|US Open 2019|
|Venue: Flushing Meadows, New York Dates: 26 Aug – 8 Sep|
|Coverage: Live text and BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra commentary on selected matches on the BBC Sport website and app. Click here for Live Guide.|
Johanna Konta and Dan Evans – Britain’s remaining players in the US Open singles – face first-time opponents in the second round on Wednesday.
British number one Konta faces Margarita Gasparyan, although the scheduled 16:00 BST start was delayed by rain with no play on the outside courts before 19:30.
British men’s number two Evans plays world number 27 Lucas Pouille.
Defending men’s champion Novak Djokovic is up against Juan Ignacio Londero.
Before that five-time champion Roger Federer, who last won the title in 2008, plays Bosnia-Herzegovina’s Damir Dzumhur in one of the two early matches inside Arthur Ashe Stadium. The other match sees women’s third seed and 2016 finalist Karolina Pliskova take on Georgia’s Mariam Bolkvadze.
Serena Williams, a six-time champion and last year’s runner-up, is last up on the main court where she faces fellow American Catherine McNally.
After her first-round win over Maria Sharapova, Williams, 37, revealed she had been tweaking her game in the build-up to this tournament.
“I’ve been working on a lot of new things,” she said. “I don’t really talk about what I’ve been working on so much. I definitely have been working on a lot of new stuff to incorporate in my game.”
Other highlights on day three include two Louis Armstrong Stadium matches – fifth seed Elina Svitolina against two-time champion Venus Williams, and French Open champion Ashleigh Barty facing world number 73 Lauren Davis.
Barnet came from two goals down to earn a point at home to Torquay in the National League thanks to Jack Taylor’s late strike which snatched a 2-2 draw.
The visitors looked on course for a third-straight win as they went in at half-time two goals up following Jean-Yves Koue Niate’s fifth-minute opener and a fine long-range finish from Armani Little on the half-hour mark.
But the Bees fought back after the interval and pulled a goal back through Ephron Mason-Clark’s effort.
The home fans were then treated to an 88th-minute equaliser as Taylor collected a pass from Mason-Clark before slotting a low finish past Lucas Covolan to earn a share of the spoils.
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Liverpool maintained their place at the top of the Premier League and their 100% start to the season as Arsenal were well beaten at Anfield.
The Gunners, the only other side in the top flight to win their first two games, had opportunities to shock Liverpool in a tight first half, especially when record £72m signing Nicolas Pepe shot straight at keeper Adrian after running clear.
Liverpool took control when Joel Matip put them ahead with a powerful header from Trent Alexander-Arnold’s corner four minutes before the interval.
And any hopes manager Unai Emery had of watching his side mount a recovery were snuffed out in the 49th minute after a moment of madness from new signing David Luiz, who needlessly dragged Mohamed Salah back in the area.
Liverpool’s Egyptian attacker drilled home the penalty and then embarrassed Luiz again out on the touchline at the start of a dazzling run that ended with a low, curling finish into the bottom corner just before the hour.
Arsenal substitute Lucas Torreira pulled one back late on, but nothing was getting in the way of Liverpool’s 12th successive Premier League victory, equalling their best sequence in the top flight under Kenny Dalglish between April and October 1990.
Liverpool back in the old routine
Liverpool had moments when they stuttered against Southampton and their defence has looked unusually fallible – but this was a movie we have seen many times before at Anfield under Jurgen Klopp.
Arsenal have suffered badly here in recent seasons, losing 5-1 last season and 4-0 in Arsene Wenger’s final season. Once again, despite taking their time to hit top gear, Liverpool’s ruthlessness and intensity simply proved too much for Arsenal.
True, they gratefully accepted Luiz’s gifts but once Matip put Liverpool ahead the pressure and intensity applied to Arsenal was simply too much for the Gunners to resist.
And, as Arsenal discovered, when you fail to take chances to punish Liverpool, the inevitable outcome is that you will be punished yourselves.
Liverpool do not simply have a prodigious work ethic that makes life permanently uncomfortable for opponents; they also have world-class attacking options as illustrated by Salah’s brilliant weaving run and slide-rule finish for their third.
Klopp’s side missed out on the title by a single point despite only one loss, to champions Manchester City, last season – and three wins from three has quickly put the marker down that they intend to go one better and claim that first title in 30 years.
Liability Luiz kills Arsenal chances
Luiz has a track record of success that suggests he may be able to bring moments of quality to Arsenal’s defence after his surprise £8m move from Chelsea – but there is no escaping he has the enduring capability to be a complete liability.
The Brazilian, at 32, is not going to change and so it proved as he delivered a moment of crass stupidity that killed stone dead Arsenal’s hopes of taking anything away from Anfield.
It is a stretch to say Arsenal had Liverpool on the ropes but, despite the overall domination of the European champions, the Gunners certainly had moments of threat through the pace and menace of Pepe and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. They would have started the second half with hope.
Luiz made it all count for nothing when he felt his best method of dealing with Salah’s 49th-minute raid into the penalty area was to blatantly drag him back by the shirt in a red-mist moment that did not even seriously require the intervention of the video assistant referee.
Salah, despite some ludicrous protests from Luiz, drilled home the penalty before taking him to cleaners when scoring Liverpool’s brilliant third.
Too much of the Arsenal’s playing out from the back was asking for trouble against this Liverpool side. Throw in the act of stupidity from Luiz and ultimately they got what they deserved, despite some areas for Emery to admire.
Man of the match – Mohamed Salah (Liverpool)
‘We are not in Disneyland’ – what they said
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp, speaking to Sky Sports: “It was a brilliant game from my side so early in the season. It was outstanding. It was a performance full of power, energy, greed and passion, which I think you need to have against a team like Arsenal.
“The last 10 minutes I saw the possession – 53 to 47 or something like that – but over 80 minutes it must have been completely different. We were completely in charge of the game. We are not Disneyland, we do not need to excite everyone in every second.
“We had enough bodies and legs to put them under pressure. We had the full-backs really high. The boys did what we wanted them to do and scored wonderful goals. The penalty decision I think was absolutely obvious. Mo’s third goal was absolutely amazing, but the pedigree of the boys is sensational. Our identity is intensity, and we showed that today.”
Arsenal boss Unai Emery, speaking to BBC Match of the Day: “Today, the first half, we worked together. We were doing some transition very good and we had some chances but, the second half, the penalty was very soft. After 2-0 our reaction was good. We needed to attack and take a different moment in the match.
“Yes, we are disappointed we lost 3-1 but watching some players we can be optimistic. We need to improve in possession and countering the pressure but Liverpool is the best team with this.
“We have to be realistic but we can fight closer to them. For me, today, without the result there were some good periods.”
Arsenal’s Liverpool woe – the stats
- Since Jurgen Klopp took over in October 2015, Liverpool have scored 26 goals in eight Premier League games against Arsenal – the most one side has netted against another in the competition in that period.
- Only Everton at Arsenal (64) have conceded more away goals against a single opponent in the Premier League than Arsenal at Liverpool (62).
- Arsenal have now failed to win any of their past 23 away league games against fellow ‘Big six’ sides (D8 L15) – during this run they have conceded 53 goals while keeping just one clean sheet.
- Since the start of last season, Arsenal have given away eight Premier League penalties – only Brighton (10) have faced more.
- Liverpool have scored 22 headed goals in the Premier League since the start of last season; seven more than any other side. The Reds have scored three in this campaign already, while no other side has scored more than one.
- Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has faced Arsenal eight times without defeat in the Premier League (W5 D3).
- Mohamed Salah has been directly involved in more Premier League goals against Arsenal than against any other side (eight; six goals and two assists). He has scored in all four of his home games against them.
- Trent Alexander-Arnold has assisted nine goals in his past 10 appearances at Anfield for Liverpool in all competitions, including assisting once in each of his past five competitive home games.
- Nicolas Pepe has become the first player to successfully dribble past Virgil van Dijk in the Dutch defender’s past 50 appearances in the Premier League, since Mikel Merino in March 2018 for Newcastle.
Liverpool travel to Burnley in their next Premier League fixture on Saturday, 31 August (17:30 BST). Arsenal resume league action when they host Tottenham in the first north London derby of the season, on Sunday, 1 September (16:30 BST).
Brentford have signed Greece international striker Nikos Karelis on a one-year deal.
The 27-year-old was a free agent after leaving Belgian side Genk earlier in the summer.
“Nikos is a player that will reinforce our options in attacking areas,” boss Thomas Frank told the club website.
“He is fit now and while he may take a while to be 100% ready to start in the Championship, I know he will have an impact.”
Find all the latest football transfers on our dedicated page.
Tomer Hemed and Erhun Oztumer could both debut for Charlton when they host Nottingham Forest at The Valley.
Defender Chris Solly will be assessed after he suffering a head injury in Saturday’s draw with Barnsley.
Joao Carvalho will travel with Forest as he continues his recovery from an ankle injury, but will not feature.
There are no new injury concerns for Reds boss Sabri Lamouchi, who is not expected to make many changes following Saturday’s win against Birmingham City.
- Charlton Athletic are unbeaten in their past six league games against Nottingham Forest (W2 D4 L0).
- Forest are looking for their first away league win at Charlton since a 2-0 victory in February 2013 under Billy Davies.
- Since the start of last season, Charlton have won 16 penalties in league matches, with Lyle Taylor scoring nine of those spot-kicks. Indeed, only Luka Milivojevic and John Akinde (10 each) have netted more within England’s top four tiers since August 2018.
- Both Charlton and Forest have scored three goals from set-pieces so far this season, the joint most in the competition in 2019-20 (alongside Luton and Preston).
- Charlton are looking to win their opening two home matches of a Championship season for the second successive campaign in the competition, having beaten QPR and Hull in 2015-16, before they were ultimately relegated to League One.
- Forest striker Lewis Grabban has scored three goals in six previous league appearances against Charlton. He scored one goal and created another for Norwich on his last visit to The Valley, helping his side to a 3-2 victory in February 2015.
|Specsavers County Championship Division Two, 1st Central County Ground, Hove (day one):|
|Middlesex 75: Eskinazi 24; Robinson 8-34|
|Sussex 126-3: Wells 52; Roland-Jones 2-34|
|Sussex (3 pts) lead Middlesex (1 pt) by 53 runs with 7 wickets remaining|
Sussex seamer Ollie Robinson took a career-best 8-34 to put his side well on top as Middlesex were bowled out for just 75 on day one at Hove.
England Lions man Robinson was at one point was on course to take all 10 of the visitors’ wickets.
But, having reduced them to 44-8, last man Tim Murtagh hit 20* as Middlesex were bowled out inside 21.4 overs.
The hosts initially struggled in reply and were 15-3 before Luke Wells 52* and Alex Carey 46* steadied the ship.
Rain delayed the start of the match until 14:30 BST but Robinson soon made up for lost time, claiming opener Sam Robson with the first delivery of the day.
The former Yorkshire paceman has now taken 48 wickets in eight County Championship matches this season.
Young black players joining the Chelsea academy should have “no fear” of being racially abused, says the Blues’ first senior black player Paul Canoville.
Academy graduate Tammy Abraham was racially abused after a penalty miss in the Super Cup loss to Liverpool.
It follows a review by Barnardo’s into claims of racism at Chelsea in the 1980s and 1990s, when young black players faced “daily racial abuse”.
But Canoville says prospective new parents and kids “will not be put off”.
“Chelsea have one of the best academies in the country with lots of black players coming through,” the 57-year-old former winger told BBC Sport.
“With Frank Lampard as head coach of the senior team and Eddie Newton on his backroom staff, black youngsters will be given a chance and a pathway to the first team.”
‘They were not genuine supporters’
In their report, the charity Barnardo’s concluded that the club’s ex-youth coach Gwyn Williams was the “instigator of such abuse”, after three former academy players made allegations against Williams and fellow coach Graham Rix.
Both men have denied the allegations, but it was during that time that Canoville – who made his first-team debut in 1981 – was being subjected to racial abuse from the club’s own supporters from the stands.
“At the time, I was being abused by right wing National Front supporters who were in the ground to try and recruit members and they were not genuine football fans. It was political,” said Canoville.
“I didn’t get the help at Chelsea at the time because there was a naivety then, but I was supported by my manager and my team-mates.
“I kept quiet because I was scared of getting sanctioned by the governing bodies and the Football League. As a young boy, I dreamt of playing football and I didn’t want to ruin my dream.”
However, the former midfielder – who has set up the Paul Canoville Foundation to help young people facing economic, physical or mental adversity – says a “lot has changed” and there are groups at the club who now “want to make change”.
“With every incident that is linked to Chelsea, the club step up their efforts in trying to root out the problem,” he added.
“The fans’ group Chelsea Together send out leaflets and write in the matchday programmes, the fans who used to be scared of reporting incidents aren’t anymore and stewards are stepping up.
“London is one of the most multicultural cities in the world but when I was playing, you could not walk down the Fulham Road wearing a Chelsea shirt if you were black. Now, there are all colours and creeds of Chelsea fans in and around Stamford Bridge on matchday.”
‘A problem in society’
Lampard has condemned the abuse of striker Abraham, 21, saying he is “disgusted by a so-called Chelsea fan”.
Lampard has urged social media companies to do more to prevent players from being targeted online, but Canoville believes racism is a “problem in society”.
“When my mum first came over to the UK you had real racial abuse in your face and the N-word was so common, but the law changed, it became an offence and people could no longer do it in the streets,” he said.
“So they have taken it to the terraces and social media.”
Cannoville believes the abuse is not unique to Chelsea, a notion supported by anti-racism charity Kick It Out, which showed reports of racist abuse increased by 43% last season, with 274 cases compared with 192 the previous season.
However, Chelsea suspended six fans for using “abusive language and threatening and aggressive behaviour” towards Manchester City and England player Raheem Sterling during a Premier League match at Stamford Bridge in December 2018.
One of those fans was banned for life for using “racially abusive language” towards Sterling.
There were also two further cases of racial abuse involving Chelsea last season, which the club are investigating.
The player who suffered the first recorded case of racist abuse in women’s professional football has no regrets about reporting it despite “sinking into depression” as a result of subsequent online abuse.
An independent Football Association regulatory commission found that Tottenham defender Renee Hector was racially abused by Sheffield United’s Sophie Jones during a Championship match in January.
Jones was banned for five games and fined £200 but denied allegations she made monkey noises towards Hector.
The forward, whose contract at Sheffield United was terminated by mutual consent in March, told the BBC: “I’m not a racist.”
Hector, who has since joined Charlton Athletic, says that, as a result of the case, she was was sent pictures of baby gorillas and abused about her weight.
The 24-year-old believes harsher punishments should be administered for racist abuse in football and more support should be offered to semi-professional players like her.
But she hopes Jones, who was found by an FA hearing to have lied to “conceal wrongdoing”, can learn from her mistake.
Speaking about the incident for the first time, Hector says the abuse started with accusations of her of “playing the race card” and increased when “unflattering pictures” of her appeared online.
“The online abuse affected me really deeply, but it wasn’t just me, it affected my family and really affected my mum,” Hector told BBC Sport.
“I was just spiralling out of control, basically, I started sinking into depression because there were lots of insecurities that I had already and it was highlighted for the world to see.
“I had spent years struggling with my weight, it first started when my mum got diagnosed with breast cancer and I also tore my anterior cruciate ligament in my knee so I couldn’t play for a year.
“All the comments online sparked all those stories back in my head, and I was my own worst enemy.
“My lowest point was when I had to have a week off work, because I couldn’t physically leave my bed and didn’t really leave the house. Every time I looked in the mirror I felt disgusted with myself.”
‘Raheem Sterling shouldn’t be the only one fighting racism’
Hector says she reported the incident to the referee and her mum at half-time of the match, and she later posted a Tweet detailing what happened without naming Jones.
But despite all the online abuse, she “would do exactly the same thing again”.
“One thing I do know if I stay true to myself,” she said. “If it gets one more person off the pitch who has said something racist then I’ve done what I can to help the cause.
“Take Raheem Sterling, for example. He’s out there as a bit of an advocate to fight racism against football, but it shouldn’t just be him.
“What I went through was difficult, but I’d say don’t be scared in stepping forward because the more that people step forward, the more seriously racism will be taken.”
Since the incident, the FA has increased its sanction for racism involving players to a minimum six-game ban, but Hector said: “I think the punishment needs to be a bit stronger.
“Players need know they are going to be punished significantly, and think twice about doing it because to some people a month out from playing matches isn’t really that long.”
‘I have no hatred towards Jones’
Hector says she was “shocked” to hear racist abuse, given it is almost unheard of in women’s football.
She says she heard monkey noises just before half-time as she contested a corner.
“I was so in shock,” she said. “I thought ‘did I just hear that right?’ And then I could hear my team-mate complaining to the referee about it, so it confirmed I did hear correctly.
“I had to run back into my position but when the whistle blew [to end the half], that’s when it sunk in.
“I went to tell the referee what I heard and my team-mate confirmed it. When we got back to the changing room my team-mate told me who it was. Then I began to get a bit more emotional and angry about it.
“On the way out for the second half I told the referee who it was and she said she would listen out for anything else. Then I just had to get to get back out there and make sure I played the second half to the best of my ability.
“It was probably one of my best games of the season. So obviously I channelled my anger in the right way. It wasn’t until the final whistle that it all hit me. I felt quite emotional and just sat on the floor, reflecting on the situation.
“I couldn’t believe it because I think this is probably the only incident that’s been reported anywhere in women’s football.”
Following the FA verdict, Jones described the hearing as a “kangaroo court”, said she was quitting football and was “unable to play under an organisation that I do not have any confidence in”.
Jones has since told the BBC: “It’s been very mentally challenging. I still struggle today.
“I’ve become a lot more anxious, paranoid and people still stare at me now even though it’s in the past. What really gets me is I’ve had to give up a sport that I love due to somebody’s allegation.”
Asked how she felt towards Jones now, Hector added: “I don’t have any hatred, I just hope she’s learned from the incident and can move forward and obviously try to better herself to make sure she doesn’t make those mistakes again.
“But all the abuse and stuff like that, I wouldn’t wish on her on anybody. I don’t want a life to be ruined.
“It’s just when you do something so wrong, you deserve what comes your way in terms of the punishment by the FA. I just hope she can move forward and make a better choice.”
Players need more support
Despite leaving Tottenham, Hector says she felt supported by “individuals at the club”, her team-mates and coach.
The team, who are semi-professional, were involved in a promotion push and reached the Women’s Super League, where they will become a fully professional club.
But Hector, who will play at Championship level again with new club Charlton, says she would have benefited from access to a psychologist, as away from matches and training she was “a mess”.
“It was difficult because they didn’t have the resources, a sports psychologist or anything like that,” she said.
“In terms of counselling, the coaches offered their support but at the same time, the main concentration was promotion so it was probably quite difficult for them to completely focus their attention on me.”
She added: “Becoming a professional will always be my dream until I’m too old to run around a pitch any more.
“Hopefully we can achieve that this season.”
Since becoming prime minister just over a month ago, Boris Johnson has made a number of law-and-order announcements affecting England and Wales.
But what exactly is being proposed?
20,000 more police officers
My job is to make your streets safer – and we are going to begin with another 20,000 police on the streets
The plan: Hire an extra 20,000 police officers by 2022. Mr Johnson says the policy will cost £1.1bn.
What it means: There are currently 123,171 police officers in England and Wales, down from 143,000 in 2010, when the Conservatives came to power and Theresa May became home secretary.
So if Mr Johnson delivers on his recruitment plan, it will put officer levels to around where they were nine years ago.
There has been some dispute about the link between police numbers and levels of violent crime, with Theresa May saying there was not a direct link.
But Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick has said there is “some link” between the two.
10,000 prison places
The plan: Up to £2.5bn funding to create 10,000 new prison places.
What it means: The government already had a target, announced in 2015, of creating 10,000 places in new prisons by 2020.
However, this target was to create new places in order to shut old, outdated prisons, not to increase the overall capacity of the prison system.
And the government has now reduced this target to 3,360 by 2023.
But Mr Johnson has now set a new target of another 10,000 by “the mid-2020s”, although it is not clear whether these will replace places lost in closures of older prisons or see a 10,000 increase in overall capacity.
This new target will partly be achieved by expanding HMP Full Sutton, in Yorkshire, although expansion at this site has been planned since 2016.
Currently, the prison population in England and Wales is almost 83,000, which is 8,700 above the prisons service’s own overcrowding limits.
Prisons are holding more inmates than they should
And since 2011, those overcrowding limits have been cut by about 2,500 as cells have been closed or fallen into disrepair.
The plan: Police forces across England and Wales will now be able to carry out stop-and-searches in designated areas without authorisation from a senior officer.
What it means: Stop-and-search refers to stopping a person in order to search them for weapons or other prohibited items, such as drugs.
A return to stop-and-stop will represent a big departure from the approach of Theresa May’s government.
Following fears it was being used too widely and unfairly targeting ethnic minorities, especially young black men, stop-and-search fell by 80% between 2009-10 and 2017-18.
Number of stop and searches
All stop and search powers, England and Wales
Under the new plans, some restrictions will be lifted on Section-60 searches.
Currently, Section 60 of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994 allows officers to search anyone in a designated area – even if they have no reasonable grounds to suspect they are carrying a weapon – as long as they have intelligence of serious violence.
For example, Section 60 was used at last year’s Notting Hill Carnival, in west London, which followed two days in which the city saw five shootings and a fatal stabbing.
But officers will now be able to do so as soon as they have reason to suspect serious violence may take place – and they will no longer require the authorisation of an assistant chief constable.
Priti Patel, the new Home Secretary, says stop-and-search works.
But Labour’s shadow home secretary, Diane Abbott, says it does not reduce violent crime.
The government’s Serious Violence Strategy, published in April 2018, says knife crime, gun crime and homicide have all risen in recent years as stop-and-search has fallen.
But it dismisses any direct link between the two, saying “the data do not support such a conclusion”.
A 2017 College of Policing study of Metropolitan Police data found higher rates of stop-and-search had seen “very slightly lower than expected rates of crime in the following week or month”.
And a 2016 Home Office analysis was unable to reach a firm conclusion on whether stop-and-search reduced crime or not.
Extra money for the Crown Prosecution Service
The plan: £85m for the CPS over the next two years
What it means: The CPS deals with the prosecution of those charged with criminal offences.
Since 2010-11, it has had its budget cut by roughly 30% in real terms – a total of about £225m.
In the same period, staff numbers have decreased from 7,978 to 5,518.
Earlier this year, the attorney general said the CPS could not cope with any more cuts.