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Daily Bagel: Players open up about missing Malaysia Airlines flight

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The Daily Bagel is your dose of the interesting reporting, writing and quipping from around the Internet.

• Video: Alexandr Dolgopolov threads the needle in his win over Dusan Lajovic in the third round of the Sony Open.

• Sandra Harwitt talks to players in Miami about the missing Malaysia Airlines flight.

Normally a comfortable flier, Maria Sharapova is of the mindset that a plane just vanishing is far-fetched and beyond the realm of reality. That is, until it happened a little more than two weeks ago.

“It makes me nervous, especially after watching all the seasons of ‘Lost,’ it really does,” said Sharapova, who was a devotee of the TV series that detailed plane-crash survivors on a remote island. “I wake up every morning and check my Twitter feed, whether there’s an update, if it was found and what happened.”

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  • Published On Mar 25, 2014
  • Serena Williams bracing herself for the Melbourne heat at Australian Open

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    Uncomfortable with the cool weather prior to the Australian Open, Serena Williams should have plenty of heat to deal with once the tournament starts. (Darrian Traynor/Getty Images)

    Uncomfortable with the cool weather prior to the Australian Open, Serena Williams should have plenty of heat to deal with once the tournament starts. (Darrian Traynor/Getty Images)

    MELBOURNE, Australia — Serena Williams’ goals for the Australian Open are simple: Stay on her feet and stop complaining about the weather. Temperatures in Melbourne have been unseasonably cool in the week leading up to the tournament but they’re expected to climb into the 90s when she takes the court on Monday for her first-round match against Australia’s own Ashleigh Barty.

    “[The cool weather has] been putting me in a really bad mood,” Williams told reporters in her pre-tournament press conference. “But then it got really, really hot. I was very sad that I complained, so I don’t complain any more about the weather.”

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    It’s been so chilly that Williams admitted she’s been bringing a blanket with her to dinner to stay warm. Told about the forecast for next week, where temperatures are forecast to hit triple-digits, she smiled. “I should have kept my mouth quiet and dealt with the cold weather.” Read More…


  • Published On Jan 11, 2014
  • Daily Bagel: Bernard Tomic faces opportunity to silence the haters

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    The Daily Bagel is your dose of the interesting reporting, writing and quipping from around the Internet.

    • Video: Bernard Tomic is looking great in Sydney, where he’s in the final of the Sydney International. Too bad he drew Rafael Nadal in the first round of the Australian Open.

    • Tomic has a complicated relationship with the Australian public, as Gerard Whately of Fox Sports and the (Melbourne) Herald Sun details:

    Harbour misgivings about a lack of progress and wavering commitment in a stuttering 12 months? You’re a hater.

    Wonder about a man in a souped-up car disdainful of authority with a penchant for hyped-up schoolies? Miserable little people.

    Repulsed by a father and coach who would punch a training partner, face assault charges and be deemed unfit for the professional tour? Tall poppy syndrome.

    Win and they’ll zip it. That’s the equation by which Bernard Tomic measures the world.

    Above anything else it shows how little he understands the field he’s chosen. Read More…


  • Published On Jan 10, 2014
  • Caroline Wozniacki and Rory McIlroy announce engagement

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    Rory McIlroy and Caroline Wozniacki have been dating since 2011. (Getty Images)

    The New Year started off with a bang for Caroline Wozniacki and Rory McIlroy, who popped the question in Sydney, Australia, where Wozniacki is preparing to play the Sydney International. Having secured a yes from Wozniacki, McIlroy announced the engagement on Twitter: “Happy New Year everyone! I have a feeling it’s going to be a great year!! My first victory of 2014 #shesaidyes!!”

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  • Published On Dec 31, 2013
  • Serena Williams, Roger Federer reflect on Nelson Mandela’s legacy

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    (Schalk van Zuydam/AP Photo)

    Nelson Mandela has passed away at the age of 95 after being in critical condition since the summer. (Schalk van Zuydam/AP Photo)

    The world is mourning the death of Nelson Mandela, the former South African president and anti-apartheid revolutionary who became one of the most respected statesman in the world. Mandela, 95, had been in critical condition since the summer.

    Earlier this summer after Mandela’s health took a turn for the worse, a number of players reflected on his legacy at Wimbledon:

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  • Published On Dec 05, 2013
  • Video: Top-seed Fabio Fognini abandons match in St. Petersburg

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    There are two sides to the unpredictable Fabio Fognini. There’s the 16th-ranked Fognini who went on a 13-match win streak this summer to capture the first two ATP titles of his career and break into the top 20 for the first time. Then there’s the overly dramatic hot-headed Fognini, who looks like he’s putting in minimal effort to win a match and last month played one of the worst games of tennis you’ll ever see while losing at the Western & Southern Open.

    The latter showed up Thursday. Two points away from dropping his second-round match to No. 112 Michal Przysiezny at the St. Petersburg Open, the top-seeded Fognini abruptly retired from the match. Down 6-3, 5-3, he appeared to be angry about a line call that gave Przysenzny a game-ending ace in the previous game. Before serving to stay in the match, Fognini engaged in a long, drawn-out discussion with the umpire that delayed the action for more than a minute and incurred a point penalty (you can read a more detailed Spanish account of the match here).

    When the match resumed, Fognini, now down 0-15 after the point penalty, served a double-fault. Then he pulled the ripcord on his day, retiring down 6-3, 5-3, 0-30. And thus, for the second time this year, Fabio Fognini’s opponent won a match without touching the ball in the final game.


  • Published On Sep 20, 2013
  • Daily Bagel: On its 40th anniversary, remembering the Battle of the Sexes

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    The Daily Bagel is your dose of the interesting reporting, writing and quipping from around the Internet.

    • Video: Andy Murray stopped by the BBC’s Mock the Week to get, well, mocked. He and Kim could not stop laughing as the troupe listed “Unlikely Things For Andy Murray to Think.” (contains NSFW language)

    Today is the 40th Anniversary of The Battle of the Sexes. Here are a few reads to commemorate the occasion:

    • espnW catches up with the likes of Chris Evert, Rosie Casals and Bud Collins to get their memories of the match.

    • Time magazine looks back on how it covered the event when it happened.

    • The Wall Street Journal: A writer who covered the event revisits its significance.

    • The Washington Post on the growth of the WTA over the last 40 years into the premier women’s professional sports organization in the world.

    • You can stream When Billie Beat Bobby on Netflix.

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  • Published On Sep 20, 2013
  • Rafael Nadal and Serena Williams going for first Cincinnati titles

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    Rafael Nadal advanced to his 11th final in 12 tournaments this year. (Aaron Doster/Icon SMI)

    MASON, Ohio — Rafael Nadal and Serena Williams will go for their ninth titles of the year on Sunday when they both try to do something they’ve never done in their long and storied careers: Conquer the Western & Southern Open.

    Nadal beat Tomas Berdych 7-5, 7-6 (4) in the semifinal to advance to his 11th final in 12 tournaments this year, where he’ll face top American John Isner. After winning the Rogers Cup last week in Montreal, Canada, Nadal is seeking to become just the fourth man since 1990 to complete the rare Canada-Cincinnati double, and the first since Andy Roddick in 2003.

    Prior to this year Nadal had never played well in Cincinnati and he admitted his inability to summon his best tennis here was beginning to play with his mind.

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  • Published On Aug 18, 2013
  • Showdown No. 31 for Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal in Cincinnati quarterfinals

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    Federer is no longer in his prime, but relishes the opportunity to face Nadal. (Ronald Martinez /Getty Images

    Federer is no longer in his prime, but relishes the opportunity to face Nadal. (Ronald Martinez /Getty Images)

    MASON, Ohio — Roger Federer came back from a set and a break down to defeat No. 13 Tommy Haas 1-6, 7-5, 6-3 in the third round of the Western and Southern Open to advance to the quarterfinals where he’ll face Rafael Nadal for the 31st time in their careers on Friday night.

    Playing in his first hard court tournament of the summer season, Federer, now ranked No. 5, quickly found himself down a set and 2-4 to his good friend Haas, who is having a career resurgence at 35. Federer, who has decided to abandon his new racket experiment in favor of his old 90-square inch Wilson frame, struggled with his rhythm off the ground.

    “I think I had too many of those small hiccups that kept on adding up, because overall I wasn’t playing terrible,” Federer said. “I was just missing by a margin or putting myself in a tough spot.”

    “So I just held on hoping for Tommy’s level to go down a bit or mine to go up a bit.  Although at that point, in quick conditions, it’s not up to you anymore.  If he serves well, then he’s home, and I knew that.” Federer’s instincts were right. Haas got tight as he got closer to the finish line and Federer was able to break Haas with cleaner hitting from the baseline and more decisive net play to take the second set 7-5 and rolling on to victory. Read More…


  • Published On Aug 15, 2013
  • French Open Day 5 matches to watch

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    After an impressive opener, Jack Sock faces Tommy Haas in the second round at Roland Garros. (Michael Euler/AP)

    Here are the storylines and matches to watch on Day 5 of the French Open. Play begins at 5 a.m. ET. Click here for the order of play.

    Storylines

    Rain expected…again: Look for more matches to get cancelled and backed up to Friday. The forecast calls for a 60 percent chance of rain when play begins and rising to 80 percent in the evening. At a minimum, the last matches on each court will be under threat of cancellation, including Jack Sock vs. Tommy Haas, Ryan Harrison vs. John Isner, and others involving Richard Gasquet, Marion Bartoli, and Francesca Schiavone. Maria Sharapova, who takes on Canada’s Eugenie Bouchard, and Rafael Nadal could also get bumped.

    We’re just one round away from…:  A number of highly-anticipated third round matches are in the cards if only the key players can hold up their end of the bargain and win on Thursday. Novak Djokovic and Grigor Dimitrov are on a collision course, but Djokovic must first beat Guido Pella (second match, Court Philippe Chatrier) and Dimitrov has French wildcard Lucas Pouille (first match, Court Suzanne Lenglen). Samantha Stosur and Jelena Jankovic are also a win away from an intriguing match, and both will have to beat two talented youngsters. Stosur is under more threat against 20-year old Kristina Mladenovic (first match, Court Philippe Chatrier), who has quietly racked up some good wins to break into the top 50. Jankovic takes on Spain’s Garbine Muguruza. And in one match that seems destined by the tennis gods, Nadal could face the last man to beat him at a Slam, Lukas Rosol. For that to happen, Rosol has to pull off the upset over 27th-seed Fabio Fognini.

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  • Published On May 29, 2013


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