January 30, 2012 |
Sunday was supposed to be the day the sports potatoes got off their couches. This is the NFL's contribution to society. No games — and no, the Pro Bowl is not a game. It is an exhibition. The kids down the block playing flag football hit harder. It is a day to be devoid of five guys, sitting at a table in a TV studio, making six-figure salaries to state the obvious for an audience that will nod in deep appreciation at being told that the Patriots need to establish their running game.
September 3, 2011 |
(seedings in parentheses; all times Pacific) ARTHUR ASHE STADIUM Beginning at 8 a.m.: David Nalbandian vs. Rafael Nadal (2); Andy Roddick (21) vs. Julien Benneteau; Maria Kirilenko (25) vs. Samantha Stosur (9). Beginning at 4 p.m.: Feliciano Lopez (25) vs. Andy Murray (4); Sabine Lisicki (22) vs. Vera Zvonareva (2). LOUIS ARMSTRONG STADIUM Beginning at 8 a.m.: Peng Shuai (13) vs. Flavia Pennetta (26); Juan Martin del Potro (18) vs. Gilles Simon (12)
August 1, 2011
MERCURY INSURANCE OPEN La Costa Resort and Spa, Carlsbad ( Seedings in parentheses ) Stadium Court Play begins at 10 a.m. Kimiko Date-Krumm vs. Gisela Dulko Rebecca Marino vs. Maria Kirilenko (11) Sabine Lisiki (12) vs. Greta Arn Elena Baltacha vs. Agnieszka Radwanska (3) Not before 7 p.m. Vera Zvonareva (1) vs. Jill Craybas Alexa Glatch vs. Andrea Petkovic (2)
July 6, 2011 |
Walt Disney Co.'s ESPN served up an ace in its battle with Comcast Corp. for television sports supremacy. By landing all the television and digital rights to the prestigious Wimbledon tennis tournament, ESPN dealt a blow to the corporate parent of NBC and the cable sports channel Versus. Comcast, which recently shelled out $4.3 billion to outbid ESPN and hold on to the Olympics through 2020, has been looking to turn Versus into a legitimate contender to ESPN. The deal also brings an end to broadcast coverage of Wimbledon.
June 7, 2011 |
Serena Williams , who hasn't played a tennis tournament since winning Wimbledon in 2010, announced Monday that she plans to play Wimbledon, which begins June 20, and a tournament in Eastbourne next week as preparation. "I am so excited to be healthy enough to compete again," Williams said in a statement. "These past 12 months have been extremely tough and character-building. I have so much to be grateful for. I'm thankful to my family, friends and fans for all of their support.
May 21, 2011 |
Andy Roddick has already pulled out of the French Open tennis tournament. He has a sore shoulder and with a fourth-round finish as his best ever on the red clay of Roland Garros, really, what was the point of jeopardizing a late-career run at Wimbledon? John Isner, famous for his three-day marathon match at Wimbledon last year? He's drawn the top-seeded defending champion Rafael Nadal in the first round. Melanie Oudin, who burst onto the women's scene when she made it to a quarterfinal of the U.S. Open in 2009?
March 9, 2011 |
Kim Clijsters, the queen of normal, was brightening the interview room Wednesday at the BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament. She enters and the lights turn up, even if the switch had been flicked hours ago. There are tennis players who live in the vacuum that the pro tour provides, almost demands. And there are tennis players who walk right through the restrictive walls of celebrity, smell the flowers on the outside and still find a way to succeed. Clijsters is the latter. She is within a couple of well-hit backhands of being No. 1 in the world, again, for a fourth time.
March 6, 2011 |
The desert tennis tournament that began 36 years ago as a nice little mom-and-pop, sit-on-the-lawn-and-watch event will put its international stature on display for the next two weeks. The BNP Paribas Open, annually the fifth-best attended tennis event in the world ? after the four Grand Slams ? will begin Monday with qualifying play and end March 20 with men's and women's singles finals that annually feature some of the top players in the world. The women's qualifying will be Monday and Tuesday, with admission free to the public.
March 2, 2011 |
The return to the Grand Slam stage by Serena Williams, who hasn't played in a tennis tournament since winning her fourth Wimbledon last July, will take much longer now after the 29-year-old star underwent emergency medical treatment in Los Angeles this week, less than 10 days after doctors had hospitalized her for a blood clot in her lungs. It was not immediately known what triggered Monday's treatment of a hematoma -- an area of bleeding -- at Cedars-Sinai, something first reported Wednesday morning by People magazine.
September 14, 2010
Say that you've been glued to coverage of the U.S. Open tennis tournament for the last two weeks. Today, you go to hit with a friend, and are incredulous when you blow a cross-court volley you felt sure you had mastered. You're flustered by your inability to serve with the sizzle you distinctly remember you brought to the court when you last played. A group of German and Canadian psychologists have another possibility for you to consider: Perhaps your glowing assessment of your tennis talent is the result of a false memory, induced by watching Roger Federer's five-set duel with Novak Djokovic or the epic match between Venus Williams and Kim Clijsters.