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England wrap up
victory over SA
England's Moeen Ali took a
hat-trick to wrap up a 239-run
victory over South Africa in the
third Test at The Oval.
The off-spinner had Dean El-
gar, who made 136, caught at slip,
Kagiso Rabada dismissed in the
same manner then trapped Morne
Morkel lbw on review.
Moeen finished with 4-45
as South Africa,
chasing an un-
likely 492, were
bowled out for
the series 2-1 with
only the fourth
Test at Old Trafford
That match begins
on Friday, when the
hosts will look to buck a
recent trend in home Tests
in which they have followed an
emphatic win with a heavy defeat.
Whatever happens in Manches-
ter, South Africa will not be able
to register a third successive Test
series win in England and are in
danger of losing here for the first
time since 1998.
With South Africa 252-7, Eng-
land realistically had the game won
when Moeen began his 15th over in
the hour after lunch, but that
takes nothing away
from the theatre of
played a loose
shot to edge
to Ben Stokes
and, next ball,
With the over
completed, Moeen had
to wait for the chance
of the hat-trick, and
hurried the ball into the
pads of Morkel only
for a huge appeal to
be turned down.
The review came
instantly, the crowd
at The Oval nervously watched
replays on the big screen and
then joined in with the joyous
celebration of the England
team when Morkel's fate
Moeen is only the fourth
man in Test history to seal
victory with a hat-trick and
the first for 60 years.
Lord Coe says
Bolt is a genius
Usain Bolt is a genius and has had
as big an impact on athletics as Mu-
hammad Ali did on boxing, says Lord
Sprint legend Bolt, an eight-time
Olympic gold medallist, is set to re-
tire after the World Championships in
London, which begin on Friday.
Coe likened the Jamaican to former
world heavyweight champion and one
of sport's most iconic figures Ali.
"He is the best sprinter of all time,"
said Coe, who is president of the
sport's world governing body the IAAF.
"Usain Bolt is a genius. I can't think,
other than Muhammad Ali, of anybody
that has so had an impact inside or
beyond their sport.
"You can have the Friday-night-in-
the-pub conversations about who is
best footballer or tennis player, but
there is no argument about this guy
The 30-year-old Jamaican won the
100m, 200m and 4x100m gold at the
past three Olympic Games - Beijing
2008, London 2012 and Rio 2016.
However, his unprecedented 'triple
triple' of nine gold medals was down-
graded to eight after Jamaican team-
mate Nesta Carter, part of the quartet
who won the 4x100m in Beijing, tested
positive for a banned substance. Car-
ter has appealed against the decision.
Bolt is also an 11-time World Cham-
pionship gold medallist, and has won
the 100m title three times.
"What we will miss is the personal-
ity," Coe added. "We do want athletes
"It's nice to have someone who has
a view and fills the room and fills a
stadium. You are not going to replace
Muhammad Ali, but great athletes
Coe, who won Olympic 1500m gold
in 1980 and 1984, said it would be "vir-
tuous" for both Jamaica and global
athletics to keep Bolt involved in the
sport after his retirement.
Nemanja Matic signs for Red Devils
Manchester United have
completed the signing of Ne-
manja Matic from Chelsea for
£40m on a three-year deal.
The midfielder, 28, becomes
United's third summer buy after
£31m defender Victor Lindelof from
Benfica and £75m striker Romelu
Lukaku from Everton.
United manager Jose Mourinho
described Matic as a "team play-
er" who has "everything we want
in a footballer; loyalty, consistency,
Matic said he was "delighted"
to be joining at "an exciting time".
The Serbia midfielder added:
"To work with Jose Mourinho once
again was an opportunity I couldn't
"I have enjoyed my time at Chel-
sea and would like to thank the club
and the fans for their support.
I cannot wait to meet my new
team-mates and to start training
Former Chelsea manager Mour-
inho spent £21m to sign Matic from
Benfica for a second spell at Stam-
ford Bridge in January 2014.
He had been valued at less than
£5m when he left as a makeweight
in a deal for defender David Luiz in
January 2011, two years after he first
joined the Blues in a £1.5m move
from Slovakian club MFK Kosice.
Matic scored once in 35 Premier
League appearances during Chel-
sea's title-winning 2016-17 season,
also striking spectacularly in their
FA Cup semi-final victory over Tot-
tenham in April.
His exit had been expected af-
ter the Blues signed France inter-
national Tiemoue Bakayoko, 22,
from French champions Monaco in
a reported £40m deal earlier in July.
Italian champions Juventus
were also understood to be keen
IAAF not ready to lift Russia's
suspension from athletics
LONDON---The IAAF is not ready
to lift Russia's suspension from track
and field competitions as the country
fails to fully accept the findings of an
investigation into its state-sponsored
The meeting of IAAF member asso-
ciations in London on Thursday will be
asked to maintain the ban on Russia
that was imposed in 2015 after World
Anti-Doping Agency investigator Rich-
ard McLaren exposed how failed drug
tests were covered up.
Rune Andersen, the IAAF's Russia
task force chairman, wants assuranc-
es that the McLaren report's findings
"have been properly acknowledged
and addressed, and there will be no
The Russian athletics federation
"has not yet demonstrated to the sat-
isfaction of the taskforce that it has
established a strong anti-doping culture
within its sport, or that it has created
an open environment that encourages
whistleblowing," Andersen added in a
report Monday to the IAAF Council.
Andersen acknowledged that Russia
is making progress in cleaning up its
doping culture, including "satisfactory
cooperation" with French criminal au-
thorities, but says action is still required
in key areas.
A "small number" of athletics dis-
ciplinary cases that were ongoing in
2015 remain unresolved, a "few" ath-
letes flagged up in WADA's doping in-
vestigation are yet to be interviewed,
and there are concerns about banned
coaches still working in the sport.
The only Russians competing at
the world championships in London,
which begin Friday, are those cleared
to compete as neutrals after the IAAF
assessed their history of drug testing.
The 19 athletes given exemptions
include three former world champions,
but they won't be allowed to wear na-
tional colors and the Russian anthem
won't be played if they win gold. AP
Nemanja Matic was left out of Chelsea's pre-season tour of the Far East
by manager Antonio Conte.
win over South
THIRD INVESTEC TEST, THE KIA OVAL, DAY FIVE
England 353 & 313-8 dec: Bairstow 63, Westley 59,
South Africa 175 & 252 (77.1 overs): Elgar 136, Moeen
England won by 239 runs
Usain Bolt, left, and Lord Coe share a
moment before presenting the eight-time
Olympic gold medallist with his award.
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