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England finally got the win they had been craving in their home World Cup, but they were made to wait by a dogged Ireland side before Giselle Ansley’s penalty corner found the net with less than eight minutes left.

Local athletes defied muggy conditions to compete in the latest East London Five Interclub Series event in Hainault Forest last Wednesday evening.

Local athletes had plenty to celebrate at the 24-hour Spitfire Scramble event at Hornchurch Country Park last weekend.

Robert Clack’s junior boys made a little bit of history as they won a superb bronze medal at the English Schools’ finals at Gateshead International Arena on Saturday, writes Lee Power.

Read our World Cup blog over the coming weeks. Lee Power reviews one of the late games on day 13 of the tournament

Robert Clack School had a special visit from West Indies legend Sir Garfield Sobers, who is widely considered to be the greatest all-rounder in the history of cricket.

Goresbrook captain Jordan Calverley was pleased to see his side ease past Rayleigh in their T-Rippon Mid-Essex League Premier Division encounter, but is not getting carried away.

Barking Road Runners took on marathons, triathlons and parkruns, among other challenges, on another busy weekend of action.

Dagenham Boxing Club delivered 13 entertaining bouts and enjoyed their own share of success on their final show of the season at the Roundhouse.

Goresbrook captain Jordan Calverley is hoping his side can make home advantage count after slipping to a second straight loss in the T-Rippon Mid-Essex League Premier Division at the weekend.

Graham Gooch won the County Championship title six times with Essex – as well as all other domestic trophies – during his own hugely successful playing career.

Simon Harmer wants to help Essex stay one step ahead of the opposition as they start out on the defence of their county championship title.

Havering’s Emily Defroand was excited to get started with the England women’s hockey team at the 2018 Commonwealth Games on Australia’s Gold Coast, writes Lee Power.

Romford Town Swimming Club’s David Ebanks is competing at his second Commonwealth Games – for the Cayman Islands.

Havering’s Emily Defroand says England’s women want a medal at the Commonwealth Games, but knows they have to focus on each step of their journey.

My first memories of the Commonwealth Games are from 1982, catching a glimpse of ‘Breakfast from Brisbane’ on TV before heading off to school.

Barking fell to a second successive defeat against lowly opponents at Mayesbrook Park on Tuesday.

Ben Nunn believes Dagenham & Redbridge have shown great team spirit in recent weeks and says they are not ruling out a play-off place yet.

Barking Abbey London Lions went close to breaking their duck in the WBBL before losing 69-63 to Oaklands.

Bobby George is one of sport’s larger-than-life characters and when he talks about darts everyone listens.

A pulsating FA Cup tie at Saffron Walden’s Catons Lane ended with Bostik North Barking booking their place in the next round.

Dagenham & Redbridge defender Scott Doe admits he was ‘gutted’ to suffer an injury during their National League meeting with Eastleigh at the weekend.

Mitchell-Blake: We smashed it to pieces

Sprint relay squads produce stunning results

Sir Mo Farah admitted his athletics career had been ‘incredible’ after signing off with 5,000 metre silver at the World Championships at London Stadium.

Sir Mo Farah ended his glorious track career with a silver medal in the 5,000 metres at the World Championships at London Stadium.

Football is back, but did it really go away this summer?

Children join lap of honour at World Championships

Sir Mo crowned World 10,000 metres champion

Draws revealed for early rounds of 2017-18 competitions

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