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Serena Williams' reign as world number one over

The 34-year-old Williams, who was gunning for a 23rd Grand Slam title that would take her past the record she shares with Steffi Graf for most in the Open Era, said "some serious left knee problems" had affected her game - as much mentally as physically.


Scott Brown: Celtic's heavy defeat to Barcelona was unacceptable

Scott Brown: Celtic's heavy defeat to Barcelona was unacceptable

But Barcelona had no problems in sweeping aside Celtic at Nou Camp to kick off their Champions League campaign with a bang as a hapless Brendan Rodgers saw his side succumb to a 7-0 defeat. If that strike was good then Iniesta's volley from Neymar's cross was remarkable in its execution. Injuries prevented Luis Enrique from deploying "arguably the best front three of all time" (Rodgers' words) in his lineup.



Shivpal Yadav replaces Akhilesh as UP chief of Samajwadi Party

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Monday sacked state minister for mining Gayatri Prasad Prajapati and panchayati raj minister Raj Kishore Singh from his cabinet. In another significant development, Rajya Sabha MP Subhash Chandra, a close friend of Amar Singh and Shivpal, also met Mula yam in Delhi on Wednesday.



Russell Wilson practicing on Wednesday

Doug Baldwin made the Dolphins pay twice on Seattle's final drive. Yet, Prescott's Cowboys stalled on two of three red zone trips, a huge problem considering the defense played over its head and still allowed 20 points in a 20-19 defeat to the Giants.


Kerber wins first set of women's final over Pliskova

Kerber wins first set of women's final over Pliskova

Afterward, Williams dismissed the notion she was tired from a grueling three-set quarterfinal against Simona Halep that concluded less than 22 hours before the semifinal started (Pliskova, whose quarterfinal was earlier Wednesday, watched, then slept in until 1 p.m.



Antonio Conte: 'David Luiz signing was a last-minute decision'

Luiz opted to leave Paris Saint-Germain after two full seasons in Ligue 1 to be part of Conte's revolution at Chelsea , and he is looking forward to building on their unbeaten start to 2016-17. Luiz - variously described by Hansen as "diabolical", ' farcical', and ' ridiculous', completed a shock deadline day transfer back to Chelsea , and Reds hero Jamie Carragher insists he has the quality to improved Andrea Conte's team.