Liverpool 1 - 0 Everton: Teenager Curtis Jones lights up Anfield

This is what it must have been like when the Beatles burst through the doors at the Cavern Club. Say hello to Curtis Jones, the latest Liverpool poster boy to blow the mind. Only 18 years old, Liverpool born and bred, here he was sending the kids into the FA Cup fourth round with a goal of thrilling majesty, and against Everton’s first team to boot.

Josh Taylor celebrates his points win over Ivan Baranchyk. Picture: Paul Devlin/SNS

Josh Taylor faces toughest task of his career against Regis Prograis

Their stories are remarkably similar, young men with a primal understanding of the urban jungle. Both emerged from tough neighbourhoods, Josh 
Taylor from the old coal mining community of Prestonpans, Regis Prograis a 
Hurricane Katrina evacuee from New Orleans, whose ring moniker “Rougarou” is borrowed from the werewolf character that stalks the Creole culture into which he was born.

Sam Curran of England celebrates taking the wicket of Tim Paine. Picture: Julian Finney/Getty Images

Jofra Archer and Sam Curran shine as England take charge

Game on. Six of the best for Jofra Archer and a reminder of how infectious Sam Curran can be, his waspish medium pace a darting, giddy complement to the A-Man’s violent pace. Curran’s vibrant appeals, the leaping celebrations are tailor made for Friday afternoons, propelling us into the weekend with hope in our hearts and a smile on our faces, the anti Steve Smith if you like.

Australian batsman Travis Head overbalances after being caught out by a yorker from Ben Stokes. Picture: Gareth Copley/Getty

Wind and Aussies winners on day when Jofra Archer ran out of puff

For the greater part of the day Old Trafford looked like a windswept cricketing outpost in autumn. Hold on a minute, it is a windswept cricketing outpost in autumn. The presence of stewards standing like sentries out in the middle, their transparent pacamacs billowing in the gale, mocked the scheduling of an Ashes Test north of Watford north of August.

'He is the special one,' said Sir Ian Botham of Ben Stokes following his matchwinning performance. Picture: AFP/Getty

Ben Stokes on a par with Beethoven, Van Gogh and Da Vinci

“I’m babbling on, here. I don’t know what to say,” offered our hero to Michael Atherton in the post-match interview on Sky. Don’t worry Ben, neither do we, each and every one of us is lost for words because there are no words that can do justice to what we saw, to account for an innings that might never be bettered in Test cricket, or any form of this beguiling game for that matter.

England's top scorer Joe Denly reacts after being dismissed by James Pattinson for 12. Picture: Stu Forster/Getty Images

England’s dream turns to Ashes as Joe Root’s side are dismissed for 67

This was supposed to be the day England loosened the Australian grip on the Ashes.
What were we thinking? Must have been the bravado talking. You remember Thursday? England lording it after bowling out Australia in just 52 overs, skittled for 179. Well they were back with ball in hand yesterday afternoon trailing by 113 and waving goodbye to the urn.

Jofra Archer brought a buzz of excitement among the crowd at Lord's during his six overs against Australia. Picture: Getty.

The Ashes: Stage set for Jofra Archer to pull the strings for England

About the best thing that could be said of England’s batting was the stage it bequeathed Jofra Archer in the final hour of the day. There was no maiden Test wicket in six overs of rapier pace but enough excitement in the crowd and unease at the crease to suggest Archer’s impact in the English cause might echo the lethal longbowmen from which his name derives.

Marcus Rashford holds off Chelsea defender Cesar Azpilicueta to fire home Manchester United's third goal. Picture: Julian Finney/Getty

Man Utd 4-0 Chelsea: Marcus Rashford hits brace in emphatic win

First the good bits. Four goals, two in the space of 95 seconds, the third an expression of world class in the pass and the finish, saw Manchester United end the first weekend of the season ahead of Liverpool and Spurs on goal difference, bettered only by champions Manchester City. Why wouldn’t the Stretford End dance like it was 1999?

Rory McIlroy says farewell on the 18th green as he makes an early exit from his home Open. Picture: Glyn Kirk/AFP/Getty Images

Cut is agony for Rory McIlroy as he just falls short

Oh to have the first day back, just one hole, any hole, but mostly the 16th where he rushed a short one and missed. There is no fairground ride in golf like Rory McIlroy. He promised a response and delivered, shooting a best-of-the-day 65 to close on two over par. It was not enough, falling agonisingly one shot the wrong side of the cut mark.

Rory McIlroy cuts a dejected figure at the 18th hole. Picture: Stuart Franklin/Getty Images

How Rory McIlroy’s homecoming fell flat

The cheer as Rory McIlory walked up the 18th was one of sympathy. His ball was buried in a hillock to the right of the green. He had taken four strokes to get there. This was not the walk of destiny promised in the build-up, not the note of triumph in which all were invested. He finished with a seven, believe it or not, one better than the score with which he opened his account.

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