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Four Grand Slams, four events in 'sexism' rows

Four Grand Slams, four events in 'sexism' rows

Serena Williams's claims of sexism during her spectacular US Open final meltdown follows similar controversies at the season's three other Grand Slams. AFP Sport revisits the flashpoints: Australian Open -- Melbourne Park is famous for its late finishes. In 2008, Lleyton Hewitt and...

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Naomi Osaka wins US Open after Serena 'umpire thief' meltdown

Naomi Osaka wins US Open after Serena 'umpire thief' meltdown

  Naomi Osaka became the first Japanese to win a Grand Slam singles title on Saturday as her idol Serena Williams angrily imploded, calling the chair umpire in the US Open final "a thief". Osaka, 20, triumphed 6-2, 6-4 in the match marred by Williams's second set outburst, the...

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England's Shaw stretchered off with head knock

England's Shaw stretchered off with head knock

Luke Shaw's first England start for three years was ended early on Saturday by a head injury after a collision with Spain's Dani Carvajal that saw the Manchester United left-back stretchered off in the second half. Shaw, 23, revealed this week that he could have lost his right leg after...

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'Overwatch' eSports expands to new cities, including Paris

'Overwatch' eSports expands to new cities, including Paris

Activision Blizzard on Friday added six new teams to is "Overwatch" League, including one in Paris, as the city-based approach to eSports headed into its second season. The league is already profitable, filling a stadium during championships in July that saw matches broadcast on Disney...

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Hooper urges action after neck injury sidelines Pocock

Hooper urges action after neck injury sidelines Pocock

Wallabies skipper Michael Hooper Friday urged rugby chiefs to start taking neck roll tackles more seriously after star flanker David Pocock was ruled out of their weekend clash against the Springboks with a "significant injury". All Blacks players were accused of targeting the influential...

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Wales tear Ireland apart in Nations League opener

Wales tear Ireland apart in Nations League opener

Gareth Bale grabbed centre-stage as vibrant Wales tore Ireland apart in the first competitive game of the Ryan Giggs era on Thursday, launching their UEFA Nations League campaign in style with a 4-1 win. The home side ensured the game was over as a meaningful contest by half-time,...

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Angels manager praises 'tough' Ohtani

Angels manager praises 'tough' Ohtani

Los Angeles Angels manager Mike Scioscia hailed the resilience of Shohei Ohtani after the Japanese star blasted two home runs following news that he faces a lengthy injury layoff. Two-way threat Ohtani smashed two homers as the Angels routed the Texas Rangers 9-3 on Wednesday. The...

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Berlusconi interested in buying Serie C club Monza - reports

Berlusconi interested in buying Serie C club Monza - reports

Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, who sold AC Milan after a trophy-laden three decades under his ownership a year ago, could be set to return to football by buying Serie C side Monza, according to press reports in Italy on Thursday. Media tycoon Berlusconi, 81, sold his...

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PSG star Mbappe banned for three matches after red card

PSG star Mbappe banned for three matches after red card

French teenage sensation Kylian Mbappe has been suspended for three matches after his red card against Nimes last weekend, the French league announced on Wednesday. The 19-year-old, who also scored in the 4-2 win, was sent off for pushing over Teji Savanier after the Nimes player hacked...

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1.4 billion risk disease from lack of exercise: WHO

1.4 billion risk disease from lack of exercise: WHO

More than 1.4 billion adults are putting themselves at heightened risk of deadly diseases by not getting enough exercise, doctors are warning, with global activity levels virtually unchanged in nearly two decades. With richer nations enjoying an increasingly comfortable, sedentary...

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World Cup finalists Croatia face Portugal but look to the future

World Cup finalists Croatia face Portugal but look to the future

  Still riding the wave of their historic World Cup run, Croatia are heading for a potential reality check as their new season starts with a friendly against Portugal in Faro on Thursday. It will be the tiny Balkan nation's first match since the side led by star midfielder Luka...

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Federer: I struggled to breathe in shock US Open loss

Federer: I struggled to breathe in shock US Open loss

  Roger Federer revealed he struggled to breathe during his shock 3-6, 7-5, 7-6 (9/7), 7-6 (7/3) defeat to world number 55 John Millman at the US Open on Monday. The 37-year-old five-time champion laboured to his earliest loss at the tournament in five years with his challenge...

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Quarter-finalists Nishikori, Osaka end Japan's 23-year wait for Slam double

Quarter-finalists Nishikori, Osaka end Japan's 23-year wait for Slam double

Kei Nishikori and Naomi Osaka carved out a little bit of history at the US Open on Monday when they became the first Japanese players in 23 years to reach the quarter-finals of the same Grand Slam. Nishikori, the 2014 runner-up, downed German veteran Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-3, 6-2, 7-5...

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'Specialist in failure': Woodward slammed in Man Utd fans' fly-over

'Specialist in failure': Woodward slammed in Man Utd fans' fly-over

Manchester United fans added to the mounting pressure on their club's executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward by flying a critical banner over Burnley during their team's Premier League match on Sunday. "Ed Woodward a specialist in failure" read the banner as it was trailed behind a plane...

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Cilic converts 8th match point at US Open

Cilic converts 8th match point at US Open

Marin Cilic, the 2014 U.S. Open champion, needed eight match points to recover from a two-set deficit and eventually edge 19-year-old Alex de Minaur 4-6, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4, 7-5 at 2:22 a.m. on Sunday, four minutes shy of the latest finish in the tournament's history. "This is a moment to...

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Brazilian Ronaldo close to buying Spanish club: newspaper

Brazilian Ronaldo close to buying Spanish club: newspaper

World Cup winner Ronaldo has reached a deal to buy 51 per cent of La Liga club Valladolid a regional daily reported on Saturday, citing "sources close to the operation." El Norte de Castilla, which is based in Valladolid said Ronaldo was paying 30 million euros ($34.8 million) and would...

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North Korea boxing coaches kicked out of Asian Games for ring protest

North Korea boxing coaches kicked out of Asian Games for ring protest

Two North Korean coaches were kicked out of the Asian Games Saturday after mounting a protest in the ring after one of their boxers lost the women's flyweight final. Coach Pak Chol Jun refused to leave the ring and incited boxer Pang Chol Mi to remain behind in protest against the...

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Nadal wins epic struggle to reach US Open last 16 for 10th time

Nadal wins epic struggle to reach US Open last 16 for 10th time

World number one and defending champion Rafael Nadal came back from a set and break down to defeat big-hitting Karen Khachanov 5-7, 7-5, 7-6 (9/7), 7-6 (7/3) and reach the US Open fourth round on Friday. The top seeded Spaniard triumphed after an epic 4 hour 23 minute struggle on Arthur...

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