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NEW YORK- Naomi Osaka received plenty of encouragement and advice from her mother Tamaki after her second round victory at the U.S. Open on Wednesday, although it came in the form of emojis printed on a sheet of paper. NEW YORK- Sumit Nagal does not expect to dominate Austrian Dominic Thiem like his near namesake and idol Rafa Nadal when they meet in the U.S. Open…

Van de Beek to wear former Ajax team mate Nouri’s number at Man Utd

(Reuters) – Manchester United’s new midfielder Donny van de Beek has said he will wear the number 34 on his jersey as a tribute to former Ajax Amsterdam team mate Abdelhak Nouri, who suffered brain damage after a heart attack in 2017.

Mother knows best as Osaka receives emoji advice from home

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Naomi Osaka received plenty of encouragement and advice from her mother Tamaki after her second round victory at the U.S. Open on Wednesday, although it came in the form of emojis printed on a sheet of paper.

Underdog Nagal looking forward to Thiem test at US Open

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Sumit Nagal does not expect to dominate Austrian Dominic Thiem like his near namesake and idol Rafa Nadal when they meet in the U.S. Open second round on Thursday, but the 23-year-old Indian is relishing the challenge on the biggest stage.

South African cricketers demand governance reform

Angry national team players have called on members of the Cricket South Africa (CSA) board to put “politics and self-interest” aside or face the collapse of the professional game in the country.

Murray ready for long haul after winning gruelling opener in New York

Andy Murray’s mental toughness has never been in doubt but his victory over Yoshihito Nishioka in the U.S. Open first round on Tuesday delivered the surest sign yet the Scot is also physically capable of going the distance at a major once more.

With no fans at US Open, Serena cheers herself to victory

With no fans to cheer her on, Serena Williams was left to push herself to a record-breaking straight-sets victory in the first round of the U.S. Open on Tuesday.

Tokyo 2020 organisers want ‘Super Mario’ Abe to remain involved

Tokyo 2020 Olympic organisers hope Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will remain involved in preparations for the re-arranged Games next year, despite his announced resignation on Friday.

Messi unlikely to change mind on Barca exit, says presidential candidate

Lionel Messi is unlikely to change his mind about leaving Barcelona, the club’s presidential candidate Victor Font has said.

De Bruyne may miss Belgium games for birth of child

Kevin De Bruyne may miss Belgium’s opening game of the Nations League on Saturday with his wife set to give birth to their third child, team officials said on Wednesday.

Djokovic embracing the pressure as he extends winning streak

Novak Djokovic showed a bit more passion than might have been expected in his first-round win over Damir Dzumhur on Monday but the world number one brushed aside any question that he was feeling the pressure as overwhelming U.S. Open favourite.

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