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US Open 28th seed Suarez Navarro fined $40K after quitting

By Howard Fendrich, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — In the latest example of a player fined thousands of dollars at a Grand Slam tournament for what tennis officials deem a lack of effort, 28th-seeded Carla Suárez Navarro of Spain was docked $40,000 at the U.S. Open on Thursday, two days after retiring from her first-round match with a lower-back injury. She was due to collect $58,000 as a first-round loser in singles at Flushing Meadows. But tournament referee Soeren Friemel said Suárez Navarro, who can appeal the decision, "did not perform to the required professional standards" and so was punished for violating the first-round performance rule. She stopped playing after losing the first set of her match against Timea Babos by a 6-2 score. The Grand Slam Board introduced the rule before the 2018 season to deter players who enter tournaments while injured from retiring during first-round matches. Suárez Navarro also retired from a match at the hard-court tournament in Toronto earlier this month. "Not the easiest weeks for me dealing with some back pain," she tweeted Thursday. "We made our best effort to be ready and play our heart out, but it got really worse during my opening match in New York." In July, American player Anna Tatishvili was awarded her French Open prize money when the Grand Slam Board reversed her fine of about $50,000 for a 6-0, 6-1 loss at the French Open. That was her first tournament since October 2017. Bernard Tomic was fined his full prize money of about $55,000 at Wimbledon last month after a three-set loss in the first round that lasted only 58 minutes. ___ DOUBLE TROUBLE Naomi Osaka would be happy to play mixed doubles with Kei Nishikori for Japan at the 2020 Toyko Olympics. Just one problem: The reigning U.S. Open singles champion apparently isn't much of a doubles player. After Osaka's victory in singles Thursday — with Colin Kaepernick and Kobe Bryant watching from her courtside box — she said that "anyone that knows my doubles track record" knows she's not exactly an expert. She hasn't played a tour-level women's doubles match since 2017 ... and she went 0-5 that season. Nishikori said last week he was planning to play singles and men's doubles in Tokyo but wasn't sure about mixed, because it might mean too much tennis in the hot and humid weather. But, he added he would talk to Osaka at some point. They are friends, and Osaka said their pairing in Tokyo would be "historic." "I would definitely play with him," Osaka said. "I just would actually need to practice doubles for the first time in my life. Because you cannot play mixed doubles with Kei Nishikori and lose in the first round of the Olympics in Tokyo. That would be the biggest — like, I would cry. I would actually cry for losing a doubles match." ___ SET-DOWN SERENA That Serena Williams came back to beat 17-year-old Caty McNally at the U.S. Open after dropping their opening set shouldn't have come as a surprise: No one in the history of professional tennis has been as good as Williams at that sort of turnaround. Turns out Williams actually wins more Grand Slam matches than she loses after trailing by a set. Her 5-7, 6-3, 6-1 victory over McNally in the second round at Flushing Meadows improved Williams' career record at major tournaments to 42-40 after being down a set — the only woman in the 50-year Open era who can boast of a winning record in such situations, according to the WTA. The only other active player with more than 25 such victories is her older sister, Venus, who has 28. In all tour-level main-draw matches, Williams is 97-107 after ceding the opening set, a .475 winning percentage that leads active players. Next on the list? Maria Sharapova at .390, 83-130. ___ AP Sports Writer Brian Mahoney contributed......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsAug 29th, 2019Related News

Lowry s British Open win caps off big year in majors

By Doug Ferguson, Associated Press PORTRUSH, Northern Ireland (AP) — Winning the British Open didn't sink in right away for Shane Lowry. It apparently didn't take long. A celebration that began on the 18th fairway of Royal Portrush extended well into the night in Dublin. The European Tour posted a video on Twitter of Lowry, still dressed in all black from his final round with his cap flipped back. He was holding the claret jug in his right hand and a beer in his left as he belted out "The Fields of Athenry," an Irish folk ballad that has become popular for Irish sports fans. About last night...@ShaneLowryGolf #TheOpen pic.twitter.com/zdXW66yetz — The European Tour (@EuropeanTour) July 22, 2019 It might as well have been a celebration for all the majors this year. Nothing could top Tiger Woods in the Masters, which dwarfed an otherwise four-month stretch of compelling outcomes. Brooks Koepka had a major season not seen since before Woods began having surgeries, and the run is not over. He joined Woods as the only back-to-back PGA Championship winners in stroke play. He had chances in the final hour at the Masters and U.S. Open. And he was three strokes behind going into the weekend at the British Open, where he wound up in a distant tie for fourth. Thanks to the PGA Championship moving from August to May, all Koepka has done in the last 12 months is win two majors, finish runner-up in two others and tie for fourth. Along the way, he joined some elite company. Koepka, Woods, Jordan Spieth and Jack Nicklaus are the only players to finish no worse than fourth in all four majors in the same year. "This week is disappointing, but the rest of them ... it's been great," Koepka said Sunday. "I'm not going to lie. It's been fun." Lowry and Gary Woodland were first-time major champions, making it five straight years of at least two players winning majors for the first time. Their victories were special in their own right. Already popular with his peers, Woodland won over golf fans around the world with his gracious support of Amy Bockerstette, the 20-year-old with Down syndrome who played one hole with him in the Phoenix Open pro-am and made par from a bunker on the 16th hole. She also inspired him with three words that he kept thinking about in the final round of the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach: "You got this." Lowry wrote the perfect ending to the return of the British Open to Northern Ireland after 68 years. Sure, the focus of a sellout crowd at Royal Portrush was on Rory McIlroy, Graeme McDowell and Darren Clarke at the start. But as Lowry so beautifully and simply said when his name was on the claret jug, "Everyone knows we're all one country when it comes to golf." Woods should win anyone's award for best performance, even in the year of a World Cup when England's victory in cricket was amazing. It just doesn't seem that way. Rewind to April and find Woods trailing by two shots going into the final round of the Masters, a position from which he has never won. It had been two years since he suggested at the Champions Dinner he was done, only to fly across the Atlantic in a desperate search for help before realizing fusion surgery — the fourth procedure on his lower back — was the only route to a healthy life. Then he capped off his comeback with a flawless back nine to win a fifth green jacket and a 15th major, three short of the record set by Nicklaus. And then he took a month off and missed the cut at the PGA Championship. He tied for 21st in the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach, but only because of six birdies on his last 12 holes. He took a vacation to Thailand, spent a month away from golf and then missed the cut in the British Open. It was a reminder that while Woods is able to win on the biggest stage — none bigger than Augusta National — he also has weeks where his back or his game, and sometimes both, don't allow him to contend. "Things are different," he said before leaving Portrush. "And I'm going to have my hot weeks. I'm going to be there in contention with a chance to win, and I will win tournaments. But there are times when I'm just not going to be there." It doesn't look great now. It will later. Golf now waits nearly nine months until the next major. The longer the year goes on, the stronger memories will be of what he did at the Masters far more than the other three. If there was disappointment, look no further than McIlroy, who finished a combined 25 shots behind in the Masters, PGA Championship and U.S. Open, and lasted only two days at Royal Portrush. Ditto for Dustin Johnson, still stuck on one major, which stings even more considering he had a pair of runner-up finishes. A generation ago, Colin Montgomerie said it was tough to win majors because of Woods, which meant fewer opportunities for everyone else. That's truer now than it was then. Spieth has gone two years without winning anything. Justin Thomas was slowed by injury. It's tough to win. Tougher still is waiting 263 days from the end of the British Open to the start of the Masters......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJul 23rd, 2019Related News

Kaepernick looking for redemption after low point in Arizona

SANTA CLARA, California (AP) — Colin Kaepernick's roller coaster career hit a low point the last time he played in Arizona against the Cardinals. The starter in Super Bowl XLVII described the game from early 2015 as his worst start as a .....»»

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49ers hope change to Kaepernick helps them go deep

JOSH DUBOW, AP Sports Writer   SANTA CLARA, California (AP) — The San Francisco 49ers have had plenty of problems on offense the first five weeks, leading to coach Chip Kelly's decision to bench quarterback Blaine Gabbert for Colin.....»»

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Kaepernick reveals death threats over anthem protest

SAN FRANCISCO: San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick said Tuesday he has received death threats over his national anthem protest as the killing of an unarmed black man in Oklahoma sparked renewed outrage. Kaepernick has staged a silent boycott .....»»

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Renee on her comeback, controversy on her look

Los Angeles - Appearing in “Bridget Jones’s Baby,” the third installment to the franchise and a sequel to the 2004 film “Bridget Jones: The Edge Of Reason,” Renee Zellweger comes back with Colin Firth (as Mark Darcy) and Pat.....»»

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Joining Colin Kaepernick in his cause comes with costs

Standing, kneeling or gesturing in support of Colin Kaepernick's US anthem protests has come at a cost for the dozen NFL players who have joined the cause ag.....»»

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Rapinoe kneels during anthem before US match vs. Thailand

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — American soccer player Megan Rapinoe knelt during the national anthem before a U.S. women's national team match against Thailand on Thursday night, expressing solidarity with NFL player Colin Kaepernick. Rapinoe fir.....»»

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Joining Colin Kaepernick in his cause comes with costs

ARNIE STAPLETON, AP Pro Football Writer   Standing, kneeling or gesturing in support of Colin Kaepernick's U.S. anthem protests has come at a cost for the dozen NFL players who have joined the cause against social injustices. They've fac.....»»

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Denver's Brandon Marshall takes knee during national anthem

DENVER (AP) — Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall took to a knee during the playing of the U.S. national anthem before Denver's NFL season opener against Carolina. Marshall is a college teammate of Colin Kaepernick, the San Francisco 49ers' quar.....»»

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Denver LB Brandon Marshall takes a knee during anthem

Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall, a college teammate of Colin Kaepernick, took to a knee during the playing of the national anthem before Denver's season opener against Carolina......»»

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Former Secretary of State Colin Powell gave Clinton tips for private email use – Fox News

Former Secretary of State Colin Powell gave Clinton tips for private email use – Fox News.....»»

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NFL's Goodell doesn't agree with Kaepernick's actions

div>BARRY WILNER, AP Pro Football Writer /div> div>  /div> div>  /div> div>NEW YORK (AP) — NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell disagrees with Colin Kaepernick's choice to kneel during the national anthem, but recognizes the quarterb.....»»

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NFL's Goodell doesn't agree with Kaepernick's actions

div>BARRY WILNER, AP Pro Football Writer /div> div>  /div> div>  /div> div>NEW YORK (AP) — NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell disagrees with Colin Kaepernick's choice to kneel during the national anthem, but recognizes the quarterb.....»»

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NFL's Goodell doesn't agree with Kaepernick's actions

div>BARRY WILNER, AP Pro Football Writer /div> div>  /div> div>  /div> div>NEW YORK (AP) — NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell disagrees with Colin Kaepernick's choice to kneel during the national anthem, but recognizes the quarterb.....»»

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NFL's Goodell doesn't agree with Kaepernick's actions

div>BARRY WILNER, AP Pro Football Writer /div> div>  /div> div>  /div> div>NEW YORK (AP) — NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell disagrees with Colin Kaepernick's choice to kneel during the national anthem, but recognizes the quarterb.....»»

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Soccer star Rapinoe kneels during national anthem

CHICAGO (AP) — U.S. soccer star Megan Rapinoe knelt during the national anthem Sunday night before the Seattle Reign's game against the Chicago Red Stars 'in a little nod' to NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick. Kaepernick's refusal to stand for th.....»»

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NFL’s Kaepernick kneels during national anthem, continuing protest

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick knelt with his arms folded during the performance of the U.S. national anthem during a pre-season game in San Diego on Thursday, continuing his protest against racial injustice and police brutality......»»

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Eagles rookie backtracks on anthem boycott vow

LOS ANGELES: Philadelphia Eagles rookie Myke Tavarres pledged Monday (Tuesday in Manila) to emulate Colin Kaepernick by refusing to stand for the US national anthem, only to backtrack on the issue hours later. Tavarres, 23, said he planned to sit during t.....»»

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Isner blasts Kaepernick anthem protest as ‘pathetic’

NEW YORK: US tennis player John Isner weighed in on Colin Kaepernick’s controversial US national anthem boycott on Monday (Tuesday in Manila), calling the San Francisco 49ers quarterback’s action “pathetic.” Isner said he respect.....»»

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