Four decades, 73 singles titles: Serena Williamss epic journey | Tumaini Carayol

The younger Williams sister has won titles in four decades and is focusing now on finally claiming her 24th singles grand slam title 1990s When Venus Williams burst into the world of tennis by reaching the 1997 US Open final, nobody had a better seat on Arthur Ashe Arena than her younger sister. Serena watched as her sisters first steps from the tennis courts of Compton into the upper echelons of the country club sport were met with resistance and scorn. As the world fixated on Venus and the bombast of their father, Richard, Serena took her first steps to relatively less fanfare and her rise was seamless. In November 1997, at 16 years old, Serena, ranked 304, travelled to …

The Olympic champion who channeled trauma into protecting her fellow athletes

Nancy Hogshead-Makar, a survivor of sexual assault, knows the importance of sport. Now she is fighting to make young athletes safe through her law career Years before the public learned of ignored by USA Swimming, Nancy Hogshead-Makar was working to save young athletes from predators. And to Hogshead-Makar that work was personal. As an undergraduate at Duke in 1981, Series explainer In the water, I could yell, scream and fantasize about slicing my rapists head off with a machete, Hogshead-Makar says. When I tell that story to an audience, they often recoil because it isnt socially acceptable. But in the water, I could re-enact it over and over again and it would give me a sense of power back. Hogshead-Makar …

The Panthers and Cam Newton were indestructible until they weren’t

Ron Rivera led his team to Super Bowl 50, with a quarterback who looked almost unstoppable. Now both men have uncertain futures The Carolina Panthers are at a crossroads. On Wednesday an injured quarterback; an subsequent sale; a from his dab to his raucous celebrations. Pearl clutching ensued. The fact that he was a 6ft 5in black man playing quarterback, dressing every gameday Letters to the editor came thick and fast, and the talking heads beat the same old drum. Quarterbacks dont act like that. He is too much of a diva. He dances too much. He sets a bad example. He should spend less time thinking about fashion and more about football. Some of that was the generational gap …

Ole Miss lose Golden Egg after wide receiver’s dog-pee celebration

Elijah Moores attempt to leave his mark on Mississippi State territory penalised as unsportsmanlike conduct Ole Miss wide receiver Elijah Moore cost his team a chance to win the Golden Egg on Thursday night, after he celebrated a key touchdown with four seconds left by pretending to pee like a dog. The effort to leave his mark on Mississippi State territory was penalised as unsportsmanlike conduct, meaning the extra point attempt was moved back 15 yards. The penalty prevented Mississippi from going for a winning two-point conversion but they could still have taken the game to overtime. In the event, Rebels kicker Luke Logan missed the 35-yard shot and Mississippi State escaped with a 21-20 victory in the 116th Egg …