|Specsavers County Championship Division One, Tunbridge Wells (day three)|
|Kent 309 & 277-3: Denly 111*, Bell-Drummond 79; Pattinson 2-67|
|Nottinghamshire 267: Nash 67, Patel 52; Milnes 5-68|
|Kent (6 pts) lead Notts (5 pts) by 319 runs|
England batsman Joe Denly scored a fine unbeaten century to help put Kent in charge against winless Nottinghamshire at Tunbridge Wells.
Denly made 111 not out off 176 balls as the hosts closed day three on 277-3 in their second innings, a lead of 319.
A 152 stand with Daniel Bell-Drummond (79) took the game away from Notts.
In the morning session the visitors collapsed from 208-4 to 267 all out, with paceman Matt Milnes (5-68) taking a first five-wicket haul of his career.
Denly, who was left out of England’s World Cup squad, had only scored 44 runs in five County Championship innings as he came to the crease at 19-1.
But the 33-year-old rediscovered the form which saw him score more than 2,000 first-class runs and nine hundreds in the 2017 and 2018 campaigns, hitting 13 fours and spending more than four hours in the middle.
Bell-Drummond was also impressive in making his second half-century in 14 innings this season before he nicked James Pattinson behind.
A heavy shower ended play 11 overs early, time out of the game that may well affect Kent’s chances of winning.
Nottinghamshire, who are bottom of Division One, had begun the day hoping of a first-innings lead – but once captain Steven Mullaney was bowled by Milnes to leave them 228-5, the innings folded.
Mullaney’s side are now likely to have to bat for the majority of three sessions on Thursday to prevent a fourth loss in seven matches.
|Specsavers County Championship Division Two, Radlett|
|Middlesex 151-3 (51 overs): Robson 85*|
|Glamorgan: Yet to bat|
|Middlesex 0 pts, Glamorgan 1 pt|
Sam Robson’s season-best score of 85 not out gave Middlesex a solid start as they reached 151-3 against Glamorgan on a rain-shortened first day at Radlett.
After a lost morning, Robson looked composed in bowler-friendly cloudy conditions, with a green-tinged strip for Radlett’s first Championship game.
Despite an opening stand of 77 with Stevie Eskinazi (31), Robson’s partners looked less assured.
David Lloyd, Graham Wagg and Marchant de Lange claimed a wicket each.
The hosts did well to survive relatively unscathed after being put in to bat by Lloyd.
But Glamorgan’s seamers notched up plenty of near-misses.
Middlesex batsman Sam Robson told BBC Sport Wales:
“It was tough. They bowled well, so it was pleasing. We’re happy with where we’re at.
“We’ve played a bit here and trained here so we knew what it was like. The ground staff have done a great job here considering the weather over the last week and a half.
“There was still good value for shots, so we knew if we could hang in, there were scoring opportunities.
“I’ve not got as many as I would have liked over the last few weeks, so it was good to be back in the runs. Hopefully I can keep going.”
Glamorgan captain David Lloyd told BBC Sport Wales:
“A frustrating day, we did bowl pretty well in parts and probably deserved a couple more wickets. Another day we could have got them five or six down but it wasn’t meant to be.
“We’ll look to go bang-bang in the morning and put the pressure back on them.
“When you come to out grounds you know what to expect. It’s a lovely ground and a nice wicket.
“The lads reacted well because it might have drifted away but we got wickets. It’s a shame we couldn’t have got one more but not a bad day.”
Richard Essien, aka Magical Bones, started out breakdancing on London’s South Bank.
But as well as dancing he has a passion for magic.
After performing at gigs including Madonna’s son’s 10th birthday party, he is now travelling the world with his magic-inspired dancing act.
A barbecue on a balcony could have caused a block of flats to be engulfed by fire, according to its builders.
Twenty flats with wooden balconies were destroyed and 10 more damaged in Sunday’s fire in Barking, east London.
Residents said concerns were raised with builder Bellway Homes about potential fire hazards.
A Bellway spokesman said they it was “relieved that the fire protection measures… ensured that occupants were safely evacuated”.
The London Fire Brigade said the cause of the fire was still under investigation.
Fire investigators and scientific advisers have been at the scene carrying out “extensive investigations”, the service added.
It said: “We understand that the blaze was contained to the external envelope of the eastern elevation of the building, with initial reports suggesting that it was caused by a barbecue on a resident’s balcony.”
The Metropolitan Police said 15 to 18 families were evacuated from their homes and taken to the Thames View Community Centre, about a mile from the scene.
Following an investigation by BBC Watchdog in May, Peter Mason, chair of the Barking Reach residents’ association, said he asked Bellway Homes to review the fire risk.
In an email seen by the BBC from the firm last month, Bellway said the construction method used on the development in Scotland examined by Watchdog was different and so the Barking homes in De Pass Gardens were not affected in the same way.
More than 100 firefighters tackled the Barking blaze, which spread over six floors, for more than two hours.
A Bellway spokesman said the fire was “a very serious issue” and said it was working with all parties to establish how it happened”.
He added: “Whilst we are continuing our investigations into this matter, we are supporting London Borough of Barking and Dagenham in securing alternative temporary accommodation for affected residents and are offering our support to help remediate the damaged apartments.”
Leyton Orient manager Justin Edinburgh has died at the age of 49 – five days after suffering a cardiac arrest.
Edinburgh, who guided Orient back into the English Football League in 2018-19, had been taken to hospital on Monday.
“We are completely heartbroken by this tragedy,” Orient chairman Nigel Travis told the club’s website.
Edinburgh, who won the FA Cup as a Spurs player, managed Northampton Town, Gillingham and Newport County before moving to Orient in November 2017.
“All our thoughts and love are with the Edinburgh family and we know from the messages that have flooded into the club over the last week that the wider football world will share our sentiments,” added Travis.
“The success that Justin brought to Leyton Orient was incredible, but more importantly the impact he had on us all as a winner and a wonderful, inspirational human being will be his legacy and will stay with us forever.
“All our thoughts are with Justin’s wife Kerri and their children Charlie and Cydnie.”
Success as player and manager
After turning professional at Southend, Edinburgh – a left-back – spent a decade playing for Tottenham, making 258 appearances and winning the FA Cup in 1991 and League Cup in 1999 before moving to Portsmouth.
He became player-manager of non-league Billericay Town in 2003 before spells at Fisher Athletic and Rushden and Diamonds.
His managerial breakthrough came at Newport County, whom he led to promotion to League Two in 2013 having guided them to the FA Trophy final a year earlier.
A 23-month spell at Gillingham from January 2015 followed, before nine months at Northampton in 2016-2017.
He was appointed Orient boss in November of 2017, and led the club to 45 wins in his 82 games in charge.
Orient pay tribute to ‘amazing and inspirational’ Edinburgh
Orient striker Macauley Bonne tweeted: “There are no words to describe the loss of our gaffer, our leader & inspiration. He brought us all together – we’re eternally grateful for everything you’ve done.”
Fellow forward James Alabi said he was “absolutely broken” while defender Jamie Turley said he was: “Devastated and lost for words at the loss of this great man. It was an honour to play for him. Truly an amazing and inspirational person in all aspects.”
Defender Marvin Ekpiteta tweeted he was “lost for words” while winger James Brophy posted: “A wonderful man, who had a positive impact on everyone he met no matter how much time you’d spent with him! Never be forgotten! Thank you for everything.”
BBC London’s Orient reporter Dave Victor tweeted: “Justin Edinburgh was a man of great integrity who commanded respect.
“Justin was a winner. His passion for the game he loved, together with his ability to inspire, enabled others to achieve so much.”
‘Players adored him and journalists loved him’
BBC Sport Wales reporter Michael Pearlman, who covered Newport County for the local newspaper when Justin was manager:
It is no surprise to see such a rush from people within football paying tribute to Justin Edinburgh.
While he spent virtually his entire playing career at the top level, Edinburgh had to do it the tough way in management, starting at the bottom.
Because of his character and ability, Edinburgh thrived at Billericay, Fisher and Rushden before I encountered him when he arrived at Newport County.
Just as he did with Orient – either side of spells at Gillingham and Northampton – he took a club on its knees and made it proud again, going from relegation worries to promotion in unthinkably quick time.
Players adored him because he knew how they wanted to be treated, and we as journalists loved him because whatever the result, he was always happy to be available and accountable, happy to talk morning, noon or night. He even texted me on my wedding day.
I saw him go above and beyond in giving his time to supporters and the community time and time again and will remember him very fondly for his sense of humour, passion for football and, mainly, his dedication to his family.
His loss will be felt enormously.
Tottenham’s 1991 FA Cup winners ‘devastated’
Edinburgh was in the Spurs side that beat Nottingham Forest in the 1991 FA Cup final.
Gary Lineker, a team-mate that day and now BBC Match of the Day presenter, tweeted: “Deeply saddened to hear that Justin Edinburgh has passed away.
“He was an excellent coach and a terrific full-back who was a delight to share a dressing room with and have as a team-mate.”
Paul Stewart, who scored Spurs’ equaliser in the 1991 final said he was “gutted” while Steve Sedgley tweeted: “Devastated, A sad, sad, day, a truly great person.”
Meanwhile, former Spurs player and manager Glenn Hoddle tweeted he was “devastated” by “the very sad and tragic news”.
Tributes to ‘a true professional’ and ‘wonderful man’
Edinburgh’s former clubs were also among those to express their grief.
Southend, his first team as a player, sent their “thoughts and heartfelt condolences” to Edinburgh’s family and friends and “everyone at Leyton Orient”.
Newport County tweeted they were “saddened” by the news, while Northampton Town said: “Everyone at Northampton Town Football Club is shocked and deeply saddened.”
Gillingham tweeted: “The thoughts of everybody at Gillingham Football Club are with Justin Edinburgh’s friends, family and colleagues at Leyton Orient at this very difficult time. Such sad news. RIP Justin Edinburgh.”
League Managers’ Association chairman Howard Wilkinson said: “Justin will be remembered by all in the game as a true professional. A hard-working man who became successful as a player at the highest level of the game and turned his love of football into a lifelong career as a coach and as a manager.”
Gary Neville, who co-owns Salford City – who were beaten to the National League title by Orient – described Edinburgh as “a champion that managed a team that played with your spirit”.
Carlisle United director of football David Holdsworth said: “Justin was a close personal friend and everyone is devastated at this news.
“He was a football man through and through and an extremely professional and well-respected player and manager. Words can’t explain how sad we are and our thoughts are with his family and friends.”
An Army veteran grabbed his mother around the neck and shouted “you’re dead” years before killing a Britain’s Got Talent finalist, a court heard.
Desmond Sylva, 41, stabbed his partner Simonne Kerr more than 70 times in August 2018, the Old Bailey heard.
In March 2010 he had been charged with grievous bodily harm with intent to his mother, but the case was dropped.
Sylva has admitted manslaughter but denies murder, claiming his depression impaired his mental function.
The court has previously heard Ms Kerr, 31, was attacked at a flat in Clapham, South London, with a kitchen knife after she returned from work at Guy’s and St Thomas’s Hospital on 15 August.
In a witness statement read to the court, Mr Sylva’s mother Patricia King said in 2010 he had been staying with her and had been upset about the prospect of his then wife not returning from Germany with their child.
While she was reading a text message, Mr Sylva grabbed her round the neck saying “help help”, the court heard.
Ms King responded: “Sparrow, it’s me your mother,” and he allegedly replied: “Mother, you’re dead.”
Jurors were told he put his arm around her neck and put his fingers down her throat to stop her calling for help.
He forced her to the ground and straddled her as he continued to say “mother you’re dead”, the court heard.
Prosecutor Louise Oakley said Ms King told police she remembered “blood coming from her mouth before she passed out”.
Mr Sylva was charged in relation to the incident in March 2010, but Ms King withdrew the allegation, saying she was not willing to give evidence against her son.
Jurors have heard Iraq war veteran Mr Sylva had served in the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers between 2002 and 2012 before he was discharged on medical grounds.
The trial continues.
Protesters against Donald Trump’s UK visit have launched a talking and moving robot named the “Trump-Dumper”.
The robot, which depicts President Trump sitting on the toilet, talks in a tongue-in-cheek fashion and takes on the US President’s sometimes controversial tweets.
Its creators hope its popularity overtakes the Donald Trump baby blimp which flew over London in 2018.
British retail tycoon Sir Philip Green has been charged in the US with four counts of misdemeanour assault.
The charges come after a fitness instructor in Arizona alleged that he repeatedly touched her inappropriately.
The incidents, which Sir Philip strenuously denies, allegedly occurred at the Canyon Ranch resort in Tucson in 2016 and 2018.
Pima County Attorney’s Office said each count carries a potential sentence of up to 30 days in jail.
Sir Philip could also face a fine of up to $500 (£400) and up to a year of probation on each count, the attorney’s office said.
The complainant said in a police interview that Sir Philip had slapped her bottom.
Sir Philip’s Arcadia Group owns the High Street chains Topshop, Burton, Dorothy Perkins, Evans, Miss Selfridge, and Wallis.
A statement issued by Arcadia said: “Sir Philip strenuously denies these allegations and is disappointed that the charges have been filed in his absence and they are minor categories of misdemeanour in the United States.”
The statement said Sir Philip would be represented by his lawyer in court as he was not required to attend personally.
It added: “Contrary to previous suggestions in the media there is no allegation of any sexual assault or misconduct made by the prosecution.”
The charges against Sir Philip come as his business faces significant challenges, with nearly 50 stores due to close and MPs calling on him to use his own wealth to fund the company’s pension scheme.
He was also at the centre of controversy earlier this year when he took out an injunction barring the Daily Telegraph from reporting allegations of misconduct against him by employees, which included bullying along with sexual and racial abuse, allegations the businessman strongly denied. He later dropped the injunction.
A date for the first court hearing has been set for 19 June at Pima County Court.
A court case against four people accused of damaging an ambulance during World Cup celebrations in London last year has been dropped.
The car was taken out of service when it was damaged in Borough High Street following England’s quarter-final win over Sweden on 7 July last year.
Three men and and a woman were due to appear at Inner London Crown Court next month charged with criminal damage.
The Crown Prosecution Service confirmed they offered no evidence on the case.
The four people who will no longer face trial are:
Perry Kangyue Jian, 26, from Poplar, London; Larissa Bell, 21, from East Kilbride, South Lanarkshire; James Elton, 27, from West Hampstead, London and Scott Dennett, 25, from Thornton-Cleveleys, Lancashire.
|Saracens (23) 44|
|Tries: Maitland, Spencer, Williams, Tompkins 3 Cons: Farrell 4 Pens: Farrell 2|
|Gloucester (7) 19|
|Tries: Morgan, Dreyer, Ludlow Cons: Twelvetrees 2 Pens:|
Nick Tompkins’ second-half hat-trick helped Saracens cruise past Gloucester 44-19 and keep up their hopes of a second domestic and European double.
Ben Morgan’s second-minute try was cancelled out by scores from Sean Maitland, Ben Spencer and Liam Williams as Owen Farrell kicked eight points in an engrossing first half.
Replacement Tompkins’ treble came in the first 16 minutes after the break.
Ruan Dreyer and Lewis Ludlow got consolation tries for Gloucester.
Victory set up a final date at Twickenham next Saturday against old foes Exeter, who Saracens beat to lift the Premiership crown in both 2016 and 2018.
Gloucester looked like they could upset the form book as Morgan went over after a superb six-pass move that included a lovely reverse ball by Mark Atkinson to open up a hole in the Saracens defence.
But Mark McCall’s side showed why they are Europe’s best as they strangled Gloucester’s ambitions and pressurised them with high balls and front-foot defence.
They hit back within two minutes as Maitland gathered Farrell’s grubber kick, after Williams acrobatically kept the ball alive from the kick-off, before Spencer crossed after a brilliant 40-metre break and dummy by Maro Itoje.
Gloucester’s first half was summed up by two moments in the final 10 minutes – first Charlie Sharples’ pass after a lovely backs move was intercepted by Alex Goode when the Cherry and Whites had an overlap, and then Alex Lozowski snaffled a high kick and fed Sarries’ Wales and British and Irish Lions star Williams, who coasted into the corner.
First-half replacement Tompkins’ first score was a 40-metre dash a minute after the restart, while his second came at the end of some slick inter-passing from his team-mates and his third was from a metre out after Goode was held up on the Gloucester line.
Front-row replacement Dreyer got one try back after a lovely dummy opened up a gap under the posts while Ludlow ran in from distance following a cute Billy Twelvetrees offload.
But Saracens were not troubled as they made a fifth Premiership final in six years.
Farrell wins battle with Cipriani
The pre-match hype centred on the contest between arguably the best two fly-halves in the country as double Player of the Year Cipriani faced up against England’s first-choice Owen Farrell.
Saracens’ defence did not allow Gloucester the opportunities to get the ball into Cipriani’s hands and show his talent, while Farrell was key to his side’s first try.
Although the Saracens man did miss a number of kickable penalties, barring injury you would expect Farrell to be the one of the first men on the plane to Japan for the World Cup.
Whether Cipriani’s performance has persuaded Eddie Jones that he should join him is still in the balance.
Saracens sweat over Barritt
Saracens’ only concern from the victory was seeing skipper Brad Barritt limp off after 27 minutes.
The former England centre appeared to have a hamstring problem and would seem a major doubt for next week’s showpiece at Twickenham.
However, his replacement Tompkins proved a more than able deputy as his tries snuffed out any hope of a Cherry and Whites comeback.
“It’s devastating to lose Brad and it’s very unlikely he’ll be able to play in the final,” said Saracens director of rugby Mark McCall. “Given what he’s given the team this year, that feels very sad.
“Nick has had a phenomenal game. He’s been involved in every Premiership and European game this season. He’s been one of the players who has risen this year.”
Saracens director of rugby Mark McCall:
“I feel quite funny because the scoreline does them [Gloucester] a disservice. We need to be better against whoever we play at Twickenham next weekend.
“It’s almost perfect because we’ve won comfortably and scored some good tries, but still have a frustrated changing room.
“If we want to get the result we want [in the final], then we need to be better. The players understand that.
“For 10 minutes before half-time and 10 minutes after, we took advantage of some crucial turnovers. Our ability to recover the ball from kicks was outstanding.
“But there were other parts of the game we weren’t too happy with, so there are enough things for us to fix.”
Saracens: Goode; Williams, Lozowski, Barrett (capt), Maitland; Farrell, Spencer; Barrington, George, Koch, Skelton, Kruis, Itoje, Wray, B Vunipola.
Replacements: Gray, Adams-Hale, Judge, Isiekwe, Rhodes, Wigglesworth, Tompkins, Strettle.
Gloucester: Woodward; Sharples, Twelvetrees, Atkinson, Marshall; Cipriani, Heinz (capt); Hohneck, Marais, Balmain, Slater, Mostert, Ackermann, Kriel, Morgan.
Replacements: Sherry, Rapava Ruskin, Dreyer, Savage, Ludlow, Polledri, Vellacott, Purdy.
Referee: Luke Pearce.