Warrington’s fast alpha provides them with the acceptable bend at Wakefield

A commanding opening quarter from Warrington proved to be the difference in the final analysis as they strengthened their position in Super League’s top four with a narrow victory at Wakefield. Wigan and St Helens, the top two teams so far this season, have lost at Wakefield this year but there looked to be little chance …

Are humans acceptable beneath codicillary on Facebook for their news? | Paul Chadwick

When you try to imagine a media diet consisting only of retweets, random blogs or the Facebook posts of family and friends, you grasp the value of journalism created by professional media organisations. Traditional news organisations aren’t perfect, but they are not fake. Nor are they as readily manipulated as we know social media can …

Johanna Konta calls adjudicator ‘absolute joke’ afterwards defeat to Ashleigh Barty

Johanna Konta, who blew a 4-1 lead in the deciding set, was furious with the chair umpire over a poor line call and stormed off court to cool down before returning to congratulate Ashleigh Barty for winning the Nature Valley Open in Nottingham on Sunday. “This is an absolute joke. We are out here busting …

The Guardian appearance on books for all: libraries accord us ability | Editorial

There is something unique and uniquely valuable about the institution of a public library. Libraries in themselves are one of the foundations of civilisation. They enable the conversation between the living and the dead, which keeps a culture alive. We hear the voices of past authors and read back into their texts our own preoccupations; …

World Cup 2018: Brazil v Switzerland – live!

1.01pm EDT 13:01 Updated at 1.08pm EDT 12.59pm EDT 12:59 The teams Brazil (4-3-3) Alisson; Danilo, Thiago Silva, Miranda, Marcelo; Paulinho, Casemiro, Coutinho; Willian, Gabriel Jesus, Neymar. Switzerland (4-2-3-1) Sommer; Lichtsteiner, Schar, Akanji, Rodriguez; Behrami, Xhaka; Shaqiri, Dzemaili, Zuber; Seferovic. Referee Cesar Arturo Ramos (Mexico) 10.58am EDT 10:58 Preamble Never mind Nike; Brazilian football could …

Thrills, spills and abdomen trouble: a history of England’s World Cup openers

Goals from Stan Mortensen and Wilf Mannion helped England secure a comfortable victory over Chile in Rio, only for them to lose their next two matches against USA and Spain and head home early. 1954 England 4 Belgium 4 The meeting with Belgium in Basel ended in a thrilling draw after extra-time. Two goals each for …

The Guardian appearance on Yemen: our abetment lies bald | Editorial

The fig leaves covered little to start with, and withered long ago. Now the excuses for our role in Yemen’s misery have fallen away entirely. The assault on Hodeidah by the Saudi- and Emirati-led coalition can only deepen the world’s worst humanitarian crisis; 70% of the country’s imports pass through the port. Britain and France urged …

Eden Hazard in anatomy of his life, says Belgium assistant Thibaut Courtois

Eden Hazard has never looked better. That was the verdict of his clubmate Thibaut Courtois as Belgium arrived in Sochi for their opening game against Panama. Roberto Martínez, meanwhile, said that the Chelsea forward was in a “great moment” and insisted that “one on one”, he is “as good as anyone in the world”. The …

England’s Harry Kane vows to ‘show the apple what I’ve got’ in Russia

Harry Kane has vowed to showcase his talent on the world stage as he prepares to lead out England in their eagerly anticipated opening group game against Tunisia. The national captain has yet to score in a major tournament, either for the under-21s or the senior side, but intends to put memories of those toils …