November 7, 2013 |
After nearly a year of global travel and dozens of matches, most of Novak Djokovic's rivals are complaining about their mental and physical fatigue. Not the Serb. He thrives in the rigors of a tough autumn finish. Unbeaten since losing the U.S. Open final to Rafael Nadal , Djokovic joined Nadal in the ATP World Tour Finals semifinals at London, overcoming Juan Martin del Potro on Thursday. After extending his winning streak to 19 matches with a 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 victory over the hard-hitting Argentine, Djokovic said he was playing the best tennis of his season.
October 31, 2013 |
"MasterChef Junior" (Fox, Friday). This small-fry-ification of "MasterChef," hosted as in the grown-up version by Gordon Ramsay, Joe Bastianich and Graham Elliot, ends its first season (of what I hope will be many) this week, with a semifinals-to-finals double header that will earn one talented child $100,000 and a handsome keepsake trophy. Only four, chosen from an auditioning horde of thousands, remain. [ Updated, Nov. 3, 1:43 a.m. : It turned out that only the semi-finals aired Nov. 1; the finals -- Alexander vs. Dara -- will take place this Friday.
October 16, 2013 |
Masters champion Adam Scott broke the course record Wednesday at Port Royal with a seven-under-par 64 to win the PGA Grand Slam of Golf by two shots over U.S. Open champion Justin Rose at Southampton, Bermuda. Trailing by four shots with 10 holes to play, Scott pulled ahead of his good friend for the first time with a six-iron that settled inches from the cup on the par-five 17th for a tap-in eagle. Rose pulled his approach and had to settle for par. Rose, who opened with a 67, had a 69 in the 36-hole exhibition for the four major champions of the year.
October 3, 2013 |
With its Gen X perspective on family dysfunction and a cast of ace comedic actors, "A.C.O.D. " - short for "adult child of divorce" - looks primed for a trip through sharply observed comic territory. But even with Adam Scott, Richard Jenkins, Catherine O'Hara, Jane Lynch and Amy Poehler on board, the results are regrettably forgettable. Scott plays Carter, a mildly R-rated version of his nice-guy character on "Parks and Recreation. " A successful restaurateur with a longtime girlfriend (Mary Elizabeth Winstead)
September 24, 2013 |
By pure numbers alone, Tiger Woods looks like the favorite among the PGA Tour nominees for player of the year. No one else on the list -- Phil Mickelson, Henrik Stenson, Adam Scott and Matt Kuchar -- can match what Woods did this season. His resume includes five wins, which is three more than any of the others. He captured the Arnold Palmer Award as the leading money winner and the Vardon Trophy for the lowest scoring average. Asked about adding player of the year honors, he responded: "Well, look at the fact that I had five wins this year. So I think that's a pretty good year.
August 27, 2013 |
An injured back will force Tiger Woods to skip the annual charity event run by his college buddy, Notah Begay III. Officials at the NB3 Challenge announced Woods' withdrawal from their tournament, which begins Wednesday at the Turning Stone Resort in New York. "While we're disappointed Tiger is unable to play in this year's event, the important thing for Tiger is to make sure he's 100% healthy and not risk further injuring himself," Begay said in a statement. Woods has struggled with a variety of ailments this summer.