Player power wins as organisers put back start times to avoid worst conditions

It took four days but the International Tennis Federation finally bowed to player pressure – and used common sense – as they confirmed on Wednesday that start times will be delayed to 3pm local time for the rest of the Olympic Games to avoid the most intense heat of the day. Heat and humidity made life difficult for players right from the start in Tokyo and though the heat rule was instigated – allowing players a 10-ninute break after the second set – but increased humidity in the city and…

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Sri Lanka vs India 3rd ODI, Live Score: Spinners Put Sri Lanka On Top As India Suffer Collapse

SL vs IND Live: Sri Lanka in command after they removed India’s top 8.© AFP Sri Lanka are in command after they dismantled India’s batting order in the third and final ODI. Spinner Praveen Jayawickrama who was added to the squad for the final ODI scalped three wickets while Akila Dhananjaya also got three wickets. Both the teams will now play 47 overs after almost an hour of play was disrupted due to rain. India have handed out five debuts as they made six changes. Sanju Samson, Nitish Rana,…

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July 22, 1989: The day Boris Becker won two matches to put Germany on course for the Davis Cup final

What happened exactly on that day? On this day, July 22, 1989, in Munich, Boris Becker won two matches on the same day for Germany in a Davis Cup semi-final tie against the USA. First, Becker came back on Saturday morning to play the fifth set of his incredible match against Andre Agassi, which had been stopped at midnight on Friday. Less than an hour after sealing his victory against the Las Vegas Kid (6-7, 6-7, 7-6, 6-3, 6-4), “Boom-Boom” was back on court, partnering Eric Jelen, to beat Ken…

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The stats which put Netherlands women on a hockey pedestal

Since losing to Team GB in the Rio Olympic women’s final, Alyson Annan’s side have raised their game and produced five outstanding years at the top of the women’s games. Should they reach the Tokyo Olympics final, they will have played 100 matches since Rio, with a staggering record behind them. Here, we asked Ramon Min, of hockey.nl, to compile the stats which mark Annan’s side out as one of the finest team performers in many a year. Number of matches by the Dutch women since the Rio final: –…

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Ireland rugby: Andy Farrell urges Ireland to put team needs first after picking eight debutants

Andy Farrell says Ireland’s debutants must not allow desperation to impress to become detrimental to the team after selecting eight newcomers to face the United States. Uncapped Ulster quartet Tom O’Toole, Nick Timoney, Robert Baloucoune and James Hume have been named in the Irish starting XV for Saturday’s clash in Dublin while international rookies Paul Boyle, Caolin Blade, Fineen Wycherley and Harry Byrne are among the replacements. Head coach Farrell has also handed first Test starts to Craig Casey, Ryan Baird and Gavin Coombes having opted to make eight changes…

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Lightning’s championship plans put on hold by determined Canadiens

TAMPA, Fla. — Anyone looking to suggest the mayor of Tampa spoke this result into existence would conveniently be ignoring the facts. When Jane Castor went off-script over the weekend and delivered the non-sanctioned message that it would be best for the Lightning to pass on a sweep in order to claim the Stanley Cup here on home ice, she said: “Here’s what we would like. What we would like is for the Lightning to take it a little bit easy, to give the Canadiens just the smallest break.” They…

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The day Pete Sampras put on a Wimbledon masterclass againt Agassi, his life-ling rival

What happened exactly on that day and why it is memorable in tennis history On this day, July 4, 1999, Pete Sampras produced a masterful performance in the final at Wimbledon to beat his life-long rival Andre Agassi, 6-3, 6-4, 7-5. At this time, it was an important achievement for Sampras, who’d had a complicated first half of the year, while Agassi, who had just won Roland-Garros for the first time, was full of confidence. Although it was already the sixth triumph for the Californian at the All England Club,…

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Need To Know: Caufield, Kotkaniemi put Canadiens on cusp of Cup Final

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India vs New Zealand WTC Final Live Score, Day 5: Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma Strikes Put India On Top At Lunch

India vs New Zealand Live Score: India claimed three wickets to put New Zealand on the backfoot.© Twiter/BCCI Both New Zealand batsmen, Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor started cautiously in the first session of play but Mohammed Shami soon got India their first breakthrough on Day 5, dismissing the latter for 11 runs trying to drive off the front-foot as Shubman Gill took a splendid catch diving forward. New Zealand skipper Williamson was joined by Henry Nicholls in the middle with the score at 117/3. The ill-fated inaugural World…

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UEFA Euro 2020: Clinical Belgium Put Finland On Brink Of Exit After 2-0 Win

Belgium scored two late goals to see off a valiant Finland 2-0 on Monday, pushing their opponents to the brink of a group-stage exit from Euro 2020 and sending Denmark through to the last 16. Finnish goalkeeper Lukas Hradecky’s 74th-minute own goal and Romelu Lukaku’s third strike of the tournament ensured Roberto Martinez’s Belgium finished top of Group B. The world’s number-one-ranked side will face a third-placed team in the next round on Sunday in Seville. Finland finish third in the group, but appear unlikely to be one…

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