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Serena battles rivals, self-doubt at Wimbledon LONDON: Serena Williams finds herself under siege from revitalised rivals and an army of doubters as the defending champion starts her bid for a seventh Wimbledon title and a record-equalling 22nd Grand Slam crown.Since she walked off Wimbledon's Centre Court cradling the Venus Rosewater Dish awarded to the women's champion nearly 12 months ago, Williams has found herself engaged in a losing battle with the history books.That Wimbledon final victory over Garbine Muguruza meant Williams had won all three of the year's major titles, putting her within touching distance of becoming the first woman to secure a calendar Grand Slam since Steffi Graf in 1988.But Williams' historic bid came to stunning end in the US Open semi-finals when she was beaten by 300-1 outsider Roberta Vinci.In the aftermath of that chastening September day in New York, Williams has appeared a more vulnerable figure.For so long, Williams' power game and competitive ...

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Phelps completes probation for drink driving WASHINGTON: American swim legend Michael Phelps has completed his probation for his second drink-driving violation ahead of the US Olympic trials that start this weekend and could launch him to the Rio Games.The 18-time Olympic gold medal winner completed his probation Sunday after pleading guilty in 2014 to a charge of driving under the influence of alcohol.A one-year prison sentence was suspended but Phelps received 18 months probation.Phelps, who turns 31 on June 30, was ...

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Seve's legacy lives on with influence on newest pros BETHESDA: The late Spanish legend Seve Ballesteros continues to influence golfers, including Spaniard Jon Rahm and American Jordan Niebrugge, who make their professional debuts Thursday at the US PGA National tournament.The newcomers received key advice from Sergio Garcia and Jose Maria Olazabal, both of whom were inspired by Ballesteros, while the five-time major winner is a role model for Rahm, the low amateur at last week's US Open."I've really been studying Seve and how he ...

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Formula E to hold Las Vegas virtual race LONDON: Formula E, the world's first fully electric car racing series, is planning a virtual race in Las Vegas next January with a likely $1 million jackpot for the winner.Series chief executive Alejandro Agag told Reuters on Tuesday that the event, pitting regular race drivers against a handful of fans on simulators, could even become a round of the regular championship in future."We think e-sports (electronic sports) is a huge opportunity and we want to ...

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Eastbourne WTA results - 3rd update EASTBOURNE: Results on the third day of the Eastbourne International on Tuesday (x denotes seeded player).2nd rdAgnieszka Radwanska (POL x1) bt Mirjana Lucic-Baroni (CRO) 6-4, 2-1 retiredEugénie Bouchard (CAN) bt Irina Begu (ROM x15) 6-3, 6-1Dominika Cibulkova (SVK x12) bt Jelena Ostapenko (LAT) 6-3, 6-3Kristina Mladenovic (FRA) bt Timea Bacsinszky (SUI x4) 6-1, 7-5Mónica Puig (PUR) bt Ana Konjuh (CRO) 6-1, 5-3 retiredCaroline Wozniacki (DEN) bt Samantha Stosur (AUS x7) 6-2, 6-1Petra Kvitova (CZE x5) ...

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Boks Nyakane, De Jager to miss Ireland decider PORT ELIZABETH: South Africa have lost prop Trevor Nyakane and lock Lood de Jager to injuries ahead of the series-deciding third Test against Ireland in Port Elizabeth Saturday.Nyakane, who can play loosehead or tighthead, failed to recover from an ankle injury sustained in a second Test triumph last Saturday.De Jager, who suffered a calf strain during the shock first Test loss to Ireland, has also been released from the squad.The Springboks have been hard hit ...

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Kittel back at Tour with new team PARIS: German sprint king Marcel Kittel returns to the Tour de France next month with his new Etixx-Quick Step team.Kittel won four stages in each of the 2013 and 2014 editions but injury and illness ruled him out of last year's race.He has since moved to Etixx from Giant, replacing the man he surpassed as the world's best sprinter in the process, Briton Mark Cavendish.Etixx picked a team with the view of winning stages that ...