Alaphilippe allows France to dream in Tour where panache is overriding strategy | Richard Williams

Host country’s hopes of first title winner since 1985 are high after a breathtaking weekend thanks to Julian Alaphilippe’s risk-taking

Jo Swinson elected new Lib Dem leader

Swinson takes over from Vince Cable with party newly resurgent in the polls

Old schoolfriends Rory Burns and Jason Roy relish a Test together | Chris Stocks

Surrey’s openers, who have known each other for almost two decades, are preparing to face Ireland

British Airways pilots back August strike

Airline tries to obtain injunction to prevent strike backed by 93% of pilots

Carl Beech made up VIP paedophile ring claims, jury finds

Former nurse found guilty of perverting course of justice and fraud after 10-week trial

Alan Duncan quits as minister before Boris Johnson arrival at No 10

FCO minister critical of Johnson in Darroch affair joins Hammond and Gauke in resigning in protest

Geraint Thomas insists he is ready for strong finish in Tour de France

Geraint Thomas is confident he is over the blip which left him distanced by key rivals in the Pyrenean stages of the Tour de France over the weekend

'Where were the police?' Hong Kong outcry after masked thugs launch attack

Police accused of doing nothing to stop suspected triads storming train station and beating people including women and children

No nerves this time for Shane Lowry as home crowd wills him to victory | Andy Bull

The Irishman conquered his fears and the horrible weather for a memorable Open triumph, finishing six shots clear of Tommy Fleetwood

Markets weighed down by geopolitical tensions and Brexit worries – business live

Rolling coverage of the latest economic and financial news, as tensions in the Gulf push the oil price higher

Banks accused of abandoning England's poorest communities

Research shows rate of branch closures is four times faster than in wealthy areas

Shane Lowry: ‘I cried at Carnoustie. What a difference a year makes’

The new Open champion, Shane Lowry, admits he was in tears after last year’s championship at Carnoustie

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