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Serena Williams thrash Osaka in rematch of controversial US Open final

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Tennis legend, Serena Williams, defeated Naomi Osaka 6-3 6-4, the first time the pair had met since the controversial US Open final in September of 2018.

The mother of one has now progressed to the semifinals of the Rogers Cup on Friday.

Despite the loss, Osaka, who crashed out of Wimbledon in the first round last month, will return to the world No. 1 spot on Monday following Ashleigh Barty’s opening round defeat in Toronto, Guardian reports.

“I knew her game a little bit more, so that’s a little easier. I’m just overall a little bit better,” Williams said. “I know her game. I watch her a lot. I know what I need to do to hopefully try to get a win today, and it helped a little bit.

“I go into every match thinking I can do it, but sometimes that doesn’t happen,” Williams said after the match.

The 37-year-old Williams ranked 10th and seeded eighth, won the event in 2001, 2011 and 2013 – all in Toronto – and has a tournament-record 33 victories in 37 matches. She won the last of her 72 singles titles in the 2017 Australian Open.

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Osaka will go from No 2 to No 1 on Monday when the new ranking is announced.

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EPL: Pogba names four Man Utd players he loves watching

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Manchester United midfielder, Paul Pogba has named the four Red Devils teammates he enjoys watching in action.

Pogba has completed his comeback from long-term injury since the Premier League restart last month.

The France World winner has helped Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men to win four out of their first five games.

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However, Pogba said he has been hugely impressed by his attacking teammates, Bruno Fernandes, Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood so far this season.

According to him, he loved every minute of watching them from the sidelines or further back on the pitch.

The former Juventus star said this ahead of Man United’s Premier League clash against Aston Villa on Thursday night.

“From behind (them) I just enjoy it. I am enjoying just watching Bruno, Rashford, Martial and Mason, who all played the last game, and seeing them score goals,” Pogba told United Review.

“You just keep applauding, and it’s beautiful, they make me enjoy football every time.”

He added:

“As well though there is the defensive work that people do not talk about – they do it. The pressing, they do it, and that’s what you maybe do not see that much.”

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EPL: Man Utd put up six players for sale to fund sancho’s transfer (see full list)

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Manchester United is ready to sell at least six players this summer transfer window, as it looks to fund a move for Borussia Dortmund winger, Jadon Sancho.

Recall that Man United remain favourite to agree to a deal for Sancho this summer.

According to Daily Post, Dortmund has already told Man United to sign Sancho before August 10.

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Man United have seen their revenue streams hit hard because of the COVID-19 pandemic and will have less money to spend this summer.

The Red Devils’ executive vice-chairman, Ed Woodward, is hoping he can sell some of the club’s fringe players to raise funds for Sancho, who has a £115million price tag on his head.

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According to the Athletic, Phil Jones, Chris Smalling, Alexis Sanchez, Marcos Rojo, Diogo Dalot and Jesse Lingard could all leave Old Trafford this summer.

Smalling, Sanchez and Rojo are on loan at AS Roma, Inter Milan and Estudiantes respectively.

Lingard, Dalot and Jones are not regular starters under manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s squad.

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FIFA sets new rules for use of VAR in EPL, LaLiga, Serie A

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FIFA announces new changes that affect Premier League, La Liga

‏FIFA has ordered that the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) reviews be applied uniformly across all competitions, as they take over direct responsibility for the system.

IFAB, the game’s law-making body, had previously handled issues pertaining to VAR during the two-year experimental phase.

During that time, there have been controversies mostly in the English Premier League, over how the centre referee should consult VAR to ratify decisions.

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Other major leagues in Europe like Spain’s LaLiga, the German Bundesliga and the Italian Serie A, have seemed to operate differently to the top flight in England.

Chairman of FIFA’s Referees’ Committee, Pierluigi Collina, confirmed to Reuters that the decision to take over the control of VAR from IFAB was a “natural transition”.

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“IFAB as an organisation has the duty to govern the laws of football, including VAR and the protocol and regulations. Once the laws of the game are set, IFAB’s job is over,” Collina said.

“It is then FIFA that deals with referees’ education around the world supporting all the member associations.”

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