Novak Djokovics epic final reveals flaws in a two-set stroll meriting an equal purse | Andrew Anthony

Womens elite tennis could learn a lesson from the recent World Cup when it comes to the fight against sexism If you wanted to put the popularity of womens football into figures then the most impressive one is 11.7 million. Thats the number of people in the UK who watched so-called Battle of the Sexes, the name given to the 1973 televised exhibition matches between the 55-year-old former world No 1 Bobby Riggs and womens champion Billie Jean King. As the recent Hollywood film based on the clash put it, Riggs intended to put the show back into chauvinism. The best way to handle women is to keep them pregnant and barefoot, he announced. In the event King won what …

Cardi B and Nipsey Hussle top 2019 BET award winners

Beyonc, Bruno Mars and Migos among winners at black entertainment awards, where tributes were paid to Nipsey Hussle who was shot dead in March Invasion of Privacy. The awards, which celebrate the best in black American entertainment, paid tribute to the rapper John Legend and Beyonc and Migos won best group. Their fellow Atlanta rapper Michael B Jordan and Regina Kelly won the acting categories, while Stephen Curry won the sports awards. Spike Lees film Burna Boy and rising South African dance artist Dave, Headie One and Ella Mai, the British R&B singer who achieved major US success in 2018, won the public-voted Coca-Cola Viewers Choice award for her song Trip. Childish Gambinos much-discussed Scorpion. Drake and Travis Scott were …

Maradona and Naples created an unearthly and sometimes dark magic. I was there | Ed Vulliamy

A new documentary doesnt capture the way an underdog city both beatified and ensnared its favourite son, says former Guardian Italy correspondent Ed Vulliamy Sundays would begin and end at a bar called Bollicine bubbles behind Piazza Leopardi station in the Fuorigrotta quarter of Naples. It was kept by a man called Enzo Cosenza, who also led choreography and singing in the citys football stadium. Thats where we spent the time in between, across the span of two years with season tickets, watching Diego Maradona defy the laws of gravity and physics with a football. I was working in Rome, but commuting from Naples for romantic reasons, and I soon fell in love with Maradona as well. Ahead of Asif …

‘I wouldn’t be the refugee, I’d be the girl who kicked ass’: how taekwondo made me

The long read: When she arrived in the US as a 10-year-old refugee, Dina Nayeri found it hard to fit in. But that all changed when she hatched a plan to get into Harvard by becoming a taekwondo champion When I was 13, three years after arriving in the US with my mother and brother, I devised a plan to get into the Ivy League. I was a refugee kid with no money and I lived in Iran, she had done horse-riding and tennis. But then the revolution happened, and her sporty body was draped and forgotten. Banned from public exercise, she took to pounding her ass against walls to get that chic, saddle-flattened effect of the late 70s. Sometimes …

At the Heart of Gold: how ‘predatory’ institutions protected Larry Nassar

In a shocking new documentary, film-maker Erin Lee Carr cracks open the network that allowed an Olympic coach to molest at least 250 women and girls For more than two decades, Larry Nassar used his position as an osteopathic physician at Michigan State University and longtime doctor for the United States womens gymnastics team to molest at least 250 women and girls under the guise of medical treatment. The manipulation ran so deep that his victims for years believed there was nothing to report. In many of the cases the abuse happened while a parent was in the room, a tragic detail that offers an alarming metaphor of how blind we can be. It was literally happening in front of …

‘We all have Hoop Dreams’: Bittersweet tale of first ‘reality TV show’

(CNN)When Dwyane Wade was a 12-year-old shooting jumpers on the playgrounds of Chicago, a movie came out that would help navigate him through his future Hall of Fame career. “Growing up in Chicago you struggle,” he adds, “I look at “Hoop Dreams” and I can see myself in those individuals at the time.” Film critics like the late Roger Ebert lauded the three-hour documentary for exposing a side of America rarely depicted at the time: A class system stacked against the poor, coinciding with rising corruption in youth basketball. So what has changed since then? College basketball is coming off a thrilling season, but faces intense scrutiny as a second corruption trial involving shady figures and illicit payments around the …

From parks to Premier League: the shocking scale of racism in English football

A special investigation into the racism crisis uncovers anger, despair and a warning that there will be an explosion unless the problem is tackled He was too shocked to talk, Sotirios Siminas says as he remembers trying to find out why one of his players was in tears at the end of a game that exposed the extent of the racism infecting the heart and soul of English football. Siminas, who coaches one of the under-12 boys teams at AFC Urmston Meadowside, in Manchester, can feel the anger rising. Six months on from that unpleasant Sunday morning, it is not easy listening to him explain what had happened to one of the children in his care. The other boys told …

‘Momentum’: How punk rock movie changed surfing for ever

(CNN)His upstart surf movie and its punk rock soundtrack crashed through the sport like a barrelling wave and changed the game forever. For the surfers, appearing on Steele’s camera was a rite of passage, a reputational boost arguably greater than professional competition results. It also heralded the arrival of Kelly Slater, perhaps surfing’s most famous name. “Being in the film pushed you,” says the Florida-born Slater, who won an unprecedented 11 world titles, starting the same year “Momentum” was released. “I think the whole filming process definitely made me a better surfer. “In some ways it was more important than the contests that we were doing. It was like a real badge of honour to be in the film.” READ: …

Johnny Manziel released by Montreal Alouettes and barred from CFL

Johnny Manziel has left yet another team, this time for unspecified violations of his contract Johnny Manziels time in the Canadian Football League is over. The CFL terminated the 2012 Heisman Trophy winners contract with the Montreal Alouettes on Wednesday. The league also informed the eight other teams that it wouldnt register a contract for Manziel if any tried to sign him. The league said Manziel had violated an agreement that made him eligible to play in the CFL. We advised Montreal that Johnny had violated one of the conditions we had set for him to be in our league. And Montreal announced his release today, CFL commissioner Randy Ambrosie said. We didnt release the terms of those conditions then …

‘If he slips, he falls. If he falls, he dies’ — Climbing 3,000 feet without ropes

(CNN)Any doubts as to whether Alex Honnold was the greatest rock climber of all time were doused when the American did something that no one thought was humanly possible. “When I know what I’m doing and I’m climbing well, then it feels meditative, kind of relaxing and beautiful,” Honnold told CNN Sport. His achievement has since been immortalized in a breathtaking BAFTA-winning National Geographic documentary “Free Solo,” which has been nominated for Best Documentary at this year’s Oscars. READ: Ross Edgley — ‘It was goosebumps upon tears, upon smiles’ Death or perfection Free solo climbing is a high-stakes game. It’s either death or perfection. But in moments of such risk, adrenaline is often the enemy. “The important part of being …