Maria Sharapova: Five-time Grand Slam winner given US Open wildcard

Maria Sharapova is set to play in her first Grand Slam since her 15-month drugs ban after being given a wildcard for the US Open main draw. Former world number one Sharapova, 30, returned to action in April but was denied a wildcard for the French Open. The Russian five-time major winner was eligible for…

Manchester United: Phil Jones given two-game ban for abusing Uefa official

Manchester United’s Phil Jones has been suspended for two European games for verbally abusing a Uefa anti-doping officer at the Europa League final. Jones was found guilty of “directing insulting and directing abusive language” and “a lack of cooperation and respect” towards the official. United were also fined £8,900, while defender Jones, 25, was fined…

White and Doherty given invitational tour cards

Jimmy White and Ken Doherty will receive invitational tour cards for the next two years, World Snooker chairman Barry Hearn has revealed. White, beaten six times in the world final, lost in this year’s World Championship qualifying event to relinquish his card after 37 years. But Hearn said the popular left-hander and Doherty would be…

Lewis Hamilton: Mercedes's new car given debut at Silverstone

Media playback is not supported on this device Lewis Hamilton has put the first laps on the Mercedes car he hopes will make him world champion for the fourth time in 2017. The 32-year-old drove the new Mercedes W08 at Silverstone in blustery, damp conditions. Hamilton said the car felt “incredible” and “pretty awesome” on…

Toni Minichiello: Coach given “written warning” by UK Athletics

Toni Minichiello, the former coach of Great Britain’s Jessica Ennis-Hill, has been given a “written warning about his conduct” by British Athletics. The ruling was made by a case management group after “an allegation of misconduct (verbal abuse)” against Minichiello. A British Athletics statement said the “decision is not subject to any further appeal procedures…