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England hold nerve to beat Australia in second ODI

Second ODI, Brisbane Australia 270-9 (50.0 overs): Finch 106, Root 2-31 England 274-6 (44.2 overs): Bairstow 60, Hales 57, Root 46*, Starc 4-59 England won by four wickets Scorecard England held their nerve to take a 2-0 lead in the one-day international series with a four-wicket victory over Australia at Brisbane. Set 271 to win after Aaron Finch hit 106, the tourists eased to 119-1 only to be checked by the wickets of Alex Hales, Jonny Bairstow and Eoin Morgan. Joe Root and Jos Buttler rebuilt before Mitchell Starc removed…

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Carillion collapse: Ministers hold emergency meeting

Cabinet ministers are holding a crisis meeting to keep vital public services going after the collapse of key government contractor Carillion. The construction giant, which provides services for schools, prisons and hospitals, has gone into liquidation, threatening thousands of jobs. An emergency Cobra meeting was planned for 18:30 GMT to deal with the fallout. It comes as Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn attacked government policies and called Carillion a “watershed moment”. In a video released on social media, he said: “In the wake of the collapse of the contractor Carillion, it…

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Ten-man Leicester hold lacklustre Chelsea – but Foxes boss questions red card

Leicester boss Claude Puel said the decision to send off Ben Chilwell at Chelsea was “harsh” as his side drew a match they probably should have won. The Foxes dominated possession for large periods and created the better chances but had the sting taken out of their display when defender Chilwell was shown two yellow cards in the space of five second-half minutes. He was shown no mercy by referee Mike Jones in the 68th minute when he brought down Victor Moses, shortly after fouling Willian. “At the end the…

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Obiang & Son trade sublime goals as West Ham hold Spurs

Son Heung-min and Pedro Obiang scored two stunning long-range strikes as Tottenham drew with West Ham. Obiang’s 35-yard drive into the top corner was the first shot for David Moyes’ Hammers at Wembley, with Spurs having had 20 by that stage. The hosts dominated the game – both sides’ second Premier League match in 48 hours – but were denied by a series of last-ditch blocks and saves. But Son broke West Ham’s resistance with a 30-yard strike beyond Adrian. Question marks over Pochettino’s tactics – Claridge Relive the action…

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Bataclan massacre film put on hold amid families' anger

A controversial French film about the 2015 terror attack on the Bataclan music venue in Paris, which left 90 people dead, has been put on hold. Broadcaster France 2 said the love story Ce soir-la (That Night), would be postponed until victims’ associations had been “widely consulted”. Claire Peltier, whose partner David was among those killed, has called for the “scandalous” film to be shelved. She has started a petition to block the film, attracting has 39,000 signatures. She said it was too soon for “such a painful” story. “We…

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Djokovic comeback on hold after injury setback

Former world number one Novak Djokovic has postponed his long-awaited comeback because of an elbow injury. The 12-time Grand Slam winner has not played since July’s Wimbledon quarter-final and was expected to face Roberto Bautista Agut at the Mubadala World Tennis Championship on Friday. He said: “This might affect the start of the season and the tournament plan.” British number one Andy Murray, who has also been hampered by injury in recent months, will replace the Serb. The 30-year-old Scot, who has also not played a competitive match since Wimbledon…

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Dogged Everton hold Chelsea to extend unbeaten run to six

Everton maintained their unbeaten run under new boss Sam Allardyce with a dogged defensive display to hold champions Chelsea to a goalless draw at Goodison Park. The ninth-placed Toffees have now not lost in six Premier League games, five of those since Allardyce took charge. Captain Phil Jagielka cleared off the line from Tiemoue Bakayoko and Willian in quick succession to frustrate the visitors, who were without suspended top scorer Alvaro Morata. Chelsea dominated, but struggled to breach the Everton back line and found goalkeeper Jordan Pickford in good form…

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