Ashes 2019: Steve Smith torments England with another fifty at Lord’s

Steve Smith was England’s tormentor once again as he reached his 25th Test fifty on the fourth morning at Lord’s as Australia battled to 155-5 at lunch in the second Ashes Test.


The tourists added 75 runs in the session for the loss of just a solitary wicket as Smith batted patiently throughout the morning and walked off unbeaten on 53 at the interval.

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Stuart Broad took the first wicket of the day, tempting Matthew Wade into a drive and finding a thick outside edge to Rory Burns, who took a good low catch at gully.

Smith and Tim Paine shared an unbroken stand of 53 to take Australia to within 103 runs of England’s first innings total and leave the hosts needing to take quick wickets in the afternoon session to avoid the prospect of the match meandering towards a draw.

After a bright and sunny start to the morning, the skies clouded over just as play began to assist the England bowlers and in the eighth over of the day, having beaten the bat on a number of occasion, they got their reward as Broad (3-44) removed Wade (6).

Jofra Archer challenged Smith as he went through his full arsenal of deliveries in one entertaining over, finding the edge with a knuckle-ball only for it to drop short of second slip.

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Will the Principality Stadium roof be open or closed for Wales vs Ireland and who makes the final decision?

WARREN GATLAND's Wales welcome England to Cardiff on Saturday in preparation for the Rugby World Cup.

The Welsh will be buoyed by the chance to go top of the world rankings – yet Eddie Jones' outfit can also make the jump.

The Principality Stadium remains a stunning arena to watch rugby – and will no doubt be in full voice from the anthems onward.

Will the Principality Stadium roof be open or closed?

OPENING or closing the roof in Cardiff can have a major impact on the game.

Wales typically prefer the roof to be closed to allow the home crowd to create a cacophony of noise and throw the opposition off their game.

Despite heavy rain on Friday, the sun is shining bright around Cardiff – meaning the roof will be OPEN.

Who decides whether the roof should be open or closed?

Both teams must agree if the Principality Stadium roof is to be closed.

However, in extreme circumstances where safety is affected, tournament organisers or the referee can opt to close the roof.

In last year's match against Scotland, the visitors asked for the roof to remain open but were overruled.

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9.30am Tottenham news LIVE: Eriksen LATEST, Man City build-up, Pochettino exit fears, Pep calls Spurs second best in Europe – The Sun

TOTTENHAM stormed back from one-nil down to record an opening weekend win over Aston Villa, and face champions Man City next.

Christian Eriksen continues to be linked with a move away from the club, but came off the bench to inspire his side's late comeback.

Follow ALL of the latest Spurs news, updates and gossip below…

  • TOTTENHAM star Moussa Sissoko named Arsenal Invincible Patrick Viera as his all-time sporting hero.

    He told TalkSport: “I don’t want to have any problems if I say his name, but it was Vieira!

    “We play in the same position, he is tall like me, playing in the France national team like I am now.

    “So I was following him and tried to be like him when I was younger.”

  • MAURICIO POCHETTINO says there is only one way he can give his rival Pep Guardiola a bloody nose in their heavyweight title bout.

    The Tottenham boss has vowed to come out fighting at the Etihad tomorrow in a bid to KO the reigning champ with a devastating early blow.

    Pals know Poch would love nothing more than a repeat victory over his nemesis this evening — but he also joked he would like to tackle Pep in the boxing ring.

    He said: “This match is not about me and Pep.

    “If we want to see who is best the best thing would be for us brave managers to create a ring and fight in it like Anthony Joshua. Perhaps we should do that with managers.

    “I am so brave on the touchline because I know this is never going to happen, so I shout and everything.”

  • PEP GUARDIOLA has claimed Tottenham are the second best team in Europe.

    He told the Mirror when asked about the threat posed by Spurs: “How good they are? My words and my opinion on them is that they are the second best team in Europe. For me that’s enough.

    “Since I came here to England, every season they were a real contender.

    “The first season I was here they finished second. The last two seasons they didn’t win it, but always they were tough, tough games.”

  • TOTTENHAM star Moussa Sissoko named Arsenal Invincible Patrick Viera as his all-time sporting hero.

    He told TalkSport: “I don’t want to have any problems if I say his name, but it was Vieira!

    “We play in the same position, he is tall like me, playing in the France national team like I am now.

    “So I was following him and tried to be like him when I was younger.”

  • FORMER TOTTENHAM target Philipe Coutinho has agreed to join Bayern Munich on loan, according to reports.

    The Brazilian has reportedly agreed personal terms with the German champions who now need to finalise some admin details with Barcelona.

    Coutinho will be announced as a Bayern player shortly, according to Yahoo.

    The Germans reportedly asked about a loan move for Coutinho on Monday but the Catalans were said to be uninterested unless they could bag Neymar.

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Matt Chapman looks ahead to a thrilling week at York for the Ebor Festival where Enable and Frankie Dettori are back on track

SUPERSTAR Enable, the world's top rated horse Crystal Ocean, sizzling stayer Stradivarius and a sprinting smash up between Battaash and Ten Sovereigns raise hopes of an explosive and vintage York Ebor Festival next week.

Live on the main ITV network, York runs Wednesday through to Saturday with dishes to savour on each and every day.​

For many Enable will be the star of the show as she struts her bits in Thursday's Group 1 Darley Yorkshire Oaks, although she won't be much of a betting proposition.​

John Gosden's incredible daughter of Nathaniel will be long odds-on as she bids to repeat her 2017 success in this event. Of course prior to that she won the Epsom Oaks and King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes, and since then has landed two Arcs, a Breeders' Cup Turf and, last time out, and other King George.​

Enable is more for us to cheer and marvel at than punt, but then again horse racing is not all about betting. Usain Bolt was a short priced favourite for the majority of his walk-overs, but it was still fun watching him in action.​

The only way Enable might be challenged is if stable companion and June's Oaks heroine Anapurna has a crack at her, but that looks increasingly unlikely with the Prix Vermeille a much more likely option.​

Crystal Ocean faces a tougher test in the Group 1 Juddmonte International, a race won by some of the greats over the years.​

Magical is back, having got pretty close to Sir Michael Stoute's tough as teak sort in the Prince of Wales's Stakes at Royal Ascot, while lightly raced King of Comedy could represent Gosden after his neck second to Circus Maximus in the St James's Palace Stakes.

King of Comedy could well have the last laugh if a step up in trip brings about further improvement.​

Don't forget about Japan, either, who could challenge with Magical for O'Brien as the Irish genius tries to land the Juddmonte for a sixth time.​

Japan was classy in the King Edward VII Stakes and then banged home a first Group 1 in the Grand Prix de Paris at Longchamp last month.​

Gosden's Stradivarius, meanwhile, is bang on target for the Lonsdale Cup on Friday.​

Last year's Weatherbys Hamilton Stayers' Million winner is primed to scoop the seven-figure sum for owner-breeder Bjorn Nielsen again, having won at York, Ascot and Goodwood already this season.​

Gosden said: "He's as cheeky as ever! He's full of himself, a very happy horse. He's training up nicely for the race. Obviously, the Goodwood Cup was not that long ago, so we come into the Lonsdale just trying to keep the freshness in him.​

“He probably had tougher races coming through last year – the Gold Cup last year was a formidable race, whereas they probably didn’t go as hard this year. Therefore, for him, it didn’t drain him so much." That does not bode well for the opposition!​

For many, though, the clash of the week will come in Thursday's Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes, in which July Cup victor Ten Sovereigns represents the sponsors and takes on Battaash, the speedster who is just about unbeatable on a going day for Charlie Hills but does not always have a going day.​

I'm still not convinced by Ten Sovereigns, who looked iffy in the 2000 Guineas as far as head carriage is concerned. He might have suddenly come good sprinting, but time will tell.​

York has not been a good place for Battaash, and he has still only landed one Group 1 despite his talent. That said, this is a great chance for the horse in the colours of the legendary Dayjur, those of Hamdan al Maktoum.​

You have to go back to 2011 and Margot Did for the last member of the Classic generation to land the Nunthorpe, and before then Oasis Dream in 2003.​

Interestingly, for those who think the Commonwealth Cup helps three-year-old sprinters, no horse has managed to win at York since that race was introduced in 2015.​

Of course the Ebor is the big betting race of the week, and we'll all be scratching our heads a week today trying to find the winner. The new conditions have turned it into a Group race just about, and I think that's sad. The Ebor is nothing like the great handicap it once was. That said, York will still be immense.

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Bury midfielder Stephen Dawson ‘on verge of losing his house’ over club’s financial crisis – The Sun

BURY midfielder Stephen Dawson revealed he is on the verge of losing his house amid the financial crisis threatening to kill the club.

Controversial owner Steve Dale vehemently denied the Irishman's claim in an explosive live-on-air row between the pair on TalkSport.

Dawson, 33, told host Jim White he and his teammates had not been paid properly for five months.

Given the chance to confront his boss, Dawson said: "Listen chairman, let’s cut to the chase – you haven’t bothered paying us in months.


“I’m on the verge of losing everything.

"I’ve had to listen to what you’ve had to say for months, you can say you’ve tried to save the club but, at the end of it all, get your money and leave the club otherwise this club is no more."

But Dale was having none of it and hit back: "Do you truly believe that remark? That Mr Dawson cannot feed his family and is getting thrown out of his house?

“Everything with you guys is blow it to the maximum.

"Mr Dawson’s not going to get thrown out of his house and he can feed his family!”

Dale's defence was almost too much for Dawson who simply said: "There you go, there you go. What he’s just said there has summed up what a man and human being he is.

If I lose my job next week, my house is gone

"If I lose my job next week, my house is gone simple as that and I’ll tell you that man to man now.

“He’s just told lies for six months, he doesn’t pay anyone and if he has the chance to sell the club I’m begging him to sell it.”

League One Bury had their fourth consecutive match called off on Tuesday as the Shakers once again could not prove their financial viability to the EFL.

On Tuesday, Gigg Lane looked like a ghost town, with all gates closed and locked, and the club shop empty.

Bury face a deadline of August 23 to avoid being expelled from the Football League.

Just three days ago, Dale exclusively revealed to SunSport he plans to sell the club.

"I’ve decided it’s my intention to sell Bury FC due to the continued battle with the EFL and recent events which have affected my health,” Dale said.Asked what offer he would be willing to accept, Dale replied: “I’m a sensible man. I want the club to survive.

“I’ve been told there is a buyer but no one has approached me yet.

“But I am happy to sell. We’ve arranged a CVA where non-football creditors get 25p in the pound. If they continue with that, they’re up and running.

“I was footing the bill for that. Now the new buyer must do that.

“I want the club to survive and I think I have done a good job from where we were to now.

“It may not have met with everyone’s approval but the survival of Bury FC is of the utmost importance.”

SunSport exclusively revealed earlier this month Dale received death threats, while his daughter received a parcel of POO in response to his perceived mismanagement of the club.


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Rex Ryan Is Still Thinking About Those Feeties

Rex Ryan loves feet—specifically his wife’s feet, and we have all known this for years and years. What’s inspiring about Ryan is not that he has an admiration for feet, but that he is extremely comfortable with the entire world having knowledge of that admiration.

With that in mind, please enjoy this moment from today’s episode of Get Up:

Every episode of Get Up should just be Rex Ryan making foot jokes.

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Today’s free horse racing tips: The Betting Spy’s top picks for Saturday's racing at Newbury and Newmarket

WITH the weather unsettled and therefore the going hard to predict this is probably a day to play Safe.

That should prove a profitable policy in Newbury's big race, the Hungerford Stakes (3.35), where SAFE VOYAGE can sail home – whatever the ground.

He has progressed well this season, winning a handicap, a Listed event and a Group 3 – all over this 7f trip – at Haydock on soft ground.

His latest effort was another improvement when a close third at the Curragh. The winner that day, Romanised, has since won a French Group 1 and the runner-up, Hey Gaman chased home Sir Dancealot at Glorious Goodwood.

Hey Gaman attempted to make all at the Curragh, tactics which are ideally suited to that track but which are much more difficult here. That should help Safe Voyage find the half length improvement needed to reverse the form.

The Goodwood winner is attempting the same double he completed 12 months ago but is not as good with cut in the ground and it seems certain there will be some – and probably lots.

Flaming Spear, Space Traveller and Donjuan Triumphant were all beaten at Goodwood and it is tricky to find reasons to support any of them.

That is not the case for long-absent Librisa Breeze, a Group 1 winner in days gone by who relishes soft conditions. He could outrun his odds and get close, which will be handy as a Safe Voyage needs a following Breeze.

Earlier QARASU is interesting in the 1.15. He made a hugely promising debut here last year and was third in a red-hot Nottingham novice won by Pondus on his reappearance.

That form makes him look chucked in on a mark of 85. He has since won a weak race at Windsor before flopping on handicap debut at Newmarket.

I Spy an eyecatcher…

It is probably unusual to put up a horse who finished last as one to follow but TIPPERARY STAR is not one to give up on yet.

The John Best-trained threee-year-old was a quietly fancied 13-2 shot for the 7f handicap at Kempton on Wednesday. He was starting toi make progress when he went for the cutaway up the inside with about two furlongs to run.

But Attainment cut across in front of him and all chance was gone. Tipperary Star looked likely to beat Attainment, who finished a close fourth beaten less than a length, so he is handicapped to win off his current mark of 83 and he may well be dropped a pound or two.

His earlier course win has worked out well and this Star will surely shine soon.

That run was simply too bad to be true and he deserves a second chance. All his earlier good efforts were on softish ground over today's trip of 1m2f and this is not a great race.

The older horses look exposed so the dangers lurk among the other three-year-olds of whom Murray River and Caravan Of Hope could be the pick.

In the Geoffrey Freer Stakes (2.25) mud-loving Morando looks like going off a hot favourite. He has been getting beaten in better company and has a good record at the track so holds obvious appeal.

But the six-year-old is not improving and has to concede a penalty to one who is, The Queen's SEXTANT. He showed plenty of promise last year – and loads of temperament too.

But he was gelded over the winter and has not looked back since, showing progressive form in quality middle-distance handicaps. The only blip came at Epsom and that tricky track was never likely to suit this imposing galloper. He is ready to take the step up to Group 3 level.

This race was once a recognised St Leger trial for the three-year-olds but none of today's runners of that age are likely to line up on Town Moor – unless it is in the Mallard Handicap!

Sameem may have been flattered when making all at Hamilton last time and Technician has not progressed as well as was hoped after his early season exploits so Durston may be the pick of them.

Sunday stonker

Doncaster and particularly Ripon look very bookie-friendly but there is a fascinating fillies' Listed race over six furlongs (3.30) at Pontefract on Sunday.

Perfection has been running well in similar company and is the pick on official ratings but I was very impressed by the three-year-old TAPISSERIE when she won at Carlisle last time, despite having to come from last and racing very wide.

That was just her fourth career start and she is improving at a rate of knots. The drop back from seven furlongs is a slight concern but Ponty is a stiff track and she should handle it.

She has won on soft so her chance is not weather-dependent.

At Newmarket OH IT'S SAUCEPOT is the best bet on the card. She has not won for a while but caught the eye with an excellent third at Kempton two runs ago and then stayed on nicely when second to an improver at Windsor.

She has always gone well on the July course and trainer Chris Wall has his string in excellent form. The three-year-olds are usually the big threat in this sort of race but Holy Kingdom keeps climbing the weights for not winning and Australis shapes like more of a thorough stayer.

As the Mark Johnston winner-machine rolls on Winged Spur, although not that well handicapped, could be the biggest danger.

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Liverpool aim to make Salah Premier League’s best-paid player with new mega £22.4million-a-year deal – The Sun

LIVERPOOL could be ready to make Mo Salah the Premier League's top-paid star on £22.4million a year.

Reports in Spain suggest the Egypt striker – linked with Real Madrid earlier this summer – is close to a new £430,000-a-week contract.

That package is understood to rival the wages of Manchester United frontman Alexis Sanchez.

Salah only signed a deal extension up to 2023 last summer but the Reds are said to be offering an extra year on even more pay.

The former Roma star, 27, has hit 54 goals in 74 Prem games since joining in 2017.

After winning both the PFA and Football Writers' player of the year awards the following term, Salah helped Liverpool win the Champions League and finish as Prem runners-up last season.

But he is currently still recovering from hosts Egypt crashing out of the African Cup of Nations at the last-16 stage, losing 1-0 to outsiders South Africa in Cairo.

The ex-Chelsea wideman collapsed in tears along with team-mates after Egypt had been tipped to at least match their tournament performance of last time out, reaching hte 2017 final.

Bernabeu chief Zinedine Zidane remains a big admirer of Salah.

But there has been no firm approach this summer after Real reportedly tried to sign him a year ago when Cristinao Ronaldo left for Juventus.

Having already lured Chelsea playmaker Eden Hazard, Zidane could yet raid the Prem again, though – with Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba also on his wishlist.

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Weekend betting preview: Kane to score first, Chelsea and Leicester to draw a blank, and Man Utd’s Maguire influence to continue – The Sun

THE big teams and star names were on fire in the first weekend of the Premier League with Raheem Sterling, Harry Kane and Marcus Rashford among those scoring braces.

As the fun resumes this weekend we’ve picked out some top bets that could see you get in on the action.

Arsenal vs Burnley

THERE's a new tinkerman in town.

Unai Emery rolled the dice in Arsenal's opening game of the season at Newcastle, risking open rebellion in the fanbase by leaving all his new summer signings on the bench or the beach.

But the gamble paid off as Gabon goal-machine Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang did what he does best, slotting home a second half winner and getting the Gunners off to a perfect start. You can back him to score again at any time this weekend at 3/4.

Expect the big guns to be rolled out for the visit of Burnley though, who took an opening weekend win of their own after smashing sorry Saints 3-0 at Turf Moor.

If you fancy Sean Dyche’s side to win by the same scoreline when they visit the Emirates you can get odds of 150/1 at Ladbrokes.

Record-signing Nicolas Pepe looks sure to start – and is the man to be on for first goalscorer.

The Frenchman took a while to get going at Lille – in fact he had more yellow cards than goals in his first two months at the Ligue 1 club – but once he found his shooting boots, he proved almost unplayable.

Pepe netted in Lille's first home match of the season last term and is a man for the big occasion, eventually going on to score 23 times in 45 appearances for club and country. Get him to score first at 7/2.

Man City vs Spurs

FIVE-STAR City began this season like they finished the last – by handing out a pasting.

Pep Guardiola's side sauntered down to East London last weekend and took apart a new-look West Ham side who had precisely no answers to their counter-attacking brilliance.

But Spurs will provide sterner opposition when they head north this weekend for the first heavyweight test of the new campaign.

Last season's Champions League meeting here between this pair will go down in the ages – and we're anticipating another goal-fest. You can get odds on over 5.5 goals at 6/1.

The who's who of attacking talent for this clash reads like an all-conquering fantasy football team – Raheem Sterling, Riyad Mahrez, Kevin De Bruyne, Dele Alli, Lucas Moura.

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Young duo’s monster night gives Mets win they desperately need

ATLANTA — Pete Alonso’s body of work over the last week-plus was more than acceptable, but the slugging first baseman’s frustration had become evident to Mets officials.

To that end, manager Mickey Callaway met with Alonso recently to let him know he is carrying his weight.

“He’s getting kind of down about some of the outs he made,” Callaway said before the Mets beat the Braves 10-8 at SunTrust Park. “We had a long talk after the game [Wednesday] about it, but he’s performing better in the last 10 days than he did to make the All-Star team and I don’t think he quite felt that way, and that happens. You get disappointed if you don’t get a hit in a big situation, that takes its toll sometimes.”

Maybe the chat helped. In his first at-bat of the night, Alonso slugged homer No. 39 — a three-run blast against Julio Teheran — to tie Cody Bellinger’s National League rookie record established in 2017.

Alonso finished 5-for-5 with six RBIs in helping the Mets, who collected a season-high 23 hits, snap a three-game losing streak. Alonso became the third rookie in Mets history — Jeromy Burnitz (1993) and David Wright (2004) were the others — with six RBIs in a game.

Another topic of conversation between the player and manager was Alonso’s defense: he ranged too far into the hole in the seventh inning Wednesday on a grounder, leaving first base uncovered. Alonso has been too aggressive at times lately, according to Callaway, in fielding grounders.

“We talked a little bit about being aware of where the second baseman is around him and making sure that we don’t overplay balls,” Callaway said. “Just understand who is around you and get to the balls you’re going to get to and then get back to first on the ones the second baseman can get.”

Teheran, who entered with a 2.68 ERA in 29 career appearances against the Mets, was knocked out in the second inning after allowing six earned runs on eight hits and three walks.

Amed Rosario went 5-for-6 and finished within a homer of the cycle. He and Alonso became the first Mets duo to record five hits in the same game, and the first under-25 duo in MLB history since Seattle’s Ken Griffey Jr. and Omar Vizquel on July 18, 1991. Rosario is 67-for-189 (.354) over his last 49 games after a largely sluggish first half of the season at the plate and in the field.

Alonso homered into a pond beyond the center-field fence after Rosario had doubled leading off the game and Joe Panik singled him to third. But the Mets kept going in a second inning in which Teheran recorded only one out.

Marcus Stroman reached on an infield single during the inning and Rosario’s ensuing triple brought in the run. Teheran then walked Panik, Alonso and Michael Conforto to force in a run before Wilson Ramos’ RBI single gave the Mets a 6-0 lead. Josh Tomlin entered and got J.D. Davis to hit into a double play.

Todd Frazier homered leading off the third inning before the Mets entered cruise control in the fifth on Alonso’s two-run single that buried the Braves in a 9-2 hole. Alonso’s RBI single in the seventh extended the Mets’ lead to 10-3.

Stroman earned his first win with the Mets by pitching 5 ¹/₃ innings in which he allowed three runs (one unearned) on four hits and four walks with five strikeouts. Matt Joyce and Josh Donaldson each homered against Stroman. The unearned run scored in the third, after Rosario’s throw broke the webbing on Alonso’s glove, allowing Ozzie Albies to reach first.

The Mets nearly imploded in the ninth, with Drew Gagnon allowing five runs on three homers to cut the lead to 10-8, but Edwin Diaz recorded the final out to earn the save.

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