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Serena Williams Breaks Silence on U.S. Open Controversy

Serena Williams has maintained that she did not receive coaching in the U.S. Open women’s singles final in her first public comments since the post-match press conference.

In a forthcoming interview with Australian talk show The Project, the tennis superstar refuted comments that her coach, Patrick Mouratoglou, made about gesturing to her from the stands during her matchup with Japan’s Naomi Osaka.

“We all know that all the coaches coach at every match, all year long,” Mouratoglou said. “So this is the rule. Then there is the psychology the chair umpire is supposed to have. Tell Serena, ‘I’ve seen your coach do a movement, stop, otherwise you’ll have a warning.’ I don’t understand why he didn’t do that.”

Chair umpire Carlos Ramos issued Williams a code violation when he spotted Mouratoglou making a hand gesture toward her. This led to an argument between Williams and Ramos that escalated throughout the final. “I don’t cheat to win, I’d rather lose,” Williams was heard telling him.

“He [Mouratoglou] said he made a motion,” Williams says in a clip from the interview. “I don’t understand what he was talking about. We’ve never had signals.”

Williams also reasserted her belief that a gender-based double standard exists in tennis. “I just don’t understand,” Williams told The Project. “If you’re female, you should be able to do even half of what a guy can do.”

 

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Amidst U.S. Open Ugliness, Serena Williams and Naomi Osaka Offer Lessons

The boos rained down on the Arthur Ashe Stadium court on late Saturday afternoon, the New York City fans behaving as if the Jets made another crappy draft pick, or the hapless Mets lost yet another miserable game. Not as if the new U.S. Open champion, who’s all of 20 years old, was about to receive her trophy for beating the best women’s player of all-time.

That champion, Naomi Osaka, should have been smiling from here to her native Japan. She had just achieved her craziest dream, beating her idol to win the first Grand Slam of her wildly promising career. Instead, during the post-match awards presentation, she pulled her visor down over her eyes, to cover up tears.

The well-heeled U.S. Open was devolving into something uglier than it had ever seen. Then Serena Williams hit one of the biggest winners of her career.

Read TIME’s August 27, 2018 cover story on Serena Williams.

She put her arm around Osaka to comfort her, and implored the pro-Serena crowd, which was still ticked because chair umpire Carlos Ramos gave her a severe game penalty in the second set of her 6-2, 6-4 loss to Osaka, to stop with the Bronx cheer.

“She just won,” Williams said after the presentation. “I felt like, wow, this isn’t how I felt when I won my first Grand Slam. I definitely don’t want her to feel like that.”

Fans followed Serena’s directive and cut back on the jeers. The moment overwhelmed Osaka. She felt real sorrow for denying Williams what would have been one of the most glorious moments of her legendary career. Williams sits one Grand Slam title short of Margaret Court’s all-time record of 24 championships. She could have tied the mark a year removed from almost losing her life. After giving birth to her first child last September, Williams suffered a pulmonary embolism and needed five surgeries.

“I know that she really wanted to have the 24th Grand Slam, right?” Osaka said after the match. “Everyone knows this. It’s on the commercials, it’s everywhere. When I step onto the court, I feel like a different person. I’m not a Serena fan. I’m just a tennis player playing another tennis player. But when I hugged her at the net …” Osaka started tearing up, recalling meeting Williams at mid-court after her win. “When I hugged her at the net, I felt like a little kid again.”

The whole exchange gave a tender twist to what was an otherwise unfortunate affair. Early in the second set, chair umpire Carlos Ramos issued Williams a code violation because he spotted Williams’ coach, Patrick Mouratoglou, making a hand gesture toward her; on-court coaching is prohibited at Grand Slam matches. After the match,Mouratoglou admitted he was trying to coach Williams. But everyone does it, according to Mouratoglou. “We all know that all the coaches coach at every match, all year long,” says Mouratoglou. “So this is the rule. Then there is the psychology the chair umpire is supposed to have. Tell Serena, ‘I’ve seen your coach do a movement, stop, otherwise you’ll have a warning.’ I don’t understand why he didn’t do that.”

Mouratoglou also said Osaka’s coach, Sascha Bajin — who was Williams’ hitting partner for years — was also coaching during the match. “I don’t tell her what to do on the court,” says Bajin. “It’s more that I tell her ‘good job, stay calm, you got this.’ That’s more motivation.” So no signals? “Hell no,” Bajin says.

Williams insists she didn’t see Mouratoglou’s instructions. “We don’t have signals,” says Williams. “We have never discussed signals.” She made that point clear Ramos. “I don’t cheat to win,” Williams told him. “I’d rather lose.”

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She went up a break in the second set, but Osaka quickly broke back to cut Williams’ lead to 3-2. Frustrated, Williams smashed her racquet, which required Ramos to assess her a second code violation — and dock her a point in the next game. Still miffed that she received the first violation for coaching, Williams started shouting and pointing at Ramos.

“You owe me an apology,” she said. “I have never cheated in my life, I have a daughter and I stand what’s right for her.”

After Osaka broke her serve again to go up 4-3, Williams continued to berate Ramos during the changeover. “Say you’re sorry,” Williams said. She called him a “liar” and a “thief” for taking a point away from her. Ramos assessed her a third code violation, which resulted in a game penalty. Osaka was now up 5-3, a few points away from winning the match.

A tearful Williams, upset that Ramos would take a game away from her for calling him a thief, pleaded her case to tournament referee Brian Earley and WTA supervisor Donna Kelso. “You know how many men do things that are much worse than that,” she told them. The fans turned against Ramos. Osaka jumped around to keep loose during the delay.

In the heat of competition, athletes often lose their cool. Williams should not have pushed Ramos’ buttons during the changeover, especially since she already had two violations, and one more would cost her a game. But officials also can’t be in the business of impacting the outcome of Grand Slam finals. At the end of close basketball games, for example, refs are loathe to call a technical foul that could alter the outcome of the game. Superstars especially have earned more leeway. Unless LeBron James unleashes a slew of in-your-face F-bombs or tackles the official, the ref’s swallowing his whistle.

Calling Ramos a thief wasn’t cool. But that insult doesn’t justify such a crucial call. Many current and former tennis players agreed.

Still, the entire controversy shouldn’t overshadow Osaka’s achievement. She outplayed Williams on Saturday, full stop. Osaka seemed unfazed, firing off aces when Williams had break points, playing nearly flawless tennis in the first set. Osaka had just five unforced errors in the set, while Williams had 13. Williams struggled with her serve: she put just 38% of her serves in play in the first set, while Osaka put 73% of her first serves in play. Williams finished the day with six double faults; Osaka had just one.

If Ramos hadn’t given Williams the game penalty, she still would have had to break Osaka’s serve again in the second set to keep the match alive. Williams won a single break point all afternoon. Osaka ended the match on a 114 miles per hour service winner; she serves big, hits big, and gets her body to tough shots in time. Just like her idol. And Osaka’s just getting started.

Meanwhile, Williams is already considering the lessons of her verbal altercation. She represents much more than her sport, and she knows it. She’s not regretting her actions. “You definitely can’t go back in time,” says Williams. “I can’t sit here and say I wouldn’t say he’s a thief, because I thought he took a game from me. I’ve seen other men call umpires several things. I’m here fighting for women’s equality and all kinds of stuff.”

She thinks the penalty was sexist. “He’s never taken a game from a man because they said ‘thief.’ For me it blows my mind.” She also brought up the code violation that Alize Cornet, of France, received for changing her shirt and briefly exposing her sports bra on the court earlier in the tournament. Men can change shirts in public during a match. “This is outrageous,” says Williams. (Tournament officials have clarified the rule: both men and women can change shirts while sitting in their chairs on court).

“I just feel like that fact that I have to go through this is just an example for the next person that has emotions, and that wants to express themselves, and wants to be a strong woman,” Williams says, fighting tears. “They’re going to be allowed to do that because of today. Maybe it didn’t work out for me. But It’s going to work out for the next person.”

Read TIME’s August 27, 2018 cover story on Serena Williams.

 

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Serena Williams Was Fined $17,000 for Code Violations in U.S. Open Final

(NEW YORK) — Serena Williams has been fined a total of $ 17,000 for three code violations during the U.S. Open final.

The tournament referee’s office Sunday docked Williams $ 10,000 for “verbal abuse” of chair umpire Carlos Ramos, $ 4,000 for being warned for coaching, and $ 3,000 for breaking her racket.

The money comes out of her prize money of $ 1.85 million as the runner-up. Williams lost to Naomi Osaka in Saturday’s final.

Under Article III, Section P, “verbal abuse” is defined as “a statement about an official, opponent, sponsor, spectator or other person that implies dishonesty or is derogatory, insulting or otherwise abusive.” The section says a player is subject to a fine up to $ 20,000 for each violation.

There are separate categories for coaching (“Communications of any kind, audible or visible, between a player and a coach may be construed as coaching”) and for abuse of rackets or equipment.

Williams was penalized a point and then a game by chair umpire Carl Ramos in the final.

Williams was cited for the verbal abuse for calling him a “thief.”

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(LISBON, Portugal) — The chair umpire who penalized Serena Williams in the U.S. Open final has spoken publicly for the first time since the match, saying he is “fine.”

Ramos, who is from Portugal, spoke briefly to Portuguese newspaper Tribuna Expresso this week.

“I’m fine, given the circumstances,” Ramos said, according to the newspaper. “It’s a delicate situation, but umpiring ‘a la carte’ doesn’t exist. Don’t worry about me.”

The newspaper said Ramos received hundreds of messages of support from family, colleagues, players and former players. He said he has avoided social media and only reads “balanced” articles about the incident. He also refrained from going out the day after the final to avoid problems, according to the report.

The International Tennis Federation has defended Ramos for his actions during the final. The U.S. Open fined Williams for her three code violations.

The WTA later called for equal treatment of all tennis players and coaching to be allowed across the sport.

Ramos has been assigned to officiate the Davis Cup semifinal matches between the United States and Croatia, a best-of-five series which begins Friday and ends Sunday in Zadar, Croatia.

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Serena Williams’ powerful legacy was obvious at the 2018 U.S. Open

Serena Williams’ powerful legacy was obvious at the 2018 U.S. Open


Serena Williams’ powerful legacy was obvious at the 2018 U.S. Open

This past weekend, 20-year-old newcomer Naomi Osaka defeated Serena Williams in the final for the women’s single title of the U.S. Open tournament.

Not only was Serena the more established fan favorite, but the outcome of the game was called into question after Williams was penalized multiple times by the umpire—first because he judged a gesture from Williams’ coach Patrick Mouratoglou to be illegal coaching. Williams contested the umpire’s call. “You owe me an apology,” Williams told the umpire multiple times. “I have never cheated. I have a daughter and I stand for what is right for her.” Williams didn’t back down as the match went on, later telling him, “You stole a point from me; you’re a thief.” The umpire then docked Williams a game for “verbal abuse.”

When the tournament referees were called, Williams—visibly upset—told them, “There are men out here that do a lot worse, but because I’m a woman you’re going to take this away from me. That is not right.”

She’s not wrong: Male tennis players are known to do much more than call the umpire a thief. Players like Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, and Andy Murray have sworn at or threatened umpires without being docked a game. Even white female players like CoCo Vandeweghe and Victoria Azarenka have had angry outbursts (Vandeweghe once called her opponent a “fucking bitch”) without ever being docked a game.

It’s at once empowering to hear Williams calmly but forcefully state, “You owe me an apology,” knowing that she’s held to a higher (often impossible) standard than her white and male peers—and, at the same time, infuriating to know she still has to demand fair treatment when she’s arguably the greatest tennis player alive. Though the call wasn’t overturned, the crowd was undeniably on her side, cheering as she yelled at the umpire and booing during the closing ceremony after her loss.

Serena Williams on the court at U.S. Open
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This was the second year in a row where both women in the singles final of the U.S. Open were Black. Last year’s match was between Sloane Stephens and Madison Keys. Both of those women, like Osaka, are in their 20s and have said that, as children, they were inspired by Serena and her sister Venus.

I’m a similar age as Stephens, Keys, and Osaka. And as a Black girl from a tennis obsessed family, I also grew up watching and adoring the Williams sisters—unaware of the oppressively white history of the sport. It’s undeniable that Serena and Venus inspired many young Black girls to pick up a tennis racquet, even changing the demographics of the sport.

Naomi Osaka and Serena Williams hugging at U.S. Open
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it speaks to the unparalleled staying power of Serena’s career that she is now playing against the women she inspired 20 years ago.

Not only does this staying power reflect how long she has remained at the top of her game as an athlete, but how she has managed to thrive in a world that has been consistently hostile towards her.

We watched Serena as she became the top player in what was previously considered a “country club” sport. We watched her weather constant racism and sexism, from comments about her looks, to criticism about her clothing, to how she wasn’t as feminine as her white counterparts, to being called “an animal.” We then watched her continue to be triumphant on the court, breaking nearly every record there is.

Seeing this has, I feel, affected me on a cellular level, adjusting my posture, making me stand taller and more self-assured. It was rarely a question of “if” Serena would win, just “when” and “by how much.”

Serena Williams at 2018 U.S. Open
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Representation is too shallow a word for what Serena means to me and to other Black girls. She’s a blueprint for survival and excellence. And knowing what she’s had to survive only makes it harder to hear the strain in her voice as she stood up to the umpires in this weekend’s match.

Naomi Osaka, a Haitian Japanese player, probably understands this strain better than most.

Though she has faced and will face different challenges than Serena, she’s constantly been asked about how she reconciles her American, Haitian, and Japanese heritage, and a video recently surfaced of Chrissie Evert inexplicably bowing towards her after the trophy ceremony.

It’s a shame—though not Serena’s fault—that Naomi couldn’t enjoy her moment because of the effects of the umpire’s behavior. Serena is a fierce competitor, but it’s clear that her anger during the match was directed at the umpire and referees—not at Osaka. When the crowd booed Osaka after she won the match, Serena stepped in to put her arm around a tearful Naomi. Williams then told the crowd, “I just want to tell you guys that she played well and this is her first Grand Slam…. Congratulations Naomi, no more booing.”

Naomi has never shied away from her adoration for her lifelong idol, Serena Williams.

Days before the match, when asked if she had any words for her soon to be competitor, Osaka said only, “I love you!

While accepting her trophy, the overwhelmed first time Grand Slam-winner said, “It was always my dream to play Serena in the U.S. Open finals, so I’m really glad that I was able to do that.” When she was later asked about her moment of victory, Osaka said in a press conference, “When I step on the court, I’m not a Serena fan, I’m just a tennis player playing another tennis player. But when I hugged her at the net, I felt like a little kid again.”

Many have discussed how the controversy surrounding the match overshadowed the brilliance of both athletes. But sadly, it has also overshadowed the fact that just a year before playing in the final this weekend, Serena gave birth and nearly died from medical complications.

Serena’s athletic resiliency is unparalleled, and beyond that, her purpose is clear and focused.

Serena Williams at U.S. Open
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Thinly veiled racism and sexism in unflattering photos, racist illustrations, and headlines call Serena’s argument an “outburst” or the “meltdown” of a “sore loser.” They paint her as selfish and bratty, which is especially inaccurate considering that Serena has continuously expressed that she was not only standing up for herself.

In the press conference following the match, she powerfully stated, “The fact that I have to go through this is just an example for the next person that has emotions and [wants] to express themselves and [wants] to be a strong woman, and they’re gonna be allowed to do that because of today. Maybe it didn’t work out for me, but it’s gonna work out for the next person.”

Serena’s career is far from over, but the U.S. Open final reminded us what her legacy ahas already done.

She won’t be silenced or denied, and her ultimate goal is to make conditions better for future girls. But in many ways, she has accomplished this: She’s inspired an incalculable number of Black girls, including Naomi Osaka, to follow in her excellent and morally righteous footsteps.

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Billie Jean King, Nicki Minaj and More Show Support for Serena Williams After Controversial U.S. Open

Athletes and celebrities alike have shown support for Serena Williams on social media after an umpire gave her multiple violations during Saturday’s U.S. Open final.

They have called out his actions as being sexist, racist and just plain inappropriate at such a crucial point in a championship match.

Famous athletes, like tennis legend Billie Jean King, expressed dismay at umpire Carlos Ramos’ treatment of Williams on Twitter, writing that female players are often treated differently than male players in all kinds of sports.

“When a woman is emotional, she’s ‘hysterical’ and she’s penalized for it,” King tweeted. “When a man does the same, he’s ‘outspoken’ and there are no repercussions.”

Ramos issued three violations against Williams — which will cost the tennis star $ 17,000 — towards the end of the U.S. open final, which she lost to 20-year-old Naomi Osaka. The violations were for coaching (supposedly Ramos saw Williams’ coach signaling to her during a game), breaking her racket and behavior Romas deemed “verbal abuse.” Many believe his violations impacted the ultimate outcome of the championship match.

His controversial calls were not only a blow to Williams’ legacy — who would have tied Margaret Court’s all-time record of 24 Grand Slam titles — but also cast a shadow over Osaka’s win, which should have been a historic moment for the young athlete. She is the first Japanese player to win the U.S. Open.

Public figures on social media also pointed out that umpires have given warnings, or no violations at all, to male players who have argued similarly in the past.

Others championed the camaraderie between the two players and the example of support that was shown.

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Others widely shared Sally Jenkin’s op-ed in the Washington Post, in which she said that the umpire “abused his authority.”

“Ramos took what began as a minor infraction and turned it into one of the nastiest and most emotional controversies in the history of tennis, all because he couldn’t take a woman speaking sharply to him,” wrote Jenkins. “Male players have sworn and cursed at the top of their lungs, hurled and blasted their equipment into shards, and never been penalized as Williams was in the second set of the U.S. Open final.”

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Naomi Osaka upsets Serena Williams, who received game penalty, to win 2018 U.S. Open

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Move Over Roger Federer. This Move Is the Real Upset at the U.S. Open 2018

The tennis world may be reeling over five-time U.S. Open champion Roger Federer’s unexpected loss to John Millman, ranked far below Federer at number 55, but fans at Arthur Ashe stadium know the real upset took place before the match—someone was spotted dipping chicken fingers into soda.

ESPN reportedly broadcast the abhorrent behavior during the Madison Keys-Dominika Cibulkova match-up at the Queens, N.Y. tennis championship on Monday afternoon and reporting the crime against chicken quickly overshadowed live commenting on the match on Twitter.

The woman’s preferred chicken tender pairing soon became the talk of social media, as she seemingly managed to gross out the entire internet with one dunk of deep-fried chicken. The offensive dipping picked up traction online as the shocking snack pairing went viral. Even trusted snack source @Faturday deemed it “mutant” behavior:

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Serena Williams is heading to the U.S. Open Finals a year after giving birth—and almost dying

Serena Williams is heading to the U.S. Open Finals a year after giving birth—and almost dying


Serena Williams is heading to the U.S. Open Finals a year after giving birth—and almost dying

Serena Williams is just one match away from achieving her record 24th Grand Slam singles title. The 36-year-old tennis champ advanced to the U.S. Open finals on Thursday, September 6th, beating Anastasija Sevastova 6-3, 6-0 in a tense semi-finals match on the grounds of the USTA National Tennis Center in Queens, New York City.

She’ll now play in the Saturday, August 8th, women’s final. A win there will see her name listed in the history books, tied with Margaret Court for the all-time record of the most Grand Slam singles titles ever. The feat—already outstanding—is even more remarkable, as Williams’ life was in serious jeopardy just one year ago.

After giving birth to her daughter Alexis Olympia on September 1st, 2017, via emergency cesarean section, the athlete had a near-death experience involving pulmonary embolism—forcing her to spend the next six weeks in bed.

Williams has also struggled with postpartum depression, and previously opened up about the pain she felt leaving her daughter’s side to return to the tennis court. “I didn’t think I’d be this attached,” Williams told TIME in August. “It’s difficult to leave her.”

When she did get back to work, victory wasn’t immediate.

Prior to the Open, Williams played in five tournaments. In August, there was a crushing loss in the opening round of a U.S. Open tune-up tournament in San Jose, California. One month earlier, Williams made it to the final women’s singles round of Wimbledon, but was defeated.

“It’s obviously disappointing, but I can’t be disappointed,” she said in an emotional speech after the Wimbledon loss. “I have so much to look forward to. I’m literally just getting started.”

“I dedicated that to all the moms out there who’ve been through a lot,” she added. “If I can do it, you guys can do it too.”

Tennis still, though, has remained the one thing Williams points to as something she can do for herself, she told TIME.

I’m not done yet, simple,” she said. “My story doesn’t end here.”

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Throughout it all, husband Alexis Ohanian has been nothing but supportive, cheering her on from the sidelines.

Williams has also had a little cheerleader in daughter Alexis Olympia, who — in a sweet photo posted to Instagram on Thursday night — adorably modeled a tiny version of the black tulle dress created for her by Off-White designer Virgil Abloh for the athlete’s first match at the U.S. Open last week.

“Did Momma win?” Williams captioned the shot.

Minutes after her win on Thursday night, Williams told ESPN, “A year ago, I was fighting for literally my life at the hospital after I had the baby. Every day I step on this court, I am grateful that I have an opportunity to play this sport.”

“No matter what happens in any match—semis, finals—I just feel like I’ve already won,” she said.

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Rising Tennis Star Naomi Osaka Always Looked Up to Serena Williams. Now She’s Facing Her in the U.S. Open Final

Last year, Naomi Osaka commanded the world’s attention when she bested the U.S. Open’s defending champion Angelique Kerber in a stunning upset in the very first round. This year, the 20-year-old upstart has a shot at claiming the title herself as she challenges six-time champion Serena Williams in a historic final on Saturday.

In what Osaka termed her “dream match” against her idol, Saturday’s game pits tennis’ rising star against one of the game’s ultimate greats — if Williams wins she would tie Margaret Court for the overall record of 24 Grand Slam singles titles. And while this isn’t the first time two black players have competed for the women’s singles title, it is the first time both of their last names were not Williams.

The two have competed only once before, and it’s the newcomer who holds the upper hand. As Serena herself put it, Osaka is “a really good, talented player. Very dangerous.”

Ahead of Saturday’s face off, here’s what to know about the new kid on the block.

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Harry How—Getty Images Naomi Osaka of Japan celebrates a match point in the WTA final over Daria Kasatkina of Russia during the BNP Paribas Open on March 18, 2018 in Indian Wells, California.

A first for Japan

For her country, Osaka has already succeeded in a major milestone: She is the first Japanese woman to reach the final of any Grand Slam. And she’s currently her country’s top-ranked player.

Yet in Japan, where racial homogeneity is prized and ethnic background comprises a big part of cultural belonging, Osaka is considered hafu or half Japanese. Born to a Japanese mother and a Haitian father, Osaka grew up in New York. She holds dual American and Japanese passports, but plays under Japan’s flag.

Some hafu, like Miss Universe Japan Ariana Miyamoto, have spoken publicly about the discrimination the term can confer. “I wonder how a hafu can represent Japan,” one Facebook user wrote of Miyamoto, according to Al Jazeera America’s translation.

For her part, Osaka has spoken repeatedly about being proud to represent Japan, as well as Haiti. But in a 2016 USA Today interview she also noted, “When I go to Japan people are confused. From my name, they don’t expect to see a black girl.”

On the court, Osaka has largely been embraced as one of her country’s rising stars. Off court, she says she’s still trying to learn the language.

“I can understand way more Japanese than I can speak,” she said.

‘Like no one ever was’

In her press conferences, which for now are English only, Osaka has earned a reputation for her youthful candor and nerdy sense of humor.

In response to a reporter asking about her ambitions, she said, “to be the very best, like no one ever was.” After an awkward pause, she clarified, “I’m sorry; that’s the Pokémon theme song. But, yeah, to be the very best, and go as far as I can go.”

At Indian Wells this year, where Osaka stunned her higher-ranked opponents and claimed victory after searing past the world’s number one Simona Halep in the semis and besting Daria Kasatkina in the finals, she proved herself no longer just the underdog. She then proceeded to give what she described as “the worst acceptance speech of all time.”

“Hello, hi, I am—okay never mind,” it began, before a litany of thank you’s petered out into giggles.
But don’t let her soft-spoken persona or goofy interviews fool you. On court, Osaka brings the heat, uncorking both ferocious power and an aggressive baseline game.
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Minas Panagiotakis—Getty Images Naomi Osaka of Japan serves during day two of the Rogers Cup at IGA Stadium on Aug. 7, 2018 in Montreal, Quebec.

W.W.S.D.

Earlier this year, Osaka reveled a four-word mantra keeps her steady through tough matches: “What would Serena do?”

Her idolization of the 23 Grand Slam-winning titan is well-known.

“She’s the main reason why I started playing tennis,” Osaka told the New York Times.

When the two played in Miami in March, six months after Serena nearly died giving birth, Osaka won. Then she Instagrammed a photo of her shaking hands with her idol, captioned only, “Omg.”

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After Osaka cleared the U.S. Open semis on Thursday and it became clear she was not only headed to her first Grand Slam final but was also about to face her hero once more, she was asked if she had anything to say to Serena. Her message? “I love you.”

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Andy Murray and Fernando Verdasco Are Having a Heated Disagreement Over the U.S. Open Heat Break Rule

Fernando Verdasco sent Andy Murray home at the 2018 U.S. Open on Wednesday, but not without a clash about the heat rule at the U.S. Open that continued to cause controversy.

England’s Murray and Spain’s Verdasco faced off in their at Arthur Ashe Stadium in New York City on Wednesday night which saw Verdasco besting Murray in the match 7-5, 2-6, 6-4, 6-4.

It was a scorcher with temperatures closing in on 100 degrees Farenheight, and both players took a beat during the heat break when they were tied in the second round.

Under the new stipulation, players can pause to rehydrate and cool off. But they’re strictly prohibited from speaking with their coaches, something Murray told reporters he witnessed Verdasco doing. Verdasco has denied this.

“[Verdasco] was having an ice bath,” Murray said during his postmatch news conference. “When I came out of the shower, his coach and his…I don’t know if he’s playing doubles with him, but one of the Spanish doubles players….was in there chatting to him, and you’re not allowed to speak to your coach. I went and told the supervisor.”

Murray said he raised the issue with the supervisor. “What are you guys doing? I mean, there’s clear rules here, and you’re allowing this to take place. I don’t get it. They obviously weren’t in there for long, but you got to do better than that. This is one of the biggest events in the world. If you have rules like that, you need to stick with them because one player getting to speak to the coach and the other not is not fair.”

The two tennis greats’ accounts differ. “I know the rule exactly. I didn’t speak anything to any member of my team,” Verdasco said in a post-match conference.

Murray has struggled with an ongoing hip injury, and this marked his return since his last match in 2016. As the tennis star bowed out of the Open, he shared remarks in an Instagram post that worked in a jab at Verdasco. “I’m off to get a health check as apparently I’ve started imagining things #liarliarpantsonfire,” the caption read.

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Canadian tennis player Felix Auger-Aliassime was forced to pull out of the first-round of the 2018 U.S. Open due to health concerns brought on by the heat.

After splitting the first two sets of his opening match with fellow Canadian Denis Shapovalov on Monday, Auger-Aliassime tearfully retired from the tournament in the midst of the third set. The 18-year-old was suffering from tachycardia —a.k.a. an elevated heart rate—a condition that previously forced him to drop out of a 2017 Challenger event and is often exacerbated by heat.

Auger-Aliassime was clearly distraught over the results of his U.S. Open debut. However, Shapovalov was nothing but supportive of his opponent and even shared an emotional embrace with him at the net.

“It’s actually really tough to see him going out like this,” Shapovalov said. “I told him at the net we’re going to be back here, we’re going to play so many of these.”

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U.S. Open Criticized for ‘Sexist’ Double Standard After Alizé Cornet Was Penalized for Briefly Taking Her Shirt Off

Alizé Cornet was penalized at the U.S. Open for quickly removing her shirt and putting it back on, a move from the Open that critics are calling sexist.

The chair umpire Christian Rask hit French player Cornet, who is ranked No. 31 in the world, with the code violation, effectively a warning in the sport, during her opening round match against Johanna Larsson on Tuesday.

Cornet’s code violation came during a scorcher in Flushing Meadows, Queens, on Tuesday. It was so sweltering at the U.S. that the heat rule was in effect, permitting players to take 10-minutes breaks to try to cool off and drink water after their second sets. Cornet was just returning from her 10-minute break when she appeared to realize her shirt was on backwards. And so Cornet, who was wearing a sports bra underneath, took it off to put back on correctly.

Cornet was in disbelief and can be heard saying “Violation for what? Really?” in a video of the moment when the umpire stated the violation.

According to the official Women’s Tennis Association rulebook, a player is only allowed to change their clothes somewhere off of the court or during the end of a set, or during timeouts related to medical issues. Cornet changed her shirt between the second and third sets. She quickly returned to play the game after receiving the violation.

The penalty doesn’t affect the score, and Cornet ultimately lost to Larsson 6-4, 3-6, 2-6.

Critics online were quick to call out the punitive action, pointing out that male tennis players frequently take their shirts off to cope with the oppressive heat with no consequences. For instance, Novak Djovovic took his ice bath shirtless to try to cool down during their opening match on Tuesday.

Five male players were already forced to pull out of the U.S. Open because of health issues related to the intense heat. The heat won’t break until later in the week, according to weather reports.

The WTA commented Wednesday afternoon, calling the violation “unfair,” and “not based on a WTA rule,” adding “Alize did nothing wrong.”

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U.S. Open Champion Sloane Stephens Is Set to Defend Her Title—and Defy Her Critics

Youth tennis clinics, like the one reigning U.S. Open champion Sloane Stephens is holding for some two dozen children in Washington, D.C., on this stifling summer afternoon, tend to be lighthearted affairs known in the trade as a hit and giggle. Pro player lobs a few shots to the kiddies, waves to the cameras, signs some autographs. Sponsor gets exposure, star gives back, kids pick up some tips–everyone goes home happy.

Stephens, however, doesn’t like such “foo-foo”–her words–affairs. “Hustle!” she yells at a group of 11-year-olds not moving fast enough for her liking. “Come on, pay attention!” she barks when eyes wander. “Hey, hey, hey,” Stephens says when some kids balk at her command to run sprints on the indoor courts. “You guys are going to have an attitude when you didn’t finish what you started?”

During a break, one girl walked to the sideline. “They said she was going to be nicer,” she griped to her mother.

A few hours later, Stephens is sitting sideways on a hotel lobby couch and laughs when I relay the young girl’s words. “I want to see you hit, I want to see your strokes, I want to see you run,” Stephens, 25, says of her tough-love approach. “If I’m going to spend an hour-and-a-half of my time, we’re going to get sh-t done.”

Lately, no other American woman not named Williams has gotten more done on the tennis court than Stephens. Last September in New York, she became the first American player–male or female–besides the Williams sisters to win a major tournament singles title in 14 years. That she did it after missing nearly a year because of injury and about one month removed from being ranked 957th was particularly striking, as was her reaction. “Oh my God,” Stephens was caught mouthing on TV before receiving the $ 3.7 million winner’s check. When asked then if her first Grand Slam title made her want more, Stephens spared all cliché: “Of course, girl. Did you see that check that lady handed me?”

The title raised hopes that Stephens could be the heir to the Williams’ mantle, and she has since given more reason to believe it. In March she won the Miami Open, a top tournament one notch below the four majors, and she reached the final of the French Open in June. She’ll start the U.S. Open on Aug. 27 as the third-ranked player in the world.

Every highlight, however, seems to be accompanied by a baffling flame-out. After winning the Open, Stephens lost eight straight matches. She was eliminated in the first rounds of the Australian Open and Wimbledon. Three days after her clinic in Washington, she lost to an unseeded player at the Citi Open in D.C.

Inconsistency has dogged Stephens throughout her career, and it casts a long shadow over her title defense in Flushing Meadows. Who will take the court in Queens? The future of American tennis, with electrifying speed and a smile made for Madison Avenue? Or the enigmatic should-be superstar who’s prone to unforced errors? “It’s not going to be easy,” says Stephens, discussing her state of mind before the Open. “But at the end of the day, it’s all an experience, right?”

Stephens announced her arrival in 2013, when, at 19, she upset Serena Williams in the Australian Open quarterfinals. She lost in the semis, but no matter: many tennis fans were instantly drawn to her potential and charisma. Her mother Sybil Smith is a school psychologist and the first black woman to be named a first-team All-American collegiate swimmer; her father John Stephens was a former NFL running back who died in an auto accident in 2009. Smith split with Stephens when their daughter was 18 months old. In 1994, John Stephens pleaded guilty to rape, and was facing a separate sexual-assault charge at the time of his death. Stephens reconnected with her father a few years before his death and didn’t learn about the assault cases until after. She chooses to remember the man she got to know. “I wish he could come to a tournament and see my play now,” says Stephens. “I know he’s there. He’s watching.”

The high expectations following her upset of Williams weighed on Stephens. “I felt really disappointed when I wasn’t delivering, and that kind of brought me down more than it would have normally,” she says. Among tennis cognoscenti, she developed a reputation for indifference. “All you can hope at this point is that Sloane Stephens has a hard time sleeping tonight,” the broadcaster Mary Carillo said during Stephens’ 6-1, 6-0 loss to Caroline Wozniacki at the 2014 Sony Open in Miami. After managing to win four tour events in 2015 and ’16, Stephens withdrew from the ’16 U.S. Open because of a foot injury.

Surgery and recovery kept her off the tour for 11 months. Stephens didn’t fare well in her return, at Wimbledon, but impressed at the tune-up tournaments before the Open. Soon, she was enjoying the perks of being a Grand Slam champion: an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, pictures with Magic Johnson, lucrative endorsement deals with Nike, Mercedes-Benz, Colgate and Built with Chocolate Milk. She walked the ESPYs red carpet, and won Best Female Tennis Player honors.

Following the Open, Stephens kept entering tournaments despite nursing a sore knee, reluctant to miss more time after her long layoff. The results were dismal: eight straight defeats, including in the first round of the Australian Open. The courtside chatter turned, again, to whether Stephens had what it takes to be great. Tennis legend and ESPN analyst Chris Evert, for one, publicly questioned if Stephens had the desire to win more Grand Slams.

Stephens takes the criticism in stride. “Everyone was, ‘Oh my God, what U.S. Open champion loses eight matches in a row?’” she says from the couch in the Washington hotel. “I was like, ‘Me!’ It’s going to be fine.”

Stephens has a coolness that can be mistaken for ambivalence. But she has always managed her career on her terms. In late 2017, she finished the requirements for a bachelor’s degree in communications from Indiana University East’s online program. She didn’t mind missing practice to tend to her studies, and ignored whispers she was loafing on the tennis court. “Bro, I’ve got to graduate,” she says of sticking to her timeline, no matter the consequences. “This is important, O.K.” She’s now pursing an online MBA.

Stephens is defiant about sticking to her chosen path. “I’ve been pretty harshly judged for always doing what I wanted to do,” she says.

Some critics are coming around. Evert says she now sees determination in Stephens’ eyes. It helps that she’s regained her winning form, reaching the finals of the Rogers Cup in Montreal just a few weeks before the start of the Open. Stephens knows she’ll face additional pressure as the defending champion. But she insists she’s ready to handle it.

“I’m in a good place,” Stephens says before leaving the hotel for dinner with her coach. “People say, Oh, you’re inconsistent, you’re this, you’re that. Whatever. When I retire from tennis, I’ll be able to look back and say I did it the way I wanted to do it. I was just playing. And I was just making sure I was happy along the way.”

This appears in the September 03, 2018 issue of TIME.

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Bryce Carlson arrived at St. Mary’s in the Isles of Scilly, off England’s southwestern tip, late Saturday — 38 days, six hours and 49 minutes after setting out from St. John’s, Newfoundland.

The 37-year-old athlete was applauded by relatives and well-wishers as he stepped onto the quay at St. Mary’s Harbour after rowing more than 2,000 miles (3,200 kilometers) in his 20-foot (6-meter) boat, Lucille.

Carlson capsized several times and endured high waves and the remnants of a hurricane during his journey.

“I feel like I had a lot of luck along the way, and a lot of help,” Carlson said. “Help from my friends, my family, the community — from some higher power, I don’t know.”

The Ocean Rowing Society listed Carlson’s time on its website Sunday as the fastest for a west-to-east unsupported solo row. The previous record was 53 days, eight hours and 26 minutes.

Carlson is also the first American to complete the feat, according to the society.

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Huawei Technologies [HWT.UL] is facing increased scrutiny in Britain because it is using an aging software component sold by a firm based in the United States, one of the countries where lawmakers allege its equipment could facilitate Chinese spying, sources told Reuters.


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Trump says tariffs are working, U.S. and China are talking

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Saturday that his strategy of placing steep tariffs on imports of goods from China is “working far better than anyone ever anticipated,” and that Beijing was talking to the United States about trade.


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U.S. Democratic candidates told not to use ZTE, Huawei devices -source

The Democratic National
Committee warned party candidates running in November elections
not to use devices made by Chinese telecommunications companies
ZTE Corp and Huawei Technologies because they pose a security
risk, a Democratic source said on Friday.


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U.S. court allows release of bench transcripts in AT&T merger fight

An appeals court that is hearing the U.S. Justice Department’s fight with AT&T over its merger with Time Warner agreed on Friday to allow the release of transcripts of bench conferences that the public was unable to listen in on during the trial in a lower court.


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California museum can keep Cranachs looted by Nazis: U.S. appeals court

A federal appeals court on Monday said the Norton Simon Museum can keep two 16th century masterpieces depicting Adam and Eve by the German Renaissance painter Lucas Cranach the Elder, which had been looted by the Nazis during World War Two.


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GVC Holdings Plc has agreed on a
joint venture with U.S. hotel and casino operator MGM Resorts
International to set up an online betting platform in
the United States ahead of the upcoming American football
season, the British betting group said on Monday.


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U.S. says farmers could get cash aid by October but will not be made whole

U.S. farmers could receive cash payments from a planned $ 12 billion aid package as soon as late September, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue told Reuters on Saturday, warning that the program will not make tariff-hit farmers whole.


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RPT-WRAPUP 6-Trump eases car tariff threat as U.S., EU launch talks to quell trade tensions

In what the EU chief called
a “major concession,” U.S. President Donald Trump agreed on
Wednesday to refrain from imposing car tariffs while the two
sides launch negotiations to cut other trade barriers, easing
the threat of a transatlantic trade war.


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Trump Claims Russia No Longer Targeting The U.S.

Once again putting himself at odds with members of his own intelligence agencies, President Donald Trump has claimed Russia is no longer targeting the U.S. and its election system. “No,” Trump told reporters during a Cabinet meeting on Wednesday when asked if Russia is still “targeting” the U.S.
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German industry groups warned on Sunday, before European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker meets U.S. President Donald Trump this week, that tariffs the United States has imposed or is threatening to introduce risk harming America itself.


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U.S. intelligence chief Coats says no disrespect intended toward Trump over Russia summit news

U.S. director of intelligence Dan Coats said on Saturday he in no way meant to be disrespectful toward President Donald Trump with what he called his “awkward response” to news of a second planned Trump summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin.


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U.S. Navy Lifts Ban on Dreadlocks and Other Hairstyles

The U.S. Navy has ended a long-standing hair policy that critics say unfairly targeted women of color in the service.

Last week, the naval branch announced via Facebook that it will now allow servicewomen to sport dreadlocks, ponytails, twists, and wider hair buns. The new policy expands style options for uniformed female sailors as long as it does not compromise their safety. It also gives women more options for dinner-dress uniforms. Male sailors, however, are still required to keep their hair short.

Previously, ponytails were only allowed for female sailors during physical training practices while servicewomen with hair below the collar were limited to buns, braids, or cornrows, reports Military.com. As a result, some black female service members had complained about being forced to wear a wig to hide their locks. Others felt compelled to cut off their dreads and chemically straighten their hair.

According to U.S. Navy Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson, the new policy, which went into effect July 11, will make the Navy more inclusive. “All of this really is again to allow us one to be an inclusive team that is focused on being more lethal to our competitors, more lethal toward our rivals, our enemies and much more inclusive inside our team,” he said during the live Facebook broadcast.

Richardson also credited a team of six female sailors who worked to devise the new standards. Included in the group was Capt. Thurraya Kent, who said her hair has always been an issue throughout her 26-year career in the Navy. At one point, she was even told to take out her braids even though her hairstyle was permitted. “Because of the texture of my hair, it stood straight up it,” Kent said, according to The Associated Press. “It was a very embarrassing moment that stays with you.”

Petty Officer 1st Class Jacqualynn Leak, another member of the working group who has worn dreadlocks since 2014, surveyed dozens of female sailors affected by the ban. She also presented years of research on the cultural and health aspects of wearing locs in order to push to uplift the ban. “I wanted to make an argument so compelling that every reason my chain of command could give me for why dreadlocks were banned could easily be rebutted with facts,” she said, reports The Huffington Post.

Jessica Sims, a 12-year veteran in the military branch, was honorably discharged from the Navy back in 2014  for “failing to obey an order to cut off her natural hairstyle” after she refused to cut her hair or wear a wig. That same year, the Navy made changes to allow more hairstyles traditionally worn by women of color by authorizing two-strand twists and multiple braids, as long and they hung freely above the collar and covered the whole head. The Air Force and Army also allowed two-strand twists and braids in 2014, followed by the Marines in 2015. Subsequently, the Marines authorized locks in 2015, followed by the Army in 2017.

Lt. Cmdr. Jess Cameron told The AP that the new policy is “a step forward.” She added, “They’re getting more female feedback in the service, and updating what I think are somewhat antiquated guidelines that maybe no longer serve their purpose in today’s society, today’s military.”

 

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Evelyn Magley has made history as the first African American woman to ever own a male professional sports league in the United States. Magley and her husband, retired NBA player David Magley, are the founders of The Basketball League (TBL), a newly formed minor professional basketball league which acquired the North American Premier Basketball (NAPB) league and is scheduled to debut next year.

“I am thrilled to start a league that treats our players with the greatest level of respect thereby impacting our community in a manner that is consistent with our faith, by serving those who need it the most,” said Magley in a statement. She was named as the CEO of the league while her husband operates as president.

The league has targeted 40 markets in the U.S. and Canada and expects to start with 12 to 16 teams in January 2019. Some of the teams include the Kansas City Tornados, Ohio Bootleggers, Nevada Desert Dogs, Vancouver Knights, Raleigh Firebirds, Tampa Bay Titans, and San Diego Waves. Each team will play 32 games that will be available via livestream.

TBL offers athletes who don’t make it in the NBA or G-League another option to play ball professionally and earn anywhere from $ 1,500 to $ 7,500 a month. TBL is also dedicated to providing families with affordable and quality entertainment as well as community support through the launch of an upcoming philantropic arm, youth camps, clinics, and nonprofit organizations. Plus, the league gives individuals and groups an opportunity to own a professional sports business with a relatively low cost barrier to entry.

David Magley, who most recently served as the Commissioner of the National Basketball League of Canada, said Mrs. Magley brings a “unique vision” to the new league as the wife of a pro athlete and the mother of four children who played sports collegiately. “Her passion for people allows us to build on a vision of impacting community through giving young men opportunities that do not exist today, then leveraging our platforms to engage each local market to benefit the youth and non-profit initiatives she is so very passionate about,” said the former Cleveland Cavaliers small forward in a statement. He was drafted in 1982.

According to her bio, Magley is the former Director of Community Engagement for the Brampton A’s of the NBL Canada, where she scaled the forward-facing programming of the NBL team and nonprofit organizations within the community at large. She graduated from the University of Kansas and worked as a professional music educator and music therapist. She also co-founded an inner-city ministry focused on mentoring children through the gospel, academic services, food, and music called Children with Purpose.

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Kurt Cobain’s daughter says time for U.S. to get over mental health taboo

Kurt Cobain’s daughter said on Tuesday the United States should overcome its taboo about mental health and addiction almost a quarter of century after her rock star father took his own life.


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Xiaomi eyes expansion into the U.S. in 2019

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“Next year we hope we can do something there,” Wang told Reuters, calling the U.S. market “very attractive.” 

But, for the Chinese smartphone maker, selling its phones in the U.S.A. is going to be a challenge.

A chief rival of Xiaomi, Huawei, had big plans for expansion into the U.S. market too. Huawei was aiming to begin a big push into America, complete with carrier announcements, at CES 2018. But but just before the show AT&T reportedly pulled out of the deal after people in the Trump administration made clear their opposition to Chinese tech companies strengthening their presence in the U.S. market. Read more…

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President Trump Says He Simply Misspoke When Siding with Putin Over U.S. Intelligence

Donald Trump’s doing something a tad out of the ordinary for him — taking back a comment he made … but only after saying his message SHOULD have been obvious. The Prez just issued a clarification after siding with Vladimir Putin over the U.S.…

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U.S. oil boom delivers surprise for traders – and it’s costly

The world’s biggest oil traders are counting hefty losses after a surprise doubling in the price discount of U.S. light crude to benchmark Brent in just a month, as surging U.S production upends the market.


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How San Francisco sends less trash to the landfill than any other major U.S. city

San Francisco diverts 80 percent of its waste from landfills, more than any other major city. It hopes to achieve zero waste by 2020. Here's a look at what makes the city's waste management system so successful.
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Hundreds of shivering Australians get nude for U.S. photographer Tunick

Around 500 Australians shivered in the nude for American photographer Spencer Tunick on Monday, braving the winter chill on a Melbourne supermarket rooftop for his latest mass nude shots.


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Sarah Palin claims ‘piece of s–t’ Sacha Baron Cohen posed as a disabled U.S. veteran and tricked her into an interview for his new comedy show

Sarah Palin claims she was duped into participating in Sacha Baron Cohen’s Showtime series.

The former vice presidential candidate penned a lengthy post on Facebook in which she said she was tricked into an interview for “Who Is America?”

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Trump Nominates Brett Kavanaugh for the U.S. Supreme Court

President Donald Trump announced Brett -Kavanaugh as his Supreme Court nominee Monday night, in a primetime televised event. Judge Kavanaugh, a U.S. Circuit Court judge for Washington, D.C., would fill the vacant seat left by retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy, who announced his departure in late June.

Calling Trump’s Supreme Court nomination an “honor and privilege,” Kavanaugh addressed a crowd in the White House’s East Room alongside his wife and two daughters. “A judge must interpret the law, not make the law,” Kavanaugh said. If approved by the Senate, he would become the fifth conservative justice on the nation’s highest court.

On the issues, Kavanaugh seems to tick many of the boxes of interest to Trump, who included him on a list of potential Supreme Court picks published by the White House in November 2017.

Age was an important factor in making Trump’s Supreme Court list; Kavanaugh is 53 years old, which would guarantee a measure of longevity on the court, if he is approved by Congress.

Kavanaugh’s views on impeachment could be controversial and of interest to Trump. The Supreme Court nominee argued in the past that President Bill Clinton could have been impeached for lying to and misleading both his staff and the public at large. But after working in the George W. Bush administration, Kavanaugh’s stance has softened, reports The Washington Post. Kavanaugh now reportedly believes court proceedings against a sitting president should be deferred until after he or she is out of office.

“The indictment and trial of a sitting President, moreover, would cripple the federal government, rendering it unable to function with credibility in either the international or domestic arenas,” Kavanaugh wrote in a 2012 piece titled “Separation of Powers During the FortyFourth Presidency and Beyond” for the Minnesota Law Review.

In addition to opposing abortion rights, Kavanaugh is also reportedly against net neutrality, according to an article from Motherboard.

If confirmed, Kavanaugh will become Trump’s second Supreme Court appointment. Justice Neil Gorsuch was Trump’s Supreme Court pick in 2017.

Kavanaugh was among four potential nominees Trump interviewed for the lifetime appointment. The list also included Amy Coney Barrett, Amul Thapar and Raymond Kethledge. Thomas Hardiman, a runner up for Gorsuch’s seat, also reportedly met with Trump, reports TIME.

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ZTE allowed to resume some U.S. business activities just months after 7-year ban issued

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ZTE, the Chinese smartphone maker that was banned from operating in the U.S. this past April, may already be resuming its stateside operations. And it has President Donald Trump to thank for the assist.

According to a document obtained by Bloomberg, due to pressure from the Trump administration, the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security has authorized ZTE to resume some business activities as a deal is worked out regarding its ban in the country.

In April, ZTE was banned from importing phone parts from the U.S. for repeatedly misleading the Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security. The U.S. intelligence community also issued a warning to U.S. consumers, urging them not to purchase phones made by certain Chinese manufacturers — including ZTE — due to spying and security concerns. Because of the ban, ZTE had ceased all U.S. operations in May. The ban was supposed to last for 7 years. Read more…

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Huawei says does not expect U.S. sanctions: press

China’s Huawei, the world’s largest maker of telecommunication network equipment, does not see itself becoming the target of U.S. sanctions and will keep buying U.S. chips this year, one of its three rotating chairmen told a French newspaper.


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China’s Huawei, the world’s largest maker of telecommunication network equipment, does not see itself becoming the target of U.S. sanctions and will keep buying U.S. chips this year, one of its three rotating chairmen told a French newspaper.


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WASHINGTON, July 2 (Reuters) – The U.S. Chamber of Commerce,
the nation’s largest business lobbying group and customarily a
close ally of President Donald Trump’s Republican Party, is
launching a campaign on Monday to oppose Trump’s trade tariff
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Millennials are the worst tippers in the U.S., survey reveals

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U.S. government says it will detain migrant children with parents

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. government said in a court filing on Friday that it has the right to detain children and parents caught crossing the U.S. border illegally for the duration of their immigration proceedings.


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Marijuana vacations: Best bud and breakfasts in the U.S.

They’ve popped up in places where there are recreational cannabis laws.

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Protesters across U.S. call on Trump to reunite immigrant families

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Tens of thousands of protesters marched in cities across the United States on Saturday to demand the Trump administration reverse an immigration crackdown that has separated children from parents at the U.S-Mexico border and sparked plans for military-run detention camps.


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Bonobo talks ‘Migration,’ the end of his lengthy tour and the state of the U.S. ahead of Brooklyn show

Electronic music producer Bonobo is migrating to Brooklyn this weekend.

The DJ and musician Simon Green is set to wrap up the tour behind his latest record “Migration” on Sunday — with a special performance at The Brooklyn Mirage that features 3-D projection mapping.

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U.S. says immigrants ruling shows need for legislation

NEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Department of Justice said on Wednesday a judge’s order directing the Trump administration to rapidly reunify migrant children separated from their parents on the U.S.-Mexico border just showed the need for quick action by Congress on illegal immigration.


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U.S. Consumer Confidence Unexpectedly Deteriorates In June

Reflecting a deterioration in expectations, the Conference Board released a report on Tuesday showing an unexpected decline in U.S. consumer confidence in the month of June.
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‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’ made $500 million before it even hit U.S. theaters

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Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom was a half-billion dollar moneymaker before its U.S. release on Friday. It has an outside chance of hitting the $ 1 billion milestone by the end of next weekend.

Not bad for a movie series about a Disney-style theme park built around resurrected-from-extinction dinosaurs.

The latest Jurassic adventure adds an estimated $ 150 million in U.S. ticket sales to its overall total this weekend, bringing Fallen Kingdom‘s cumulative global box office up to $ 711.5 million. The movie opened outside the U.S. as far back as June 6, so we’re technically now in its third weekend since release. Read more…

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U.S. government reunites 522 children removed under ‘zero tolerance’

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Homeland Security Department said late Saturday the government has reunited 522 children separated from adults as part of a “Zero Tolerance” initiative and plans to reunite another 16 children over the next 24 hours.


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The U.S., Canada and Mexico Just Won a Joint Bid to Host the 2026 World Cup

(MOSCOW) — North America will host the 2026 World Cup after FIFA voters overwhelmingly opted for the financial and logistical certainty of a United States-led bid over a risky Moroccan proposal for the first 48-team tournament.

The soccer showpiece will return to the U.S. for the first time since 1994 after gaining 134 votes, while Morocco got 65 at the FIFA Congress in Moscow on Wednesday.

The vote by football federations was public, in contrast to secrecy surrounding the ballot by FIFA’s elected board members for the 2018 and 2022 hosts, Russia and Qatar, in 2010.

The U.S. proposed staging 60 out of the 80 games in 2026, when 16 teams will be added to the finals, leaving Canada and Mexico with ten fixtures each.

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Nike Cancels UNDEFEATED Collection and Apologizes to U.S. Naval Academy

Nike and UNDEFEATED recently received an onslaught of backslash for their collaborative “The Fives” collection logo, which bore striking similarities to the U.S. Naval Academy’s crest design. On Thursday, the USNA announced that it was sending a cease and desist to Nike and UNDEFEATED for trademark infringement. “The similarities of the Nike/UNDEFEATED logo released this week and the USNA Crest are undeniable and we believe their logo is clearly an infringement under trademark law,” the Academy wrote on Twitter.

On Friday, Nike responded with a written statement apologizing to the USNA. “We recently were made aware of our logo being included into a design that has been previously used by one of our longstanding partners,” Nike said in the statement, according to the Washington Post. “We have always respected the US Navy and its Academy and have been a longtime supporter of the military.”

Nike furthermore announced that its UNDEFEATED collection, which was slated for release on June 16, has been canceled. “We do not feel it is appropriate to move forward with the collection. We apologize to anyone who was offended.”

The USNA responded with another statement expressing appreciation for Nike’s cancellation of the UNDEFEATED collab. Check out the Tweets below, as well as the comparison of the logo designs, and share your thoughts in the comments.

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U.S. judge sends ex-Trump campaign head Manafort to jail until trial

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump’s former election campaign manager, Paul Manafort, was sent to jail pending trial on Friday after being charged with witness tampering, the latest episode in his long fall from grace.


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Woods set to miss U.S. Open halfway cut after 72

SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. (Reuters) – Tiger Woods missed the halfway cut at the U.S. Open on Friday the day before the 10th anniversary of his last major title success in the latest sign that his comeback from major back surgery has stalled.


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These Are the 17 U.S. Cities That Could Host the 2026 World Cup

The U.S., Mexico and Canada won a joint bid to host the 2026 World Cup, bringing the soccer tournament to North America for the first time since 1994.

The combined bid overwhelmingly won a vote against Morocco, its only challenger at the FIFA Congress in Moscow on Wednesday. North America gained 134 votes, while Morocco got 65.

Sixteen cities spanning the continent will host the 80 games of the 2016 World Cup tournament. Of those games, 60 will be played in the U.S., while Canada and Mexico will host 10 games each. The last game of the tournament will take place at the MetLife Stadium in New Jersey. There are now 23 cities, including three in Canada and three in Mexico, that are up for selection to host the 2026 World Cup.

See which cities could host the 2026 World Cup matches below.

U.S.

Boston

New York/New Jersey

Philadelphia

Baltimore

Washington, DC

Cincinnati

Nashville

Atlanta

Orlando

Miami

Kansas City

Dallas

Houston

Denver

Los Angeles

San Francisco Bay Area

Seattle

Canada

Edmonton

Montréal

Toronto

Mexico

Monterrey

Guadalajara

Mexico City

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U.S. Olympic Skier Bode Miller’s Toddler Daughter Drowns in a Pool

(LOS ANGELES) — The 19-month-old daughter of U.S. Olympic skier Bode Miller drowned in a Southern California swimming pool, authorities said Monday.

Emeline Miller died at an Orange County hospital Sunday, the day after paramedics tried unsuccessfully to revive her after the drowning incident.

“We are beyond devastated,” Miller said in an Instagram post that showed several photos of the blonde, blue-eyed, chubby-cheeked toddler.

In a video, Emmy, as she was known, was being kissed on the check by her mother Morgan, a professional beach volleyball player, as she repeatedly said, “Hi Dada.”

One photo showed her covered in suds in a tub and another showed her smiling as she pushed two baby dolls in a pink stroller on a street with large homes in the background.

“Never in a million years did we think we would experience a pain like this,” Miller said in the post. “Her love, her light, her spirit will never be forgotten. Our little girl loved life and lived it to its fullest every day.”

The death was under investigation, Orange County sheriff’s spokeswoman Carrie Braun said.

Paramedics were called to a home in the upscale enclave of Coto de Caza just before 6:30 p.m. Saturday, said Capt. Tony Bommarito of the Orange County Fire Authority.

They tried unsuccessfully to resuscitate the girl and rushed her to an emergency room, Bommarito said.

“They had no pulses the whole way,” Bommarito said. “It didn’t end well.”

The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Team tweeted its condolences to Miller and his family.

Miller, 40, is the most decorated male U.S. skier with 33 World Cup win, two overall titles, four world championships and six Olympic medals, including gold at the 2010 Vancouver Games in the super-combined. At the 2014 Sochi games, he was the oldest alpine skier — at age 36 — to win a medal.

Despite his skill on skis, he has been known at times for eye-raising comments and behavior, claiming he had raced in a World Cup event while still drunk from partying the night before.

Miller, who has three other children, asked for privacy for the family in his Instagram post.

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Associated Press Writer John Rogers contributed to this story.

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It’s been 10 years since Tiger Woods won at the U.S. Open as he heads to Shinnecock

A decade somehow has passed already since Tiger Woods, on a shredded left knee that would require reconstructive surgery on a torn ACL eight days later, legendarily outlasted Rocco Mediate in a 19-hole playoff at Torrey Pines to capture the 2008 U.S. Open title.

It marked his 14th major championship…

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G-7 Finance Chiefs Condemn Latest U.S. Tariffs

Group of Seven finance chiefs issued a rare rebuke of a member nation, claiming U.S. trade actions could undermine global economic confidence and threaten the effectiveness of the Western alliance.

The statement singled out the Americans, the largest and most important member of the G-7, saying “decisive action” is needed at a leaders summit next week in Quebec. The ministers requested that Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin “communicate their unanimous concern and disappointment.”

“The international community is faced with significant economic and security issues, which are best addressed through a united front from G-7 countries,” Canadian Finance Minister Bill Morneau said in a “chair’s summary” of the meeting in Whistler, British Columbia. “Members continue to make progress on behalf of our citizens, but recognize that this collaboration and cooperation has been put at risk by trade actions against other members.”

Morneau’s comments came after an acrimonious three days of talks — with Mnuchin on the receiving end of much of the frustration — in which America’s allies protested against President Donald Trump’s decision to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum from the European Union, Canada and Mexico. With the trade dispute triggering one of the biggest crises in the G-7 since the group’s formation in the 1970s, frictions are poised to spill over into next week’s meetings in Charlevoix, Quebec that Trump will attend. The group includes Canada, France, Italy, Germany, the U.K., Japan and the U.S.

G6+1

“It has been a tense and tough G-7. I would say it has been far more a G-6 plus one than a G-7,” said French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire. The EU has threatened to retaliate with duties on everything from American motorcycles to bourbon.

Before these week’s trade actions, the European Union and Canada had previously been granted temporary exemptions. Japan had already been subject to the tariffs, which the U.S. said were necessary to protect its national security.

At his closing press conference, Mnuchin said that he’s already conveyed the G-7 message to Trump, who he said “has been very clear in wanting to address trade issues.”

“Our objective is to make sure we have fair and balanced trade,” Mnuchin said in the Canadian ski resort town. “I don’t think in any way the U.S. is abandoning its leadership in the global economy. Quite the contrary, we’ve had a massive effort in tax reform in the United States which has had an incredible impact on the U.S. economy.”

U.S. Court

Le Maire opened the door to negotiations over the tariffs, but said the ball is in the U.S. court. “We still have a few days to avoid an escalation. We still have a few days to take the necessary steps to avoid a trade war between the EU and the U.S.,” Le Maire said, adding the EU doesn’t want a trade war.

Mnuchin reiterated that the U.S. will continue to have discussions around possible exemptions to the metal tariffs.

Shortly before the G-7 meeting ended, Trump tweeted that “the United States must, at long last, be treated fairly on trade.”

“If we charge a country ZERO to sell their goods, and they charge us 25, 50 or even 100 percent to sell ours, it is UNFAIR and can no longer be tolerated. That is not Free or Fair Trade, it is Stupid Trade!” the president said, without specifying what tariff rates he was referring to.

Feel-Good Summit

The trade disputes hijacked what was supposed to be a feel-good summit that global finance chiefs initially saw as an opportunity to tout the successes of the global economic upswing. The IMF projects the world economy will grow this year and next at its fastest pace since 2011 and Morneau’s statement did give a nod to the expansion.

Ministers “agreed that the global economy has strengthened since they met last year in Bari and that the expansion is set to persist,” said Morneau, while cautioning the trade dispute is introducing unnecessary risks.

“Concerns were expressed that the tariffs imposed by the United States on its friends and allies, on the grounds of national security, undermine open trade and confidence in the global economy,” it said.

Mnuchin faced so much criticism from his counterparts over the new trade levies that Japanese Finance Minister Taro Aso said he almost “felt sorry” for the U.S. finance chief.

“He’s not directly in charge of the metal tariffs, so in that sense it was very tough for him,” Aso told reporters. “I felt sorry for him, but I guess it’s not the sort of issue I should sympathize with.”

Despite the divisions at the meeting, the U.S. remains a backer of the alliance of wealthy nations, Mnuchin said.

“We believe in the G-7,” he said. “These are our most important allies. We’ve had long-standing relationships will all these countries.”

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Talks end with China warning trade benefits at risk if U.S. imposes tariffs

BEIJING (Reuters) – China warned the United States on Sunday that any agreements reached on trade and business between the two countries will be void if Washington implements tariffs and other trade measures, as the two ended their latest round of talks in Beijing.


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U.S. allies hit back at Washington’s steel, aluminum tariffs

WASHINGTON/PARIS (Reuters) – Canada and Mexico retaliated against the United State’s decision on Thursday to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum imports and the European Union had its own reprisals ready to go, reigniting investor fears of a global trade war.


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Cohen attorney hurls leak accusation at Stormy Daniels’ lawyer in U.S. court

NEW YORK (Reuters) – An attorney for President Donald Trump’s longtime personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, accused porn star Stormy Daniels’ lawyer in federal court on Wednesday of leaking Cohen’s bank records, calling it a “drive-by shooting of my client’s rights.”


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Photographer Taysir Batniji is no stranger to what he calls “the state of betweenness.” It’s the driving force behind his book “Home Away from Home,” but even more so, it’s an issue he has been living with since moving from Palestine to France in 1995. Both culturally and geographically he’s experience the “betweenness” as he’s explored the different ideas of what home is.
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