Chris Froome salutes Geraint Thomas afterwards Sky assistant takes chicken jersey

Team Sky took control of the Tour de France in the high Alps with Geraint Thomas taking the yellow jersey of race leadership for the second time in his career, following a solo win at the Alpine ski station of La Rosière. However, the Welshman’s closest rival may yet prove to be his teammate and …

Gary Neville condemns ‘ridiculous’ FA affairs to advertise Wembley to Fulham owner

Gary Neville has criticised as “ridiculous” the Football Association’s plan to sell Wembley stadium for the funding of grassroots facilities, saying the money should come from the wealthy Premier League clubs or via a 25% levy on agents’ fees. The former Manchester United and England defender said that £70m more grassroots funding annually could be …

José Mourinho fears Alexis Sánchez will absence US bout afterwards acceptance issue

José Mourinho has admitted Manchester United’s preparation for the new season is “very bad” because many of his senior players are resting after the World Cup and Alexis Sánchez may miss the club’s entire US tour because of a visa matter. United are in California but Mourinho is without Sánchez, Paul Pogba, Romelu Lukaku, Marouane …

Philip Fenton allotment to training afterwards confined three-year ban

A seemingly unrepentant Philip Fenton has refused to discuss his return to horse racing, seven months after the end of a three-year ban for possession of anabolic steroids. The County Tipperary trainer will have his first runner since December 2014 when Secret Cargo lines up in a bumper race at Killarney on Thursday and will …

Autistic humans delay years for analysis in some locations of England

People with suspected autism are being forced to wait more than two years to be assessed and almost four years to receive their diagnosis, new NHS performance figures have revealed. The long delays have been criticised as “scandalous” by the former health minister Norman Lamb, who obtained the figures, and “completely unacceptable” by the National …

The Guardian appearance on who governs Britain: amidst Brexit chaos, we care to apperceive | Editorial

The political chaos in Britain is characterised by delusion. The prime minister’s blueprint for Britain to leave the European Union is apparently exactly as she wanted it, despite having been rewritten in the Commons by hard Brexiters. Emboldened aspirants to replace her – old Etonians Boris Johnson and Jacob Rees-Mogg – are outbidding each other …

How the Met Office ensures the bland active of the Open | Mark Tallentire

In a small cabin backing on to the practice green a couple of Met Office staff are yards away from most of the world’s best golfers but their time is occupied keeping abreast of atmospheric conditions and then issuing bulletins which play a huge and often underestimated part in the smooth running of the 147th …

Momentum baton calls for deselection of MPs who voted with Tories

Momentum’s national coordinator has in effect called for the deselection of four Labour MPs who voted with the Conservatives on a Brexit amendment on Tuesday night, arguing there was “no room” for them in the party. Laura Parker, leader of the pro-Corbyn pressure group, accused Kate Hoey, Frank Field, John Mann and Graham Stringer of …

Government will pay arrears to bags of account claimants

Ministers have caved in to pressure from anti-poverty campaigners and agreed to fully backdate benefit payments to ill and disabled claimants who were left thousands of pounds out of pocket as a result of a series of bureaucratic errors. A parliamentary statement by the work and pensions secretary, Esther McVey, on Wednesday said that after …