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Table tennis trickery, Bobby Moore on street football and showboating | Classic YouTube

This week’s roundup also features Elizabeth Swaney’s dreams coming true and Fabio Fognini dropping some magic1) It is the League Cup final on Sunday. Let’s harp back to 1988 and Arsenal v Luton: “Oh Dear, it’s Gus Caesar”. Also of yesteryear, Obafemi M…

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Serena Williams: I almost died giving birth to my daughter

Grand slam champion says she was lucky to receive excellent care, but that others are not so fortunate after giving birthSerena Williams has written about the complications surrounding the birth of her daughter in an article for CNN.The former world No…

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Roger Federer becomes oldest world No1 after beating Robin Haase

• 36-year-old defeated Dutchman at World Tennis Tournament• Swiss surpasses Andre Agassi who was ranked top at 33 in 2003Roger Federer became the oldest world No 1 after he beat Robin Haase in the World Tennis Tournament quarter-finals in Rotterda…

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Donald Young accuses fellow US player Ryan Harrison of racism during match

American tennis players faced each other at New York OpenHarrison says audio will clear him of any allegations of abuseUS tennis has been caught up in another unseemly incident with one of its top players accusing another of racism during a match.Donal…

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Roger Federer, the Alpine swift, ready to swoop back into world No 1 spot | Kevin Mitchell

In Rotterdam this week the Swiss can top the rankings again at the age of 36 and he is not ruling out an Olympic swansong in 2020Roger Federer seems on a permanent swoop through the tennis firmament, dipping and soaring like an ageless Alpine swift, he…

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Serena Williams plays first competitive match in over a year at Fed Cup

Former world No1 plays alongside sister Venus in loss to HollandWilliams took time away from circuit to give birth to daughterSerena Williams played in her first competitive tennis match in over a year as she lined up alongside her sister Venus William…

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Great Britain beaten by Spain in Davis Cup despite Cameron Norrie heroics

• Albert Ramos-Viñolas beats Cameron Norrie 7-6 (4), 2-6, 7-6 (4), 6-2• Spain beat Great Britain 3-1 and now face GermanyCameron Norrie enhanced his growing reputation but could not prevent Great Britain losing against Spain in the first round of the D…

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Australia lose Davis Cup tie to Germany as Kyrgios beaten in straight sets

Germany’s world No5 Alex Zverev defeated Kyrgios 6-2, 7-6 (3), 6-2Australia will now compete in September’s World Group playoffsAustralia have lost their Davis Cup first-round tie in Brisbane after Nick Kyrgios was thrashed in straight sets by world No…

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Britain trail Spain 2-1 after Murray and Inglot lose Davis Cup doubles

• Carreño Busta and López cruise to straight sets victory• Britain must now win both reverse singles on SundayBritain face an uphill task to rescue their Davis Cup tie with Spain after Jamie Murray and Dominic Inglot lost in straight sets to Pablo Carr…

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Cameron Norrie rocks Roberto Bautista Agut as GB level Spain Davis Cup tie

• Debutant comes from two sets down to stun world No 23• Tie stands at 1-1 after Liam Broady loses to Albert Ramos-ViñolasCameron Norrie fought back from two sets down to claim a stunning win over Roberto Bautista Agut as Great Britain levelled up thei…

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Memory Lane: inside the dressing room – in pictures

Every sporting venue contains a room that is home to scenes of jubilation, dejection, reflection, team talks, high jinks and everything in between. We have had a rummage in the archives to peak into the dressing rooms of yesteryear Continue reading…

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Nick Kyrgios draws Australia level in Davis Cup tie against Germany

Kyrgios beats Jan-Lennard Struff 6-4, 6-4, 6-4Earlier Alex de Minaur pushed Alex Zverev to five setsNick Kyrgios had to bide his time before his singles opener thanks to team-mate Alex de Minaur’s heroics but quickly made an impact as Australia levelle…

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Kyle Edmund intends to play in Davis Cup tie despite hip problem

• The Australian Open semi-finalist improving in training• British player struggled with injury in defeat to CilicAustralian Open semi-finalist Kyle Edmund still intends to play in Great Britain’s Davis Cup tie against Spain on Friday.The 23-year-old s…

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‘Highly doubtful’ Bernard Tomic will play for Australia again, says Hewitt

Tomic said on reality TV that Australia could not win Davis Cup without himHewitt said Davis Cup team members have ‘laughed off’ Tomic’s commentsLleyton Hewitt doubts whether Bernard Tomic will play Davis Cup tennis for Australia again. The two-time gr…

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Ageless Federer outlasts rivals with 2020 Olympics a possible farewell | Kevin Mitchell

Roger Federer plans to stay on the Tour as long as his wife is happy while stricken rivals like Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic can only watch onAn intriguing scenario is unfolding in the wake of Roger Federer’s sixth Australian Open triumph in which th…

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Australian Open: Federer keeps his cool as heat of battle is fierce around him | Kevin Mitchell

Roger Federer and Caroline Wozniacki withstood the intense heat which affected so many players at the Australian OpenThis turbulent Australian Open has been about longevity, endurance and iced towels, three of the defining features of the modern game.T…

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Caroline Wozniacki ends years of doubt with maiden grand slam | Simon Cambers

The Dane says she now has nothing to lose after beating Simona Halep in an epic Australian Open finalJust after 1.30am on Sunday in a small room inside the media centre here, Caroline Wozniacki beamed her trademark smile. Less than three hours after a …

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Australian Open men’s final: Federer defeats Cilic to win 20th grand slam title – video highlights

Roger Federer became the first man to win 20 grand slam titles after victory over Croatian Marin Cilic in the final of the Australian Open. Cilic pushed Federer to a five-set match but it was the Swiss who clinched it in a 6-2, 6-7, 6-3, 3-6, 6-1 victo…

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Roger Federer wins 20th grand slam title with Australian Open victory over Cilic

• Federer beat Cilic 6-2, 5-7, 6-3, 3-6, 6-1• Swiss in angry exchange with official after close line callWhat should have been a Sunday stroll for Roger Federer on a warm summer’s evening in his favourite city away from Switzerland turned into an ordea…

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Halep hospitalised with dehydration as Australian Open officials defend roof decision

• Simona Halep reportedly spent four hours in hospital after defeat• Tennis Australia: wet bulb globe temperature did not exceed 32.5CSimona Halep was hospitalised with dehydration following her Australian Open final defeat by Caroline Wozniacki, forci…