Piers Morgan claims US Open star Emma Raducanu 'took his advice and won' after he slammed her Wimbledon exit

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Where are Emma Raducanu parents from?

Raducanu was actually born in Ontario, Canada, on 13 November 2002 to Ian and Renee Raducanu, Romanian and Chinese finance industry professionals who subsequently relocated to London when their daughter was just two years old. The IndependentEmma Raducanu: Why the British tennis star’s parents were not at the US Open final

Is Emma Raducanu Chinese?

Raducanu, who was born in Canada to a Chinese mother and a Romanian father, spoke about her Chinese background in an interview before the final. "Having a Chinese mom, she definitely instilled from a young age hard work, discipline," she said. CNNEmma Raducanu, US Open winner, finds new fans in China

Is Emma Raducanu Canadian?

Raducanu was born in Toronto, Canada but moved to London when she was 2 years old, according to her WTA Tour bio. She's been playing tennis since she was 5. NPRHow Emma Raducanu, 18-Year-Old US Open Winner, Made Tennis History

How much money did Emma Raducanu win at US Open?

Emma Raducanu, whose stunning victory at the US Open earned her $2.5 million, said her initial goal was to win enough prize money to replace her broken AirPods. INSIDEREmma Raducanu said goal before US Open win was to replace AirPods

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BBC News 13 September, 2021 - 08:11am

What Emma Raducanu's U.S. Open Win Means for a More Complex Britain

The New York Times 13 September, 2021 - 08:11am

The Giants will have two more starters available

Week 1 will mark the first time this year that both Barkley and Jackson will be on the field in a game situation.

Barkley has famously been working his way back from the ACL tear he suffered in week 2 of the 2020 season. The Giants have been understandably cautious with Barkley's recovery, holding him out of all three preseason games. The team even held Barkley out of contact in practice until after final cut-downs.

While many are predicting a brief appearance for Barkley, Ryan Dunleavy of the New York Post reports that he is being told that Barkley won't be on a snap count this game.

I’m told #Giants are not planning a pitch count for Saquon Barkley. Don’t count on his pre-injury count of 80 percent snaps but he’s not going in knowing with a predetermined limit of X touches or C snaps. Good for fantasy football owners https://t.co/xMr3UZap4S

Adoree’ Jackson suffered a sprained ankle during inter-squad practices with the New England Patriots. The Giants' depth chart at cornerback was tested during the preseason, and getting Jackson back is welcome news. The team signed Jackson after he was surprisingly cut this spring by the Tennessee Titans. The Giants are likely hoping that Jackson's athleticism will allow them to run more aggressive and varied coverage schemes than they were able to use last year.

I'm certain Emma Raducanu can avoid the pitfalls of being a teenage tennis star, writes DAVID JONES

Daily Mail 13 September, 2021 - 08:11am

After winning the entire tournament — and $2.5 million in prize money — the 18-year-old Brit can now buy herself as many AirPods as she wants.

Raducanu made history Saturday night after beating a fellow teenager, Leylah Fernandez, 6-4, 6-3 in a stunning final in New York City that ended Britain's 44-year wait for a women's Grand Slam singles champion.

In an interview afterward with ESPN, Raducanu said: "There's a running joke in my team because before my first-round qualifying match I lost my AirPods and I was basically running around the changing room like three minutes before my call to go on trying to find it, but I lost it."

"I was thinking to myself, 'You know what, if you win this match, you can buy yourself a pair of AirPods,' and that's become the running joke!" she added.

Raducanu, who sat through her final high-school exams last month, has stunned the tennis world after becoming the first qualifier to ever win a Grand Slam tournament. She did this without dropping a set.

The teenager previously said her run to the tournament's final had been so unexpected that she had booked flights home to England two weeks ago.

Raducanu started the year ranked 336th in the world and was 150th before the US Open started. Her win means she will be among the world's top 50 players after the rankings are next updated.

Raducanu's career earnings before this tournament stood at about $303,000.

The greatest role models in the world? Emma Raducanu and her fellow teenagers

The Guardian 13 September, 2021 - 07:31am

When this happened on Sunday, he told me: “Everyone’s talking about Emma Raducanu.” I knew she had won the US Open already because we had had a late night. I would have known anyway; the build up to the match had a fairytale quality. She was so young and her potential victory so laden with significance – the first British woman to win a grand slam singles title since Virginia Wade, 44 years ago – that it had taken on an air of inevitability, at least to those of us who didn’t have to do anything but watch.

Opinion the morning after was divided four ways. One part was triumph over the likes of Piers Morgan and John McEnroe, who had had quite a bit to say about the 18-year-old’s ability to handle pressure over the summer, when she dropped out of Wimbledon during her last-16 match after becoming breathless.

It is peculiar the appeal this pastime holds for a certain kind of middle-aged man, making unkind assertions about the character of a prominent young woman – almost as though her magnificence were a scam that only a straight-talking chap could unmask. Raducanu didn’t need to win a grand slam for Morgan to look like a fool, but it was fun to watch the two collide.

One part was pointing out that this was the reality of migration and identity – nobody is more British, or has been more patriotically celebrated, than Raducanu, who was born in Canada to a Romanian father and a Chinese mother, is fluent in Mandarin and arrived in Kent aged two. The screenwriter Dominic Minghella took this idea to its logical conclusion: “You can celebrate your Raducanus or you can push back boats. You can’t do both.”

The final part was pausing to reflect that Canada’s Leylah Fernandez, also still in her teens, was as gracious in defeat as Raducanu was in victory. And also open and generous. And also incredibly good at tennis.

It’s hard to admire people this young without a twang of discomfort: they are role-modelling qualities to the world – strength under pressure, maturity, humility – that the middle aged and beyond should have nailed down. In a way, it’s easier when it’s all about sport, the natural arena for them to best their forebears. Even so, it’s hard not to notice the person underneath the sports kit and be chastened by a maturity and discipline we are long past expecting from adults in public life.

When their athleticism won’t unshackle from their moral compass or self-awareness – in the case of the older but still surprisingly young Marcus Rashford, say, or Simone Biles – they throw the norms of the world of the grownups into harsher relief. When their pitch is the future of the planet – as with Greta Thunberg – it’s even more shaming to older adults. She made her voice so powerful even when she was far from power’s orbit, while millions of us who had more influence failed to use it.

That is probably what provokes those now-regular tantrums the old commentariat have about the young – a fair amount of guilt and inadequacy, which wouldn’t necessarily be misplaced in any of us, even though very few of us should feel bad about never winning a grand slam.

For the rest of us, it’s hard to be sour when we are cheering our heads off. This is the perfect antidote to the confected clash between generations: a country bursting with pride for Raducanu, who did as much for optimism as she did for tennis.

College football Week 2 overreactions: Oregon a lock for the playoff, Michigan is a Big Ten contender

Sky News 13 September, 2021 - 05:19am

It was another eventful college football weekend. It's important to not put too much stock into the results. Here are five overreactions from Week 2.

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Even just two weeks into the college football season, opinions are being formed and forecasts are being made for how the rest of the schedule will play out. 

That's a dangerous proposition when there are 11 more weeks and the unpredictable nature of the sport has already been on full display this season. Almost half of the preseason Top 25 in the USA TODAY Sports AFCA Coaches Poll has already lost a game. There are more to come. 

So one should temper their expectations and not overreact to results. Here are five of those results from Week 2 to keep in mind when looking ahead.

As impressive as it was for the Ducks to go into Columbus and defeat No. 3 Ohio State, let's hold back on crowning them the champions of the Pac-12, let alone giving them a free pass to the playoff. It's easy to focus on a team's offense when evaluating its ability. Oregon has the running game that is going to be a problem for most teams to handle. However, the success against the Buckeyes was also due to OSU's struggles against the run that also were on display against Minnesota. Antony Brown played efficiently, but what still remains to be seen is how the Ducks fare against an elite unit that can slow its run game down. UCLA and Arizona State have that capability.

The other more pressing concern in the defense. Yes, starters Kayvon Thibodeux and Justin Flowe were out against Ohio State and they would have helped. Oregon still bent tremendously by allowing 612 yards to a freshman quarterback. The defense didn't break, though they were close. It's an issue that needs some sorting out before the Pac-12's first berth since 2016 is confirmed.

Two things can be true at the same time. The Wolverines can look improved, especially with their running game, and we can't make any determination on how good this team is until the competition gets tougher. Washington was supposed to be an early test before the Huskies revealed themselves as one of the overrated teams from the preseason. 

So when will we know if this revamped Michigan team is going to be able to compete for the division title in the East that suddenly seems wide-open with Ohio State's loss? Surprisingly, it might be in two weeks against Rutgers. But we will know for sure when the Wolverines visit Wisconsin on Oct. 2. Until then, don't get too high or too low on their outlook.

OK, the loss to Iowa was a huge letdown for a program that returned so many seniors that were hoping to push the program to unchartered heights. Perhaps the pressure of the moment was too great and the Cyclones tried too hard against a rival it continues to be unable to solve. 

This is still a talented team that can run the table in the Big 12. It must start with improved play from quarterback Brock Purdy. Turnovers have been his bugaboo during his career and it again reared its head Saturday. The silver lining is the way the defense shut down the Hawkeyes - holding them to 173 yards - and the unit should keep the team in most of its games. The margin of error is gone, but don't be surprised if this team makes a run at the conference title and more.

Yes, the win against Texas was impressive, especially with the way the Razorbacks dominated both lines of scrimmage. This shouldn't be a surprise given Sam Pittman's background as an offensive line coach, and the signs of recovery that showed last year when Arkansas beat three SEC teams after one league win in the previous three seasons.

The Hogs won't manhandle teams in the SEC the way they did at home Saturday, so pushing them ahead of Texas A&M, Mississippi, LSU or Auburn. Consecutive games against the Aggies and Georgia starting later this month will give a better indication if the field-storming win against the Longhorns was proof of something bigger at hand.

Just when you thought the Seminoles were going to rebound this season after an impressive opener against Notre Dame, they find another way to show how far this program has fallen from its former elite status. 

Florida State seemed headed for a comfortable - if not impressive - win against Jacksonville State from the Football Champions Subdivision. Then, they failed to score from the 1 with a 10-point lead in the fourth quarter. The Gamecocks rallied to within 17-14, setting up a final-play touchdown for the win on a 59-yard pass that saw the Seminoles inexplicably eschew a prevent defense for a man-to-man coverage.

Before 2018, Florida State hadn't had a losing season since 1976, Bobby Bowden's first year. The Seminoles have done it twice in the last three years and it is looking like three of four after an 0-2 start. Hard times in Tallahassee.

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