World Cup

England win Cricket World Cup

In an emotional and electric atmosphere at Lord's, both sides scored 241 in their 50 overs and were level on 15 when they batted for an extra over apiece.

It meant England were crowned world champions by virtue of having scored more boundary fours and sixes - 26 to New Zealand's 17 - in the entire match.

That it even got to that stage was astonishing in itself and came as a result of a barely believable conclusion at the home of cricket - the first tie in a World Cup final.

Rapinoe wins Golden Boot and Ball

The 34-year-old opened the scoring from the penalty spot as USA defeated Netherlands 2-0 in Lyon on Sunday to claim back-to-back global titles.

She finished level on six goals with team-mate Alex Morgan and England forward Ellen White but edged the Golden Boot by virtue of a better minutes-per-goal ratio.

It marked Rapinoe's first Golden Boot in her third World Cup appearance and she could not describe the feeling after the match.

"I don't know how to feel right now, it's ridiculous," she said.

Garamuts off to Japan for World Cup Qualifier

They will compete in a five nation tournament against fellow East Asia Pacific nations with the winner earning a place in the U19 50 over World Cup early next year.

Going into the event as favourites, after making eight of the last nine under age World Cups they will play four games in the round robin event against Japan, Samoa, Vanuatu and Fiji.

Their opening game will be on Sunday where they take on Fiji at the Japan Cricket Association headquarters in Sano, three hours out of Tokyo.

England have no margin for error at World Cup, warns Stokes

Host nation England are the ICC's number one team as they approach the upcoming tournament, looking to claim the trophy for the very first time.

But Stokes warned that unlike in longer series' where defeats can be rectified, England cannot afford any slip ups.

"All the nations come together over a certain period and whichever team performs best over that time gets to lift the trophy," he told Omnisport, speaking courtesy of Red Bull. "You want to be that team.

Solomons football 'devastated' after losing World Cup spot

A disciplinary committee found Chris Satu breached both the Oceania Football Confederation Disciplinary Code and regulations when he turned out for Solomon Islands at the OFC Under 16 Championships in Honiara last year.

The teenager was found to have been born prior to 1 January 2002 and has been suspended for six matches.

The Solomon Islands Football Federation has been fined and the team forfeited all five matches in which Satu participated in during the tournament.

Fiji, Samoa end 7s World Cup on sour note

Having outclassed Japan 35-10 and Argentina 43-7 enroute to the semi finals, the World Series runners-up let a half-time slip to lose 22-17 to New Zealand, the same team that denied them Commonwealth Games gold in April.

The Fijians were then denied a consolation medal after being 24-19 by South Africa in the bronze playoff.

Samoa's Sevens World Cup has finished under a cloud after an unnamed player was suspended for the final day's play.

Samoan sevens player suspended for alleged altercation

The incident arose in the tunnel after Wales' 24-19 win in San Francisco.

A statement from World Rugby said Samoa have "provisionally suspended one of their players."

"After medical assessment relating to the incident, Tom Williams was ruled out of the match against Ireland," the statement added.

The Welsh Rugby Union said no Welsh player is facing any sanctions for the incident and confirmed World Rugby will investigate the issue.

Alatasi Tupou included in Samoa's World Cup 7s squad

The 30 year old was discharged without conviction last month after pleading guilty to driving under the influence and without a licence.

Tupou was stood down for the final two World Series tournaments and, alongside La'aloi Leilua and Murphy Paulo, will make his first appearance for the Manu 7s since March.

10 of the 14-man World Cup squad have been retained from the London and Paris legs, while Gordon Langkilde has is set to make his first appearance since before the Commonwealth Games, after overcoming injury concerns.

Kenya Sevens in World Cup disarray

The decision was retaliation for a public protest against unpaid salaries last week during the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series in Paris, when national team players hid the 'Brand Kenya' logo on their shirts.

The sponsorship withdrawal has thrown the cash-strapped Kenya Rugby Union (KRU) into disarray with head coach, Innocent Simiyu being sacked and top officials going into a crisis meeting Friday to seek a new sponsor ahead of next month's World Cup.

Simiyu said it has been "a great honour" to coach Kenya's sevens team.

England can win the World Cup – Mourinho

Southgate has taken a relatively inexperienced group of players to Russia compared to previous tournaments, with Joe Hart and Jack Wilshere among the big names left out.

England face Tunisia in their opening game on Monday, with Panama and star-studded Belgium their other opponents in Group G.

But Mourinho, whose Manchester United players Jesse Lingard, Ashley Young, Phil Jones and Marcus Rashford are all in the squad, feels England have the talent to go all the way.