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of labor. I was completely in the moment. I loved the cramps. I loved feeling my body trying to push the baby out. I wasn’t on an epidural; to get through it, I was using my breath and all the techniques I’d learned from birth training (I had taken every birthing class that the hospital had to offer). By the next morning, the contractions were coming harder and faster. With each one, my baby’s heart rate plummeted. I was scared. I thought I should probably get an epidural, but I was still okay with the work so I didn’t. Every time the baby’s heart rate dropped, the nurses would come in and tell me to turn onto my side. The baby’s heart rate would go back up and everything seemed fine. I’d have another contraction, and baby’s heart rate would drop again, but I’d turn over and the rate would go back up, and so on and so forth. “Being an athlete is so often about controlling your body, wielding its power, but it’s also about knowing when to surrender.” Outside my birthing room, there were meetings going on without me—my husband was conferencing with the doctors. By this point, I was more than ready for the epidural, but after 20 minutes, the doctor walked in, looked at me, and said, “We’re giving you a C-section.” She made it clear that there wasn’t time for an epidural or more pushing. I loved her confidence; had she given me the choice between more pushing or surgery, I would have been ruined. I’m not good at making decisions. In that moment, what I needed most was that calm, affirmative direction. Since it was my first child, I really wanted to have the baby vaginally, but I thought to myself, “I’ve had so many surgeries, what’s another one?” Being an athlete is so often about controlling your body, wielding its power, but it’s also about knowing when to surrender. I was happy and relieved to let go; the energy in the room totally changed. We went from this intense, seemingly endless process to a clear plan for bringing this baby into the world. I was nervous about meeting my baby. Throughout my pregnancy, I’d never felt a connection with her. While I loved being pregnant, I didn’t have that amazing Oh my God, this is my baby moment, ever. It’s something people don’t usually talk about, because we’re supposed to be in love from the first second. Yes, I was a lioness who would protect her baby at any cost, but I wasn’t gushing over her. I kept waiting to feel like I knew her during pregnancy, but the feeling never came. Some of my mom friends told me they didn’t feel the connection in the womb either, which made me feel better, but still, I longed for it. When I finally saw her—and I just knew it was going to be a girl, that was one thing I knew about her before we even had it confirmed—I loved her right away. It wasn’t exactly instantaneous, but it was there, and from that seed, it grew. I couldn’t stop staring at her, my Olympia. serena williams and her daughter olympia

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Former Chelsea winger Paul Canoville hailed Lewis Hamilton as “the greatest driver ever” but deterred the F1 star from investing in the Blues given his long-stated support for rivals Arsenal

Lewis Hamilton could put his Arsenal allegiances to one side amid growing talk of his involvement in a Chelsea takeover bid, but ex-Blues winger Paul Canoville would prefer he keep his distance.

Seven-time Formula 1 world champion Hamilton and 23-time Grand Slam-winner Serena Williams are both part of a consortium fronted by Sir Martin Broughton. However, many have pointed out the former has long professed himself to be a fan of London rivals Arsenal.

Paul Canoville is against Arsenal fan Lewis Hamilton purchasing a stake in Chelsea

Canoville—who made more than 100 appearances for Chelsea and was the first black player to represent their first team—lauded both athletes for their feats both in sport and beyond. However, the 60-year-old published a lengthy post detailing why he felt Hamilton and Williams were unnecessary sponsors for the Premier League club.

“Serena is on record saying she supports Real Madrid, and while I know Lewis has now suggested he was bullied into supporting Arsenal by his sister, he is an Arsenal fan and that’s a fact,” he wrote on Twitter. Hamilton recently explained one of his sisters (he has two) ‘basically beat him’ to support Arsenal, though his uncle Terry would also bring him to games at Stamford Bridge.

“I will always support Lewis in everything he does in F1,” Canoville continued. “He is the greatest driver ever in my opinion and, as with Serena, he is a phenomenal icon for black achievement and civil rights. With football though, I think he should stay loyal to his own team.”

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The Chelsea fan favourite—who was forced to retire at 24—has either met or spoken with representatives of the three remaining takeover bids. Canoville gave his backing to the party led by Todd Boehly, who also part-owns both the Los Angeles Lakers and the L.A. Dodgers.

While admiring the work of Hamilton and Williams in civil rights matters, Canoville added he felt there was an element of ‘disrespect’ in the Broughton bid. This was in regards to figures like the aforementioned duo playing roles in “developing anti-racism, diversity and inclusion programmes” despite not supporting the club.

F1 rival Max Verstappen recently waded into the debate and described it as “quite interesting” that an Arsenal fan would take an interest in running Chelsea. “I am a PSV fan and I would never buy Ajax,” said the Red Bull star. “And if I was going to buy a football club I would want to be the full owner and to take the decisions myself, not own just a tiny percentage.”

 

Roman Abramovich was forced to sell the west London outfit following sanctions imposed following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Hamilton may yet become the latest in a growing list of high-earning athletes to become involved in ownership, though his efforts continue to be met with scrutiny.

 

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Leylah Fernandez explains US Open row over Emma Raducanu timeout

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Leylah Fernandez explains US Open row over Emma Raducanu timeout

Leylah Fernandez says she was unaware of the rules surrounding Emma Raducanu’s dramatic medical timeout in the US Open final after arguing with an official on court.

The Canadian was beaten in straight sets 6-4 6-3 by 18-year-old sensation Raducanu on Saturday, with the Brit becoming the first qualifier ever to win a Grand Slam – and she did so without dropping a set in 10 matches across her three weeks in Flushing Meadows.

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There was a moment of controversy though as she served for the match, scraping her knee on the court as she slid for a return with the umpire calling for a medical timeout on break point.

Leylah Fernandez speaks out on row over Emma Raducanu medical timeout during US Open final
Raducanu had blood trickling down her leg (Picture: Getty)
Fernandez, whose growing momentum and crowd support was suddenly quietened, was livid with the decision as timeouts usually only happen on changeovers and argued with both the umpire and the tournament referee.

But the rules state that if a player is bleeding then play must stop immediately so they can be treated, with Raducanu getting patched back up before saving break point and then going on to win the match.

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Fernandez was still visibly annoyed afterwards, shaking her head at the timeout which allowed her opponent to recompose herself, though now concedes it was a reaction ‘in the heat of the moment’.

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Asked about the situation, the 19-year-old explained at her post-match press conference: ‘I honestly did not know what was happening with Emma.

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‘I didn’t know how serious her fall was, so that’s why I went to see the official and ask her about it.

‘You know what, it just happened in the heat of the moment. It was just too bad that it happened in that specific moment with me, with the momentum. But it’s sports, it’s tennis. Just got to move on.’

Leylah Fernandez speaks out on row over Emma Raducanu medical timeout during US Open final
The Canadian teen was clearly affected by the stop in play (Picture: Getty)
Fernandez was gracious in defeat and full of praise for Raducanu, feeling that the ever-so-slightly younger Brit capitalised on her mistakes in what was a high-quality final at the Arthur Ashe Stadium.

She continued: ‘Emma is a very good player. She’s been playing incredibly these last few months with a lot of confidence.

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‘I unfortunately today did one too many mistakes. I think Emma noticed it and she just took advantage of it. She did good. Hopefully we’ll have many more tournaments together and many more finals.’

 

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Golf: Phil Mickelson shows off dramatic body transformation

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Phil Mickelson used to get shredded by the media and golf fans about his portly appearance — now he is shredded.

The five-time major winner affectionately known as Lefty used to be one of the larger players on tour, prompting one scribe to write this about Mickelson in 2009.

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“One of the reasons I love to watch athletes is that besides their talents, they are awesome physical specimens to behold. Even though Phil Mickelson seems to be a nice guy and a pretty good golfer who can eke out a win when Tiger’s home with the family rehabbing his knee. He has got man boobs,” the scribe wrote.

“Mickelson is not even really fat. He just suffers from male pattern boobness. Guybags. Senor snubes. Mister Titster. He-man Hooters. Boyzoombas. Cock ‘n Knockers. Mancans. Chesticles with Testicles. Papa Tatas. Mickelson Mogambos.

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“Now as snarky as this sounds, I am not even saying his daddy dumplings turn me off. I am just saying that when Mickelson strides down the fairway, he looks like a breasty shift manager at the local Best Buy who cannot say ‘no’ to doughnuts in the break room, not a kick ass world class athlete.”

Mickelson was even forced to address it himself a decade ago when his commitment to winning was questioned. “I have put on some weight,” Mickelson told Golf magazine in 2010. “I tend to fluctuate with my wife, Amy. When she’s pregnant, I seem to put on weight. When she’s not, I seem to lose it with her. The weight fluctuations are an emotional thing, I guess …

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“I wish I had visceral fat instead of subcutaneous fat. When I gain weight I gain it underneath the skin rather than beneath the muscle.”

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Chelsea Manning reacts to Elon Musk’s Twitter takeover amid Grimes romance

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Chelsea Manning reacts to Elon Musk’s Twitter takeover amid Grimes romance

Chelsea Manning doesn’t care if she’s on Elon Musk’s Twitter “ban list.”

When a follower tweeted at the famed whistleblower Monday that she should be “careful” because she is “first on his ban list,” Manning responded, “who cares?”

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The Tesla founder purchased the social medium for $44 billion earlier Monday and tweeted that he hoped even his “worst critics remain on Twitter, because that is what free speech means,” so perhaps Manning stands a chance.

If not, she told the aforementioned follower that she will “just play minecraf [sic].”

Manning’s blasé attitude toward the history-making deal comes after Page Six broke the news that she is dating Musk’s ex Grimes.

“They’re getting serious. They U-Hauled it,” an insider told us in March of the fast-paced nature of the relationship. “They’ve been living together in Austin.”

While neither has publicly addressed their romance, Manning, 34, has been engaging sarcastically with the new Twitter owner, 50, since he announced his interest in buying the tech company.

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Twitter accepted the Tesla founder’s $44 billion bid Monday.
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“If our twitter bid succeeds, we will defeat the spam bots or die trying!” Musk tweeted last week, to which Manning responded with a meme about “occupying a billionaire’s mind rent free.”

Red State deputy managing editor Brandon Morse called out Manning over the tweet, writing, “You’re dating HIS ex, using a platform HE’S about to buy and commenting on HIS tweet after he hasn’t mentioned YOU one time. You’re living in his head? Seems you’re living in his world.”

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A former US soldier, Manning made headlines in the early 2010s for leaking hundreds of thousands of documents to WikiLeaks. She was sentenced to 35 years in prison after being found guilty of 20 crimes, including six violations of the Espionage Act.

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In January 2017, President Barack Obama commuted Manning’s remaining prison sentence after she had served seven years and attempted suicide multiple times.

Grimes, meanwhile, announced in March that she and Musk had broken up again. The singer, 34, and the billionaire have two children together.

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Maria Sharapova hangs with former rival Serena Williams at Met Gala

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Maria Sharapova hangs with former rival Serena Williams at Met Gala

Tennis icons Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova — known for their famous on-court rivalry through the years — posed together for photos at the Met Gala in New York City on Monday night.

The pair was joined by Williams’ sister, fellow tennis star Venus Williams, who called the meeting a “reunion” in a post on her Instagram Story. That’s 35 grand slams in one photo, an excited fan noted on Twitter.

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Sharapova also shared the snap to her Instagram Story, along with a separate photo with Lakers star Russell Westbrook.

Williams and Sharapova’s thrilling back-and-forth began in 2004 at Wimbledon, when Sharapova defeated Williams to become the third-youngest female to win the title. But that would be the last time she would win against Williams — who dominated the remainder of their career meetings before Sharapova retired in early 2020.

Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova at the 2019 US Open.
Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova at the 2019 US Open.
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The on-court rivalry spilled into the duo’s personal lives, when they appeared to go tit-for-tat in separate interviews in 2013, over one of Williams’ rumored exes, pro tennis player Grigor Dimitrov.

Then Sharapova discussed Williams at length in her In 2017 autobiography, “Unstoppable: My Life So Far,” and wrote that the pair were “not friends.”

Elsewhere in the book, Sharapova explained, “I think Serena hated me for being the skinny kid who beat her, against all odds” at Wimbledon in 2004.

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Sharapova said she witnessed Williams “bawling” and having “guttural sobs” in the locker room after the loss.

“I think she hated me for seeing her at her lowest moment. But mostly I think she hated me for hearing her cry. She’s never forgiven me for it.” Sharapova wrote.

Sharapova and Williams must’ve buried the hatchet in the latter years of the Russian’s career, and it showed as they were rubbing elbows at one of fashion’s biggest nights.

Serena turned heads at the Met Gala in a pink and silver feathered look by Gucci. Sharapova rocked a gold gown with pleated sleeves by Gabriela Hearst. Meanwhile, Venus stunned in a strapless red dress by Prabal Gurung.

Serena, a 23-time grand slam winner, attended the Met Gala with her husband, Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian. Sharapova showed up with fiance Alexander Gilkes.

The tennis stars stepped out after both Serena and Venus pulled out of the US Open, citing injury. Other tennis pros in attendance included newly crowned US Open champion Emma Raducanu, Sloane Stephens and Naomi Osaka, who served as co-chair of this year’s Met in a look by Louis Vuitton.

 

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Tiger Woods’ Ex-wife Elin Nordegren Secured $100M after Split & They Now Co-parent Their Kids Amicably

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Tiger Woods’ Ex-wife Elin Nordegren Secured $100M after Split & They Now Co-parent Their Kids Amicably

After Tiger Woods and Elin Nordegren divorced in 2010, she walked home with $100 million. The couple, who share two children, have moved on from their difficult past and now amicably co-parent their kids.

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Tiger Woods will go down in history as one of the most iconic golfers the world has ever seen, thanks to his talent, multiple championships, and records.

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For instance, he has won 82 PGA Tours, which ties him first all-time in golf history. He also ranks second in men’s major championships and holds several golf records.

Golfer Tiger Woods during a golf event. [Left] | Tiger Woods’ Ex wife Elin Nordegren with their kid at an outdoor event. [Right] | Photo: Getty Images
Golfer Tiger Woods during a golf event. [Left] | Tiger Woods’ Ex wife Elin Nordegren with their kid at an outdoor event. [Right] | Photo: Getty Images

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Thanks to his golfing prowess, he is regarded as one of the greatest golfers of all time. He is also one of the greatest sportsmen in history and is an inductee of the World Golf Hall of Fame.

While Woods’ talent and iconic status in the golf world are unquestionable, it is in his personal life that he has struggled.

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In 2009, the golfer was enmeshed in multiple cheating scandals that almost ended his career and led to the end of his marriage with Elin Nordegren. Relive the scandals and find out what happened in the aftermath.

Tiger Woods when he won the Tour Championship on September, 23, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. | Photo: Getty Images
Tiger Woods when he won the Tour Championship on September, 23, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. | Photo: Getty Images

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WOODS AND NORDEGREN’S RELATIONSHIP

Nordegren is a model from Sweden. Before venturing into modeling, she and her twin sister Josefin worked odd jobs in supermarkets to fund their education. At 20, she began her modeling career and appeared on the cover of Cafe Sport magazine in the summer of 2000.

Nordegren met Swedish golfer Jesper Parnevik’s wife Mia Parnevik while working in a clothes shop in Stockholm. Jesper and Mia then hired her to be their kids’ nanny.

Due to the job, Nordegren moved with them to the United States. In 2001, she met Woods at the 2001 Open Championship. Before their meeting, Woods had spent a year begging Mia to introduce him to Nordegren. However, she was seeing someone at the time.

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Tiger Woods, his daugher Sam, and his wife Elin Nordegren at Stanford Stadium on November 21, 2009. | Photo: Getty Images
Tiger Woods, his daugher Sam, and his wife Elin Nordegren at Stanford Stadium on November 21, 2009. | Photo: Getty Images

In November 2003, Woods and Nordegren attended the President’s Cup tournament in South Africa. Afterward, he proposed to her at the Shamwari Game Reserve.

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On October 5, 2004, the couple tied the knot at the Sandy Lane Resort in Barbados. After their marriage, they lived at Isleworth, Windermere, Orlando, Florida. The couple welcomed their daughter, Sam Alexis, in 2007. In 2009, their son Charlie Axel was born.

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WOODS’ CHEATING SCANDAL

Woods was at the peak of his career in 2009. On October 1, 2009, Forbes named him the first athlete to earn $1 billion. His status as one of the sport’s greatest athletes was strong.Tiger Woods

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His family life also seemed to be perfect. He had a beautiful wife and two adorable kids. The golfer also had multiple endorsement deals, and all seemed to be going well.

However, on November 25, 2009, the National Enquirer published a story claiming Woods had an extramarital affair with Rachel Uchitel, a New York City nightclub manager.

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