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Wimbledon ovations, England v Ukraine memories and disc golf

1) England will face Ukraine in the Euro 2020 quarter-finals, which will be just their eighth meeting ever. There was a forgettable 1-1 draw in 2012 at Wembley, although it did include an incredible miss from Tom Cleverley. Wayne Rooney won a Euro 2012 clash by heading one in from all of two inches. The first meeting came in 2000 when Robbie Fowler scored from all of four inches. In 2004, David Beckham slid his goal in from about 10 inches.

2) Euro 2020 has entertained the continent for many reasons, including its array of own goals. This summer has seen nine, doubling the amount the entire history of the competition. Which has been the best so far in the tournament? Spain’s Unai Simón has set a high bar, although it goes down to Pedri in the book; Rúben Dias was clinical in front of goal; even Martin Dubravka does not know what he was trying to do; Mats Hummels got a little bit muddled against France.

3) There have been plenty of touching moments at Wimbledon. Carla Suárez Navarro was given an ovation following her loss to Ashleigh Barty in the first round. The Spaniard came back to the All England Club for a final time after recovering from cancer. Those who designed the AztraZeneca/Oxford Covid-19 vaccine were also given a huge round of applause. On the courts there has been plenty to enjoy, including Andy Murray’s draining victory over Nikoloz Basilashvili, after which he confirmed he had a wee during the match.

4) Disc golf? Disc golf! There is plenty to enjoy in this fine throw from James Conrad to take the world championships to a play-off, which he went on to win.

5) Mark Cavendish celebrated his return to the Tour de France by winning stage four. The Manx Missile was a surprise selection by Deceuninck–Quick-Step for the race and he was an emotional man after sprinting to first place in Fougères.

6) The 1970s, the decade that style forgot, had a very different aura about it, hence the British Umbrella Opening and Closing Championship, won by Donald Jones. Blue Peter got Mr Jones on the show for an interview, and of course an exhibition of high-class umbrella opening and closing.