England storm to memorable win over the Aussies in first Ashes Test as Root caps man of the match display with winning catch

England take a 1-0 lead in the Ashes after a stunning 169-run win in the first Test in

PAUL NEWMAN IN CARDIFF: He has become England's leading runscorer in Test cricket and has captained them to success at home against Australia and both home and away against India but few achievements can have matched this for Alastair Cook. Everything he touched in Cardiff turned to gold, a welcome habit that reached a glorious climax today.

OLIVER HOLT: England sparkle in the sun and signal start of exciting new era

Fast bowler Mark Wood (left) leads the celebrations after removing Australia's Adam Voges for only one run 

There was a raucous crowd at Sophia Gardens on Saturday. Not surprisingly, England fans were in the mood for a party. Half the spectators seemed to be in fancy dress.

Skipper Cook hails another winning move as pain in Spain pays dividends

PAUL NEWMAN: Alastair Cook hailed the new high-octane brand of cricket that has transformed England in all forms of the game this season and said that his players want to 'show off'.

STUART BROAD: For the young guys playing their first Ashes, this is special

I hesitate to describe any performance as perfect but that certainly was not far off. To come out and play the way we did against Australia is incredibly gratifying for everyone. 

Van Gaal's Old Trafford spending spree continues with £14.4m capture of Italy defender Darmian from Torino 

Manchester United complete Matteo Darmian signing from Torino following defender's

Manchester United have completed the signing of Torino right-back Matteo Darmian for an undisclosed fee after he passed his medical successfully. The 25-year-old, who made 146 appearances and scored five goals for Torino during his time there has agreed a four-year contract at Old Trafford.

... and United confirm Schweinsteiger deal is done subject to medical as German is reunited with Van Gaal

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Bayern Munich chief executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has confirmed that Bastian Schweinsteiger will join Manchester United this summer

Schweinsteiger's United move reignites Spurs interest in Schneiderlin

Tottenham are preparing to re-enter the race for Morgan Schneiderlin after Manchester United pushed ahead with their deal for Bayern Munich midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger.

Stop criticism of Sterling: If you want loyalty, put a Labrador on the wing

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - MAY 16:  Raheem Sterling of Liverpool in action during the Barclays Premier League match betrween Liverpool and Crystal Palace at Anfield on May 16, 2015 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

OLIVER HOLT: So these are the things that have been levelled at Raheem Sterling: he's selfish, he's disloyal, he's arrogant, he's ambitious. Well, yes. Newsflash: he's a professional footballer.

Root hails his most important ton after starring with bat and ball in Cardiff

Ashes 1st Test. Cardiff. England v Australia. day 4
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Mitchell Johnson out, Bowled by Joe Root

SAM PETERS: Man-of-the-match Joe Root hailed the most important innings of his increasingly impressive international career after England crushed Australia in Cardiff.

Sterling to leave it late to make tour decision as City table £45m bid

Raheem Sterling will make a last-minute decision on Sunday on whether to fly to the Far East and Australia on Liverpool's tour after an improved £45m offer from Manchester City.

Delph vows to STAY at Villa after midfielder's move to City collapses

Fabian Delph did not fly out with the rest of the Villa squad for their training camp in Portugal on Thursday amid strong speculation that he was poised for an £8million move to the Etihad.

Starc is a serious doubt for Lord's Test with ankle injury, reveals Clarke

Australia captain Michael Clarke admits Mitchell Starc is a serious doubt for the second Ashes Test after he was forced to have painkilling injections to get through the series opener in Cardiff

Federer surfing a wave of support as he prepares for final showdown with Djokovic 

Roger Federer is surfing a wave of support as he prepares for his Wimbledon 2015 final

MIKE DICKSON: Novak Djokovic could not blink back the tears after he missed out on the French Open title five weeks ago and the Roland Garros crowd saluted him on the podium. Not always the most sympathetic audience, the remarkable outpouring of goodwill deeply moved the world No 1, who craves winning the French Open and completing his collection of Grand Slam titles. Wimbledon's Centre Court tends to be a more impartial arena, but on Sunday there is only one person the vast majority will be cheering for - and it is not the 28 year-old Serb.

Williams beats Muguruza in straight sets in Wimbledon final to complete 'Serena Slam'

It's the Serena Slam! Now Williams is just one shy of Graf’s record of 22 majors after

NICK HARRIS AT WIMBLEDON: Serena Williams has completed the second 'Serena Slam' of her utterly extraordinary career by adding the Wimbledon singles title - her sixth in SW19 - to those she holds from last year's US Open and this year's Australian Open and French Open. The 33-year-old American beat Garbine Muguruza of Spain in a match more thrilling than the 6-4, 6-4 score suggests to win the 21st Grand Slam singles titles of her career. Williams has won six Slam singles titles in Australia, three in Paris and six in New York as well as six here on these lawns now.

OLIVER HOLT: Why all real sports fans want a Federer win at Wimbledon

Wimbledon 2015 tennis championships, Wimbledon, London
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Day 11 Roger Federer v Andy Murray
Pic Shows  Roger Federer takes the first set

The best ticket in sport is not at the Nou Camp or the Sydney Cricket Ground. It is not at the Maracana. The best ticket in sport is anywhere you can watch Federer play.

Hingis wins her first Wimbledon title since 1998 as she and Mirza fight back to seal doubles glory on Centre Court

The fairytale comeback continued for Martina Hingis as the 34-year-old claimed her first Wimbledon title since 1998 with Indian partner Sania Mirza on Centre Court under floodlights.

More Murray misery as Jamie and doubles partner Peers are beaten

Britain's Jamie Murray and his Australian partner John Peers lost to Holland's Jean-Julien Rojer and Romania's Horia Tecau 7-6 (7-5), 6-4, 6-4 in the Wimbledon men's doubles final

Djokovic can't win if Federer continues to serve as majestically as this

JOHN LLOYD EXCLUSIVE: If Roger Federer serves like he did on Friday in the final against Novak Djokovic, he wins Wimbledon. I have no doubt about it.

Murray is ready to roar back as part of Team GB in Davis Cup quarter-finals

Andy Murray cut a somewhat more anonymous figure at the All England Club on Saturday, arriving incognito to watch his brother play the men's doubles final

'I was excited about being punched in the head again': Crolla, back from the brink after battling with burglars, is a hero no matter what happens against Perez  

Anthony Crolla, back from the brink after battling with burglars, is a hero no matter what

Anthony Crolla sits in the passenger seat and closes the door. We edge the car down his close and turn right at the T-junction. Then right again, just like the fleeing burglars did on that December evening last year. We follow the path of their flight. It's light and calm now, not dark and frantic as it was then. Next, Crolla gestures to turn left on to a street lined with semi-detached houses. As it curves to the right, he points to one and we stop. 'It was there,' he says, gazing through the car window. 'That's where it happened. You can still see one of the stone slabs on top of the wall.' Crolla is a modest man. The only flash thing about him is his nickname, 'Million Dollar'. That's there for the rhyme, not the size of his purses. He tells his story the way most heroes do. He feels no need for embellishment or bravado. He litters everything he says about what he did with self-deprecation. He tells what happened as if it were unremarkable.

Van Persie says farewell to friends as he prepares to head to Fenerbahce to seal move from Manchester United

Robin van Persie says farewell to his friends as he prepares to head to Fenerbahce to seal

Robin van Persie will arrive in Istanbul this weekend to complete his transfer from Manchester United to Fenerbachce, according to the Turkish club's chairman Aziz Yildirim.

Schweinsteiger coup fails to hide the striking gap in Van Gaal's squad

Manchester United agreed a deal to sign Bastian Schweinsteiger from Bayern Munich for £13million on Saturday, but they still look likely to start the season short on firepower.

Bayern Munich players pay tributes to Schweinsteiger as Rummenigge admits he wanted midfielder to stay

Manuel Neuer and numerous other Bayern Munich players have been quick to pay their tributes to long-serving midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger who will be joining Manchester United.

Aston Villa 1-3 Fulham: Kozak strike not enough as Championship side win 

LAURIE WHITWELL: Libor Kozak provided a timely reminder of his striking credentials by scoring on his first appearance for Aston Villa's senior team in 19 months.

Casillas agrees Porto deal as Real Madrid confirm club legend is on his way out

Iker Casillas agrees Porto transfer as Real Madrid confirm goalkeeper is on his way 

Real Madrid have announced that legendary goalkeeper Iker Casillas has agreed a move to Porto. The Spanish giants announced on their official website on Saturday that the 34-year-old will be making the switch, as well as thanking him for his service. Terms were finally agreed after a lengthy transfer saga that angered Casillas to the point where he turned down the offer of a send off in the stadium.

Spieth shoots stunning 61 to lead John Deere Classic going into last round

Jordan Spieth shoots stunning 61 to lead John Deere Classic going into final round

Jordan Spieth charged into the lead with a stunning finish to his third round at the John Deere Classic on Saturday. Masters and U.S. Open champion Spieth played the final three holes in four-under as he finished birdie, eagle, birdie at TPC Deere Run in Silvis, Illinois. He holed out with a wedge from 107 yards at the par-five 17th, before running in a 15-foot birdie at the last for a 10-under-par 61.

Tiger still believes but all eyes are on Spieth as he continues slam bid

DEREK LAWRENSON: Who would have thought they would see the day when Tiger Woods' first look at an Open course would involve him holding the flags for other players?

Who or what can stop Spieth winning the third leg of an incredible Grand Slam in The Open at St Andrews?

Who or what can stop Jordan Spieth winning the third leg of an incredible Grand Slam when The Open, held at the Old Course of St Andrews, gets underway later on this week?

McIlroy 'picked the brains' of Woods before withdrawing from The Open due to ruptured ligament in left ankle

Rory McIlroy has 'picked the brains' of Tiger Woods over the ankle injury which has prevented him defending his Open Championship title.

McGregor and Mendes kept apart at heated weigh-in as thousands descend on Vegas

Conor McGregor and Chad Mendes clash during weigh-in ahead of their UFC 189 featherweight

Conor McGregor and Chad Mendes were unable to complete the traditional face-off on Friday night as the simmering tension between the pair reached boiling point. Mendes stepped in for the injured champion Jose Aldo at less than three weeks' notice but weighed in half a pound under the 145lb featherweight limit in Las Vegas.

Neymar gets over Copa America disappointment with Octagon girls at UFC pool party in Vegas

UFC stars gather in Las Vegas for pool party as the excitement builds ahead of Conor

Stars of the UFC gathered in Las Vegas as anticipation hit fever pitch ahead of Conor McGregor's featherweight title fight against Chad Mendes.

Southampton defeated twice in a day by Valencia and Red Bull Salzburg in a pre-season tournament in Austria

Southampton were beaten twice on Saturday during a pre-season tournament, with Valencia winning 1-0 against Ronald Koeman's side.

Chelsea monitoring Aranguiz but face competition from City and Arsenal

Chelsea are showing an interest in Internacional midfielder Charles Aranguiz who has also been watched by Manchester City, Arsenal, Marseille and Beyer Leverkusen. 

Stoke fast track Johnson signing ahead of Far East tour... but Begovic stays behind to seal Chelsea move

Stoke City have rushed through the signing of former Liverpool and England defender Glen Johnson in time for him to fly with the rest of the team to Singapore on Saturday morning.

McClaren enjoys winning start as Toon boss after Cisse penalty sinks near neighbours

Gateshead 0-1 Newcastle: Papiss Cisse penalty seals routine win for Steve McClaren in

GATESHEAD 0-1 NEWCASTLE - CRAIG HOPE: Steve McClaren's Newcastle reign began with victory at non-League Gateshead - but it is a transfer breakthrough off the pitch that the head coach will be celebrating. Holland international Georginio Wijnaldum met with the Magpies boss on Friday and his £13m arrival from PSV is set to be confirmed.

Depay paints the town red after crowning his Man United move with night out in city centre before tour

Memphis Depay paints the town red after crowning his Manchester United move with night out

New Manchester United forward Memphis Depay has wasted little time in getting to known some of Manchester's most swish venues, after being pictured heading into city centre on Saturday night. The £25million arrival from PSV Eindhoven was introduced at an Old Trafford press conference on Friday afternoon, and barely 24 hours later the Dutch international was all smiles as he saluted a photographer on his way into the night.

Barnet 3-5 Crystal Palace: Gayle hat-trick helps Eagles to win

Crystal Palace edged Barnet 5-3 in a pre-season thriller, but there was no place in the squad for new signing Yohan Cabaye. The French midfielder joined Palace from PSG on Friday.

Wimbledon 2-2 Watford: Hornets stung by late Francomb penalty in friendly

George Francomb scored a penalty late on to earn League Two side Wimbledon a 2-2 draw against Watford at Kingsmeadow. The Dons took the lead in the 10th minute.

Watford snap up Behrami for £3m as ex-West Ham midfielder returns to the Premier League on a three-year deal

Watford have announced the signing of Valon Behrami on a three-year deal. The Swiss international completed his medical to complete the switch from Hamburg.

Ramos back in Real Madrid training as Manchester United wait to pounce... but what's Bale doing with opera star Domingo?

Sergio Ramos back in Real Madrid training despite interest from Manchester United 

Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos might be a transfer target for Manchester United, but the 29-year-old does not seem to be losing any focus and turned up for pre-season training with his club as expected on Saturday. With United leaking 37 goals in the Premier League last term, they have made defensive reinforcements one of their top priorities this summer and Spain international Ramos fits the bill perfectly. Madrid are interested in signing United's goalkeeper David de Gea and there has been plenty of speculation that Ramos could be in line for some sort of part-exchange deal as a makeweight.  

Ronaldinho seals Fluminense move as Brazil legend opts for return home

Ronaldinho completes Fluminense move as Brazil legend opts for return home

Ronaldinho has returned home, as the Brazil legend was confirmed as a Fluminense player on Saturday. The club took to Twitter to post a picture of the 35-year-old posing with their shirt adorned with his name and squad No 10. 

Antalyaspor claim they are close to luring Valdes from Man United

The Turkish Super Lig newcomers are hopeful of making the 33-year-old their latest big name signing, having brought in Samuel Eto'o and been linked with a move for Ronaldinho.

Newcastle want Thauvin and are prepared to offer Cabella in exchange

Newcastle want to use Remy Cabella in a swap deal for Marseille winger Florian Thauvin, Sportsmail understands. The Magpies completed the signing of PSV captain Georgino Wijlnaldum on Saturday.

With United losing Van Persie after Falcao exit, here's FIVE strikers on the radar as they look for Rooney partner

NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND - APRIL 19:  Harry Kane of Spurs celebrates scoring their third goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Newcastle United and Tottenham Hotspur at St James' Park on April 19, 2015 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England.  (Photo by Nigel Roddis/Getty Images)

With Robin van Persie set to join Radamel Falcao in leaving Manchester, the search for a striker is now Louis van Gaal's priority. Sportsmail looks at the prime candidates for an Old Trafford switch.

After Liverpool's Henderson won vote to be on FIFA 16 cover with Messi... how many of the previous editions do you remember?

FIFA front covers through the years after Jordan Henderson wins public vote to star

Jordan Henderson has been announced as the cover star for FIFA 16 after the creators EA Sports put it to a public vote for the first time in the video game's history. Liverpool's newly-appointed captain is the first Reds player to feature on the front cover and will feature alongside Barcelona star Lionel Messi.   He becomes the latest face to feature on the game which first launched as FIFA International Soccer in late 1993.

Cech chooses to wear No 33 as he prepares for new chapter at Arsenal

Petr Cech picks squad No 33 as he prepares to start new chapter at Arsenal 

Just 24 hours after completing his first training session with his new club, Petr Cech has announced the squad number he will wear for Arsenal. He may be the Gunners undisputed No 1 heading into the forthcoming season, but Cech has decided that No 33 will be more appropriate for his career at the Emirates Stadium. And he took to Twitter on Saturday to tell us the reasons why.

Guidetti lands move to Celta Vigo after seven years and five loan spells

Ex-Manchester City and Celtic striker John Guidetti has joined La Liga outfit Celta Vigo on a five-year deal. The Swede was not offered a new contract by City at the end of last season

FA vote against Hull name change as owner fails in bid to rebrand club

Owner Assem Allam, who first launched his bid to rebrand the club in August 2013, had argued that the name change would benefit the club's commercial interests.

Wijnaldum didn't need to be persuaded to join Newcastle, insists McClaren after sealing £14.5m move

Steve McClaren says he did not have to sell Newcastle United to Georginio Wijnaldum after the £14.5million Holland midfielder became the third most expensive player in the club's history.



TRANSFERS: Club-by-club guide to all the summer Premier League deals

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - JUNE 12: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Manchester United's new signing Memphis Depay poses with his new manager Louis Van Gaal following the completion of his transfer at the Aon Training Complex on June 12, 2015 in Manchester, England. (Photo by John Peters/Man Utd via Getty Images)

With Premier League clubs up and down the country hoping to strengthen their squad and offload dead wood, Sportsmail has every summer move covered with this handy guide.

PRE-SEASON GAMES: Keep track of all your side's fixtures and results

Liverpool fans show their support during the match between the Melbourne Victory and Liverpool at the Melbourne Cricket Ground in Melbourne, Australia.  

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The big kick-off in the Premier League may still be in August, but the hard work begins long before for top flight clubs across the country.

NEW KITS: The strips your team will be wearing next season...

Aston Villa new kit

As Premier League sides unveil their new kits for the 2015-16 season, Sportsmail will keep track of them all as they are released and rate them out of 10.

Van Persie and Van Gaal were all hugs and high-fives at the World Cup a year ago but now the striker is leaving Man United for Fenerbahce... so where did it all go wrong? 

Robin van Persie and Louis van Gaal were all hugs and high-fives at the World Cup a year

ADAM SHERGOLD: Louis van Gaal's arrival at Manchester United seemed to be a dream come true for Robin van Persie. Their hugs and high-fives for Holland at the World Cup spoke of their close relationship. But one year on and the striker is on his way to Fenerbahce after falling out of favour with his compatriot. So what went wrong?

Peterborough 3-3 West Ham: Hammers throw away two goal lead as Bilic takes charge for first time

Peterborough United 3-3 West Ham United: Hammers throw away two goal lead as Slaven Bilic

West Ham drew 3-3 at Peterborough in their opening pre-season run-out of the season, with new manager Slaven Bilic taking charge of his team for the first time. After leading 3-1 in the 23rd minute, after a frenetic start in Cambridgeshire in which they went one behind, West Ham threw away their lead, conceding again in the 38th and 59th minute - the latter from the penalty spot.

Gorleston 0-7 Norwich: Jerome bags hat-trick in comfortable Canaries win

Gorleston 0-7 Norwich: Cameron Jerome bags hat-trick in comfortable Canaries win

Cameron Jerome netted a hat-trick as Norwich City got their pre-season campaign off to a perfect start with a 7-0 victory over Eastern Counties League side Gorleston at Emerald Park on Saturday. It took just four minutes for Jerome to open the scoring, finding the bottom corner after being teed up by Graham Dorrans, before netting again inside the opening ten minutes when he was found by Elliot Bennett. Jerome turned provider to set up Tony Andreu for the newly-promoted Premier League side's third, then completed his hat-trick just after the half-hour mark.

Messi was bad and lazy at the Copa America! Stinging criticism from superstar's OWN GRANDFATHER

Argentina's Lionel Messi (C) and his teammates react after their loss to Chile in their Copa America 2015 final soccer match at the National Stadium in Santiago, Chile, July 4, 2015. REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado

Argentina star Lionel Messi has been accused of being lazy at the Copa America - by his own grandfather. Messi was frustrated in the final as Chile beat Argentina in Santiago.

Santos set to answer Sandro's call after QPR star is denied a UK return

Santos are in talks to sign QPR midfielder Sandro on a season loan. The Brazilian has been left in limbo after the Home Office declared he did not have a work permit last season.

Middlesbrough hoping to seal deal for Downing return from West Ham

File photo dated 22-02-2015 of Stewart Downing. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Monday July 6, 2015. Middlesbrough are hoping to pull off a sensational swoop to bring Stewart Downing back to Teesside this week. See PA story SOCCER Downing. Photo credit should read Tony Marshall/PA Wire.

Middlesbrough hope to finalise Stewart Downing's transfer from West Ham this week but new signing Alex Baptiste could miss most of the season after breaking a leg in a friendly today.

MATIC EXCLUSIVE: 'Terry doesn't say much and when I don't know what to do, I pass to Hazard!'

Eden Hazard, Diego Costa and John Terry may have grabbed the headlines, but it was Nemanja Matic who was the cornerstone of Chelsea's romp to the title last season.

Watford join Bournemouth in £7m chase for former Leeds winger Gradel 

Saint-Etienne's Ivorian forward Max-Alain Gradel reacts during the French L1 football match between Evian Thonon Gaillard (ETG) and Saint-Etienne (ASSE) at the Parc des Sports stadium in Annecy, eastern France, on May 16, 2015. AFP PHOTO / ROMAIN LAFABREGUE        (Photo credit should read ROMAIN LAFABREGUE/AFP/Getty Images)

Watford are rivalling Bournemouth for St Etienne winger Max Gradel. The French club want £7m for the 27-year-old former Leeds United player.

Liverpool appoint fans' favourite McAllister as new first-team coach 

File Photo : Former Liverpool and Scotland midfielder Gary McAllister is set to become first-team coach in Brendan Rodgers' new-look backroom team.
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Gary McAllister has been appointed as Liverpool's first-team coach, the club have announced. McAllister, 50, returns to the club where he spent two successful years as a player.

Time for the talking to stop, says Gerrard as ex-Reds midfielder relishes LA Galaxy debut

Steven Gerrard says 'I've done too much talking... I can't wait for kick off' as former

Former Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard says he is 'itching to get out there' and join his LA Galaxy team-mates, ahead of his debut for his new club. Gerrard signed for the MLS club after leaving Liverpool this summer, and is set to make his league debut in a week's time. But before then the Galaxy have a friendly against Mexican side Club America and a US Open Cup quarter-final against Real Salt Lake.

Mirallas scores twice as subs Lukaku and McAleny complete comfortable friendly win for Everton

Swindon 0-4 Everton: Kevin Mirallas scores twice as subs Romelu Lukaku and Conor McAleny

SWINDON 0-4 EVERTON: Kevin Mirallas gave Roberto Martinez a timely reminder of his attacking qualities as he scored twice in Everton's friendly win against Swindon.

Lampard crocked in training as star's New York City debut is put on hold

Frank Lampard at his New York City FC unveiling

Frank Lampard's eagerly awaited debut for New York City has been delayed after the former Chelsea midfielder picked up a leg injury in training.

Biglia claims that Argentina fans have turned their back on superstar Messi 

Lazio and Argentina defensive midfielder Lucas Biglia believes that his country's fans don't give their four-time Ballon d'Or winning captain the respect he deserves.

Gerrard: Sterling is at other end of the scale to 'professional' Henderson

Steven Gerrard has continued his criticism of wantaway winger Raheem Sterling, saying he is at the 'different end of the scale' to 'professional' Jordan Henderson.

Verona Stars 0-10 QPR: Double figures for Ramsey's side in first friendly

Queens Park Rangers got their pre-season off to the perfect start with a 10-0 demolition job of make-shift opponents Verona Stars on Saturday. The Italian side replaced Shakhtar Donetsk late.

De Gea will join United on tour despite keeper's Real deal on the horizon

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Louis van Gaal expects David de Gea to travel on tour with Manchester United next week as the intrigue over the goalkeeper's future drags on.

Ogbonna signs for West Ham from Juventus for £8.5m on four-year deal


West Ham United have completed the signing of Juventus centre back Angelo Ogbonna for an £8.5million fee after he passed a medical and agreed terms on a four-year deal.

Australian jockey Toomey back in the saddle two years after 'dying' in fall at Perth 

Brian Toomey back in the saddle two years after 'dying' in fall at Perth 

Races do not come much more humdrum than the novices' selling hurdle at Southwell on Sunday afternoon when five runners chase a first prize of little more than £3,000. But to Brian Toomey it is, quite simply, 'the biggest race of my life'. Just being able to weigh out to ride hot favourite Kings Grey is a massive odds-defying achievement by miracle man Toomey. This is the 26-year-old who was dead for six seconds after a horrendous fall from Solway Dandy at Perth in July 2013.

Froome man in form as Brit retains lead in Tour de France while Nibali falls short

Chris Froome is the man in form as Briton retains lead in Tour de France while Vincenzo

Chris Froome is proving himself to be very much the alpha male on this Tour. It now turns out a confrontation between Team Sky's principal rider and Vincenzo Nibali on the Astana bus on Thursday, one that ended with Froome receiving an apology from the Sicilian for wrongly accusing him of causing the crash in Le Havre, was rather more heated than first suggested.

Flanagan clinches WBO lightweight title by TKO after Zepeda suffers injury

Terry Flanagan clinches WBO lightweight title by TKO after Jose Zepeda suffers injury

Terry Flanagan was crowned WBO lightweight champion on Saturday night after Jose Zepeda succumbed to a shoulder injury during their fight at Manchester's Velodrome.

Nadolo facing fitness race ahead of World Cup as Fiji star suffers injury during loss against Maori All Blacks

CHRIS FOY IN SUVA: England's first World Cup opponents have been hit by an injury scare involving their giant wing and prolific try-scorer, Nemani Nadolo.

Morgan ready for World Cup battle as he nears return to fitness after injury

Ben Morgan admits he feared for his career when he suffered a serious ankle injury in January - but the England No 8 remains hopeful of being fit for the forthcoming World Cup.

South Africa 46-10 World XV: De Villiers returns as Springboks run riot

Captain Jean de Villiers made his return to international rugby after knee surgery as South Africa started their road to the World Cup with a 46-10 victory over a strong World XV side.

World Championships in Beijing could have podium of shame as drug cheats Gatlin, Gay and Powell lead the field

Next month's World Championships men's 100m final is in danger of rivalling the 1988 Olympic final in Seoul as the 'Dirtiest Race in History'.

Brooks regains Scottish Open lead despite nightmare start at Gullane 

England's Daniel Brooks battled back from a nightmare start to reclaim the lead after the third round of the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open on Saturday.

Kirk joins McIlroy in being forced to withdraw from Open Championship 

American Chris Kirk has withdrawn from next week's Open Championship, allowing compatriot Kevin Streelman to take his place in the field at St Andrews.

Hannon to inspect Newmarket before deciding whether Estidhkaar will race

Trainer Richard Hannon will inspect the Newmarket track before giving favourite Estidhkaar the green light to run in Thursday afternoon's Hastings Direct Sir Henry Cecil Stakes

Moore drifts for title after neck injury keeps him out of Newmarket finale 

Ryan Moore's odds for the jockeys' championship have drifted amid uncertainty over how long he will be on the sidelines after sustaining a neck injury at Newmarket on Thursday.

Why Raheem should man up and hand in a transfer request to Rodgers... not a sicknote

Raheem Sterling needs to man up and hand Liverpool a transfer request... not a sick note

CRAIG HOPE: If Raheem Sterling (mocked up in our image, above) wants to leave Liverpool and sign for Manchester City, it is a transfer request rather than a sick note he should be penning. For the danger now is that his reputation is stained beyond cleansing. On Wednesday - in the wake of his no-show at Liverpool's training ground - Sportsmail reflected on those footballers who have sulked to force through a move.

MARTIN SAMUEL: Lionesses must improve technique, or world will pass by

England's Lionesses must improve their technique, or the world will pass us by again

MARTIN SAMUEL: Make no mistake, the women had a great tournament. They are in the top eight in the world and finished top three, becoming the best of the European entrants.

Faldo gears up for another St Andrews appearance as his former coach Leadbetter reflects on glory years

A quarter of a century has now passed since Sir Nick Faldo was in his pomp, lapping the field at The Open at St Andrews for the fourth of his six majors. He will be part of The Open field again this week.

Barcelona transfer special... 10 best and 10 worst signings (including Messi's first deal on a napkin!)

Image ©Licensed to i-Images Picture Agency. 29/06/2015. London, United Kingdom.\nPeople queue up outside of Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Club to make sure they get tickets on the opening day of Wimbledon. \nPicture by Ben Stevens / i-Images

Barcelona are a club that can attract almost any player given the power, money and attraction that comes with the badge. Yet it doesn't always work out. Here, Sportsmail look at 10 hits and 10 misses.

JOHN LLOYD: Murray could not have done anything differently to defeat the ultimate grass-master Federer

EXCLUSIVE: Andy Murray played very well on Friday and got his backside kicked by Roger Federer. I really do not think he could have done anything differently

CHAMPIONSHIP FIXTURES: QPR start off against Charlton

Jamie Mackie poses on his return to QPR

Take a look at the full breakdown of the Sky Bet Championship fixtures as the likes of Hull, Burnley, Derby and Middlesbrough go in search of promotion.

LEAGUE ONE FIXTURES: Hasselbaink kicks off at home to Scunthorpe


Take a look at the full breakdown of the Sky Bet League One fixtures as Sheffield United take on the likes of Wigan, Peterborough and Millwall for promotion.

LEAGUE TWO FIXTURES: Sheringham begins career against Notts County

Teddy Sheringham, West Ham United coach.
Matt Lawless Feature at West Ham.
Pic Andy Hooper

Take a look at the full breakdown of the Sky Bet League Two fixtures as favourites Portsmouth look to beat the likes of Oxford and Leyton Orient to promotion.