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Sports news roundup: Protesters storm British GP track after crash; UEFA steps up fight against racist abuse of players online and more

Below is a summary of breaking sports news.

Tennis-Watson, unbent from fourth-round defeat, is aiming for a doubles

Heather Watson broke a personal barrier by playing in the fourth round of a Grand Slam for the first time on Sunday and believes she has a lot more tennis in her by the age of 30. After the 2:6-6:4 defeat against the powerful German Jule Niemeier, the Briton said she would now put all her energy into the doubles match with her compatriot Harriet Dart.

Tennis-Federer hints at Wimbledon comeback during surprise visit

A gaping void was left at Wimbledon this week when Roger Federer’s name was absent from the men’s draw for the first time since 1998, but the tall Swiss hinted he could be back in his favorite hunting ground with a surprise appearance at the All England Club On Sunday. “This pitch has given me my biggest wins and my biggest losses. I hope I can come back again,” said a beaming Federer to the 15,000 crowd, who roared in agreement.

Cricket India far ahead despite another speedy Bairstow ton

A charged Jonny Bairstow smashed a quick 106, his third hundred in four innings, and set the stage for England’s 284 with a bang in response to India’s 416 on the third day of the rescheduled fifth Test at Edgbaston on Sunday. India reached 37-1 at the tea and an overall lead of 169 with Cheteshwar Pujara (17) and Hanuma Vihari (10) batting.

Football-UEFA steps up fight against racist slurs against players online

UEFA will launch a program to combat racist abuse of footballers online by working with social media companies to remove harmful content from platforms and raise awareness, it said on Sunday. Football’s governing body of Europe added that the programme, which will start at the European Women’s Championship from July 6-31, will work to ‘actively monitor, report and take remedial action’ for cases of online abuse.

Racing protesters storm British GP track after crash

Protesters stormed the Silverstone circuit after a massive crash on the first lap of Sunday’s British Grand Prix brought a red flag to halt the race. British police had previously said they had credible information that a group of protesters were planning to disrupt the Grand Prix.

Tennis Maria tries to stun Ostapenko and reach the Wimbledon quarter

Germany’s Tatjana Maria continued her dream Wimbledon run as she fought from a set down and saved two match points to beat former French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko 5-7 7-5 7-5 on Sunday and to reach the quarterfinals of a Grand Slam for the first time. It was the biggest career win for the mother-of-two, who returned from maternity leave just under a year ago and will play Jule Niemeier in the last eight after the German defeated Britain’s Heather Watson 6-2, 6-4.

Motorsport-Sainz takes his first F1 win in the Silverstone thriller

Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz clinched his first Formula One win on Sunday in a thrilling British Grand Prix halted by a crash on the first lap and the added chaos of a track invasion by protesters. Red Bull’s Sergio Perez was second, 3.779s back, while seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton was third at his home race for Mercedes, setting the fastest lap for a bonus point.

Tennis-Nadal goes over the top as he gives Sonego a dressing

Playing Rafael Nadal on clay is considered one of the most frustrating challenges in tennis. According to Saturday’s evidence, playing him on grass can be just as annoying – just ask Lorenzo Sonego. The Italian had boldly played up his chances of stopping the Spaniard’s attack on a rare calendar year Grand Slam, declaring: “Grass is the best surface to hit him.”

Motorsport Zhou conscious after stopping at British Grand Prix

The British Formula One Grand Prix was suspended and restarted on Sunday after Chinese driver Guanyu Zhou’s Alfa Romeo became wedged on the side between the tire barrier and safety fence in a multi-car collision on the first lap. The ruling FIA said emergency teams were quick to get Zhou out, whose car slid upside down across the track at high speed before bouncing over gravel and tipping over the shock-absorbing tire wall.

Tennis-Bouzkova grabs Garcia Streak and reaches the Wimbledon area

Unseeded Czech Marie Bouzkova snatched victory from France’s Caroline Garcia in eight games on grass in a 7-5, 6-2 win in the fourth round of Wimbledon on Sunday to reach her maiden Grand Slam quarterfinal. Since beating seventh-placed American Danielle Collins in the opening round, 23-year-old Bouzkova has been going from strength to strength in the grass court Grand Slam, where she had never progressed past the second round before.

(With agency contributions.)

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