Jun 24

Zarco and Lorenzo lead FP4 as conditions worsen

Frenchman and Spaniard headed out in tricky mixed conditions first – before the rain returned

Permanent link to this article: http://www.motogp.com/en/news/2017/06/24/zarco-and-lorenzo-lead-fp4-as-conditions-worsen/232667

Jun 24

Benji back to his best: Bennett

Broncos coach Wayne Bennett believes Benji Marshall is back to his best after another outstanding performance against Canberra.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.nrl.com/benji-back-to-his-best-bennett/tabid/10874/newsid/109299/default.aspx

Jun 24

Safe standing: West Brom open to pilot scheme at The Hawthorns

West Bromwich Albion say they are willing to use The Hawthorns as part of a pilot scheme for safe standing.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/40391764

Jun 24

British and Irish Lions: Warren Gatland rues errors in loss to New Zealand

British and Irish Lions head coach Warren Gatland says his side will try and cut out the errors that cost them a win against New Zealand in the first Test of the series.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/rugby-union/40392751

Jun 24

Stuart: We were our own worst enemy

It was a game that was there for the taking but Raiders coach Ricky Stuart conceded that his side weren’t good enough to get it done on Saturday.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.nrl.com/stuart-we-were-our-own-worst-enemy/tabid/10874/newsid/109297/default.aspx

Jun 24

Martin sets stunning sixth pole of 2017 at Assen

Spaniard’s final push sees him break Dutch hearts to shoot ahead of Bendsneyder by eight tenths

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Jun 24

Chris Froome’s Tour de France rivals? Porte, Quintana, Contador and Bardet | Wlliam Fotheringham

A three-times winner who might not be quite what he was, a route that offers something for everyone and high-quality contenders may produce a spectacular

When a three-times Tour de France winner is on the start line in anything resembling a decent state of fitness, forecasts boil down to a simple statement: one man versus the rest. Thus it was with Eddy Merckx, Bernard Hinault, Miguel Indurain and Lance Armstrong – now disgraced, once perennially dominant – and so it is with Chris Froome, who starts the Tour as the overwhelming favourite, even though he has not yet shown the incisive form of his better years.

There is always speculation that the sheer weight of opposing numbers will one day overcome the counterweight of incumbency but it tends to be wishful thinking. Each of those contenders has his own priorities and the immense importance of the Tour induces a risk-benefit analysis: the favourites weigh up what they have to lose with what they might have to gain and all too frequently it is the former that consumes them.

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/blog/2017/jun/24/chris-froome-tour-de-france-rivals-porte-quintana-contador-bardet

Jun 24

Roosters clinch golden win over Storm

A long-range Mitchell Pearce field goal has secured a comeback win for the Roosters over Melbourne in a 25-24 thriller at Adelaide Oval.

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Jun 24

Azerbaijan Grand Prix: Valtteri Bottas tops final practice for Mercedes in Baku

Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas led Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen in final practice at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix as Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel hit trouble.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/formula1/40392114

Jun 24

Fiji 27-22 Scotland: Too many tackles missed – Townsend

Head coach Gregor Townsend laments Scotland’s performance in the 27-22 defeat by Fiji – his first defeat in charge.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/scotland/40392721

Jun 24

Richard Loe: Magic moments the difference for All Blacks

As is so often the case in All Blacks tests of the current era, the magic happens between the 50th and 70th minutes.In that period tonight they kept cranking up the pressure through their fitness, and moved from 13-8 to 30-8 with…

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Jun 24

Chase denies Knights while McBrine stars for Warriors

Wins for the Warriors and Lightning in Friday night’s Hanley Energy IP20 matches

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Jun 24

Rugby union: Schmidt relieved as Ireland beat Japan, Scotland lose to Fiji

• Japan 15-35 Ireland; Fiji 27-22 Scotland
• Schmidt: ‘Having spoken to the players, that was very, very tough going’

Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt admitted he was relieved to see his side clinch a hard-fought 35-13 victory over Japan at Ajinomoto Stadium in Tokyo.

Tries from Garry Ringrose, Josh van der Flier, Kieran Marmion and Rhys Ruddock established a commanding 28-8 half-time lead, but the visitors wilted in the heat and high humidity after the break.

Related: All Blacks surprised Lions by forgoing ‘champagne rugby,’ says Gatland

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/jun/24/rugby-union-roundup-japan-ireland-scotland-fiji-south-africa-france

Jun 24

Paula Radcliffe: Erasing world records would ‘punish athletes twice’

Marathon world record holder Paula Radcliffe says she was “very hurt and frustrated” at plans to erase athletics records set before 2005.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/athletics/40391453

Jun 24

All Blacks surprised Lions by forgoing ‘champagne rugby,’ says Gatland

• ‘We were looking to get the upper hand up front … they got it today’
• Lions captain O’Mahony laments missed chances in first half

The Lions coach, Warren Gatland, suggested his side’s 30-15 defeat was partly down to being caught off guard by New Zealand’s tactics, saying he did not expect the All Blacks to be so physical up front.

Related: New Zealand and Rieko Ioane run away with first Test against Lions

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Related: Rugby union: Schmidt relieved as Ireland beat Japan, Scotland lose to Fiji

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/jun/24/lions-all-blacks-new-zealand-gatland-hansen

Jun 24

Rugby: Physical tight five stand out for All Blacks

With the job only half done, the All Blacks are heading to Wellington with a determination to hit just as hard and play even better in the second test.They played well for long periods at Eden Park, did mostly what they set out…

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