‘The Colonel’ Mikhail Youzhny Set For A Final Salute In St. Petersburg | ATP World Tour

Mikhail Youzhny’s career might not be defined by a single shot. The Russian never had a forehand like Juan Martin del Potro’s in his repertoire, and his one-handed backhand was never as devastating as Stan Wawrinka’s. But if nothing else, the Russian became synonymous with his victory salute, placing his racquet on his head after winning a match in tribute to his late father. And in a way, that’s fitting. The 36-year-old, nicnkamed ‘The Colonel’, has been a soldier on the ATP World Tour for nearly two decades, cementing his…

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Davis Cup: Croatia beat United States 3-2 to reach final

Croatia will face France in the Davis Cup final – a repeat of the 2018 football World Cup final Croatia reached the Davis Cup final after Borna Coric beat Frances Tiafoe in over four hours to secure a 3-2 victory over the United States. Croatia began the day with a 2-1 lead, but Sam Querrey beat Marin Cilic 6-7 (2-7) 7-6 (8-6) 6-3 6-4 to ensure a deciding rubber in Zadar. Coric then outlasted Tiafoe 6-7 (0-7) 6-1 6-7 (11-13) 6-1 6-3 to send Croatia into their first final since…

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Croatia Halts American Comeback To Reach Third Davis Cup Final | ATP World Tour

CROATIA 3, UNITED STATES 2Venue: Sportski centar Visnjik, Zadar – (Outdoor clay) On Saturday, Ivan Dodig and Mate Pavic came within two points of securing a 3-0 victory for Croatia at the Sportski centar Visnjik. But Mike Bryan and Ryan Harrison kept the United States’ slim hopes of a first Davis Cup final appearance since 2007 alive with a fifth-set tie-break triumph. Those slim hopes became a distinct reality on Sunday, with heroic performances from Sam Querrey and Next Gen ATP Finals contender Frances Tiafoe. After a late change in…

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Leonard Fournette of Jacksonville Jaguars unlikely to play vs. New England Patriots but no final decision yet

Jacksonville Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette is unlikely to play Sunday against the New England Patriots due to a strained hamstring, but no decision is final yet, sources told ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Fournette, who did not practice all week, has made improvement since injuring the hamstring last Sunday, but the team knows it would be a risk to play him. The Jaguars say they have a “good game plan” to limit Rob Gronkowski, who had seven catches for 123 yards and a touchdown in the opener. Jacksonville emerged from a…

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Valverde crumbles in final Vuelta a Espana mountain stage

Alejandro Valverde‘s dream of another podium finish or even another win in the Vuelta a España ended in near-nightmare as the veteran Movistar racer crumbled in the final mountain stage and sank from second to fifth overall. The moment the last climb of the 2018 Vuelta a España began to steepen, Valverde began to struggle. He had, he later revealed, been in trouble since the second ascent of Beixalis the fourth of the race’s six mountain climbs, but even the day before, on the Col de la Rabassa, he had…

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Davis Cup: France beat Spain 3-0 to secure place in final

France have reached back-to-back Davis Cup finals for the first time since 2002 Defending champions France secured their place in the Davis Cup final as they took an unassailable 3-0 lead over Spain in the semi-final in Lille. Julien Benneteau and Nicholas Mahut beat Marcel Granollers and Feliciano Lopez 6-0 6-4 7-6 (9-7) to wrap up the best-of-five-match tie. Benneteau retired from playing after the US Open but returned to help France reach their ninth final. They will face either Croatia or United States in the final in November. Croatia…

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Back-To-Back: France Reaches Second Straight Davis Cup Final | ATP World Tour

FRANCE 3, SPAIN 0Venue: Stade Pierre Mauroy, Lille, FRA (Indoor hard) After establishing a 2-0 lead in singles on Friday, defending champion France booked its place in a second straight Davis Cup final on Saturday in Lille. Julien Benneteau and Nicolas Mahut fired 27 winners to overcome Spain’s Marcel Granollers and Feliciano Lopez 6-0, 6-4, 7-6(7) at the Stade Pierre Mauroy. The Frenchmen won 81 per cent of first-serve points throughout the two-hour, three-minute contest to reach their fourth final in nine years and 19th championship match overall. The 10-time…

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Georgia Hall to start final round of Evian Championship five behind in quest for back-to-back majors

It was a similar Saturday story for Georgia Hall to last month’s Women’s British Open; the young Englishwoman scrapped her way through an, at times, ugly third round to remain in contention at the Evian Championship. However, unlike Royal Lytham, Hall will need to overhaul a five-shot deficit if she is to become the first British female ever to win back-to-back majors.  It is a big ask, but then the 22-year-old has proven herself to be up to the most demanding golf challenges and, certainly, she is still in confident mood…

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France, the Defending Champion, Advances to the Davis Cup Final

LILLE, France — The doubles pair Julien Benneteau and Nicolas Mahut sealed France’s win over Spain in their Davis Cup semifinal on Saturday, giving the defending champions an unassailable 3-0 lead. The French veterans, both 36, defeated Marcel Granollers and Feliciano López, 6-0, 6-4, 7-6 (7), on the indoor hardcourt set up inside the Pierre Mauroy soccer stadium. France reached back-to-back finals for the first time since 2002. France, which won both singles matches on Friday, will face either Croatia or the United States in the final. Spain was without…

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T20 Blast Finals Day LIVE updates: Worcestershire reach final, Sussex and Somerset battle | Cricket | Sport

T20 Blast Finals Day LIVE updates: Worcestershire, Lancashire, Sussex and Somerset battle (Image: GETTY) Worcestershire have never reached T20 Finals Day while each of the other three counties have all tasted success in England’s domestic T20 competition before. They beat Lancashire in the first semi-final with Sussex and Somerset the second match of what is set to be a thrilling day of T20 cricket. The four counties have all made it to Edgbaston, in the heart of Birmingham, after progressing through an entertaining 14-match group stage. Lancashire then beat Kent…

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