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Fencing -

James Davis targets further foil success in fencing

Reigning European fencing champion, James Davis, believes defending his crown will be harder than claiming the title for the first time last year. Davis became Britain's first-ever European foil gold medallist in 2014, and is currently fourth in the world rankings. The London Olympian is part of a 10-strong GB team that competed in Montreux, Switzerland.
"Everyone wants to beat me and take my ranking," Davis told the media. "You do get more respect after winning a major title, but people do their homework on you and watch you more, so it gets harder."

British Fencing unveiled their new UK Sport-backed Elite Performance Centre  in London last month, which will house the country's best athletes. Davis believes it will be a huge boost to his GB team-mates and other young talent, but feels his development is best served in the USA. He swapped London for San Francisco in November 2013, and trains alongside World Championship medallists, Gerek Meinhardt and Alexander Massialas. "I initially went over there for a two month trial to see how the club system worked and I fell in love with it," he said.
James Davis in training for the team
James Davis (right), and the men’s foil team

Netball -

England captain has 'unfinished business' with the game

England captain, Geva Mentor, playing in a club game
England netball captain Geva Mentor is a star in Australia

England captain, Geva Mentor, says that she has unfinished business and has no plans to step down. Mentor, 30, led England to a bronze medal at the recent World Cup in Australia after taking over as skipper from Pamela Cookey. "If I feel I am an asset to the team then I would love to jump on the bandwagon again," Melbourne-based Mentor told the media. Making her England debut at 16, she has made over 100 England appearances. And despite her intention to carry on, she indicated she may take some time away from the game to rest.

"It may mean a bit of a year off to recuperate and if I still feel I can contribute to a high level, then I'd love to be involved in the next Commonwealth Games and then a home World Cup," she said. Despite winning the third-place play off against Jamaica at the World Cup, 12 months after being defeated in a bronze-medal match at the Commonwealth Games, Mentor says she was disappointed with England's overall performances. "We really wanted to make the gold medal final, but the most disappointing thing is that the performance was lacking throughout the tournament," she explained.
Taekwondo -

Mahama Cho claims silver at Polish Open

Mahama Cho (right) competes in the heavyweight division
Mahama Cho, ecstatic after his win

British heavyweight Taekwondo player, Mahama Cho, has won silver at the Polish Open as he lost to Croatia's Vedran Golec in the final. It is Cho's second medal in two weeks, after his bronze at the Moscow Grand Prix last month ended a six-month spell without a significant podium finish for the 26-year-old.

British team-mate Charlie Maddock secured bronze in the women's flyweight division in Warsaw. The 19-year-old was beaten by Russian Alexandra Lychagina in the semi-finals.

Tennis -

Serena Williams still on for calendar Grand Slam

Serena Williams, motivating herself after winning the first set of her Women's Singles match
Serena in full flight at the US Open

The calendar Grand Slam is still on for Serena Williams as she beat Kiki Bertens at the US Open to reach the third round at Flushing Meadows. But although she won in straight sets 7-6 6-3, she was made to work by Bertens and was broken early in the contest before recovering to win the opening set on a tie-break.

"I just thought one point at a time. I kept fighting for each point," she said courtside after the win. "I know that I can try and make a comeback when I'm behind and I just keep making the best effort that I can. I was a little tight today, usually I'm a little more relaxed."

Tennis -

Madison Keys move into third round at Flushing Meadows

Young Madison Keys, of the United States, has reached the third round at the US Open for the first time in her career. Keys celebrate defeating Tereza Smitkova of the Czech Republic, had a great start to another steamy day for the Americans, with 19th seed Keys needing just 54 minutes on centre court to race past Smitkova 6-1 6-2, and reach the third round for the first time in four tries.

The victory marked another milestone in what has been Keys's best grand slam season having reached the Australian Open semi-finals, Wimbledon quarters and third round of the French Open. "So far this year it's probably been the best year I have had," said Keys. "It hasn't been perfect. There have been some ups and downs but I think that's the nature of tennis. I still haven't quite figured everything out yet."

Madison Keys of the US celebrates defeating Tereza Smitkova of Czech Republic
Madison Keys at the US Open

Golf -

Jason Day goes from 12-year-old drunk to Major golf champion

Bruised but toughened by a difficult childhood, Australia’s Jason Day endured several close calls at the majors before finally landing one with a three-shot victory at the PGA Championship recently. The 27-year-old from Rockhampton in Queensland, led from start to finish in the final round at Whistling Straits, closing with a five-under-par 67 before savouring the celebrations with his caddie and long-time coach, Colin Swatton.

“The path that I was on was never expected for me to be here where I am today,” an emotional Day told reporters after keeping at bay American world number two Jordan Spieth as he posted a major record low of 20-under 268. “I lost my dad at 12, and then met Colin, and to have him walk the journey with me and have him walk up the 18th hole with me was just a special, special thing, that I could never forget.”

Unlike most Australian golfers who were inspired by Greg Norman, Day’s idol was Tiger Woods. When he was a teenager, Day read a book about Woods and decided to copy his high work ethic, spending hours on the practice range. The pair has since become friends and Woods was among the first to congratulate Day after his breakthrough win, tweeting: “very happy for Jason. Great dude and well deserved.”

Jason Day, hold the PGA that he won
Jason Day, with his wife and child

Motor Sport -

Hamilton itching to get second-half of F1 season under winning ways

Lewis Hamilton, holding one of his winner's trophies
Spa Francorchamps, the Belgian Grand Prix circuit

Lewis Hamilton has revealed that he is itching to get back into his Mercedes cockpit with the Formula One calendar finally emerging from its summer hibernation. Hamilton will head to Spa Francorchamps for the Belgian Grand Prix - the scene of last season’s infamous first-lap collision with team-mate Nico Rosberg - following a four week break. Hamilton, who finished sixth at last month’s Hungarian Grand Prix following an error-strewn performance, has holidayed in Barbados and New York.

But the world champion now has his sights fixed on strengthening his position for this year’s championship. “It’s been good to take a break from racing and spend some time relaxing, training and recharging the batteries,” Hamilton said, who last won at Spa in 2010. “There’s always that flame in the back of your mind that just wants to get back out there and get on it - especially after a race like Hungary.”

“Spa is a great track to kick off the second part of the season. It’s one of the really great, old-school circuits with so much history. It’s mostly medium to high speed corners, so you’re pretty much pedal to the metal the whole way round which is a lot of fun. It’s always special to come out on top at a classic race like this so I remember winning here well. I love this track and I’ll be gunning for that top spot again,” he said.

Swimming -

Jamaican swimmer Atkinson sets new national record

Alia Atkinson, breaking the Jamaican record
Alia Atkinson still can't believe her time

The Jamaican swimmer, Alia Atkinson, has set a new national recorded in the 50 meter Buttefly event in the USA. Recently competing at the 2015 Arena Pro Series in California, Atkinson’s performance in the finals of the sprint Butterly, surpassed her own national record time of 28.06, which she set in 2008 at the Caribbean Island Swimming championships.

Atkinson clocked a new national standard of 27.22 seconds, coming in under the World Championships B standard of 27.47 seconds and falling just shy of the automatic qualification mark for the Kazan World Championships. The South Florida Aquatics swimmer had much more in the tank for the championship final.

This as she destroyed her old mark to register 26.65 for 5th place and become the first Jamaican woman to go under 27 seconds. Including her qualifying times, Alia Atkinson, also become the first black woman to swim the event in under 27 seconds. Atkinson also competed in the 100 and 200 metre breaststroke, the 200 metre individual medley and 100 metre freestyle.

Basketball -

Basketball superstar Tim Duncan lost $20 million on bad advice

San Antonio Spurs forward, Tim Duncan (21), playing in a game
San Antonio Spurs star, Tim Duncan

Basketball superstar, Tim Duncan, has revealed that he has lost more than $20 million (£12.6 million) following bad investment advice from his financial advisor. Duncan was the first pick in the 1997 draft and has enjoyed a stellar career that has reaped great financial reward. 39-year-old Duncan has won titles in 1999, 2003, 2005, 2007 and 2014, won the league’s Most Valuable Player awards in 2002 and 2003, and has been a three-time NBA Finals MVP.

San Antonio Spurs legend Duncan has earned in the region of $220 million over the course of his career, report Bloomberg. However, he has filed a lawsuit against his former financial advisor, Charles Banks. The lawsuit claims that Duncan was coerced into bad investments. “I thought, for the most part, I was keeping an eye on things. You have to have people checking on people checking on people,” said Duncan.

Banks’ lawyer Antroy Arreola told Bloomberg, “Mr. Banks found the legal action surprising because Mr. Duncan has no claim against Mr. Banks. But as Duncan quite rightly says, the loss of $20 million will have no bearing on his standard of living. However, it is still a huge amount of money to lose - and, in essence, one decision to take bad advice may have cost him $20 million! Wow!

UFC Championship -

Cormier opting for stem cell therapy for knee problems

UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier’s knee issues have been well documented. The 36-year-old has been fighting on a bad knee for years, but he has now opted for stem cell therapy for his persistent knee problems. Cormier is hoping for a UFC 192 Return, and believes that this therapy will help him to do so.

He nearly withdrew from his UFC 173 bout against Dan Henderson because of knee problems, and he almost had surgery then, but opted for alternative treatments prior to his UFC 182 title fight against Jon Jones. Cormier then fought and defeated Anthony Johnson at UFC 187 in May to capture the title while suffering from the same knee problems that have troubled him over the years.

Cormier’s doctor informed the UFC that the champion would undergo stem cell and Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) injections. PRP therapy has been around since the mid 1990’s. The procedure consists of withdrawing a portion of the patient’s blood. The blood is placed in a centrifuge to separate the platelet-rich plasma from it, which is then injected into the site of the injury. Several high-profile athletes have undergone PRP therapy in recent years.

Daniel Cormier going for a knockout
Daniel Cormier being proclaimed the winner