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Borthwick’s England vision taking shape as Marcus Smith gets leading role

In the past 24 hours there has been an estimated eight inches of torrential rain fall in the Tokyo region, but ­England are determined to shine brightly against Japan this Saturday. Steve Borthwick wants his team to trust their attacking instincts against Eddie Jones’s Japan and the choice of Marcus Smith at fly-half and a first start for Chandler ­Cunningham‑South in the back row reflects the proactive mood.Rather than waiting until Thursday to name his side as scheduled, the England head coach opted to push forward the announcement by 48 hours, the kind of pre-emptive curveball often thrown by Jones on occasions in the past. Arguably most striking of all, though, is Borthwick’s desire for his players to maintain the momentum they were building in the latter half of the Six Nations, with Smith handed the baton as chief playmaker.The 25-year-old Harlequin player will regard this as an opportunity that needs to be grasped, with ­Borthwick having chosen to back him rather than give a first Test start to his Northampton namesake Fin Smith

June182024
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T20 World Cup has been truly global but how many tournaments is too many? | Mark Ramprakash

This has been a truly global T20 World Cup. With 20 teams involved for the first time it’s been much more inclusive than previous editions, and it’s been great to have fixtures you would not normally see, with some creditable performances from the associate countries – even in defeat.Scotland showed a lot of power in their batting and variety in their bowling, coming so close to beating Australia after victories over Oman and Namibia and a rained-off contest with England in which they amassed an unbeaten 90-run opening stand. They leave the tournament with plenty of credit. Nepal lost to South Africa by just one run, Canada beat Ireland, a Test side, and USA have played some really convincing cricket to advance to the Super Eights

June182024
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The Breakdown | Ireland and South Africa should be mates but have rugby’s hottest rivalry

Next month’s Test double-header on South African soil will write a new chapter in an increasingly rancorous struggleNo sooner had Ireland claimed a 13-8 win over South Africa in the Rugby World Cup last year – an epic tussle in a tournament littered with all-time encounters – a thumping rendition of the Cranberries’ Zombie rang out around Stade de France. The song’s connections with the Troubles, the IRA and Ireland’s struggle for peace was lost on most South African fans that sweaty Saturday night in Paris. Their primary reaction to Ireland’s adopted anthem was rage.“What’s in your heeeeaad, in your heeeeeeeaaaaad!” It was hard for them not to feel this was meant as a jibe; that the Irish, who have never seen their players lift the sport’s most glittering trophy, who had never even seen them reach the semi-finals of a World Cup, were rubbing South African noses in their success. That their No 1-ranked team had wormed their way into the subconscious of every South African by relegating the Boks to a stepping stone on their march to glory

June182024
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NBA finals 2024 Game 5: Boston Celtics beat Dallas Mavericks to win title – as it happened

That’s a wrap. What a season for Boston.It’s tough to imagine anyone surpassing the Celtics in the East. But the West may be wide open. The Mavericks are outstanding, but they were only fifth in the conference this season, behind Oklahoma City, Denver, Minnesota and the LA Clippers

June182024
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Boston Celtics beat Dallas Mavericks in NBA finals to win record 18th title

The Boston Celtics beat the Dallas Mavericks 106-88 on Monday night to claim a record 18th NBA title, one more than their old rivals the Lakers.“You have very few chances in life to be great … you’ve got to take the bull by the horns and you’ve got to own it, and our guys owned it,” said the Celtics’ 35-year-old coach, Joe Mazzulla, at the trophy presentation ceremony.What many had expected to be a hard-fought series ended up as a relative stroll, which the Celtics wrapped up with victory on their home court – they led by 21 points at halftime and were never behind the entire night. The series, which the Celtics won 4-1, was never seriously in doubt, even when the Mavericks won Game 4 in a 38-point blowout last Friday. The same could be said for the Celtics’ entire playoff campaign, during which they dropped only three games

June182024
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Athletes warn ‘hottest Games on record’ could threaten lives at Paris Olympics

The Paris Olympics could be the hottest Games on record, with leading athletes warning that the intense heat forecast for competition could lead to athletes collapsing or – in a worst-case scenario – dying in competition.A new report, Rings of Fire: Heat Risks at the 2024 Paris Olympics, argues the 2021 games held in Tokyo “offered a window into an alarming, escalating norm for Summer Olympics”.With temperatures above 34C and humidity approaching 70%, the Games were described as “the hottest in history”.“Competitors vomited and fainted at finish lines, wheelchairs were deployed to carry athletes away from sun-scorched arenas and the fear of dying on court was even raised mid-match by the Tokyo Games’ No 2 seeded tennis player Daniil Medvedev,” the report says.Inaction on climate change and the continued rate of fossil fuel use has caused the world to warm further in the three years since, and cases of extreme heat jeopardising and undermining sporting events has only increased

June172024