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points was the win­ning mar­gin for Eng­land in their Rugby League World Cup clash with France. The game fin­ished 36-6, with three tries scored within the open­ing nine min­utes. Hud­der­s­field’s Jer­maine McGil­l­vary (below) scored twice in the se­cond half. Eng­land will now play Pa­pua New Guinea in the quar­ter­fi­nals this Sun­day (19 Novem­ber).


gold medals were won by Bri­tain at the Track Cy­cling World Cup meet in Manch­ester. Emily Nel­son, Eli­nor Barker, Neah Evans and Katie Archibald (below) won the women’s team pur­suit with vic­tory over Italy. Archibald and Barker also won gold in the madi­son, and Bri­tain’s men’s team won their team pur­suit fi­nal.


tennis Fed Cups have now been won by the USA af­ter they beat Be­larus 3-2 in this year’s best-of-five fi­nal. It was the Amer­i­cans’ first win in 17 years. The dra­matic tie saw US Open cham­pion Sloane Stephens lose 4-6, 6-1, 8-6 to Ali­ak­san­dra Sas­novich, be­fore Coco Van­deweghe and Shelby Rogers beat Aryna Sa­balenka and Sas­novich 6-3, 7-6 in the de­cider.

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