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Scotland denied historic victory by late New Zealand surge

Scotland squandered a nine-point lead in the final quarter as they missed out on a first-ever victory over New Zealand in a pulsating autumn Test at BT Murrayfiel­d as the All Blacks triumphed 31-23.

Gregor Townsend’s side looked on course for a famous triumph when they roared back from an early 14-0 deficit to claim a 23-14 advantage courtesy of a penalty try, a Darcy Graham touchdown and 11 points from the boot of the recalled Finn Russell.

But the All Blacks turned things around in the closing stages with a couple of tries from Scott Barrett and Mark Telea, while Scotland replacemen­t Jack Dempsey was in the sin-bin, enough to secure the victory.

Ings double sees Villa beat Brighton

A brace from Danny Ings helped Aston Villa end their away day blues in the Premier League at the eighth time of asking with a 2-1 victory at Brighton.

Villa’s dismissal record on the road this season contribute­d towards Steven Gerrard’s sacking last month but successor Unai Emery was able to celebrate three points on the south coast following a fine comeback.

Alexis Mac Allister fired Brighton into an early lead but the away side regrouped and claimed the spoils with Ings netting a firsthalf penalty before his deflected strike early into the second half downed Roberto De Zerbi’s men, who were denied a late penalty by VAR. PA

England cruise past Wales into Wheelchair Rugby League World Cup final

Jack Brown scored eight tries as England cruised into the final of the Wheelchair Rugby League World Cup with a convincing 125-22 victory over Wales in Sheffield.

England, led by player of the match Brown, passed triple figures for the third time in the tournament, with Seb Bechara going over four times, Joe Coyd scoring a hat-trick and Robert Hawkins, Lewis King, Nathan Collins, Declan Roberts and James Simpson also adding tries.

Wales had only managed one try in the first half courtesy of Scott-Trigg Turner, but three further efforts from Stuart Williams, Gary Preece and Alan Caron proved in vain and Preece was sin-binned late on as they were dumped out of the tournament.

After France had confirmed their place in the final with an 8440 victory over Australia earlier in the day, England made easy work to join them in the showpiece on Friday in Manchester. PA

Switzerlan­d win Billie Jean King Cup title

Switzerlan­d proved there is life after Roger Federer as their women defeated Australia in Glasgow to win the Billie Jean King Cup for the first time. Two months after Federer’s tearful farewell to tennis at the Laver Cup in London, Belinda Bencic and Jil Teichmann claimed singles victories at the Emirates Arena to break new ground for their country. Switzerlan­d had twice reached the final before, in Martina Hingis’s pomp in 1998 and last year, when they finished as runners-up to the now banned Russian Tennis Federation.

Storm Sanders again played well above her singles ranking of 237 but lost out to Teichmann in a 6-3 4-6 6-3 tussle lasting two hours and 18 minutes. Twelfth-ranked Bencic, meanwhile, has once again produced her best form in the red and white of her home country, having won singles gold and doubles silver at the Tokyo Olympics last summer. The 25-year-old went into her clash against Ajla Tomljanovi­c, who lost to Harriet Dart on Saturday, with a perfect record and was far too strong for her opponent in a 6-2 6-1 victory.

Switzerlan­d are the 12th different country to win the tournament formerly known as Fed Cup and the first new champions since Italy in 2006. PA

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