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Open. Victories over Garbine Muguruza , Angelique Kerber and Victoria Azarenka preceded her 7-6 (7-5) 6-1 win over French Open champion Ostapenko and Stephens was delighted to end what had been an otherwise disappointing start to the season, which had also been disrupted by a knee injury.
  • No.1 spot is up for grabs: Southgate

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    England were on course to back up their 1-0 win over the Netherlands on Friday and draws against World Cup favourites Germany and Brazil back in November thanks to Jamie Vardy's 26th-minute opener. "Our young players don't have that experience... we all need to understand Italy starts, not from zero, but not very far from zero". "What is more pleasing is the way the players are starting to adapt to the system".
  • Pittsburgh hiring Duke associate head coach Jeff Capel

    Pittsburgh hiring Duke associate head coach Jeff Capel

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    It's also possible that, with a seven-year deal in a major metropolitan area, Capel believes he can build a victor, perhaps capitalizing on talent in the northeast and mid-Atlantic when Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim retires. "Duke University and Coach K have had a profound impact on my life", said Capel. Capel was not implicated in the investigation and found a landing spot at his alma mater.
  • Argentina have a 'debt' to settle, says captain Lionel Messi

    Argentina have a 'debt' to settle, says captain Lionel Messi

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    In the absence of their skipper, Argentina were totally second best against Spain and shipped six goals in a 6-1 defeat - marking their heaviest defeat to European opposition since 1958. "We made a decision to wait for this game [against Italy] to rest, but I'm optimistic about playing against Spain ". Messi will return to training with Barca later this week, and the club expect him to be available for Saturday's trip to Sevilla.
  • Clint Bowyer wins at Martinsville, snaps 190-race streak without victory

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    Race distance: 263 miles, 500 laps. " You know, to have it come here, this is a place where I have come so close to winning the Grandfather Clock", he said of the track in Virginia. Last time the series was at the "Paperclip" Denny Hamlin wrecked Chase Elliott from the lead with just three laps remaining. He was less than a lap away from a Daytona 500 win and has finished 14th or better in every race so far.
  • Axe likely for Lehmann, Smith, Warner as CA holds crisis talks

    Axe likely for Lehmann, Smith, Warner as CA holds crisis talks

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    Veteran cricket writer Robert Craddock revealed Warner will be all but joining Steve Smith on the sidelines for the Johannesburg Test after Cricket Australia spent Monday deliberating on the former vice-skipper's future. Although Smith made it clear that Lehmann and the coaching staff had no idea about the conspiracy, the head coach played a part by getting word to Bancroft that his use of some tape to try and scuff up one side of the ball had been spotted by the television cameras.
  • Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo misses out on home podium again

    Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo misses out on home podium again

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    Kimi Raikkonen edged out his German teammate by 0.01s to take the front-row starting spot. Hamilton's initial lap seemed like an achievable target for his rivals. Things got worse when, after passing Nico Hulkenberg early in a trademark banzai move, Ricciardo got stuck behind the Haas of Romain Grosjean with teammate Max Verstappen just ahead also trapped behind the other vehicle belonging to the American squad.
  • New Zealand v England Test series: how to follow the matches

    New Zealand v England Test series: how to follow the matches

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    England coach Trevor Bayliss will cast his eye over Ben Stokes when he bowls at Eden Park on Monday. An ECB spokesman confirmed Stokes had come through his spell - his first serious bowl since the one-day series finished - with "no issues" and, weather permitting, would bowl outside on Tuesday and Wednesday.
  • Serena Williams storms out after first-round loss at Miami Open

    Serena Williams storms out after first-round loss at Miami Open

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    Pic: Getty Images ( Williams was knocked out in round three of Indian Wells - her first tournament since having a baby) Serena Williams was knocked out of the Miami Open in the first round by Naomi Osaka as the 23-time Grand Slam victor continues her return after pregnancy.
  • Jeff Hendrick Praised For Helping Young Fans Amid Toxic West Ham Atmosphere

    Jeff Hendrick Praised For Helping Young Fans Amid Toxic West Ham Atmosphere

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    As he watched on as his beloved club (he made over 500 appearances for West Ham between 1966-94) got sucked into the toxicity of their dissatisfied fanbase, it was hard not to feel sorry for him. " West Ham United have immediately launched a full and thorough investigation into the incidents which marred the second half of today's match and are committed to taking decisive and appropriate action", it said.
  • IndyCar and NBC Sports confirm new TV contract for 2019

    IndyCar and NBC Sports confirm new TV contract for 2019

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    As part of a newly inked three-year deal with NBC Sports, as of 2019 all IndyCar races, including the event that has always been promoted as "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing", will air on NBC and its affiliated cable-sports network and streaming services.
  • NCAA Tournament: Sweet 16 Predictions

    NCAA Tournament: Sweet 16 Predictions

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    The other two matchups are in the West, where Texas A&M meets MI and Florida State takes on Gonzaga in Los Angeles. Loyola Chicago and Syracuse were 11 seeds with a chance to reach the Sweet 16 with victories this weekend. "They are an older team". "We prepared for this every step, and they're locked in". Nevada . Coach Eric Musselman has done a superb job his third season in Reno and could spoil the Ramblers' run.