1. College Football Predictions 2011: Way-Too-Early BCS Bowl Projections

    College football programs around the country get ready to hold spring practice, giving many coaches their first chance to evaluate how new players might fit into the offensive and defensive rotations...

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  2. Serena Williams to Jelena Jankovic: The Last 10 Divine Divas at Indian Wells

    The BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells gets underway starting March 7. It is easy to see that the 36-year-old tournament has grown into a major attraction for tennis fans in this country ...

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  3. A Decade in the Desert at Indian Wells: The Last 10 Men's Champions

    The BNP Paribas Open, a Masters Series 1000 Tournament held annually, has a rich and storied history. Staged at the Indian Wells Tennis Gardens, the setting is lushly picturesque with its 12 courts bathed in the warm California sun...

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  4. Big 10 Football 2011: 10 Keys to Iowa Hawkeyes Winning a Conference Championship

    There appears to be an element of luck in every championship season. In football, the whole year may turn on one dropped pass, one interception or one kick that bounces off the upright denying a game-winning field goal...

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  5. Deconstructing No. 1: The Top 16 Women Who Dominated on the Tennis Court

    Points given in a WTA sponsored tennis tournament are used to calculate a players ranking and who ultimately is the No. 1 player on the women’s tour. Points gained are totaled for one year...

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  6. Big Ten Football: Ranking Top 10 Coaching Rivalries in the New-Look Conference

    The Big Ten expansion to twelve teams and two divisions will set the stage for more intense coaching rivalries as Division races settle into place and the terrain becomes more familiar...

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  7. Roger Federer: Seeking His Fifth Title in the Dubai Desert

    When former World No. 1 Roger Federer adopted a seasonal home, relishing the intense heat of the Arab desert–he hoisted his Swiss flag over Dubai's annual tennis event, causing the tournament’s popularity to soar...

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  8. Pete Sampras and the Top 25 Servers in the History of Men's Tennis

    It used to be that a tennis player while serving the ball could be moving––walking or running toward the service line. Furthermore he or she could use this running start to advance quickly to the net as part of the service motion...

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  9. Roger Federer and the Top 15 Shot-Makers of the Last 25 Years

    When we talk about the best “shot-makers” in men’s tennis, not all of us will be defining the term the same way. For our purposes here we blend pure aesthetics with compulsory success...

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  10. College Football Predictions: The Over-Under Win Total on Every Big 10 Team

    The Big Ten Football Conference is dramatically changing its landscape for the 2011 season. The addition of the Nebraska Cornhuskers brings about a division of teams into two leagues ...

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  11. College Football 2011: The Top 25 Returning Quarterback/Running Back Tandems

    With the 2011 season seven months away, it is not too early to begin speculating about the relative strengths of favored teams as the first signing date for college football prospects has passed...

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  12. Women's Tennis Power Rankings: Aussie Kim Rules After Winning Down Under

    The 2011 Australian Open's evolving storyline for the ladies never ceased as one drama after another unfolded both on and off court...

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  13. Australian Open 2011 Wrap-Up: Novak Djokovic, the New King Down Under

    2007 Remember the U.S. Open in 2007? Remember how happy Novak Djokovic was and how happy he made the New York crowds with his impersonations of the top players like Maria ...

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  14. 2011 Aussie Reflections: No Endgame in Play for Fiery Roger Federer

    The thought of Novak Djokovic’s mom once again pronouncing gleefully, “The King is dead!” might have been the ultimate capper on an already miserable 2011 Australian Open semifinal for Roger Federer fans...

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  15. Australian Open 2011: Will Andy Murray Join Novak Djokovic in the Final?

    Their names roll off the tongue easily like Simon and Garfunkel, Abbott and Costello, Batman and Robin — Djokovic and Murray. It is hard to say one name without adding the other...

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  16. Roger Federer vs. Rafael Nadal: the Most Compelling Rivalry in Tennis

    Great rivalries engage fans, stir the media, and swell attendance. It does not matter if the contenders meet in the ring, on the gridiron or on the fabled lawns of Wimbledon...

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  17. Roger Federer: How the Australian Open 2011 Helped Shape His Legendary Career

    Winning this year's Australian Open conceivably paves the way for a great year for Roger Federer, allowing him to win his fifth Australian Open title in 12 years of hard-fought competition in Melbourne Park...

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  18. Australian Open: The All-Time Top 10 Women's Champions

    Most of the ladies crowned as champions of the Australian Open hailed primarily from Australia back in the early days of this prestigious tennis tournament...

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  19. The All-Time Top 20 Men's Australian Open Champions

    It used to take 45 days on a ship to get to Australia from Europe. For that reason, in the early days, the Australian Championships were not well-attended by players outside of Australia and, at times, or even by their own players...

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  20. Australian Open 2011: How the Women's Field Stacks Up Against Caroline Wozniacki

    It is redundant to repeat that the women’s field in Melbourne is wide open. This is because the 2010 defending Australian Open Champion Serena Williams is not competing, The media has already taken a big bite out of the No...

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  21. Iowa Football 2011: Rewriting the Nebraska Cornhuskers Rivalry

    Iowa has been skirmishing with Nebraska since 1891—mostly on the gridiron. For the time being, we will forget about the Iowa-Nebraska legal border battles over land left in dispute by the meandering Missouri River...

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  22. Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Et Al: 10 Men Who Could Win the Australian Open

    The Australian Open begins on Monday, Jan. 17, in Melbourne, Australia. The draw for the first Grand Slam of the season will not be held until Friday, Jan. 14...

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  23. College Football 2010: The Big Ten Went Bowling but Could Not Find an Alley

    The Big Ten had an opportunity to make a statement in this year’s 2010 Bowl-o-Rama, as it sent its eight best teams into the fray touted as, perhaps, the second best conference behind the SEC...

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  24. 10 Fearless 2011 Tennis Predictions: From Federer vs. Nadal to a New No. 1

    The 2011 tennis season is under way, and already the tennis world has zeroed in on the biggest game in town—potential showdowns between the No. 1 and No. 2-ranked players in the world, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer respectively...

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  25. Tennis: Will the Federer-Nadal Stranglehold on Grand Slam Titles End in 2011?

    By now tennis fans are so used to the status quo that any time Roger Federer or Rafael Nadal does not win a Slam, the airwaves crackle with speculation. Since 2003, Roger Federer has won 16 Slam titles...

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