SPORTS DAY: Serena to sizzle in snazzy Abloh for US Open

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SPORTS DAY: Serena to sizzle in snazzy Abloh for US Open

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TENNIS
Serena to wow US Open with Virgil Abloh outfits 
After turning heads in Paris with her black catsuit, Serena Williams is out to wow the US Open in her brand new “Queen” collection for Nike, designed by US stylist Virgil Abloh, the sportswear giant said. Abloh – artist, architect, friend of Kanye West and artistic director of Louis Vuitton – created two dresses for the court, one for the day in white and one for evening in black.   It is said to be inspired by the six-time US Open singles champion’s love of ballet.
SOCCER
Goalkeeper goes off his Baroka
Baroka FC goalkeeper Ayanda Dlamini is in hot water after he tried to smash a soccer ball at a ball boy during the side’s 0-2 league defeat to Polokwane City in the Limpopo derby at Peter Mokaba Stadium last week. The hapless ball boy seemingly rubbed Dlamini up the wrong way during the tense match and horrified spectators and TV viewers watched as the goalkeeper tried to strike the youngster. Baroka chief executive Morgan Mammila confirmed he would throw the book at the goalkeeper.
Komphela’s return to Chiefs has tongues wagging
Excitement is building at Kaizer Chiefs for the return of Steve Komphela, who will return to his old haunt with Bloemfontein Celtic for a league match next week. Komphela might have flopped at Chiefs but he has started like a house on fire in his new job at Bloemfontein Celtic‚ winning their opening three matches of the season in the best start for the club in 20 years.
UEFA award for BeckhamFormer England captain David Beckham is to receive the 2018 UEFA President’s Award in honour of his achievements in the game and his work since retiring as a player, European football’s governing body said on Tuesday.
Bolt ready to ‘prove people wrong’ 
Olympic sprint champion Usain Bolt eased into his first training session with Australia’s Central Coast Mariners on Tuesday and said he was ready to prove the doubters wrong by winning a professional football contract. Monitored by a big media pack, Bolt, who turned 32 on Tuesday, emerged at Central Coast stadium with his prospective teammates, flashing a big grin as he kicked the ball around during a light session in the sleepy seaside town of Gosford.
Prosecutors drop charges against ex-police chief
A former British police chief constable accused of lying over his role in the 1989 Hillsborough soccer stadium crush in which 96 fans died will no longer face any charges, prosecutors said on Tuesday, after a review of evidence. The Crown Prosecution Service said it had discontinued the case against Norman Bettison following a number of developments. “These include changes in the evidence of two witnesses and the death of a third witness,” it said.
Italy probes Lazio football fans over sexism
Police and football authorities in Italy said on Tuesday they were investigating after hardcore Lazio fans warned women to stay away from front row seats at the club’s stadium in Rome, in an incident that has sparked a public outcry about sexism. Ahead of Lazio’s Serie A curtain raiser against Napoli on Saturday, die-hard supporters known as ultras handed out flyers stating that the stand they occupy in the Stadio Olimpico stadium is a “sacred place” where women are not welcome.
RUGBY
Boks to face Puma backlashThe Springboks arrived in Buenos Aires on Tuesday expecting a backlash from the Pumas for their Rugby Championship return match in Mendoza this weekend. The Boks secured a tough 34-21 win over Argentina in Durban last Saturday‚ but Argentina will grow an extra limb at home and the Boks will have to be as good as they were in the second half in Durban‚ for 80 minutes in Mendoza‚ to win again.
What hoodoo? ask Maddocks
Australia have not won a Test at New Zealand’s Eden Park in 32 years, but talk of a hoodoo holds little weight for Wallabies rookie Jack Maddocks ahead of the second Rugby Championship match against the All Blacks. “I won with the Rebels, so what hoodoo?” quipped the outside back, whose Super Rugby side beat the Blues earlier this year. 
ASIAN GAMES
Extra toes make footwear a concern
When you are born with six toes on each foot like Indian heptathlete Swapna Barman, you cannot help being fussy about your footwear. Fifth on her Asian Games debut as teenager in Incheon four years ago, the 21-year-old has been fretting about her shoes ahead of next week’s athletics competition in Jakarta. “I never had customised shoes and I’ve been managing with a model which is unfortunately no longer available in India. I still have an old pair of them and I’m going to use them.”
Can we play you every week?
The Chinese women’s side has thrashed sorry Tajikistan 16-0 at the Asian Games. Forward Wang Shanshan plundered nine goals — a remarkable hat-trick of hat-tricks — as China ran riot.
Sports-mad couple name new baby ‘Asian Games’ 
A sports-mad Indonesian couple have named their new baby Asian Games to mark her arrival as the country kicked off the world’s second-biggest multi-sport event.   The little girl – full name Abidah Asian Games – was born about a month early in co-host city Palembang, just hours before Saturday’s opening ceremony, her parents said.
MOTORSPORT
Red Bull phonecall caught Gasly in his underpants 
French G1 driver Pierre Gasly was overwhelmed and under-dressed when Red Bull called to tell him he would be racing for them next season. “When (Red Bull motorsport consultant) Helmut (Marko) started the call with me I was in my underwear,” the 22-year-old told the Red Bull website after the news was announced late on Monday.
- AFP, Reuters, TimesLIVE

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