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Tennis: Nadal survives five-set test by Medvedev to win US Open, his 19th Grand Slam title

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NEW YORK (AFP/AP) – Calling it one of the most emotional nights of his 18-year career, Rafael Nadal celebrated a dramatic US Open final victory over Daniil Medvedev for his 19th Grand Slam title on Sunday (Sept 8).

The 33-year-old Spanish left-hander grabbed his fourth career title on the New York hardcourts in thrilling fashion, squandering a two-set lead before outlasting the Russian fifth seed 7-5, 6-3, 5-7, 4-6, 6-4 after 4hr 50min.

"I more or less had the match under control," Nadal, the second seed, said. "The way he was able to fight to change the rhythm of the match was incredible."

Nadal's head was in his hands as he became emotional in the moments after his epic triumph, feelings compounded when a tribute video of his Grand Slam titles was shown in Arthur Ashe Stadium.

"Has been one of the most emotional nights in my tennis career, with that video, with all of you," he told a cheering crowd that chanted his name several times in the intense final set. "There's no stadium in the world that's more energetic than this one."

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Outside of the French Open, where he took his 12th title in June, the US Open is the Slam title he has captured the most in his career.

"That's so important," Nadal said of his fourth US Open crown. "This victory means a lot. "And the way it happened. It was hard to control the nerves. The nerves were so high after having the match almost under control."

Nadal has dropped only one Grand Slam match out of more than 200 when he has won the first two sets, that loss coming to Fabio Fognini in the third round of the 2015 US Open.

But he nearly became the first man since 1949 to lose the US Open final after winning the first two sets when Medvedev mounted a charge, shifting styles and rattling the Spanish veteran.

Medvedev broke in the last game of each of the next two sets to force a fifth. But his charge came up just short.

Nadal broke to lead 3-2 in the fifth and again for 5-2. But he failed to serve out the victory there, double-faulting on

Bowling: Cherie Tan makes history again in the US, becoming first Asian to win PWBA Players Championship

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SINGAPORE – A week after winning a historic Masters title at the World Bowling Women's Championships in Las Vegas, Singapore's Cherie Tan added another feather in her cap by capturing the QubicaAMF Professional Women's Bowling Association (PWBA) Players Championship in Raleigh, North Carolina on Sunday (Sept 8).

She is the first Asian to win the 59-year-old championship, which comes with prize money of US$20,000 (S$27,627).

Tan said: "It's really awesome, because to come away with back to back wins is something that everyone wants, but it's quite hard to achieve, so I'm really pleased with the results."

The 31-year-old had bowled consistently over the week to earn top seeding in the Stepladder Finals with a total of 8,744 pinfalls, ahead of Shannon Pluhowski (8,663).

But it was fifth seed Shannon O'Keefe (8,170), the reigning PWBA Player of the Year, that progressed all the way to the final to meet Tan.

Tan, however, maintained her form, delivering nine strikes in the title match to beat the 40-year-old American 245-204 and claim the championship.

Tan was humble in victory, adding: "Bowling is a sport where it can be anyone's day, and today was just my day. All the competitors are equally great."

The PWBA Players Championship is one of the four major tournaments on the PWBA Tour, and is open only to

Rafael Nadal would love to eclipse Roger Federers Grand Slam record after US Open win

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The Spaniard is now just one major behind his long-time rival (Picture: Getty)

Rafael Nadal says it is an honour to be battling Roger Federer for the all-time mens Grand Slam record after securing his 19th major in Sundays US Open final.

The Spaniard overcame Daniil Medvedev in a thrilling 7-5 6-3 5-7 4-6 6-4 victory which lasted four hours and 51 minutes to claim his fourth title at Flushing Meadows.

It moves him just one Grand Slam title behind Federers record of 20 and while Nadal – who is five years younger – says he would like to eclipse his old rival, its not his ultimate goal.

Rafael Nadal reacts to closing the gap to Roger Federer's Grand Slam record
Nadal had to be at his best to defeat in-form Russian Medvedev (Picture: Getty)

Speaking after his win, Nadal said: I would love to be the one who wins more, but I am not thinking and I not going to practice every day or not playing tennis for it. I am playing tennis because I love to play tennis.

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I cant just think about Grand Slams, no? Tennis is more than Grand Slams. I need to think about the rest of the things.

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I play to be happy. Of course, the victory of today makes me super happy. But few weeks ago I won in Montreal and that was an important moment for me, too.

He continued: I feel honoured to be part of this battle. But I repeat the same: you cant be all day looking next to you about if one having more or one having little bit less because you will be frustrated.

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Dana White green lights Khabib Nurmagomedov vs Georges St-Pierre fight

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Khabib Nurmagomedov wants a fight with Georges St-Pierre (Picture: Getty Images)

A Khabib Nurmagomedov vs Georges St-Pierre super fight is not off the table, after UFC president Dana White spoke positively of the potential bout.

Khabib defended his UFC lightweight title on Saturday night, submitting Dustin Poirier in the third round of a dominant performance at UFC 242 in Abu Dhabi.

The Eagle took his record to an incredible 28-0 and furthered his argument to be considered the greatest fighter of all-time, an argument which St-Pierre wins in the eyes of many fans.

The former welterweight champion retired earlier this year and last fought in November 2017 when he won the middleweight title from Michael Bisping.

However, the 38-year-old has admitted he could be lured out of retirement for a fight with Khabib and a shot at becoming the first person to win UFC gold in three weight divisions.

When the possibility of the fight was put to White in the post-UFC 242 press conference, he paused for some time, but replied: Sure.

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St-Pierre wants to make more UFC history (Picture: Getty Images)

When asked about a bout with the legendary Canadian, Khabib said: Georges St-Pierre is great guy, great champion, great athlete.

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Hes very good example for young kids. If he want to come back, if he feel hungry, if he feel he can improve his legacy with fight with me … and he can make 155, I am waiting for him. And I think maybe he like new belt?

If he likes, I can give him, just only for one photo. But then he has to give me back this belt. But if he wants to fight? Welcome.

St-Pierre spoke to Chael Sonnen about wanting to make the fight with the Eagle in the past and the UFC turning down the bout.

We worked very hard to try and make it, my agent tried to make it, we asked many time and the UFC categorically didnt want to do it, said St-Pierre.

My goal was to be the first champ, champ, champ and then we even asked to do it at a catchweight and the UFC didnt want to do it.

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I know Khabib wants it, the fans love the idea of the fight, but it is unfair to [lightweight number one contender] Tony Ferguson because he deserves the title shot.

But now its over, I missed the train, the train is gone, I dont think it will happen.

When I train in the gym I feel like I still get it, if you ask me right after training, when I feel strong and confident, I would say I would consider the fight.

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But if you ask me later I would say no, I dont want to do that damn circus again.

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Man Utd scouting Benfica midfielder, and Man City target, Florentino Luis

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Florentino Luis has caught the eye at Benfica (Picture: Getty Images)

Manchester United have joined local rivals Man City in the battle for Benfica star Florentino Luis, who is becoming one of the most sought-after talents in Europe.

The 20-year-old attracted the attention of City over the summer, but signed Rodri in the holding midfield role instead of launching a bid for Luis.

Paris Saint-Germain did in fact make an offer for the Benfica man but it was turned down as the Portuguese champions are keen to keep hold of one of their brightest young talents.

Man Utd have now joined the fray as Portuguese outlet A Bola report that the Red Devils sent scouts to watch Benficas comprehensive 4-0 win at Sporting Braga on 1 September, where they were also keeping an eye on centre-back Ruben Dias.

Luis started that game, as he has all four of Benficas Primeira Liga matches so far this season, of which they have won three and lost one.

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The Portugal youth international signed a new contract this summer which extends his stay at Benfica till 2024, but crucially increased his release clause from €60m (£54m) to €120m (£108m).

Luis told Benfica TV at the time: I look at my progress in training with great pride because it has been very good. I was fortunate to have great conditions, coaches and colleagues who helped me evolve with each training session and every game to get where I am now.

We have goals, but we always try to do things step by step, to live in the present, because if we do not, we can hardly achieve what we want.

The defensive midfielder only made his league debut for Benfica in February 2019, but quickly caught the attention of Europes biggRead More – Source

Michael Vaughan, Ian Botham and Nasser Hussain slam England selectors for dropping Chris Woakes as Australia retain Ashes

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England bowler Chris Woakes was dropped for the fourth Ashes Test (Picture: Getty)

Michael Vaughan, Nasser Hussain and Ian Botham slammed Englands decision to drop Chris Woakes after Australia retained the Ashes with victory in the fourth Test at Old Trafford.

Despite admirable resistance from Englands middle and lower order, Australia bowled the hosts out with 13.3 overs to spare in Manchester to go 2-1 up in the five-match series.

England can still level the series by winning the final Test at The Oval but cannot reclaim the urn with Australia the current Ashes holders following their 4-0 win at home two years ago.

Woakes played in the the first three Ashes Tests of this series but was dropped for Craig Overton at Old Trafford and a number of England legends have criticised the decision.

Nasser Hussain led the criticism of the decision
Nasser Hussain led the criticism of the decision (Picture: Getty)

Former captain Vaughan told BBC Test Match Special: England have to look at the preparation, the selection, everything around this team leading into the summer.

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It hasnt been right, its been a bit haphazard. I didnt like that they dropped a senior pro in Chris Woakes here. It was wrong.

I dont think England have got it right, but full credit to Australia.

Nasser Hussain added: I can tell you, Woakes stats in England are a joke. I would love to know why he was dropped.

The drop-off after Stuart Broad and Jofra Archer in this match was huge. Overton bowled okay but it was a mistake to drop Woakes.

Australia retained the Ashes with victory at Old Trafford
Australia retained the Ashes with victory at Old Trafford (Picture: Getty)

He is an exceptional cricketer, a very fine cricketer.

You give leeway to Joe Denly and Jos Buttler and Jason Roy, who havent proved themselves in Test cricket, and then you leave out one who has proved himself. I dont get that.

England legend Botham, meanwhile, says he was amazed Woakes was dropped and suspected the Warwickshire all-rounder must have been injured.

He said: I was amazed. I thought he had to be injured. It was a remarkable decision.

Following Australias Ashes-retaining win, Tim Paine said: I didnt think it would be this emotional.

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Bob Willis tells England to drop two players for final Test after Australia retain Ashes

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England slipped to defeat in the fourth Ashes Test as Australia retained the urn (Picture: Getty)

Bob Willis believes England should drop Jason Roy and Craig Overton for the final Ashes Test after Australia retained the urn with victory at Old Trafford.

England levelled the series at 1-1 after their extraordinary victory at Headingley last week but were outplayed by Australia in Manchester, slipping to a 185-run defeat.

The Aussies, who wrapped up the win with 13.3 overs remaining on the final day, will take the urn back Down Under regardless of the outcome of the final Test.

However, England can still draw the series and Willis says Roy and Overton should make way for Ollie Pope and Chris Woakes at The Oval.

"We always believe, we always make sure we fight right to the end. It's bitterly disappointing but we have to turn up at the Oval"

Joe Root concedes that losing the Ashes is "tough to take" but is hoping to bounce back in the fifth Test. pic.twitter.com/HyNTvru0MN

— Sky Sports Cricket (@SkyCricket) September 8, 2019

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He told Sky Sports: The selectors have few options, theyre going more with luck than judgement if they pluck someone because theres not been any first-class cricket recently.

I dont think its the time to look to the future. After todays effort most of the guys deserve another chance. Englands batting is brittle, but so is Australias.

Jason Roy is not a Test match batsman. His last three dismissals have all been exactly the same. Good players dont get castled like that over and over again.

I would drop Roy and bring Ollie Pope in. He can slot into the middle order and Ben Stokes can bat at No. 4 if needs be.

England batsman Jason Roy is under severe pressure
England batsman Jason Roy is under severe pressure (Picture: Getty)

Pope has shown he has an excellent temperament, I like the look of him.

Willis would stick with Kents Joe Denly, who has made two fifties in his last three innings after a poor start to the series, but believes Overton should miss out in the series finale.

He added: You stick with Denly, he was handed a poisoned chalice after Roys demotion, but he battled manfully today.

Although Overton also batted well, hes in the side as a bowler and he didnt look threatening. Im not sure why he got the nod over Woakes. I expect Woakes to come back at The Oval.

The moment Australia retained the Ashes.

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Charles Leclerc ends Ferrari’s wait for a home win at Italian Grand Prix

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The 21-year-old Monegasque driver held off fierce competition from Mercedes pair Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton to seal the win, backing up his first Formula 1 victory at the Belgian Grand Prix. Celebrations in Spa last weekend were muted following the death of Formula 2 driver Antoine Hubert, and Leclerc raced on Sunday with the words "RIP Toni" written across the back of his steering wheel in memory of his friend.The last time Ferrari tasted success in Monza was Fernando Alonso's victory in 2010, but this weekend's result means the Tifosi — the famous Ferrari supporters that flock to the northern Italian city in their droves — can finally toast a home champion."What a race. I've never been so tired," Leclerc told Sky after the win. "I made a few mistakes but in the end I finished first so I'm very happy with this. I need to be careful with the mistakes but obviously none of them made me lose position today."READ: Italian GP practice shortened after horrific Formula 3 crashREAD: Charles Leclerc dedicates first F1 victory to Antoine Hubert

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Championship leader Hamilton kept in close pursuit of Leclerc for most of the race, but when he left the track with 11 laps to go, it was down to his teammate Bottas to try and spoil the home fans' party. The Finn narrowed the gap between his Mercedes and Leclerc's Ferrari to just half a second, but a braking error in the closing stages effectively settled the result. Hamilton still holds a comfortable lead at the top of the championship, 63 points clear of Bottas. "Congratulations to Ferrari and Charles, he did a great job," Hamilton told Sky after the race. "There was a lot of pressure from both Valtteri and I. I did the best I could."Obviously following so closely for such a lRead More – Source

David De Gea set to reject Manchester United contract offer and leave for free

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Manchester United risk losing David De Gea on a free transfer (AMA/Getty Images)

David De Gea is on the verge of rejecting Manchester Uniteds contract offer and leaving Old Trafford on a free transfer next summer, according to reports.

The Spain internationals current deal expires at the end of the season but despite holding extensive talks with United, an agreement over a new deal has not yet been reached.

United have offered De Gea a deal worth £350,000 a week, which would make him the highest-paid goalkeeper in the world.

But according to The Sun, De Gea has told friends he is willing to snub Uniteds offer and his Spain teammates feel that the 28-year-old could stall until January, at which point he would be free to negotiate with teams outside of the Premier League.

Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea is wanted by Juventus and could hold talks in January
De Gea is wanted by Juventus and could hold talks in January (PA Wire)

United had an agreement in principle with De Gea this summer but the Spaniard has not yet signed the deal.

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The report also claims that United have now been left with the impression that De Gea will listen to offers in January.

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How to become a… Peloton instructor

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Before joining Peloton, I was a professional commercial dancer for 12 years.

Dancing was my life, and I wasnt sure if Id be able to give it up – but being a Peloton instructor enables me to use so many elements of my dancing and so the change felt quite natural.

I get my energy from knowing that I help people get the best out of their fitness, health and well-being. People want to work out, but there are often obstacles that stand in their way, and seeing them overcome these is the main thing I love about my job.

One member told me that she had bought a Peloton bike shortly after a family member of hers had passed away and that my classes had allowed her to build up her fitness levels so much so that she was now doing a hike in memory of her loved one.

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Another member, a man who works for an airline, wanted to thank me so badly that he met me at the aircraft door on the way home from California a few weeks ago with a bottle of champagne!

How did you get started?

Ive danced since the age of three and spent three years as a junior associate at The Royal Ballet School, dancing four to five times per week after school, and then graduating from a three-year dance course at Performers College in Essex.

I have performed all over the world and toured with high-profile artists, as well as danced on primetime TV shows like The X Factor and Strictly Come Dancing and at events such as the Victorias Secret show in London, the Summertime Ball and the Royal Variety Show.

Three years ago, I started working in the fitness industry, as a cycle and HIIT instructor at a boutique studio in London. Thats where I met Cody Rigsby, Pelotons master instructor.

In November 2018, I officially joined the team as one of the first two Peloton instructors in the UK.

I spent two months in New York, training with Cody and the content team, and then started teaching on the platform.

How does Peloton cycling work?

Peloton brings the energy and benefit of studio-style workouts to the comfort of your own home through a connected indoor bike.

The bike offers live and on-demand fitness classes – whenever, wherever – and has live metrics that measure the cadence, resistance and output, which enables riders to track their own progress. During a live class, instructors can see who is taking part in the class and those who are celebrating a milestone, which enables us to give shout-outs to home riders.

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Theres also a community aspect; you can connect with other riders via the real-time leaderboard and through social media.

What is it like to host a live digital class?

All of the classes I teach actually have riders in the studio.

Most cycling instructors are teaching to a room of around 50 people max, however as Peloton instructors we reach a much larger audience, often thousands of riders at a time, which is amazing.

What was it like going from dancing to becoming a fitness instructor?

I still get to perform; I get myself ready for a class like I would for a show, I work with cameras, I get to make people feel good and I have a connection with music that I hope gives me such a good level of energy that I pass it on to my riders.

Dance will always be the foundation of everything I do, so it wont ever leave me.

Why do you think Peloton has become so popular?

I think the convenience factor is key.

Peloton allows you to personalise your workout; you can choose the instructor, the music you want to listen to and you can access an instructor-led class at any time of the day, be it live or an on-demand ride.

Riders also have access to Peloton Digital – thousands of classes across categories such as cycling, running, walking, bootcamp, strength, stretching, cardio, yoga and meditation.

Have riders ever sent flirty or rude messages to you during a class?

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The messages I get are generally just from people who want to share their progress with me.

Yesterday, I had a member tell me that she has just turned 40 and is recovering from an illness, but that my classes are getting her healthy again. She also told me her 10-year-old son loves to watch her ride her bike and smile!

It made my day, this is the goodness we should focus on.

A member recently told me that she has just turned 40 and is recovering from an illness, but that my classes are getting her healthy again (Picture: Leanne Hainsby/Peloton)

Whats the wow moment of your career?

I will never forget when I performed as a dancer at the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics closing ceremonies.

We spent roughly two months working on the show outside in Dagenham, and in typical UK weather, it rained pretty much the whole time so our dance footwear became wellies.

Its the biggest event Ive ever been a part of and included dancing on pointe (a ballet technique) on a ramp and learning new skills like Poi (a Maori dance).

I also got the opportunity to dance with Annie Lennox, Darcy Bussell, Emeli Sandé and Coldplay during the ceremonies and I can remember the feeling of those nights like it was yesterday!

Any funny or strange moments?

There have been some amazing, surreal and strange moments, like when I went on tour with Steps and realised I already knew the choreography by heart because I had learned every step – pun intended – as a kid.

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Or when the French designer Christian Louboutin taught me how to walk in his heels, and that time when after climbing to the top of the Arena di Verona amphitheatre in Italy during a break from rehearsals, I got such severe vertigo that I thought Id have to stay there forever.

I also once left a music video shoot with a new kitten, given to me by an artist. I named her Lady P and she was pretty famous in the dancing industry for a while.

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