• HARRISON, N.J. – Red smoke billowed from the South Ward section for the hardcore fans at Red Bull Arena. Their drums reverberated and their voices and claps carried. They were enjoying themselves, alternating between glee – as their own team looked perhaps the best it had in any of its 20 seasons – and schadenfreude – as their archrivals took a savage soccer beating.

    To call the residents of the South Ward long-suffering is to shortchange their misery somehow. The New York Red Bulls, and the pre-rebrand MetroStars before that, have at times conjured a special kind of dysfunction, a malpractice that has beggared belief, reason and even the worst of luck. So in the bone-soaking humidity of a summer night in New Jersey, they took it all in on Sunday. They gobbled up every scrap of the Red Bulls' 3-0 thrashing of D.C. United, which, with a few different bounces and less than stellar work from goalkeeper Bill Hamid, could have been a multiple of that score line. The Red Bulls outshot D.C.

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  • SEVILLE, Spain – After two weeks of the Spanish season, the most convincing side in La Liga is not Barcelona, nor is it Real Madrid. It is Atletico Madrid, which enters the September international break with two wins in two games after Sunday's impressive 3-0 victory away to Sevilla.

    While Barcelona has not exactly sputtered at the start, two 1-0 victories and a thin squad entirely won over hearts and minds. Rafa Benitez’s Real Madrid failed to earn a result against Sporting Gijon, and a couple points dropped against lesser opposition is generally what decides the league in Spain. That being said, Cristiano Ronaldo and his superstar cohorts promise to be in the mix since the Madrid derbies carry significant weight in the title race.

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    The last time Real Madrid beat Atletico Madrid in La Liga, Jose Mourinho was with Real Madrid and Fernando Torres was with Chelsea. As much as the Clasicos against Barcelona snatch international

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  • Strong is the new sexy and fitness is the new party. With society leaning towards health and fitness, Yahoo's #Fitspo of the Week series is dedicated to all inspirational women in Singapore leading active lifestyles. Know of any who deserve to be featured? Hit me up on CherylTay.sg and on FacebookTwitter and Instagram (cheryltaysg).

    Gillian Tay. Photo: Cheryl TayGillian Tay. Photo: Cheryl Tay

    Name: Gillian Tay (Instagram: @jillysunkist)
    Age: 29
    Height: 1.65m
    Weight: 55kg
    Occupation: Designer / Project manager
    Status: Happily single
    Diet: Tries to eat in moderation by reducing sodium, carbs and sugar drinks; avoids eating after 8pm  Training: Quick 30-minute bike ride on the road after work on weekdays; Surfset, floorball and flowriding on weekends

    Have you always been sporty?
    Yeah, pretty much, I've always been known to be super active and I can't sit down for more than an hour not doing anything. I would swim, play badminton with my neighbours, take a spin around my neighbourhood on my bicycle or go inline skating. 

    Who got you started on working

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  • NEW YORK – As Rafael Nadal racked up 14 Grand Slam titles in his mid 20s, it seemed it wasn't a question of if but when the Spaniard would threaten Roger Federer's record 17 titles. Surely he'd be there by his 30th birthday.

    Instead, at 29, Rafa enters the final major of 2015 just hoping to prove he's still relevant. He has yet to reach a Grand Slam semSpain's Rafael Nadal reacts after a point against Germany's Dustin Brown during their men's singles second round match on day four of the 2015 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on July 2, 2015 (AFP Photo/Glyn Kirk)Spain's Rafael Nadal reacts after a point against Germany's Dustin Brown during their men's singles second round match on day four of the 2015 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on July 2, 2015 (AFP Photo/Glyn Kirk)ifinal this year, a tumultuous season in which he battled knee and wrist injuries and saw his ranking drop to No. 10, its lowest point in a decade. He has lost more matches this year (14) than he did in all of 2014 (11), or in 2012 and 2013 combined (13).

    And yet, he has top billing on Day 1. While 2014 champion Marin Cilic starts his title defense on Louis Armstrong, Nadal will play the second night match on Arthur Ashe. This is the first time the defending champ isn't playing his first-round match on Ashe since 2000.

    It's a show of respect for two-time champion Nadal, and an indication that the USTA realizes that despite being seeded

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  • Maria Sharapova of Russia returns a shot to Serena Williams of the United States, during the women's singles semifinal match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Thursday July 9, 2015. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)Maria Sharapova of Russia returns a shot to Serena Williams of the United States, during the women's singles semifinal match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Thursday July 9, 2015. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)When the U.S. Open starts on Monday morning, Russian tennis star Maria Sharapova will not be there. The No. 3 seed withdrew from the tournament on Sunday afternoon, citing a right leg injury. She has not played since losing to Serena Williams at Wimbledon this year. 

    This is the third time in two years that the 2006 U.S. Open champion will miss the final major of the tennis season. The schedule had her set to face No. 1 Williams in the semi-finals, if each made it that far. 

    "Unfortunately I will not be able to compete in this (year's U.S.) Open. I have done everything possible to be ready but it was just not enough time," Sharapova announced on her Facebook page, right as the USTA issued a press release. "To all my amazing fans, I will be back in the Asian swing in a few weeks and look forward to finishing the year healthy and strong."

    Sharapova's absence could actually mean a more challenging semi-final for Williams, considering Sharapova has not beaten Williams since 2004. 

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  • In an age n golf where eras last weeks instead of months, it's Jason Day's time.

    Welcome to the Day Era.

    The Aussie picked up his third win in four starts on Sunday, winning The Barclays by six shots where the final margin really didn't reflect how far ahead Day was of his peers. The PGA champion shot 63-62 on the weekend at Plainfield Country Club to post 19-under 261, tying a tournament record.

    A 15-under weekend will win a lot of golf tournaments, but to blow away a field of the best 125 this season on the PGA Tour? That's quite the feat. In fact, Day is just the third player in PGA Tour history to shoot 126 or less on the weekend en route to victory. 

    In his last five starts, Day is 73 under par. He finished a shot out of the playoff at the British Open, then bounced back the next week to birdie the final three holes to win the RBC Canadian Open. After a modest T-12 finish at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, Day finally got his major, beating

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  • BARCELONA – Barcelona will not win La Liga for the 2015-16 season.

    The goal of matching the 2009 side with a sextuple went up in flames against Athletic Bilbao in the Spanish Super Cup, and a new reality set in. Sure, this team has already claimed four trophies in 2015 – La Liga, Copa del Rey, UEFA Champions League and UEFA Super Cup – and a fifth title is likely on its way in the form of the Club World Cup. But this squad is not built to win the Spanish league in 2015-16. At some point, Barcelona manager Luis Enrique will need to choose between the Champions League and La Liga, and only then will the true goals of this team become apparent.

    The 2015-16 Barcelona squad is designed to become the first side to win back-to-back European titles in the Champions League era, and frankly, it's still a good bet to do so. Two 1-0 league wins may not properly reflect the reality that Barcelona will struggle to keep pace domestically with the FIFA transfer ban forcing this unfortunate truth. If

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  • John Daly played golf on Sunday, and that's remarkable because he spent Saturday night in a Jackson, Miss., area hospital with a collapsed lung.

    The two-time major winner collapsed on Saturday at the 18th hole during a local golf tournament at Deerfield Golf Club. Playing in 90-degree heat, Daly had been struggling through the round with the weather and with his breathing. After he passed out, Daly was transported to Baptist Medical Center after the incident.

    Daly's agent, Bud Martin, said the Saturday incident was a result an injury he suffered during the first round of the 2007 Honda Classic, when Daly alleges a female fan jumped out in front of him to snap a picture while on the 12th hole at PGA National. Daly says he suffered the injury while stopping his backswing so as to not hit the fan. Daly has a long-standing suit against the PGA Tour and the tournament, claiming the parties didn't do enough to protect him from injury.

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  • One member of the Golden State Warriors eclipsed all others during last spring's NBA championship run — Riley Curry, the adorable daughter of NBA MVP Stephen Curry. Whether next to her father at a post-game press conference or the victory parade, Riley grabbed the spotlight and didn't give it up until well into the offseason. We can expect to see much more from her in 2015-16 and beyond.

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    But staying relevant in the NBA takes preparation. So it's a good thin that Steph is preparing Riley for this year with some standard ankle tape:

    Must run in the family....... Photcred: @dmarjones

    That comment is a reference to Curry's history of ankle injuries, which limited him to just 26 games in 2011-12 and made his four-year, $44-million contract extension signed after that season look like something of a gamble for Golden State. Luckily for them, Curry has missed a total of just 10 games over the past three seasons and

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  • Douglas Costa's slick heel flick during Bayern Munich's 3-0 Bundesliga victory over Bayer Leverkusen created quite the buzz on Saturday. It was one of the must-see highlights, so much so that the Brazilian was celebrated on social media for embarrassing 20-year-old midfielder Julian Brandt.

    Fans absolutely love it when talented players like Costa show off their skills. But Leverkusen certainly didn't appreciate the showboating. Somewhat surprisingly, neither did one of Costa's teammates.

    Arjen Robben, Costa's opposite wing in Bayern's lethal attack, told Sky Sports that the 24-year-old Costa should tone down his act.

    "I'd be careful," Robben said of Costa, who's in his first season with Bayern after a $33 million summer transfer from Shakhtar Donetsk. "It looks good, the spectators clap, everything is wonderful and he does it very, very well."

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