Perth Scorchers’ WBBL triumph thrills but finals format fails to fire | Women’s Big Bash League

As the final of the Women’s Big Bash League rolled into town in Perth, there were no shortage of narratives at the ready. There was the Adelaide Strikers’ 26-year-old first year captain in Tahlia McGrath up against the Perth Scorchers’ 32-year-old battle-hardened captain in Sophie Devine. The momentum of the Strikers, who had won back-to-back … Read more

The 80s and 90s Cricket Show: reliving triumph and tragicomedy | Cricket

The past is a foreign country, and we could all use a holiday right now. The Guardian can’t offer an all-expenses-paid trip abroad, that would be costly and a bit weird, but we can guide you towards a happy(ish) place, where things are done very differently: English cricket at the end of the last century. … Read more

Alexander Zverev lays down marker for 2022 with ATP Finals triumph | ATP World Tour Finals

If Alexander Zverev’s performance this weekend is any indication, a lot can be expected from the world No 3 player in 2022. The German beat the top two players in consecutive matches to earn his second title at the ATP Finals. After eliminating the No 1 Novak Djokovic over three sets in the semi-finals, Zverev … Read more

The (Almost) Invincibles! Sportsmail revisits Arsenal’s turbulent title triumph 30 years on

Alan Smith climbs out of his chair and heads towards the bookshelf. He returns holding the Official History of Arsenal and dips into a crucial chapter of the club’s recent past. ‘That ’91 season seems to be forgotten,’ says defender Nigel Winterburn. ‘No one ever really mentions it, which is very weird.’ This week a … Read more

Australia’s World Cup win a surprise triumph for orthodoxy in the T20 age | Australia cricket team

Australia’s relationship with Twenty20 international cricket has always been strained. When Ricky Ponting captained the first ever match in 2005, with players in fancy dress wearing contrived nicknames on their shirts, even smoking an unbeaten 98 couldn’t stop him looking like an unimpressed cat unable to bring up a hairball. Influential people shared his disdain, … Read more

Rory McIlroy ditches Pete Cowen and reunites with coach Michael Bannon despite Las Vegas triumph

Rory McIlroy ditches swing guru Pete Cowen and reunites with childhood coach Michael Bannon despite winning the CJ Cup last month to secure his 20th PGA Tour title Rory McIlroy has returned to Michael Bannon after a six-month dalliance His relationship with coach Pete Cowen did yield two victories this year But his failure to perform … Read more

Citizen Ashe: The quiet heroism and triumph of a tennis champion | Tennis

Confidence fueled Arthur Ashe’s success in tennis. If he was confident enough, he said, he could hit the ball backwards. In 1968, he had plenty of forward momentum, going two months without losing a match. At that year’s US Open, he defeated Tom Okker to become the first Black man to win a men’s grand … Read more

England at the T20 World Cup: A dismal debut, two Holland humiliations and a sweet 2010 triumph

As England prepare for their first game in the seventh T20 World Cup against West Indies in Dubai on Saturday, Sportsmail looks back at the highs and lows in their performances in the first six tournaments. 2007 (HOSTS: SOUTH AFRICA) England had played just six games in the format before the inaugural World T20 in … Read more

Emma Raducanu suffers defeat in first appearance since US Open triumph at Indian Wells

It was as if the US Open really had been all some kind of dream, and Emma Raducanu was a hesitant newcomer making her debut at Indian Wells. The champion of New York turned out to be no queen of the desert as she was soundly beaten on her first appearance since Flushing Meadows, going … Read more

Emma Raducanu falls to defeat in first outing since US Open triumph | Emma Raducanu

Emma Raducanu’s return to the court after her sensational US Open triumph ended in defeat as she was beaten in the second round in Indian Wells. It has been 27 days since the 18-year-old stunned the world to become the queen of New York in a fairytale story, but she could not reproduce that level … Read more