England’s under-performing batsmen have been warned by head coach Trevor Bayliss they will come under the microscope at Tuesday’s selection meeting for the third Investec Ashes Test. After winning the first Test in Cardiff, England’s bubble was burst in remarkable fashion with Australia claiming a 405-run victory at Lord’s in the second Test on Sunday to level the series (Sky Sports).
Irish amateur Paul Dunne said he was enjoying the ‘surreal’ feeling of leading The Open as he prepared to chase golfing history today at St Andrews (BBC Sport).
Republic of Ireland midfielder James McClean has been warned about his behaviour by West Brom boss Tony Pulis after he turned his back on the British national anthem during a pre-season friendly. McClean lined up with his team-mates before the game with Charleston Battery but when ‘God Save The Queen’ started to play he turned away from the cross of St George and bowed his head while his team-mates continued facing forward (Daily Mail).
Uefa boss Michel Platini has been asked by a majority of world football chiefs to stand for the Fifa presidency. Platini is said to have had assurances of support from his own confederation, Asia, South America, plus North and Central America and the Caribbean (BBC Sport).
Three-time world surfing champion Mick Fanning is counting his lucky stars after fighting off a shark attack - and the whole encounter was broadcast live on television. The incredible TV footage shows the Australian in the sea waiting to catch his first wave in the final of the J-Bay Open in Jeffreys Bay, South Africa, when a shark fin appeared behind him (Sky Sports).
Formula One driver Jules Bianchi’s funeral will be held in his home city of Nice on Tuesday. The 25-year-old died on Friday night following the injuries he sustained in a crash at the Japanese Grand Prix on October 5 (Sky Sports).