How Hungary’s ‘absolute unit’ became the poster boy for the anti-Pep brigade

The European Championship is fantastic for rediscovering forgotten cult heroes and finding new ones. Xherdan Shaqiri belongs in the former category as the quintessential tournament footballer, a player renowned for scoring wonder goals for Switzerland every couple of summers before fading quietly into obscurity until the next one. Martin Adam, aka the “Hungarian Viking”, is … Read more

England lucky to draw after painful lack of direction against Denmark

England 1-1 Denmark (Kane 18’ | Hjulmand 34’) DEUTSCHE BANK PARK — On a choppy pitch, England were all at sea. A draw against Denmark in their second group stage match was just enough for a vital point, but another performance that has done little to excite or entertain. England have almost certainly qualified for … Read more

Reform to gain five seats as Tories face historic defeat, MRP poll suggests

The Conservative Party is on course for its worst election result in its 200-year history, according to a respected poll, leading senior figures to question why Rishi Sunak called a snap poll. Labour would secure a majority of 200 with 425 seats, according to YouGov’s complex MRP poll – which has correctly predicted the last … Read more

Jeremy Corbyn attacks Labour for ‘strategy of austerity’

Jeremy Corbyn has accused Labour of “continuing a strategy of austerity” in the party’s general election manifesto as he branded his successor Sir Keir Starmer’s policy document a “missed opportunity”. In an interview with i following a campaign rally in the Islington North constituency on Saturday, Corbyn said the leadership of his former party had … Read more

This is Iga Swiatek’s Max Verstappen moment

Swiatek’s march to greatness has flown under the radar (Photo: Getty) ROLAND GARROS — Iga Swiatek joined an elite group of women on Saturday, all of whom have won three French Open titles in a row. Swiatek, after Justine Henin and Monica Seles, is just the third to achieve such a feat in the Open … Read more

The 17-year-old drawing Raducanu comparisons at French Open

ROLAND GARROS — Mirra Andreeva is already being called “the new Maria Sharapova” and she hasn’t even played her first grand slam quarter-final yet. That latest hurdle will be cleared on Wednesday, win or lose, and place her squarely in the frame as one of the dark horses for the Wimbledon title in a few … Read more

Tories to slash number of NHS managers to fund new GP surgeries

A future Tory government will cut back the number of NHS managers and management consultants to boost community care by building more GP surgeries and community diagnostic centres. Under the proposals, the Conservatives claim the £1.1bn plan will be paid for by dramatically scaling back the number of NHS bosses to pre-pandemic levels and imposing … Read more

Alexander Zverev and his domestic violence trial are a problem for French Open

ROLAND GARROS – Alexander Zverev has cleared the first hurdle of his French Open campaign and can now grow into the tournament after dispatching Rafael Nadal in the first round. But the German must also contend with a considerable elephant in the room, a trial for domestic violence in Berlin that is due to start … Read more

Andy Murray’s limp French Open exit was a blessing in disguise

ROLAND GARROS — There was some debate about whether Andy Murray had tears in his eyes as he left Court Philippe Chatrier on Sunday night. If he did, it could have been sadness, for what seems likely to have been his last French Open, but it could also have been embarrassment after having been, frankly, … Read more

Trump booed at Libertarian convention, but worse could follow this week

It is an odd moment in the increasingly bizarre annals of American politics, when one party’s candidate for the presidency willingly shows up to be roundly condemned and booed by supporters of another political party entirely. Odder still, it was the notoriously thin-skinned Donald Trump who actively chose to endure a drubbing on Saturday night … Read more