Ashes 2015: England have the confidence to make wounded Australia suffer | Mike Selvey

Alastair Cook’s side must beware complacency at Lord’s but Australia are creaking in a manner that invites parallels with England in 2013-14 and can be beaten againFrom an England perspective, the first Test went not just better than expected but

Jordan Spieth’s ferocious will to win faces ultimate test at the Open | Ewan Murray

Texan has embraced the tough conditions at St Andrews and weight of expectation, and he deserves world No1 spot if he wins his third major of 2015The setting, day four of the Masters and the silent corner that is Augusta National’s 11th tee. The se

St Andrews Syndrome: contagious and can lead to tartan and tam o’shanters

There are 16,000 year-round residents at the Home of Golf but 200,000 tourists are expected to make the pilgrimage, picking up hip flasks, umbrellas, ball, tees and even the odd niblick and mashie along the wayParis Syndrome, first diagnosed in 1986,

England set to risk Moeen Ali in second Ashes Test after injury to Adil Rashid

• Rashid told he would play then pulls out with finger injury• Moeen to have late fitness test on Thursday morningEngland will press Moeen Ali into service for Thursday’s second Ashes Test at Lord’s, with the captain Alastair Cook hoping the

Tour de France 2015: Rafal Majka wins stage 11 as Chris Froome stays in yellow

• Tinkoff-Saxo rider wins with impressive display of climbing• Chris Froome maintains strong grip on yellow jerseyRafal Majka won stage 11 of the Tour de France to Cauterets as Chris Froome defended his considerable advantage in the yellow jersey

Four players to watch at the 2015 Open Championship at St Andrews | Ewan Murray

Henrik Stenson is well placed to see his luck turn while Martin Kaymer and Paul Casey cannot be discountedHighest Open finish 2nd 2013 Continue reading... Sport | The Guardian

Jordan Spieth says ‘don’t compare me to Tiger Woods’ on eve of Open

• ‘I think the parallels being drawn are unfair’ says Spieth• American has won the first two majors of 2015Jordan Spieth has distanced himself from inevitable comparisons with Tiger Woods as he stands on the brink of golfing history.Spieth he

Ashes 2015: Australia will be fresh and ready to fight back at Lord’s | Jason Gillespie

Shane Watson didn’t contribute as a senior player is expected to in Cardiff and looks to have paid the price, but Mitchell Marsh and Peter Nevill can make an impression in second Test and offer much to Australia’s Ashes campaignAfter a week in wh

Tour de France 2015: stage 11 – live!

Live updates of the 188km stage from Pau to CauteretsEmail [email protected] | Tweet @LawrenceOstlereFroome to undergo independent testing to fight doping allegationsTour de France: stage-by-stage guide 12.52pm BST Another group attemp

Mock the BBC’s Open coverage and Peter Alliss if you must, but we’ll miss it when it’s gone | Scott Murray

With Sky hovering to take control, the days of uninterrupted golf, wildlife and fashion chat from dawn to dusk could be over sooner than we all realiseThere’s a fair chance Manchester United’s Rory McIlroy will forever regret his decision to hare

Everton v Stoke City: Asia Trophy – live! | Scott Murray

Latest updates and scores from the pre-season friendly in SingaporeStoke sign teenage winger El Ouriachi from Barcelona 10.59am BST The teams are out. They’re warming up. In a minute, this warm-up will break into an extended warm-up. Maybe even a r

Chris Froome to undergo independent testing to fight doping allegations

• Froome to allow independent doctors to test him after Tour de France• ‘I’m a clean rider, I’ve worked extremely hard to be in this position’Chris Froome plans to undergo independent physiological testing after the Tour de France in an e

Stoke City complete deal for teenage Barcelona winger Moha El Ouriachi

• 19-year-old turned down offer of new Barcelona contract• Joins ex-Barça players Bojan and Marc Muniesa at StokeStoke City have confirmed the signing of the teenage winger Moha El Ouriachi from Barcelona.The 19-year-old Moroccan, who chose not

ECB drops opposition to T20 cricket being in Olympics, says MCC

• World Cricket Committee says ECB hierarchy are now more open to idea• Announcement could open path to cricket’s inclusion in 2024 GamesThe England and Wales Cricket Board has dropped its opposition to the idea of the sport being added to the

Middlesex’s pursuit of victory over Somerset is confounded by weather

• Middlesex 283 & 132-6 dec; Somerset 197 & 147-7. Match drawn• James Franklin unable to force result despite inventive captaincyAgainst the will of the weather a game of cricket broke out at Merchant Taylors’ School which, having lost

Erupt enters Arc de Triomphe picture with Grand Prix de Paris victory

• Unbeaten colt quoted at 16-1 for Europe’s premier Flat race• Trainer Francis-Henri Graffard celebrates his most notable winStéphane Pasquier dispensed high-fives to punters all around the paddock after winning the Grand Prix de Paris a

Jessica Ennis-Hill to gauge world championship form at Anniversary Games

• Ennis-Hill to contest 100m hurdles, long jump and 200m at Olympic Stadium• Olympic heptathlon champion to make decision over world championshipsJessica Ennis-Hill will compete in three events at the Anniversary Games in what is set to prove the

Aston Villa play hardball with Liverpool over Christian Benteke buyout

• Villa insist Liverpool should pay £32.5m buyout clause in contract • Tim Sherwood: ‘We don’t want to sell him. We don’t want the £32m’Liverpool are set to step up their pursuit of Christian Benteke in the wake of Raheem Sterling’s d

MLB All-Star Game: baseball’s Midsummer Classic – live!

The National League all-stars take on the American League all-stars at the Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati. Follow all the action with David LengelTweet @LengelDavid or email [email protected] 8.48pm ET American League 1-0

Carl Froch, the Cobra who just loved fighting | Kevin Mitchell

Super-middleweight champion will be remembered for world title bouts against best 12st fighters in a career as gilded as that of any British boxer of past decadeCarl Froch will not miss the physical and spiritual grind of his calling, nor the aggrava

England’s Ben Stokes savours taste of Ashes revenge before Lord’s Test

• All-rounder backs side to enter second Test full of confidence• ‘After what they did to us in Australia, Cardiff was pretty cool’Ben Stokes believes the “massive” motivation of revenge for last year’s Ashes humiliation will ensure Eng

Manchester City hope £49m Raheem Sterling can sprinkle some stardust | Amy Lawrence

That the Etihad club’s movers and shakers were prepared to gamble such a large transfer fee on a 20-year-old winger who is not yet the finished article, shows just how difficult it is for even wealthy clubs to recruit serious A-list talentDoes the

The Open 2015: St Andrews in person is a world away from following on TV | Bryan Graham

First impressions: Bryan Armen Graham, the Guardian America deputy sports editor, on his first visit to the historic Home of GolfAs my train hurtled northbound through the stupefyingly beautiful scenery along Scotland’s east coast on Monday afterno

When Tiger Woods last took on the Open at St Andrews with a rebuilt swing | Ewan Murray

In 2005, Woods arrived in Fife as the Masters champion, but below Vijay Singh in the rankings, having split with his longstanding coach to ‘own’ his swing …When pressed on the reason for an unwavering belief that he can retrieve his career from

Tour de France 2015: Chris Froome makes huge statement with stage win

• Froome bursts clear to extend general classification lead to 2min 52sec• Richie Porte finishes second at La Pierre Saint-Martin 59sec behind FroomeTeam Sky’s Chris Froome blew the peloton apart to take a significant stride towards a second To