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Novak Djokovic moved into joint third on the all-time list of male grand slam singles champions by beating Juan Martin del Potro to win the US Open.
Djokovic is now level with Pete Sampras on 14 titles and, after following up his Wimbledon triumph by making it back-to-back slam successes, is closing in once more on Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer.
With his two-year physical and mental dip apparently firmly behind him, questions will again be posed as to whether he can catch Nadal on 17 or even Federer’s 20.
After all the drama this tournament has created, capped by Saturday’s extraordinary women’s final, the headlines here were all made for the right reasons as Djokovic triumphed 6-3 7-6 (7/4) 6-3.
France striker Olivier Giroud ended his 10-match goalless run with the winner as the world champions’ return to Paris for the first time since their summer success in Russia ended in a 2-1 victory over Holland.
Ryan Babel looked to have spoiled the homecoming party in the capital with his first competitive international goal in 13 years to cancel out Kylian Mbappe’s opener in the Nations League clash.
However, with 15 minutes remaining, Chelsea forward Giroud scored the 32nd goal of international career.
In the other big game last night, Joachim Low insisted Germany did enough to warrant their 2-1 victory over Peru.
Debutant Schulz’s low drive crept under Peru goalkeeper Pedro Gallese’s body and into the net as the hosts edged to victory in Sinsheim.
Luis Advincula put Peru ahead with a crisp finish before Juliant Brandt levelled for the hosts before half-time.
Alastair Cook can dream of a 33rd Test century in his final innings of the record-breaking career after steering England to stumps against India at the Oval.
Cook was still batting away unbeaten, on 46, as he so often has throughout his 161 Tests, in a total of 114 for two as England extended their overall lead to 154 after bowling India out for 292.
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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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.@Naomi_Osaka_ picks up her first Grand Slam title at the 2018 #USOpen after a 6-2, 6-4 win over S. Williams!— US Open Tennis (@usopen) September 9, 2018
Tune into @espn Sunday at 1pm ET for more championship action in New York City.https://t.co/VtxXIMiYRS pic.twitter.com/MAdXSVVobZ
Great to be back at Wembley, incredible support, wish we could have got the win for you but wasn’t our night 🦁🦁🦁 pic.twitter.com/4C4w0Cwsll— Marcus Rashford (@MarcusRashford) September 8, 2018
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.