Barty looking for ‘rhythm and groove’ following Olympics disappointment

Ashleigh Barty looking to find ‘rhythm and groove’ following Olympics disappointment World number one Ashleigh Barty is gearing up for a strong finish to 2021 after a disappointing result at Tokyo Olympics. The Aussie skipped last week’s US Open preparation event in Montreal, but will return to the court in Cincinnati, before heading to New York for the final Grand Slam of 2021. “I’m looking forward to now changing back to hard courts and trying to find some rhythm and some groove,” she said. “It feels like a long time…

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Alonso says early criticism of F1 return was 'a blessing'

Fernando Alonso admits he wasn’t happy about the early criticism laid upon him in the first part of the season, but the F1 returnee ultimately considered the negative comments as “a blessing”. In Bahrain, Alonso returned to the F1 grid with Alpine after a two-year hiatus from Grand Prix racing during which he added another win at Le Mans, returned to the Indy 500 and tackled the Dakar rally raid. But life in motorsport’s fastest lane came calling once again for the two-time world champion who accepted to return to…

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Lyon Suspend Veteran Marcelo For “Inappropriate Behaviour”

Marcelo arrived in 2017 from club Besiktas for 7 million euros.© Instagram Lyon have demoted Brazilian centre-back Marcelo to the reserves due to “inappropriate behaviour”, the club announced on Tuesday. French media reported the two sides were negotiating ending the 34-year-old’s contract. In a statement, the Ligue 1 outfit said Marcelo’s behaviour in the dressing room was “inappropriate” following Sunday’s 3-0 loss to Angers, in which he scored an own goal. The club said the decision was “taken unanimously by Lyon’s management team.” They said they had told the player…

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‘True diamond’: Susannah Townsend retires from Great Britain hockey

Great Britain’s Susannah Townsend was hailed as a “true diamond” after the gold and bronze Olympic medallist retired from international hockey on Tuesday. The 32-year-old, who amassed 188 caps for GB and England across a 13-year career, played her last game in the thrilling 4-3 win over India at the Tokyo Olympics. She becomes the first player from the Tokyo cycle to announce her retirnement. “Hockey has given me more than I could have ever dreamt of,” said Townsend. “It has given me a sense of belonging and acceptance where…

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The day Steffi Graf became world No 1 for the first time

What happened exactly on that day? On this day, August 17 in 1987, soon after having claimed her first Grand Slam title at Roland-Garros, 18-year-old Steffi Graf became the world No 1 for the first time. Not only did she put an end to Martina Navratilova’s record 332-week reign, but the German was also the first player outside of the Navratilova-Evert duo to hold the top spot since Tracy Austin in 1980 – more than seven years earlier. The players involved: Steffi Graf and Chris Evert Steffi Graf: the French…

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Matteo Nannini has ‘received calls’ from F1 academies

F2 and F3 racer Matteo Nannini aims to join a Formula 1 academy – hoping to address the dearth of Italian talent at the top level of single-seater motorsport. Nannini has a famous name for his cousin-once-removed, Alessandro, raced in F1 in the second half of the 1980s, winning the Japanese Grand Prix for Benetton, until a serious arm injury sustained in a helicopter accident in October 1990 ended his career at the age of 31. Matteo, only 18, is the only driver competing in both the Formula 2 and…

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How to watch Super Cup 2021 Match LIVE

Borussia Dortmund vs Bayern Munich 2021 DFL Supercup final live streaming: Borussia Dortmund will host rivals and current Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich in a the DFL-Super Final at the Signal Iduna Park. As is tradition, the Supercup sees the winners of the previous season’s DFB Cup take on the Bundesliga champions for the chance to lift the first silverware of the new campaign. The key match-up to watch will be Erling Haaland vs. Robert Lewandowski. Comparisons between these two striker supremos have been building for a number of years –…

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Report: NHL to begin selling ads on jerseys for 2022-23 season

The NHL Board of Governors has approved the sale of advertising space on player uniforms, Eben Novy-Williams and Scott Soshnick of Sportico report. According to Novy-Williams and Soshnick, the vote was unanimous among the league’s 32 teams and clubs are now able to begin negotiating with potential ad partners. EXCLUSIVE: The @NHL is adding advertisements to its jerseys for the 2022-23 season https://t.co/5HibbGIlYJ pic.twitter.com/HHkkV5ElyT — Sportico (@Sportico) August 17, 2021 The advertisements will be three-inch by 3.5 inches in shape, although it’s unclear where exactly they will be placed. The…

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Rosberg recalls 'painful' third defeat to Hamilton in 2015

Nico Rosberg has revealed that his third defeat in the F1 championship at the hands of Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton in 2015 was the most “painful” but also a transformative loss. Rosberg and Hamilton became teammates at the Brackley squad in 2013 following the Briton’s move from McLaren to Mercedes. That year, a dominate Sebastian Vettel conquered his fourth world title, with Hamilton finishing fourth in the championship, outscoring Rosberg by 18 points although the German had put two wins under his belt compared to one victory for his teammate.…

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‘I hope I can get to World No. 1 one day’ says Stefanos Tsitsipas

‘I hope I can get to World No. 1 one day’ says Stefanos Tsitsipas Stefanos Tsitsipas is hoping for a strong finish to 2021, starting with the US hard-court swing. Following a semi-final run in Toronto, his attentions now turn to Cincinnati. In the pre-tournament press conference, the 23-year-old spoke in depth about his career aims and expectations. “My top priority is getting far into tournaments and playing good tennis,” said Tsitsipas. “I have said it: I’m not aiming for titles, I’m not aiming to go and win every single…

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