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Mutiny Festival death: Mum’s grief at losing ‘little girl’

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Image caption Georgia Jones, 18, has been named locally as one of those who died at Mutiny Festival

The mother of a teenager who died after “taking two pills” at a dance music festival has spoken of her grief at losing “her little girl”.

Georgia Jones, 18, and a 20-year-old man died following separate incidents at Mutiny Festival in Portsmouth.

Writing on Facebook, her mother Janine Milburn said she hoped her daughter’s death would deter others from “taking anything ever”.

Police have not confirmed whether drugs were involved in either of the deaths.

A Queen Alexandra Hospital spokesman said some of the people treated presented with “drug-related” symptoms. It could not confirm if all 15 illnesses were related to drugs.

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Media captionMutiny Festival safety adviser Ian Baird said organisers were liaising with police following two deaths at its site in Portsmouth

A statement on Facebook from festival organisers read: “The safety of our amazing customers has always been paramount to us and so to keep everyone safe and in respect to those who have passed, we have taken the decision not to open today.”

Earlier, the festival at King George V Playing Fields in Cosham had issued a “harm prevention alert” apparently warning about the use of drugs.

The message to festivalgoers described a “dangerous high-strength or bad-batch substance on site”.

Organisers said on social media that they were “devastated” about the deaths.

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French Open 2018: Johanna Konta loses to Yulia Putintseva in first round

Johanna Konta made 32 unforced errors against Yulia Putintseva
French Open 2018
Venue: Roland Garros, Paris Dates: 27 May-10 June
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British number one Johanna Konta’s struggles at Roland Garros continued as she lost in the French Open first round for the fourth successive year.

The 22nd seed lost 6-4 6-3 to Kazakhstan’s Yulia Putintseva.

Konta spoke positively in the build-up about her ability on the red clay, but made too many unforced errors against an opponent ranked 93rd in the world.

Heather Watson, Britain’s only other player in the women’s draw, faces France’s Oceane Dodin on Monday.

Konta pays price for unforced errors

Konta’s stock rose, along with her ranking, on the back of a wonderful grass-court season last year, in which she reached the Wimbledon semi-finals.

But she has struggled to match those heights since, reaching just one quarter-final this year, in Brisbane in January.

Although clay is the former world number four’s least favourite surface, she talked up her ability on the dirt before Sunday’s opening match and pointed to her record in French Open qualifying as an indication she can perform at Roland Garros.

This defeat, however, was less to do with the surface and more to do with her aggressive, and sometimes wild, shot-making.

Konta made 32 unforced errors, compared with just 22 winners, with another loose backhand up the line somewhat fittingly ending the match, in an hour and 24 minutes.

Konta’s exit leaves Watson on her own

Konta’s defeat leaves British number two Watson as the country’s sole representative left in the women’s draw.

The 26-year-old has endured a difficult year in terms of results, losing eight matches in a row before ending that run in Nuremberg last week.

“Relief was the overriding feeling because I’d not had a win on the WTA tour for a while,” Watson, who has dropped to 86th in the world, told BBC Sport.

“I wasn’t thinking too much about the run but the media was and from that perspective it was nice to get it off my back.

“I don’t feel like I was playing badly, just things weren’t clicking together.”

Watson has reached the French Open second round on five previous occasions, with home hope Dodin standing in the way of a sixth opening success.

The tall French player is ranked well below Watson at 133rd and has also struggled for form, winning only one WTA Tour match this season and claiming just a handful more on the ITF circuit.

Britain’s number three male player Cameron Norrie is also in action on Monday, having qualified for the main draw of a Grand Slam for the first time, and faces Germany’s Peter Gojowczyk.

Analysis

Great Britain Davis Cup captain Leon Smith on BBC Radio 5 live:

Johanna Konta will be bitterly disappointed with that performance. She gave so many free points to Putintseva, who did play well.

If you hit 32 unforced errors with only 22 winners, then that is what happens.

But I don’t see a reason why Konta can’t become a good clay-courter. She serves well on any surface, has powerful groundstrokes and moves very well. She was just too offensive against Putintseva.

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Rotherham United 2-1 Shrewsbury Town (AET)

Rotherham’s match-winner Richard Wood (left) lifts the play-off winners trophy with boss Paul Warne (right)

Rotherham United defender Richard Wood scored both goals at Wembley as they beat Shrewsbury in extra time to win promotion back to the Championship.

After David Ball’s missed first-half penalty, given for a foul by Omar Beckles, Wood headed Rotherham in front in the League One play-off final.

Alex Rodman levelled with a well-worked second-half equaliser for Shrewsbury.

But Wood stole in unmarked to meet another Joe Newell cross and steer home a 103rd-minute winner off the post.

Rotherham, relegated from the Championship just 13 months ago, had the better of the chances and were worthy winners.

And it was only a fantastic stop from Town’s on-loan Manchester United keeper Dean Henderson to deny Ryan Williams, on top of his first-half penalty save, that took the game to an extra half-hour.

Shrewsbury have now been to Wembley five times – and lost on each occasion.

Beckles struggles at set-pieces

Before Rotherham scored, Shrewsbury already had one big escape when defender Beckles wrapped his arms round Wood’s neck and gave away a ninth-minute penalty.

Henderson dived to his right, a couple of yards off his line, to parry Ball’s spot-kick.

But, having got away with a similar set-piece offence on Wood, Beckles was then found wanting again.

The Town defender allowed his man a run on Newell’s right-wing corner, and the Millers skipper got there first, headed down and the ball flew up into the top left corner, beyond the despairing Henderson.

Shrewsbury tried to respond and from Jon Nolan’s left-wing cross, a flicked header flew just wide from Carlton Morris, who then flashed a dangerous low right-wing delivery across the face at the start of the second half.

The signs of hope finally materialised into an equaliser on 58 minutes when Town levelled with a glorious training ground routine.

Shaun Whalley played a low free-kick into Mat Sadler, who zigzagged a first-time pass back across to Rodman – and the big winger got enough on the ball to bundle it over the line for his ninth goal of the season.

Rotherham still looked the more likely winners as Caolan Lavery twice got in behind, only to waste both openings, Michael Smith was too clumsy trying to dance round Henderson and the Town keeper brilliantly turned aside the dribbling Williams’ right-foot curler.

In extra time, Paul Warne’s side were the stronger and Wood, who had also scored in the semi-final win over Scunthorpe, stole in at the back unattended to turn in his seventh and most important goal of the season.

Rotherham captain Richard Wood (right) watches his second goal go in off the post

Low crowd at Wembley

One big disappointment was the size of the crowd at Wembley.

The 26,218 crowd made it comfortably the lowest third-tier final attendance since the first one was held between Tranmere and Notts County in 1990, when there were 29,252 at the old national stadium.

In the 27 finals that followed, none had ever previously dipped below an attendance of 30,000.

Just seven weeks on from losing in the EFL Trophy final to League Two side Lincoln City, in front of fewer travelling fans, Shrewsbury’s supporters can be forgiven for feeling a sense of disillusionment.

And it was a bitter-sweet experience for Town boss Paul Hurst, who won here with Rotherham against Shrewsbury in the 1996 Football League Trophy final – and is still good friends with Millers manager Warne, his former team-mate.

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Chris Froome wins Giro d’Italia to claim historic Grand Tour treble

Chris Froome toasted victory with Team Sky general manager David Brailsford

Team Sky’s Chris Froome became the first Briton to win the Giro d’Italia as he coasted home in Sunday’s processional stage in Rome.

The 33-year-old is the seventh man to complete a Grand Tour hat-trick after adding Italian success to the 2017 Vuelta and four Tour de France wins.

“For any cyclist this is the dream to have all three leaders jerseys in the 10 months,” Froome told Eurosport.

“To have finally won this race, I can’t quite believe it myself.”

Froome finished 46 seconds ahead of Dutch defending champion Tom Dumoulin in the overall standings.

His victory echoes that of Welsh Olympic gold medallist Nicole Cooke, who won the women’s equivalent – the Giro Rosa – in 2004.

Froome and Tom Dumoulin rode side by side in the early stages of the day

Britain’s Simon Yates, who led for most of the race and claimed three stage wins, finished 22nd in the general classification, with Ireland’s Sam Bennett claiming the sprint finish for a third stage win of his own.

Froome rode a customised pink bike into the Italian capital

Froome’s triumph also means he is only the third man, after legendary pair Eddy Merckx and Bernard Hinault, to hold cycling’s three most prestigious stage races at the same time.

The traditional leisurely pace of the final stage dropped even lower as the peloton, unimpressed by the route over Rome’s historic cobbles, succeeded in getting the stage neutralised for general classification purposes.

Riders only needed to complete the 115km, 10-lap, loop of the city centre to maintain their place in the overall standings.

How the race was won

The stage was a sedate end to a dramatic campaign for Froome.

Even before the action had started properly, Team Sky’s lead rider had skidded out on a reconnaissance lap during the curtain-raising time trial stage in Jerusalem before another crash on stage eight.

For the majority of the race he seemed to have faded out of contention, slipping out of the general classification top 10 and nearly five minutes off the pace.

Grand Tour victories
Eddy Merckx 11
Bernard Hinault 10
Jacques Anquetil 8
Fausto Coppi 7
Miguel Indurain 7
Alberto Contador 7
Chris Froome 6

Froome admitted that victory was “unlikely” after losing time on the leaders in stage nine. According to Team Sky boss David Brailsford, the Briton came close to abandoning the race altogether.

But Froome continued chasing and produced an extraordinary performance on Friday’s gruelling 19th stage as Sky abandoned their usual tightly controlled tactics in an all-or-nothing gamble for the pink jersey.

After foiling Dumoulin’s bid for glory on Saturday with another strong ride on Saturday, Froome was assured his champagne-soaked ride into the Italian capital.

Will it last?

Froome’s victory comes as he awaits a doping verdict that could force another rewriting of the record books.

In December a leaked report revealed he had exceeded the permitted levels of salbutamol – an asthma medication that could potentially affect muscle mass – during his win in the Vuelta three months earlier.

With cycling’s governing body – the UCI – still investigating and Froome denying any wrongdoing, he has raced on.

Froome has been questioned frequently about his use of the drug, with his win on stage 19 being compared to the rides produced by confessed doper Floyd Landis.

Chris Froome expects to win anti-doping case

“I can understand the parallels and comparisons being drawn by some people but I have every confidence it will stand,” said Froome.

He has encountered hostility from some spectators during the Giro, with one apparently spitting at him on Saturday’s penultimate stage after another brandished a giant inflatable inhaler at him the day before.

Stage 21 result

1. Sam Bennett (Ire/BORA) 2hrs 50mins 49secs

2. Elia Viviani (Ita/Quick-Step) Same time

3. Jempy Drücker (Lux/BMC) Same time

4. Baptiste Planckaert (Bel/Katusha) Same time

5. Manuel Belletti (Ital/Androni) Same time

6. Sacha Modolo (Ita/EF) Same time

7. Niccolò Bonifazio (Ital/Merida) Same time

8. Clément Venturini (Fra/AG2R) Same time

9. Paolo Simion (Ita/Bardiani) Same time

10. Fabio Sabatini (Ita/Quick-Step) Same time

Overall standings:

1. Chris Froome (GB/Team Sky) 86hrs 11mins 50secs

2. Tom Dumoulin (Ned/Team Sunweb) +46secs

3. Miguel Angel Lopez (Col/Astana Pro Team) +4mins 57secs

4. Richard Carapaz (Ecu/Movistar Team) +5mins 44secs

5. Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita/Bahrain-Merida) +8mins 3secs

6. Pello Bilbao (Spa/Astana Pro Team) +11mins 50secs

7. Patrick Konrad (Aut/Bora-Hansgrohe) +13mins 01secs

8. George Bennett (Nzl/Team Lotto NL-Jumbo) +13mins 17secs

9. Sam Oomen (Ned/Team Sunweb) +14mins 18secs

10. Davide Formolo (Ita/Bora) +15mins 16secs

Selected other:

22. Simon Yates (GB/Mitchelton-Scott) +1hr 15mins 11secs

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Arlene Foster: Irish abortion vote has no impact on NI law

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Image caption Attention has turned to Northern Ireland after the Republic of Ireland voted overwhelming in favour of overturning the country’s abortion ban

The result of Ireland’s abortion referendum has no impact on the law in Northern Ireland, the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) leader has said.

Arlene Foster said the legislation governing abortion is a devolved matter.

She said it was for the Northern Ireland Assembly to debate such issues.

A number of senior Conservative MPs have called for NI’s abortion law to be reformed after Friday’s historic referendum.

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Mrs Foster, whose party is propping up Theresa May’s minority government, said a referendum was held in the Republic of Ireland because of the constitutional prohibition that existed there.

She said no such constitutional bar exists in Northern Ireland.

“Friday’s referendum has no impact upon the law in Northern Ireland, but we obviously take note of issues impacting upon our nearest neighbour,” Mrs Foster said in a statement.

“The legislation governing abortion is a devolved matter and it is for the Northern Ireland Assembly to debate and decide such issues.”

Image caption DUP leader Arlene Foster says the referendum in the Republic of Ireland has no impact on the law in Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland has been without a devolved government for almost 18 months, and several rounds of talks between the DUP and Sinn Féin have ended in failure.

Dr Sarah Wollaston, chair of Westminster’s health committee, said women in Northern Ireland should have the same rights as other UK residents.

Northern Ireland’s abortion law is more restrictive than the rest of the UK.

Downing Street is understood to believe that any reform “is an issue for Northern Ireland”.

Prime Minister Theresa May is facing pressure to act after Ireland voted to end its abortion ban in Friday’s referendum.

But a Downing Street source said it showed “one of the important reasons we need a functioning executive back up and running”.

Northern Ireland has been without a government since January 2017, after a power-sharing deal between the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) and Sinn Féin collapsed.

Mrs May tweeted on Sunday: “The Irish Referendum yesterday was an impressive show of democracy which delivered a clear and unambiguous result. I congratulate the Irish people on their decision and all of #Together4Yes on their successful campaign.” – PM @theresa_may #repealedthe8th”

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Mrs May’s major headache

By Jayne McCormack, BBC News NI political reporter

At Saturday’s results announcement in Dublin Castle, Sinn Féin’s Mary-Lou McDonald and Michelle O’Neill held up a sign saying: “The north is next”.

But the other main party in Northern Ireland, the DUP will be fiercely opposing moves from Westminster or elsewhere to bring about change.

The party has deep religious roots and has always said that any relaxation in NI’s laws could bring about abortion on demand. It has many supporters who feel the same.

Nonetheless, the issue is out of Stormont’s hands due to the continuing stalemate – and pro-choice campaigners will be focusing their fight at Westminster, which presents a major headache for the prime minister.

Theresa May will have to walk yet another political tightrope.

She won’t want to upset the DUP and risk her parliamentary majority – especially at such a crucial time in the Brexit negotiations – but the growing pressure from within her own party and across Parliament on this issue means she will have to do something.

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Speaking on BBC Radio 5 live’s Pienaar’s Politics programme, Dr Wollaston said she and other MPs in favour of abortion reform would put forward an amendment on the issue to Westminster’s Domestic Violence Bill.

However, she said she was not sure if the amendment would be accepted for debate as abortion would normally be a devolved issue for Stormont to decide on.

The Women and Equalities minister Penny Mordaunt, and her predecessors Amber Rudd, Justine Greening, Nicky Morgan and Maria Miller, have also called for reform of Northern Ireland’s abortion laws.

Liberal Democrat leader Sir Vince Cable has said Mrs May should take advantage of the current lack of a devolved administration and push for reform from Westminster.

“The position in Northern Ireland is now highly anomalous and I think, probably, action will now have to be taken,” he said.

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Image caption Emotions ran high during the referendum campaign in Ireland

Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald said she did not want Westminster to legislate for abortions in Northern Ireland, but she argued that Irish law should apply to women from Northern Ireland.

“I couldn’t envisage a situation where women from the north would be precluded from accessing services here in the south,” she said.

Northern Ireland’s abortion rules

Currently, a termination is only permitted in Northern Ireland if a woman’s life is at risk or if there is a risk of permanent and serious damage to her mental or physical health.

Rape, incest and fatal foetal abnormalities are not circumstances in which an abortion can be performed legally.

A fatal foetal abnormality diagnosis means doctors believe an unborn child has a terminal condition and will die in the womb or shortly after birth.

However, anti-abortion campaigners argue that doctors cannot accurately predict death, saying that terminally-ill babies “can and do defy the odds”.

There is no restriction on travelling outside Northern Ireland to seek a legal termination in another jurisdiction.

Last year, the Westminster government introduced measures to help women from Northern Ireland access free NHS abortions in England.

Why are Northern Ireland’s abortion laws different?

Anti-abortion group Precious Life said the result of the Republic of Ireland’s abortion referendum marked the “most tragic day in Irish history”.

Bernadette Smyth said the result would only “spur on” anti-abortion activists to step up their battle to protect the unborn north of the Irish border,

“Northern Ireland is now the beacon of hope to the pro-life movement around the world,” she said.

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World Cup 2018: Mohamed Salah ‘confident’ of playing for Egypt despite Champions League final injury

Salah scored 44 goals for Liverpool last season

Liverpool and Egypt forward Mohamed Salah says he is “confident” of playing in the World Cup after suffering a shoulder injury in the Champions League final defeat by Real Madrid.

Salah, 25, left the pitch in Kiev in tears after a first-half challenge with Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos.

“Your love and support will give me the strength I need,” said Salah.

Egypt play their first game of the World Cup in Russia on 15 June against Uruguay in Yekaterinburg.

After the game in Kiev, Reds boss Jurgen Klopp described the injury as “really serious” and it did not “look good” on the Liverpool website.

But the Egyptian FA tweeted that Salah’s X-ray showed he had a “sprain in the shoulder ligaments” and that it was “optimistic” he would be fit for Russia.

Salah, who scored 44 goals for his club last season, tried to carry on after the tangle with Ramos in the 26th minute.

However, he was forced to leave the pitch a few minutes later and was replaced by Adam Lallana.

Mohamed Salah tweeted on Sunday after he and his team-mate returned to England

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Monaco Grand Prix: Daniel Ricciardo fends off Sebastian Vettel for victory

Daniel Ricciardo drove a masterful race to fend off Sebastian Vettel’s Ferrari and win the Monaco Grand Prix in a stricken Red Bull.

The Australian dominated the weekend and led from pole but shortly after his only pit stop suffered a power loss at one-third distance.

Ricciardo managed to hold off Vettel for the remaining 59 laps, as Lewis Hamilton took third in his Mercedes.

The result means Hamilton leads Vettel by 14 points in the championship.

Ricciardo moves into third place, 38 points adrift.

Taking the plunge: Ricciardo celebrates with a theatrical dive into Red Bull’s rooftop swimming pool

Redemption for Ricciardo

Ricciardo had said in the build-up to the race that he felt Monaco owed him a win, following the pit-stop bungle that cost him victory in 2016, but admitted he would have to “earn it”.

His words turned out truer than he could have imagined at the time, as a race that had looked to be turning into a relatively easy cruise suddenly became filled with jeopardy.

“Two years later I finally feel like redemption has arrived,” Ricciardo said.

“We had a lot to deal with during the race. I felt loss of power and I thought the race was done. I got home just using six gears. Thanks to the team I got it back.

“There were a few doubts getting it to the end of the race but we won Monaco.”

As if nursing a poorly car to victory was not enough, Ricciardo even managed to persuade Princess Charlene of Monaco to drink some bubbly on the podium

Ricciardo led away from pole, fending off the faster-starting Vettel, and controlled the opening part of the race, making his first pit stop on lap 17, to cover the German’s stop a lap before.

With all drivers managing their tyres, and lapping seconds off the limit to ensure they needed to do only one stop, the race seemed already settled.

But then Ricciardo came on the radio complaining of a lack of power. The team said they could see what the problem was – but did not say to avoid rivals finding out – and told him it would not improve.

It turns out he lost the MGU-K – the part of the hybrid system that recovers energy from the rear axle and redeploys it. Team boss Christian Horner said it cost him 2.5 seconds a lap and 25% of engine power, or about 225bhp.

Ricciardo had held a three-second lead after the pit stops, but now had Vettel right behind him and knew he faced a difficult, exhausting race managing the engine problem while ensuring the German did not get close enough to try a pass.

He was helped by the arguably ridiculous situation of drivers lapping four or five seconds off their potential maximum pace to ensure their tyres lasted.

This was the case throughout the race, whether drivers were on the fragile hyper-soft qualifying tyres, or on the two harder options, the super-soft and ultra-soft.

As such, the race provided uncomfortable memories of the first six years of Pirelli’s tenure in F1, before it was asked to provide more raceable tyres to enable drivers to push harder in the faster, more demanding cars that were introduced in 2018.

Ricciardo was one of the drivers centrally involved in forcing that to happen, but he will not care about it right now, after finally taking a well-deserved and overdue win at the most prestigious event of the year.

“I don’t know how you did that,” engineer Simon Rennie said to Ricciardo in congratulating him over the radio on the slowing-down lap.

Sebastian Vettel was never far from the rear win of Daniel Ricciardo’s car throughout the race, but was unable to find a way past

Horner said: “You have done an amazing job today. That is right up there with what Schumacher did… and it is payback for 2016.”

Horner was referring to Michael Schumacher’s drive in the 1994 Spanish Grand Prix, when the German finished second for Benetton with only fifth gear.

Vettel, knowing overtaking was all but impossible, followed in his former Red Bull team-mate’s wheel tracks until dropping back in the final five laps or so when his tyres ran out of grip.

Hamilton, who for a time was wrongly concerned the ultra-soft tyres fitted at his pit stop would not make the end, will probably look at the race as relatively successful damage limitation on a weekend Mercedes always expected to be difficult.

The second Ferrari and Mercedes of Kimi Raikkonen and Valtteri Bottas took fourth and fifth.

Up there with Schuey? Red Bull team boss Christian Horner drew parallels between Ricciardo’s drive and Michael Schumacher’s second place at the 1994 Spanish GP

Alonso’s first retirement

Best of the rest was Force India’s Esteban Ocon, converting an excellent sixth on the grid into the same place as the finish but at the same demonstrating the extent of pace management at the front by moving on to the tail of Bottas’ Mercedes in the closing laps.

Toro Rosso’s Pierre Gasly benefited from McLaren driver Fernando Alonso’s first retirement of the season with a broken gearbox to take seventh.

The Frenchman, who did a remarkable 37-lap stint on the hyper-soft tyres at the start of the race, had to fend off the Renault of Nico Hulkenberg and Red Bull’s Max Verstappen to the end.

Verstappen drove a well-judged race to recover from his back of the grid start after a crash in practice caused him to miss qualifying. The Dutchman made a series of overtakes and balanced aggression with caution in a way he has struggled to do on so many occasions so far in his incident-strewn season.

With six laps to go, Sauber’s Charles Leclerc, running 15th, smashed into the back of Brendon Hartley’s Toro Rosso at the chicane when he suffered a brake failure, bringing out the virtual safety car, but it changed nothing about the result.

Driver of the day – Daniel Ricciardo

Only one choice this time – Ricciardo utterly owned the weekend, fastest in all practice and qualifying sessions and leading the entire race.

What’s next?

Canada – and a race very different from Monaco. Another street circuit, but a fast one, where Hamilton excels, racing is furious, overtaking common and where both Renault and Honda have major engine upgrades of which much are expected. If Renault’s lives up to expectations, Ricciardo could conceivably become a major title contender.

Ricciardo becomes just the third Australian to win the Monaco Grand Prix, after Mark Webber (2010, 2012) and Jack Brabham (1959, pictured)
Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel said of Ricciardo: “He was quicker than us, he was able to open a gap and I was never really a threat to him”
Third-placed Lewis Hamilton was not impressed with the race: “I will be shocked if anyone was awake at home while it was on, because I would have been asleep on the couch”
Sauber’s promising rookie Charles Leclerc, a Monaco native, retired from the race after losing his brakes and was clearly disappointed: “It is just a shame because it happened at my home race”
Force India’s Esteban Ocon, who finished sixth, was delighted with his performance: “When your engineer is telling you you are quickest on the track, it is probably the first time it happened this season!”

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Champions League final: Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius ‘infinitely sorry’ for mistakes

Loris Karius joined Liverpool from Bundesliga side Mainz for £4.7m in May 2016

Liverpool keeper Loris Karius says he is “infinitely sorry” after his two mistakes helped Real Madrid beat the Reds in the Champions League final.

The 24-year-old gifted Real striker Karim Benzema an easy goal for the opener in Kiev.

Karius later allowed a Gareth Bale shot to squirm in for Real’s third as the Spanish club won 3-1.

“I know I messed it up with the two mistakes and let you all down,” said a message from Karius on social media.

“Haven’t really slept until now,” he wrote the day after the match. “The scenes are still running through my head again and again.

“I’m infinitely sorry to my team-mates, for you fans, and for all the staff.

“I’d just like to turn back the time but that’s not possible. It’s even worse as we all felt that we could have beaten Real Madrid and we were in the game for a long time.

“Thank you to our unbelievable fans who came to Kiev and held my back, even after the game.

“I don’t take that for granted and once again it showed me what a big family we are. Thank you and we will come back stronger.”

I feel for him – Klopp

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp, who is still seeking his first trophy since joining Liverpool in 2015, says he feels sympathy for Karius.

“The second mistake is because of the first. It’s really difficult to get rid of the bad thoughts in your mind,” he said.

“Loris knows it, everybody knows it. That is a shame in a game like this, in a season like this.

“I feel for him. He is a fantastic boy.”

Karius was beaten by a stunning overhead volley by Wales forward Bale after Sadio Mane had cancelled out Benzema’s opener.

“Gareth Bale’s bicycle kick was unbelievable,” said Klopp.

“We did what we could and the boys tried everything but it was not the best script for us.

“Everything was great until tonight. You go to the final to win it. It was a proper chance for us and we did not take it.”

‘We win as a team and we lose as a team’

Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson refused to blame Karius’ errors for Liverpool’s third defeat in major finals under Klopp – having lost in both the League Cup and Europa League in 2016.

Their last success in a final came when they beat Cardiff City on penalties in the 2012 League Cup.

“It is not the mistakes Loris Karius made, we got to the final as a team and lose as a team,” added England midfielder Henderson.

“It is about everybody. We were not good enough on the night.

Jordan Henderson has lost four major finals since joining Liverpool from Sunderland in 2011

“I am so proud of the players and the fans who came out for us on the night.

“I hope we can carry on and get into more finals and use it going forward.

“We have to be proud of getting here. It will hurt for a while but we have to keep going.”

‘He will have to live with that for the rest of his life’

Former England goalkeeper Ray Clemence, who won the European Cup on three occasions with Liverpool between 1977 and 1981, says it will be a long summer break for Karius, who has not been named in Germany’s World Cup squad.

“He’s made two horrendous errors at vital times in the game and he has to live with that,” Clemence told BBC Radio 5 live’s Sportsweek.

“He’s got the whole summer to think about it and when you make mistakes in massive games like that they will be with you for the rest of your life, because people will remember them and keep reminding you of them.

“Everywhere he goes now away from home he is going to be reminded of it.”

Karius became Klopp’s first-choice keeper in January having previously shared the role with Simon Mignolet after joining Liverpool in May 2016.

“I don’t know the situations between Klopp and Karius. He has given him his backing and to be fair to him he has improved but he hasn’t done his case any good with what he has done,” added Clemence.

“Luckily, I have only made one in a game, but when you make two like that it is really difficult psychologically.

“What’s happened out there will stay with him for a very long time and that is going to be difficult for him and Liverpool football club.”

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Missing girl, 13, ‘travelled to Poland with mother’s friend’

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Image caption Serena Alexander-Benson left the UK on a Eurotunnel train at Folkestone, police said

A 13-year-old girl who left the UK on a Eurotunnel train may have travelled to Poland with her mother’s friend, police said.

Serena Alexander-Benson was last seen by her father leaving her home in Wimbledon at about 07:50 BST on Friday.

She was wearing her green school uniform and told him she was going to school, but did not arrive.

The girl travelled with a female friend of her mother’s – a Polish national living in London – police said.

Scotland Yard said that although Serena lives with her father in London, her mother lives in Poland.

Details of the route Serena and the woman took via Eurotunnel at Folkestone, Kent, are not being released by police.

A spokesman said: “At this stage, the priority of officers is to confirm Serena’s exact whereabouts and confirm that she is safe.

“Any potential offences will be considered in due course.”

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