Serena Williams’ smashed racket from the US Open sells for $20,910

Serena Williams’ smashed racket from the US Open sells for $20,910

Serena Williams’ smashed racket from her infamous US Open final defeat by Naomi Osaka has been sold for $20,910 at a New Jersey auction. Williams damaged the racket in the bad-tempered 2018 loss, a match which sparked controversy after the 23-time grand slam champion was docked a game for clashing with umpire Carlos Ramos. The…

Russia banned from 2020 Olympics and 2022 World Cup over doping scandal

Russia banned from 2020 Olympics and 2022 World Cup over doping scandal

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has unanimously agreed to ban Russia from major international sporting competitions — notably the Olympics and the World Cup — for four years over doping non-compliance. WADA’s compliance review committee (CRC) had suggested several sanctions because of the Russian Anti-Doping Agency’s (RUSADA) failure to cooperate fully during probes into Russian…

Man arrested after racist incident mars Manchester derby

Man arrested after racist incident mars Manchester derby

A 41-year-old man has been arrested over an alleged incident of racist abuse by a Manchester City fan during the derby match against crosstown rival Manchester United Saturday. A video circulating on social media appeared to show a fan making abusive gestures towards United players during their team’s 2-1 victory in the English Premier League…

Borussia Monchengladbach beats Bayern Munich to lead Bundesliga

Borussia Monchengladbach beats Bayern Munich to lead Bundesliga

Bundesliga champion Bayern Munich suffered late heartache as league leader Borussia Monchengladbach secured a 2-1 win in injury time to stay top. Algerian Ramy Bensebaini scored from the penalty spot after Javi Martinez was sent off for a foul on Marcus Thuram. Bensebaini headed Monchengladbach’s equalizer after Bayern’s Ivan Perisic opened the scoring with a…

Dual Olympic champion Ester Ledecka wins first World Cup skiing race

Dual Olympic champion Ester Ledecka wins first World Cup skiing race

She stunned the world with gold medals in two different sports at the Winter Olympics, but now Ester Ledecka has clinched her first World Cup ski racing title. The 24-year-old snowboarder and skier from the Czech Republic stormed to victory in a downhill at Lake Louise, Canada for her first skiing victory since Pyeongchang in…

Patrick Reed penalized for rules breach at Tiger Woods’ Hero World Challenge

Patrick Reed penalized for rules breach at Tiger Woods’ Hero World Challenge

Former Masters champion Patrick Reed was penalized two strokes for appearing to deliberately improve his lie in a bunker during the third round of the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas. The American was filmed taking a number of practice swings, which had the effect of flattening the sand behind his ball. The incident happened…

Players pictured under controversial ‘Black Friday’ headline embrace

Players pictured under controversial ‘Black Friday’ headline embrace

The two black soccer stars pictured on the front page of an Italian newspaper under the headline “Black Friday” embraced on the pitch after Friday’s clash between their teams. The headline over photographs of Chris Smalling and Romelu Lukaku sparked widespread criticism for being racist following the publication of Italy’s Corriere dello Sport Thursday. Both…

Caroline Wozniacki to retire after the Australian Open

Caroline Wozniacki to retire after the Australian Open

Caroline Wozniacki has announced her plans to retire from professional tennis. The former world No. 1 said Friday that her final tournament will be the Australian Open next month. It’s the site where she won her lone grand slam singles title, which came against then-top-ranked Simona Halep in 2018. Known for her defense, Wozniacki also…