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we although it runs out of steam as we get into the far south—eastern quarter but tuesday, when the rain has gone through, it will be a half decent day. good luck with the meteors. you might need it. good evening. you're watching bbc news. our main headlines... 11 people have been injured in an accident outside london's natural history museum after a car mounted the pavement and struck the strains. i heard a couple of loud bangs, didn't really think much of it because you just think it is a car backfiring or something. and then there were some screens and a large crowd coming through. one person has been arrested following the accident, which led to a swift response from armed police, who sealed off the area around the museum. there are renewed fears for the future of jobs museum. there are renewed fears for the future ofjobs in belfast at museum. there are renewed fears for the future of jobs in belfast at the bombardier aircraft factory after the us government announced another increase on tariffs. in other news
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chuggers rallies are taking place across spain as tensions continue over catalonia's bid for independence. just before we go to the sport, the prime minister has tweeted, my thanks to the first responders at the incident this afternoon at the natural history museum. theresa may goes on — she also thanks the actions of members of the public for their actions at the scene and says, my thoughts are with the injured. time now for sportsday. hello and welcome to sportsday, with me, john watson and lizzie greenwood—hughes. the headlines this evening... it's grand final day at old trafford. will it prove to be the crowning moment in castleford's impressive season?
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lewis hamilton finds another level — and another pole — in sepang. scotland's world cup hopes rest on victory over slovenia — we'll assess the situation facing the rest of the home nations heading into the final match of european qualifying. also coming up in the programme... jazz carlin on jellyfish — how the british swimmer is tackling her phobia as she goes for olympic gold in the pool and in open water. and the fast feet of futsal — the british league which could bring about world cup glory. yes, hello and welcome along. so much to get through this evening. but we start with the super league grand final at old trafford, the culmination of an enthralling season. and what would be a crowning moment for either castleford or leeds. yes, 30 minutes played between two teams with contrasting fortunes in the league's showpiece occasion.
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it is leeds' tenth final, having won seven. this the first time castleford have made it this far — but they're the form team, having won the league leader's shield. tom briscoe put leeds ahead in the 12th minute. kallum watkins then thought he had scored only for the television official to say that he had not properly grounded it. leeds still lead six0. lewis hamilton says he has found another level this year, as he celebrated the 71st pole position of his career, finishing top in qualifying for tomorrow's japanese grand prix. he says he is driving better than ever, and it's hard to disagree with him — three times he broke the track record at suzuka, and as tom clarkson explains, that is an impressive feat on a tough circuit. qualifying here at suzuka is the
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highlight of the year for formula 1 drivers, because the track is narrow and undulating and juicy fast eddie only the best of the best gets the job done, and that is exactly what happened this year, as nick brett reports. the only place anybody could catch hold of lewis hamilton at suzuka was outside his car. he left everyone choking on his exhaust fumes. in the battle to keep up, va ltteri bottas fumes. in the battle to keep up, valtteri bottas came close to losing it will further back, romain g rosjea n it will further back, romain grosjean did. the frenchman's day and the first session ended early. however there was no end in sight for the misery hamilton caused his rivals, as he smashed michael schumacher‘s in 11—year—old track record three times on the way to claiming the 71st hole position of his career, but remarkably only his first in suzu ka. his career, but remarkably only his first in suzuka. i never really got great balance in the past so i was never able to do a great qualifying.
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it was great work from my engineers and great timing from all the mechanics, finally got on track and did the time. the car is crazy year, i wish you could feel it, man. sebastian vettel will move up to start in second with bottas penalised for a gearbox change. but with almost half a second between them, the german will need to use every trick in the book to catch hamilton. we will be on the front row, 50... we would have hamilton. we will be on the front row, so... we would have loved to be a bit quicker, but quite amazing around here with the new cars. a very special day. so, hamilton understandably delighted with that performance. sebastian vettel, a little bit frustrated with the pace of his ferrari. but the ferrari is expected to be a lot more competitive in the race, when the track conditions are expected to be better, because it's going to be hotter on race day here injapan. so, can vettel win this grand prix and start to close that gap on
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hamilton in the championship? that's what we're going to find out. absolutely, it's going to be fascinating. england have made sure of their place at next year's world cup. a route to russia via the playoffs remains a possibility for the rest of the home nations heading into the crucial final round of qualifying matches. the scotland squad have arrived in slovenia ahead of their match tomorrow, knowing victory will secure second spot and a playoff berth. our report chris mclaughlin is in sunny llubijana. yes, absolutely glorious weather here in the slovenian capital. scotla nd fa ns here in the slovenian capital. scotland fans here in their thousands have been soaking up the sunshine as well as some of the local beer, and you detect something which perhaps you don't often find when scotland are playing away from home, and that is optimism. when scotland are playing away from home, and that is optimismlj when scotland are playing away from home, and that is optimism. i think we can get a result. definitely, this is it. we've won our last three games, three clean sheets, and i
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think we're going to go to russia. why are you so confident?” think we're going to go to russia. why are you so confident? i don't know, i just why are you so confident? i don't know, ijust think it's our turn. it's about time. yeah, it's definitely about time, yes. so, the tea m definitely about time, yes. so, the team arrived a few hours ago, they are staying just outside the city centre. gordon strachan will speak to the media later on. remember the situation. if scotland beat slovenia here tomorrow night, they're all but guaranteed a world cup play—off place. that means home and away matches to decide whether scotland can get to the world cup for the first time in 20 years. well, despite the obvious pressure, gordon strahan cut a relxed figure in ljubljana, heading into the all—important tie. i'm enjoying the build—up at the moment. tomorrow the match day feelings come in. i would try and describe that to you but as soon as you open your eyes in the morning, somehow you know there is a game on.
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qualification in the bag, then, for england. manager gareth southgate is preparing to bring injack butland forjoe hart in goal for their final qualifier with lithuania. the bbc‘s john murray is with the squad. with qualification already confirmed, england's preparations will begin with this final group match on the artificial pitch here in vilnius against the team that will finish second bottom in this section. the england manager says he will try different things tactically. he says jack butland will start in goal rather thanjoe hart, who has begun every match during qualifying. and gareth southgate says it does have a clear strategy. the other night, we didn't perform at the level we wanted, and none of us are going to dress that up none of us are going to dress that up any differently. but the objective of qualification is now achieved, and now, the desire is, how far can we go? how can we
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improve the team? how can we look forward ? improve the team? how can we look forward? and improve the team? how can we look forward ? and that improve the team? how can we look forward? and that process starts tomorrow. we won't find out until tomorrow. we won't find out until tomorrow or the england captain will be for this match. it remains to be seen whether harry kane will be involved at all. but he has scored six goals in his last five england appearances now, and when the lithuanian coach was asked how he should deal with harry kane, he said the best way would be not to let him into the stadium at all! northern ireland are expected to field their strongest team tomorrow, despite six players being just one booking away from suspension. already guaranteed to finish second, northern ireland could be assured of a play—off place before the game, if other results go their way. and we
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have that big match to come monday, wales against republic of ireland, both at home could still get to the world cup as well. so, we have the exciting prospect of all four home nations potentially reaching the world cup finals. but what about the other teams to watch out for, or not as the case may be? i'm joined by our football reporterjohn bennett. john, let's start with group a, because the netherlands could go out tonight, the second major championship in a row they would have missed, and france will almost certainly go through? yes, the netherlands have not missed out on back—to—back major tournaments since 1986, so it is unthinkable that they might not get to the world cup, but it looks very likely at the moment. they have to win against belarus later to stand any chance. if they lose, its all over. dick advocaat is their manager, he only took over in may. they have to be belarus. as for france, looking good for them. they
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have to win against bulgaria to go back to the top of the group and have everything in their own hands, because sweden have beaten luxembourg comfortably. today bulgaria stopped france qualifying for the world cup back in 1994, so there are nerves for this great france team, packed with talent, including lots of english premiership stars. and looking at another fixture, belgium, who premiership stars. and looking at anotherfixture, belgium, who top premiership stars. and looking at another fixture, belgium, who top of theirgroup, another fixture, belgium, who top of their group, they were losing to bosnia but are now leading them 4—3. and this is significant, because bosnia are currently second in that group and they were the lowest team in terms of points channel 4 teams like wales and scotland, who want to be finishing second, they need to make sure that they are one of the eight teams who go into the play—offs? yeah, one team which finishes second will miss out on the
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play—offs, and i the moment that tea m play—offs, and i the moment that team would be bosnia. so, wales, scotla nd team would be bosnia. so, wales, scotland and northern ireland want bosnia to lose this game against belgium. forget belgian, they're already qualified. bosnia—herzegovina losing, that is very, very good news for wales and scotla nd very, very good news for wales and scotland as well as northern ireland. chelsea ladies have maintained their excellent start to the wsl season as they beat liverpool 1—0 in kingston. liverpool did well to restrict the league leaders to just one goal, and it was a fantastic finish from norway captain maren mjelde. chelsea have now scored 13 goals in their three wins so far this season and are three points clear of second placed manchester city at the top of the table — city play at everton later. it's been a hugely exciting start to the season in rugby union's premiership. last yea r‘s champions exeter are back on top of the table tonight, after a bonus point victory over newcastle — our rugby union reporter chrisjones rounds up the day's action
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from the madjeski, starting with leicester, who beat london irish. these two sides came into this in different form. leicester dominated the early exchanges. it wasn't until early in the second half that the tigers got their second, will evans breaking away. london irish got one back. that was before the man of the moment struck again, and it is now six tries in six games for leicester wingerjonny may, who is making a strong case to return to the england side for the autumn internationals. london irish are set to be in a relegation scrap but they look to be resilient. in the final play of the game alex lewington went over to give them a potentially crucial and much deserved losing bonus point. elsewhere this afternoon, exeter got back to winning ways and back on top of the table after they halted
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newcastle's momentum at sandy park. after being humbled by sale last time out, who gloucester beat northampton at kings. that's the end of northamptonshire and is winning streak. worcester‘s labour continued as they were beaten by bat. now, the clu bs as they were beaten by bat. now, the clubs go into the first round of european fixtures. for those in the challenge cup, a chance to rest and rotate some battered squad is. but for those in the champions cup, business is about to pick up even further. johnny sexton became leinster‘s all—time leading points scorer as the hosts held off munster 23—17 in the all irish pro14 derby in the all irish pr014 derby at the aviva stadium. rory o'loughlin scored both of leinster‘s tries. the centre going over twice in the first half to make it 14—7 at the break. but it was the boot of sexton that really made the difference — the british and irish lion kicked 13 points to reach 1,234 in total for the dublin team, and break
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felipe contepomi's previous record. two other games later — benetton host the southern kings — one of the two south african teams to join the league this year — and there's an all—welsh tie, as ospreys face scarlets. the lawyer for cricketer alex hales has told the bbc that he would be surprised if alex hales faced charges over the incident outside the nightclub in bristol last month. hales was interviewed under caution by police yesterday but is not under investigation. he had been out with ben stokes, who was arrested under suspicion of causing actual bodily harm. simona halep has surged to number one in the world for the first time after reaching the china open final.the romanian defeated latvia'sjelena ostapenko 6—2, 6—4 in their semifinal. her ousting of spaniard garbine muguruza as the world's top woman player will be officially confirmed on monday when the latest rankings are released. for sure it's the best way in my
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life, the dream is true now, and all the work that i had during this year, during these years, every challenge, every desire, so i'm really ha p py challenge, every desire, so i'm really happy that i could do this. it's a magic day for me and ijust wa nt to it's a magic day for me and ijust want to enjoy it to the maximum. halep will play caroline garcia in tomorrow's decider. garcia beat petra kvitova in the other semi. garcia must win the final if she's to have a chance of replacing britain'sjohanna konta in the end of season wta finals in singapore, which is contested by the world's top eight. moment it is still —— but at the moment it is stilljohanna konta who should be in those finals. after his double gold medal winning performance at the olympics, max whitlock enjoyed some time off before only returning to competitive gymnastics for the first time since rio at this week's world championships in montreal. and he stands a good chance of yet
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more silverware, having made tonight's final in the pommel horse, in what could be the first medalfor great britain at the championships. david mcdaid is there. no medals for the british gymnasts so far but could today be the? we have max whitlock on the pommel horse and courtney tulloch in the rings. 3—2 will become in taking on the bbc red button and online. max whitlock, is it a given he will get gold today? i don't think it is a given, it is a real positivity. he has just changed his given, it is a real positivity. he hasjust changed his routine is likely to add more difficulty. i think you will find he's under a different sort pressure. it is easier to chase the champion than to stay at the top. he's obviously gone back and said, i'm going to work on my routine a little bit and add some difficulty. it is definitely not a given. you've got the olympic silver and bronze medallist as well from america, so he will have to perform
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pretty well. he was saying this week that he has felt more nervous than ever — is that a surprise to hear him say that? not really. you think about his build—up, not expected to do what he did in 2012, scooping the bronze medal, going in as favourite in 2016, and i think he has never beenin in 2016, and i think he has never been in that situation before. of course, this guy is not a robot, he's a human being, so he will feel nervous. i've talked to his coach and he said, yes, he was feeling a bit nervous. however he did pretty goodin bit nervous. however he did pretty good in qualification, so fingers crossed he's just replicate what he did a couple of days ago. courtney tulloch on the rings — he won european silver earlier in the year, how could he do? he has posted the highest difficulty. i think he's a real potential podium finisher but he has got to hit all his positions and he's got to stick the dismount. this is possibly the most closely contested final in the whole event.
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you've got world and european champions cup for him just to get into that final, that's testament to what he's done. i really hope he can just hang in there and pick up a medal. that would be so good. we can find out exactly how max whitlock and courtney tulloch get on, and it will be on the red button and on the website. two former world champions go head to head tonight in manchester with scotland's ricky burns facing anthony crolla in a lightweight clash that could produce another world title shot for the victor. no trash talking in the build up to this one. mutual respect between the two fighters as they prepare for a fight neither man can afford to lose. i look on every fight as the most important in your career, because if it goes wrong it can scupper your future plans. for the loser, you have to drop down a level, which
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none of us want to do. i don't fancy retiring just yet. but it's one of them, i know what's on the line, and i'm confident i'll come through it. chris eubankjunior is also in action tonight in his world boxing super series quarterfinal. the ibo super—middleweight champion faces avni yildirim in stuttgart. a win for eubank and he'll set up an all—british semi—final in the series against either george groves orjamie cox, who fight next week. tyrell hatton will take an five—shot lead into the final round of the alfred dunhill links in scotland. defending champion hatton was tied with compatriot tommy fleetwood overnight, but shot a fine seven under par round of 65 at kingsbarns today. his round included seven birdies, including this at the ninth — his final hole. the fourth round will be played at st andrews' famous old course tomorrow. and rory mcilory did make the cut — just. we were talking earlier about
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success in the olympics. she's won two olympic silver medals in the pool, but now jazz carlin is taking up open water swimming as well, and could compete in both at tokyo 2020. she missed this summer's world championships due to post—olympic fatigue, but she'll make her 10k debut next week. carlin has been speaking exclusively to bbc olympic sports reporter nick hope. afamiliarface in an unfamiliar place. so this is the hardest bit, jazz, yeah? yeah! jazz carlin overcame glandular fever and missing london 2012 to return with two olympic medals from rio 2016. marathon swimming could be her biggest challenge to date. people give me a strange look when i tell them i'm doing open water races. they are like, really, sure? don't you get punched in open water?! but it's exciting, new, i want to test myself and see what i can do.
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how much did you need the new challenge, do you think, going forward after what you achieved in rio? i couldn't have expected how hard it would be after rio. people talk about the olympic blues, but until you are there, you don't understand it. i didn't feel i had purpose. i had been to the olympics, what was next? my body was saying "no", i needed rest it was tough sitting out of the world championships, but it was definitely the right decision. ifeel like i have my spark back. whilst we are seeing more of jazz carolyn, over the years, she is not finished as a pool swimmer. come 2020, she will try to target both disciplines and try to make history. no female has every won medals in the swimming pool and the open water in the same olympics. you have the two olympic silver, do you dream about the gold, still?
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yeah! obviously i'm very happy with two silvers, but it's tokyo, why not go for gold, eh? carlin has consistencely conquered challenges that have come her way and is determined to succeed in all forms of swimming. i really don't like jellyfish, i really don't likejellyfish, i couldn't do that! it's the version of football that helped brazil and spain win world cups with such flair, and now the home nations are hoping futsal can do the same here. it puts the emphasis on technique and ball control in a tight space, and this week the new national men's league started, with the women's due to kick off later this month. one of the strongest teams is in birmingham and mike bushell joined them in training. from the streets of south america where it started, to sports halls across the uk, and the new national futsal league. it's the sport with a lot of soul, because there's a lot of that involved, rolling the ball with your foot. and look — the balls are much smaller and less bouncy
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than normal footballs, it's on a hard court and in a restricted area. all this means the emphasis is therefore on tight control and skills under pressure, as you can see! futsal, it's more about technical ability, awareness. all players tend to get involved in every position on the pitch. you get opportunities to do everything — attack, defend and improve your speed of though and mental strength, as well. at first, it is a bit of a shock to the system, just so much quicker than the kind of football i've been used to. you can't stop and think what you're doing with the ball, like some footballing dinosaur! futsal has been around in countries like spain, where it's professional, and south america, where it started, for 80 years, and it's credited for giving these nations' football teams the flair and the skill they're renowned for.
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pele says it was fundamental in his development. so quick! so now that the uk has finally caught on, could the new national futsal leagues help british football players eventually become as skilful as, say, the spanish? i think it's more about the culture. because we have in every school a futsal pitch or a basketball pitch, which is easier to play, rather than seven aside or 11 aside. in general it's improved me when i play football for my school or anything in general with my feet, technically everything. here in birmingham, they've found that futsal is reaching parts of the community that football has failed to do so, whether it be they feel more involved in the game, it's indoors, and later this month the birmingham wolves will start competing in the inaugural national women's futsal league. it's actually easier to recruit for futsal than football. they seem to just come in from everywhere.
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it's a great opportunity for girls like me that don't play football a lot to go out and play football. more intense, so you're doing more stuff. it's more running, more passing. you can see what this new league already means to the fans and teams, especially here at fc salisbury, celebrating an opening—day win. they travel to birmingham this weekend. as the saying goes, it really is now like watching brazil! i wonder if it might take a while before we win the world cup with that! vincenzo nibali, the 2014 tour de france winner, has won today's tour of lombardy in italy. the most dramatic scenes of the race came 40km for the finish. belgian laurens de plus somehow managed to escape serious injury after this frightening crash. the 22—year—old was taken to hospital and is ok. his team confirming that he suffered no serious injuries. a quick update on the grand final
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score, at half—time leeds are leading 7—0. batted for now. —— that's it for now. very tight the grand final, by the looks of it. there wasn't very much wrong with the weather today, but many of you had to make the most of it. overnight i think what when there has been for the most part across wales, the midlands and east anglia will gradually fade away for the most part just anglia will gradually fade away for the most partjust rain always close to the far south—west. and some ships across the northern half of the british isles. on sunday i'm
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hopeful some more of you will yet a little bit of sunshine. although the cloud will be coming in across the north—west of scotland later i —— later on. on sunday, still a lot of dry weather. on monday, more of the same. this is bbc news. i'm lukwesa burak. the headlines at 7. 11 people are injured in an accident outside london's natural history museum, after a car struck pedestrians. i heard a couple of loud bangs and did not think much of it because you think it is a car backfiring and then there were screams and a large crowd came through. police say the man has been arrested
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after the incident which they are treating as a road traffic accident. the prime minister says her thoughts are with the injured. the unite union calls on the government to step up its efforts to protectjobs, after the us hikes tariffs on aircraft made by bombardier — one of the northern ireland's largest employers. calls for unity in spain as tens of thousands demonstrate in madrid — following last weekend's disputed referendum for catalan independence. senior conservatives rally around the prime minister.
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