England’s hopes of a first major trophy for 55 years ended in familiar heartbreak as the lost the final of Euro 2020 to Italy in a penalty shoot-out.
Having enjoyed a dream start with Luke Shaw’s first international goal in only the second minute they were pegged back by Leonardo Bonucci’s second-half equaliser and were then beaten 3-2 on spot-kicks.
There were also familiar scenes elsewhere in the capital with Novak Djokovic winning a third successive Wimbledon crown.
Here, the PA news agency takes a look at some of the best pictures of the sporting weekend.
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At table tennis, flag-waving Chinese cheered so much that Japanese media complained it felt like an away match for the home team. The Olympics may officially be without supporters but at venues across Tokyo national delegations have brought the noise, replacing fans kept out by coronavirus countermeasures. Mongolian coaches pounded on plastic bleachers seats as their women's team faced off in 3x3 basketball at the Aomi Urban Sports Park in Tokyo.
Dylan Moore hit a grand slam with two outs in the bottom of the eighth inning as the Seattle Mariners overcame a seven-run deficit to defeat the visiting Houston Astros 11-8 on Monday night. Kyle Seager added a three-run homer and rookie Cal Raleigh had a three-run double as the Mariners won their fourth consecutive game. The Astros had a three-game winning streak snapped.
The United States dealt China a second consecutive straight sets defeat in women's volleyball to leave the defending champions in danger of missing out on the knockout stages. Jordan Thompson, the Americans' 24-year-old opposite hitter who is competing in her first Games, impressed again, top-scoring with 34 points to set a Tokyo 2020 record.
Heavyweight boxing world champion Muslim Gadzhimagomedov's bid to add Olympic gold to his resume got off to a convincing start on Tuesday before New Zealander David Nyika's Games debut was blighted by an attempted bite from his Moroccan opponent. Two-time Commonwealth Games gold medallist Nyika won the first two rounds comfortably, leaving a frustrated Youness Baalla to try and dig his teeth into his opponent's ear during a hold in the final round. Nyika managed to pull out in time and was later handed a unanimous victory on points.
The simple answer to the question how do you train a horse to dance is this: devote a lot of time to it. There are no short cuts. Charlotte Dujardin, the current Olympic champion, has spent most of the last five years bringing her horse Gio up to speed. She won two Olympic gold medals atop her previous mount, the gelding Valegro. But he was put out to pasture after winning in Rio and she turned her attention to her new partner. Even before Valegro disappeared off to the long grass, Dujardin was
Jolanda Neff led a Swiss clean sweep of medals in the Olympic women's mountain bike event with a masterful solo ride to gold on a slippery Izu circuit on Tuesday. Former world champion Neff got ahead early as several favourites made mistakes in a chaotic start and barely put a wheel out of place to win by one minute 10 seconds. She grabbed a Swiss flag as she crossed the line to land her country its first gold medal of the Games.
Team GB are enjoying their best start to an Olympics in modern history after striking gold on back-to-back days in Tokyo. A British swimming one-two in the 200m freestyle and a silver in the women's triathlon take Britain to 10 medals - eclipsing the previous record of just six by day four. Four golds are also more than the squad has ever achieved so early, with Britain overcoming a Games riddled with the adversity of strict Covid protocols, no spectators and 30C-plus heat. Hopes of a fifth in t
Slovenia's hopes of a medal on Tuesday in the women's kayak slalom to add to yesterday's gold in the men's canoe were dashed after Eva Tercelj, the world No. 4, was eliminated in the semifinal with a 50-second penalty for missing a gate. "The Slovenians usually get the Olympic medal in the third Olympic games they go so if I want to get one I should go there," she added, when asked if she would try for Paris in 2024. Benjamin Savsek won Slovenia's first gold medal in the men's canoe slalom on Monday.
Gold medallist Vitalina Batsarashkina's shooting skill is not the only thing about the Russian sharp-shooter that is attracting attention at the Tokyo Games. The newly minted Olympic champion in women's 10-metre air pistol, who led her Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) team to the silver in the mixed team event on Tuesday, has been roaming the Asaka Shooting Range with a Witcher medallion dangling from her neck. "The Witcher" is a popular series of fantasy novels by Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski, which has spawned a film, TV series, video games and graphic novels.
After taking two golds for South Korea in the mixed and men's team archery events at the Tokyo Games, teen archer Kim Je Deok crashed out in the individual round of 16, losing to Germany's Florian Unruh by 3-7 on Tuesday. Nicknamed the "archery genius" after an appearance on a South Korean talent show, the 17-year-old debuted at the Olympics by becoming his country's youngest ever gold medallist. Opponent Unruh called the victory "one of the biggest wins" but said everyone had chances to succeed at the Olympics.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s hopes of making further additions to his squad are likely to hinge around the futures of Paul Pogba and Jesse Lingard with Manchester United targeting an overall net spend of between £75 million and £100m this summer. United agreed an initial £34.2m fee, rising to £42.7m with adds on, with Real Madrid for France defender Raphael Varane on Monday, three days after announcing the £72.9m signing of England winger Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund. Including the solidarity p
TOKYO (Reuters) -China earned their second diving gold in Tokyo on Tuesday as Chen Yuxi and Zhang Jiaqi blew their opponents away in the women’s 10 metre synchronised platform, extending their country's winning streak in that event to six Olympic Games. The teen duo were in another league throughout the competition at the Tokyo Aquatics Centre, finishing with 363.78 points, more than 52 ahead of second-placed Jessica Parratto and Delaney Schnell of the United States.
Once thwarted by the pandemic, Japanese nurse Arisa Tsubata is reviving her dreams to compete in boxing at the Olympics. Tsubata emerged from a gritty gym on the outskirts of Tokyo onto the global stage on Friday, when she performed a solitary run on a treadmill at the opening ceremony, representing how athletes had to prepare for the pandemic-hit Games in isolation. Tokyo organisers have scrambled to host the Games as the pandemic rages around the world, affecting a wide range of decisions from athlete safety to spectator numbers.
Japanese shuttlers had won 15 straight matches at the Tokyo Games but that incredible streak came to a halt on Tuesday with losses in both men's and women's doubles, leaving badminton superpower China as the only nation yet to taste defeat. Japan's Takeshi Kamura and Keigo Sonoda were overwhelmed by towering Chinese duo Li Jun Hui and Liu Yu Chen, who both stand over 1.90m tall and rained down well-angled smashes to win 21-14 21-16 in just 38 minutes. China has long been the dominant force at the Games, winning 41 medals since badminton became an Olympic sport in 1992 -- more than double the combined tally of Indonesia and South Korea, the second and third most successful countries.
Asia's first Masters champion Hideki Matsuyama was not sure he would be able to compete at the Tokyo Olympics in his home country when he tested positive for COVID-19, but now he has recovered he hopes to add another medal for Team Japan. Matsuyama tested positive for COVID-19 earlier this month and withdrew from the Rocket Mortgage Classic in Detroit and went into quarantine for about 10 days. "When I got tested positive for COVID-19 three weeks ago, I wasn't really sure if I was able to participate in the Olympics here," the Japanese world No. 20 confessed in a press conference on Tuesday.
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