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      Rory McIlroy faces huge challenge to overcome major US Open heartbreak | Ewan Murray

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · Monday, 17 June - 16:15 · 1 minute

    Painful near miss at Pinehurst after letting a two-shot lead late in the final round slip away could take a while to recover from

    Amid the grumbling at Rory McIlroy’s sharp exit from the US Open, it is worth remembering that a picture can tell 1000 words. The scale of McIlroy’s devastation was so stark that it looked possible he could throw up all over the scoring area in which he was standing as Bryson DeChambeau holed out for victory at Pinehurst. Anyone who questions the extent to which McIlroy cares about his professional pursuits need only have looked at his face.

    Even for those with a loose attachment to his career, the denouement to the 124 th US Open was gut wrenching to watch. This was a loss so sore that McIlroy felt unable to detail his thoughts to the wider world. He should be given a pass there; not only is the Northern Irishman generous with his time to the media, it seems impossible he could have adequately articulated what heartbreak had transpired over the previous hour. McIlroy didn’t hang about, either, for the cheesy shaking of DeChambeau’s hand in front of cameras. This is a sportsman who had the ending of a painful, apparently interminable run within his grasp and cracked . No wonder McIlroy wanted off the property as quickly as possible. Golf’s pals act is contrived nonsense anyway. McIlroy could have offered platitudes to DeChambeau so everybody could say what a wonderful guy he is but this would bely raw emotion.

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      Marc Guéhi, England’s ‘big sponge’, comes of age on the biggest stage

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · Monday, 17 June - 15:30

    In his first major tournament, Crystal Palace’s calm centre-half coped superbly with Serbia’s physical threat

    Just before kick-off at the Arena AufSchalke, with England and Serbia lined up in formation, Marc Guéhi knelt on the turf, arms out, elbows bent. For the 23-year-old England centre-half, it was a moment in time as the most important game of his life loomed. What on earth was rushing through his mind?

    There had been nerves in the England camp before the Euro 2024 opener; worries, too, taking in some sticky results over the year to date. There was concern over player fitness, the composition of the defence, as well, and player fitness in defence was Gareth Southgate’s greatest headache.

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      Royal Ascot 2024: scrutiny falls on meeting with racing at crossroads

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · Monday, 17 June - 15:29

    The famously traditional fixture will try to keep calm and carry on amidst the sport’s turmoil

    At a time of significant uncertainty for the centuries-old sport of horse racing, what better event could there be to steady the nerves than the royal meeting at Ascot? Crowd numbers are in decline at a long list of showpiece occasions, senior executives are moving on and the much-feared affordability checks on punters appear imminent. There is also, almost certainly, a new government on the way. Royal Ascot, though, remains a living, breathing embodiment of Keep Calm & Carry On.

    This is a meeting with the cheery self-confidence to stage three of its eight Group One events on Tuesday’s opening card, which always attracts the second-lowest attendance of the week. It maintains a dress code based on Victorian levels of class-consciousness, and remains aloof from the grubby business of sponsorship for its races, at least in part because, well, that is how they have always done it.

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      Stanciu stunner leads Romania to dominant victory against Ukraine

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · Monday, 17 June - 15:08

    Thirty years ago, when they could briefly claim to be one of the world’s best teams, Romania won millions of admirers with their eye for the spectacular. It returned to devastating effect in their return to major tournament football, a performance of eye-bulging intensity giving a fancied but ultimately tepid Ukraine side no answer.

    Serhiy Rebrov’s players did not know what had hit them. They had been dominant to little effect until just before the half hour when Nicolae Stanciu, the Romania captain, transformed the picture with a long-range strike that may not be bettered all month. Razvan Marin, again from distance, and Denis Dragus settled the issue in rip-roaring start to the second period and Ukraine will surely need four points from somewhere if their remarkable story of resilience is to continue in Germany.

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      Belgium v Slovakia: Euro 2024 – live

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · Monday, 17 June - 14:49

    The other match in this group is about to come to an end. Romania are 3-0 up against Ukraine and cruising.

    There will be one notable absentee at Euro 2024 and that is Thibaut Courtois . The Real Madrid goalkeeper, unlike some of his compatriots, had not planned to announce his retirement after the World Cup but has fallen out with Tedesco. After a dispute with the coach regarding the captain’s armband, Courtois accused the national coach of a “breach of trust”.

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      England supporters’ group calls for urgent review after fans left stranded

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · Monday, 17 June - 14:24

    • Fans waited three hours in Gelsenkirchen after victory
    • Uefa urged to guarantee sufficient transport for matches

    The official England supporters’ group has called for an “urgent and thorough review” of the arrangements that led to thousands of fans being stranded before and after the fixture against Serbia in Gelsenkirchen on Sunday night.

    The Free Lions group described fans being crammed on to trams, forced to walk for miles and stranded in the city some three hours after final whistle. It said it was “dismayed” and called on Uefa to guarantee sufficient transport arrangements to prevent similar incidents from happening again.

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      Can the USMNT prove they are among the world’s best at Copa América?

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · Monday, 17 June - 14:21 · 1 minute

    The US has a squad full of players from Europe’s top leagues. But Gregg Berhalter’s side have continually struggled against top competition

    The theory always was that what the USMNT needed was for more of their players to be playing with the best in Europe. Good, tough, regular competition, proper professional training, exposure to best practice at the highest level the game has ever known. That was what would transform the raw material the US produces into a genuinely top-level side that might be able to compete regularly with the world’s elite. Practice is never that straightforward.

    The friendly against Colombia earlier this month was the first time the US had been able to field a starting XI all of whom play in the top flight of the Big Five European leagues (there’s a quibble over whether France can really be included in that grouping or whether Portugal or the Netherlands is more worthy, but let’s go with it for now as a useful shorthand to denote high European level). Was this then to be the breakout, the moment at which the US finally became a major world power in the men’s game?

    This is an extract from Soccer with Jonathan Wilson, a weekly look from the Guardian US at the game in Europe and beyond. Subscribe for free here. Have a question for Jonathan? Email soccerwithjw@theguardian.com , and he’ll answer the best in a future edition

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      Three-piece suit or navy normcore? Euros managers’ sartorial statements

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · Monday, 17 June - 13:31

    Come for the live action, stay for the double-breasted get-up of Poland’s Michal Probierz as football and fashion collide

    In the words of Gareth Southgate: “Whenever you put something on, you’re making some sort of a statement,” and it seems the managers currently battling it out at the Euros feel similarly. Because while the high fashion – the catwalk appearances and designer togs – might be reserved for the young-gun players, there has already been a lot to note on the sidelines.

    “Football managers are tactical masterminds,” says Daniel-Yaw Miller, sports correspondent at industry publication the Business of Fashion. “There’s not a single element of their preparation that is left to chance — for many of them, that includes their sartorial choices on the touchline. Over the years we’ve seen managers dress in certain ways to communicate their authority and the style of their player management.”

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      Tongan Olympic kitefoiler JJ Rice dies in diving accident at age of 18

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · Monday, 17 June - 13:17


    • US-born teenager was set for sport’s Olympic debut
    • Sister pays tribute to ‘the most amazing brother’

    JJ Rice, who had been chosen to represent Tonga at the Paris Olympics, has died in a diving accident. He was 18.

    Rice’s father, Darren, confirmed his son’s death on Monday to the Matangi Tonga newspaper .

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