January 3, 2005 |
The most interesting sign at the Home Depot Center on Sunday night consisted of only two words: "Adios Soccer." Printed in blue against a background of red and white vertical stripes, the attention-grabbing billboard marked the kickoff of Chivas USA's campaign to woo local fans. The second half of the message is likely to be equally short and to the point: "Bienvenidos Futbol."
January 23, 2009 |
In the biggest upset so far at the season's first major, sixth-seeded Venus Williams lost, 2-6, 6-3, 7-5, in the second round of the Australian Open to Carla Suarez Navarro, a 20-year-old Spaniard ranked No. 46. "She was super consistent and aggressive and just went for her shots," said Williams, the reigning Wimbledon champion. "I wasn't in control of the points." Williams was broken while serving for the match and dropped the last five games.
April 30, 2007 |
Rafael Nadal won his third straight Open Seat Godo championship Sunday, defeating Guillermo Canas, 6-3, 6-4, at Barcelona, Spain, for his 72nd consecutive victory on clay. Nadal hasn't dropped a set on clay since top-ranked Roger Federer won the first set of their French Open final last year. He credited a more aggressive style for his recent success. "I've had some difficult moments like when I went eight months without winning a tournament," the top-seeded Spaniard said.
June 30, 2009 |
In a game played without either a Wiffle ball or a batting tee, the Lake Elsinore Storm and the High Desert Mavericks combined for 51 runs Sunday in Lake Elsinore's 33-18 victory. Lake Elsinore, the San Diego Padres' Class-A affiliate, scored eight runs in the first, six in the eighth and had two five-run innings. High Desert, a Seattle Mariners' affiliate, can take no solace in producing 18 runs; the Mavericks still lost by 15.
August 2, 2011 |
The Mercury Insurance Open experienced a mass exodus of top players before the tournament even started, but the top Germans apparently didn't get the memo. Kim Clijsters isn't here and neither are defending champion Svetlana Kuznetsova or new Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova. That has left headlining duties to such players as Andrea Petkovic, Julia Goerges and Sabine Lisicki. All three Germans are ranked in the top 25 and having career years. Petkovic made the quarterfinals at the Australian Open, Goerges won an event in Stuttgart, and Lisicki is fresh off a run to the Wimbledon semifinals.
June 25, 2009 |
TODAY'S FEATURED MATCHES Venus Williams (3), United States vs. Kateryna Bondarenko (73), Ukraine Guest columnist Nick Bollettieri of the Independent called Venus and Serena Williams "the greatest female athletes in history." And some obnoxious, oblivious reader probably e-mailed him accusing him of being one of those media guys who doesn't know anything about sports. Andy Roddick (6), U.S. vs.
August 3, 2009 |
Maria Sharapova still wears her long, shimmering silver earrings. She still elevates the sound of her ground strokes, the grunts that reverberate throughout stadiums and indicate the effort needed to produce her whip-like forehands and backhands. What Sharapova is now trying to locate is a new comfort zone with her serve.
March 16, 2009 |
Rafael Nadal of Spain played Michael Berrer of Germany in a tennis match in front of nearly 16,000 people in Indian Wells on Sunday. Both are left-handed. The similarity ended there. Nadal, you see, is not so much a tennis player as he is a freak of nature. He is No. 1 in the world and it is fair to say the guys on Mars and Venus can't touch him, either. He beat Berrer, 6-2, 6-1, and it was so one-sided you started to feel bad for Berrer. They should have let him play with a racket and a club.
August 20, 2005 |
American Sanya Richards avenged her world championship loss to Olympic champion Tonique Williams-Darling of the Bahamas, winning the 400 meters in wind and rain Friday at the Weltklasse Golden League meet in Zurich, Switzerland. Richards finished in 48.92 seconds -- the best time this season -- in conditions similar to those in Helsinki, Finland, last week. The pair came off the last turn together, but Richards won by 0.38 of a second. Newly crowned world champion Justin Gatlin of the U.S.
May 12, 2005 |
Serena Williams, a six-time Grand Slam winner, was upset, 7-6 (2), 6-1, by Italy's Francesca Schiavone in her opening match in Rome at the Italian Open, a tuneup for the French Open, which starts in less than two weeks. Williams moved poorly and was overpowered by the 26th-ranked Schiavone, who had all her shots working. Williams called it the worst loss of her career. "It won't be happening again," she said.