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Williams wins thriller against Kvitova in final-set tie-break to make US Open semis

All six of the matches between Venus Williams and Petra Kvitova have gone to a third set US Open Venue: Flushing Meadows, New York Dates: 28 Aug-10 Sept BBC coverage: Live radio and text commentary on selected matches every day. Venus Williams reached her 23rd Grand Slam semi-final with a thrilling win over Petra Kvitova in a final-set tie-break. The 37-year-old American won 6-3 3-6 7-6 (7-2) in front of a rapturous night-session crowd in New York. “I was so fortunate to win that match,” said Williams. “It came down to the wire and I’m hoping we have more matches like that.” She next faces Sloane Stephens, with all-American semi-finals possible. Madison Keys and Coco Vandeweghe will try to join their compatriots in the last four when they play their quarter-fi...

John Motson: My memories of 50 years as a BBC football commentator

Gazza’s tears & the Crazy Gang: Five of Motty’s best Legendary football commentator John Motson will hang up his microphone at the end of the season after an illustrious 50-year career with the BBC. Motson, 72, has worked on Match of the Day since 1971, and covered 10 World Cups, 10 European Championships and 23 FA Cup finals for BBC Sport. He has commentated on almost 2,500 televised games, but his trademark chuckle is still present and his penchant for a killer stat has not faded over the past five decades. “I have had a wonderful time,” Motson told BBC Sport. “I don’t think things could have gone any better for me because I was football-mad as a boy, and to get a job watching the game and going to all the major events I have been to has been very ...

John Motson: Five great moments from iconic BBC Sport commentator

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John Motson: Commentator to end BBC football career after 50 years

Gazza’s tears & the Crazy Gang: Five of Motty’s best Legendary commentator John Motson will call time on his BBC career aged 72 after the conclusion of the current football season. The broadcaster, popularly known as ‘Motty’, is in his 50th consecutive year with the corporation. He covered 10 World Cups, 10 European Championships, 29 FA Cup finals and more than 200 England games. “I’ve absolutely loved my time commentating for BBC Sport,” said Motson. “I’ve been fortunate enough to witness some of the biggest moments in football history mere yards away from the action, so I’ve really been very lucky.” Motson, known for his trademark sheepskin coats and encyclopaedic knowledge of the game, wants to continue his links with...

Jonathan Walters: Republic of Ireland skipper says side will fight all the way

Republic of Ireland skipper Jonathan Walters says his side will fight all the way in their attempt to qualify for the World Cup in Russia. After a 1-0 defeat at home to Group D leaders Serbia, the third-placed Irish know they have to win their last two qualifiers to have any chance of reaching the play-offs. Meanwhile, defender Shane Duffy said: “We need two massive performances – but why can’t we?”

Gareth Bale: Wales face two ‘cup finals’ on road to Russia

Forward Gareth Bale says it is a case of “two down, two to go” for Wales as they chase a World Cup spot. Having won 2-0 in Moldova on Tuesday, Wales will be likely to need to win their final two games, away in Georgia and at home to the Republic of Ireland, just to reach the play-offs.

American Stephens into US Open semis after final-set tie-break

Sloane Stephens’ only previous Grand Slam semi-final was at the 2013 Australian Open US Open Venue: Flushing Meadows, New York Dates: 28 Aug-10 Sept BBC coverage: Live radio and text commentary on selected matches every day. American Sloane Stephens won a final-set tie-break to beat Latvia’s Anastasija Sevastova and reach her first US Open semi-final. The 24-year-old, ranked 83rd as she makes her way back from injury, won 6-3 3-6 7-6 (7-4) in New York. Stephens played superbly to come back from 3-1 down in the final set, converting her first match point with a brilliant backhand. She will face compatriot Venus Williams or Petra Kvitova in the last four. With Madison Keys and Coco Vandeweghe also through to the last eight, there is the prospect of an all-American semi-final line...

West Indies coach Stuart Law grateful for ‘unbelievable’ global support after win over England

West Indies coach Stuart Law says the support they have received from around the world has been “unbelievable” following their five-wicket victory over England in the second Test. The deciding third Test begins at Lord’s on Thursday, with ball-by-ball Test Match Special commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra, BBC Radio 4 LW and via the BBC Sport website app, where you can also watch in-play highlights. READ MORE: West Indies beat England in thriller

Jones open to recalls for Tuilagi & Solomona

Jones congratulated Solomona after he scored a winning try on his England debut England head coach Eddie Jones is willing to recall Manu Tuilagi and Denny Solomona, who were sent home from a training camp in August. Tuilagi, 26, and Solomona, 23, were punished for “team-culture issues”, understood to be alcohol-related. Jones has met Tuilagi already and says he will make a judgment on the attitude of both players. “They understand they made a poor choice, the team understand they made a poor choice. It’s over now,” he said. “Everyone makes bad mistakes, we’ve all done it,” added Jones, who has transformed England’s fortunes since taking over after the first-round exit from the 2015 World Cup. “So we will just assess them over the ...

US Open 2017: Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares knocked out of men’s doubles

Bruno Soares (left) and Jamie Murray won the Australian Open and US Open in 2016 US Open Venue: Flushing Meadows, New York Dates: 28 Aug-10 Sept BBC coverage: Live radio and text commentary on selected matches every day. Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares’ defence of their US Open men’s doubles title ended in a heavy quarter-final defeat by Jean-Julien Rojer and Horia Tecau. The British-Brazilian fourth seeds were beaten 6-1 6-2 in only 62 minutes. Dutchman Rojer and Romanian Tecau broke serve at the first opportunity and made only five unforced errors overall. Murray plays alongside Martina Hingis in the mixed doubles last eight later, against Abigail Spears and Juan Sebastian Cabal. Follow tennis with the BBC Alerts: Tennis news sent to your phone My Sport: Sign up to follow tenni...

US Open 2017: Pablo Carreno Busta beats Diego Schwartzman to reach semi-finals

Pablo Carreno Busta is yet to drop a set at the tournament US Open Venue: Flushing Meadows, New York Dates: 28 Aug-10 Sept BBC coverage: Live radio and text commentary on selected matches every day. Spain’s Pablo Carreno Busta reached the US Open semi-finals for the first time with a straight-set win over Argentina’s Diego Schwartzman. The 12th seed overcame 25-year-old Schwartzman 6-4 6-4 6-2 in one hour and 58 minutes in New York. Carreno Busta, 26, is yet to drop a set at the tournament and is the highest-ranked man left in the bottom half of the draw. He will face the winner of Sam Querrey and Kevin Anderson in the last four. Querrey and Anderson meet later in the second night session match on Arthur Ashe Stadium. “Incredible. It’s something I always dreamed of,...

James Anderson: Ottis Gibson feels England seamer will carry on as long as he can

England bowling coach Ottis Gibson, who is leaving to coach South Africa after the final Test against West Indies, says James Anderson wants to continue playing cricket for “as long as he can”. Anderson, England’s leading Test wicket-taker is approaching 500 Test dismissals ahead of the third Test, which begins at Lord’s on Thursday, with ball-by-ball Test Match Special commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra, BBC Radio 4 LW and via the BBC Sport website app, where you can also watch in-play highlights. READ MORE: Gibson will take over as SA head coach READ MORE: Lancashire rename Pavilion End after James Anderson