Serena Williams to face Simona Halep in Wimbledon final

(CNN)Serena Williams remains on course for an eighth Wimbledon singles title after trouncing Czech Barbora Strycova to reach her 11th final at the All England Club. The women’s singles final takes place Saturday at Wimbledon, with the men’s final Sunday. READ: Coco Gauff: How do you protect a 15-year-old tennis prodigy? READ: Serena says she owes Naomi Osaka an apology. Osaka’s response made her cry Unforgiving America’s Williams was in unforgiving mood and forced world No.54 Strycova, a shock semifinalist, to scamper and cover every blade of grass inside the opening exchanges. The Czech defended valiantly against Williams’ blistering groundstrokes, which seemed to be tearing through Center Court with extra venom. A missed return on a short Strycova second serve …

Twitter Has So Many Feelings About Equal Pay & The USWNT’s Ticker Tape Parade

Al Bello/Getty Images Sport/Getty Images These Tweets About The U.S. Women’s Ticker Tape Parade Are Cheering Their Equal Pay Fight By Madhuri Sathish 3 hours ago Just three days after winning the 2019 World Cup final against the Netherlands, the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team took to the streets of New York City to celebrate their victory. On Wednesday, July 10, thousands of people converged on the Canyon of Heroes — a stretch of Broadway between Battery Park and City Hall — to shower the team with confetti and cheer them on. But these tweets about the parade prove that New Yorkers weren’t just there to celebrate the team’s latest trophy; they were also applauding the U.S. Women’s fight for …

How Elite Tennis Players Crank Out Serves at 150 MPH

It’s early afternoon in Orlando, the hottest time of day on a characteristically sultry Wednesday in Florida, a state famous for its perennially warm, wet, shirt-soaking conditions, which just so happen to be pretty much perfect for playing tennis. Or so I’m told. I’m standing—sweating, squinting, panting—at the opposite end of a court from 21-year-old Ulises Blanch, one of the many elite athletes who train here at the United States Tennis Association’s National Campus. I’m here to learn about the upper limits of the serve, the most nuanced stroke in tennis and one of Blanch’s specialties. I tell him I’m ready. He toes the baseline, lobs the ball into the air, and sends it bolting past me. “One hundred thirty-one,” …

UFC Fight Night Live Stream: Watch de Randamie vs. Ladd on ESPN+

Embarrassing losses, boring performances, poor effort, steroid use, light racism, not-so-light sexism, questionable technique, doubtful conditioning, missed weight, DUIs, domestic violence, eye pokes, groin strikes, punches after the bell, chokes held a second too longjust about anything can be excused. What the MMA community wont readily forgive is the belief that a fighter has dodged a fight. Cowardice is the unforgivable sin. When fans decide that a fighter has squirmed his or her way out of a match with a frightening opponent, that fighters reputation is shot. Which is what happened to de Randamie in 2017 when she refused to defend her UFC featherweight title against the woman everyone knew was actually the best featherweight in the world at the …

Aggers issues Tube advice for World Cup final

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionJonathan Agnew takes over tube announcements for the Cricket World Cup final. Sports fans arriving by Tube for the final of the Cricket World Cup will find themselves greeted by BBC cricket correspondent Jonathan Agnew. Announcements read by the commentator will be relayed at St John’s Wood – the north-west London Underground station that is closest to Lord’s. Aggers’s passenger tips will include: “To avoid being run out, please hold the handrail on the escalator.” England take on New Zealand on Sunday with radio coverage on Radio 5 Live. In another message, the BBC correspondent warns: “For some reason St John’s Wood is a very windy station so hold on to your …

England v Australia: 142 years of cricketing beef

Because although today’s match will be a one-day game, the intense rivalry has its roots in the history of Test cricket between the two sides. And it all started with a tiny pottery perfume jar. Ashes to Ashes Cricket has its roots in 16th Century England, but the first international matches were played in the late 1800s. An England team played in Australia in 1877, in what are regarded as some of the first ever international Test matches, and a return series was held five years later. It was after those games in 1882 that a sporting newspaper made a joke that became part of history. The Sporting Times ran a fake “obituary for English cricket” that concluded “the body …

Sex role-play death prompts law change plea

“The extent of his encouragement to her to carry out this act and his failure to report appropriately when she lost consciousness makes it clear that the male was so subjectively reckless as to amount to manslaughter,” Mr Haigh ruled in Hope’s inquest last week. Staffordshire Police said Jerome Dangar, 45, from Tintagel, Cornwall, was online when Hope died, but made no attempt to raise the alarm. It is understood a file was being prepared by police for submission to the Crown Prosecution Service to consider charging him with Hope’s manslaughter. Police and her family said this would have been a landmark legal first in the UK – but were denied justice when Dangar was found dead at HMP Dartmoor …

Which would-be prime minister wears unusual socks?

Two men – Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt – are competing to become the next leader of the Conservative Party and the UK’s next prime minister. They’ve been out and about trying to win the votes of party members who will decide on the winner. With less than three weeks to go until the result, what’s been happening over the past seven days of campaigning? Event of the week To try to put a fiendishly complicated issue in the simplest terms possible… EU rules say there must be checks at its borders with non-EU countries. But, with the shadow of decades of violent conflict around the Irish border at the forefront of their minds, all sides agree that no visible …

Jodrell Bank gets World Heritage status

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Soviet cosmonaut Valery Bykovsky (left), who went on three space flights, met Jodrell Bank founder Sir Bernard Lovell in 1967 The UN World Heritage Committee is meeting in Azerbaijan until 10 July to decide on the latest sites to be given the honour – awarded to areas considered to be important for the whole of humanity, which will be protected by international treaties. Jodrell Bank Observatory The site’s new accolade marks the end of a decade-long bid to gain World Heritage status, following a 2010 application to be included on the UK’s nominations shortlist. Professor Teresa Anderson, director of the Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre, said: “This is wonderful news and a great day in …

BMW 2019 i8 review: Driving yesterdays car of tomorrow, today

The BMW i8 is a lovely vehicle to drive even though it’s lacking. It hugs the road and commands attention. It’s thrilling in a way that few cars can achieve without speed. Sure, it’s quick, but it won’t set track records or quarter-mile times. It just feels great to drive. By the numbers, there’s little reason to buy a $164,000 BMW i8 Roadster. Want speed? Buy a Porsche 911 Turbo for $161K or Corvette ZR1 for $123K or Nissan GT-R for $112K. Supercar aesthetics? Get an Acura NSX for $157K. Want all-electric? Get a Tesla Model S. All are faster and cheaper than the BMW i8. The BMW i8 is just a stepping stone in BMW’s history. An oddball. It’s …

Googles Pixel 4 renders surface and all anyone can do is stare at that top bezel

This time last month, Google took the surprise (and anticlimactic) move of tweeting out images of the Pixel 4 well ahead of its October launch. Of course, that glimpse just focused on the rear of the device. Not only was the company looking to nip leaks in the bud, they were almost certainly attempting to show off their camera array before Apple got the jump on them. New 3D renders from OnLeaks may reveal why Google wasn’t in a rush to show off the front of the phone. The 6.25-inch phone appears to maintain the company’s staunch indifference to the war of notch attrition, forgoing the hole-punch camera from what appears to be a sizable top bezel (forehead). Perhaps there’s …

Serena Williams Pens Emotional New Essay Apologizing For 2018 U.S. Open Outburst – Perez Hilton

Less than a year after Serena Williams lost at the 2018 U.S. Open, the seasoned tennis pro is apologizing once again for how she handled the situation. As we reported, the 23-time Grand Slam champion Now, with the benefit of hindsight, Serena realizes she was in the wrong. In a new essay for Harper’s Bazaar, Serena reflects on how the entire fiasco totally marred her the historic victory for her opponent, 20-year-old Naomi Osaka. She candidly admits: This debacle ruined something that should have been amazing and historic. Not only was a game taken from me but a defining, triumphant moment was taken from another player.” It’s hard to forget the way the half-Japanese, half-Haitian tennis star was overcome with emotion …

US World Cup win proves female players deserve equal pay, team says

(CNN)The US Women’s National Team sealed the deal with its fourth stunning victory Sunday at the World Cup, but the players are still fighting another battle back home. In March, 28 members of the USWNT sued the US Soccer Federation for allegedly discriminating by paying the women less than members of the men’s national team “for substantially equal work and by denying them at least equal playing, training, and travel conditions; equal promotion of their games; equal support and development for their games; and other terms and conditions of employment equal to the MNT.” The soccer federation and the plaintiffs last month tentatively agreed to mediation, which is expected to begin now that the World Cup is over. During the …

Jill Ellis: The shy girl from England who became US Soccer’s record-breaking head coach

Lyon, France (CNN)A few hours before Sunday’s Women’s World Cup final, John Ellis will seat himself at his organ and play “You’ll Never Walk Alone,” Liverpool Football Club’s stirring anthem. A Royal Marine commando who became a football coach, the 80-year-old is no vocalist, but nevertheless he will warmly sing the words and glance at a framed photograph of his daughter, Jill. It is a ritual the Englishman goes through every time the United States plays. “That song says it all,” he tells CNN Sport over the phone from his Florida retirement home.

4,500 jobs at risk as William Hill axes 700 stores

Which betting shops are affected? We don’t know yet. William Hill will not be revealing which stores will close until later this year. However, staff at the shops were told about the decision earlier this week. What are fixed-odds betting terminals? Gambling firms pledge £60m to help addicts The government cut the maximum stake on fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs), which had previously been £100, because of widespread concern that players were able to lose large amounts of money in a short space of time. These are electronic gaming machines that allow players to bet on the outcome of various simulated games and events, such as roulette, blackjack, bingo and horse races. In its annual report, published in March, William Hill …

US fans roar at Lionesses defeat

Lionesses ‘left hearts and souls’ on pitch USA beats England 2-1 Brit Richard Lindley, who has lived in the US for nine years, says: “When we found out England was playing the USA, we took the day off work to be here. I feel horribly outnumbered though.” “We’re going to see if our marriage lasts the game, But we have an agreement that we’re not going to gloat, no matter what,” promises his American wife Ridley Williams with a smile. Image caption Christine Nawrot and Stephen Ikin react to a tense moment during the match Christine Nawrot says: “There’s no way this bar would be so full. But I like that it’s not just women supporting the game – it’s …