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Rafael Nadal sobs, umpire is booed and Daniil Medvedev delivers killer speech after US Open final

Nadal and Medvedev put on a real show (Picture: /AFP/Getty Images) The immediate aftermath of the US Open final was almost as entertaining as the five-set classic that came before it! Almost. In a heartwarming moment, Rafael Nadal, completely overwhelmed after a 7-5 6-3 5-7 4-6 6-4 win over Daniil Medvedev in four hours and 51 minutes, sobbed at the side of the court as his 19 Grand Slam wins were shown on the big screen. A matter of minutes later, a section of the notoriously venomous US Open crowd were up to their old tricks as they booed chair umpire Ali Nili – who handed Nadal three time violations in the match – but the Spaniard was quick to applaud him. The scenes were reminiscent of the womens final a year earlier when boos rained down on the stage – although Carlos Ramos was not given his gift on court after an infamous row with Serena Williams. Its something that hopefully wont become a tradition at the final Grand Slam of the year. For love of the game @RafaelNadal | #USO..

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A tropical subject: Could typhoons hit Rugby World Cup?

TOKYO: Namibia 0 New Zealand 0 at the Rugby World Cup! An improbable scoreline but one that could happen if their pool match is cancelled due to a typhoon. The disruption caused in Tokyo in the early hours of Monday (Sep 9) by powerful typhoon Faxai has reignited questions about contingency planning for the Rugby World Cup, which starts in just 11 days. Advertisement Advertisement Here are some of the key questions as one of the world's natural disaster hotspots prepares to host one of the world's biggest sporting events. A plaque advertising the 2019 Rugby World Cup is seen on the ground at the Higashiosaka Hanazono Rugby Stadium in Osaka, Japan. (Photo: REUTERS/Thomas White) WHAT HAPPENS IF A GAME IS CALLED OFF? The regulations vary depending on whether the match affected is during the pool stages or the knock-out phase of the competition. According to section three of World Rugby's tournament rules for Japan 2019: "Where a pool match cannot be commenced on th..

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Football: Man United’s Dalot visits ‘Miracle Doctor’ in China

SHANGHAI: Injured Manchester United defender Diogo Dalot has been having treatment at Chinese club Shanghai SIPG under a Brazilian physio known as the "Miracle Doctor". The 20-year-old Portuguese right-back is yet to feature this season and manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said last month that he was out until after the current international break. Advertisement Advertisement What Solskjaer did not say is that Dalot, a US$25 million capture in June 2018 from Porto, was suffering with a hip problem and had gone to see Shanghai's physio Eduardo Santos. Dalot landed in Shanghai on Aug 29 and spent 10 days with the Chinese champions, the club said, publishing a photo of the defender at their training ground. Dalot, who could be moved to a more advanced role on United's right after the signing of Aaron Wan-Bissaka, may now be in contention for a Premier League start this month. Then-United manager Jose Mourinho called Dalot the best young full-back in Europe after signing him l..

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Martinez backs ‘focused’ Lukaku to fire for club and country

Sport Leaving Manchester United for Inter Milan has reinvigorated Romelu Lukaku and the striker is happy and hungry as he enters an important phase of his playing career, Belgium manager Roberto Martinez has said. Soccer Football – Euro 2020 Qualifier – Belgium Training – Hampden Park, Glasgow, Britain – September 8, 2019 Belgium's Romelu Lukaku during training Action Images via Reuters/Lee Smith 2 related media assets (image or videos) available. Click to see the gallery. 09 Sep 2019 01:45PM Share this content Bookmark REUTERS: Leaving Manchester United for Inter Milan has reinvigorated Romelu Lukaku and the striker is happy and hungry as he enters an important phase of his playing career, Belgium manager Roberto Martinez has said. Belgium international Lukaku joined Inter last month, ending a two-year spell at United, which began well, but ended with him battling for a place in the team. Advertisement Advertisement The 26-year-old has scored two league goals in as m..

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Sporting Life: Nadal reminds Medvedev youth still has far to go against tennis’ old warriors

On an exuberant Sunday evening, thick with emotion, Rafael Nadal reminded us again of his unchanged status as the patron saint of suffering. A sort of holy man of hurting, who turns tennis matches into brilliant punishments, who reaches through the curtains of exhaustion to excavate one last lunge, one more idea, one extra mile. He's a man who still doesn't know what his last legs are. How, we ask? Maybe even he doesn't know which is why he sat on his chair in New York like a winded, weeping boxer after covering 6,673 metres in short sprints. His fingers were taped and he looked proud but played out, mortal and moved. Please subscribe or log in to continue reading the full article. Learn more about

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Tennis: Nadal survives five-set test by Medvedev to win US Open, his 19th Grand Slam title

NEW YORK (AFP/AP) – Calling it one of the most emotional nights of his 18-year career, Rafael Nadal celebrated a dramatic US Open final victory over Daniil Medvedev for his 19th Grand Slam title on Sunday (Sept 8). The 33-year-old Spanish left-hander grabbed his fourth career title on the New York hardcourts in thrilling fashion, squandering a two-set lead before outlasting the Russian fifth seed 7-5, 6-3, 5-7, 4-6, 6-4 after 4hr 50min. "I more or less had the match under control," Nadal, the second seed, said. "The way he was able to fight to change the rhythm of the match was incredible." Nadal's head was in his hands as he became emotional in the moments after his epic triumph, feelings compounded when a tribute video of his Grand Slam titles was shown in Arthur Ashe Stadium. "Has been one of the most emotional nights in my tennis career, with that video, with all of you," he told a cheering crowd that chanted his name several times in the intense final set. "There'..

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Bowling: Cherie Tan makes history again in the US, becoming first Asian to win PWBA Players Championship

SINGAPORE – A week after winning a historic Masters title at the World Bowling Women's Championships in Las Vegas, Singapore's Cherie Tan added another feather in her cap by capturing the QubicaAMF Professional Women's Bowling Association (PWBA) Players Championship in Raleigh, North Carolina on Sunday (Sept 8). She is the first Asian to win the 59-year-old championship, which comes with prize money of US$20,000 (S$27,627). Tan said: "It's really awesome, because to come away with back to back wins is something that everyone wants, but it's quite hard to achieve, so I'm really pleased with the results." The 31-year-old had bowled consistently over the week to earn top seeding in the Stepladder Finals with a total of 8,744 pinfalls, ahead of Shannon Pluhowski (8,663). But it was fifth seed Shannon O'Keefe (8,170), the reigning PWBA Player of the Year, that progressed all the way to the final to meet Tan. Tan, however, maintained her form, deliveri..

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Man Utd scouting Benfica midfielder, and Man City target, Florentino Luis

Florentino Luis has caught the eye at Benfica (Picture: Getty Images) Manchester United have joined local rivals Man City in the battle for Benfica star Florentino Luis, who is becoming one of the most sought-after talents in Europe. The 20-year-old attracted the attention of City over the summer, but signed Rodri in the holding midfield role instead of launching a bid for Luis. Paris Saint-Germain did in fact make an offer for the Benfica man but it was turned down as the Portuguese champions are keen to keep hold of one of their brightest young talents. Man Utd have now joined the fray as Portuguese outlet A Bola report that the Red Devils sent scouts to watch Benficas comprehensive 4-0 win at Sporting Braga on 1 September, where they were also keeping an eye on centre-back Ruben Dias. Luis started that game, as he has all four of Benficas Primeira Liga matches so far this season, of which they have won three and lost one. Advertisement Advertisement More: Football The Po..

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Dana White green lights Khabib Nurmagomedov vs Georges St-Pierre fight

Khabib Nurmagomedov wants a fight with Georges St-Pierre (Picture: Getty Images) A Khabib Nurmagomedov vs Georges St-Pierre super fight is not off the table, after UFC president Dana White spoke positively of the potential bout. Khabib defended his UFC lightweight title on Saturday night, submitting Dustin Poirier in the third round of a dominant performance at UFC 242 in Abu Dhabi. The Eagle took his record to an incredible 28-0 and furthered his argument to be considered the greatest fighter of all-time, an argument which St-Pierre wins in the eyes of many fans. The former welterweight champion retired earlier this year and last fought in November 2017 when he won the middleweight title from Michael Bisping. However, the 38-year-old has admitted he could be lured out of retirement for a fight with Khabib and a shot at becoming the first person to win UFC gold in three weight divisions. When the possibility of the fight was put to White in the post-UFC 242 press conference, he pa..

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Rafael Nadal would love to eclipse Roger Federers Grand Slam record after US Open win

The Spaniard is now just one major behind his long-time rival (Picture: Getty) Rafael Nadal says it is an honour to be battling Roger Federer for the all-time mens Grand Slam record after securing his 19th major in Sundays US Open final. The Spaniard overcame Daniil Medvedev in a thrilling 7-5 6-3 5-7 4-6 6-4 victory which lasted four hours and 51 minutes to claim his fourth title at Flushing Meadows. It moves him just one Grand Slam title behind Federers record of 20 and while Nadal – who is five years younger – says he would like to eclipse his old rival, its not his ultimate goal. Nadal had to be at his best to defeat in-form Russian Medvedev (Picture: Getty) Speaking after his win, Nadal said: I would love to be the one who wins more, but I am not thinking and I not going to practice every day or not playing tennis for it. I am playing tennis because I love to play tennis. Advertisement Advertisement I cant just think about Grand Slams, no? Tennis is more than Grand Slam..

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