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Rahm’s insurgent chase falls away on dramatic final day at the Open

Previously on “CSI: Troon”, a succession of males wearing breathable fabrics have been stiffed by a silent killer. Known only as “The Railway”, balls go into the thorns and they don’t come out. On Sunday lunchtime another unwitting individual appears to have walked into the trap, a golfer going by the street name of “Rahmbo”. An investigation is being conducted, but the outcome is contested. It looks like another case for Chief Inspector Gorse

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Tour de France 2024: Pogacar wins final stage to seal overall victory – as it happened

Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates) 83hr 38min 56secJonas Vingegaard (Visma-Lease a Bike) +6min 17secRemco Evenepoel (Soudal-Quick-Step) +9min 18secJoão Almeida (UAE Team Emirates) +19min 3secMikel Landa (Soudal-Quick-Step) +20min 6secAdam Yates (UAE Team Emirates) +24min 7secCarlos Rodríguez (Ineos Grenadiers) +25min 4secMatteo Jorgenson (Visma-Lease a Bike) +26min 34secDerek Gee (Israel-Premier Tech) +27min 21secSantiago Buitrago (Bahrain Victorious) +29min 3secOne last thing before I go. Here is a snippet from a post-race interview with Pogačar today.Your rivalry with Remco and Jonas makes cycling amazing … “Yeah, I think in the last two years we’ve been hearing that this is the best era of cycling, the best competition ever. If I would not be competing myself, I would think it myself [and] I could also say it’s the best cycling era ever, at least for the GC. This kind of competition with Remco, Jonas and Primož, it’s just incredible … I think we can all enjoy this moment of cycling

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Xander Schauffele seals Open win as USA sweep all four majors for first time in 42 years

Craig Stadler, Tom Watson, Tom Watson, Raymond Floyd. Scottie Scheffler, Xander Schauffele, Bryson DeChambeau, Xander Schauffele. Not since 1982 had American golfers completed a clean sweep of the four majors until Schauffele emulated Watson by prevailing at Royal Troon.Luke Donald, Europe’s captain, must be delighted this is not a Ryder Cup year. Not that the bigger picture is particularly appealing for Donald; the stars and stripes sit adjacent to the names of nine of the past 12 major champions

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The Open 2024: final round – as it happened

Congratulations to Xander Schauffele, then. He kept grinding during tough conditions, never buckling when some of the world’s finest fell by the wayside … and when opportunity presented itself, made four birdies in six holes on the treacherous back nine to seize the day. A most deserving winner and a name that won’t look out of place on the Open roll of honour. Commiserations to Justin Rose, Billy Horschel and Thriston Lawrence, who came so close to glory. And thanks to you for reading this blog over the last four days

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England beat West Indies by 241 runs to win second Test on day four – as it happened

Ben Stokes’s reactionBash showed the world what he’s about today. On a wicket that hasn’t offered much spin, the ability he has to change his pace and line was top-class.I hope the partnership between Root and Brook last night, in the toughest batting conditions of the match, doesn’t get forgotten. If we’re honest we could have got a few more runs today.This game has been great for the progression of the team and as individuals

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‘I felt the water tremble’: Ukraine’s Olympic swimmers train as bombs fall

Daily air raid sirens cannot deter the fighting spirit of Dnipro’s young athletes determined to give their all in ParisOleksandr Zheltyakov gazes across the pool and points towards the hundreds of yellow seats that run along its flank. He has cast his mind back to December 2019, when he was 14 and won his first Ukrainian championship in front of a delighted home town crowd at Dnipro’s Meteor facility.“Just thinking about it fires me up,” he says. “It was before the war, a full stand, supporters cheering, adults, children, in a place I know so well. When you win here, it feels like you’re at a Taylor Swift concert

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