FIBA World Cup 2019: Patty Mills calls Aussies’ win over U.S. ‘a building block for us’

Australia beat the United States for the first time in history in Melbourne on Saturday, and Patty Mills hopes the Boomers can build something special from the landmark achievement.

Team USA won the first exhibition 102-86 at Marvel Stadium on Thursday, but the hosts responded with a 98-94 victory in front of 52,079 fans two days later.

Australia came from 10 points down in the second half, with Spurs guard Mills scoring 30 – including the last 10 for the Boomers – to lead the historic triumph.

“It’s a building block for us. We’ve been taking it step by step and understanding that this is process. But it’s good to get everyone back and get everyone on the floor,” said Mills in an on-court interview.

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Homers by Crawford, Narváez help Mariners past Blue Jays 7-4

SEATTLE – Omar Narváez and J.P. Crawford homered, and the Seattle Mariners beat the Toronto Blue Jays 7-4 on Friday night for their fifth win in six games.

Narváez led off the second inning with his 18th homer and Crawford did the same leading off the fifth, belting his sixth of the year.

Seattle took the lead for good in the sixth, scoring three times with just one hit as Toronto’s bullpen struggled to throw strikes. Toronto used five relievers and issued seven walks in four innings of relief.

Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager continued his hot August at the plate with doubles in consecutive at-bats along with a pair of walks. Seager started the day hitting .323 with eight homers and 18 RBIs this month.

Teoscar Hernandez had two hits and two RBIs and Bo Bichette collected three hits, but the Blue Jays were stymied by Seattle’s bullpen.

Five Mariners relievers combined to allow four hits and an unearned run. Matt Wisler (3-2) got the victory and Matt Magill worked the ninth for his third save.

Seattle’s bottom of the sixth took 30 minutes. It featured three runs, three Toronto pitchers, two run-scoring wild pitches and just one hit. Nine batters came to the plate and only a sliding catch by Hernandez in centre field kept the damage from being any worse.

Sam Gaviglio (4-2) recorded just two outs. He walked three and was charged with three runs.

Seattle rookie Justus Sheffield struggled early in his first major league start. Sheffield allowed a pair of runs in the first inning as Toronto sent eight batters to the plate and left the bases loaded. Sheffield rebounded and allowed one run and three hits the rest of his outing, but his high pitch count ended his night after just four innings.

TUESDAY SHOWDOWN

Manager Scott Servais said left-hander Yusei Kikuchi will move back into the rotation on Tuesday night when the Mariners host the New York Yankees. His opponent on the mound: fellow Japanese pitcher Masahiro Tanaka in a matchup that is sure to draw plenty of attention back home in Japan.

Kikuchi was skipped this turn in the rotation in order for Sheffield to start. Kikuchi threw a two-hitter in his last start.

With Kikuchi returning to the rotation and the additions of Sheffield and Felix Hernandez, the Mariners will move lefty Wade LeBlanc to the bullpen.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Blue Jays: RHP Clay Buchholz is expected to be activated from the 60-day injured list to start Sunday’s series finale. Buchholz has not pitched for Toronto since early May due to a muscle strain in his upper back.

Mariners: OF Mitch Haniger has been slowed down by a sore back that popped up during his rehab assignment. Servais was unsure the severity but was hopeful Haniger would be able to resume playing soon. … OF Braden Bishop (spleen) will be transferred to Triple-A Tacoma to continue his rehab assignment this weekend. … RHP Chasen Bradford underwent Tommy John surgery last week.

UP NEXT

Blue Jays: Toronto is expected to use an opener followed by RHP Brock Stewart (2-0, 7.43 ERA). Stewart allowed three earned runs in 5 1/3 innings in his last outing.

Mariners: Hernandez (1-4, 6.52 ERA) will be activated off the 60-day injured list to make his first start since May 11. Hernandez initially suffered a lat strain and had several setbacks in his recovery. He’s expected to throw somewhere around 70 to 80 pitches.

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Dwight Howard Eyes a Chance at Redemption With the Lakers

Dwight Howard, once one of the most dominant players in the N.B.A., is poised to get yet another shot to resurrect his troubled career, this time in a return to the Los Angeles Lakers.

Howard, a 33-year-old center who spent a contentious season with the Lakers in 2012-13, has agreed to a buyout from the Memphis Grizzlies, and he is expected to sign a non-guaranteed deal with Los Angeles after the buyout is official and he clears waivers, according to a person with knowledge of the negotiations who was not authorized to speak publicly. Howard’s plans were first reported by The Athletic.

Once the signing is official, the Lakers will be Howard’s sixth team in five years.

The Lakers were in sudden need of help in the frontcourt after DeMarcus Cousins, who signed with the team in free agency this summer, tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee this month. The injury will most likely keep him out for the season.

Howard will be part of a motley crew of past-their prime veteran castoffs whose sole job is to help LeBron James and Anthony Davis bring a 17th championship to the Lakers. But Howard’s fit with the team is perhaps more doubtful than any of the other pieces, given his difficult previous season there and what has become of him since.

In the early years of Howard’s career, his hulking physique, athleticism and jovial personality cemented him as a star. Taken as the No. 1 overall draft pick by the Orlando Magic in 2004, he became known for his exceptional rebounding and won three straight defensive player of the year awards. In Orlando, he reminded many observers of another former Magic center: Shaquille O’Neal.

But the lofty expectations of Howard’s prime quickly came crashing down, as injuries and an increasing preference in the league for big men who can shoot reduced his on-court value. Additionally, there was a perception, fair or not, that he didn’t take the game seriously enough.

Howard joined the Lakers in 2012 as part of a four-team trade. He played through a back injury and had a good season statistically (17.1 points and 12.4 rebounds, which led the league). But the Lakers were swept out of the first round of the playoffs, and Howard and Kobe Bryant, the franchise superstar, never clicked.

“I tried teaching Dwight,” Bryant later told USA Today. “I tried showing him.” He added that he thought Howard had the wrong idea about what it took to win a championship.

Howard left for a fresh start in Houston, where he played three seasons. From there, he bounced from Atlanta to Charlotte, and last year, to the Washington Wizards, where he missed most of the season with a variety of back and hamstring injuries before he was traded to the Grizzlies.

In a July interview with The Athletic, Howard said he was ready to do whatever was necessary to win. “I don’t have an ego — it’s dead,” Howard said. “It had to die for me to be who I am.”



Sopan Deb is a culture reporter, writing about the intersection of politics and culture, among other topics. He covered Donald J. Trump’s presidential campaign for CBS News, and his work has appeared on NBC, Al Jazeera America and elsewhere. @sopandeb

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Queen’s Gaels look forward to another successful season in women’s soccer

The Queen’s Gaels, who kick off their season on Saturday, Aug. 31, are cautiously optimistic about the year ahead.

“We’re always optimistic,” says midfielder Lidia Bradau.

The fifth-year chemical engineering student from Woodbridge, Ont., is confident in the team’s ability to contend for a league championship. Last year they finished in second place in the OUA’s East Division and lost the national championship tournament’s bronze medal game to McMaster, 3-0, in London.

“We lost some key players but we have a number of talented players returning,” continued Bradau.

“We have a great recruiting class coming in so it will be nice to see what the rookies can do. Right now in training camp we’re just getting accustomed to each other and preparing for the season ahead. I’m excited. We still have a deep squad. It will be fun to see what we can do.”

Fellow midfielder Jamie Foot also has high expectations. The third-year kinesiology student is impressed with this year’s rookie class.

“They really look good,” said Foot, who hails from North Vancouver, B.C. “This year, and the future, looks extremely promising.

“We’ve only had a few training sessions but already I can tell that this is going to be a special team. I’m excited to see where the season takes us.”

Back for a 33rd season as the team’s head coach is Dave McDowell.

He has guided the Gaels to three U-Sport national championships in 1988, 2010 and 2011, as well as five OUA provincial titles.

“Dave is the cornerstone of this program,” said Bradau.

“When you think of Queen’s soccer, you think of Dave McDowell. He does a great job of making everyone feel at home and comfortable. He believes in hard work and other morals like that. He has certainly maintained a winning culture. We always look forward to working hard for him.”

The Gaels will take on the Ryerson Rams at George Richardson Memorial Stadium in Kingston in their season opener. It will be a double-header, with the women’s 1 p.m. game followed by the men’s contest at 3 p.m., also against Ryerson.

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The Raiders and Packers were forced to play a preseason game on an 80-yard field that left players, teams, and bettors in Las Vegas confused

  • The Oakland Raiders and Green Bay Packers were forced to play their preseason game on a shortened, 80-yard field on Thursday night in Winnipeg.
  • The odd venue was reportedly chosen because the game was scheduled before the Raiders secured the Oakland Coliseum as their home stadium for the season.
  • In Las Vegas, the shortened field left some fans confused as to whether or not their bets should still count — but tickets went off as written.
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The Oakland Raiders and Green Bay Packers were forced to play their preseason game on a shortened, 80-yard field on Thursday night in Winnipeg.

The problems with the field stemmed from holes in the end zones of IG Field, where the goalposts for the Canadian Football League’s bigger field would typically be placed. After several conversations between team officials and referees, the decision was made to play the game on a shortened field to avoid potential injuries that the hole could cause.

Video showing officials examining the hole make it clear why the decision needed to be made.

The game was in Winnipeg because it was scheduled before the Raiders had found a home.

According to ESPN, the game was being played in Winnipeg because of the Raiders struggles to secure a home stadium heading into the 2019 NFL season.

Read more:The Oakland Raiders still don’t know where they’ll play for the 2019 NFL season, and they are running out of options

The Raiders eventually agreed to spend another year at the Oakland Coliseum. However, their lease was not in place when the NFL scheduled preseason games, and the Oakland Athletics had a game scheduled on that day in the Coliseum. The Raiders were left to find a new location to host, and settled on IG Field, home of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

Despite the shortened field, head coach Jon Gruden seemed pleased with the proceedings, and his team’s 22-21 victory.

“I’m not going to make a big deal about the field. We liked the field,” Gruden said, per ESPN. “We thought the field was perfectly ready to roll. You’ll have to ask G.B. about that. Didn’t affect our playcalling or our evaluations. We just adapted as they did to the new dimensions of the field.”

For those gambling on the game, the late changes caused a bit of confusion.

Others were far more frustrated with short-notice changes, most notably bettors who might have placed a bet on the Packers or the under in the game. While they had been expected to play some starters, Green Bay made something of a statement by holding 33 players out of the game entirely. Between that and the field being 20 yards shorter than expected, some bettors might have thought there was some recourse. But Jay Kornegay, VP of Race and Sports Operations at the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook, told Business Insider that tickets would go off as written.

“We don’t have a disclaimer for field size,” Kornegay told Business Insider via text. “Action.”

Kornegay expanded on his thoughts on the matter on Twitter.

Kornegay added that action on the game was “minor,” far from shocking news given that it’s still the preseason.

Those who bet the game were treated to a nail-biter, and if you let the late-breaking news guide your action, you made out particularly well. The game went just over the total of 40 points, and the Raiders scraped out the victory.

While it was far from an ideal situation for the teams, the quirky adjustments serve as a good reminder for bettors — barring a cancellation, your ticket is usually a live bet.

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Chelsea boss Lampard to pick Willian for his 200th game as he desperately seeks first win of season at Norwich – The Sun

WILLIAN is set to start his first game of the season as Frank Lampard looks to get his first win as Chelsea boss when the Blues face Norwich on Saturday afternoon.

The 31-year-old – who is one game shy of 200 Premier League games – came off the bench against Leicester last week in what is his only appearance of the campaign so far.

Chelsea lost 4-0 against Manchester United in their Prem opener, before being held 1-1 against the Foxes.

While they also lost to Liverpool on penalties in the Uefa Super Cup in between the two games as Lampard's first win continues to evade him.

And he has been dealt a blow ahead of the clash against the Canaries at Carrow Road with N'Golo Kante suffering an ankle injury.

Speaking in his post-match press conference, Lampard said: "Kante has got an injury he has carried all week. We will assess that over the next 24 hours to see if he is fit. It is an ankle strain."

The match has come too soon for German centre-back Antonio Rudiger, who will not be ready to face Norwich, despite playing 90 minutes for the U23s on Monday.

Lampard added: "Rudiger is not fit yet, but hopefully next week."

Andreas Christensen and Kurt Zouma will likely be preferred at centre-back having started every game so far this season.

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U.S. Open Officiating a Year Later: More Explanations for the Audience

After anger and confusion reigned inside and outside Arthur Ashe Stadium during last year’s women’s singles final at the United States Open, the tournament organizers were convinced that something had to change.

The United States Tennis Association runs the Open, and it will run it differently now, a year after the furor arose as Serena Williams received three code-of-conduct violations from the chair umpire in the second set of her 6-2, 6-4 loss to Naomi Osaka.

About six months after that match, the U.S.T.A. held a two-day conference focused on strengthening officiating and making it more understandable to the audience.

This year for the first time, the Open will post code violations as they occur, putting information on the tournament’s scoreboards to increase awareness of the rules and penalties.

In case of confusion over a chair-umpire ruling, the Open intends to make a top referee or umpire available to broadcast partners and potentially other news media to explain the rule in question — as is common practice in sports like golf and football.

The tournament also plans to deploy an official on its social-media accounts to address rulings in late-round matches, something the N.B.A. did during games last season.

In the women’s final last September, Williams was chasing a record-tying 24th Grand Slam singles title but was thwarted by Osaka, who played brilliantly in her first major final. The first code violation Williams received was for illicit coaching after the chair umpire, Carlos Ramos, saw her coach, Patrick Mouratoglou, making a clear hand signal in the stands during the match. The second was for racket abuse after Williams threw and broke her racket. The third was for verbal abuse of the chair umpire after she accused Ramos of being “a liar” and “a thief.”

According to Grand Slam rules, Williams was docked a point for the second violation and a game for the third. But a perception that Ramos was making heat-of-the-moment decisions, rather than following a specific code, surely contributed to the booing that overwhelmed the match’s later stages and the awards ceremony, where Osaka was in tears.

“It was clear fans didn’t understand the rules, and that’s on us,” said Stacey Allaster, the U.S.T.A.’s chief executive for professional tennis, who has also made it clear that Ramos will not be assigned to any of Williams’s matches.

The changes came after the two-day conference, which was held on the U.S.T.A.’s national campus in Orlando. The gathering included top officials from Grand Slam events, the men’s and women’s tours, and International Tennis Federation. Some of the guests arrived with skepticism, fear that this was a mere public-relations exercise, but most delegates left with the sense that it had been genuinely constructive.

The WTA chief executive, Steve Simon, supports the move toward posting code violations, but Bethanie Mattek-Sands, a tour veteran who is a member of the player council, sees a negative side.

“There are so many things we can focus on in tennis that would be more advantageous to get fans involved,” she said. “I understand it comes down to an extreme circumstance, with what happened with Serena last year, and on top of that, fans don’t know what the rules are. But just to focus on the scoreboard, I think there’s other things we could probably accentuate.”

The tournament also has a new officiating team with Sören Friemel replacing Brian Earley as tournament referee. Earley’s retirement, announced in advance of last year’s Open, was not related to the controversy during the women’s final.

Jake Garner, a longtime chair umpire, has taken over for Friemel as chief umpire.

The U.S.T.A. seriously considered allowing limited news media access to chair umpires, but that idea has been abandoned for now. As a rule, chair umpires are not permitted to speak publicly about the matches they officiate.

The U.S.T.A. also introduced a video assistant review system this year to allow Friemel, Garner and their team to track play on all 17 match courts in real time with a focus on umpires’ rulings and interaction with players.

The system will not be used to overrule officiating decisions, but it will allow the Open to react more nimbly and serve as a post-match education tool for umpires.

The U.S.T.A. also has significantly expanded its pretournament orientation programs for line judges and the event’s 40 chair umpires in an attempt to get more consistency during Open matches.

“In the past, we would have a line umpire and a chair umpire meeting, and it would last an hour,” Allaster said. “With reflection, it’s clear that was not enough time. The U.S. Open is governed by the 2019 Grand Slam rule book. That is not the I.T.F. rule book, not the ATP rule book, and not the WTA rule book.

“We know they all have nuances to their various rules,” she continued, “so we’re going to spend a half-day onboarding the umpires to make sure they all understand the rules, policies and procedures and how they will be evaluated going through this.”



Christopher Clarey has covered global sports for The Times and the International Herald Tribune for more than 25 years from bases in France, Spain and the United States. His specialties are tennis, soccer, the Olympic Games and sailing. @christophclarey

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Rain can’t stop surging Mets from sweeping Indians

Noah Syndergaard flirted with perfection Thursday night.

The Mets didn’t need it, and Syndergaard didn’t get it, but they settled for a soaking-wet sweep instead.

While Syndergaard lost his perfect game bid in the sixth inning, he was dominant enough to shoulder the Mets to a 2-0 win over the Indians in a game that was called in the bottom of the eighth inning after a pair of rain delays that spanned 3 hours, 4 minutes.

The storms that deluged Citi Field were just about the only things to cool off the Mets (67-60), who improved to a season-high seven games over .500 and remained 1 ¹/₂ games back of the Cardinals for the last NL wild-card spot. They stayed hot at home, too, winning for the 13th time in their last 14 games in Flushing as their crucial homestand continued in convincing fashion.

The Indians (74-54) entered the series at Citi Field having scored 34 runs in a four-game set with the Yankees over the weekend. They left Queens having scored just five runs in three games.

Syndergaard retired the first 16 batters he faced, not allowing a hit until Tyler Naquin poked one that landed just short of Juan Lagares’ outstretched glove in center field with one out in the sixth inning. The crowd rose to its feet to salute Syndergaard for his efforts.

But even after the buzz wore off from Syndergaard’s bid at a perfect game ending, it came right back at the end of the inning. With two outs and two on, Pete Alonso dove to his right to stop a hard ground ball off the bat of Greg Allen, then fired to Syndergaard at first to escape the jam. Alonso and Syndergaard were fired up, sharing a chest bump before they left the field with the Mets’ 2-0 lead intact.

The Mets had a runner on first with two outs in the bottom of the sixth when the grounds crew hurried the tarp onto the field for the first time with severe weather starting minutes later.

After play resumed following a 2:28 delay, Jeurys Familia took over for Syndergaard and fired a scoreless seventh inning. Paul Sewald followed with a 1-2-3 eighth while Edwin Diaz warmed for a ninth inning that never came.

The Mets put runners on the corners with no outs in the bottom of the eighth, trying to push across some insurance runs when the skies opened again and the tarp came back on.

Only the rain kept Syndergaard from pitching into the seventh inning for the seventh time in his last eight starts. Over that stretch, he has allowed just 11 earned runs across 54 ¹/₃ innings (1.82 ERA) while striking out 56 and walking 12.

Against the Indians, Syndergaard struck out six and walked none, needing 73 pitches to get through six innings. The right-hander worked quickly and efficiently to shut down a potent Indians lineup.

J.D. Davis kept Syndergaard perfect early on a dicey play in the fourth inning when Allen lifted a fly ball deep to left field. Davis took an unusual route to the warning track and had his back to the ball, but stretched out his glove to the left to make an over-the-shoulder catch. He tipped his cap to the crowd as it chanted his name. His face afterward showed he knew he may have gotten a bit lucky, but Wednesday’s walk-off hero could do no wrong.

After Aaron Civale kept the Mets hitless through three innings, they gave Syndergaard a lead in the fourth. Joe Panik singled and Michael Conforto hit a ground-rule double, allowing both to score when Wilson Ramos sliced a double to the right-field corner for a 2-0 lead. Ramos extended his hitting streak to 16 games.

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How we can make up for the Naomi Osaka injustice at US Open

As a sporting city, we almost always get this stuff right. When we gather in one of our buildings, old or new, we know how to rock its walls and rattle its foundation, how to pay proper tribute to the very best before us, better than anyone, anywhere.

As they’ve resuscitated and revived their season these past few weeks, one by one so many of the Mets have remarked at how Citi Field sounds, looks, feels whenever something good is happening. Michael Confoto called it “addicting … you want to find a way to make it feel that way every game.”

It’s nothing new to us or to the athletes who have heard us for decades, to a cavalcade of Yankees who heard the deafening thunder of a Yankee Stadium October, to the old Knicks of the ’70s and the ’90s who can still summon goose pimples on demand recalling the Garden’s acoustic majesty, to the football Giants who could reduce the old Meadowlands Stadium to auditory dust, to the way Shea Stadium’s lower grandstands used to rock, violently, whether the featured attraction was a Joe Namath pass or an Endy Chavez catch or The Who launching into “Baba O’Riley.”

Never was it put to words better than by the great W.C. Heinz, who, in the June 14, 1948 edition of the New York Sun, described Babe Ruth’s final ascent to the field at Yankee Stadium thusly:

“The Babe took a step and started slowly up the steps. He walked out into the flashing of flashbulbs, into the cauldron of sound he must know better than any other man …”

Almost always.

We got it wrong last year, though, on the afternoon of Sept. 8, as the sun set on Arthur Ashe Stadium and a brand-new tennis star officially capped her rise to glory. Naomi Osaka, all of 20 years old, won her first tennis major that day, dominating her hero, Serena Williams, in a 6-2, 6-4 rout to capture the U.S. Open.

Open crowds, especially, are known to recognize a moment and treat it accordingly. Open crowds have long understood precisely when the narrative of their noise should turn from scorn — whether it was aimed at youthful flame-throwers Jimmy Connors or John McEnroe or the look-at-me curiosity of Andre Agassi — to unconditional love. All of them — and others — have heard both ends of the verbal spectrum.

“When New York cheered for me,” Connors said in 1999, “I knew I’d earned it.”

The problem last Sept. 8 wasn’t that people didn’t feel warmly toward Osaka; there were plenty of those who understood the moment and cheered for her. But that was also the day when Serena Williams melted down inexplicably and uncontrollably, earning three code violations that resulted first in a forfeited point and then in a lost game.

Williams acted like a boor, like a spoiled brat, and it was embarrassing to behold. But she is also the most popular player in women’s tennis and much of Ashe Stadium agreed she had been unfairly judged by chair umpire Carlos Ramos — whom Williams called, in front of live microphones and a worldwide audience, “a thief.”

Those supporters — or enablers — turned the trophy presentation ugly with boos. It was a terrible moment for tennis and for New York audiences who are generally better than that. It drove Osaka to tears in what should have been her finest moment. It was grossly unfair.

So treat next week as a do-over.

Take a mulligan.

Osaka, the No. 1 seed of this Open and the No. 1-ranked player in the world, will play Russia’s Anna Blinkova, world No. 93, in the first round early next week. It would behoove the folks who schedule the tournament to make the Osaka-Blinkova match the first night pairing of Week 1, so a full house can make sure to be at Ashe on time and do what it should have done 50 weeks before.

Stand. And cheer. And keep standing. And keep cheering.

It won’t be the same, can never be the same. That opportunity dissolved in a haze of misassigned emotion last Sept. 8. But it’s not a bad place to start. And won’t be a bad place to be. The match itself promises to be one of those blink-and-you’ll-miss-it early-round specials, but that’s beside the point.

Osaka may well win so many majors by the time she’s done that what happened last September will be a forever footnote. That’s beside the point, too.

We have a chance to make things right. That’s the point. That’s why we need to stand up, why we need to cheer, for a full minute, two minutes, five. That’s who we are.

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Serena Williams draws former world No. 1 Maria Sharapova in U.S. Open’s first round

Serena Williams will face a familiar foe in the first round of the U.S. Open this year — former world No. 1 Maria Sharapova. 

Williams, No. 8 in WTA rankings, drew 87th-ranked Sharapova in a blockbuster match slated for Monday at Rolling Meadows as the Open's matchups were announced Thursday. 

The tennis stars have never met in a U.S. Open match. They faced each other in four Grand Slam championships —  the 2015 Australian Open,  2013 French Open, 2007 Australian Open and 2004 Wimbledon — and the 2012 Olympics. Sharapova only won '04 at Wimbledon. 

Williams, coming off a Wimbledon final loss to Simona Halep, owns a 19-2 record vs. Sharapova in their overall matchups. 

The 37-year-old Williams, in pursuit of her 24th Grand Slam singles trophy, lost last year's U.S. Open final to Naomi Osaka (6-2, 6-4). During the match, she argued with chair umpire Carlos Ramos, who said she was receiving coaching signals from the stands. 

Williams has been to three finals since returning from pregnancy in 2018. Her last Grand Slam win came in early 2017 when she was eight weeks pregnant. 

Sharapova, a five-time Grand Slam champ, is fighting to restore her image after failing a drug test at the 2016 Australian Open and completing a one-year suspension by the International Tennis Federation (ITF).  

The men's draw has No. 1-seeded Novak Djokovic on the same side of the bracket as No. 3 seed Roger Federer, with the two positioned to face each other in the semifinals if they win out. 

Coco Gauff, the 15-year-old who beat Venus Williams on her way to reaching the fourth round at Wimbledon last month, will face Russia's Anastasia Potapova.

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