1. Queens of the Court: Chris Evert, the "Ice Maiden" from Fort Lauderdale

    As half of one of the greatest sports rivalries of all time, Chris Evert is probably the “half” less appreciated today. Her battles with Martina Navratilova grew to legendary status as they met so often in the finals of majors...

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  2. Williams, Clijsters, Safina, Kuznetsova, or Azarenka?: Who Was Best In 2009?

    Return with us now to those thrilling ladies matches of yesterday when the heroine overcame an inspired opponent to win against overwhelming odds...

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  3. Iowa Hawkeyes Visited by the Ghost of Orange Bowls Past

    This is the ghost of Orange Bowls past—specifically 2003, when the Iowa Hawkeyes met the USC Trojans.... In case you have not heard this before, be advised that those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it...

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  4. Federer, Nadal, del Potro, Soderling, or Davydenko: Who Was Best in 2009?

    Return with us now to those thrilling matches of yesterday when the hero won facing an inspired opponent and often impossible odds. Who gave the best performance by a male tennis player in 2009? The list awaits—arranged in chronological order...

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  5. How He Fared in 2009: Andy Murray Stuck in Neutral

    [The Bleacher Report Tennis Community offers year-end assessments of tennis' top players, gauging their status as 2009 draws rapidly to a close. This is the first installment—others to follow in short order...

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  6. Zultan's Fearless College Football Bowl Projections: Big Ten Redemption?

    Yes, he is back all bright-eyed and bushy tailed! Zultan, the all-seeing seer, has listened to your pleas to return and has decided to accede to your wishes to predict winners of ...

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  7. Shaking off the Dust: Iowa Hawkeyes and Big Ten Needs Change!

    The University of Iowa football team resumed practice Saturday inside the “dome” facility constructed during the Hayden Fry era, when the Iowa Hawkeyes became regular participants in postseason play...

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  8. Serena Williams: Fined but Not Forgotten

    Serena Williams was fined a record $82,500 for her tirade at the 2009 U.S. Open when she allegedly threatened a lineswoman who called a foot fault against her. In fact, using very colorful language, Ms...

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  9. Kirk Ferentz: 10 Early Bowl Season Gifts for Iowa

    In 2009 Santa dropped in early and often to visit Hawkeye head coach Kirk Ferentz, leaving 10 pre-season bowl gifts under the nationally-ranked Hawkeye tree...

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  10. Near Misses: Roger Federer vs. David Nalbandian at the 2005 Masters Cup Final

    Roger Federer waged war with David Nalbandian throughout his junior and professional tennis career. The Argentine prided himself on being the first to have “Federer’s number...

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  11. Queens of the Court: Maria Bueno, A Latin Sliver of Fire and Ice

    "You are ice and fire with a touch that burns my hands like snow." —Amy Lowell Maria Esther Andion Bueno rose to the top of women’s tennis in the '50s and '60s, employing her natural ability to carve a unique mark on the women’s game.

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  12. Roger Federer: Unlucky No. 13 vs. Nikolay Davydenko Ends ATP WTF Run

    There is something to be said for the underdog finally winning the prize, grabbing the brass ring, or walloping the big bully on the playground. We love those loser-makes-good stories...

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  13. Lively London Broil: 2009 Barclays ATP World Tour Finals

    Moving the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals to London in 2009 was a brilliant stroke. The tournament now lives in the moment, relevant and scintillating...

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  14. Barclays ATP World Tour Finals Rankings: Gentlemen, Start Your Engines

    Pre-Barclays Power Rankings As the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals begin on Sunday in London, it is prudent to assess the top eight players' power rankings heading into the tournament...

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  15. Novak Djokovic: Life in the Passing Lane

    2007 Remember two years ago at the U.S. Open? Remember how happy Novak Djokovic was and how happy he made the New York crowds with his impersonations of Maria Sharapova, Andy Roddick, Roger ...

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  16. Zultan's Fearless Big Ten Plus Football Predictions: Week 12

    Don’t be sad. It had to happen.  Zultan faces the inevitable end of the season. Soon you will not have the all-seeing one to kick around anymore to paraphrase the often hilarious Richard ...

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  17. Iowa-Ohio State Football: Do You Believe in Miracles?

    Conceivably, a horseshoe can be a crab, an adrenal gland, or even a stadium. For the Iowa Hawkeyes on Saturday, however, it will transform into the proverbial lion’s den—the place where ...

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  18. In the Zone with Roger Federer, Pt. 2: Australian Open 2007

    I’ve grown accustomed to your pace... No one was more acutely aware that Andy Roddick was on a roll during the 2007 Australian Open than Roger Federer. The Swiss No...

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  19. Zultan's Fearless Big Ten Plus Football Predictions: Week 11

    Zultan, in complete disguise, is hiding out in a convent in the upper Himalayas. The Big 10 reduced the mighty seer’s reputation to rubble...

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  20. Final 2009 Women's Power Rankings: Serena Williams Tops the Pyramid

    It only makes sense that Serena Williams, who finally reclaimed the No. 1 WTA ranking, should also regain the No. 1 Power Ranking and end 2009 as the reigning top player...

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  21. Iowa-Ohio State: Will 2009's Hawkeyes vs. Buckeyes Be Déjà Vu of 1985?

    Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it. The year was 1985 and the setting was Iowa City, where the Iowa Hawkeyes under the leadership of head coach Hayden Fry were enjoying the best season memory could recall...

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  22. Andre Agassi: An "Open" and Shut Case...

    It goes without saying that drugs are bad, even recreational drugs. That is why it is impossible to get them, right? If drugs are a cancer to our society, then, of course, as a society, we are ...

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  23. Federer Forte: Roger Reaches the Finals in Basel

    When you are in Switzerland playing in front of a deliriously happy home crowd in Basel, then you must be Roger Federer. Or not...

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  24. Queens of the Court: Little Mo Connolly's Grand Slam Feat

    "There is nothing like competition. It teaches you early in life to win and lose, and, when you lose, to put your chin out instead of dropping it...

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  25. Zultan's Fearless Big Ten Plus Football Predictions: Week 10

    Zultan was betrayed by the entire State of Michigan last Saturday. The mighty seer would have been perfect on the day had it not been for this lowly state...

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