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'I might not have survived as a manager without Euro 96 semi-final penalty miss,' says Gareth Southgate

England manager Gareth Southgate believes his painful Euro 96 semi-final penalty miss helped him ‘survive’ to reach the pinnacle of management in the English game. The current Three Lions boss was the only one of 12 penalty takers to see his effort denied at Wembley as eventual champions Germany booked their place in the final against the Czech Republic. Southgate is entering his 15th month as manager of the national team and is currently preparing his team for next summer’s World Cup in Russia, following a successful qualification campaign. The…

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Edmund ready for 'great opportunity' in semi-final

Media playback is not supported on this device Kyle Edmund v Marin Cilic, Australian Open semi-final Date: Thursday, 25 January Venue: Melbourne Park Time: 08:30 GMT Coverage: Live on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra and live text commentary online from 08:00. Watch highlights on BBC Two at 17:00 Kyle Edmund will try to extend his remarkable Australian Open run and reach a first Grand Slam final when he takes on Marin Cilic on Thursday. The 23-year-old Briton, ranked 49th, plays sixth seed Cilic in the Melbourne night session at…

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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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