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The headlines were supposed to be about Williams’ bid for a record-equalling 24th grand slam title and Osaka trying to become Japan’s first slam winner, but instead an argument with umpire Carlos Ramos that escalated dominated the match.
Williams was furious when she was given a coaching violation early in the second set after a hand gesture from her coach Patrick Mouratoglou.
She was then docked a point for a second violation when she smashed her racket after dropping serve at 3-3. Continuing her argument with Ramos at the change of ends, Williams accused him of being a thief for taking a point away from her.
Ramos gave her a third violation, which resulted in a game penalty, putting Osaka 5-3 ahead. A tearful Williams argued her case with tournament officials but, although she held serve in the next game, Osaka served out the victory 6-2 6-4.
England failed to build on the momentum of reaching the World Cup semi-finals as Spain came from behind to win 2-1 win at Wembley in their UEFA Nations League opener.
In tonight’s games, France take on the Netherlands (22:45) and Wales are in action against Denmark (20:00).
Jos Buttler provided England’s seamers with the fresh impetus they needed on a hard-fought second day of the fifth Test against India at the Oval.
Buttler (89) marked his 28th birthday by top-scoring for the fourth time in England’s last five innings as he and Stuart Broad’s ninth-wicket stand of 98 under-pinned a recovery from 198-7 at start of play to 332 all out.
Elsewhere, India batsman Murali Vijay has agreed to join Essex for the rest of the English side’s County Championship campaign.
The 34-year-old played India’s first two Tests of their current tour of England, but was dropped after struggling in their heavy defeat at Lord’s.
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Nike sent shock waves around the world of sport when it announced this past week that it would feature Colin Kaepernick in an ad for the 30th anniversary the ‘Just Do It’ campaign.
Kaepernick is currently not on an NFL roster after the quarterback started the movement of kneeling during the national anthem before games in protest back in 2016.
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Novak Djokovic avoided suffering the same fate as Roger Federer as he overcame the never-say-die John Millman to reach the semi-finals.
Two nights after Millman’s tenacity and quality ball-striking caused Federer to wilt in the New York humidity, Djokovic battled to a 6-3 6-4 6-4 victory.
Djokovic, who next faces Kei Nishikori in a rematch of the 2014 semi-final, which he lost, said: “I was very tested. Almost three hours, it’s midnight now. Credit to John for putting up a great battle, he’s truly a great fighter. He’s had an amazing tournament.”
As the domestic season is halted in favour of some international action, the UEFA Nations League gets its opportunity to introduce itself to fans across the globe.
There’s no doubt that it will serve up several points for discussion but here’s a look at some ahead of the fixtures.
In other news, Gareth Southgate has effectively shut the door on the old guard as the England manager prepares to make his squad even younger.
Just eight weeks after their World Cup campaign ended, the Three Lions will run out at Wembley in their UEFA Nations League opener against Spain.
India coach Ravi Shastri said the team is hurting but will “not throw in the towel” after losing the five-Test series against England 3-1 with the final match beginning at The Oval on Friday.
England prevailed in the fourth Test at Southampton by 60 runs with India and the hosts neck and neck for much of the match.
In other news, Pakistan Cricket Board’s new chief Ehsan Mani has taken a tough stance when it comes to India, declaring that he will fight for Pakistan’s interest.
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