Expect a much tougher test for Nadal at the US Open Semi-Finals

World number one, Rafael Nadal, has looked in ominous form in New York, as he bids for a third US Open and sixteenth Grand Slam singles title.

After a sluggish start last week, the Majorcan has grown into this year’s event with some trademark baseline hitting, and a forehand that appears to be firing on all cylinders. His demolition of Andrey Rublev was most impressive, even if, his opponent looked somewhat overwhelmed by the occasion.

Tennis betting expert Tim Peters tells us who is predictions are on for the upcoming US Open semi-finals.

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Deserters Back For Domestic Duties

It’s back to club football this weekend for the Premier League stars who have been away on international duty.

What type of reception will Alexis Sanchez and Phillipe Coutinho get as they wander through the doors of London Conley and Melwood? They both almost certainly believed they’d be heading back from South America to a different training ground.

Football betting expert Dan Roebuck tells us who his predictions are for this weekend’s Premier League matches.

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UFC 215: a maelstrom of MMA action

You know those cartoon fights, where all you see is a dust cloud and a flurry of blurred fists? This is UFC 215. Where some of the fastest fighters to grace the cage clash, in what promises to be a maelstrom of MMA action.

Whaling on each other for the men’s flyweight crown are the imperious Demetrious Johnson and young gun prospect Ray Borg. And just below it on the card, Amanda Nunes and Valentina Shevchenko tangle over the women’s bantamweight belt. Mark Sylvester points the spotlight on these white-knuckle rides.

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The Big Deal

The live poker scene is as exciting as it’s ever been.

Despite starting out as an online tournament player in 2008, with neither any particular inclination nor the confidence to play face-to-face, when I did pluck up the courage to go inside a casino I caught the live poker bug very quickly.

The first ever live competition I played was a £10 rebuy in Reading. I was anxious and frankly, scared money. I phoned the casino in advance and asked lots of questions, which is the kind of person I am. It transpired the tournament was ‘self-deal’ so I bought a deck of proper plastic playing cards and taught myself to perform a basic riffle shuffle.

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