MELBOURNE Seven-times grand slam winner Venus Williams on Friday brushed off a remark made about her at the Australian Open which led to a TV commentator being stood down by broadcaster ESPN.
Doug Adler, commentating on the African-American 13th seed's second-round match against Switzerland's Stefanie Voegele on Wednesday, provoked outrage on social media when he was taken to have described Williams charging "like a gorilla". Adler, a former tennis professional, said he had said "guerrilla".
Nottingham Forest owner Fawaz Al Hasawi has rejected an improved bid from the U.S.-based consortium that is trying to take over the struggling English Championship club.
Ex-San Diego Padres owner John Jay Moores and fellow entrepreneur Charles Noell, who head the consortium, said in a statement that Al Hasawi, who took over Forest in 2012, had turned down their latest offer.
"We have been firmly committed to completing the acquisition since we opened negotiations in August and we remained optimistic throughout that the sale would be completed," they added.
MELBOURNE Dan Evans continued his fairytale run at Melbourne Park by downing local world number 27 Bernard Tomic 7-5 7-6(2) 7-6(3) on Friday to give Britain two men in the last 16 of the Australian Open for the first time in 16 years.
The 26-year-old, who upset seventh seed Marin Cilic in the second round, prevailed at the end of a thrilling two-hour 48-minute battle in a highly-charged atmosphere on Hisense Arena to end Australia's interest in the men's singles draw.
LONDON Eddie Jones sprang few surprises when he announced his 34-man Six Nations squad on Friday, with three uncapped players included and a recall for prop Ellis Genge, the only man drafted in from the Elite Player Squad.
Leicester's 21-year-old Genge, who has one cap as a replacement in last May's game against Wales, could go straight on to the bench for the opening game against France at Twickenham on Feb. 4 with Matt Mullen expected to start at loosehead in the absence of injured duo Mako Vunipola and Joe Marler.