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Piers Morgan urges England fans to be ‘classy and respectful’ amid ‘hypocrisy’ claims

A second added: “Two days ago he’s saying we are coming out of lockdown too soon, clearly not following his own advice. Obviously not too concerned.”

A third penned: The man who has continually criticized people without masks, not following rules, big crowds that ‘kill people’ Cheltenham in particular. Calling people covidiots for having a view or questioning anything. Tonight is football and heyho, amongst thousands of people. Where’s truth eh?”(sic) a third person remarked.

Others sent their support for England on Piers post.

The following day, the journalist returned to social media to defend his time at Wembley Stadium.

He penned: “Very happy to attend outdoor events where everyone is either fully vaccinated or has had a lateral flow test.

“Not so happy if everything gets opened up on July 19 without such requirements, and with covid cases surging so fast + many millions still unvaccinated.”

Roger Federer means business with classy French Open win over Denis Istomin

Roger Federer entered this year’s French Open having played just three matches since undergoing two knee operations in 2020 and admitting his focus was predominantly on the grasscourt season. But Federer’s presence at Roland Garros was always going to garner attention to see just how well the 20-time Grand Slam champion fares in a best-of-five match.
Against Denis Istomin, Federer may have expected more of a challenge from a player who just three years ago was ranked inside the top 35 players on the ATP Tour.

But the 34-year-old has slipped outside the top-200 in recent years and Federer has never in his career lost to a player of that ranking in a Grand Slam.

Still, there are more question marks on Federer’s fitness in this tournament than ever before and the Swiss tennis superstar has already ruled himself out of challenging for the title.

Instead, Federer admits that he’s hoping the chance to compete at Roland Garros will be the perfect way to warm up for Wimbledon this summer.

In order to give himself the best chance, Federer needs a run of games to improve his match fitness.

And he arguably looked in the best shape he has ever since making his long-awaited return from injury.

Istomin never truly challenged Federer with the 39-year-old dominating the match throughout with his effortless dropshots catching out his opponent on several occasions.

There were some occasions where Federer did appear to walk gingerly, but his confidence was none more so evident than his tweener attempt with the match all-but wrapped up in the third set.

Rolling back the years, Federer almost pulled off one of the best tweeners of his career with the ball just bouncing long of the baseline.

Federer rarely had to get out of first gear to get past Istomin and that may be a cause of frustration further down the line.

Federer knows heading into the grasscourt season that he will need to go up against tougher opposition if he’s to add to his Grand Slam tally.

But for now, he will undoubtedly be pleased with his return to the claycourts at Roland Garros.

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Ronnie O'Sullivan makes classy admission after Stephen Hendry World Championship bid dies

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Ronnie O’Sullivan admitted that Anthony McGill was the deserving winner and said that the snooker gods “have done the right thing” after he saw his bid to match Stephen Hendry’s record of seven Crucible wins made to wait at least another 12 months on Friday night.

The Rocket was dumped out of the World Snooker Championship after just two matches as the defending champion suffered a 13-12 loss, meaning he remains one triumph behind Hendry.

Having led 4-1, O’Sullivan then found himself 10-5 down after the afternoon as McGill found his rhythm and the world No 2 entered the evening session trailing by four frames.

But he rattled off six straight frames to take the lead and put the pressure on McGill, who responded at 12-11 with a stunning break of 136 – his third century of the match – to force a decider.

And after O’Sullivan missed a red in the final frame following a break of 42, the world No 16 made him pay with an 85 that sees him into the third round to face either Stuart Bingham or Jamie Jones.

McGill devastatingly lost 17-16 to Kyren Wilson in the semi-finals of this season-ending tournament last year and is bidding to better that performance after his first ever career victory over 45-year-old O’Sullivan.

But there was no soreness from the six-time world champion post-match as he gave Scotland’s McGill credit for an excellent victory in Sheffield.

O’Sullivan, who has lost all of his five ranking finals since winning the World Championship last year, told BBC Sport: “That match he lost in the semi-finals last year, he didn’t lose it because he bottled it, he was just unlucky. He deserved his victory.

“I think any snooker player watching that last year can’t begrudge Anthony McGill a world title after that.

“It’s hard to lift yourself up after something like that but I thought he handled himself fantastically well last year. Anybody else I’d probably have really been a bit sore but I think the snooker gods have done the right thing.

“I’ll lick my wounds and come back again. It’s just one of them things.”

Speaking about his warm exchange of words with McGill after his defeat was confirmed, O’Sullivan added: “You have to [be respectful]. What can you do? It’s over. The reality is I’m out of the tournament and he’s still in.

“You’ve got to wish the man the best of luck. It’d be nice to see him go on and have a good run.

McGill said of his victory: “I played so well this morning and Ronnie just played like Ronnie tonight, he played so good. I just didn’t quite step up or reply to him. He was sort of running away with it.

“I managed to flick a frame somehow to go 11 each and that stopped the rot and I’ve finished the last two frames. I missed an easy red in the second or third frame of the session tonight, I should pot it with my eyes closed and I missed it.

“After that I just couldn’t get an easy chance, Ronnie’s safety was fantastic. His safety was so good. Ronnie gave me two easy starters for the final two breaks and I held myself together well. I’m pleased about that.

“I haven’t beat him before but to be honest I can’t even remember the last time I played him. They were all early in my career. I feel like I’m a better player than when I was the times I played him before.

“I felt as though I had half a chance in the match at the start. Almost threw it away but I’m delighted to get it over the line.”

Leeds star Kalvin Phillips makes classy Marcelo Bielsa admission over England Euros hopes

Seven caps into his England career and Kalvin Phillips admits he still has to pinch himself at times. But after being singled out for praise by Gareth Southgate following England’s 2-1 win World Cup qualifier win against Poland on Wednesday night, it is looking increasingly likely he could be on the verge of one or two more this summer.
“Don’t get me wrong, the nerves are still there,” the 25-year-old Leeds United midfielder said. “Whenever I am called up or starting for England, the nerves are still there.

“Sometimes I have to pinch myself to make it feel real. I’m very happy with how the last few weeks have gone. Hopefully I can keep pushing on to get more games.

“From the first minute I stepped into the camp, everyone made me feel very welcome. Obviously there are going to be nerves when I first came. I never really knew anyone.

“These were players who were playing for big clubs in the Premier League. I just got my head down, worked hard. Throughout time, I have got more confident.”

You suspect that is not such a problem for a player who never got the call for England representative sides at a younger level and even three years ago was just an ordinary player in the Championship.

“The last World Cup I’d just moved into my first house without my mum there and I had a few of my mates around every game to watch the games,” Phillips recalled.

“It was just one of them things – it was in the summer, it was warm, you just love watching international football.

“To be here playing and to have my friends and family messaging me saying ‘I can’t believe you’re playing for England and doing all this stuff’ it’s surreal.

“Like I said before, I feel like I have to pinch myself sometimes. But it’s one of those things you’ve got to keep working hard and I’ll keep doing that.”

Marcelo Bielsa, Phillips’ Leeds manager, is the one credited with the turnaround, having turned him into a more defensive-minded midfielder.

“The manner in which we play at club level – we’ve got a lot of confidence there,” Phillips explained.
“I’m happy just to be playing for England, never mind if I was sat on the bench. I’d be happy as well.

“I want to be playing games and Gareth’s seen that and has seen that I’m capable of playing in different positions in midfield, which is a good thing as well. I’m looking forward to the next camp.”

That next camp, of course, is the one building up to the Euro 2020 finals. What if the next telephone call from Southgate is not the one Phillips wants?

He adds: “I don’t really think that way. I am not negative. What will be, will happen.

“If I don’t get a call-up, I will just keep working hard and hopefully get called up for the next one. And if I do get called up? Buzzing!”

'Incredibly happy' Roger Federer sends classy message to Dan Evans after Qatar Open win

Federer also had a word for his fans, who came out in force to support him.

“Thank you very much, I appreciate it thank you. It feels good to be back,” he added.

“I’m happy to be standing here regardless of if I won or lost, but obviously winning feels better.

“It was a great match, Dan played a good match too. He’s been a wonderful training partner with me the last two weeks, we played over 20 sets.

“It’s great fun and thank you for the people who came out.”