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Serena Williams Hints at Retirement After U.S. Open

Serena Williams, a 23-time Grand Slam champion and the most feared women’s tennis player of her generation, is retiring from the sport, presumably after the U.S. Open. She revealed the news in a first-person essay published online Tuesday by Vogue that she was “evolving away from tennis, toward other things that are important to me.”
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PGA Tour Files Motion to Keep LIV Golfers Out of Playoffs

The PGA Tour filed a motion in federal court Monday to bar three suspended members of the LIV Golf Invitational Series from participating in the FedEx Cup playoffs. Talor Gooch, Matt Jones and Hudson Swafford are trying “to have their cake and eat it too,” read the motion filed by PGA Tour attorneys in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.
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Padres Acquire Juan Soto, Josh Bell from Nationals

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Reports: Browns QB Deshaun Watson Suspended 6 Games

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UFC 277 Odds: Amanda Nunes Favored in Julianna Pena Rematch

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Charles Barkley Pulls Plug on LIV Golf Talks, Staying at TNT

Charles Barkley pulled the plug on talks to join the LIV Golf Series as a broadcaster and will stay with Turner and “Inside the NBA.”. “I want to thank Greg Norman and LIV for their interest in me,” Barkley said in a phone interview with the New York Post. “I wish those guys great success and nothing but the best. But, in my best interest, and being fair to Turner — because Turner and basketball have given me every single thing in my life — it is best for me to move on and I’m staying with Turner for the rest of my TV career.”
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