach indicated the decision would not spell the end of the flashy but often unpredictable playmaker’s international career.

The move leaves Bernard Foley as the only specialist flyhalf in the extended squad picked by Cheika for a series of training camps starting north of Sydney next week. Kurtley Beale, a utility back who recently returned from England, was recalled to the squad for the first time since the 2015 World Cup and is only other potential No10 in the initial group.

Related: Under-prepared Wallabies need match-hardened Brumbies for Bledisloe Cup

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/jul/19/quade-cooper-omitted-from-wallabies-squad-but-chieka-leaves-door-open-for-return

Jul 14

Warren Barguil delights home fans with Tour de France win as Landa moves up

• Polka-dot jersey wearer gets the best of four-man final sprint
• Fabio Aru stays in yellow but Mikel Landa gains time for Sky

Like wasps around a broken pot of jam, the throng around the yellow jersey swarms on a daily basis, steadily becoming more menacing. Fabio Aru managed to hold the maillot jaune on a spectacular Bastille Day stage which went to Warren Barguil – the first Frenchman to win on the Fête Nationale in 12 years – but the Italian looks a provisional tenant at best.

His Astana team were blown away, while Team Sky played a classic pincer move after losing the yellow jersey on Thursday, pushing Mikel Landa up the standings into a threatening fifth overall. Ireland’s Daniel Martin also closed in, albeit by only a few seconds.

Related: Tour de France: Warren Barguil wins stage 13 on Bastille Day – live!

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/jul/14/warren-barguil-wins-tour-de-france-stage-13-bastille-day-mikel-landa-moves-up

Jul 02

Marcel Kittel wins Tour de France stage two as Thomas stays in yellow

• Chris Froome caught in crash 30km from finish in Liège
• German gets the better of rivals in bunch sprint

Chris Froome was caught in a crash before Marcel Kittel won stage two of the Tour de France in Liège.

Froome was one of several general classification hopefuls to fall in soaking wet conditions around 30 kilometres from the finish of the 203.5km stage from Dusseldorf.

Related: Tour de France 2017: Marcel Kittel wins stage two, Thomas stays in yellow – live!

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/jul/02/marcel-kittel-wins-tour-de-france-stage-two-thomas-yellow-chris-froome-crash

Jun 17

Gregor Townsend hails Scotland’s unity in hard-fought win over Australia

• Scots down Wallabies 24-19 in Sydney Test match
• ‘Against a team that brilliant in attack you need strong bonds’

Scotland beat Australia for the first time in more than four years on Saturday, winning 24-19 in Sydney to avenge two consecutive narrow defeats, including a controversial World Cup exit, by the Wallabies.

Tries from Duncan Taylor, Finn Russell – who is set to be called up to the British and Irish Lions squad along with Allan Dell – and Hamish Watson were enough to see the Scots home with Russell adding the extras following Greig Tonks’ early penalty.

Related: Wallabies fall to defeat as spirited Scotland gain degree of revenge

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/jun/17/scotland-australia-rugby-union-gregor-townsend

Jun 09

Critérium du Dauphiné: Richie Porte takes overall lead ahead of Chris Froome

• Porte misses out on stage six victory in sprint against Jakob Fuglsang
• Poland’s Katarzyna Niewiadoma retains her lead in Women’s Tour

Richie Porte claimed the overall leader’s yellow jersey on the Critérium du Dauphiné after finishing second in a gruelling sixth stage won by Denmark’s Jakob Fuglsang on Friday.

Astana’s Fuglsang outsprinted the Australian Porte (BMC) and Chris Froome (Sky) at the end of the 147.5km mountain trek from Villars les Dombes to La Motte Servolex. The Italian Fabio Aru, who was first to the top of the demanding ascent up the Mont du Chat (8.7km at an average 10.3% gradient) after attacking 4km from the top, was caught on the descent by the Tour de France champion Froome, Porte and his teammate Fuglsang, and the Dane narrowly beat Porte in a tight sprint.

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/jun/09/criterium-du-dauphine-stage-six-womens-tour-cycling

Jun 07

Women’s Tour of Britain: Katarzyna Niewiadoma takes opening stage win

• Lizzie Deignan finishes third behind Marianne Vos
• Richie Porte wins fourth stage of Criterium du Dauphine

Katarzyna Niewiadoma soloed to victory on the opening stage of the Women’s Tour of Britain to seize control of the battle for overall victory.

The 22-year-old Pole, among the pre-race favourites, broke clear with a little under 50km remaining of the 147.5km stage from Daventry to Kettering, and her rivals left it too late to respond.

Related: British Cycling asks Team Sky to quit their shared Manchester velodrome

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/jun/07/womens-tour-britain-stage-one-katarzyna-niewiadoma-result-cycling

May 19

Fernando Gaviria continues Giro d’Italia sprint domination with fourth stage win

• Quick-Step rider the first Colombian to win four stages in one Giro
• Geraint Thomas withdraws from race having suffered following crash

Colombia’s Fernando Gaviria continued to take the Giro d’Italia by storm when he timed his sprint to perfection to win the 13th stage on Friday, taking his tally to four victories in the race.

The Quick Step-Floors rider came from nowhere at the end of the 167km stage from Reggio Emilia to Tortona to blast through a gap and cross the line first.

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/may/19/giro-d-italia-stage-geraint-thomas-stage-13