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'To the sport of boxing – I love you' – world champion Ward retires

Unified light-heavyweight world champion Andre Ward has retired, ending a career which delivered world titles across two weight divisions. Ward, 33, held titles at super-middleweight but moved up a weight division and unified the WBA, IBF and WBO light-heavyweight belts in 2016. In a statement he said his body could not “put up with the rigors” of boxing. “If I cannot give my family, my team, and the fans everything I have, then I should no longer be fighting,” he said. ‘Top of a glorious mountain’ Earlier in the week…

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Rafael Nadal: US Open champion puts resurgence down to 'passion' for tennis

Rafael Nadal put his remarkable resurgence down to his “love for the game” after claiming a 16th Grand Slam title at the US Open. The 31-year-old Spaniard beat South Africa’s Kevin Anderson 6-3 6-3 6-4 to win his third title in New York. Following his French Open success in June, it is the first time since 2013 that Nadal has won two Slams in a year. “I wake up every morning with the passion to go on court and to try to improve things,” he said. “I still want to…

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'That's insane' – six-week journey from world number 957 to US Open champion

Sloane Stephens was planning to spend Saturday night in New York celebrating with Madison Keys, hours after beating her friend to a first Grand Slam title. The 24-year-old American, ranked 83rd until Monday, thrashed 15th seed Keys 6-3 6-0 in just 61 minutes to complete a scarcely believable return from injury. Asked if she would be buying the drinks, Stephens confirmed: “Yes, a lot of them apparently. We are having a little celebration and she is coming.” Just 69 days after returning from an 11-month injury lay-off, and six weeks…

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Defending champion Kerber knocked out of US Open by Osaka

US Open Venue: Flushing Meadows, New York Dates: 28 Aug-10 Sept BBC coverage: Live radio and text commentary on selected matches every day. Defending champion Angelique Kerber was knocked out in round one of the US Open by Japanese teenager Naomi Osaka. The German sixth seed was overpowered by the 19-year-old world number 45, who won 6-3 6-1 under the roof on Arthur Ashe Stadium at Flushing Meadows. It continues a disappointing year for 29-year-old Kerber, who has not won a title since her victory in New York 12 months…

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Double world champion James retires from cycling

Double track world champion and Olympic silver medallist Becky James has retired, at the age of 25. The Welsh athlete won the world sprint and keirin titles in 2013 and took silver at the same events at the 2016 Rio Olympics. “I have had time to think about my future and have decided to retire from international track sprint racing,” James said in a statement. She intends to set up a baking business “along with exciting other projects”. James has been plagued by injuries during her career, and suffered a…

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Sarah Champion quits Labour front bench over rape article

Labour shadow minister Sarah Champion has quit the party’s front bench after criticism over a newspaper article she wrote about grooming gangs. The Rotherham MP wrote in The Sun that “Britain has a problem with British Pakistani men raping and exploiting white girls”. She has now apologised for her “extremely poor choice of words” and quit as shadow equalities minister. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said he had accepted her resignation. Ms Champion’s article was written after 17 men were convicted of forcing girls in Newcastle to have sex. Mostly British-born,…

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'He's an excellent person' – beaten Bolt on 100m champion Gatlin

Media playback is not supported on this device Justin Gatlin hopes athletics can be proud of him as world champion and wants his shock 100m victory to inspire others to come back from mistakes. The 35-year-old American – twice banned for doping – stunned London Stadium by beating retiring eight-time Olympic champion Usain Bolt into third. Gatlin – booed throughout the event – wants to be viewed as “a fighter”. “I’ve come back to the sport, worked hard, faced all the rules and penalties,” he told BBC Sport. “I’ve inspired…

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