Bianca Andreescu stuns Serena Williams to win US Open final

Bianca Andreescu has become Canadas first grand slam champion of the open era, beating Serena Williams 6-3, 7-5 Serena Williams, so strong of limb and spirit, could not disguise her inner frailty when she stumbled at the tape in the US Open final, and tennis embraced another new teenage champion, Bianca Andreescu, who took an hour and 40 minutes to win 6-3, 7-5 on her grand slam final debut. It was a match of uneven quality but festooned in unalloyed drama and much history. It also crowned the best first appearance in the tournament decider since Venus Williams lost to Martina Hingis in the 1997 final. Serena has reached four of six slam finals (most recently meltdown when losing to …

US Open title defence ends as Djokovic departs to boos after retiring hurt

The Serbians title defence came to a halt when he retired from his fourth-round match against Stan Wawrinka due to a shoulder injury Novak Djokovic was cruelly booed off the court at Arthur Ashe Stadium after a sore left shoulder forced his stunning retirement from Sunday nights fourth-round match with Stan Wawrinka at the US Open. The top seed and defending champion was trailing 6-4, 7-5, 2-1 after being comprehensively outplayed by the 23rd-seeded Wawrinka when he informed his opponent then chair umpire Nico Helwerth he could no longer continue, prompting a cascade of jeers from the nearly full 23,771-seat arena and leaving the world No 1 to raise a thumbs-up to the gallery as he hauled his equipment bags …

The last hurrah? USA have blazed the trail but Europe is closing in

The US have won three World Cups, and also helped make the womens game what it is today. Even if their reign ends, they should be praised It would be difficult to script a more idyllic beginning. On a balmy August afternoon in 1985, the US womens national team warmed up for their first ever game on a pristine pitch in Jesolo, a stunning resort town on the Adriatic coast of Italy. The sky was cloudless, the stands were filled and, to make the visitors feel welcome, Bruce Springsteen boomed over the PA system. In that moment, it hit USA goalkeeper Kim Wyant that she might be a part of history in the making. She looked around the stadium and …

The Milwaukee Bucks’ remarkable season now feels like a failure

Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks had a 2-0 lead in the Eastern Conference finals. Then Toronto fought back Just like that, the Milwaukee Bucks went from being in the perfect position to make their first NBA finals since 1974, putting together a 2-0 series lead against the Toronto Raptors, to being unable to win another game. In some ways, the Milwaukee Bucks 100-94 loss in Saturday nights biggest shot in team history to eliminate the Philadelphia 76ers. Leonard everything went sideways for Milwaukee so quickly. It must be doubly frustrating because this years Eastern Conference finals were essentially the NBA finals for both teams. Nobody was expecting the champions from the East to beat Golden State Warriors in seven …

Julian Williams stuns Jarrett Hurd for unified junior middleweight title

The feisty Philadelphian sprung an emotional upset of the previously unbeaten Jarrett Hurd to capture the WBA and IBF junior middleweight titles on Saturday Julian Williams sprung a shocking upset of the previously unbeaten Jarrett Hurd to capture the WBA and IBF junior middleweight titles on Saturday night at EagleBank Arena in Fairfax, Virginia. Williams, who went off as a 5-1 underdog in Hurds backyard, floored the champion in the second round on his way to a unanimous decision after 12 rounds of mostly close-quarters action by scores of 116-111 and 115-112 (twice) on the campus of George Mason University. The wildly entertaining scrap completed a comeback for the 29-year-old from West Philadelphia known as J Rock, who has won …