England thrashed Ukraine in Rome to set up a Euro 2020 semi-final against Denmark, who edged past the Czech Republic in their last-eight clash in Baku.
British teenager Emma Raducanu made history as she reached the fourth round at Wimbledon, the British and Irish Lions won their opening tour match in South Africa and England’s final one-day international against Sri Lanka fell victim to the rain.
Here, the PA news agency takes a look at some of the best pictures of the sporting weekend.
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Nobody could blame French gymnast Samir Ait Said for feeling that the Olympics Games are cursed for him. Forced by a triple leg fracture to sit out the 2012 London Games, which he watched as a spectator, he was heading for redemption in Rio 2016 when a gruesome crash during a vault snapped both bones in his lower leg, leaving it looking "like rubber". Recovery from that took months, but Ait Said, now 31, eventually came to Tokyo as one of France's flag-bearers in the opening ceremony, determined to take a medal home from the rings competition - a promise to the memory of his father, who died in 2019.
New Zealand's Laurel Hubbard made history on Monday by becoming the first openly transgender athlete to compete at an Olympic Games, but she suffered disappointment with an early exit from the women's +87 kg final after three no lifts in the snatch. At 43, Hubbard was the oldest competitor in the weightlifting event in Tokyo, in which her inclusion had ignited a fierce debate about fairness for women and about gender identification and inclusivity. Hubbard was born male but transitioned eight years ago and resumed weightlifting after a long stint away from the sport.
Chinese teenager Wang Zongyuan finished first in the preliminary competition for the men's 3 metre springboard diving on Monday, but three-time Olympic medallist Patrick Hausding of Germany was unexpectedly eliminated after a series of fluffed dives. The 19-year-old Wang ended the first round in third, but a near-perfect second dive saw him surge him past his rivals and he never gave up his position atop the leaderboard, finishing with 531.30 points. Wang's compatriot, world champion Xie Siyi, came in second with 520.90, while Rommel Pacheco Marrufo of Mexico rounded off the top three contenders going into the semi-final round.
China's team sprinters took the first gold on offer in the Olympic track cycling programme as Bao Shanju and Zhong Tianshi powered to victory at the Izu Velodrome on Monday. The duo broke their world record in the first round and although they were fractionally slower in the final, it was enough to beat Germany and retain the title. Fast track conditions are being reported by the riders and Germany's women's team pursuiters also set a world record -- obliterating Britain's mark from Rio five years ago.
World champions the United States have suffered a shock semi-final defeat against neighbours Canada in one of the biggest upsets at Tokyo 2020 so far. Managed by English coach Bev Priestman, former assistant to Phil Neville's Lionesses side, Canada produced a resilient, well organised defensive effort to deny a USA side that included global stars such as Megan Rapinoe, Alex Morgan and Carli Lloyd. The result saw Canada midfielder Quinn make history as the first openly trans athlete to secure an
Lamont Marcell Jacobs believes reconnecting with his estranged American father helped him make history by becoming the first Italian to claim Olympic men’s 100 metres gold on Sunday. Jacobs secured a surprise victory with a European record time of 9.80 seconds, becoming the first winner of the post-Usain Bolt era and the first European Olympic men's 100 meters champion since Britain’s Linford Christie in 1992. It was a stunning run from the 26-year-old underdog, who was born in the United States to an American father and Italian mother.
The camaraderie between Qatar's Mutaz Essa Barshim and Italy's Gianmarco Tamberi continued during the Olympic men's high jump victory ceremony on Monday, a day after the pair opted to share the gold medal. Both Barshim, 30, and the 29-year-old Tamberi cleared 2.37 metres on Sunday evening. After climbing on to the podium together, Barshim and Tamberi presented the gold medals to each other amid more hugs and switched places to face their flags when each national anthem was played.
We are constantly told that teams need more time to implement cohesion and quality in attack than they do to make defensive improvements. The recent history of the British and Irish Lions seems to bear that out.
TOKYO (Reuters) -Britain's Oliver Townend, Laura Collett and Tom McEwen on Monday won team gold in equestrian eventing at the Tokyo Olympics, bringing the top medal back to Britain for the first time since 1972 and after decades of the country coming second. Australia claimed the silver medal, improving on their third place in Rio 2016, and defending champions France took bronze. British riders had won eventing team silver at the Olympics in Los Angeles, Seoul, Sydney, Athens and London, and bronze in Beijing.
Harry Kane fails to report at Tottenham training ground as he seeks transferStriker was due back for tests on Monday after EurosKane is a Manchester City target and wants move Harry Kane was due to report back to Tottenham’s training ground on Monday after a post-Euro 2020 break. Photograph: Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA
England’s players are set to be freed to play in the second half of this year’s Indian Premier League in September with the tour of Bangladesh, which was scheduled at the same time, to be postponed. England had been due to tour Bangladesh for three one-day internationals and three Twenty20 internationals, which would have clashed with the IPL and entailed leaving England a matter of days after the end of the Test series with India on September 14. But the postponement of the tour of Bangladesh –