Race begins at 2pm BST with Verstappen on pole ahead of Lewis Hamilton Qualifying report: Dominant Max Verstappen takes French Grand Prix pole position for Red Bull Rain falls at Paul Ricard in the morning with chance of showers for afternoon
Finland face a daunting challenge against the world's highest-ranked team Belgium to qualify for the Euro 2020 knockouts in their maiden tournament, but coach Markku Kanerva is taking inspiration from his side's ability to surprise the top nations. "A draw will probably be enough to qualify," he said of the final Group B game in St. Petersburg on Monday for Finland, who sit on three points after an opening win against Denmark. "When I started as head coach in the Finnish team one of the first matches was a friendly against Belgium and we managed a draw," he added at a news conference on Sunday, recalling a 1-1 result in 2016.
Olympic 400m champions Wayde van Niekerk belatedly confirmed he will defend his title at the Tokyo Games, finishing inside the qualifying time in Madrid on Saturday. Beset by injury since his Rio heroics five years ago, the South African ran 44.56 at the Continental Tour event at Estadio Vallehermoso to finish 0.34 seconds inside the qualifying time, although he was runner-up to Colombia's Anthony Jose Zambrano. Van Niekerk, who smashed Michael Johnson's 400m world record at the 2016 Rio Olympics to claim gold in 43.03, moved last month to train in the United States under sprint mentor Lance Brauman, who has had him concentrating on the 200m.
Rob Baxter’s faith in Jack Nowell was hardly a secret, but Exeter Chiefs’ director of rugby exhibited a special kind of confidence this weekend. Not only was Nowell whisked directly into Exeter Chief’s starting line-up to face Sale Sharks in the Premiership play-off after a month recovering from sprained medial knee ligaments. Significantly, he replaced Stuart Hogg. Scotland’s captain, set for a third British and Irish Lions tour later this summer, joined the replacements so Nowell could feature
Well, then. That was frankly astonishing. Harlequins looked devoid of shape and composure and were blown away by a performance from Bristol in those first 30 minutes in Saturday's first Gallagher Premiership semi-final which was practically perfect. You could have forgiven the Bears supporters inside Ashton Gate for beginning to check train tickets to Twickenham for next weekend. Only to start quickly closing those apps on their phones as Harlequins began to produce what is now officially known
Germany coach Joachim Loew praised Robin Gosens for his dominant display in Saturday's 4-2 Euro 2020 win over Portugal, saying he knew very early in the left back's time with the national team that he had all the qualities to succeed. Atalanta defender Gosens, who has played his professional career outside Germany and has unusually not come out of the country's youth system, won his first cap in September in a Nations League match against Spain. The 26-year-old excelled in his ninth game for the country on Saturday, causing problems for the Portugal defence with his blistering pace and power as he set up two goals and scored another in the Group F clash.
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Instant impact: the standout players of Euro 2020From Netherlands’ goalscoring wing-back to France’s grizzled medal-collector, we pick six of the best from the opening week (From left to right) Mikkel Damsgaard of Denmark, Czech Republic’s Patrik Schick, Denzel Dumfries of the Netherlands, France’s Raphaël Varane and Andriy Yarmolenko of Ukraine. Composite: Getty Images; EPA; Hollandse Hoogte/Shutterstock; UEFA via Getty Images; DeFodi Images via Getty Images
Wales fans on Euro 2020: ‘Football allows us to show an inclusive form of nationalism’Supporters say they agree with taking the knee – and many think the side can go far in Euro 2020 tournament Wales fans react to the second goal against Turkey last week at an arena in Cardiff. Photograph: Jacob King/PA
TOKYO (Reuters) -Facing the daunting task of keeping the world's largest sporting event safe, some emergency medicine officers overseeing Tokyo Olympic venues are calling on the organisers to bar spectators over risks of a jump in COVID-19 cases. Organisers are to decide as soon as Monday whether to allow domestic spectators into the stadiums for the Games, which were delayed by a year due to the pandemic and now set to start in about a month. Foreign spectators have already been banned.
There is no subtelty to Bryson DeChambeau's game plan as he seeks to defend his U.S. Open crown. With rare exceptions, the ferocious-swinging DeChambeau bashes his drives as far as he possibly can, knowing that as long as he stays in-bounds he should be okay. "When I miss it, because I hit it pretty far, I'm going to miss it off line quite a bit," DeChambeau said after shooting a bogey-free three-under-par 68 to move within two shots of leaders Louis Oosthuizen, Russell Henley and Mackenzie Hughes.
It is easy to get an inferiority complex playing with brawny Bryson DeChambeau, but Christiaan Bezuidenhout managed to stay in his own lane as he played his own game to remain on the edge of contention at the U.S. Open on Saturday. South African Bezuidenhout goes into Sunday's final round four strokes from the lead, certainly not among the favorites. "I know my game plan, so I just want to stick to that," Bezuidenhout told Reuters after a steady one-under-par 70 that left him equal ninth at Torrey Pines.
(Reuters) -Sha'Carri Richardson's coronation is complete. Billed as American athletics' next star, the 5-foot, 1-inch dynamo didn't disappoint, torching the 100-metre finals in 10.87 with her trademark flourish at the U.S. Olympic trials, raising her arms to the sky and letting out a cheer in front of an elated crowd as she booked her ticket to Tokyo. "I'm highly blessed and grateful," said Richardson, who told a television reporter that she learned last week that her biological mother had passed away.
Rory McIlroy is finally back with a chance at the business end of a major championship, two strokes from the lead at the U.S. Open and in with a chance to end his long major drought. The Northern Irishman thinks a three under par final-round at Torrey Pines on Sunday will probably be enough to claim his fifth major trophy, and first since 2014. McIlroy seemed destined to join the list of golf's all-time greats when he piled up four major titles in his early 20s between 2011 and 2014.
Wales captain Gareth Bale dismissed Italy coach Roberto Mancini's comments likening the team to English club Stoke City and said they were ready to challenge them in Sunday's European Championship meeting in Rome. Mancini, who spent 3-1/2 years as Manchester City manager between 2009 and 2013, is fully aware of the physical demands of a trip to Stoke who were a top-flight team then. Ahead of Sunday's game, the Italian said Stoke had a very tough style of play and he expected a similar test from Wales, adding Bale's side also possessed the technical skills to trouble his team.