| Jan 30, 2015
| 8:03 PM
Tim Smyczek's name is a little hard to spell and a little hard to pronounce. Here's a story that will make him a little hard to forget.
Smyczek, 27, is a tennis pro. He comes from Milwaukee, hardly a tennis hotbed. He plays the violin, and when he...
| Jul 1, 2014
| 4:19 PM
Staid old Wimbledon got bounced on its fanny here Tuesday. Somebody sat on the spectacles and broke them. Egad. Somebody else put lowfat milk on the strawberries.
Strange things happened. The orderly became disorderly:
• An ailing Serena Williams...
| Jun 29, 2014
| 4:26 PM
Sunday was a day of rest and reflection at Wimbledon. So we reflected.
Eyes squinting, brow furrowed, chin resting in palm of hand, we pondered the issue: How good are our tennis players from the United States?
It was a short reflection....
| Sep 24, 2010
| 1:09 PM
That'll teach Clint Bowyer to crack wise about the past and future champion.
We knew that Jimmie Johnson was powerful, but unaware just how important it is, as Eric Cartman would put it, to respect his authoritah.
A couple weeks back, Bowyer suggested...
| Mar 15, 2014
| 7:41 PM
Roger Federer won the men's tennis semifinals of the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells on Saturday. Both of them.
Little did Federer know that, when he waltzed past Alexandr Dolgopolov of Ukraine, 6-3, 6-1, in 1 hour 1 minute, he would have time to get...
| Mar 12, 2014
| 11:15 PM
When most of the smoke had cleared Wednesday in the men's singles at Indian Wells, the coolest dude still standing was the guy in the purple shirt and orange shoes who has two kids and another on the way.
Oh, yes, and he's 32 years old.
| Jun 21, 2014
| 3:50 PM
In the category of possible last hurrahs, the 128th edition of the All-England Lawn and Tennis Club's annual party on the grass may be hosting something exceptional this year.
Will this be the last time they'll be serving strawberries and cream with...
| Sep 3, 2014
| 11:29 PM
Two tennis pit bulls sank their teeth into each other on a warm and windless night at the U.S. Open on Wednesday.
It was Novak Djokovic versus Andy Murray. Talk about strong teeth.
Right now, with Rafael Nadal out with an injury, all they needed to...
| Aug 31, 2014
| 7:50 PM
The glamour match, Maria Sharapova and Caroline Wozniacki, took center court Sunday, each player seeking to further her fame, fortune and happiness. Mirjana Lucic-Baroni, match and tournament over, had already found hers.
Happiness, that is. Certainly...
| Sep 1, 2014
| 8:03 PM
In the heat and grind of the U.S. Open here Monday, Andy Murray took a step closer to being Andy Murray again.
He won a match that demanded a deep dig into his inner psyche. Giving his all, staying the course, gutting it out — all those coach-...
| Sep 2, 2014
| 9:15 PM
A couple of items in a record book brought a real jolt the other day.
One reminded that this was the 45th anniversary of Rod Laver's second calendar Grand Slam, 1969. He also won all four majors — the Australian, French, Wimbledon and U.S. Open...