It has been a memorable week for Vondrousova, who knocked out cauldron-lighter and "face of the games" Naomi Osaka in round three. One more hurdle still stands in her way in the form of ninth seed Bencic, who fought hard for a three-set triumph over Elena Rybakina. VONDROUSOVA MARVELS AGAIN Vondrousova has had a Games to remember and she was a 6-3 6-1 winner against heavily fancied fourth seed Svitolina, becoming the first female Czech to reach an Olympic singles final in the process. It means the Czech Republic will have a women's singles competitor on the podium for the second straight Games after Petra Kvitova finished with bronze at Rio 2016. Incredibly, Vondrousova did not even automatically qualify for these Games with Karolina Pliskova, Barbora Krejcikova, Kvitova and Karolina Muchova ahead of her in the qualifying pecking order. Vondrousova opted to use her protected ranking, dating back to a wrist injury prior to the pandemic, meaning Muchova missed out. . . .
Dressel started strongly and held off rival Kyle Chalmers of Australia at the end to win the 100m freestyle, the 24-year-old's first individual Olympic gold after taking two relay wins in Rio and one earlier this week. The Floridian swam the 100m free three times in Rio and his time got worse from the preliminaries to the semi-finals to the final, ultimately leaving him sixth overall at 48.02 while Chalmers won gold with a 47.58. This time, Dressel was at his best when it mattered most, posting a 47.02 to break an Olympic record that had stood since Beijing 2008. Afterward, he described winning his first individual gold as a weight off his shoulders. "It is different," Dressel said. "I didn't want to admit it but now that I did it, I can. "It's a lot different – you can't rely on anyone else. It's just you and the water, there's no one there to bail you out. It's tough." Winning the gold in a head-to-head showdown with the reigning champion made victory even sweeter. . . .
Team Arena should feel right at home in the opening two racedays of the Racing League as some of the best in the North head to Newcastle and Doncaster. Group One-winning jockey Danny Tudhope continues his successful partnership with Yorkshire-based trainer David O'Meara, having combined for over 500 career winners. Paul Mulrennan provides another experienced head in the weighing room and brings with him over 1,100 career winners. Racing League: All you need to know Racing live on Sky Sports Racing League live on Sky Sports: How to follow Watch every race of the Racing League live on Sky Sports from Thursday, July 29 The youngest of the three jockeys, 25-year-old Cam Hardie, is an "up-and-coming" star in the North, riding over 270 winners, 30 of which have come at Newcastle. Mulrennan links up with two familiar trainers in Michael Dods and Paul Midgley, while Group Three winner Mick Appleby completes the line-up. Trending . . .
As we all gorged on NBA playoff action, many teams around the league not fortunate enough to earn a postseason berth were toiling diligently behind the scenes, looking to uncover the next potential franchise-changing gem. Choose your Draft Day adventure With the NBA Draft upon us, what would you do if you were the hottest prospect in town? The 2021 NBA draft lottery draw took place last month - with the Detroit Pistons being awarded the number one overall pick - and teams have been salivating over the prospect of selecting a star such as Oklahoma State's Cade Cunningham from a pool of players many evaluators view as strong among the top five. But you can bet when the Draft arrives on Thursday night a few teams will nab steals we'll be talking about for years to come. With that said, we take a quick look at 10 of the biggest steals selected over the last 10 years in the NBA draft. It's an expansive list overall, so we're limiting it to players who were drafted . . .
Sunshine arrived at Wolves' training ground this week. That always lifts the mood a little and this is a club in need of a lift. "We have had a couple of good days," Nuno Espirito Santo tells Sky Sports. "But the cold is coming again. The predictions are not very nice." The forecast for Wolves' season was rather better than it has turned out. Seventh on their Premier League return, they repeated the feat while navigating European football last season. There was optimism that a lighter fixture list would present a real opportunity. Wolves were sixth towards the end of November after winning at Arsenal but the loss of Raul Jimenez to a horrific skull fracture that day sparked an alarming dip in form. Replacements were unable to fill the void left by the team's star striker. No Wolves player has scored more than five goals this season - a tally reached by Diogo Jota for Liverpool on the night of Jimenez's injury. Wolves go into the weekend down in 14th. For Nuno, it . . .
What a few months it has been for Theo Corbeanu. He scored on his debut for Canada in March and made his first Premier League appearance for Wolves at the weekend. The next day he was back with the U23 side, scoring two stunning goals at Crystal Palace. His is the feel-good story at Molineux right now, a reminder that as the season fizzles out for others, one young man is in the most exciting period of his life. Corbeanu crossed an ocean to achieve this breakthrough and is enjoying every moment of the adventure. It is a success shared with his family. His mother cried when she saw him celebrating within minutes of coming on in a World Cup qualifier for Canada against Bermuda. A huge smile beams from Corbeanu's face as he recalls his family's pride at his accomplishment. "They were expecting me maybe to come on in the last minute," he tells Sky Sports . "They were not expecting me to do what I did. The coach just said to make an impact. My first touch, I scored a goal. . . .
It is testament to Nuno Espirito Santo's time at Wolves that prior to the announcement of his impending departure there was a mood of deflation at Molineux following a season that currently sees them twelfth in the Premier League table. Whatever happens against Manchester United on Sunday, this will be the club's third-best finish in over 40 years. It is just that the better ones came in the two seasons that preceded it. Nuno twice took Wolves to seventh, providing moment after memorable moment as the best teams in the land struggled to deal with his side. There was a double over Manchester City. Magical nights under the Molineux lights as 30,000 cheered on victories over Manchester United, Chelsea, Liverpool and the rest. There was an FA Cup semi-final and a European run that went all the way to the last eight. Away days in Turin and Istanbul, Braga and Barcelona. This was the life that fans had craved for decades at a club that had been lurking in the third tier of . . .
Atalanta goalkeeper Pierluigi Gollini has undergone the first part of a medical with Tottenham ahead of joining the Premier League club on a season-long loan. Gollini is having the tests in Italy due to Covid-19 travel restrictions and they will continue on Thursday morning. If he passes, the 26-year-old is expected to fly straight to London from Milan to complete the move. Spurs will take Gollini on a loan with an option to buy the Italy international for £13m which will become an obligation if he plays a certain number of games, according to Sky in Italy. They will also have the option to extend the loan by a further 12 months. Fabio Paratici, Tottenham's managing director of football, held extensive discussions with the Serie A club on Monday and also enquired about their centre-back Cristian Romero . Trending Verstappen renews attack on celebrations | Hamilton refutes claim 'He's the most feared heavyweight in the world!' . . .
Atalanta goalkeeper Pierluigi Gollini is on his way to London to sign for Tottenham after completing his medical in Milan. Gollini had tests in Italy due to Covid-19 travel restrictions which continued on Thursday morning. After coming through the medical, the 26-year-old will now fly straight to London to join the Premier League club on a season-long loan. Gollini told Sky in Italy: "I am very happy. It is very difficult to leave my second home. I thank Bergamo [where Atalanta play] and the fans. I felt very loved and what we did will remain in history. "I am grateful to Tottenham for this opportunity, I can't wait to start. The possibility of staying in Italy was there but Tottenham was the best opportunity." Trending Verstappen renews attack on celebrations | Hamilton refutes claim 'He's the most feared heavyweight in the world!' Watch Spirit vs Rockets LIVE! White undergoing second part of Arsenal medical What is a . . .
Tottenham have stepped up talks with Atalanta over a deal for centre-back Cristian Romero. Spurs have made an offer of at least £34m (€40m) but he is not their only centre-back target and the club will not overpay for the Argentine. Personal terms with the player are not expected to be a problem if a deal is agreed between the clubs, however, with Spurs ready to give Romero a five-year deal plus an option of a sixth Transfer Centre LIVE! Tottenham transfer rumours: Griezmann to replace Kane? Tottenham's new managing director of football Fabio Paratici has intensified discussions over Romero, who has also been on Manchester United's list , after sealing a loan for Atalanta goalkeeper Pierluigi Gollini. The 26-year-old former Manchester United youth player is now in London to complete the move after passing medicals in Milan on Thursday. Trending Verstappen renews attack on celebrations | Hamilton refutes claim 'He's the . . .