Ted Dexter, Liverpool v Chelsea classics and Roger Federer flashbacks

1) Ted Dexter, the former England cricket captain, has died at the age of 86. “Lord Ted” was inducted into the International Cricket Couuncil hall of fame this summer: here’s their video tribute. And here’s some archive footage of Dexter batting alongside Colin Cowdrey against New Zealand, and hitting a silky 70 against West Indies at Lord’s in 1963 – plus a later clip of the captain reflecting on one of the greatest Tests.

2) Romelu Lukaku fired in a second-debut goal for Chelsea at Arsenal last weekend although the £97.5m man may find Liverpool trickier opponents on Saturday. Lukaku has only managed one goal at Anfield – in victory for West Brom in 2013 – while Mohamed Salah’s vast collection of strikes includes this bullet against Chelsea in 2019. Plenty of other memorable strikes to enjoy too in this montage of classic Liverpool-Chelsea goals. Here’s Luis García’s infamous “ghost goal” from the 2005 Champions League semi-final. But was it any more over the line than Andy Carroll’s late header when Chelsea beat the Reds in the 2011 FA Cup final?

3) The PGA Tour season comes to a conclusion next week with the Tour Championship at Atlanta’s East Lake. Bill Haas reached a sudden-death playoff in 2011 but looked as if he’d lost the chance to scoop the $11.5m jackpot after finding water on the second extra hole. But then he did this. In 2018, East Lake was the scene of Tiger Woods’s 80th PGA Tour win, five years on from his 79th. Those crowds! The congratulations came from all quarters.

4) The US Open starts on Monday, although without several big names. For those needing a Roger Federer fix after his withdrawal, here he is winning five successive US Open titles from 2004 to 2008. And for those who love “tweener” passing winners, he also pops up in this trick shots compilation. It’s always hard to compare eras but Novak Djokovic did once play John McEnroe at a US Open, although with the slight caveat that it was after he had beckoned him down from the commentary box in 2009. Djokovic, an excellent mimic, didn’t waste the opportunity to go through his repertoire of McEnroe-isms.

Serena Williams is another absentee this year, but in the opening exchanges last year she broke the record for matches won at the tournament, before extending it to 106.

5) It was this week 17 years ago when Kelly Holmes won not one but two gold medals at the Olympics in Athens. First, she powered to victory in the 800m and then, to her own wide-eyed amazement, added the 1500m a few days later. That’s some achievement, but how about a double in two sports? Here’s Kadeena Cox winning gold in cycling and athletics at the 2016 Paralympics.

6) This year’s Paralympics in Tokyo are in full swing. Here’s some of Great Britain’s best moments starring Jonnie Peacock, Ellie Simmonds and Sophie Christiansen. Meanwhile, the new WeThe15 ad campaign has arrived on the eve of the Games:

Our favourites from below the line this week

1) Last month Shirley Fry died, one of the select group of tennis players to win all four grand slam titles. Here’s some wonderful Pathé footage of her 1956 Wimbledon final victory against Angela Buxton, and of one that got away – her defeat by Maureen Connolly at the 1951 US National Championship, now better known as the US Open.

2) KEEPER! A storming selection of saves from Euro 2020.

3) Carlton and Adelaide favourite Eddie Betts is retiring after an AFL career laden with 638 goals – here’s a mesmerising round-up of some of his very best.

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