Nick Kyrgios and Daniil Medvedev put on one heck of a show during their second round clash at the Canadian Open on Thursday morning (AEST) as the Australian continued his brilliant run of form ahead of this year’s US Open.

Fresh from winning the Citi Open title in Washington, Kyrgios’ class on hard courts was on show once again as he came back from a set down to topple world No. 1 Medvedev 6-7 6-4 6-2.

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Kyrgios has won 14 of his past 15 singles matches, stretching back to his run into the Wimbledon final, which he lost to Novak Djokovic. It’s the second time in his career he’s beaten a world No. 1 and he now boasts a 3-1 head-to-head record against Medvedev, the 2021 US Open champion.

Since landing in the States for the American hard court swing a couple of weeks ago, before heading to Canada, Kyrgios is 15-0 across singles and doubles.

American tennis icon Andy Roddick believes Kyrgios is now the favourite for the US Open, which kicks off in a couple of weeks, while Aussie tennis great Rennae Stubbs was in awe of what the Canberran is producing.

“@NickKyrgios I mean when he plays tennis and keeps his s**t together, he is seriously close to the best tennis player in the world,” Stubbs tweeted.

“His serve is untouchable at the moment. Fitness level is HIGH and his tennis acumen is unreal. That effort after losing the 1st set was impressive.”

Eric Hubbs of Barstool Sports tweeted: “Kyrgios domination continues. Finally playing to his potential and it’s awesome.”

Broadcaster Prakash Amritraj told The Tennis Channel it was a “giant statement” from Kyrgios to defeat the defending Canadian Open champion and reigning US Open champion.

But there is more than just tennis on Kyrgios’ mind. His mother Norlaila is in hospital back home in Australia, and he wrote “be strong, Ma” on the camera after his victory.

Prior to the win over Medevedv Kyrgios spoke about his parents’ health and the challenges of being away from family.

“It’s hard because even travelling now, my mum is in hospital at the moment, my dad hasn’t been very well, my brother just had a baby and I don’t get to be there with my family when normal people would like to be with them,” Kyrgios said.

“It’s hard being from Australia because we can’t travel back and forth. There’s a lot of things people don’t see. They only see me winning, losing, throwing a racquet, doing those things. They don’t really understand the challenges that I face or what people on tour face, what’s going on in their personal lives.”

Speaking to The Tennis Channel after the match, Kyrgios spoke about his desire to make the most of his preparation before the US Open.

“It’s rewarding to beat the world No. 1,” he said. “It’s a reflection of all the hard work I’ve done in Sydney.

“After Washington I could easily come here and be content with what I did last week, but I wanted to empty the tank these two weeks.

“Obviously my ranking’s not where I want it to be, not getting those points at Wimbledon, but I’ve got to capitalise on this little window.”

Kyrgios was the only player to have break points in the first set, but he failed to convert either of his opportunities at 5-4 and then was all over the shop during the tiebreak.

The 27-year-old smashed a ball out of the stadium in anger after dropping the opener, but was back at his mercurial best in the second set. Kyrgios broke Medvedev early on and maintained the rage to close out the set 6-4.

There were the usual antics from Kyrgios, who once again hit out at those in his player’s box.

Writer Allesandro Nivola tweeted: “Nick Kyrgios’s relationship with his box is so disturbing. It’s like a deranged psychopathic dictator and his ‘advisors’. They look terrified of saying the wrong thing or of standing up when they should sit down or of sitting down when they should stand up.”

However, Kyrgios composed himself for the decider to shut out Medvedev and progress to the third round in Montreal, where he will face countryman Alex De Minaur as his red-hot run continues.

Kyrgios and Thanasi Kokkinakis won the doubles title in Atlanta then he teamed up with Jack Sock in Washington to take out the Citi Open trophy.

That same day he also cleaned up in the singles draw, defeating Yoshihito Nishioka to win his first title in three years — a feat he last achieved at the same tournament in Washington back in 2019.

Speaking after his win over Nishioka earlier this week, Kyrgios opened up on his “transformation” after coming through some tough times emotionally.

“It was emotional for me to see where I was last year to now, it’s an incredible transformation,” Kyrgios said. “I just came out with great energy because I knew I had the experience on my side today.

“I’ve been in some really dark places and just to be able to turn it around …

“There’s so many people who have helped me get there but myself, I’ve shown some serious strength to just continue and just persevere and get through those really tough times and still be able to perform in tournaments like this one.”

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The Padres will be without Fernando Tatis Jr. for the rest of the season.

Tatis Jr. tested positive for Clostebol, and will be suspended for 80 games. The news of the suspension was first reported by ESPN’s Jeff Passan.

“I’ve been informed by Major League Baseball that a test sample I submitted returned a positive result for Clostebol, a banned substance,” Tatis Jr. said in a statement, through the MLBPA.

“It turns out that I inadvertently took a medication to treat ringworm that contained Clostebol. I should have used the resources available to me in order to ensure that no banned substances were in what I took. I failed to do so.

“I want to apologise to Peter, AJ, the entire Padres organisation, my teammates, Major League Baseball, and fans everywhere for my mistake. I have no excuse for my error, and I would never do anything to cheat or disrespect the game I love.”

The 23-year-old phenom had missed the entire season due to a fractured wrist but had been expected to return soon.

This is a blow to the Padres, who went all in trading a haul of highly-ranked prospects to the Nationals for superstar outfielder Juan Soto and formidable first baseman Josh Bell.

“I have taken countless drug tests throughout my professional career, including on March 29, 2022, all of which have returned negative results until this test,” Tatis Jr.’s statement continued.

“I am completely devastated. There is nowhere in the world I would rather be than on the field competing with my teammates. After initially appealing the suspension, I have realised that my mistake was the cause of this result, and for that reason I have decided to start serving my suspension immediately. I look forward to rejoining my teammates on the field in 2023.”

The Padres are 63-51. While they trail the Dodgers by 16 games in the NL West, they would qualify for the postseason as a Wild Card team if the playoffs started today.

Tatis Jr. signed a 14-year, AU$477 million contract with the Padres last February.

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It turns out that at least some players who have ditched the PGA Tour for the riches of the LIV Golf Series aren’t actually earning a dime when it comes to their results in the lucrative, but controversial, Saudi-backed circuit.

That bombshell was revealed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in San Jose, Calif., where a federal judge denied a temporary restraining order for three players currently suspended by the tour after leaving for LIV, the NY Post reports.

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They were seeking to be allowed to play in the PGA Tour’s FedEx Cup Playoffs, which begins this week in Memphis.

During the hearing, an lawyer representing LIV said that players’ earnings are counted against the upfront money they receive for joining.

That means a $4 million first-place winner’s check would essentially amount to money a player has already been paid for signing with the rival faction. The lawyer said that not every contract is the same, but also said not all money is guaranteed, before moving on in the case.

That contradicts what a LIV official and some players have said up to this point.

When Brooks Koepka was pressed at the LIV tournament outside Portland, Ore., last month on whether a player’s winnings come out of the signing bonus, the four-time major champion said, “That’s not — no. No.” When questioned again on the issue, he said, “No. I don’t know — it’s irrelevant.”

At the end of the press conference in Portland, a LIV official in Portland tried to clear up the matter at the time.

“I just wanted to address [the] question earlier when you were asking about the prize purses and if they are in addition to the contracts,” she said. “The prize purses are in addition to. There is no draw at LIV Golf on any finances,” she said. “We just wanted to, on the record, it’s in addition to. And while you guys have, this is your first event, but you should know that from your contracts. You can attest to it. Thank you guys.”

That appears to not exactly be the case after all, however, according to one of LIV’s own attorneys.

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Italy’s Alberto Nonino suffered a nightmare wardrobe malfunction at the U20s World Championships where his genitalia fell out of his shorts.

The decathlon athlete was competing in the 400m event at the end of the first day of competition in Cali, Colombia, when disaster struck.

The 18-year-old started well out of the blocks, but he was soon seen repeatedly reaching towards his crotch instead of swinging his arms as he ran down the home straight.

Eagle-eyed viewers spotted the unfortunate reason Nonino’s run was compromised as he tried to contain his thunder as it repeatedly fell out during the race.

Replays showed he started well, but began to drift further and further behind as he reacted to his situation.

He finished last with a time of 51.57 seconds.

Journalist David Sanchez de Castro’s summation of the incident — and Nonimo’s manhood — has since gone viral.

“Perhaps I’ve explained myself poorly. His penis escaped out of the side of his shorts and he had to hold it because it wasn’t allowing him to run properly which is normal when your dongle is swinging from side to side,” the reporter said.

Nonino has since taken to Instagram to show his fury about how the incident has been reported around the world.

“I just want to talk to you a little bit about the rumpus there’s been on blogs and social media in general,” he said in a Story.

“I’m conscious it was obviously an accident and I’d like to tell you I’m aware of the reaction and you don’t need to send me the links to the blogs out there.

“I’m trying to laugh about it now but immediately afterwards I felt terrible and I’m thankful to my friends and family for helping me get over what happened a few hours later.

“The journalistic world worries about cases of bullying throughout Italy and around the world and then publishes these articles that for a more sensitive person could have done a lot of harm.”

Spanish press agencies have speculated Nonino’s episode could have been the result of an absence of underwear.

Nick Kyrgios believes his current level of tennis would have him ranked ‘one or two’ in men’s tennis after blitzing world no.1 Daniil Medvedev at the Montreal Masters in the round of 32 on Wednesday.

The Australian enigma didn’t lose his serve as he outlasted the in-form Russian 6-7(1) 6-4 6-2 to set up a meeting with compatriot Alex de Minaur in the round of 16.

A victory over the world no.1 at any time is an achievement, but especially when hard court is Medvedev’s favourite surface and the Russian won the Los Cabos Open on that surface last week.

Kyrgios is currently ranked 37th in the world, but would have a career-high ranking of 10 if Wimbledon results carried rankings points, after a blistering 2022 season so far.

After the victory against Medvedev, Kyrgios was asked by Canadian journalist Arash Madani about what ranking he believes his current level of tennis would be reflective.

“One or two,” Kyrgios replied.

And who can argue with that?

In 2022, the 27-year-old was only stopped from winning Wimbledon by the legendary Novak Djokovic, won the Citi Open singles and doubles last week and he has also reached semi-finals at Houston, Halle and Stuttgart.

Now he is heading into the US Open with former world no.1 Andy Roddick believing he is among the favourites to win the major at Flushing Meadows after he won the two titles in Washington last week.

“To go through singles and doubles and not to tap out mentally or physically is a big, big sign,” Roddick told Steve Weissman of Tennis Channel on The Rich Eisen Show.

“I think it puts him into the top two, maybe three, favorites for the U.S. Open.”

Australian tennis legend Renae Stubbs feels Kyrgios is close to the best player in the world after his recent performances.

“@NickKyrgios I mean when he plays tennis and keeps his s**t together, he is seriously close to the best tennis player in the world,” Stubbs tweeted after the Medvedev victory.

“His serve is untouchable at the moment. Fitness level is HIGH and his tennis acumen is unreal. That effort after losing the 1st set was impressive.”

The Nick Kyrgios show has finally arrived.

Will the anticipation, fireworks and controversy eventually culminate in a Grand Slam title?

The Australian boxing community is in mourning after legendary fighter Johnny Famechon died, aged 77.

Famechon, who was born in Paris, migrated to Australia at the age of five and went on to win a world title in 1969 in a stunning professional career.

He became Lineal and WBC featherweight champion after he defeated the Cuban José Legrá on points at the Albert Hall in London.

He defended his title against Fighting Harada of Japan in a controversial points decision and then in the rematch in Japan six months later, Famechon decisively won by knocking Harada out in the 14th round in his most famous win.

He defended his WBC title in May 1970 in Rome to Mexican Vicente Saldivar and won 56 of his 67 professional fights.

His achievements remain revered and in 2012 Famechon was elevated to Legend status in the Australian National Boxing Hall of Fame.

He was also inducted into the World Boxing Hall of Fame in 1997.

His life was turned around in 1991 when he was hit by a car in Sydney. The incident caused a stroke and resulted in an acquired brain injury.

Two years after the accident he started a special rehabilitation program that returned him to near full health. His fight to return to full health showed he did not leave his fighting spirit in the ring.

Fellow world champion Jeff Fenech said he received a Christmas card from the featherweight champion every year.

“He lived a great life,’’ Fenech told 2GB’s Ben Fordham.

“He never failed to send me a Christmas card and every time I saw him we would laugh and joke. He was such a beautiful man. On top of his legendary boxing record as a human he was second to none.

“He was the perfect boxing chess match player. He would hit but he never got hit. After his accident everything was about living life to the full.’’

Famechon has a bronze statue in his home town of Frankston in Victoria and was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in the 2022 Queen’s Birthday Honours for significant service to boxing at the elite level.

Sydney FC has struck a return blow after losing Milos Ninkovic to the Western Sydney Wanderers by signing former English Premier League midfielder Jack Rodwell.

Having last season played for the Wanderers in his maiden A-League campaign, Rodwell has defected to the Sky Blues on a two-year deal.

It’s sure to add further bite to the already heated rivalry between Sydney and Western Sydney after the Sky Blues were left fuming when the Wanderers poached two-time Johnny Warren medallist Ninkovic from them for the upcoming season.

“With ‘Ninko’ going there and me coming here, I feel like it would add a little bit of spice to (the derby),” Rodwell said.

“(But) one door shuts, another one opens – there’s no hard feelings from anyone really. I’m just very excited for this opportunity

“I still have so much to achieve here in Australia and I look forward to achieving that success with Sydney FC.

“It is such a great feeling to join the most successful club in the country.

“There is so much quality in the squad and combine that with the winning culture at this football club, this season has the potential to be one of the most exciting in our history.”

Capped three times for England between 2011 and 2013, 31-year-old Rodwell played in the Premier League for Everton, Manchester City, Sunderland and Sheffield United in an English career that also included a stint at Blackburn Rovers.

Rodwell moved to New South Wales last year with his Australian wife and signed for the Wanderers. He was also a member of the A-League All Stars team that played against Barcelona in May.

Sydney FC coach Steve Corica said Rodwell’s ability was “unquestionable”.

“We know we had significant competition to secure Jack and we are delighted to have a talent such as his on our books,” Corica said.

”He’s played at the very highest level and he has adapted to the Australian conditions extremely well.

“I expect him to get even better this season. He is still in his peak years as a footballer and can excel in various positions.”

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Australian Open winner Matt Jones is among those LIV rebels who have lost the respect of major champion Rory McIlroy for thinking they could get back into PGA Tour events with “no consequences”.

McIlroy, who has become an unofficial spokesperson for PGA Tour players in golf’s escalating war, said he started to take the battle personally when Jones was among 10 players who filed a lawsuit to have their tour bans, imposed for joining Greg Norman’s Saudi-backed breakaway group, overturned.

Jones was also one of three players who were denied an injunction they were seeking to compete in the FedEx Cup Playoffs, which this week begin in Memphis, where McIlroy said the win in court was a “good day for the tour”.

But while McIlroy said he did not “begrudge” players joining LIV, a cohort that could yet include British Open champion Cameron Smith, he was fed up with them wanting to try and have it both ways and play the PGA Tour as well.

“I don’t begrudge anyone for going over to play LIV or taking guaranteed money. If that‘s your prerogative and what you want to do, totally fine,” he said.

“I think where the resentment comes from the membership of this tour is the fact that they want to try to get their way back in here with no consequences, and anyone that’s read the PGA Tour handbook or abided by the rules and regulations, that would feel very unfair to them.

“That’s sort of how it played out and I think everyone that has abided by the rules was … again, it’s like there’s such a long way to go. It’s like you birdied the first hole, but you‘ve still got 17 holes to go.

“It was a good day for the tour and for the majority of the membership yesterday.”

McIlroy, a four-time major winner who joined the PGA Tour board this year, said he had done his best to consider the position of those who crossed to LIV, but things “became more personal” when they decided to go to court.

“And the thing that I would say, I certainly have a little more respect for the guys that haven‘t put their names to the suit,” he said.

“It’s become a little more personal because of that.

“I don’t feel like it’s my job to be up here and stick up for the Tour or be a spokesperson. It’s just sort of the role that I found myself in, especially coming on the PGA Tour board this year.

“It was a great time to agree to do that.”

Wallabies coach Dave Rennie admits Australia’s lack of flyhalf options is a concern ahead of next year’s World Cup.

With 34-year-old playmaker Quade Cooper sidelined for up to nine months with a ruptured achilles tendon, Rennie has picked James O’Connor, 32, to wear the Wallabies’ No.10 jersey against Argentina on Sunday morning (AEST) in San Juan.

Reds star O’Connor was preferred to 22-year-old Brumbies flyhalf Noah Lolesio, who is now on the selection outer after starting in all three Tests against England last month.

Rennie said he was keen to add to the Wallabies’ flyhalf depth, with others to come into selection contention for the remainder of the Rugby Championship when the Australians return home from Argentina.

He would not confirm reports that the contenders would include 32-year-old Bernard Foley, who most recently played for the Wallabies in 2019 before heading to Japan to play club rugby.

“It’s something that we’re talking about, and we’ve got a few plans around,” said Rennie, who admitted flyhalf was Australia’s “skinniest” position.

“We’ve got some good young kids coming through but not ready for this level.

“We got home and we’ve got South Africa and we’ve got the All Blacks, two of the best sides in the world, so it’s certainly an area of focus.

“We need to accelerate the development of our young 10s.”

Rennie said Lolesio had a long international career ahead of him but was not yet the finished product.

“We communicated that well in the areas we want him to better. He’s definitely working hard on growing his game,” the Wallabies coach said.

Rennie said the experience of the recalled O’Connor would be crucial this weekend in a Wallabies side missing Cooper, captain Michael Hooper, centre Samu Kerevi and prop Allan Alaalatoa.

“(O’Connor) is an important voice in amongst that backline. He’s prepared really well, he’s really excited to get a crack and keen to make the most of it,” he said of the 63-Test veteran.

“Attitude wise, he’s been brilliant. He’s constantly had a clearer picture of what he needed to do and (been) fully supportive of everyone else and helping them prepare well.

“It’s great that he gets an opportunity (on Sunday).”

O’Connor’s inclusion is one of four changes to the Wallabies side that started in last weekend’s 41-26 win over Argentina in Mendoza.

Prop Taniela Tupou replaces Alaalatoa – who has returned to Australia early for family reasons – while elsewhere in the forwards, lock Rory Arnold comes in for Matt Philip, who has also missed a spot on the bench.

There is also a change in the centres, with Lalakai Foketi named as the replacement for Hunter Paisami, who suffered a head knock last weekend.

Wallabies: James Slipper (c), Folau Fainga’a, Taniela Tupou, Rory Arnold, Darcy Swain, Jed Holloway, Fraser McReight, Rob Valetini, Nic White, James O’Connor, Marika Koroibete, Lalakai Foketi, Len Ikitau, Jordan Petaia, Tom Wright. Replacements: Lachlan Lonergan, Matt Gibbon, Pone Fa’amausili, Nick Frost, Pete Samu, Tate McDermott, Irae Simone, Reece Hodge.

Argentina: Tomas Gallo, Julian Montoya (c), Francisco Gómez Kodela, Matias Alemanno, Tomas Lavanini, Juan Martín González, Marcos Kremer, Pablo Matera, Gonzalo Bertranou, Santiago Carreras, Juan Imhoff, Jeronimo de la Fuente, Matias Moroni, Emiliano Boffelli, Juan Cruz Mallia. Replacements: Agustin Creevy, Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro, Joel Sclavi, Rodrigo Bruni, Tomas Cubelli, Tomas Albornoz, Lucio Cinti.

We wonder what the tribute from Maria Sharapova will look like.

Serena Williams dropped a bomb on the tennis world on Tuesday night, announcing she will retire after the US Open as she looks to have more children and focus her energy on her burgeoning business career.

The 23-time grand slam champion broke the news in a revealing piece for Vogue Magazine, as she reflected on her career and looked ahead to the next phase of her life away from the court.

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The most dominant player women’s tennis has seen — definitely in the Open era, and perhaps of all time — opened up on hitting the dizzying heights she did because of a desire to prove her doubters wrong.

“There were so many matches I won because something made me angry or someone counted me out. That drove me,” Williams wrote. “I’ve built a career on channelling anger and negativity and turning it into something good.”

Williams’ intense resolve to be the best pitted her directly against five-time major winner Sharapova for much of her career. The Russian too was driven by a cold-blooded thirst for silverware, admitting she didn’t have many friends on tour because she viewed all players as competitors to be beaten.

A teenage Sharapova stunned Williams in the 2004 Wimbledon final to win her first grand slam, lighting the fire for the pair’s fierce rivalry. The Russian defeated Williams in their next meeting at the WTA Championships later that year too but Williams was determined that’s where her losing streak would end as she set about turning the tide.

Incredibly, for two players who both sat at the pointiest end of the rankings for much of their careers, Williams would never lose to Sharapova again. Their last meeting — a 6-1 6-1 demolition job at the 2019 US Open — sealed Williams’ remarkable 20-2 head-to-head record over Sharapova.

Another layer was added to the rivalry when Sharapova wrote in her 2017 memoir, Unstoppable: My Life So Far, that a devastated Williams was inspired to dominate her following the 2004 Wimbledon final.

Sharapova lifted the lid on her opponent’s reaction in the locker room after the match, saying Williams “hated” her from that moment on.

“Guttural sobs, the sort that make you heave for air, the sort that scares you,” Sharapova wrote.

“It went on and on. I got out as quickly as I could, but she knew I was there. People often wonder why I have had so much trouble beating Serena; she’s owned me in the past 10 years. My record against her is 2-19.

“In analysing this, people talk about Serena’s strength, her serve and confidence, how her particular game matches up to my particular game, and, sure there is truth to all of that; but, to me, the real answer was there, in this locker room, where I was changing and she was bawling. I think Serena hated me for being the skinny kid who beat her, against all odds, at Wimbledon.”

Williams responded to those claims in 2018 after Sharapova’s book was officially released, slamming them as “hearsay”.

“I think the book was 100 per cent hearsay, at least all the stuff I read and the quotes that I read, which was a little bit disappointing,” Williams said.

“I have cried in the locker room many times after a loss, and that’s what I have seen a lot of people do. I think it’s normal.

“It’s a Wimbledon final, you know. So it’s just, like, I think it would be more shocking if I wasn’t in tears.”

Williams was shocked to find out how significant a role she played in Sharapova’s career and was upset she was portrayed as disliking the Russian, which she said wasn’t close to the truth.

“The book was a lot about me. I was surprised about that, to be honest. You know, I was, like, ‘Oh, OK.’ I didn’t expect to be reading a book about me, that wasn’t necessarily true,” Williams said.

“I didn’t know she looked up to me that much or was so involved in my career.

“I don’t have any negative feelings towards her, which again, was a little disappointing to see in that hearsay book.

“Especially having a daughter, I feel like negativity is taught. One of the things I always say, I feel like women, especially, should bring each other up.

“A lot of people always assume that I feel a different way and it’s not true.

“If anything, I feel like we should encourage each other, and the success of one female should be the inspiration to another, and I have said that 1000 times.”

The 2019 Flushing Meadows clash between Williams and Sharapova — their first since the 2016 Australian Open and first since the Russian returned from a 15-month doping ban after testing positive to meldonium — also provided plenty of spice and suggested the tension between them hadn’t cooled.

Williams’ husband Alexis Ohanian watched the match from the stands, where he was wearing a T-shirt that attracted plenty of attention.

On it was written: “D.A.R.E. keeping kids off drugs”. The acronym stands for Drug Abuse Resistance Education and many interpreted the fashion choice as a direct slight on Sharapova following her doping suspension.

But time heals all wounds and if photos of Sharapova and Williams at last year’s Met Gala are anything to go by, the pair are playing nice these days.

Tennis fans were shocked the see the pair — along with Williams’ sister Venus — posing for happy snaps together in New York and uploading the pictures to social media.