England must improve to progress at World Cup – Richardson-Walsh

England must improve to progress at World Cup – Richardson-Walsh
England must improve to progress at World Cup - Richardson-Walsh

2018 Hockey Women’s World Cup
Venue: Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London Dates: 21 July-5 August
Coverage: Live commentary of every England game online and on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra, reports on England and Ireland matches on the BBC Sport website

England need to improve if they are to reach the latter stages of the World Cup, former international Helen Richardson-Walsh says.

Having drawn their opening two matches, England play Ireland in Sunday’s final Pool C game knowing they cannot progress directly to the last eight.

Instead, they will face a play-off to reach the quarter-finals.

“In the first two games, we’ve not seen the best of this England team,” Richardson-Walsh told BBC Radio 5 live.

“But the second game was an improvement on the first game and for them to go further, they really need to improve against Ireland,” the 36-year old added on Sportsweek.

Richardson-Walsh, who won gold with Team GB at the 2016 Rio Olympics, attributed England’s struggles so far in the tournament to a “lack of experience”.

“With the first game the occasion might have got to a few of them,” she said.

“For some of these players, playing in front of 10,000 people is very new.

“I know they did prepare as well as possible for it but until you get out there you don’t know how they’re going to play.”

Richardson-Walsh says England can build momentum for the knockout stages with a positive showing against Ireland, who have already won Pool C.

McAllister moves up five divisions – and retires Tyson conqueror Williams

McAllister moves up five divisions – and retires Tyson conqueror Williams
Danny Williams & Lee McAllister

Scottish fighter Lee McAllister has become the first lightweight champion to win a heavyweight title after boxing Danny Williams into retirement.

Williams, a former two-time British and Commonwealth heavyweight champion, knocked out Mike Tyson 14 years ago.

However, despite weighing nearly four stone more than McAllister, the 45-year-old was floored three times in the first five rounds in Aberdeen.

His corner finally threw in the towel after 10 rounds at the Beach Ballroom.

The win means that McAllister, who previously won titles at lightweight, light-welterweight and super-welterweight, adds the WBU heavyweight belt to his record.

The 35-year-old fought at the 11-stone super-welterweight limit as recently as last year, before beating Lee Kellet on points over four rounds in his first fight at heavyweight three months ago.

McAllister said before the fight that people thought he was “crazy” to take on the 6ft 3in, 19-stone Williams, who had won his last three fights by first-round knockout.

Tottenham comeback against Barcelona in vain as they lose shoot-out

Tottenham comeback against Barcelona in vain as they lose shoot-out
Georges-Kevin N'Koudou levels for Spurs in their pre-season friendly against Barcelona in California

Tottenham came back from two goals down to draw 2-2 with Barcelona in Los Angeles before losing a penalty shoot-out to the Spanish champions.

A Munir header and a drilled shot from Arthur put the La Liga side in front.

Son Heung-min pulled one back from close range after a shot from Christian Eriksen, who earlier hit the woodwork with a free-kick, was blocked.

Georges-Kevin N’Koudou scored after a goalmouth scramble to level before Spurs lost 5-3 on penalties.

Ex-England striker Rooney scores first DC United goal

Ex-England striker Rooney scores first DC United goal
DC United forward Wayne Rooney scores against Colorado Rapids for his first MLS goal

Former England striker Wayne Rooney scored his first goal for DC United in a 2-1 home win over Colorado Rapids in the MLS.

The 32-year-old scored the opener for his side when he sent a shot through ex-Manchester United team-mate Tim Howard’s legs.

Kellyn Acosta equalised before Rooney, who was named captain of his side, was twice denied by saves from Howard.

But a Niki Jackson own goal in the 90th minute gave DC United the win.

Rooney suffered a bloody nose when defending during stoppage time as DC United held on and coach Ben Olsen praised the forward’s impact since his arrival from Everton last month.

“I don’t think it’s the first time he’s bled in a game. He is a tough guy and I think that he will shake it off,” Olsen said.

“He has been fantastic in every aspect, in every way that we want him to be with this group – with his leadership and goal-scoring ability. Hopefully, it can continue to get better.”

DC United remain bottom of the Eastern Conference in MLS.

Britain's Norrie beaten in Atlanta semi-final

Britain's Norrie beaten in Atlanta semi-final
Ryan Harrison and Cameron Norrie shake hands

British number two Cameron Norrie was beaten by American Ryan Harrison in the semi-finals of the Atlanta Open.

Norrie, 22, had looked to be heading for his first ATP final after taking the first set before the eighth seed fought back to win 2-6 6-3 6-2.

Harrison will face Wimbledon semi-finalist and compatriot John Isner in Sunday’s final.

Norrie, the world number 73, was in his second ATP semi-final after reaching the same stage at May’s Lyon Open.

Mourinho on transfer concerns, defeat which gave 'nothing' & waste of fans' money

Mourinho on transfer concerns, defeat which gave 'nothing' & waste of fans' money
jose mourinho

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has said he hopes one target from the list of five options he gave the club will arrive before the 9 August transfer deadline.

Mourinho made the comment during a tetchy 10-minute post-match news conference following United’s 4-1 International Champions Cup defeat by Liverpool at Ann Arbor, in which he also said:

  • If he was a fan, he would not have paid to watch these teams
  • The match against Liverpool “gave me nothing at all”
  • The referee thought he was officiating a baseball game
  • Antonio Valencia had “too much holiday” and returned in poor condition

Mourinho’s list of transfer targets is understood to relate to central defence, an area in which he is particularly keen to strengthen.

United have been linked with Leicester’s Harry Maguire and Tottenham’s Toby Alderweireld, while Mourinho has expressed an interest in Real Madrid’s Raphael Varane, Bayern Munich’s Jerome Boateng and Inter Milan’s Milan Skriniar.

The Portuguese dismissed any chance of making the second signing he feels he needs.

“I would like two more players. I don’t think I’m going to have two,” he said. “I think it’s possible I’m going to have one.

“I gave my club a list of five names a few months ago. I wait to see if it’s possible to have one of these players.”

‘This game gave me nothing at all’

eric bailly, mohamed salah

Mourinho warned at the start of his side’s pre-season trip to the United States that his team could suffer some bad defeats.

Andreas Pereira’s fine free-kick cancelled out Sadio Mane’s penalty in the first half of their latest fixture, but Liverpool ran out winners as Daniel Sturridge, Sheyi Ojo and Xherdan Shaqiri found the target for Jurgen Klopp’s side.

This was United’s first loss of their tour, although Mourinho pointed out the vast majority of the players on show will not be part of his plans for the season ahead.

He said: “This is not even 30% of my squad. What about Paul Pogba, Marouane Fellaini, Marcus Rashford, Jesse Lingard, Nemanja Matic and Antonio Valencia? This is our squad.”

Mourinho revealed defender Eric Bailly was not due to play but stepped in because of Chris Smalling’s withdrawal with an injury sustained in the warm-up.

The United manager said: “Eric just felt it wasn’t fair to the other guys to throw another kid on the pitch.

“We are trying to play these matches as best we can and to avoid ugly defeats but this one gave me nothing at all.”

‘The referee thought it was baseball’

jose mourinho, alexis sanchez

In front of a crowd of 101,254 at Michigan Stadium – the biggest in the United States – two penalties contributed to United’s defeat.

Mourinho was furious at the first, in particular, and spoke at length to the referee to explain his frustration.

He said: “The referees came by mistake. They were called by the baseball federation and thought it was baseball but found out it was soccer.

“The atmosphere in the stadium was good but if I was them I wouldn’t come. I wouldn’t spend my money to see these teams.”

Tickets for the match started at £58.

Mourinho denies Sanchez is unhappy

In a team lacking key senior figures, one established name who did start was Alexis Sanchez.

But the Chilean cut a frustrated figure throughout, repeatedly complaining about poor distribution.

Mourinho, though, denied Sanchez is unhappy.

“Alexis is the only attacking player we have,” said the United manager. “We don’t have wingers or strikers. He is the only one who is here and he is trying his best with the frustration of someone who wants more.”

United complete their five-match tour against Real Madrid in Miami on Tuesday.

From the squad that started the trip, Mourinho has lost Valencia and Nemanja Matic to injury, while Anthony Martial has returned home for the birth of his child.

Speaking about Valencia, Mourinho told MUTV: “Antonio came from holiday, I think too much holiday for him, his condition was not good when he was back.”