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Serena steps up US Open title pursuit as Barty, Pliskova fall

NEW YORK - Serena Williams overcame a scary fall to maintain her pursuit of a record-tying 24th Grand Slam singles title at the US Open Sunday while Roland Garros champion Ashleigh Barty and Karolina Pliskova crashed out in the last 16.

Williams, a six-time US Open winner, romped to a 6-3, 6-4 victory over Croatian 22nd seed Petra Martic to set up a quarter-final with China's Wang Qiang, the conqueror of world number two Barty.

Premier League News Liverpool stay top with club record-breaking win at Burnley

Liverpool recorded a club record 13th consecutive Premier League win to move back to the top of the table with minimal fuss courtesy of a 3-0 victory at Burnley on Saturday.

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Two goals in four first-half minutes swung the game decisively in the visitors' favour as Chris Wood deflected Trent Alexander-Arnold's cross into his own net before Sadio Mane's cool finish on the counter-attack doubled Liverpool's advantage.

Premier League News Arsenal fight back against Spurs to draw London derby

Arsenal strikers Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette inspired a stirring comeback against rivals Tottenham Hotspur to salvage a 2-2 draw in a thrilling north London Premier League derby on Sunday.

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Spurs were looking to bounce back from a shock 1-0 home loss to Newcastle United and went ahead through Christian Eriksen and a Harry Kane penalty before Lacazette struck before the break and Aubameyang got a 71st minute equaliser.

N.dollars 100 000 stolen at Oshakati

The police in the Oshana Region have called for assistance in tracing the suspects in a robbery involving N.dollars 100 000 at Oshakati on Tuesday.
Warrant Officer Frieda Shikole-Ashiyana of the Namibian Police Force’s Public Relations Unit in the region made the call in a media statement on Wednesday, saying the men stole the money from a parked vehicle at Woermann Brock’s Eluwa branch in Oshakati around 12h00.
The vehicle belongs to David Hiwanua Nakashole from Omufitu village in the Omungwelume district, Shikole-Ashiyana said.

Olufuko attracts 69 girls

The Olufuko Annual Cultural Festival has attracted 69 girls, who have already registered with the organising committee to undergo initiation during this year’s festival.
The 2019 Olufuko Annual Cultural Festival is scheduled to take place at Outapi from 21 August to 01 September.
Chief Executive Officer of Outapi Town, Ananias Nashilongo in a media statement on Monday indicated that 138 institutions and individuals have also registered to sell and showcase their products and services at the event.

Anthony Joshua v Andy Ruiz: Jr: Champion wants New York not Saudi Arabia to host

Unified world heavyweight champion Andy Ruiz Jr says he has not signed to fight Anthony Joshua in Saudi Arabia and hopes their rematch is in New York.

A 7 December rematch in Saudi Arabia was announced on Friday and Joshua's promoter Eddie Hearn told a news conference on Monday it was signed.

Ruiz did not speak or post about the bout on social media until Wednesday.

The 29-year-old told ESPN in Mexico: "I have not signed anything yet, we are negotiating everything."

Zinedine Zidane said Gareth Bale is "going to stay" at Real Madrid after the Welsh forward set up Karim Benzema's opening goal in a 3-1 victory at Celta Vigo. Bale was a surprise starter after being linked with a move away from the club this summer, but

Belgium have become the 10th potential host to join the bidding process to stage the 2023 Women's World Cup.

The tournament is expanding from 24 to 32 teams for the 2023 edition, with the Royal Belgian Football Association the latest to express official interest.

World governing body Fifa says there has been "unprecedented" interest following the "astounding success" of this summer's World Cup in France.

All countries now have until 2 September to confirm their interest.