1. Serena outburst overshadows US Open
She beat a 23-time grand slam champion, her childhood idol, in straight sets, hitting just 14 unforced errors in her first major final. But in her finest moment the 20-year-old — the first Japanese athlete to win a grand slam — felt the need to apologize before the booing crowd.
Williams’ tirade came after umpire Carlos Ramos penalized her for getting signals from her coach, for breaking her racquet and then for calling Ramos “a thief.”
She later accused Ramos of sexism. Much has been written about the astonishing scenes over the past few days.
In a column in the Washington Post, former world No.1 Billie Jean King wrote: “Ultimately, a woman was penalized for standing up for herself. A woman faced down sexism, and the match went on.”
The Women’s Tennis Association, the governing body of women’s tennis, backed Williams’ claims, while Katrina Adams, the president of the United States Tennis Association, has praised Williams for her “class” and “sportsmanship.”
The International Tennis Federation released this statement:
“Carlos Ramos is one of the most experienced and respected umpires in tennis. Mr. Ramos’ decisions were in accordance with the relevant rules and were re-affirmed by the US Open’s decision to fine Serena Williams for the three offenses.
“It is understandable that this high profile and regrettable incident should provoke debate. At the same time, it is important to remember that Mr. Ramos undertook his duties as an official according to the relevant rule book and acted at all times with professionalism and integrity.”
The fallout will continue, but in the chaos Osaka’s feat has been somewhat lost.
2. Miami Dolphins duo take a knee, Rodgers inspires Packers
Elsewhere, Aaron Rodgers was carted off the field with a knee injury but returned to throw three touchdown passes in the second half as the Green Bay Packers overcame a 20-point deficit to beat the Chicago Bears 24-23.
There was also shock in Cleveland. The Browns had lost every game they played last season but ended that losing run on the opening weekend, though not with a win. The Browns managed to tie 21-21 with the Pittsburgh Steelers, coming from behind and sending the game into overtime. A victory of sorts after a dismal last season.
3. Mbappe scores in France homecoming
Ryan Babel leveled for the visitors in Paris, but with 16 minutes remaining Olivier Giroud made sure of the win to secure the three points which takes the world champions to the top of Group A1 in the new European competition.
The 19-year-old Mbappe has now scored nine goals in 24 games for France, an impressive statistic for a forward who will not be 20 until December.
4. Manchester United women win 12-0 in first league match
While Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United has been criticized for its turgid style of play and lack of goals, United’s women’s team is having no such problems.
In the club’s first official game in the FA Women’s Championship — England’s second-tier women’s league– United hammered 12 goals past rivals Aston Villa Ladies.
After racing to a 6-0 lead by halftime, the pick of the performances for United came from Jess Sigsworth, who netted a first-half hat trick and six goals in total.
United has already lost once and won once in the group stages of the Women’s League Cup and are one of the favorites to secure promotion to the Women’s Super League.
5. Ferrari fans start petition to keep Raikkonen
While it’s been widely considered a coup for Ferrari to have reportedly signed the sought-after rising star Charles Leclerc, many Kimi Raikkonen fans are not in agreement.
More than 150,000 people have signed petitions pleading for Ferrari not to replace “The Iceman” with Leclerc at the end of the season.
Raikkonen is still dearly loved by Ferrari fans given that he was the last driver to win the world title with the manufacturer, in 2007.