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Sri Lanka v England: first Test, day four – live updates from Galle!

Sri Lanka (135 and 156-2) trail England (421) by 130 runs Root’s inspired 228 keeps England in command Contact Tim on email or on Twitter 4.30am GMT 64th over: Sri Lanka 163-3 (Thirimanne 83, Mathews 0) Thirimanne isn’t bothered: he cuts Broad for four, then nurdles a single behind square. If he was English, he’d be known as Sir Alastair. 4.26am GMT 63rd over: Sri Lanka 158-3 (Thirimanne 78, Ma...

No practice, no problem: James Harden explodes for triple-double in Nets debut

Harden logs 32 points, 14 assists and 12 rebounds in Nets debut Kevin Durant finishes with season-high 42 points in 122-115 win James Harden delivered 32 points and a triple-double in his Brooklyn debut, Kevin Durant scored a season-high 42 points in his first game back with his former teammate, and the Nets showed off their potent potential in a 122-115 victory over the Orlando Magic on Saturday night. Related: Brooklyn Nets' Kyrie Irving loses nearly $1m for Covid protocol violations Contin...

Australian Open players in stricter Covid isolation say they risk injury if not allowed to train

Some affected players say they they were misled about rules and organisers had promised this situation would not happen Australian Open tennis players who have been forced into stricter quarantine have said they were misled about the rules for the tournament, were promised they would be allowed to train, and are risking injury ahead of the competition. On Saturday 47 players and 143 travellers were confined to their rooms for 14 days after one flight attendant and two passengers who were not ...

Green Bay Packers carve up LA Rams to reach NFC championship game

Aaron Rodgers passes for 296 yards and two TDs in 32-18 win Packers will host Saints or Bucs in next week’s NFC title game Aaron Rodgers threw for 296 yards and two touchdowns on Saturday, including the game-clinching 58-yard strike to Allen Lazard, as the top-seeded Green Bay Packers advanced to the NFC championship game with a 32-18 win over the visiting Los Angeles Rams. Rodgers and Lazard hooked up for the big play off play-action with 6:52 left in the game, the capper of a game where Gre...

Australia v India: fourth Test, day three – live!

Live coverage of day three of the final Test of the series from the Gabba Barney Ronay: Why Australia v India is series for these times Have your say via email or tweet @GeoffLemonSport 11.41pm GMT 28th over: India 64-2 (Pujara 8, Rahane 4) Starc from the Vulture Street end, the left-armer bowling around the wicket to the right-handed Pujara, who unsurprisingly blocks out a maiden. Starc is les...

Joe Root's inspired 228 keeps England in command before rally from Sri Lanka

Day three: Sri Lanka 135 and 156-2; England 421 Lahiru Thirimanne is 76 not out with hosts 130 behind Four sessions in the field spread across three days of this first Test in Galle gave Sri Lanka’s players plenty of time to stew. As Joe Root compiled a masterful 228, handing England a lead of 286 going into the third innings, every swept four and hustled single poured salt into the self-inflic...

Leicester go second as James Maddison sets up win over Southampton

James Maddison showed the way forward both for Leicester City’s title aspirations and for Covid-19 protocols as he marked his first-half goal by shooing his teammates away before miming the whole range of socially-distanced celebrations. The England hopeful blasted home a fine first-half goal from an acute angle to help Leicester move second in the Premier League ahead of today’s clash between Liverpool and Manchester United. Continue reading...

Jürgen Klopp needs faltering Firmino, Mané and Salah to spark again | Andy Hunter

When the two biggest clubs in the land meet on Sunday, the Liverpool manager must get his front three firing to reignite the champions’ title defence A fair amount has altered since Mohamed Salah steamed through on David de Gea’s goal to seal Liverpool’s 2-0 win against Manchester United almost exactly one year ago. There were 52,916 supporters allowed inside Anfield on that different planet, A...

Guardiola has turned City away from pressing and back to passing | Jonathan Wilson

In circumstances demanding a less energetic approach, the manager has transformed his side’s Premier League prospects Ominously, Manchester City have eased towards the front of the title race. They went into the weekend third, just four points behind the Premier League leaders, Manchester United, with a game in hand. Their next five league games are against sides in the bottom half and Aston Vi...

European roundup: Dortmund slip up while RB Leipzig miss chance to go top

Dortmund’s Marco Reus misses penalty in 1-1 draw with Mainz Leipzig trail Bayern Munich by one point after 2-2 at Wolfsburg Borussia Dortmund had to come from behind to rescue a 1-1 home draw against struggling Mainz 05 on Saturday that kept them in fourth place in the Bundesliga, four points off the top. Dortmund, who missed a late penalty, wasted a slew of chances while Jude Bellingham also hit the woodwork. Mainz then struck with their first chance after the break as Levin Öztunalı picked ...

Ealing Trailfinders stun Saracens in thrilling Championship warm-up

Was this a psychological blow landed before these sides set about seeking promotion to the Premiership? Simply a chance for both teams to blow off the cobwebs having not played a competitive match for so long? Or a demonstration that perhaps the Premiership may want to think about expanding to 14 teams after all? Maybe the most significant thing about Ealing Trailfinders’ entertaining win over ...

Chelsea back to winning ways as Mason Mount sinks 10-man Fulham

Frank Lampard could celebrate the persistence and desire from his players. Chelsea ground Fulham down in the end, finally breaking the deadlock when Mason Mount drove the winning goal home with 12 minutes to go. Lampard leapt into the air, a weight lifting from his shoulders, spared another inquest. Yet it was an uncomfortable evening. While the patience was commendable, Chelsea fell short in the creativity department. Fulham, four points below Burnley in 17th place, had almost held out. They...

Michail Antonio gives resurgent West Ham battling victory over Burnley

For a player who was once rejected by AFC Wimbledon over a £7 registration fee, Michail Antonio has definitely proved his worth to West Ham. Absent since the end of November with a groin injury, it took him less than 10 minutes to find the net against Burnley as David Moyes’ side secured a battling victory. Antonio was signed as a winger in 2015 and even played as a full-back under Manuel Pelle...

Wayne Rooney suffers defeat in first game as permanent Derby manager

Wayne Rooney’s first match in permanent charge of Derby ended with a 1-0 defeat at home to Championship relegation rivals Rotherham. The former England captain was officially confirmed as manager on Friday, having held the post on an interim basis since the departure of Phillip Cocu in November. Continue reading...

David Martindale's revived Livingston hussle a point from jaded Celtic

Celtic’s traumatic week ended with more damage as in-form Livingston battled to a deserved 0-0 draw at Parkhead. Manager Neil Lennon, assistant John Kennedy and 13 first-team players were still self-isolating as close contacts of the injured Christopher Jullien, who was confirmed to have contracted Covid-19 after returning from a training camp in Dubai. Continue reading...
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