September 28, 2009 |
The United States successfully defended its baseball World Cup title on Sunday with a 10-5 victory over Cuba at Nettuno, Italy, that was powered by four runs batted in from Lucas May , including a three-run home run. "Other than playing in a World Series, this is as big as it gets," said May, a Dodgers prospect who was two for four. "It feels good to wear a gold medal." The U.S. team, consisting entirely of triple-A and double-A players, finished with 14 straight wins after opening the competition with a loss to Venezuela.
August 31, 2008 |
NEW YORK -- Don't let the U.S. Open fool you. Don't be snookered by the Williams sisters and James Blake. Don't think that soon you're going to see a serious onslaught of racial diversity in pro tennis. One of my recent columns focused on how professional tennis, now more than ever, is a game possessing a stunning array of players from all over the world. The tennis world is flat, I argued. Nowhere is this truer than here at what is arguably America's most international major sporting event.
November 15, 2009 |
Michelle Wie won her first LPGA Tour title, fulfilling the promise of a decade with a three-under-par 69 Sunday for a two-stroke victory over Paula Creamer in the Lorena Ochoa Invitational at Guadalajara. Wie finished off the victory in style, hitting a greenside bunker shot to six inches on the 18th hole and then tapping in for a birdie. The 20-year-old Wie raised both arms in the air -- her putter in her right hand -- and then put her hand over her mouth. After pulling the ball out of the hole, she turned to the gallery, looked to the sky and let out a large sigh of relief.
November 13, 2010 |
Gael Monfils saved five match points to beat top-seeded Roger Federer , 7-6 (7), 6-7 (1), 7-6 (4), and reach the Paris Masters final against Robin Soderling . Soderling saved three match points before overcoming Michael Llodra , 6-7 (0), 7-5, 7-6 (6). Monfils faced five match points in the 12th game of the final set before forcing the tiebreaker with an ace. Federer shanked a forehand to give Monfils two match points, and the Frenchman converted the first with a service winner.
January 4, 2014 |
Rafael Nadal opened his 2014 campaign by winning his first title of the year, defeating Gael Monfils , 6-1, 6-7 (5), 6-2 at the Qatar Open tennis tournament on Saturday. Nadal showed why he's the top player in the world throughout the week. Although he wasn't in top form in his first event of the season, he battled to win his 61st career title, one shy of Guillermo Vilas' total, seventh on the all-time Open era list. "I think I played my best match of the season -- of the tournament -- today," Nadal said after the exciting, two-hour final.
August 29, 2013 |
NEW YORK - Gael Monfils plays tennis as if he is a circus acrobat. He tiptoes, twirls, tumbles, stumbles and always gets up. His efforts Thursday night, against 13th-seeded American John Isner, weren't good enough for a victory, but they did earn the Frenchman more support than his U.S. opponent. After winning the first two sets, and with the cheer of "Monfils, Monfils," echoing in his head, Isner barely avoided being upset, ending the match with an emphatic volley and winning, 7-5, 6-2, 4-6, 7-6 (4)