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  1. Castleford power back to the top after record win over Wigan — April 29, 2017
  2. Mark Selby holds off Ding Junhui in thriller to reach world snooker final — April 29, 2017
  3. Freddie Burns puts Leicester on course for win over Sale and fourth spot — April 29, 2017
  4. Adrián and Jack Butland star as Stoke City and West Ham hit stalemate — April 29, 2017
  5. Lizzie Deignan emphatically wins Tour de Yorkshire with solo attack — April 29, 2017

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Apr 29

Castleford power back to the top after record win over Wigan

• Castleford Tigers 54-4 Wigan Warriors
• Luke Gale scores 20 points in comfortable victory

Castleford powered back to the top of the table in style with their biggest Super League win over Wigan. The scrum-half Luke Gale needed to pass a head test before kick-off to take his place in the Tigers side and he gave the Warriors an almighty headache with a 20-point haul, comprising eight goals from nine attempts and one of their nine tries.

This rout enabled Castleford to complete the double over the champions and demonstrate a sizzling return to form after back-to-back defeats by St Helens and Hull had cast some doubt on their title credentials.

Related: Steve Gill, the unlikely chief executive leading the Castleford revival

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/apr/29/castleford-tigers-wigan-warriors-super-league-match-report

Apr 29

Mark Selby holds off Ding Junhui in thriller to reach world snooker final

• Defending champion edges through at Crucible, 17-15 in semi-final
• John Higgins on course to join him, on brink of beating Hawkins

Mark Selby moved one step away from a third World Championship title in four years as he saw off Ding Junhui again at the Crucible. Twelve months ago it was in the final where Selby denied Ding, and this time a 17-15 victory in their semi-final saw the Leicester man through to a likely title match against John Higgins.

Defending champion Selby potted fewer balls and scored fewer points, but plotted his way to victory all the same. It is hard to imagine a tougher match player, and the ability to win against such a classy competitor as Ding shows why Selby has topped the world rankings for the last two years and is pulling away.

Related: Steve Davis: ‘Since leaving snooker I’ve got my adrenaline rush a different way’

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/apr/29/mark-selby-beats-ding-junhui-thriller-world-snooker-final-john-higgins-barry-hawkins

Apr 29

Freddie Burns puts Leicester on course for win over Sale and fourth spot

• Leicester 41-18 Sale
• Burns scores 19 points in comfortable win for Tigers

Leicester Tigers put themselves in pole position for the fourth Premiership play-off place with a bonus-point victory at home to Sale.

The convincing win put the Tigers on 62 points, nine ahead of Bath, who meet Gloucester on Sunday. Victory at Worcester next week will clinch fourth place for the Tigers, who scored five tries in front of a 23,940 crowd.

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/apr/29/leicester-sale-premiership-match-report

Apr 29

Adrián and Jack Butland star as Stoke City and West Ham hit stalemate

Stoke City and West Ham United shared the spoils in a goalless draw, as Jack Butland kept his first clean sheet since his return – and in front of watching England manager Gareth Southgate.

The Potters reached the 40-point mark but they had no joy in an attacking sense, as Saido Berahino was denied a first goal for the club by Winston Reid’s fine block and Adrián’s terrific save.

Related: Sunderland relegated from Premier League after defeat by Bournemouth

Related: Jamie Vardy goal keeps Leicester’s resurgence going with win at West Brom

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/apr/29/stoke-city-west-ham-united-premier-league-match-report

Apr 29

Lizzie Deignan emphatically wins Tour de Yorkshire with solo attack

• Deignan wins 122.5km race in home county with strong finish
• American Coryn Rivera second, Italy’s Giorgia Bronzini third

Lizzie Deignan soloed to a popular victory in the women’s Tour de Yorkshire in Harrogate. The former world champion attacked out of the breakaway with a little less than 14km left of the 122.5km stage from Tadcaster, and steadily increased her lead to finish 55 seconds clear of a chasing pack led home by Coryn Rivera of Team Sunweb.

Deignan, from the Yorkshire town of Otley, had used the day’s only categorised climb, the Côte de Lofthouse, to race clear of the main pack alongside her Boels-Dolmans team-mate Anna van der Breggen, and only Cylance’s Dani King could stick with them until Deignan’s decisive attack.

Related: Dylan Groenewegen sprints to victory on stage one of Tour de Yorkshire

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/apr/29/lizzie-deignan-wins-tour-de-yorkshire-cycling

Apr 28

Christian Atsu fires up Newcastle to keep title hopes alive

Newcastle kept their Championship title hopes alive at Cardiff after second-half goals from Christian Atsu and Isaac Hayden gave Newcastle a 14th away league win – a club record – and ensured that Brighton must beat Bristol City on Saturday to be crowned champions on the penultimate weekend of the season on the penultimate weekend of the season.

Atsu broke the deadlock with a delightful 55th-minute free-kick before Hayden struck his second Newcastle goal 10 minutes later from 20 yards.

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/apr/28/cardiff-city-newcastle-united-championship-match-report

Apr 28

John Higgins eyes ‘greatest title’ as Ding Junhui battles against Mark Selby

• Defending champion pegged back as semi-final all-square at 12-12
• Higgins leads Barry Hawkins 10-6 in other semi-final

John Higgins says winning a fifth world title would be his greatest snooker feat as he closes in on another Crucible final.

The Scot went from 5-3 ahead of Barry Hawkins to build a 10-6 overnight lead in their best-of-33-frames semi-final at the World Championship. He has landed world titles in 1998, 2007, 2009 and 2011 but feared his days as a contender for the biggest prizes in snooker were over.

Related: Steve Davis: ‘Since leaving snooker I’ve got my adrenaline rush a different way’

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/apr/28/mark-selby-ding-junhui-semi-final-snooker

Apr 28

Sharapova edges closer to French Open while Murray reaches Barcelona semis

• Russian wins 6-3, 6-4 against Anett Kontaveit at Porsche Grand Prix
• Andy Murray gains revenge on Albert Ramos-Viñolas to reach Barcelona semis

Maria Sharapova needs one more win to book her place in French Open qualifying after beating Anett Kontaveit to reach the semi-finals of the Porsche Grand Prix in Stuttgart, while Andy Murray reached the semi-finals of the Barcelona Open after gaining revenge on Albert Ramos-Viñolas.

Sharapova is yet to drop a set following her return from a 15-month doping ban and saw off the spirited challenge of the Estonian qualifier Kontaveit 6-3, 6-4.

Related: Ilie Nastase apologises and says Serena Williams comment was ‘spontaneous’

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/apr/28/maria-sharapova-quarter-final-victory-andy-murray

Apr 28

Ilie Nastase apologises and says Serena Williams comment was ‘spontaneous’

• Romanian has been provisionally suspended by ITF
• Nastase criticises Johanna Konta for complaint during Fed Cup match

Ilie Nastase has issued an apology for his conduct during Romania’s Fed Cup tie against Great Britain last weekend. The 70-year-old former world No1 has already been provisionally suspended by the International Tennis Federation after a series of incidents in Constanta.

Nastase was overheard making an apparently racist comment about Serena Williams’ unborn baby as well as asking the GB captain, Anne Keothavong, for her hotel room number. During the first day, Nastase then verbally abused the chair umpire Jaume Campistol and the referee Andreas Egli before calling Keothavong and the British No1, Johanna Konta, “fucking bitches” as he was sent from the court.

Related: Tennis must not allow Ilie Nastase to volley away his latest indiscretions | Sean Ingle

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/apr/28/ilie-nastase-apology-serena-williams-spontaneous

Apr 27

Ding Junhui takes 5-3 overnight lead on Mark Selby in Crucible semi-final

• 2016 finalist comes back from 3-2 down to seize initiative
• World No1 had only dropped 11 frames en route to last four

The 2016 champion Mark Selby was left with plenty to think about overnight following an enthralling first session of his world championship semi-final with China’s Ding Junhui.

There was little to split the pair in Sheffield on Thursday before Ding, who lost against Selby in the final last year, won the final three frames to secure a 5-3 advantage.

Related: Ronnie O’Sullivan loses to Ding Junhui at world championship despite 146 break

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/apr/27/ding-junhui-world-snooker-championship-mark-selby-semi-final

Apr 27

Johanna Konta falls short on Stuttgart Open’s clay against Sevastova

• Maria Sharapova through to quarter-finals after beating Ekaterina Makarova
• Andy Murray beats Feliciano López and makes it into Barcelona quarters

Johanna Konta was knocked out of the Porsche Grand Prix in Stuttgart by Anastasija Sevastova as her struggles on clay continued. The British No1 is inexperienced on the surface at the highest level and it showed in a scrappy 6-3, 7-5 defeat by Sevastova, who also won their meeting at the US Open last year.

Konta began the second-round match with a break of Sevastova’s serve in the first game but lost the next three and did not hold her own serve until the fourth attempt. The Latvian, ranked 19 places below Konta at No26, produced three aces in a row on her way to clinch the opening set and recovered from 3-1 down in the second to level. A missed forehand opportunity then cost Konta as she was broken in the 11th game and Sevastova served out the straight-sets victory with her sixth ace.

Related: Johanna Konta: No one should have to be subjected to that kind of abuse

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/apr/27/johanna-konta-stuttgart-open-andy-murray-lopez-barcelona-tennis

Apr 26

Ronnie O’Sullivan loses to Ding Junhui at world championship despite 146 break

• Brilliant Ding wins 13-10 to set up semi-final against Mark Selby
• World champion Selby earlier hit 143 in his 13-3 rout of Marco Fu

Ronnie O’Sullivan denied he snubbed the chance of a maximum break as he crashed out of the Betfred World Championship to Ding Junhui. Chinese superstar Ding brilliantly saw off the five-time champion, winning through 13-10 and setting up a clash with Mark Selby in the semi-finals – a repeat of last year’s final match-up.

O’Sullivan made a thrilling 146 break – just the third in Crucible history – as he battled in vain to stay in the tournament. And by taking pink from the 13th red when a perfect 147 looked a formality, O’Sullivan sparked debate over whether he had spurned the opportunity because of the low prize-money on offer.

Related: Barry Hearn denies Ronnie O’Sullivan’s claims of bullying and intimidation

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/apr/26/mark-selby-snooker-world-championship-semi-finals-marco-fu-ronnie-o-sullivan-ding-junhui

Apr 25

Isaiah Brown strike puts Huddersfield Town in play-offs after win over Wolves

• Chelsea loanee scores from 20 yards, his eighth goal of season
• In League One, Port Vale beat Walsall to keep survival hopes alive

Huddersfield Town secured a place in the Championship play-offs when they defeated Wolves at Molineux thanks to a 31st-minute goal by Isaiah Brown. The striker, who was making his first start since suffering a knee injury against Bristol City in March, drove home from 20 yards. It was the on-loan Chelsea man’s eighth goal of the season.

It was also Wolves third defeat in 11 matches and they failed to score for the third successive home game. Huddersfield, meanwhile, bounced back from the 4-1 home defeat by Fulham on Saturday.

Related: Stefan Johansen’s double caps stunning Fulham win at Huddersfield

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/apr/25/huddersfield-town-championship-playoffs-wolverhampton-wanderers

Apr 25

Ronnie O’Sullivan hits back after stuttering start in world quarter-final

• Reigning champion at his devastating best in opening session
• O’Sullivan and Ding Junhui 4-4 after world championship masterclass

The reigning champion Mark Selby moved closer to a place in the semi-finals after storming to a dominant 6-2 lead over Marco Fu at the world championship in Sheffield.

The world No1 was at his devastating best as he reeled off the first five frames of the match before Fu hit back by taking two of the last three of the afternoon to give himself a glimmer of hope at the Crucible.

Related: Steve Davis: ‘Since leaving snooker I’ve got my adrenaline rush a different way’

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/apr/25/ronnie-o-sullivan-fights-back-ding-junhui-snooker-world-championships-quarter-final

Apr 25

England’s Mark Wood aims to be ‘one of the best bowlers in the world’ after call

• Durham quick ready to resume after three bouts of ankle surgery
• Sam Billings expected to keep wicket ahead of Jonny Bairstow

Mark Wood has returned to the England setup for the Champions Trophy in June with the burning belief he can become one of the best fast bowlers in the world.

The 27-year-old Durham quick was named in the squads for the series against Ireland and South Africa, as well as the summer’s global tournament, in a bold selection that has seen Wood’s ability to bowl in excess of 90mph trump any doubts over an injury-ravaged career that has returned 20 caps out of a possible 85 since his debut in 2015.

Related: England selectors stick rather than twist for Champions Trophy challenge | Vic Marks

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/apr/25/mark-wood-england-cricket-champions-trophy-squad-steven-finn-misses-out

Apr 24

Marco Fu edges out Neil Robertson to set up quarter-final against Mark Selby

• World No8 defeats former world champion 13-11 in tense contest
• Chinese player will next meet the world No1 on Wednesday

Marco Fu won a thrilling last-16 meeting with Neil Robertson to set up a World Championship quarter-final with the defending champion, Mark Selby.

Fu’s 13-11 victory was full of drama as Robertson, a winner at the Crucible in 2010, missed on the black to take the contest to a deciding 25th frame. The pair were locked at 10-10 at the interval before Robertson potted the black-ball decider in the next frame to go ahead, shouting “Come on” and beating the table in a rare show of emotion.

Related: Ronnie O’Sullivan could keep the hits coming after reaching Crucible last eight

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/apr/24/marco-fu-neil-robertson-world-snooker-championship

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