Joe Root fell short of another double hundred in Galle. Photograph: Gareth Copley/Getty

Second Test day three: England 339-9 off 114.2 overs (J Root 186, J Buttler 55, L Embuldeniya 7-132) trail Sri Lanka 381 (A Mathews 110, N Dickwella 9(...)

Chris Froome is a four-time winner of the Tour de France. Photograph: Getty Images

Chris Froome believes the Tour de France can work without spectators — but questioned how organisers can prevent large crowds converging along the cou(...)

Flintoff celebrates the wicket of Ricky Ponting. Photo: Tom Shaw/Getty Images

Picking a favourite sporting moment is a difficult task. Picking a favourite moment from the 2005 Ashes series, when England beat Australia for the fi(...)

Jofra Archer of England bowls during a nets session at Lord’s on Tuesday. Photograph: Gareth Copley/Getty Images

The advent of any Test debutant is a source of excitement. But some are more exciting than others. On Wednesday, if the weather permits, Jofra Archer (...)

 England’s Joe Root and Australia’s Tim Paine with the Ashes trophy at Edgbaston. Photograph: Andrew Boyers/Reuters

England have named their team for the first Ashes Test, with no place for Jofra Archer. The Barbados-born paceman received his maiden call-up for th(...)

England batsman Joe Root trapped lbw playing the reverse sweep as Sri Lanka wicketkeeper Niroshan Dickwella reacts during day three of the second Test  at Pallekele Cricket Stadium  in Kandy, Sri Lanka. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty Images

A brave and brilliant century by Joe Root has given England the chance of a famous victory in a compelling Test match in Kandy on Friday. The Englan(...)

England cricketer Ben Stokes leaves Bristol Crown Court. Photograph: Getty Images

The England and Wales Cricket Board must have been heartily relieved by the Test team’s emphatic victory over India at Lord’s with their clean-cut all(...)

Jin Young Ko from Korea celebrates with her trophy after winning the Australian Women’s Open golf tournament at the Kooyonga Golf Club, in Adelaide. Photo: David Mariuz/EPA

The contrast between the two couldn’t be more stark: the tears were already falling down Bubba Watson’s face before his caddie Ted Scott got to give h(...)

West Indies’ Shai Hope reacts after winning the second international Test match against England. Photograph: Getty Images

Hope triumphed over expectation in an enthralling final day on the magical, capricious turf of Headingley. West Indies brilliantly cruised past their (...)

Sevilla’s Steven N’Zonzi was on Sam Allardyce’s radar. Photograph: Jon Nazca/Reuters

The Football Association has broadened its search for non-English players who can qualify for the national side after the failed attempt to bring Stev(...)

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