or another until now. steve smith. before we go, it's that time when we traditionally call upon you to feel nostalgic for the departure of something you haven't actually thought about for over a decade, but suddenly remember with love. this time, it's the yellow pages, which will cease publication — as a paper copy, at least — after more than 50 years. as much a metaphorfor heft and anonymity as a phonebook, the yellow pages will perhaps be most fondly remembered for the hard journalistic sleuthing of one author — a certainjr hartley. goodnight. i don't suppose you have a copy of ‘fly fishing', byjr hartley? no, we don't, no. it is rather old. i'm sorry. it's byjr hartley. no luck, dad?
never mind, there's still a few more to try. good old yellow pages. we don'tjust help with the nasty things in life, like a blocked drain, we're there for the nice things too. you do? oh, that's wonderful! er, can you keep it for me? my name? oh, yes... it'sj r hartley. hello and welcome to sportsday, i'm katherine downes. scotland deliver. they beat lithuania 3—0 in a must—win world cup qualifier. a late flurry of goals sees england beat malta 4—0, but there is plenty of room for improvement. and there are no brits left at the us open, after kyle edmund retires injured. good evening.
we start with world cup qualifiers for the home nations. scotland, england and northern ireland were all in action tonight. scotland needed to beat lithuania to keep alive their hopes of reaching the world cup in russia next year, and they rose to the challenge, while england and northern ireland also won. james burford reports. where there's a will, there's a way, and gordon strachan‘s sons of scotland certainly showed the way to russia 2018 is not over yet. a win was all that would do, and a winning performance was what the players delivered from the get go. stuart armstrong strong—armed his way to the scoresheet, the perfect start. but it got better — liverpool's new man, andy robertson, showing why some are calling him scotland's gareth bale, strachan clearly impressed. two goals to the good, how about a third? three points in the bag,
three goals, too. james mcarthur following up some quick thinking with his own sharp finish. in malta, england faced 30—degree temperatures and a resilient defence, one that eventually wilted when dele alli found harry kane. ryan bertrand's first international strike came from a full 30 yards out, before danny welbeck made a goalscoring return to the international set. there was even time for kane to get in on the act again, three goals in the last six minutes perhaps flattering england's performance somewhat. northern ireland's grip on second place in their group is now iron—like. a dominant performance in san marino, wherejosh magennis was the star of the show, scoring not once but twice, to help them go seven points clear of the next—closest side. another from the penalty spot for captain steven davis put the seal on a fantastic night for the home nations. ten goals scored, none conceded.
wales may have been surprise semi—finalists at euro 2016, but they are up against it in their qualification group. they are four points behind the top two of serbia and the republic of ireland. chris coleman's side are level on points with austria, who they face in cardiff tomorrow. none of our boys will be fazed by tomorrow night, because we've been here before. we've been in these situations where it's — we have to, and we've got to get the job done. we've been there before, and our players haven't disappointed. it's never easy, but how long were we waiting to be in this situation? years. years and years, you know? here we are again, so let's go and do it. there are now no british players left at the us open, after kyle edmund had to retire from his third—round match with a neck injury. he was two sets to one down to canadian teenager denis shapovalov.
alex gulrujani was watching. it is a walk kyle edmund has done before in new york, and one he wants to keep on making, into the latter stages of the grand slams. he made it this far 12 months ago. denis shapovalov stood in the way of another fourth—round appearance, but the exciting canadian teenager was somewhat off the mark early on, and edmund took full advantage, winning the opening set. his control on proceedings did not last much longer, shapovalov now wide awake and on form. match level. both suitably warmed up, the third set was a more intriguing affair, raw power from the canadian met with subtle touches from the britain. but, before we could settle down for a classic encounter, edmund called for the physio, a neck injury getting the better of him. he briefly returned to court but, struggling to serve, he conceded defeat. a cruel twist in a match that was so evenly poised. 2014 champion marin cilic is also out.
the croat was beaten by argentina's diego schwartzman, who came from a set down to go through to the fourth round. but petra kvitova made it through to the fourth round, as she continues her comeback from the knife attack that kept her out of action for the first six months of the year. the czech beat france's caroline garcia in straight sets. western storm have won the super league final of the women's t20, beating the southern vipers at hove. the vipers posted a total of 145—5 in their 20 overs, but rachel priest has hit a rapid 72 for the storm. and the winning runs came with this big six from stafanie taylor, giving them victory by seven wickets, with two overs to spare. after the game, vipers and former england captain charlotte edwards said it would be her last match as a professional, as she announced her retirement from the game. edwards is england's most—capped female player. she stepped away from international cricket last year, after a career spanning more than 20 years. nottinghamshire can complete
the one—day double tomorrow if they win the t20 blast at edgbaston. they have already won the 0ne—day cup this season, and face hampshire in one of the semi—finals. the winner meets either home side birmingham or glamorgan, the county who are making their first appearance at finals day since 200a. after winning the quarterfinal at home last week, just seeing the smiles on people's faces, and saw the levels ofjoy that were around, amongst our team and our squad, and then the fans, as well, and just a good buzz around cricket in wales. so, you know, i think that'll be absolutely fantastic. you know, i know the guys will be having a full crack at it. we're in a great space in the squad, and i'm sure we have a great chance. james anderson stands on the verge of history going into england's third and decisive test against west indies at lord's next week. he could become just the third
pace—bowler in history to take 500 test wickets. he needsjust three more to make it, but doesn't want the 500 to become a distraction. you know, it will be special, but it will mean nothing if we don't win the test match. you know, it was spoken a bit about before the last test, and before this series. and to be honest, it's a real sideline for me. i want to contribute to england's series and test matches, so that's what i'll be focused on next week. the rugby union season got under way tonight in explosive fashion, with gloucester scoring a last—minute try to beat defending premiership champions exeter chiefs 28—21. gloucester had a seven—point lead going into the final ten minutes of the game, but exeter came back at them. willi heinz‘s attempted clearance put his own team under pressure, and chiefs winger 0lly woodburn capitalised, going over in the corner to level the game at 21—21. but, with the game heading for a draw, jason woodward popped up in the 82nd minute of the game to snatch an opening—day victory for gloucester. the other game saw newcastle falcons hammer worcester by 35—8.
an impressive start to the pro“; season for ulster. they beat league debutants south african side the cheetahs 42—19, all black charles piutau scoring one of ulster‘s six tries, giving them a bonus—point win. two other games: munster beat treviso 34—3. edinburgh won by 20—10 at cardiff blues. after losing the challenge cup final on saturday, wigan got back to winning ways in the league, beating st helens 2a—i6 in the super eights. wigan scored two early tries, before adding a third not long after the break through anthony gelling, his sixth try of the season so far. george williams added a fourth, later one, to see wigan move just two points behind third—place hull, who they play next week. st helens are down to sixth, and look set to miss out on a semi—final spot.
castleford, who won the championship, are already into the semi—finals, and won at huddersfield 24—16. and wakefield won at salford, 43—18. it is another formula i weekend, and mercedes dominated practice today for the italian grand prix. tom clarkson in monza. this weekend's italian grand prix marks the end of the european season of the 2017 world championship, and on the evidence of everything we've seen so far here at monza, it is all about mercedes. lewis hamilton fastest in the first practice session, his team—mate valtteri bottas fastest in the second session. but it is close. ferrari's vettel third—fastest all day today, and with him leading lewis hamilton by seven points in the world championship, there is all to play for this weekend. what is that gap going to be after the race on sunday? it has been a good day for chris froome at the vuelta a espana. he still leads the race, after crashing yesterday. seventh place on stage 13 means that he keeps his 59—second lead, with eight stages to go.
he finished in the leading group, along with his nearest rival, vincenzo nibali. italy's matteo trentin took the stage win. that's all from sportsday. hi there. well, for the vast majority of us it is a dry night. i say the vast majority, there are actually some thunderstorms around, actually some thunderstorms around, a narrow line of thunderstorms forming in parts of lincolnshire, cambridgeshire and hertfordshire. across the eastern side of london, essex and kent at the moment as well. don't be surprised to hear the odd crack of thunder through the night and some flashes of lightning. apart from that it will be clearing
out and buy dawn it will turn chilly. temperatures in the countryside, getting into low single figures. the weekend starts like this. it will be a fantastic start to the day. plenty of sunshine. a weekend of two hubs and we have rain on the way to the second half of the weekend. concentrating on the sunshine, chilly start to the morning. most of us, clear blue skies. as we head through the latter pa rt skies. as we head through the latter part of the morning into the early afternoon, we will see a bit of cloud bubble up and there is a vanishingly small chance of catching a shower across vanishingly small chance of catching a shower across eastern areas vanishingly small chance of catching a shower across eastern areas of england. but the vast majority of you we are looking at a dry day on saturday. certainly for scotland, for england and wales, of sunshine. for northern ireland things will tend to cloud over as we go into the afternoon, especially across western counties, and the breeze will pick up counties, and the breeze will pick up here. you can see the extent of the sunshine, in that sunshine temperatures climbing into the high teens and low 20s, peaking at 22 degrees, just like temperatures this afternoon across london and south—east england. and there are
those tiny showers across eastern england. but as i say, a tiny chance. through saturday we lose the high pressure and sunday sees these weather fronts moving across the uk. that will bring cloud and rain through the weekend. as we go through the weekend. as we go through sunday night, that figure cloud will get in, across northern ireland and strengthening winds. by the end of saturday night that rain band will have got into western parts of england, wales and scotland. it will be a milder night. temperatures 12 to 15 degrees and evenin temperatures 12 to 15 degrees and even in the countryside it will be mild with temperatures staying in double figures. sunday, a bit of a 5°99y double figures. sunday, a bit of a soggy one. starting off on a bright note across eastern scotland, central and eastern england. the cloud and the rain will continue to gradually seep its way in as we go through the afternoon. some of the rain could be quite heavy at times,
and even behind the rain band we're left with quite a bit of cloud and sunshine. temperatures 15 to 19 celsius. so it is a weekend of two hubs. enjoy the sunshine on saturday because we will all see a spell of rain on sunday. it arrives later that they across the london area. this is bbc news. the headlines: kenyan opposition supporters celebrate, as the supreme court declared last month's election result invalid. the president says he will abide by the ruling. result invalid. the president says he will abide by the rulinglj personally he will abide by the ruling.” personally disagree with the ruling that has been made today. but i respect it. at least 11100 people have now died after heavy monsoon rains across large parts of south asia. translation: i have lost everything. i had a cow and a goat. they were both killed. my house is