June 13, 1991 |
Defending champion Ivan Lendl and U.S. Open champion Pete Sampras were upset Wednesday in the second round of the Queens Club grass courts tournament at London. Lendl, who didn't lose a set in the tournament last year, this time was ousted in his first match, losing, 5-7, 6-3, 6-4, to Canadian Grant Connell. American qualifier Mark Keil posted the biggest victory of his career when he beat Sampras, 6-2, 7-6 (7-2).
August 13, 1995 |
Someone needs to check Chanda Rubin for a pulse. The 19-year-old from Lafayette, La., has been breezing though the field at the Acura Classic in Manhattan Beach with such ease that she ought to be dizzy, or least have an elevated heart rate. Instead, Rubin has remained nonplussed in victory. So it was Saturday as she upset world No. 2 Arantxa Sanchez Vicario, 6-3, 6-1. In the other semifinal, Conchita Martinez defeated Yayuk Basuki, 6-1, 7-6 (7-4).
June 28, 1993 |
They are serving up far more questions than answers at Wimbledon, where the courts are hard and fast, like the rules. So far, this has been a very unusual Wimbledon, with or without Andre Agassi's chest hair. It's because of something even more basic--the weather. There hasn't been one drop of rain, not a single delay or a break in action as the second week begins today with fourth-round matches.
January 8, 1997 |
The NCAA has accused Grambling of major violations that could lead to penalties including limiting scholarships, postseason play and possible probation. "We don't automatically accept the NCAA's conclusion," Grambling Athletic Director Robert Piper said Tuesday. The NCAA found eight violations, including a lack of control over its football program headed by Eddie Robinson, college football's winningest coach.
June 26, 1998 |
Let's face it, this has been one long miserable stretch for American men in Europe. Clay made the male tennis players disappear at the French Open after three rounds. The soccer team went up in flames, self-destructing in cities large and small throughout France. But France wasn't the problem.
August 2, 1992 |
American men on Spanish clay. The very imagery was gilded in gold and silver, the colors of the Olympic medals that Jim Courier and Michael Chang would carry in shoulder bags their next time through El Prat Airport. Courier was 13-1 on clay this year and has won the world's biggest clay-court tennis tournament, the French Open, twice. Chang won the French Open in 1989 and smiled when he likened the red-brown powder at Vall d'Hebron to "Nestle's Quik," soft and smooth and sweet.
August 11, 1996 |
Juwan Howard will be returning to the Washington Bullets after his controversial contract issue was resolved by an agreement Saturday among the NBA, the players' union and the Miami Heat. "Following the settlement between the NBA and the Miami Heat, we were informed that our contract with Juwan Howard is in full force and effect," Bullet General Manager Wes Unseld said. "We are very pleased that Juwan will wear a Bullets uniform for years to come."
May 16, 1996 |
It's Todd Martin for the defense, which is probably right because he is the only American left in the Italian Open field. Martin defended U.S. players Wednesday after Thomas Muster said they duck European clay-court tennis tournaments. Today, 15th-seeded Martin plays top-seeded and defending champion Muster in the third round in Rome after beating Alberto Berasategui, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4. "It's unfounded to say they don't care about these tournaments," Martin said.
July 30, 1997 |
Venus Williams would have the world believe she isn't really excited about playing the No. 1-ranked player tonight. Oh, yeah, Martina Hingis, who has won 50 of 51 matches in 1997. "Special, I don't know what you mean. . . . It's nothing special," said Williams, who looked formidable in defeating Argentina's Florencia Labat, 6-3, 6-2, Tuesday in the Toshiba Tennis Classic at La Costa. "Well, not really. You still have to go out there and beat the player and play the next round.