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Hong Kong Open: Venus Williams falls in second round

Hong Kong Open: Venus Williams falls in second round

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Naomi Osaka upended second-seeded Venus Williams in their second-round match at the Hong Kong Tennis Open on Wednesday. The 19-year-old Japanese player posted a 7-5, 6-2 victory to exact a bit of revenge from getting bounced by Williams in their Wimbledon match earlier this year. "I feel like even if I hit one semi-short ball she would come in and crush it, so I had to play really well," the 64th-ranked Osaka said of defeating the fifth-ranked Williams. The win comes on the heels of Osaka upsetting sixth-ranked Angelique Kerber at the U.S. Open. Williams benefited from a double fault by Osaka to earn the first break of the match, but the 37-year-old was unable to capitalize. Osaka rebounded with a flourish to claim the first set and rushed out to a 5-0 edge in the second before dismissing ...
Trump NFL row: Sports stars round on US president

Trump NFL row: Sports stars round on US president

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Media playback is unsupported on your deviceUS President Donald Trump is facing growing condemnation from the sports world after his criticism of players.On Friday, Mr Trump said the National Football League (NFL) should fire players who protest during the US anthem.High-profile football players as well as basketball star LeBron James have attacked Mr Trump in response.One NFL team owner said Mr Trump's comments were "offensive" but Mr Trump has gone on to repeat his criticism.Warning: This article contains language some readers may find offensive.What did Mr Trump say?Media playback is unsupported on your deviceAt a rally on Friday night, Mr Trump said NFL players who protested during the playing of the national anthem should be fired by their team - referencing a controversial string of ...
EFL Cup second round: West Ham face Cheltenham, Crystal Palace, Watford and Southampton all at home- draw in full

EFL Cup second round: West Ham face Cheltenham, Crystal Palace, Watford and Southampton all at home- draw in full

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All the details of the EFL Cup second round drawThursday, August 10, 2017Southampton will host Championship club Wolves in the EFL Cup second after Thursday’s confusing live draw.League One side Blackburn Rovers entertain Lancashire rivals Burnley at Ewood Park, with the draw regionalised.Newcastle host Nottingham Forest, while West Ham will travel to League Two side Cheltenham.The draw initially left several sides unsure whether they were home or away.The matches are due to take place in the week commencing August 21.Draw in fullSouth GroupQPR v BrentfordCrystal Palace v IpswichWatford v Bristol CityNorwich v CharltonCheltenham v West HamBrighton v BarnetCardiff v BurtonSouthampton v WolvesFulham v Bristol RoversMK Dons v SwanseaBirmingham v BournemouthReading v MillwallNorth GroupCarlisl