No Celtic or Rangers players started for Scotland in their win over Malta.
It’s a common enough occurrence at sporting events these days: the umpire warning spectators to turn off their phones to avoid distracting players. But on Sunday it was an athlete being admonished after Marcos Baghdatis admitted texting his wife during his defeat to Gaël Monfils at the US Open.
When he reached the quarter-finals of Wimbledon this year, many tipped the 22-year-old Lucas Pouille as a star of the future. After his victory over Rafael Nadal in the fourth round of the US Open on Sunday evening, he looked a lot like a star for the present.
Kyle Edmund had his moments against Novak Djokovic in the fourth round of the US Open, but they were too few and and too short. The world No1, not exactly at his best and still favouring his right elbow, gathered his resources efficiently enough to win 6-2, 6-1, 6-4 in just under two hours and move through to the quarter-finals on Tuesday against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, who earlier on day seven beat the American Jack Sock with some to spare.
Stoppage time began with Sam Allardyce, alone on the edge of his technical area, burying his head in his hands as another of his side’s desperate attacks ran aground. It ended with a spin, grin and two-fisted pump of the air aimed at those members of his coaching staff still on the bench. His assistant, Sammy Lee, had already bounced gleefully beyond him on to the edge of the turf. If nothing else, the new manager has brought England a dash of good fortune.
Sam Allardyce admitted his overriding emotion was one of relief after Adam Lallana’s stoppage-time goal secured victory in the manager’s first match in charge to kickstart England’s World Cup qualification campaign.
Colin Kaepernick’s protest against racial injustice in the US appears to be slowly spreading with the soccer international Megan Rapinoe kneeling during the national anthem before Seattle Reign’s NWSL game against the Chicago Red Stars on Sunday.
England defeated Slovakia 1-0 with Adam Lallana scoring a last-minute goal.
Steve Evans says that Leeds United have to win against Huddersfield Town in the Championship next weekend.
Tottenham playmaker Christian Eriksen scored but also missed a penalty as Denmark beat Armenia 1-0 on Sunday.
Brazil have been knocked out in the group stages of the Copa América after an extraordinary Sunday evening at Gillette Stadium.
In the countdown to their opening game at Euro 2016, Sweden’s players have been subjected to a poll. It has been straightforward, featuring one question and one question only, and most of them have been asked it by now, at their various media appearances. Who, it has been put to them, is Sweden’s second best player?
The most peculiar thing about Belgium’s status as the best team in the world, which is how Fifa classed them between October and April (when they were leapfrogged by Argentina), is that they achieved it without beating anyone really strong in a competitive match or even regularly looking like a team, at least not one familiar with the notion of synergy.