Sports briefs: Updates

England beat Wales; US Open; Rugby tour

Euro 2016Football: England came back from Gareth Bale’s opener for Wales by securing a 2-1 victory thanks to a double substitution at half-time.

Roy Hodgson sent on Jamie Vardy and Daniel Sturridge and was rewarded with a goal 12 minutes into the second half and a second in the final minute of added-on time.

Wales led after Bale converted a long range free-kick but the Real Madrid star said the team could still qualify for the next stage.

A draw against Russia in their final group game should be enough for Wales to go through to the knock out stages as one of the four strongest third place teams.


Northern Ireland face a tricky task overcoming Ukraine in Lyon in order to avoid an early exit from the competition, with the world champions Germany to play next.

Today’s games


Group C

Ukraine v Northern Ireland (5pm)

Germany v Poland (8pm)


Golf: Phil Mickelson will play alongside Justin Rose and Henrik Stenson in today’s opening round of the US Open, hoping to add to his five majors and complete a Grand Slam.

Five players – Gene Sarazen, Ben Hogan, Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods and Gary Player – have won a Grand Slam in the modern era.

Masters champion Danny Willett will tee-off at Oakmont alongside 2011 winner Rory McIlroy for the first two rounds.

Lee Westwood and Luke Donald start together, while world number one and defending champion Jordan Spieth begins alongside fellow American Zach Johnson.


Rugby: Scotland prop Alasdair Dickinson said the Japanese will be hungry to avenge their defeat in the World Cup as the two sides prepare to meet in two test matches.

The Scots defeated Japan 45-10 in the World Cup pool stages last year, their only reverse in the tournament.

“We know they are coming after revenge from the World Cup, so it will be a tough one,” Dickinson said at a media conference ahead of the first match in Toyota on Saturday. They meet again in Tokyo next Saturday.

“They are very skilful players. We need to tidy up a few of our fundamentals and need to come out of the box firing.


Football:  Aberdeen have signed Hearts goalkeeper Neil Alexander on a one-year deal following the 38-year-old’s release by the Tynecastle club.

The Dons also signed Dundee United defender Callum Morris for a year and another goalkeeper in Joe Lewis, formerly of Cardiff City.


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