Steve Smith will be welcomed back with open arms, say Steve Waugh

Banned Australian cricketer Steve Smith is likely to be welcomed back with open arms when he returns to club cricket in Sydney at the weekend, believes former captain Steve Waugh. Smith and David Warner were banned for a year for their part in a ball-tampering scandal during a test in South Africa that engulfed the world game and prompted a review of the Australian team’s culture and drive to implement a new player code of conduct. The pair, who were also sacked as captain and vice-captain of the side, were…

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Pan Pacific Open: Johanna Konta beats Gabriela Dabrowski to reach round of 16

Johanna Konta is currently ranked 43rd in the world in singles Britain’s Johanna Konta registered a straight-set win over Gabriela Dabrowski to reach the round of 16 at the Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo. Konta, ranked 43rd in the world, beat the Canadian qualifier 6-2 6-0. The British number one did not face a break point in the match and won 10 games in a row as she closed out the victory in 65 minutes. She will play either 2017 US Open champion Sloane Stephens or Croatia’s Donna Vekic next.…

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Sangmoon Bae, months after return from two-year military stint, wins Boise Open to regain PGA Tour card

Sangmoon Bae’s return to the PGA Tour this season did not go as planned, finishing 202nd in the FedEx Cup standings to lose his PGA Tour card. Luckily for Bae, following a short detour to the Web.com Tour Finals, he’ll be back on the big stage in 2019. With a birdie on the final hole at Hillcrest Country Club, Bae won the Albertsons Boise Open to regain his PGA Tour card. Golf fans may remember the plight of Bae at the end of 2015. He had turned in the best…

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Wu takes KLM Open title with final-round 67

Wu Ashun came out on top in a last-day tussle with Chris Wood to win the KLM Open by one shot and claim his first European Tour victory since 2016. The 33-year-old birdied three of the final five holes at The Dutch and was confirmed as the tournament’s winner when overnight leader Wood three-putted at the last. Rounds of 64 and 66 had put Wu in control over the first two days and though a 71 on Saturday handed Wood the initiative, the Chinese’s score of 16 under for the tournament proved…

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Washington Capitals open training camp

5:52 PM ET Emily KaplanESPN ARLINGTON, Va. — Stanley Cup-winning teams often worry about a championship hangover; a long, taxing playoff run can manifest with a slow start the following season. The Washington Capitals started training camp Friday fielding questions about an actual hangover. After all, since the moment captain Alex Ovechkin carried the Stanley Cup through the lobby of the MGM Casino after the Capitals clinched in Las Vegas, social media has been flooded with photos and reports of Washington players enjoying themselves, in what has felt like a…

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Wonderful Wu storms into KLM Open lead

Wu Ashun stormed into a one-shot lead of the KLM Open with a dazzling seven-under-par 64 in Thursday’s opening round. The 33-year-old arrived in the Netherlands on the back of a top-10 finish in Switzerland last weekend and continued that fine form with a bogey-free round at The Dutch. Birdies at the fourth and eighth holes saw Wu reach the turn at two under and five further gains between the 12th and 18th saw him take a one-stroke lead from Chris Wood. Englishman Wood also turned in a flawless card,…

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Naomi Osaka does not feel sad about Serena Williams’ outburst overshadowing US Open win

Naomi Osaka won her first Grand Slam at the US Open New US Open champion Naomi Osaka says she does not feel sad about the way her win was overshadowed by Serena Williams’ outbursts at the umpire. Osaka, 20, beat Williams 6-2 6-4 in Saturday’s final, but the crowd booed as she received the trophy. Williams got a code violation for coaching, a penalty point for racquet abuse and a game penalty for calling the umpire a “thief” in New York. “At the time I did think they were booing…

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With U.S. Open Clash Still Fresh, Carlos Ramos Set to Officiate Davis Cup

Adams, in comments to ESPN the day after the match, also complained about a double standard, although she was more measured in an interview with CBS on Tuesday. “At the end of the day Serena could have handled it a little bit differently,” Adams said. “She’s passionate, and she was speaking out. And I think for Ramos, he was a little bit defensive at that point and was fed up, as opposed to saying, ‘O.K., let’s get back to business.’” Such criticism of a chair umpire from governing bodies is…

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Who replaces Alastair Cook? Names in the frame to open England’s batting order against Sri Lanka

For the first time in living memory, England have no idea who will be batting in the top three for their next game. The selection panel will meet next week to discuss the touring party for the autumn trip to Sri Lanka, and the retirement of Alastair Cook throws up a quandary that only the most optimistic could possibly describe as an opportunity. In ordinary circumstances, England would now lean on Keaton Jennings, their most experienced opener and with a century in India on his record. In reality, he averaged…

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