2014
08.26

Andy Murray said his body let him down as he suffered with cramp in his opening match against Robin Haase at the US Open reports BBC Sport

The Briton won 6-3 7-6 (8-6) 1-6 7-5 after three hours and eight minutes on a hot afternoon in New York.

However, he struggled physically from the start of the third set and was in danger of a shock first-round exit inside Louis Armstrong Stadium

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Andy Murray returns a shot against Robin Haase of the Netherlands on Day One of the 2014 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City

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2014
08.22

Lewis Hamilton set a stunning pace in second practice at the Belgian Grand Prix to lead team-mate Nico Rosberg to another Mercedes one-two reports BBC F1

Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso was a shock third ahead of Williams’ Felipe Massa and McLaren’s Jenson Button.

It seems that Rosberg made a small mistake exiting the Malmedy right-hander at the top of the hill on his lap, running slightly wide on to the kerb, but BBC F1 analyst Allan McNish reckoned that had cost him only 0.1secs

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Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP locks up as he passes Kimi Raikkonen of Finland and Ferrari during the German Grand Prix at Hockenheimring on Hockenheim

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2014
08.21

Liverpool are in talks with AC Milan to sign former Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli reports BBC Sport
Reds boss Brendan Rodgers wants the Italy international, 24, to strengthen his attack after last season’s top scorer Luis Suarez joined Barcelona.

Balotelli moved to Milan for £19m from City last year and has scored 30 goals in 54 games for the Serie A club.

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Mario Balotelli of Italy scores his team’s second goal on a header past Gary Cahill and goalkeeper Joe Hart of England during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group D match between England and Italy at Arena Amazonia in Manaus, Brazil

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2014
08.20

England’s emphatic win at The Oval marked the culmination of an extraordinary turnaround that must bring great satisfaction to Alastair Cook and his new regime reports Jonathan Agnew

The England and Wales Cricket Board handled the sacking of Kevin Pietersen and the fall-out from the Ashes tour so badly that a lot of genuinely-devoted England supporters felt they did not quite belong.

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England Captain Alastair Cook lifts the series trophy after winning the 5th Investec Test match between England and India at The Kia Oval in London

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2014
08.18

England ended a run of three successive final defeats to finally land the Women’s Rugby World Cup with a hard-fought 21-9 win over Canada in Paris reports BBC Sport

The Red Roses led by five points inside the final 10 minutes but Emily Scarratt barged though and raced into the corner to make sure of victory.

Scarratt scored another 11 points with the boot while Danielle Waterman rounded off a first-half team try

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England celebrate after winning the IRB Women’s Rugby World Cup 2014 Final between England and Canada at Stade Jean-Bouin in Paris, France

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2014
08.14

Mo Farah had to battle to win back his European 10,000m title as his fellow Briton Andy Vernon snatched a fine silver reports BBC Sport

Farah, ill or injured for much of the summer, came good in his second track race of the season to match his team-mate Jo Pavey’s distance gold.
Farah now has five European golds, one more than Colin Jackson and Steve Backley, and nine medals in major championships – a tally that out-strips Daley Thompson, Jonathan Edwards and Linford Christie.

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Mo Farah of Great Britain and Northern Ireland celebrates winning gold as Andy Vernon of Great Britain and Northern Ireland wins silver in the Men’s 10,000 metres final during day two of the 22nd European Athletics Championships at Stadium Letzigrund in Zurich, Switzerland

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2014
08.13

Rory McIlroy says he is playing the best golf of his life and enjoying a summer beyond his wildest dreams after securing the US PGA Championship reports BBC Sport

The Open champion, 25, landed his second major in as many months – and says he will celebrate at Manchester United’s opening Premier League match.

“I don’t know if I can parade both the Claret Jug and the Wanamaker Trophy at Old Trafford on Saturday. I’ll try!”

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Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland reacts to his putt for birdie on the 13th green during the final round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Kentucky

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2014
08.11

Adam Blythe held off fellow Briton Ben Swift in a sprint finish to win the London-Surrey Classic reports BBC Sport

NFTO rider Blythe, from Sheffield, broke from a leading group of five in the final 300 metres as Rotherham’s Swift, of Team Sky, was second.

France’s Julian Alaphilippe was third in the 200km race, which began at the Olympic Park and finished at The Mall

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Adam Blyth of Great Britain and NFTO celebrates beating Ben Swift of Great Britain and Team SKY to win the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic from the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park to The Mall in London

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2014
08.07

James Anderson is thre best pace bowler in home conditions since Sir Ian Botham but must cut out sledging to be regarded as a true great, says Geoffrey Boycott reports BBC Sport

Anderson, 32, is just 12 wickets behind Botham’s tally of 383 Test wickets
Anderson’s man-of-the-match performance in the third Test in Southampton helped England level the series against India at 1-1.

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James Anderson bowls during day two of the second Test match between New Zealand and England at Basin Reserve Wellington

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2014
08.06

Tiger Woods has until 10 minutes before Thursday’s tee-off time at the US PGA to declare himself fit to play following a back injury reports BBC Sport

The American, 38, withdrew from last weekend’s WGC-Bridgestone Invitational after jarring his back.
The four-time US PGA winner requested an extension to the deadline for registration, usually 17:00 on the eve of the tournament, and it was granted.

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Tiger Woods of the United States lines up a putt on the second green during the second round of The 143rd Open Championship at Royal Liverpool in Hoylake, England

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