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Twenty-four former champions - from Rod Laver to Roger Federer and Virginia Wade to Maria Sharapova - launched opening night at the US Open on Monday to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the professional era.
WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. Congressional supporters of a pardon for Jack Johnson, the world's first black heavyweight champion who was imprisoned nearly a century ago for his romantic relationships with white women, say his prosecution was racially motivated. Johnson made the same argument 90 years ago while in prison, records at the National Archives show.
SYDNEY (Reuters) - Months of relentless booing of Aboriginal football great and anti-racism campaigner Adam Goodes has ignited an uncomfortable public debate in Australia about race and how the country treats its indigenous citizens.