USA avoids relegation in Davis Cup … did you hear?

Fresh off their record-setting U.S. Open win, the Bryan brothers clinched the USA’s spot in the 2015 World Group (top tier) of the Davis Cup, beating Slovakia. We hope the crowd was a little better for the Bryans than it was for singles. Busted Racquet throws much of the blame at the USTA and local folks for underpromoting and overpricing the event. Maybe the media deserve a bit of the blame, too, for failing to pay attention to such a terrific tournament. Or blame the ITF for shoving aside reform ideas ranging from forcing top players into the event or … Continue reading USA avoids relegation in Davis Cup … did you hear?

Bryan brothers win 100th title in style, aside from celebration

A major accomplishment that shouldn’t be lost in the NFL’s opening frenzy: Mike and Bob Bryan won their 100th doubles title, 16th Grand Slam and fifth U.S. Open. We can forgive them for botching the chest bump and accidentally scaring a toddler. Bryan brothers win 5th US Open title, 16th major – Yahoo Sports. Surely their new ad was well-timed: Continue reading Bryan brothers win 100th title in style, aside from celebration

Congratulations on your … oh … sorry

A few thoughts on the viral video of a reporter congratulating Nicolas Mahut, not realizing he had lost. 1. We’ve all had to go into interviews without realizing what happened. At one of the 2008 Olympic biathlon events, one with a staggered start and athletes racing against the clock, I was down in the mixed zone interviewing one American athlete. We finished, and then Jay Hakkinen came right up for his turn. No one had given the handful of reporters any results, and we couldn’t see the course from the mixed zone. The other reporters deferred to me. “So … … Continue reading Congratulations on your … oh … sorry

Woly Award: Bryan brothers, tennis

Two remarkable careers, one in tennis and one in cycling, are worth celebrating this week. Bob and Mike Bryan have been the top doubles team in the world for nearly a decade. Rewind to 2003, when they first claimed the top spot in the year-end doubles rankings, and see how the other names in men’s tennis have changed: Andre Agassi won the Australian Open, Juan Carlos Ferrero won the French, and Andy Roddick won the U.S. Open and finished first in the season rankings. After all that, the Bryans are somehow getting¬†better. With their win at Wimbledon over the weekend, … Continue reading Woly Award: Bryan brothers, tennis

Monday Myriad: Feb. 4

Yes, this will be more of an evening thing from now on. The week’s headlines: – Jose Aldo defended his UFC featherweight title as Frankie Edgar suffered yet another close decision loss. The rest of the UFC 156 card scrambled the title chases in ways I’m still working out. Rashad Evans was supposed to fight for the middleweight title, but he lost a dreary light heavyweight fight to Antonio Rogerio Nogueira. In the heavyweight division, Alistair Overeem was supposed to fight for the title, but Antonio Silva knocked him out. And now lightweight contender Anthony Pettis says he wants to … Continue reading Monday Myriad: Feb. 4

Monday Myriad: Here comes the soccer deluge

The Monday Myriad is a little delayed this week for a few reasons. Today was a big day for parenting and youth soccer stuff. Also — there’s not a whole heck of a lot going on. If you have any interest whatsoever in soccer, though, that’s about to change. Here’s a quick look at what has happened and what’s about to happen: Tennis:¬†The USA was simply overwhelmed against Spain in the Davis Cup finals. Spain is so good in soccer and tennis … how about soccer tennis? Meanwhile, Venus Williams led the Washington Kastles to the World Team Tennis title. … Continue reading Monday Myriad: Here comes the soccer deluge

2012 medal projection update: Tennis and table tennis

Table tennis always seems like one of those sports the average out-of-shape guy could play. Until you watch them play. They may not be triathletes, but you’ll see more fat baseball players than fat table tennis Olympians.

For tennis, we’ll once again rely a good bit on Wimbledon results. Basically, we’re not betting against Serena right now, and neither should you.

Away we go …

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Midweek Myriad: Marta, Nadal, handball, 1260s, etc.

One of the joys of following a hundred sports or so is that you’re not stuck dissecting the Super Bowl to the point that it becomes joyless. Instead, we have all this: – Marta signs with Western New York. A WPS shocker. Good news from a media point of view because it means more of us will be paying attention to veteran Rochester reporter Jeff DiVeronica, who jokes on Twitter that Marta will push him up to 1,000 followers. The conventional wisdom would be that Marta would sign with The Club Formerly And Still Partially Known As The Washington Freedom … Continue reading Midweek Myriad: Marta, Nadal, handball, 1260s, etc.

Friday Myriad: Not out of our league

To be perfectly honest, we’re in a lull. No Tour, no huge world championships (no disrespect to the folks with rifles and pistols), etc. Plenty of league games, though. Through the weekend, eight Mexican league games are on various networks. On Saturday, seven MLS games are on Direct Kick / MLSSoccer.com. See Soccer America listings below. And it’s X Games weekend — see TV schedule and ESPN3 schedule. FRIDAY 2 p.m.: X Games. ESPN 3 p.m.: Tennis, ATP Los Angeles quarterfinals. ESPN2 7 p.m.: X Games. ESPN 11 p.m.: Tennis, WTA Stanford quarterfinals. ESPN2 SATURDAY 9:30 a.m.: Soccer, Emirates Cup, … Continue reading Friday Myriad: Not out of our league

Friday Myriad: Up all night for Aussie Rules, MMA, Le Tour

No, I didn’t forget. Today was a last-ditch effort to get some progress on two nagging free-lance assignments. Which reminds me — if you or someone you know is a male caregiver for a spouse or loved one who has breast cancer AND you’ve done the Komen 3-day walk, could you please, please get in touch with me? On to the weekend (all times ET): SATURDAY 12:01 a.m.: Australian football, Geelong-Hawthorn. Nice to see this sport making a comeback on U.S. airwaves. Still have no idea how anyone has the stamina to run for two hours while being pummeled every … Continue reading Friday Myriad: Up all night for Aussie Rules, MMA, Le Tour