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O'Sullivan sets up semi-final v Maguire – report & video

Media playback is not supported on this device Five-time winner Ronnie O’Sullivan cruised through to the semi-finals of the UK Championship by beating Martin Gould 6-3 at the York Barbican. The day after a late-night victory over Sunny Akani, O’Sullivan opened by stroking in back-to-back centuries en route to a 5-0 lead. Gould responded with runs of 101, 61 and 70, but O’Sullivan’s well-taken 94 put him through. He faces Stephen Maguire on Saturday after the Scot beat Joe Perry 6-3. Maguire surged 5-0 in front with breaks of 76…

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England suffer late World League Final semi-final defeat

New Zealand scored a late winner to beat England 1-0 in the semi-finals of the Women’s Hockey World League Final. World number two side England saw Lilly Owsley’s first-half goal disallowed while Sophie Bray hit the crossbar in the third quarter. Olivia Merry broke the deadlock in Auckland with five minutes left on the clock when she converted into the top of the net from a penalty corner. The hosts will now play the Netherlands or South Korea in the final. England will compete in the bronze medal match on…

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Motherwell's tactics were 'not football' says Bruno Alves as Rangers tumble out of Betfred Cup semi-final

Rangers defender Bruno Alves claimed Motherwell’s tactics were “not football” as he argued the victorious Steelmen were allowed to get away with too much physicality in their Betfred Cup semi-final. Both managers were sent to the stand following a touchline clash after Motherwell striker Ryan Bowman caught Fabio Cardoso with an arm for the second time in his team’s 2-0 victory. Bowman was booked early on but the second incident went unpunished as the Portuguese defender went off with a bloody nose. Double goalscorer Louis Moult was also bloodied by…

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Wakefield 16-18 St Helens: Last ditch try and conversion keep visitors' semi-final hopes alive

St Helens kept alive their semi-final hopes in the most dramatic fashion with a nail-biting 18-16 victory at Wakefield. They looked to have perished in their do-or-die Super 8s clash after trailing for 77 minutes but makeshift centre Jonny Lomax came up with the all-important try that levelled the scores and Mark Percival won it with the conversion. St Helens moved up to fifth after halting their three-match losing run but they are now only a point behind Trinity, whose own semi-final hopes are now also hanging by a thread….

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Keys makes it all-American US Open semi-final line-up

US Open Venue: Flushing Meadows, New York Dates: 28 Aug-10 Sept BBC coverage: Live radio and text commentary on selected matches every day. Madison Keys outplayed Kaia Kanepi to complete an all-American line-up in the US Open women’s semi-finals. The 15th seed won 6-3 6-3 to join Coco Vandeweghe, Venus Williams and Sloane Stephens in the last four. It is the first time since 1981 that four American women have made the semi-finals in New York, and the first time anywhere since Wimbledon 1985. Vandeweghe, seeded 20th, earlier beat Czech…

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Pablo Carreno Busta secures maiden grand slam semi-final spot at US Open

The 12th-seeded Spaniard triumphed 6-4 6-4 6-2 Tuesday, September 5, 2017 Pablo Carreno Busta defeated Diego Schwartzman to reach his first grand slam singles semi-final at the US Open. The 12th-seeded Spaniard, the highest-ranked player left in the bottom half, proved too solid for his opponent, winning 6-4 6-4 6-2. Having reached his first slam quarter-final at the French Open earlier this summer, Carreno Busta will now take on Sam Querrey or Kevin Anderson for a place in the final. The 26-year-old dropped his racket and pumped his fists in…

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England's Thompson fit for World Cup semi-final

Women’s Rugby World Cup: England v France Venue: Kingspan Stadium, Belfast Date: Tuesday, 22 August Kick-off: 19:45 BST Coverage: Live radio and text commentary only on the BBC Sport website and app. Lydia Thompson will start on the wing for England in their Rugby World Cup semi-final with France in Belfast on Tuesday, after recovering from a knee injury that caused her to miss the pool-stage victory over the USA. England’s most-capped player, prop Rochelle Clark, will start from the bench with Vickii Cornborough given the starting loose-head shirt. After…

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