With the reigning god-king of grass, Roger Federer, in action at Wimbledon on Wednesday, it was easy to forget that there is another active player here who is building a grand slam record Federer will do well to catch, let alone to beat. Serena Williams, exuding a glassy calm that her forename usually sugests only ironically, is on course at these Championships for her 24th major title. That would put her level with Margaret Court and one more hot streak away from confirmation as the most successful tennis player of the Open era. Due to pregnancy and injury, Williams came to Wimbledon 2018 ranked 181st in the world. If she beats Julia Goerges on Thursday, followed by whichever of Julena Ostapenko and Angelique Kerber wins the other semi-final, then she will simultaneously become the lowest-ranked player ever to win the ladies’ championship and find herself catapulted back into the world’s top 20. And, of course, there will be the small matter of vindication for all the … [Read more...] about Will anyone stop Serena Williams’ pursuit of the magic 24th Slam?
Belinelli hopes to rekindle magic in second stint with Spurs By Tom Orsborn July 10, 2018 Photo: Edward A. Ornelas /San Antonio Express-News San Antonio Spurs' Marco Belinelli looks to pass around Chicago Bulls' E'Twaun Moore during second half action March 8, 2015 at the AT&T Center. Belinelli rejoined the Spurs on a 2-year contract last week. San Antonio Spurs' Marco Belinelli looks to pass around Chicago... Not a day goes by that Marco Belinelli doesn’t think about “The Beautiful Game” the Spurs unleashed to destroy LeBron James and the Miami Heat in the 2014 NBA Finals. The tattoo of the Larry O’Brien trophy gracing his left bicep helps keep memories of that five-game triumph fresh. “The basketball we played was amazing,” Belinelli said. “There was no selfishness, everybody moving the ball. “Winning a championship with that great team was amazing. Nobody is … [Read more...] about Belinelli hopes to rekindle magic in second stint with Spurs
The pair were tied on 14 under after 72 holes at Ballyliffin Golf Club in County Donegal. Knox holed from 40 feet for a birdie on the final green in regulation to sign for a 66 and set the clubhouse target. New Zealander Fox put his approach into the 18th to ten feet but he missed his putt for the title, leaving the pair walking back to play the 18th again. Knox put his second shot in a position almost identical to the one he found on the 72nd hole and rolled it home again, with Fox missing his own birdie attempt from 12 feet. Knox said at the presentation ceremony: "It's why I play golf, all the practice, all the misses, all the bad moments are taken care of with putts like that. "Making two of them from an almost identical position is obviously a bit of a bonus. I'm so happy. I said (on the play-off hole) we've already made this putt, it can't be too difficult. I feel bad for Ryan but I guess it was my time." Knox, winning his second European Tour title, arrived in Ireland in good … [Read more...] about Knox seals Irish Open with two magical putts
Fernando Medina/Getty Images Aaron Gordon has extended his stay with the Orlando Magic after reportedly agreeing to a new contract Sunday. According to Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports, the Magic and Gordon agreed to a four-year, $84 million deal. Gordon was a restricted free agent this summer and eligible to sign an offer sheet with other teams, but the Magic reportedly presented their power forward with an offer too enticing to pass up. Drafted fourth overall by the Magic in 2014, he has steadily improved his scoring output in each of his four seasons. The 22-year-old averaged a career-high 17.6 points per game last season and shot a career-best 33.6 percent from three-point range. Gordon was one of the few bright spots in a frustrating and disappointing 2017-18 campaign for the Magic. Their 25-57 record was the fifth-worst in the NBA, and it marked the fifth time in the past six seasons they have lost at least 50 games. Retaining Gordon is the first … [Read more...] about Report: Aaron Gordon Re-Signs with Magic on 4-Year, $84 Million Contract
News 54 // 02 Jul 2018, 02:56 IST SHARE Lionel Messi scored what could prove to be his last World Cup goal on a night of unforgettable drama in St Petersburg this week.The raucous din supplied throughout by the Argentina fans and Marcos Rojo's thrilling late winner made the Group D match against Nigeria the unquestionable highlight of the past seven days.Elsewhere, Omnisport took in a museum exhibition presenting football heroes as royalty and military men of the Renaissance era, while England remained in high spirits up the road in Repino – arguably because they keep beating the media at darts.Locals here enjoyed Russia's shock penalty shoot-out win over Spain as you might expect, but a power cut nearly stopped the party before it had begun. Fetching more content... Fetching more content... … [Read more...] about World Cup 2018: Messi magic and Renaissance men in St Petersburg as England dart ahead