hello, this is bbc news with shaun ley. the headlines: the prime minister says he would "rather be dead in a ditch" than delay brexit, but a cross—party group of mps is preparing to take legal action if he refuses to abide by a bill to delay brexit. the court's making a decision to try to make a prime minister abide by the law made by a parliament of
which he is a member. these are strange times for democracy. it's the law of the land, and he is under an obligation to obey it. if he doesn't obey it, then he can be taken to court and, if necessary, the court will issue an injunction ordering him to do it. and if he doesn't obey the injuction, he could be sent to prison. satellite images appear to show an iranian oil tanker off the syrian coast after it was previously impounded in gibraltar. the foreign office says tonight the reports are deeply troubling. the number of people killed as a result of hurricane dorian in the bahamas has risen to a3. ukrainian prisoners are united with theirfamilies following an exchange of 70 detainees with russia. it's hoped it will ease tensions between the two neighbours. thank you for your company this afternoon. we have all the latest at the top of the hour. now on bbc news, it's time for sportsday.
hello, and welcome to sportsday, with me, lizzie greenwood—hughes, and gavin ramjaun. the headlines this evening: in the ashes, england chasing 383 to win after australia declare on on the fourth test on on the fourth test at old trafford. they're on top of the world. ireland are number one in the rankings ahead of the world cup after beating wales in dublin. madness at monza. charles leclerc seals top spot at the italian grand prix, but several of the drivers failed to finish. also coming up in the programme, in football, we'll have the latest from england's european qualifier against bulgaria. and over 31,000 were at the etihad to watch the first professional women's manchester derby.
england's cricketers are giving it their all at old trafford as they try to prevent australia retaining the ashes. the aussies declared their second innings on 186—6 on the fourth day of the fourth test, knowing defeat tomorrow will mean the famous trophy stays down under. crucially for england, though, their nemesis steve smith is out. but with a lead of 382 runs, surely the best england can hope for is a draw? they have started batting and have already lost a wicket. well, let's get to the ground now where our correspondent andy swiss has been following the action. out of the corner of my eye, i see england losing rory burns. the one thing england wanted to do was get to the close of play without losing
a wicket but rory burns has gone for a wicket but rory burns has gone for a dog in the very first over. england chasing this notional target of 383 but really it is all about survival. can they survive until close of play tomorrow and get a draw? it is the worst possible start for them and i can tell you it has got even worse. joe route has been bolts of england have lost two wickets already in the opening minutes of their second innings. that tall order is looking even taller by every passing minute. —— joe route. as far as the first innings, it seemed an awful long time ago, england resumed at the start of the day looking to increase their first start of the day looking to increase theirfirst innings start of the day looking to increase their first innings total but ben stokes their first innings total but ben sto kes we nt their first innings total but ben stokes went for 26 and it really but once he went, england's hopes left with him essentially. they did at least pass the follow—on target thanks to jos least pass the follow—on target thanks tojos buttler but when he eventually was the last man out, england were all out for 301 in
their first england were all out for 301 in theirfirst innings. jos england were all out for 301 in their first innings. jos buttler the last man to go there for 41 full so that meant they trailed australia's first innings by 196. i see no way back for england at that point but their bowlers began really well. two wickets first of all for stuart broad, including a duck for david warner. brought it once again a superb display from him as he opened the bowling. after that, also two wickets forjofra archer. at one point, australia worked 114—11. at that point, if you england fans might have been daring to dream but guess who? steve smith took the game away from england. yet another brilliant performance from him, and another half—century from steve smith, wanta another half—century from steve smith, want a batting phenomenon he is. he eventually went for 82, caught by ben stokes. remarkably, 82 is steve smith's lowest score of the
entire ashes series. what an incredible statistic. he eventually went for 82 but by then, australia already out of sight. england have a tall order, 383 their target to win. they have already lost two wickets. fairto they have already lost two wickets. fair to say they will need something utterly remarkable. we know what happened at headingley. if england we re happened at headingley. if england were to survive through to the close of play tomorrow and get a draw, surely that would be even more extraordinary. i was going to ask you before we lost the two wickets was there any confidence that england could bat out today? a nice advert for it to africa and england when the world cup and everyone thinks we are wonderful but this shows this is the true test. why it is it so difficult for them to be good at the test match is and not —— be good a test to be good in the one day international? it has been an enthralling ashes series. what happened to headingley has brought it back to life after all straight when the first tested edgbaston. the
problem england have to more as we are already seeing tonight is this pitch is getting worse and worse. headingley when ben stokes played the incredible innings, though it was getting better for batting because there was bad weather at the start of the match and sunny skies it made it better for batting after the match went on. here, the pitch is getting worse. england have already had a huge challenge ahead of them before they emerged from the start of their second innings with the loss of those two early wickets, rory burns and joe root, has made their task even taller. as i say, if they can pull up a draw and this match can be will be quite extraordinary but remember if austria when this match as it looked likely to do, they will retain the ashes. thank you very much, andy. meanwhile, england's footballers are taking on bulgaria in a euro 2020 qualifier at wembley. and they're coasting. it is currently 4— 02 england.
they took the lead through this goal from harry kane after a mix—up at the back. raheem sterling made it three. there's about ten minutes left. and we'll be live at wembley at 7:30pm. well, england's opponents on tuesday, kosovo, went top of group a earlier after beating the czech republic 2—1. they went a goal down, but equalised in the first half. then it was this goal from mergim vojvoda in the 66th minute that secured the win. kosovo are currently ranked 120th in the world, the lowest ranked in their group by far, but they're the most in—form national side in europe, unbeaten in 15 matches. they have played more gains than england which is what they are top of the group at the moment. a crowd of over 31,000 people were at the etihad to watch manchester city beat manchester united on the opening day of the women's super league season. it's the first time the sides have played each other in a professional match and only the second time city's women have played at the club's main stadium. the only goal of the game came early in the second half, when city's caroline weir scooped up a poor clearance and slammed it home from around 25 yards out.
what a strike that was. united almost equalised towards the end, but jackie groenen‘s strike somehow hit the post. there were no goals in the day's other wsl match between bristol city and brighton, but plenty of drama. goalkeeper sophie baggaley saved a first—half penalty and then made many saves for bristol. brighton controlled the first half, with aileen whelan and lea la garrec threatening in a match which saw over 3000 at ashton gate. no action in the premier league this weekend due to the international break, but news from vicarage road this evening. watford have sacked their manager javi gracia and immediatley announced his successor. it's their former manager quique sanches flores. flores returns after three years following spells at espanyoyl and shanghai shenhua. gracia was sacked despite taking watford to the fa cup final last season and an 11th—placed finish in the premier league. they're now bottom of the table with a single point from their first four matches.
so, no premier league or championship action this weekend, but there was a full fixture list in the lower leagues, including an eagerly anticipated match in league one between historically linked milton keynes dons and afc wimbledon. mk dons went two up in the first half, rhys healey with their second goal. but a late wimbledon consolation wasn't enough. 2—1 to mk dons it finished. the south london club stay in the relegation zone after that defeat. full results from leagues one and two can be found on the bbc sport website. i think you are being kind they are, historically linked bitter rivals. ireland will go into the rugby world cup later this month as the number one ranked side in the rankings after beating wales 19—10 today. a win by any margin in dublin would have sealed their status, lea pfrogging new zealand. it was an emotional occasion for captain rory best, who played his final home match
and will retire after the world cup injapan. lydia campbell reports. it's rarely easy to say goodbye. just ask rory best. this is his home farewell before he retires after the world cup. and on theirfinal game before japan, the irish claimed the first points of the day. rob kearney driving over. these warm—up matches are for fine—tuning ahead of the world cup, and this was pitch perfect. leigh halfpenny added the conversion, giving wales a 10—7 lead at the break. but the second half was all about the men in green. their second try down to pure brute force. and james ryan added the third shortly after. eventually given after some discussion. and that's how it finished. the win lifting ireland to the top of the world rankings for the first time. ahead of the world cup, rory‘s side are simply the best. lydia campbell, bbc news.
world cup favourites new zealand hammered tonga 92—7 in theirfinal warm—up game before the tournament begins injapan. the all blacks were in great form as they ran in 1a tries with nine different try scorers. ryan crotty and ben smith each scored two, with george bridge leading the way with four tries. new zealand begin their quest for a third successive title against south africa in yokohama on 21 september. australia also ended their world cup preparations with a win. they beat samoa 3a points to 15, scoring six tries in sydney. dane haylett—petty and matt to'omua crossed in the last ten minutes to see the hosts home comfortably. still to come on sportsday: we look ahead to what could be a career defining us open final for serena williams at flushing meadows. and mike bushell dances down to sussex to take on his fellow strictly contestant and paralympic
table tennis champion will bailey. yeah! in my ear! that was fine! want a shot! i think we should stop there. f1 championship leader lewis hamilton was pipped to pole position at tomorrow's italian grand prix by charles leclerc, but the headlines from monza are all about the final period of qualifying, where several failed to finish before time was up. mercedes boss toto wolff said it made everyone looked like idiots after a crash sparked a bizarre game of brinkmanship between the drivers. jim lumsden has more. the third round of qualifying at monza got off to a disastrous start. after a few moments, kimi raikkonen shunted into the wall, the second time his alfa romeo went astray this weekend. charles leclerc had topped
the first qualifying, with lewis hamilton quickest in the o2. in bizarre circumstances, after round three got back under way, many of the drivers failed to make the starting time. that left leclerc to keep his place on the pole for a second successive grand prix. his ferrari team—mate sebastian vettel had been on pole three times before at monza and will begin fourth on sunday. hamilton will start second on the grid, and valtteri bottas will begin in third. but just a week after winning his third grand prix, the rising star leclerc leads from the front. jim lumsden, bbc news. earlier today, third practice was delayed after a huge crash in the formula 3 race. these were worrying scenes, particuarly after the death of f2 driver anthoine hubert last weekend. here, alex peroni's car was launched into the air after colliding with a kerb, landing upside down on the barrier. thankfully, he was unhurt.
to the us open now, and injust over two hours' time, serena williams can put herself in the history books with a record—equalling 24th grand slam if she can overcome her opponent in the women's final. the 37—year—old will take on the canadian teenager bianca andreescu exactly two decades after winning herfirst title in new york, before andreescu was even born! but in her pre—match interview, williams said the record isn't her only motivation to keep playing. i would definitely still be playing if i had already passed it. but i've had so many chances to pass it and to have a lot more, so... but it's cool because i am playing in five live eras with so many amazing players. i think if you look at the span
of the career and the players i have played, it's amazing that i was able to get this many. i have always dreamt of this moment ever since i was a little kid, but i don't think many people would have actually thought that it would become a reality. i think for me, it all started in auckland and then at indian wells, and then i kept believing in myself. but i think that that moment after the match, i wasjust in shock. but at the same time, i fought really hard to get to this point, so i really think i deserve to be in the finals. so, andreescu playing in herfirst major final after victories on the women's calendar this year. let's speak now to our tennis correspodent russell fuller, who's in new york covering the tournament for us. how significant would this win be for serena, with the record in her sights, and being the first she could win since having a baby? i think there are some many remarkable things she has achieved in her career anyway. i think most
people would judge her the best player of all time. certainly in the women's game and possibly in the game.. she is definitely desperate to cross dts in her career and finally equal the all—time record of 24 finally equal the all—time record of 2a grand slam singles finals. a lot of those titles won by a market court before the open era beginning and nonetheless still a target for williams. bianca andreescu is a player who can definitely upset her. the first and enter to win a grand slam for 13 years since maria sharapova when the title here in new york. only 19 but as her coach says, the bigger the occasion him bigger she hits. first us open main draw appearance, but her form she hits. first us open main draw appearance, but herform on tour this year either side of injury suggest she has a game mentality to worry williams. jamie murray and betthany mattek—sands in action in the mixed doubles final. he has won his seventh grand slam
title and its defendant his mixed doubles title here. they won easily against the top seeds. 6—2, 6—3. that is actually a hat trick of mixed doubles titles forjamie because he wanted two years ago with martina angus and he won the men's doubles with bruno suarez in 2016 so for titles in four years in new york for titles in four years in new york forjamie mary. thank you very much indeed. sprinter allyson felix marked her return to international competition with a stunning win at the great north city games. olympic champion felix of the united states won the 150—metres. with six gold medals and three silvers to her name, she's the joint most decorated woman in olympic history, and it's only nine months since she gave birth to her first child. i want to teach her what hard work is all about and what you can accomplish in the face of all kind of obstacles. i'm really proud of what i've done this season. it's going to help me
a lot next year. this was all about building momentum. big goals next year. there were plenty of british winners — two—time paralympic champion jonnie peacock, who took the t44100—metres, showing why he's favourite to retain his title at the world para athletics championships in dubai in november. let's take a look at some other sports stories around today. the tour of britain got under way today in scotland. the stage was won by dutchman dylan groenewegen of team jumbo—visma. the stage was from glasgow to kirkcudbright. tomorrow, the riders head to kelso for a giant loop through the scottish borders. irish champion sam bennett won stage 1a of the vuelta from san vincente there was a huge crash with less than one kilometre to go. wales' owain doull and spain's alejandro valverde were both involved in the crash. the favourite hello youmzain won the big race at haydock park today.
ridden by jockey james doyle, the three—year—old stormed home to claim the betfair sprint cup by half a length ahead of the tin man. and britain's pippa funnell leads the burghley horse trials after an influential cross—country phase of the equestrian triathlon. just a week after taking team silver in the european championships, funnell guided grafton street, a first—timer at five—star level, to go clear with just four time penalties. british team—mate piggy french is just behind her in second on her badminton winner vanir kamira. the final showjumping phase is tomorrow on the bbc red button. at 37 years old, james anderson is often referred to as a veteran of the england cricket team. but he's got a long way to go to match the career of cecil wright. after 60 years, the former jamaican paceman is retiring from the sport at the age of 85! wright's taken 7000 wickets in his playing days and faced some
of the greats of the game. stuart pollit went to his last match in uppermill. taking to the field for the final time. after seven decades playing around the northwest, cecil wright is bowing out. how has your bully changed over the years?” is bowing out. how has your bully changed over the years? i cannot go up changed over the years? i cannot go up there now. i'm a bit down. i cannot quite jump as much. cecil arrived in england in 1959 to play asa arrived in england in 1959 to play as a professional alongside some of the greats. but unlike those superstars, he ended up staying and taking more than 4000 wickets. who is most famous bats when you got out? i think gary was one of them and dennis. you have been playing in england for 60 or so years and you have not gotten used to the weather?
no. 40 makes young and old, cecil has been an inspiration. no. 40 makes young and old, cecil has been an inspirationlj no. 40 makes young and old, cecil has been an inspiration. i member a year ago, the ball went has been an inspiration. i member a yearago, the ball went up and he died full onto 83 years old and ben stokes would've been proud of the catch. you are supposed to be at the test match today but you gave it up to come play with cecil? he has been there to help anyone and support with bowling. it is just there to help anyone and support with bowling. it isjust cricket. he keeps keeping fit and walk around during the winter to keep the weight off. but cricket is he one and only love. they said to me don't forget to put the phone away next year because we might have to ring you up and say we are one short. and despite the end of its cricketing career, cecil‘s sporting days are not over. he has recently thinking up not over. he has recently thinking up land at bowling. now, you may have seen that our colleague mike bushell
is taking part in this year's strictly come dancing. in fact, the launch show is tonight. one of his fellow dancers is paralympics table tennis champion will bayley, and he is currently preparing for the european championships. the british team head to sweden next week, but this week, will invited mike to the club on the sussex coast where it all started for him, thanks to his gran. music his feet may be dancing to the strictly come dancing beat these days but will is keeping his hands busy with bat and ball. i am taking some tips on how to multitask. you see will have to keep going because the european cup starts monday weekend with his title to defend less tha n weekend with his title to defend less than a year from now in tokyo, he cannot afford to miss anything. as you know, it is full on it, the dance training but i am still
getting at my table tennis every day so getting at my table tennis every day soi getting at my table tennis every day so i look to try to take sweden and to when the europeans and bring another metal back to great britain is my dream. you have to bring it back into the strictly come dancing studio, don't you? absolutely. will has his gran to think when he got started at seven. this affects all my lands at seven years old, i had blood cancer. i was in hospitalfor two years. my grandmother bought me a mini table tennis table and i began playing on that and it was the only sport i bit my brother out. one of the keys behind his success has been this club. it runs sessions for homeless people, asylum—seekers and all community for everyone. brilliant shot from harry they are! fantastic, you scored a point against the defending world champion! he is my hero. will know
each other very well. not just table tennis that harry has learned from will. music. will is a great model for the kids and everybody likes to play with him and everything that he has been through when becoming numberone in the has been through when becoming number one in the world and becoming paralympic champion. an inspiring his new strictly come dancing friends, too. i got my back, i'm ready, yeah! my dance skills are nothing like my table tennis skills. i never realised how hard it was. keep your eye on the ball. move as quickly as he can towards it. and then enjoy it, have fun with it, really. movement of the fee is critical. she's done it! this is a new talent in table tennis! having
seen her take that point, there was no more mr nice guy as will showed us no more mr nice guy as will showed us why he is world number one and the paralympic champion. my ear! right in the ear! that is fine! what a shot! let's stop there. the strictly come dancing dance partners will be revealed tonight let's get going. thanks, everybody. she is right, we cannot walk anywhere normally any more so you the theme tune it may be. music. brilliant. i do not know how he will fit into the european championship while he is doing strictly come dancing but good luck. anglin had a lot of energy and stamina tonight in their qualifier, they beat bulgaria 4-0. their qualifier, they beat bulgaria 4—0. harry came with a hat trick to they go top of the group and play
kosovo on tuesday. and the england cricketers will need more if they will avoid losing the ashes series and they have to bat all day tomorrow and cannot lose this fourth test because if they do come of the ashes go back to australia. that is it from us. we'll have more at half past 7pm. bye— bye. ifi if i start to the weekend. a few showers dotted about through parts of england and away but they will clear. what is left very shortly and for many of us can with a day ended with more sunshine then it began with. we will keep a bit of sunshine here and there as we go through part two of the weekend and this front will bring more cloud into western parts of scotland and northern ireland as we will see in a moment. let's come onto the forecast for the rest of this evening and into tonight and he showers in the south
still gone and make pick up one close in east anglia overnight but you can see the extent of the try and clear whether s the night goes on. northwestern scotland and western parts of northern ireland keep temperatures up but elsewhere a chilly night to come in around 4—7dc 01’ chilly night to come in around 4—7dc or lower in colder parts of eastern scotla nd or lower in colder parts of eastern scotland and northeast england and perhaps a touch of frost will be quite chilly on the start line of the great north run tomorrow but it isa the great north run tomorrow but it is a fine day to come in after a sunday start, apache cloud developing. certainly temperatures really decent for running, good luck to everybody taking part. this is how sunday is shaping up for eve ryo ne how sunday is shaping up for everyone else and you can see across england and wales apache club develops with there will be plenty of sunny spells and a chance of catching as shower close to the coast of east anglia and east kent and northern ireland and northwest scotla nd and northern ireland and northwest scotland and more of western scotla nd scotland and more of western scotland in the day seeing the cloud and from that a bit of patchy rain and from that a bit of patchy rain and drizzle here and there and temperatures mainly around 15—18 and it will feel a bit warmer and easter scotla nd it will feel a bit warmer and easter scotland and northeast england. everybody hoping for rain on the
final day of the ashes test is going to be disappointed with a cool day but dry in store. let's take a look at the big picture from sunday to monday and assist system coming in from of the atlantic and has a bit more in the way of rain. this is going to half or more of its monday not too much across eastern most parts of england but you get to the wet weather to begin the day and it looks like it will last longest and be quite heavy through parts of wales and southwest england and breezy it further west. cloud around, more of a bit of rain and it will be a bit of cooler on monday with temperatures around the mid teens. not wet all next week with her will be further excessive coming in as her will be further excessive coming inasa her will be further excessive coming in as a week goes on as both spells of rain and quite windy at times. that is your forecast and more in half an hour.
this is bbc news — i'm lukwesa burak. the headlines at seven: a cross—party group of mps is preparing to take legal action — if the prime minister refuses to abide by a bill to delay brexit. the courts making a decision to try to make a prime minister abide by the law made by a parliament of which he is a member. these are strange times for democracy. it's the law of the land and he is under an obligation to obey it. if he doesn't obey it, then he can be taken to court and, if necessary, the court will issue an injunction ordering him to do it. and if he doesn't obey the injuction, he could be sent to prison. the number of people killed as a result of hurricane dorian in the bahamas has risen to 43. satellite images appear to show an iranian oil tanker off the syrian coast — after it was previously impounded in gibraltar.