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Reaction to England’s spectacular World Cup win

Got a TV Licence?You need one to watch live TV on any channel or device, and BBC programmes on iPlayer. It’s the law.Find out moreSummaryEngland win World Cup for first time after incredible final goes to super overEoin Morgan’s team victorious by virtue of having scored more boundaries (super over was tied)Huge celebration with England…

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Got a TV Licence?You need one to watch live TV on any channel or device, and BBC programmes on iPlayer. It’s the law.Find out moreSummaryEngland win World Cup for first time after incredible final goes to super overEoin Morgan’s team victorious by virtue of having scored more boundaries (super over was tied)Huge celebration with England players to take place at The Oval from 10:30 BSTGet involved: #bbccricket or text 81111Live ReportingBy Laura SavvasAll times stated are UKPosted at 7:357:35Why I love sport in one text:SMS Message: I’ve got a four year old that now wants a cricket bat and can’t wait to be old enough for junior nets next summer. That’s what it’s all about. What a day. from James, Glossop I’ve got a four year old that now wants a cricket bat and can’t wait to be old enough for junior nets next summer. That’s what it’s all about. What a day.Posted at 7:347:34SMS Message: Started watching the cricket at a friends house while away for the weekend in Lytham St Anne’s. When New Zealand were on 38 overs set off home to Hertfordshire by train, via Milton Keynes. Watched rest of New Zealand innings on sky go. Lost wi fi at Manchester so listened on bbc radio app, England just getting back into game. Drove final part of journey home listening on radio 5. Buttler gets out !!!!! The game is now in madness overdrive. Pulled into our driveway as Stokes needs 2 from the last delivery!!!! It’s a run out and a tie. Finally went indoors to watch England win the super over and the World Cup. What a journey!! from Frank, Hitchin Started watching the cricket at a friends house while away for the weekend in Lytham St Anne’s. When New Zealand were on 38 overs set off home to Hertfordshire by train, via Milton Keynes. Watched rest of New Zealand innings on sky go. Lost wi fi at Manchester so listened on bbc radio app, England just getting back into game. Drove final part of journey home listening on radio 5. Buttler gets out !!!!! The game is now in madness overdrive. Pulled into our driveway as Stokes needs 2 from the last delivery!!!! It’s a run out and a tie. Finally went indoors to watch England win the super over and the World Cup. What a journey!!Posted at 7:317:31’The discipline came and he kept moving forward’England win the Cricket World CupDarren Veness, the Lead Strength and Conditioning coach at Surrey County Cricket Club, has known Jos Buttler since he was 13 whilst at Somerset Cricket.He was speaking to the Today Programme’s Sarah Smith:On Jos Buttler crying as a
child when he was dismissed:”Sometimes there were
tears…but you’ve got to put it into context. It was simply a frustration with
himself. “He knew he could do better than what he’d done at that point, and as a
13, 14 year old lad it was just a deep frustration so all he needed to do was
figure out how to express himself. “It was the emotions of a teenager and all he
needed to do was learn how to put it into context in his own mind and reframe
it, and then next thing you know it’s just right. The discipline came and he
kept moving forwards.”Getty ImagesCopyright: Getty ImagesPosted at 7:277:27TwitterCopyright: TwitterThis is what it’s all about. Inspiring the next generation.Posted at 7:247:24Jo Parker: Lovely being on train this morning listening people say i never watch cricket but that was so exciting…feel like saying “I told you so”!!Alex Sand: Why is everyone trying to discredit England’s win because they don’t like a rule that was used to split the teams? The rule was there at the beginning of the tournament. Let us have our momentCraig Aspey: I don’t like cricket…. I LOVE IT.
And I missed it! I turned off just after Roy had gone for my flight to take off. I landed just as the super over started but the stream failed. Found out the result when 5live stream connected again on the bus to the terminalThis makes me feel very, very sad…Posted at 7:187:18England get freak six runs after incredible Stokes deflectionEngland win the Cricket World CupAn extraordinary moment in the Cricket World Cup final as the ball deflects off Ben Stokes’ bat while diving for a second run and flies to the boundary for an extra four runs for England.Video contentVideo caption: England get six runs after the ball deflects off Stokes and away to the boundaryEngland get six runs after the ball deflects off Stokes and away to the boundaryPosted at 7:097:09SMS Message: We registered our first born son on Friday. Good job we did, because if we had waited until today, we would have had to name him Jason Jonny Joe Eoin Ben Jos Chris Liam Adil Jofra Mark James Mo Tom Liam. A bit of a mouthful! I watched the Super Over with him in my arms. Magic never-to-be-forgotten moment. Thanks lads!! from MJ (& Oli!) Southam, Kent. We registered our first born son on Friday. Good job we did, because if we had waited until today, we would have had to name him Jason Jonny Joe Eoin Ben Jos Chris Liam Adil Jofra Mark James Mo Tom Liam. A bit of a mouthful! I watched the Super Over with him in my arms. Magic never-to-be-forgotten moment. Thanks lads!!Change his name. NOW.Posted at 7:067:06’Written in the stars for Stokes’England win the Cricket World CupEngland batsman Joe Root: “Wow! It’s hard to sum it up. What a day, what a tournament. Everyone has done everything asked of them. We have performed under pressure.”It was almost written in the stars for Ben Stokes. He’s had such a tough time. I’m so proud of him and pleased for him and his family.”ReutersCopyright: ReutersPosted at 7:037:03Post updateSomething tells me you’re not alone in that opinion, Tom.Is anyone else a new cricket convert out there this morning?!Posted at 7:037:03SMS Message: I was at Lords yesterday, I’ve woken up this morning still in disbelief that it all happened. I know it wasn’t a dream because you would have to be crazy to have dreamt that. from Andrew, Hatfield I was at Lords yesterday, I’ve woken up this morning still in disbelief that it all happened. I know it wasn’t a dream because you would have to be crazy to have dreamt that.SMS Message: That was the most agonising, thrilling, extraordinary sporting contest I have ever had the privilege to watch. from Za, Winchester That was the most agonising, thrilling, extraordinary sporting contest I have ever had the privilege to watch.SMS Message: Never been that bothered about cricket till last night, the tension of having to drive in my car as it looked like we’d loose in our last few overs, then having the read the bbc updates in the super over as we couldn’t get to a tv, I’m a total convert bring on the ashes! from Tom Never been that bothered about cricket till last night, the tension of having to drive in my car as it looked like we’d loose in our last few overs, then having the read the bbc updates in the super over as we couldn’t get to a tv, I’m a total convert bring on the ashes!Posted at 7:027:02Ben Stokes stars in dramatic victory over New ZealandEngland win the Cricket World CupEngland beat New Zealand to win the men’s World Cup for the first time after one of the most amazing games of cricket ever played was tied twice.In an emotional and electric atmosphere at Lord’s, both sides scored 241 in their 50 overs and were level on 15 when they batted for an extra over apiece.It meant England were crowned world champions by virtue of having scored more boundary fours and sixes – 26 to New Zealand’s 17 – in the entire match.That it even got to that stage was astonishing in itself and came as a result of a barely believable conclusion at the home of cricket – the first tie in a World Cup final.England required 15 from the last over of the regular match. Ben Stokes hit a six and then benefited when a throw from the deep hit his bat as he dived for ground and was inadvertently deflected for four overthrows.He could not get the two needed from the last ball – Mark Wood was run out coming back for the second – but ended 84 not out and joined Jos Buttler for the super over.In glorious evening sunshine, they were roared on by a febrile crowd that belted out Sweet Caroline in the change of innings.When New Zealand replied, Jimmy Neesham hit Jofra Archer’s third ball for six, then scrambled to leave Martin Guptill needing two from the last delivery.As Jason Roy’s throw came in from deep mid-wicket, a diving Guptill was short when Buttler removed the bails, sending England and the whole of Lord’s into delirious celebration.Read the full match report here.Getty ImagesCopyright: Getty ImagesPosted at 6:596:59Get Involved#bbccricket or text 81111Do you agree with Steve? Tweet me on #bbccricket or drop your girl a text on 81111 (UK only and don’t forget to pop your name on those texts please, guys and girls!)SMS Message: I have spent my waking moments after that match trying to think of any final in any team sport – ever – that can surpass or even equal that one for sheer entertainment value. Nothing comes close in my view. from Steve I have spent my waking moments after that match trying to think of any final in any team sport – ever – that can surpass or even equal that one for sheer entertainment value. Nothing comes close in my view.Posted at 6:556:55Celebration planned at The OvalEngland win the Cricket World CupEngland players are heading to The Oval this morning from around 10:30 BST for what’s sure to be an unbelievable celebration.All the information is right here.Posted at 6:536:53’A very English way to win a World Cup’England win the Cricket World CupTom FordyceBBC chief sports writer at Lord’sA match that ended in a tie to produce a tie-breaker that also ended in a tie. A final over that contained a six that was a six and also contained a six that wasn’t a six at all but actually a two and a four, which meant the final over wasn’t the final over any more either.When you try to navigate your way through those 60 hallucinogenic minutes you keep coming up against these impossible riddles: New Zealand’s Martin Guptill facing the first ball of the match and the last one too; a tournament that England’s men had never won before won with a winning margin that wasn’t even a winning margin.Seven weeks of cricket and it came down to the final dusty half-metre at the spiritual home of the sport. A final that for so long was slow-motion cricket ending at a pace that took the breath from your lungs and the strength from your legs. Cricket that was a throwback to 20 years ago suddenly leaping into the unknown.It was unprecedented and it was also a very English way to win a World Cup.Getty ImagesCopyright: Getty ImagesPosted at 6:496:49Ski: Watched my first ever cricket match yesterday! To think I thought cricket was boring! Wow! (All matches are that thrilling, right….?)Photology: The most amazing roller-coaster ride thanks to the cricket. Can’t stop watching highlightsTommy Dinsdale: Streamed it on the train back from a golfing weekend in Leeds, then straight in the pub at Euston for the super over – forgotten about the +47 round alreadyPosted at 6:446:44Watch the highlightsEngland win the Cricket World CupWatch highlights as England beat New Zealand to win the men’s World Cup for the first time after one of the most amazing games of cricket ever played was tied twice.Video contentVideo caption: England win Cricket World Cup: Ben Stokes stars in dramatic victory over New ZealandEngland win Cricket World Cup: Ben Stokes stars in dramatic victory over New ZealandPosted at 6:416:41WikipediaCopyright: WikipediaThanks for tweeting this in, Joe!Apparently, we won the World Cup by “pure luck”…Bitter much?!Posted at 6:366:36Alan Davidson: One of the pleasures of being a volunteer is you get to see history being made, as at Lord’s yesterday. You could have heard a pin drop as the last ball of the super over was played. Great memories of being a Cricketeer.Will: The Edgbaston 2005 test finished a day before my 13th birthday, the final day made me fall in love with a game. When we won I immediately asked for a cricket bat for my birthday. So many kids will do the same after watching that finale yesterday. Special.That is exactly why I am utterly in love with sport.Posted at 6:316:31A golden hour ends in a champagne super overEngland win the Cricket World CupTom FordyceBBC chief sports writer at Lord’sOn a grey Sunday evening the sun came out at Lord’s and the golden hour came.When you love sport, you understand how it can take you to places little else can. You could watch it all your life and never quite fathom what happened between 6.30 and 7.30pm in two sun-kissed rectangles of grass seven or so miles apart across England’s capital city.A World Cup final that might just be the greatest game of cricket in history, a Wimbledon men’s final longer than any that has come before.Because this was summer’s sporting day of days, they stepped hand in hand. You couldn’t watch and you couldn’t look away. You hated it and you loved it and you lost yourself completely to it.No-one had ever seen Lord’s like this, a beautiful sedate museum turned into a cavorting mess. No-one had really seen cricket like this.There is a line often brought out when sport does these sorts of things – you couldn’t write this – and a hoary riposte: haven’t you seen Star Wars, or read Harry Potter?On a day when sometimes nothing appeared to make sense, both these contradictory positions became true. You couldn’t write it, because it was a plotline too twisted to make dramatic sense, too confusing, too remote from what has gone before.We’re OK with spaceships and child wizards because they have been imagined before. Plenty had dreamed of England winning the World Cup. That’s where logic waved farewell.Getty ImagesCopyright: Getty ImagesPosted at 6:266:26How England won an incredible Cricket World Cup finalEngland win the Cricket World CupWatch the closing stages of an incredible World Cup final as England beat New Zealand to win the trophy for the first time.Video contentVideo caption: England win Cricket World Cup finalEngland win Cricket World Cup final
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Going for goal: Saudi Arabia kicks off first women’s football league

RIYADH: First they opened the grandstands to women, now Saudi Arabia is encouraging them to cross the touchline and compete in the Kingdom’s first Women’s Football League tournament. The historic competition kicks off on Tuesday morning, with 24 teams across Jeddah, Riyadh and Dammam competing for a championship cup, and a $133,000 cash prize. The…

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RIYADH: First they opened the grandstands to women, now Saudi Arabia is encouraging them to cross the touchline and compete in the Kingdom’s first Women’s Football League tournament.

The historic competition kicks off on Tuesday morning, with 24 teams across Jeddah, Riyadh and Dammam competing for a championship cup, and a $133,000 cash prize.

The Kingdom opened its stadiums to women football supporters in January, 2018, but this is the first time they will have been allowed to compete in a tournament.

The competition has been lauded as an important step for the Saudi sports world, with many in the game throwing their support behind the event.

Calling the competition a “positive step,” Abdullah Alyami, Saudi football coach and sports reporter, said he expects many more women to participate in future tournaments.

“This is a very happy day for all athletes, be they male or female. And based on what we’ve seen, and how beloved the sport of football is all over the Kingdom, I believe we will see many more of our sisters getting involved in professional sports,” he said.
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Saudi sports reporter Riyan Al-Jidani tweeted his support.

“To all my dear sisters participating the Women’s Football League, your success in the tournament is a step in the right direction towards our dream of universality and representing our homeland to the outside world. Raising the flag on the field is a glory and pride,” he said.

The tournament was due to start in March – but the coronavirus pandemic stopped play.

But for some that just presented the opportunity to up their game.

“We started preparations early, and the delay due to the pandemic actually worked in our favor. We were able to take more than two months to prepare for the tournament,” Maram Al-Butairi, general manager and head coach at Dammam-based Eastern Flames FC.

Amal Gimie, 26, an Eritrean midfielder for Jeddah’s Kings United, previously told Arab News that she had been playing the beautiful game since she was eight.

“There was a match every weekend. The boys made us play as goalkeepers in the beginning, and in 2002, when I first saw the Women’s World Cup, it sparked my passion to learn more about this sport,” said Gimie, who is also a management information systems graduate. She joined her first female football team, Challenge, in Riyadh in 2014.

She said: “It was the first time I joined something organized. I was happy to be playing but at the same time I felt as though it was an unreachable goal (to become a professional athlete or join an official league), I felt like I was growing older without achieving anything.”

The matches won’t be broadcast, but Saudi’s army of football fans remain excited by the tournament.

Wejdan Al-Shammary, who grew up playing sports in school, said she would have tried for a team “in a heartbeat” if she had been just a few years younger.

“I played both basketball and football on my high school teams. I was a complete sports nut, but it makes me happy to know that even if it’s too late for me to achieve those dreams, there’s a chance now for young Saudi girls that I never had,” she said.

Najla Ahmed, a 16-year-old from Riyadh who plays on her school’s football team, said she would try for a local team in 2021.

“I’ll be 17, and therefore eligible, and I would love to see anyone try and stop me,” she said.

Both women said they hoped this was just the start and that more sports would be opened up to women.

“Football is just the beginning. I would love to see more focus on other sports, as well. Basketball, tennis, maybe even competitive swimming,” said Al-Shammary. “I’m sure we have so many potential Olympians among us who just need their talents nurtured.”

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NFL game postponed over Covid-19 cases

Tennessee Titans’ long snapper Beau Brinkley (left) and defensive tackle DaQuan Jones (right) have been put on the reserve/Covid-19 listThe NFL game between the Tennessee Titans and Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday has been postponed because of Covid-19 cases.The game will be rescheduled for Monday or Tuesday after the outbreak among Titans players and staff.On Tuesday,…

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Tennessee Titans’ long snapper Beau Brinkley (left) and defensive tackle DaQuan Jones (right) have been put on the reserve/Covid-19 listThe NFL game between the Tennessee Titans and Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday has been postponed because of Covid-19 cases.The game will be rescheduled for Monday or Tuesday after the outbreak among Titans players and staff.On Tuesday, defensive tackle DaQuan Jones, long snapper Beau Brinkley and practice squad tight end Tommy Hudson were put on the reserve/Covid-19 list.The NFL has since shut down the team facility.According to the NFL network, a fourth player also returned a positive test on Wednesday.The Titans played the Minnesota Vikings in Minneapolis last Sunday.The Vikings’ facility was also closed on Tuesday and Wednesday and it is unclear whether their scheduled game with the Houston Texans will take place on Sunday.
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Pliskova survives scare at French Open

Karolina Pliskova reached the Italian Open final earlier in SeptemberCzech second seed Karolina Pliskova came from a set down to avoid an upset against Egyptian qualifier Mayar Sherif in the French Open first round.World number four Pliskova, 28, had eight set points in the opener, before losing to Sherif – ranked 172nd in the world…

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Karolina Pliskova reached the Italian Open final earlier in SeptemberCzech second seed Karolina Pliskova came from a set down to avoid an upset against Egyptian qualifier Mayar Sherif in the French Open first round.World number four Pliskova, 28, had eight set points in the opener, before losing to Sherif – ranked 172nd in the world – in a tie-break.The 2017 semi-finalist wrapped up a quick second set against the 24-year-old after winning four games in a row.Pliskova came through a tense decider to claim a 6-7 (9-11) 6-2 6-4 victory.”It was super tough,” she said. “Especially after losing the first set after having set points.”She played a great game, especially in these conditions.”Sherif kept up an impressive level throughout and the pair exchanged breaks at the start of the second set.But Pliskova then won four games in a row, eventually holding serve to level things.The Czech was made to work much harder for the final set as she failed to convert five break points before winning the sixth to go 4-3 up.She held serve and wrapped up the match after two hours and 15 minutes with an ace down the middle.Pliskova, who has never won a Grand Slam, will face Latvian world number 43 Jelena Ostapenko in the second round.Live scores, results and order of playAlerts: Get tennis news sent to your phone
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