1. Iowa vs. Iowa State: Rivals Separated by Conferences and Cornfields

    Finally, it's that special time of the year. College football looms front and center as baseball begins its final migration into the October World Series—while pro football ...

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  2. US Open Tennis 2011: How High Can a Tennis Ball Bounce in a Rain Delay?

    If there was ever an indication that the United States have fallen behind—even in the world of tennis—this week has proven it. Rain in New York City has constantly frustrated fans, players and most especially ESPN and the Tennis Channel...

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  3. Rafael Nadal Lost Top Ranking to Novak Djokovic: What a Difference a Year Makes

    A year ago at the conclusion of the 2010 US Open, Rafael Nadal was king of the mountain, having just captured his first US Open trophy and a career grand slam...

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  4. Djokovic, Nadal, Federer or Murray: Will One of the Fab 4 Falter at the US Open?

    The first week of the 2011 US Open is history. Play resulted in few surprises on the men’s side of the draw––a predictable state of affairs in men’s tennis...

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  5. 2011 US Open: Serena Williams Battling To Win Slam No. 14

    All her life, Serena Williams has followed her sister Venus Williams . She tagged along onto the tennis courts of Compton where her older, taller and athletically-gifted big sister ...

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  6. US Open Tennis 2011: 10 Greatest Tennis Rivalries in the Modern Era

    What makes a great rivalry? In athletic competition, it pits two great opponents against one another time after time in epic contests...

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  7. Maria Sharapova: 10 Reasons She Should Be a Lock for the US Open Crown

    It has been a remarkable resurgent year for the Russian beauty who prefers blood, sweat and tears to the fashion runway...

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  8. Rafael Nadal: Odds on Every Possible 2011 US Open Match

    Rafael Nadal takes the court as the defending champion when the US Open gets underway on Monday, August 29. Last year Nadal overcame Novak Djokovic to capture his first US Open trophy, adding the last piece to his career grand slam in the process...

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  9. Venus Williams: Odds on Every Possible 2011 US Open Match

    Venus Williams played in her first US Open in 1997, making the finals at age 17. It was a stunning debut. She won back-to-back US Open titles in 2000-2001, reaching one more final in 2002...

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  10. US Open Tennis 2011: Top 10 Best Shots at Winning the Open Crown

    Consider the 12 most recent grand slam tournaments, starting with the US Open in 2008. Roger Federer has appeared in seven finals, winning four of them, while Rafael Nadal took the court in six finals, winning five championship trophies...

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  11. Men's 2011 U.S. Open Preview: Nobody Hotter in Top 10 Than Novak Djokovic

    As the 2011 U.S. Open gets underway on Monday, August 29, we suddenly realize that the last major of year has arrived. Many compelling storylines have carried us to this point...

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  12. Novak Djokovic Suffers His Second Loss of the Year in Cincinnati

    It finally happened. After a summer of fighting off the inevitable, Novak Djokovic lost his second match of the year today, falling to Andy Murray in the finals of the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati...

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  13. Big Ten Football: Power Ranking the Best Programs of the 2000s

    If you study the past 11 years from 2000-2010, you get a very good idea of which are the top, consistently most winning college football programs in the Big Ten ...

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  14. Novak Djokovic: Will His Streak End in Cincinnati or New York City?

    Can this be the Novak Djokovic we have been watching on this extraordinary winning streak since last December? Can it be the former world No...

    JA Allen Written by JA Allen about almost 3 years ago 1,374 reads 51 comments

  15. College Football Predictions: Who Will the BCS Love Most Come October?

    The first BCS Poll will be released on October 16, 2011. Subsequently, the poll will be published each and every week for the following eight weeks. There is no point in trying to explain in this brief space just how the gurus arrive at their rankings...

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  16. As Roger Federer Turns 30, Let's Celebrate His 11 Years at the US Open

    Remember turning 30? That is, for those of you who have reached that major turning point in your life. If you have not quite stood on the precipice on "the day the earth stands still," your day will come...

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  17. Will Andy Murray Prevail When Tennis' Top Four Meet at the Rogers Cup?

    It is time. The summer hard-court season officially gets underway on Monday in Montreal. The champion of the Rogers Cup for the past two years, Andy Murray , has arrived and begun practicing, ready to defend his title against all comers...

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  18. College Football Rankings 2011: How Did the Big Ten Do in the 1st Coaches Poll?

    Like Rodney Dangerfield, the Big Ten, even with the addition of the Nebraska Cornhuskers, got little respect in the preseason Coaches Top 25 Poll! Of course, it did not help that ...

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  19. Preseason College Football 2011: Grading the All-Big Ten Preseason Team

    It is almost time for the gridiron fanatics to dust off their megaphones and fluff up their pompoms! College football, sporting several new and exciting realignments, is back on the horizon, ready to rise into full view in early September...

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  20. 2011 US Open: Can Federer, Murray or Nadal Knock off No. 1 Djokovic?

    There is something not quite right in the tennis world as the American hard-court season turns the corner heading into New York City. Since February of 2004, no man other than Roger Federer or Rafael Nadal has been ranked World No...

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  21. 2011 US Open: Young Guns Itching to Make Their Mark in New York City

    It stands to reason that the term “dark horse” originates from the world of horse racing. For those betting on the outcome, it meant that setting odds became difficult when a horse was not known to gamblers...

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  22. 2011 US Open: 10 Bold Predictions for the Next Grand Slam

    There are so many storylines percolating as tennis turns toward the American hard court season. While a few venues cling nostalgically to the red clay, most players are dusting off ...

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  23. Roger Federer: Refining the "GOAT" Debate in Time for the 2011 U.S. Open

    The “Dreadful Dog Days” of tennis are upon us. Tennis pundits, or those who aspire to be relevant, roll out the old standard enticements whose primary goal is to stir a tennis fan's passions...

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  24. Petra Kvitova Catches Slam Fever, Tops the Latest Women's Tennis Power Ranking

    Who has not heard the news? A whole new era is afoot in women’s tennis. Considering the players who captured headlines and the attention of tennis pundits during the second ...

    JA Allen Written by JA Allen about 3 years ago 765 reads 8 comments

  25. Wimbledon 2011 Review: Strawberries & Cream, Dreams Dashed and Promise Fulfilled

    From Roger Federer being upset to the Williams Sisters being dethroned, there were so many Best Moments of Wimbledon 2011 . The window between the French Open and Wimbledon is minuscule...

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