Great golf duels, quick pitstops and sticking it up the punter | Classic YouTube

This week’s roundup also features propelling things at targets and narrowly avoiding being trampled1) It’s Tiger Woods v Phil Mickelson nonsense next week, which means an ideal time to look back at some maverick and even random golf matches. Here’s Tiger v Sergio in the Battle at Bighorn (2000), Seve v Jack in the Toyota Challenge of Champions (1986) and Ben Hogan v Sam Snead (1965). Then Skins … at Wentworth in 1988, Walton Heath in 1991, Lee Trevino at PGA West (1987) and Woods, again, at the Memorial Skins in 2009. And how about the $18,000 Putt-Putt Skins Game – 1989 edition and then 1992? And how could we possibly forget a famous 1964 duel at Stoke Park?2) Ferrari didn’t keep Sebastian Vettel waiting in the pits for his second stop at last weekend’s Brazilian Grand Prix – he was on his way again after an incredible 1.97 secs. Yet it’s still not the fastest ever. The pit lane ballet isn’t always so well choreographed, however. And beware: tyre jack. Continue reading...

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Northern Ireland Open: Ronnie O'Sullivan beats Mark Selby on final black to reach final

Ronnie O'Sullivan holds his nerve to beat world number one Mark Selby on the final black and will face Judd Trump in the Northern Ireland Open final.

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Women's World Twenty20: Ireland's Isobel & Cecelia Joyce retire after losing to New Zealand

Isobel and Cecelia Joyce retire from internationals after Ireland lose their final Women's World Twenty20 game to New Zealand by eight wickets.

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'He's been a pivotal figure': England teammates praise Rooney after win against USA – video

Wayne Rooney's England teammates were full of praise after the forward made his final appearance for 'The Three Lions' during a 3-0 win over the USA. Captain on the night Fabian Delph described Rooney's presence in camp as 'a breathe of fresh air'. England face Croatia on Sunday in the Nations League Continue reading...

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Chess: Deadlock continues after Magnus Carlsen escapes in Game 6

As the encounter reaches the halfway stage all the games have been drawn and the challenger Fabiano Caruana will be aware of the world No 1’s undefeated record in play-offsMagnus Carlsen’s plan of a mid-match push recoiled badly in Friday night’s sixth game of the €1m world title match in Holborn, London, but the champion, a knight down and on the verge of defeat, found the rare plan of a defensive fortress which Fabiano Caruana could not break down. The game was drawn in 80 moves after six and a half hours’ play when the American abandoned his winning attempts.The €1m match in London remains level at 3-3 with six games left. The prescribed colour sequence gives Carlsen a second successive White in Sunday’s seventh game, so he still has the chance of a mid-match push which was foreshadowed when he chose Black in game one. Continue reading...

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England 35-15 Japan: Cokanasiga and Hartley tries help England rally to victory over Japan

Watch highlights as a debut try for Joe Cokanasiga and score from Dylan Hartley helped England mount a second-half comeback to overcome an impressive Japan at Twickenham Stadium.

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Wales’ Liam Williams helps turn scramble into a frolic against Tonga

• Wales 74-24 Tonga• Tonga level early in second half but Wales then launch try spreeWarren Gatland praised the strength in depth of the Wales squad after his side claimed an eighth consecutive win by crushing Tonga. Wales’ winning sequence is their longest since the 2004-05 season, and victory over South Africa next Saturday would complete a first autumn Tests clean sweep. Related: Jacob Stockdale scores only try as Ireland earn historic win over All Blacks Continue reading...

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Women's World Twenty20: Big-hitting Mandhana & Kaur help India beat Australia by 48 runs

India beat Australia by 48 runs in their last group game in Guyana to top Group B at the Women's World Twenty20.

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Ben Ryan: ‘If rugby were a company people would be comparing it to an Enron’

Fiji’s gold-medal winning sevens coach is unhappy with the direction he believes the game is moving in – from the treatment of tier-two nations to laws being overlooked by refereesIf you love rugby union what follows will be a tough read. According to one of the world’s leading coaches, however, the time has come for the sport to get real. “If rugby were a company people would be comparing it to an Enron,” says Ben Ryan, Fiji’s Olympic gold-medal winning sevens mastermind. “It’s completely dysfunctional.”Ryan’s charge sheet is long and chilling. With Japan set to visit Twickenham this weekend he says tier-two nations continue to be treated with almost feudal disregard, that the sport’s law-book is being wilfully ignored and that skilful players are becoming disillusioned with where 15-a-side rugby is heading. Central to it all, he believes, is the selfish decision-making of certain stakeholders which is steering the global game into deeply worrying territory. Continue reading...

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Dele Alli: ‘We don’t look back on the Iceland defeat with such anger now’

The Spurs forward experienced first-hand the despondency after England’s Euro 2016 disaster. The feeling couldn’t be more different as their Nations League decider against Croatia loomsThe situation for England on Sunday afternoon is somewhat strange, with both sides involved in the summer’s World Cup semi-final now capable of topping their Nations League group above Spain or being relegated to a lower level, though it certainly achieves the objective of providing a competitive fixture. Dele Alli shrugs and smiles. The last couple of years have been odd, full of ups and downs. He is used to it.“It is a strange one, but it’s another stepping stone for us,” the Tottenham forward says. “Croatia have proved they are a great team, so we know it’s going to be a difficult game, but we are still improving as I think we have shown. Our morale was always high even before the win in Spain, but to post a result like that was a big statement. We know what we are capable of and no one wants to be relegated.” Continue reading...

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