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US Open Tennis 2022: Rafael Nadal Loss, Iga Swiatek Win Highlight Monday’s Results

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US Open Tennis 2022: Rafael Nadal Loss, Iga Swiatek Win Highlight Monday’s Results

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Despite Serena Williams and men’s No. 1 Daniil Medvedev being eliminated in the first week of the 2022 U.S. Open, there was no shortage of star power on Monday.

Women’s No. 1 Iga Swiatek, all-time great Rafael Nadal and Americans Frances Tiafoe and Jessica Pegula were among the notable players who took the court in the fourth round of the men’s and women’s singles draws.

Swiatek survived a challenge from Jule Niemeier, but Tiafoe got the best of Nadal and prevented him from winning a fifth U.S. Open championship.

Here is a look at the full results from Monday’s slate.


Women’s Singles

No. 8 Jessica Pegula def. No. 21 Petra Kvitova; 6-3, 6-2

No. 1 Iga Swiatek def. Jule Niemeier; 2-6, 6-4, 6-0

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No. 22 Karolina Pliskova def. No. 26 Victoria Azarenka; 7-5, 6-7(5), 6-2

No. 6 Aryna Sabalenka def. No. 19 Danielle Collins; 3-6, 6-3, 6-2


Men’s Singles

No. 9 Andrey Rublev def. No. 7 Cameron Norrie; 6-4, 6-4, 6-4

No. 22 Frances Tiafoe def. No. 2 Rafael Nadal; 6-4, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3

No. 11 Jannik Sinner vs. Ilya Ivashka

No. 3 Carlos Alcaraz vs. No. 15 Marin Čilić


One of the No. 1 seeds went home Sunday when Nick Kyrgios defeated Medvedev in four sets with the first one going to an extended tiebreaker.

It seemed as if the other No. 1 seed was going to join him Monday when Niemeier won the first set against Swiatek in a brisk eight games. However, the top seed responded by surviving the second set and then cruising in the third without dropping a game.

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Swiatek was at her best when she took it to the net, winning 18 of 24 net points and overcoming some struggles with her serve. She won just 52 percent of her first-service points, although that was better than Niemeier’s 49 percent on the other end. Niemeier also had 13 double-faults.

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That was too many mistakes against the No. 1 seed for the challenger to overcome, which helped Swiatek eventually take control.

The headliner on the men’s side was the showdown between Nadal and Tiafoe, and it didn’t disappoint.

Nadal is a 22-time Grand Slam champion with four U.S. Open titles, but Tiafoe was up for the challenge from the opening moments. The American used his strong serve to win the first and third sets, which created a situation where he had to win one of two sets to shock one of the all-time greats.

Just when it seemed like Nadal would force a decisive set by winning three of the first four games in the fourth, Tiafoe broke back multiple times to seize the momentum and lead for good.

In all, the victor tallied 18 aces to Nadal’s nine and won 76 percent of his first-service points.

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Frances Tiafoe is on the brink of a quarterfinal appearance.

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The road won’t get much easier for Tiafoe with a quarterfinal matchup against No. 9 Andrey Rublev, but the American made quite the statement with his first career win over Nadal and is now three victories away from his first major championship.

*Stats are courtesy of the U.S. Open’s official website.

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Panthers outlast Hurricanes in 4th OT in 6th-longest game in NHL history

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Carolina Hurricanes and Florida Panthers seemed determined to keep playing. And playing. And playing.

The teams opened their Eastern Conference final playoff series with Florida’s 3-2 victory in four overtimes early Friday, with the game ranking as the sixth-longest game in NHL history.

Matthew Tkachuk’s goal came at the 19:47 mark of the fourth OT to end this one, which marked the 15th four-overtime game in NHL history and the longest game in franchise history for each team.

The longest game in NHL history came on March 24, 1936, when the Detroit Red Wings beat the Montreal Maroons 1-0 in the sixth overtime on Mud Bruneteau’s goal at 116 minutes, 30 seconds of extra play.

Florida’s previous record for longest game was 104:31 in Game 4 of the 1996 Stanley Cup final against Colorado. Carolina’s previous record was 114:47 for Game 3 of the 2002 Stanley Cup final.

The only good news for the teams is they had an extended break before this series began. Carolina closed out New Jersey exactly a week earlier, while Florida eliminated Toronto a day later.

But this game ended roughly six hours after Thursday night’s puck drop, and the teams have a Game 2 in less than 48 hours.

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MADRID (AP) — The investigation ordered by Barcelona into its controversial payments for refereeing reports found no evidence of corruption by the club, president Joan Laporta said Monday.

Laporta reiterated that the club’s payments over several years to the company owned by the vice president of Spain’s refereeing committee were only for technical reports and not to influence referees. He said he believed there were no ethics breach and that Barcelona was the victim of a campaign to hurt its reputation.

“This is one of the most ferocious attacks in our history,” Laporta said. “I ask FC Barcelona supporters to be as united as ever in defense of our crest, our essence, and our ownership model. No campaign to discredit us will prevent us from continuing to be an organization of reference in the world of sports that is beloved and admired by millions of Catalans and by many more millions of people around the world.”

It was the first time Laporta spoke at a news conference to give explanations after it became public that the club paid 7.3 million euros ($8 million) from 2001-18 to the company of then committee vice president José María Enríquez Negreira. Prosecutors have accused Barcelona of alleged corruption in sports, fraudulent management, and falsification of mercantile documentation.

Barcelona opened the probe to look into the actions of all the different presidential administrations that made payments over the years, including Laporta’s first at the club. The investigation was conducted by an external company.

The club said the probe found that “no conducts of a criminal nature associated to sporting corruption have been identified, nor are there any grounds to investigate any form of criminal activity associated to bribery.” It added there was “official documentation on the invoices and payments” for the services of “scouting and advice regarding referees, which are common practices in the professional sports sector.”

“Consulting on technical-refereeing issues does not constitute any type of illegal act,” Laporta said. “Consulting, as is done by the big clubs, that was carried out transparently, with the corresponding invoices, at least in my first mandate as president.”

The probe found 629 technical refereeing reports and 43 CDs that the club received over 18 years for what Laporta called “market price.” More reports were likely lost over time, he said.

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“I reiterate with all my resolve, I am convinced that FC Barcelona has not committed any crime of sports-related corruption. I hope that sooner rather than later, it is fully exonerated,” he said. “Accusations must be proven. We live by the rule of law, which guarantees among its basic principles the presumption of innocence.”

He said that if there were any irregularities committed by Negreira, Barcelona would be a victim of them. He also said Negreira was not in a position to directly influence referees, and that it was Negreira’s son who actually produced the refereeing reports.

“I dare anyone to show an instance in which Barcelona was favored in a match because of these payments,” Laporta said. “We will allow the justice system to do its work and I’m sure that Barcelona will be cleared. I am fully convinced that FC Barcelona has never performed any act with the intention of altering the competition to gain an advantage.”

The Spanish league, Real Madrid and other clubs have been among those taking part in the legal proceedings against Barcelona. Laporta criticized league president Javier Tebas for making accusations against Barcelona, and also took a shot at rival Madrid.

“Everyone knows that Real Madrid is a club that is historically favored by refereeing mistakes,” he said.

Laporta said Barcelona has always been a club that takes pride in its values, and it would never want to win anything with outside help.

“Throughout its 123-year history, FC Barcelona has always been a model of fair play, both on and off the field,” he said. “If we have won for so many decades, it has undoubtedly been a result of effort, talent and knowledge.”

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A Silicon Valley city councilman has been charged with perjury after he allegedly lied about leaking a grand jury report to the San Francisco 49ers last year that detailed a purportedly unethical relationship between the team and the city council, prosecutors said Friday.

Santa Clara City Councilmember Anthony Becker is accused of providing the secret report titled “Unsportsmanlike Conduct: Santa Clara City Council” to the team’s former top spokesperson and a local media outlet in 2022, days ahead of its official release.

Becker then allegedly lied to the grand jury about the leak, prosecutors said, prompting the criminal charges.

The 49ers play in Levi’s Stadium in the city of Santa Clara, about 35 miles (56.33 kilometers) south of San Francisco. Santa Clara County is broadly considered home to Silicon Valley.

The city of Santa Clara owns the stadium and leases it to the team; fighting between the two groups has led to ethics complaints, legal disputes and years of bad blood.

Al Guido, the team’s president, and Larry MacNeil, the former CFO who worked extensively on the team’s stadium project, were named in the indictment as witnesses who spoke to the criminal grand jury for Becker’s indictment.

“The 49ers have cooperated fully with the District Attorney’s Office in their investigation, and will continue to do so,” team spokesperson Brian Brokaw said in a statement Friday. “However, because this is an ongoing legal matter, the organization is not able to make any further comment at this time.”

Prosecutors say the team has bankrolled Becker’s political career by spending $3.2 million through independent expenditure committees for his 2020 city council race, which he won, as well as his unsuccessful 2022 mayoral bid.

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The “Unsportsmanlike Conduct” report alleged that Becker and four other councilmembers regularly voted “in a manner that is favorable to the 49ers” and would routinely meet with the team’s lobbyists but not disclose what was discussed.

Becker faces a felony charge of perjury under oath, as well as a misdemeanor charge of willful failure to perform duty. He is scheduled to be arraigned Monday.

Becker did not immediately respond to requests for comment Friday, and it was not clear whether he had an attorney who could speak on his behalf.

“Councilmember Becker violated the public’s trust,” Santa Clara County District Attorney Jeff Rosen said in a statement. “That an elected official would commit perjury and lie under oath before the grand jury strikes at the very heart of our justice system and requires accountability.”

Representatives for the Santa Clara City Council did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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