Fans are gearing up for arguably the most popular day of the Wimbledon tournament as ‘Manic Monday’ returns The second Monday of the championships is the only time when all of the men’s and women’s singles matches take place on the same day with huge stars in action including former winners Roger Federer, Serena Williams, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal A host of celebrities flocked to the courts today to see all the drama including stalwart Sir Cliff Richard while many fellow athletes including England cricketer Jason Roy, golfers Ian Poulter and Lee Westwood and the most successful sailor in Olympic history Sir Ben Ainslie But it’s been a bad year for the Brits, with no home nation player making it through to the second week of singles competition for the first time since 2007 Jamie Murray continues to fly the flag for the UK in doubles action however, once again pulling a double shift competing in the men’s doubles and the mixed doubles But fellow Brit Dominic Inglot may have trouble keeping his rivalry with own doubles partner Franko Skugor under wraps in their third-round match with the Croatian’s country facing off against England in the World Cup semi final on Wednesday The Scot is defending his mixed doubles crown from 2017 that he won with Martina Hingis, although he is competing alongside former Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka this year Players and fans alike have endured a relentless heatwave in the first week but the mercury is set to drop down to cooler temperatures in the next few days Highs of 80F are forecast for the afternoon, but it appears as though clouds may help impede the worst heat from the glaring sun Share this article Share Temperatures will drop to the low 20s Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday as a cool, cloudy conditions sweep in, with the chance of showers on Wednesday The mercury looks set to rise to above 77F from Friday, with cloud cover set to burn off, and the chance of hot, sun-drenched courts at the weekend for the finals Wimbledon’s first week was full of shock results, with nine of the top 10 women’s seeds and five of the top 10 men crashing out early on Despite their advancing years, the ‘old guard’ of tennis are dominating the sport on the grass courts this year and Federer, Williams and Nadal are yet to drop a set The only remaining top-10 women’s seed is Karolina Pliskova, who could not have foreseen this situation at the start of the tournament having never previously been beyond the second round The Czech, a former US Open finalist, next faces 20th seed Kiki Bertens, who knocked out Venus Williams in round three Pliskova said: ‘I think it’s very lucky that, of all of the top 10, only I am in. Everything is possible You can see everybody is playing great tennis. There’s so many close matches.’Williams has extended her run of unbeaten matches at the All England Club to 17 after winning the title in 2015 and 2016 before taking last year off ahead of the birth of her daughter Olympia She faces a fellow mother in Russian surprise package Evgeniya Rodina and insists she feels no pressure as the title favourite ‘Not many other people on the tour have won 23 (slam singles titles), so I’m in a unique position,’ she said ‘I mean, Roger is very close. He’s catching up. He’s right there. I can see him. But that’s amazing There’s only a handful of people that can say that they don’t have to do anything else in their career ‘ Federer reached 19 by winning his eighth title 12 months ago and extended that to 20 at the Australian Open in January The Swiss is yet to face a break point let alone drop a set and France’s Adrian Mannarino will have his work cut out to change that Excitement is growing at the prospect of another Federer-Nadal final 10 years after their classic meeting, but the Spaniard is among those hoping it does not happen Nadal, who will meet Czech Jiri Vesely as he bids to reach the quarter-finals for the first time since 2011, said: ‘If I am in the final, I prefer to face an easier opponent I am not stupid. But if I am in the final, it will be great news.’Djokovic lost the opening set to Britain’s Kyle Edmund in the third round but showed in his response both on the court and to the hostile crowd that the hunger is well and truly back He takes on Russian Karen Khachanov while fifth seed Juan Martin del Potro, eighth seed Kevin Anderson and former runner-up Milos Raonic stand out as the most likely challengers to the big guns
This moment belongs to Bernhard Heusler and the whole team it is a big honour and a huge pleasure to be here on this day. 53 years ago you (Bernhard Heusler) have been born, already a FC Basel supporter 2003 you arrived at FC Basel and today you leave a a legend of this club you will allways be loved here. so many thanks for your efforts! Thank you for making me a bigger supporter than I already was. I wish you an your family all the best for the future It was a big hounour for me to have been here today! Again congratulations and see you soon.
After missing a penalty on Soccer AM which saw these AFC Wimbledon fans miss out on a pay-out, Jesse Lingard wasn’t about to leave them disappointed While the Man Utd ace might split opinion, and probably isn’t the most popular man with Arsenal fans after Friday night, he has shown real class on this occasion SEE MORE: Video: Jesse Lingard makes Liverpool admission, but issues warning for next Man Utd clash As seen in the video below, the England international saw his penalty saved, but then gave the Wimbledon fans £600 after the show to ensure that they didn’t leave empty-handed because of his inability to find the back of the net Some will say that is nothing given what he probably earns at Old Trafford, but ultimately he didn’t have to bother and could have gone home without sorting these fans out If we’re being really harsh, he didn’t have to share it on his Instagram stories either to get the attention for such a kind gesture, but hats off to Lingard, this is quality and just goes to show that he’s a decent lad!
Disgruntled Oldham fans are planning to protest against owner Abdallah Lemsagam in the wake of Paul Scholes’s departure at Saturday’s match with Tranmere Rovers Proposals have been drawn up which will see a march to Boundary Park along with disruption to the League Two clash followed by a mass walk-out and further protest outside the ground after the final whistle The event, named Stand up for Latics, comes amid serious concerns over the running of the club following Scholes’s hasty exit Season at a glance Live tables Fixtures Scores League Two Premier League Championship League One League Two Scottish Premiership Scottish Div 1 Scottish Div 2 Scottish Div 3 Ligue 1 Serie A La Liga Bundesliga More tables More fixtures More scores In a statement released on Friday Lemsagam claimed Scholes ended his 31-day reign by text message and rejected claims of interference in team matters Scholes stepped down as manager of Oldham, who he has supported for all of his life, on Thursday He released a damning statement which suggested that promises made before he took the job had not been kept The Manchester United legend did have a clause in his contract which stipulated he would be left in control the first team ‘In the short period since I took on the role,’ he said, ‘it unfortunately became clear that I would not be able to operate as I intended and was led to believe prior to taking on the role’ As reported by Sportsmail, Scholes was also plagued by a number of shambolic off-the-field matters during his short stint, which produced one win from seven matches However, Lemsagam, a Dubai-based former agent who employs his brother as sporting director, refuted allegations of meddling, claiming he was surprised by Scholes’s resignation ‘Both myself and the staff at the club gave Paul all the support and autonomy that he asked for,’ he said ‘I personally was always supportive of any decisions Paul made or consulted me on reassuring him that he was the man in charge ‘I continued to encourage him despite the results and reassured him that his job was secure I was content to remain in League Two for this season and working with the team we have for the remainder of this season is important I have been in Dubai over the last couple of weeks and actually at ease knowing that he was in charge I was very surprised as he simply resigned by text on Wednesday afternoon and has refused to discuss matters that influenced him to make his decision ‘ Oldham, founder members of the Premier League, were taken over by Lemsagam at the start of last year They were relegated from League One last season and Scholes’s replacement will be their fourth manager of this campaign They currently lie in 14th place, nine points from the play-offs and 16 from the relegation zone
The Croatian who stopped tennis from coming home in 2001 by beating Tim Henman in Wimbledon’s semi-finals has branded the English ‘arrogant’ over their World Cup chances Goran Ivanisevic – the coach of Milos Raonic, who faces John Isner in the semis on Tuesday – says he wants Gareth Southgate’s England to come home from Russia empty-handed Ahead of Wednesday’s semi-final against Croatia, former Wimbledon winner Ivanisevic said: ‘I hope we don’t lose to the English because already you are in the final ‘You already won. You’re coming home. You’re bringing the trophy – you’re so arrogant. You are the best. You are the most beautiful For sure you are coming home, but I hope not with the trophy.’Ivanisevic also told the BBC he hoped Raonic would play first, so he could be ‘in the pub with the other English people and hopefully I’m going to be the last one standing and laughing’ Ivanisevic, the 2001 Wimbledon champion, was someone who relied heavily on his serve and on Monday he put Raonic through his paces on the practice courts
That’s the opinion of Reds fans on Twitter who reacted to the Brazil midfielder being dropped by Barcelona for their last 16 Champions League clash with Lyon Coutinho left Anfield for the Nou Camp in January 2018 for £142million. LYON V BARCELONA LIVE SCORE UPDATES But it hasn’t gone to plan for the 26-year-old who has seen the likes of Ousmane Dembele more ahead of him in the pecking order And Coutinho had to make do with a place on the bench tonight in the first leg of the last 16 clash with Lyon Fans took to social media to have their say and believe the Brazilian made a mistake in leaving Anfield One said: “Coutinho could have been a legend at Liverpool it’s just sad to see.” Another added: “Coutinho flushed his career down the drain so sadly ” A third said: “Coutinho is on the bench. Dude should just have stayed at Liverpool where he was best player ” “Liverpool need Coutinho back to take them to the next level,” a fourth exclaimed Coutinho will hope to play a big part from the bench as Barcelona look to go deep into the Champions League this season But if his playing time does not improve he could look for a Nou Camp exit in the summer Manchester United have been linked with the former Liverpool man in a transfer which would rock English football Lyon: Lopes, Dubois, Marcelo, Denayer, Mendy, Traore, Ndombele, Aouar, Terrier, Depay, Dembele Subs: Gorgelin, Marcal, Tete, Cheikh, Solet, Cornet, Tousart. Barcelona: ter Stegen, Nelson Semedo, Pique, Lenglet, Jordi Alba, Sergi Roberto, Sergio Busquets, Rakitic, Messi, Suarez, Dembele Subs: Pena, Coutinho, Malcom, Murillo, Vidal, Umtiti, Alena. Referee: Cuneyt Cakir (Turkey)
Three Lions supporters around the country celebrated wildly as England brilliantly beat Sweden 2-0 in the World Cup quarter final Delighted fans were cheering, singing and jumping around while dousing one another in beer as they celebrated the goals They had queued up for four hours outside pubs in boiling heat to watch the Three Lions take on Sweden in their quarter final clash Today’s match at the Samara Arena brought the country to a standstill as a 32 million viewers were expected to tune in, making it the biggest TV audience in living memory Fervent football fans were pictured standing outside pubs in London as early as 10am this morning in sizzling 91 5F (33C) heat to secure a space inside. In Birmingham, fans took a seat on the canalside ahead of the game and sipped on pints in the sun At the Rose and Crown pub in Wimbledon village, scores of fans have gathered for the England game, including many who have left Wimbledon Those who have tickets for Saturday’s tennis have been issued with pink and blue re-entry wristbands There were chants of ‘get the tennis off’ as fans waited eagerly for the football to be put on the big screens Clive McCabe, from Twickenham, has seats on Court One but has left to watch the football He said: ‘It’s the most people who have left Wimbledon on middle Saturday between 1pm and 2pm ‘He added: ‘There’s more people leaving than going in.’ Fans in Cheshire dressed up as England manager Gareth Southgate wearing his trademark navy suit and waistcoast The group who headed out in Nantwich to catch the game wore light blue shirts and a stripy ties, and even wore with paper masks with the manager’s face on Last week, M&S revealed that sales of waistcoats, which Southgate has worn for every one of his four touchline appearances at England’s matches, have rocketed by 35 per cent since the tournament began Share this article Share England’s victories so far in Russia have sparked scenes of wild celebration here and the atmosphere today will be electric – especially if they progress The Three Lions are attempting to reach their first World Cup semi-final for 28 years Elsewhere, crowds have flocked to outdoor big screens in cities including London, Birmingham, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle, Bristol, Exeter and Leeds to make the most of the beautiful weather while watching the game To help keep cool – or steady the nerves – 38 million pints of beer are set to be drunk by fans as the latest chapter in captain Harry Kane and the team’s Russian adventure triggers a £190million big-game drinks and food spree Some 18 million pints are expected to be downed in pubs – 7 million more than usual – with pub takings soaring to £100 million as a predicted 3 5 million fans pack the country’s 40,000 pubs to watch the match.At home, 20m pints are expected to be drunk today costing around £22m, the British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA) said Food spending on the match will add up to another £30m in pubs and £40m at home. However, not all of the UK was getting behind the Three Lions Swedes and Scots packed into Akva, a Swedish bar in Edinburgh’s west end, to watch the match There was Swedish bunting and flags, with many fans wearing the side’s yellow strip A faulty connection added to the tension outside in the beer garden, where supporters groaned as the large screen showing the game repeatedly cut off Eerie photos reveal empty streets, motorways with no traffic and a soulless Bluewater shopping centre during Three Lions clashWith so many watching the match, the nation will come to a halt with roads, high streets and train stations likely to be empty during the quarter-final, which will be shown live on BBC1 The RAC said it expects ‘the quietest Saturday afternoon of the year, with deserted roads ‘Shopping centres such as London’s Oxford Street – one of the world’s most famous shopping destinations – are also expected to be quieter than they typically would be on a Saturday afternoonElsewhere, shops and streets were deserted as everyone headed to the nearest screen to catch the game Bluewater in Kent, one of the country’s biggest shopping centres was like a ghost town The usually bustling indoor shopping street saw barely anyone frequent the big name high street chains such as Waterstones, House of Fraser and Urban Outfitters
Liverpool fans believe Simon Mignolet could have done better for Wolves ‘ opener in Monday’s FA Cup clash The hosts took the lead against a much-changed Reds side after 38 minutes through Raul Jimenez James Milner gave the ball away to Diogo Jota who slid the Mexican through on goal Jimenez took his time before coolly converting past the Belgian shot-stopper. Despite the blame for the goal very much resting on the shoulders of Milner, Liverpool fans also spotted what Mignolet did wrong One fan tweeted: “One thing I hate about mignolet is that he never makes himself big when coming out! Always turns to the side when one on one! Never seems to save anything!” Read More Dejan Lovren withdrawn six minutes into Wolves vs Liverpool as Ki-Jana Hoever makes debut Another posted: “Mignolet HAS to come out there… So f****** poor ” The visitors did get themselves back into the clash through Divock Origi, but Ruben Neves scored a fantastic strike from range to restore Wolves’ lead