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Tardy Rafael Nadal calls for clocks on court after he is timed out

• Spaniard gets time violation before beating Mikhail Kukushkin
• Nadal moves into third round to face teenager Alex De Minaur

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Powered by Guardian.co.ukThis article titled “Tardy Rafael Nadal calls for clocks on court after he is timed out” was written by Jacob Steinberg at Wimbledon, for The Guardian on Thursday 5th July 2018 19.07 UTC

Rafael Nadal called for Wimbledon to install countdown clocks on courts after receiving a time violation before the start of his 6-4, 6-3, 6-4 victory over Mikhail Kukushkin.

The All England Club is employing the 1-5-1 rule before matches, which allows players one minute to be ready for the pre-contest address, five minutes to warm up and a further one minute to start play. Nadal, who later received another reprimand over his timekeeping before the start of the third set, was cautioned by Carlos Bernades for taking too long to move into position before his first service game on Centre Court. The identity of the umpire gave the incident added spice. Nadal has clashed with Bernades before and asked for the Brazilian to be removed from his matches in 2015. Yet the Spaniard’s chief concern after seeing off a decent challenge from Kukushkin was that there was no way for him to tell he had strayed over the time limit.

“With the five minutes, that’s because we have five minutes and one minute,” the French Open champion said. “I don’t see a watch here. I don’t see that countdown. It’s more difficult for me to understand what’s going on. In Australia and Roland Garros, we have the watch. We can be under control with the watch. Here we can’t.”

Nadal argued Bernades did not have to give him a second violation for delaying Kukushkin’s serve at the start of the third set, although he stopped short of criticising his old adversary. “That’s normal,” Nadal said. “I was slow at that moment. I know I had to take the wristband, T-shirt, banana out, change everything. Probably I should go to the toilet. If I go to the toilet, I had plenty of time to change everything without the time violation. I decided to stay on the chair. I was slow enough to receive a time violation. I think I was very quick during the match. Between sets I needed that time to change all this stuff because it was a very humid day. He could have avoided it, but he decided to make it and I accept it because I was slow.”

Nadal, who is notorious for his reluctance to rush between games, will play Alex De Minaur next after the Australian teenager beat Pierre-Hugues Herbert 6-2, 6-7 (8), 7-5, 6-3.

Nick Kyrgios joined De Minaur in the third round after the 15th seed dismissed Robin Hasse in straight sets. Yet hopes that Kyrgios would face another Australian next were dashed after Bernard Tomic lost 2-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7), 7-5 to Kei Nishikori, the 24th seed.

Juan Martín del Potro, the No 5 seed, dropped only seven games against Spain’s Feliciano López and will play Benoît Paire after the eccentric Frenchman’s 0-6, 6-2, 6-4, 7-6 (3) win over Canada’s Denis Shapovalov. Alexander Zverev is in danger of suffering an early exit. The fourth seed trailed the USA’s Taylor Fritz 4-6, 7-5, 7-6 (0) before darkness fell over an enthralled Court 1 last night. Fritz, a former US Open junior champion, will hope to press home his advantage when play resumes on Friday.

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Comeback Complete: Tiger Woods Wins 2019 Masters to Claim 15th Major Championship

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AUGUSTA, Ga. — The wait is over—and the comeback is complete. Tiger Woods is a major champion once again.


Tiger shot a final-round 70 on Sunday at the Masters to claim his fifth green jacket and 15th major championship, his first since 2008. Woods trailed Francesco Molinari by two shots entering the final day, but used a vintage back-nine to claim the tournament, redemption and a victory many golf fans thought they would never see. 

Woods picked up steam as the week progressed, shooting a two-under 70 in his first round and following it up with a four-under 68 on Friday to get within one of the lead. On Saturday, he kept pace with a loaded leaderboard flush with players going low, shooting a five-under 67 (including a 33 on the back) to put himself in position to contend.

But Sundays at the majors have historically belonged to Tiger—and he added a new chapter this week. After shooting a one-under 35 on the front, Tiger made birdie on the par-five 13th, par-five 15th and par-three 16th to seize control of the tournament and put distance between himself and the pack. Woods was aided by a collapse by Molinari, who suffered two double-bogeys on the back nine, dropping two balls in the water, including on No. 12.

Paired with Molinari and Tony Finau in the final group—in threesomes due to inclement weather—Woods was able to stare down the competition and outlast his biggest foes, a familiar sight around Augusta, but one that hadn’t been seen in quite some time. Tiger’s previous Masters wins came in 1997, 2001, 2002 and 2005. The 43-year-old becomes the second oldest Masters champion in history, trailing only Jack Nicklaus, who was 46 when he won in 1986.

While Tiger was able to claim his fifth green jacket, the Masters won’t be holding the traditional outdoor ceremony, which was called off due to storms.

(Reporting by Sports Illustrated)

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Colin Kaepernick Reaches Settlement With NFL Over Kneeling Protest Fallout

  • Colin Kaepernick, Eric Reid settle collusion grievance with NFL
  • Parties have resolved grievances subject to confidentiality pact

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The NFL and attorneys for Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid jointly announced on Friday afternoon they have settled a complaint of collusion by the players, who claimed the league’s owners blackballed them because they had protested by kneeling during the pre-game playing of the national anthem.

“For the past several months, counsel for Mr Kaepernick and Mr Reid have engaged in an ongoing dialogue with representatives of the NFL,” the statement read. “As a result of those discussions, the parties have decided to resolve the pending grievances. The resolution of this matter is subject to a confidentiality agreement so there will be no further comment by any party.”

An arbitrator had been expected to rule over the next few weeks on Kaepernick’s grievance against the league, which he filed in 2017 under the collective bargaining agreement. The former San Francisco 49ers quarterback alleged the owners conspired to keep him off the field because of his protests to draw attention to racial inequality and social injustice issues.

The filing said the NFL and its owners “have colluded to deprive Mr Kaepernick of employment rights in retaliation for Mr Kaepernick’s leadership and advocacy for equality and social justice and his bringing awareness to peculiar institutions still undermining racial equality in the United States”.

The NFLPA released a statement on Friday in support of Kaepernick and Reid, acknowledging they did not know the terms of the agreement as the players employed outside counsel.

“We continuously supported Colin and Eric from the start of their protests, participated with their lawyers throughout their legal proceedings and were prepared to participate in the upcoming trial in pursuit of both truth and justice for what we believe the NFL and its clubs did to them,” the statement said. “We are glad that Eric has earned a job and a new contract, and we continue to hope that Colin gets his opportunity as well.”

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Police warn about fans’ behaviour in England during World Cup

On day of Sweden match, there were 387 football-related incidents and 70 arrests

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Police chiefs have warned against a repeat of the “significant disorder” that accompanied England’s World Cup victory over Sweden, saying there were 387 incidents across the country leading to 70 arrests.

They said the “worrying level of mostly alcohol-related disorder” stretched forces’ resources on Saturday and compared it to the trouble-free celebrations enjoyed by England fans in Russia.

Police accepted it was only a minority of those celebrating England’s 2-0 win in the quarter-final, taking the Three Lions to their first World Cup semi-final since 1990, who were involved.

Among incidents listed by police were:

  • Significant damage to an ambulance in London Bridge.
  • Two people arrested in Northampton, where “crowds caused disturbances, resulting in road closures while officers dealt with the disorder”.
  • A road blocked by hundreds of people and flares set off in a Leicestershire street.
  • People clambering on to the roofs of buses and blocking roads in Southampton.
  • Celebrations in Nottingham that led to “extensive criminal damage” to a taxi.
  • People climbing on to bus shelters and vehicles in Bridlington, Hull and Cleethorpes.
  • A man who jumped off a double-decker bus and crashed through a bus shelter roof.

Mark Roberts, the head of football policing for the National Police Chiefs’ Council, which represents 44 forces across England and Wales, said: “Saturday’s match was a great day for England and it’s right to celebrate it. The vast majority of fans do that without committing criminal and antisocial behaviour.

“It is incredibly disheartening to see more than 300 incidents of alcohol-fuelled disorder from a minority of mindless individuals.

“This behaviour has real consequences. Numerous roads across the country were blocked, stopping emergency vehicles getting to people in need, and an ambulance is now off the road while being repaired.

“Shops were damaged, people were abused and assaulted and others climbed on buses and cars, causing damage to vehicles and in some cases, themselves.”

Roberts compared the excellent behaviour by England fans in Russia with those back home. “This is in stark contrast to the fans out in Russia, whose behaviour, apart from a couple of minor incidents, has been great,” he said.

Police resources are stretched because of increased demand, a situation exacerbated by the warm weather and a big mobilisation for Donald Trump’s visit to the UK.

“There is absolutely no excuse for this type of senseless behaviour. Emergency services resources are already stretched,” said Roberts.

“We want people to celebrate and enjoy themselves, but not at the expense of law-abiding fans and emergency services’ resources.”

World Cups and major football tournaments can lead to spikes in some types of criminal offending.

Across England and Wales, there have been 1,086 football-related incidents since the tournament began in mid-June, with 226 domestic abuse-related incidents and 230 arrests.

England play Croatia on Wednesday evening, with police on the alert for any further trouble.

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