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July 28, 1985
NBC's coverage of the French Open and Wimbledon was dreadful! The Navratilova-Garrison semifinal was shown by Home Box Office at 9 a.m. on July 4. The reasonable expectation would be that the Evert Lloyd-Rinaldi match would then be seen on NBC at 1 p.m. Instead, NBC showed the same (Navratilova) match, then announced two hours later that the Lloyd semifinal would not be shown until 12:45 a.m. Who schedules these things? Joe Da Rold, Whittier
September 27, 2013 | By Lisa Dillman
  Tennis legend Martina Navratilova took to Twitter on Friday morning to express her "disappointment" with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and Jean-Claude Killy, chairman of the IOC Coordination Commission. "The latest statements from the IOC and Jean Claude Killy are an extreme disappointment to our gay athletes. Shame on them…" Killy spoke at a news conference in Sochi, Russia, on Thursday after the commission's latest visit to assess the preparations for the Winter Games, which are in February.
May 29, 1987
During a game between the New York Yankees and Oakland A's last week, Yankee pitcher Tommy John was standing next to Manager Lou Piniella in the dugout. According to Ron Bergman of the Oakland Tribune, this exchange took place: Piniella: "How can Jose Canseco catch a ball out there in left field standing like that?" John: "Heck, I used to have a left fielder standing out there taking practice swings, and he caught the ball." The left fielder was Lou Piniella.
February 20, 2013 | By Sam Farmer
For one championship-winning team owner from Boston, the name Jerry Buss conjures memories of two sports superstars whose rivalry from opposite coasts defined an era. Magic vs. Bird? No, Chrissy vs. Martina. The man from Boston is Robert Kraft, owner of the New England Patriots, whose first foray into professional sports was as owner of the Boston Lobsters of World Team Tennis from 1975-78. Kraft signed Martina Navratilova after she defected from Czechoslovakia, and after Buss, then owner of the Los Angeles Strings, had made a splash by signing Chris Evert.
November 2, 1986 | Associated Press
Martina Navratilova, the top-ranked player in women's tennis, will not play in the Virginia Slims of Dallas tournament next March. Navratilova is the tournament's defending champion, and the Slims of Dallas is the only chance Navratilova, who lives in Fort Worth, gets to play in a tournament in front of her adopted hometown fans.
June 22, 1989 | From Times wire services
Top-seeded Martina Navratilova overcame Mary Joe Fernandez 7-6, 6-1 today in the quarterfinals of a women's grass-court tennis tournament. Joining Navratilova in the semifinals were 14th-seeded Raffaella Reggi of Italy and unseeded Gigi Fernandez of Puerto Rico and Ros Fairbank of South Africa. Navratilova will meet Fairbank on Friday.
August 28, 1985 | United Press International
Martina Navratilova began her bid for a third successive U.S. Open championship today with a comfortable 6-2, 6-1 victory over Pascale Paradis. Navratilova, No. 2 seed, broke service on her first opportunity of each set against the 19-year-old Frenchwoman. Earlier, second-seeded Ivan Lendl, runner-up for the last three years, scored an easy 6-2, 6-1, 6-3 victory over Jay Lapidus.
June 4, 1987 | Associated Press
Top-seeded Martina Navratilova and second-seeded Steffi Graf advanced to the women's final at the French Open today, Navratilova easily ousting defending champion Chris Evert and Graf narrowly escaping against Gabriela Sabatini. Navratilova, who is seeking her first tournament victory of the season, took just over an hour to beat Evert, 6-2, 6-2.
October 9, 1986 | Associated Press
A jury found today that tennis star Martina Navratilova did not injure a 44-year-old photographer when she took his camera and exposed his film at the U.S. Open Tennis Championships in 1982. The six-member jury, however, did award Arthur Seitz $50 for the roll of film that Navratilova exposed during a skirmish following her quarterfinal loss to Pam Shriver on Sept. 7, 1982. Seitz had claimed in a $2-million suit that Navratilova injured his elbow and shoulder during a battle for his camera.
Martina Navratilova, who won a record ninth Wimbledon title only to be criticized by Margaret Court as a poor role model because she is gay, said Friday that the three-time former Wimbledon champion was out of line. "Her timing was atrocious," Navratilova said. "Who is she to judge me? I don't judge her. I don't judge anybody else. Why judge? She's not perfect. Nobody's perfect."
March 28, 2012 | By Karen Chaderjian
The Times is pleased to have tennis legend Martina Navratilova guest-blogging for us while she competes on " Dancing With the Stars . " Today, Navratilova answers a few questions from Karen Chaderjian and gives some insight into the competition. Here are Navratilova's thoughts, which she offered via email. Q: You had a very indefatigable response immediately after the disappointment Monday night, saying, "You just pick yourself up and dust yourself off. " What would you compare this experience to?
December 13, 2010 | Bill Dwyre
Martina Navratilova has reached the summit of her sport 59 times. That represents 18 Grand Slam event titles in singles, 31 in women's doubles and 10 in mixed doubles. But last week, she found a mountain tougher than Steffi Graf's forehand or Billie Jean King's slice serve. It stands 19,341 feet and is named Kilimanjaro. "I had no pain," she said Sunday, "but I had to retire from my match. " She was speaking by telephone to a handful of reporters around the world. She said she was sitting in the garden at a friend's home in the Nairobi, Kenya, suburb of Karen.
December 10, 2010 | Wire reports
Martina Navratilova was hospitalized in Kenya because of fluid accumulation in her lungs after attempting to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro. The 54-year-old tennis great is expected to recover. Navratilova was diagnosed with high-altitude pulmonary edema, Dr. David Silverstein , a consultant in cardiology and internal medicine at Nairobi Hospital, said Friday. "It is potentially dangerous when someone is at high altitude, but once brought down, recovery is quick," he said. "Martina is doing well and will continue to do well.
September 14, 2010 | By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
It was probably the most socially significant sports rivalry of all time. Certainly it was among the purest, the most intimate and longest-running. Over the course of 16 years, Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova faced each other over tennis nets around the world 80 times. From 1975 through 1986, they not only dominated women's tennis, they were women's tennis. Locked in a see-sawing battle for all the major titles, they commanded the post-Title IX spotlight not just for women's tennis but for women's athletics in general.
September 4, 2010 | Bill Dwyre
Little by little, after an athletic career most accurately described as one of best supporting actress, Pam Shriver is finding her own spotlight. She is a sideline tennis reporter for ESPN. At the U.S. Open, she is everywhere. She does interviews as players go onto the court, then interviews them when they are done. In between, she finds a place in the stands and adds her two cents during the match. "The microphone is open," she says. "There is no delay. If I see something and want to say it right now, I can. " So she does, with a style that irks those who think that sports journalism, especially the broadcast side, should be a warm-and-fuzzy cuddling of the players.
July 3, 2010 | By Diane Pucin
Serena Williams squints when she tries to picture the future, maybe 10 years from now when she is absolutely finished with tennis. She thinks she might be living with her older sister Venus, and lots of dogs. "I've always dreamed of having tons of dogs," Serena said Saturday. "I've proven myself difficult to live with." There was almost nothing Vera Zvonareva didn't find difficult about Williams on Saturday, not after Williams beat the overmatched Russian, 6-3, 6-2, a pummeling that took only 67 minutes on Centre Court in the Wimbledon final.
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