1. Jimmy Connors and John McEnroe Resume Their Feud: The Prelude

    Welcome to the first article in a five-part series titled Jimmy Connors and John McEnroe Resume Their Feud. As any tennis fan knows, Jimbo and Mac had one of the edgiest feuds in tennis history...

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  2. There's Nothing Wrong with the B/R Writers' Rankings: A Rebuttal

    One of the most overriding of human motivations is, like it or not, selfishness. As infants, we cry all the time. Why? Because we want our needs to be met, regardless of any other circumstances...

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  3. Forgotten Stories of Courage and Inspiration: Roy Campanella

    Some people—many people—will see that I have selected Roy Campanella as the second subject of my series and object that his story is far from “forgotten.” I would reply that they are wrong...

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  4. What Nicklaus and Woods Teach Us About Closing Out a Golf Tournament

    Much has been written about the dearth of effective “closers” on the PGA Tour. What do I mean by “closer”? For purposes of this article, a golfer who is ...

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  5. What Kept Thomas Enqvist from Winning a Slam?

    This article was going to be my payment for a bet on the NCAA Men's National Title Game had I lost. Though North Carolina rescued me, I decided to write this, anyway, for Joan and Rob...

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  6. Reports of Memphis' Demise Are Greatly Exaggerated

    Okay, okay, I admit it. I allowed my emotions to get the better of me, and in a previous article here on Bleacher Report, I might have resorted to hyperbole to describe the impact of John Calipari’s ...

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  7. Forgotten Stories of Courage and Inspiration: Gene Bearden

    This article is the first in a series, dedicated to Bryn Swartz, who reminds me of myself at his age—thoroughly devoted to the rich history of sports...

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  8. The Three E's of Bleacher Report: Educate, Engage, and Entertain

    I have been asked a fair number of times if there is a secret to my writing. Any time I field a question like that, my immediate thought is, "Wow, I guess this person really likes my style...

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  9. Andy Murray: Through the Eyes of "Agassi" and "Federer"

    In the "sweet science" of boxing, promoters talk about how "styles make the fight." Thus, they try not to match up two fighters who prefer to box defensively or conservatively, as it will make for a boring fight...

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  10. The 19th Hole at the Masters

    Updated Monday, April 13, 2009, 11:45 p.m. CDT Sunday saw the heart-stopping conclusion to the 2009 Masters at Augusta National. It was, quite simply, one of the most remarkable finishes in the long history of golf...

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  11. Breaking Down the Masters, Hole-by-Hole: Nos. 1, 17, and 18

    Updated Sunday, April 12, 2009, 4:40 p.m. CDT There is no other experience in all of sports quite like The Masters. Unlike the other golf majors, the venue never changes...

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  12. North Carolina Shatters the Spartans to Complete Coronation

    Isn’t this how the season was destined to end? The North Carolina Tar Heels entered the 2008-09 season with a deep, talented, veteran lineup...

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  13. Memphis Update: Josh Pastner Tabbed as New Head Coach

    The University of Memphis is hiring assistant coach Josh Pastner as their new head coach, it is being widely reported today. The Memphis Commercial Appeal, Gary Parrish at CBSSports...

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  14. Ride on Coaching Carousel Offers Memphis Fans Perspective

    Nine years, in retrospect, is an awful long time.Nine years equals 3,287 days (two leap years included). Nine years would cover two presidential elections and overlap three terms for the U.S...

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  15. Memphis Basketball Devastated by Loss of John Calipari

    The University of Memphis has lost 810 basketball games in the school’s history, dating to the 1920-'21 season when the program began...

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  16. Kentucky Has Got Their Man; Calipari Flying to Lexington

    John Calipari, after an agonizing day for all concerned, has officially accepted the job as head coach at the University of Kentucky. Calipari, his wife, and several assistant coaches all left the Calipari home around 4:30 p...

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  17. Joe B. Hall Misquoted by Memphis Media

    Not so fast, Kentucky fans. The Louisville Courier was reporting a done deal. Even Memphis' own WREG ran a report that John Calipari had confided his final decision to Kentucky legend Joe B. Hall...

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  18. John Calipari to Announce Decision on Kentucky This Afternoon

    John Calipari will end the suspense this afternoon, and will announce where he will coach next season. The indisputable facts are simple: He is the nine-year head coach at the University of Memphis...

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  19. Calipari Given Permission to Meet With Kentucky About Head Coaching Vacancy

    John Calipari has been given permission to meet with the University of Kentucky administration to discuss their head coaching position...

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  20. Tiger Woods Wins Arnold Palmer Invitational With Stirring Rally

    With darkness descending upon him at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, Tiger Woods rolled in a perfect 16’ foot putt on the 72nd hole of the tournament to win a sixth trophy at Bay Hill...

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  21. Memphis Tigers' Loss Becomes a Life Lesson

    Because of the Memphis Tigers, I owe my wife a hug, a kiss, and an apology tonight. Don’t get the wrong idea, now. I didn’t beat her, curse her, or so much as say an unkind word to her...

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  22. Memphis Postgame: Missouri Overwhelms Memphis, 102-91

    In an entertaining, up-and-down affair, the Tigers of Missouri won the battle of the Big Cats, 102-91, over Memphis in their Sweet 16 contest in Glendale, AZ. The early portion of the game was a back-and-forth struggle...

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  23. Blueprint For Memphis to Win the Battle of the Tigers

    The Memphis Tigers ought to come with a warning label attached. Something like this: Warning: Being a fan of the Memphis Tigers may not be suitable for your health. Persons with heart trouble, lack of patience, or thin skin need not apply...

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  24. Creature vs. Creature: Memphis Tigers vs. Missouri Tigers

    My fellow Bleacher Report contributor, Chad Hurshman, collaborated on this story The latest installment of the wildly popular "Creature vs. Creature" series focuses on what promises to be an entertaining clash in the West Regional...

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  25. What Four Teams Form the Mount Rushmore of College Basketball History?

    There have been many magnificent single-season teams in NCAA Division I men’s basketball. There was the very first undefeated team: Bill Russell and K. C. Jones’ 1955-56 San Francisco Dons (29-0)...

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