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Serena Dazzles in US Open

World’s No.1 Serena Williams gave a stunning performance to seal an impressive win 6-3 6-3 in her first round game against Russia’s Erektrina Marakova.

The 34-year old who is just recovering from a shoulder injury, showed no signs of fatigued as she dispelled Marakova in two sets.

“I love coming out here in front of this New York crowd, it’s super special,” said the six-time champion, chasing an open-era record 23rd Grand Slam singles title. “I got off to a really fast start – I wanted to get some momentum.”

Williams, who had a tough time at the Olympics due to injury, spoke on her upcoming match against Vania King.  “I’ll have to wait until tomorrow to see, I haven’t been able to play that much since Wimbledon,” said Williams. “Every day I’ll just see how it goes”

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Balotelli to move to Nice soon

Balotelli may be on the verge of securing a season long loan move from Liverpool according to Goal.

The 26-year old, whose contract with the Reds ends next year, is said to be on his way to Nice to undergo a medical, which will finalize the whole deal.

Initially, it seemed the deal will not fall through as the club and Balotelli were unable to come to an agreement but a second meeting was more productive as both parties concluded on the deal.

Though a salary has not been discussed yet, Nice are confident they will be able to meet the demands of the Italian.

Meanwhile, Mamadou Sahko, who Jurgen Klopp is determined to get rid of before the transfer window closes, rejected a loan move to Stoke City and will now hope to secure a move before the transfer window closes, in a bid to get regular playing time.

 

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Sergio Aguero charged by FA for violent conduct 

Manchester City star Sergio Aguero has been charged by the Football Association for a violent charge on Wiston Reid during City’s last match against West Ham, which they won by 3-1, thanks to a Raheem Sterling brace.

However the celebrations of their victory, which earned them the top spot on the English Premier League table, was short lived as their star forward as been charged for violently elbowing Reid during the match.

This charge could mean the Argentine will miss their next match against Manchester United on September 10, if an appeal is rejected.

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Rooney announces international retirement date

England skipper Wayne Rooney has announced that he will be retiring from international football after the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

New coach Sam Allardyce announced a few days ago that he will be retaining Rooney as the team captain, ahead of their World Cup qualifier against Slovakia on Sunday.

However, Rooney has disclosed that after the World Cup with the Three Lions, he will be retiring from international football, after many successful years with the team. He holds the record for the player with the highest number of goals with 53 goals.

“Obviously i’ve been selected and I made my mind up before the Euros whether we did well or not that I’d continue so over the last few weeks I’ve had nothing to think about in terms of England,” Rooney told a news conference on Tuesday.

“I’ve had a fantastic international career so far and played a lot of games and enjoyed every minute but at some point it’s going to come to an end. I’m not old, I’m 30, and come Russia that’ll be the time for me to say goodbye to international football. My mind is made up but it depends on Sam Allardyce, that’ll be my last tournament if selected. There have been highs and lows but I’m a proud man. It’s still two years away and I started playing professional football at 16 and international when I was 17 so it’ll have been 15 years, it’s a lot of years and I think that’ll be the right time to finish.”

  

Written by Doyinsola Olaniyan

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