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1/8- Take a Peek

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All times in EST:

4:00am: ATP/WTA Brisbane Men’s Quarterfinals (1) Andy Roddick v. Richard Gasquet

8:00am: ATP Doha Semifinals (1) Roger Federer v. (3) Nikolay Davydenko

(following Federer match is (2) Rafael Nadal v. Viktor Troicki)

7:00pm: NCAAB (24) Butler (1st Horizon) @ Wright State (T3 Horizon)

8:00pm: NBA Boston Celtics (1st in Atlantic) @ Atlanta Hawks (2nd in Southeast)

10:00pm: NBA Dallas Mavericks (1st in Southwest) @ San Antonio Spurs (2nd in Southwest)

10:00pm: NBA Los Angeles Lakers (1st in Pacific) @ Portland Trail Blazers (2nd in Northwest)

10:30pm: NBA Cleveland Cavaliers (1st in Central) @ Denver Nuggets (1st in Northwest)

Ivanovic, Gasquet Squeak By in Brisbane

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After escaping a potential 12-month ban for having traces of cocaine in his system, Frenchman Richard Gasquet was able to continue his comeback quest by defeating Jarkko Nieminen 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 in the first round of the Brisbane International tournament. Gasquet told reporters “It is just good for me to play with nothing in the head. I tried my best. I could lose, I could win but most important I played relaxed.” Gasquet could potentially face 6th seeded Jurgen Melzer in the second round.

Ana Ivanovic had a tough match against Jelena Dokic, but was able to get the victory 7-5, 1-6, 6-3. Aussie Ana had her boyfriend Australian golfer Adam Scott watching her from the stands during what was at times a tense battle. Ivanovic will face Timea Bacsinszky in the second round. The formally top-ranked Serb played sloppy at times, but overall had a positive start to the season.

1/3- Take a Peek

January 3, 2010 2 comments

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The NFL playoff picture will be complete after today’s games and there are also a slew of other events for us sports fans to enjoy!

All times in EST:

8am: FA Cup Manchester United vs. Leeds United

1pm: NFL Pittsburgh Steelers @ Miami Dolphins

1pm: NFL New York Giants @ Minnesota Vikings

4:15pm: NFL Philadelphia Eagles @ Dallas Cowboys

4:15pm: NFL Kansas City Chiefs @ Denver Broncos

5:00pm: NHL Pittsburgh Penguins @ Florida Panthers

7:30pm: ATP/WTA Brisbane Richard Gasquet v. Jarkko Nieminen

(following the Gasquet match are Jelena Dokic v. Ana Ivanovic and Justine Henin v. Nadia Petrova, respectively)

8:20pm: NFL Cincinnati Bengals @ New York Jets

9:00pm: Hopman Cup Russia v. Germany (Elena Dementieva & Igor Andreev vs. Sabine Lisicki & Philipp Kohlschreiber)

Richard Gasquet Tested Postive for Cocaine!

According to L’Equipe, Frechman Richard Gasquet has tested positive for cocaine and could face a possible suspension from the ATP. Here is the story from L’Equipe (translated using Google Translator):

Team Information: Traces of cocaine were found in the urine sample of Richard Gasquet, controlled in Miami when he had to forfeit the tournament. These trace levels of 1.46 microgram (ie above the sensitivity threshold of 0.5 applied to all accredited laboratories) could claim the french tennis player suspended for two years if the second opinion corroborated against the premium analysis .

Indeed, cocaine is one of the major stimulants banned in competition. The french player, who denies any voluntary, did not wish to react to information, but should quickly make hair analysis to show that it is not regular. Finally, Team Lagardère should communicate quickly about this, probably in the middle of Sunday afternoon.

– Damien RESSIOT

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Pictures From Indian Wells

Sorry I haven’t posted much lately. I just finished finals, so I am now back to my regular posting. To start things off, here are some of my pictures from the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells. I was at the tournament last Sunday and it was definitely one of the best sporting events that I have ever attended. Enjoy the pics!!Gonzo.jpg gonzalez picture by candycane909

JamesBlake.jpg blake picture by candycane909

Nadal29.jpg nadal2 picture by candycane909

Nole23.jpg nole1 picture by candycane909

Robredo3.jpg robredo picture by candycane909

Safin1.jpg safin picture by candycane909

DetPotro1.jpg Del Potro picture by candycane909

Gasquet1.jpg Gasquet picture by candycane909

Nadal, Murray Shine Under the Lights

January 24, 2009 7 comments
Photo of Rafael Nadal via Great Tennis Photos.

Photo of Rafael Nadal via Great Tennis Photos.

Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray both made a statement in their 3rd round matches. Murray easily defeated Jurgen Melzer 7-5,6-0,6-3. He only had 10 unforced errors in the entire match and only 2 in the second set. After the match, Murray spoke about potentially facing tougher challenges in the 2nd week of the tournament. “I’m sure one match in a Slam, if you want to go deep, maybe you’re not playing your best tennis, you have to try and find a way through to win. I hope it doesn’t happen, but if it does, I need to be prepared to try and win a match when I’m not playing my best tennis.”

It was Nadal, however, who may have made an even bigger statement when he defeated Tommy Haas 6-4,6-2,6-2. Nadal looked very sharp in his match, as he had only 8 total unforced errors. When asked if he played his best tennis in the match, Nadal responded by saying “Well, always you can improve, no? Perfect matches doesn’t exist. But today, especially after a few games, after the first three, four games, I started to play well. In the beginning, I was playing too short little bit. And Tommy has the control of the points on the court. But that change after the beginning of the match. For that reason, I have the victory, no? I play more inside the court with the forehand. Improving a little bit more with the backhand, too. Very happy to be in fourth round for another year.”

Murray will next face the red hot Fernando Verdasco, who has absolutely demolished everyone he has faced, thus far. Nadal will face Fernando Gonzalez, who came back from 2 sets down against Richard Gasquet in his third round match.

If the seeds hold, Murray and Nadal would meet in the semis.

Australian Open Roundup: Day 2

January 20, 2009 Leave a comment
Photo of Rafael Nadal by The Eternity.

Photo of Rafael Nadal by The Eternity.

World number 1 Rafael Nadal doesn’t set foot on the court for about another 2 hours, but most of the matches for the day are already finished. On the men’s side, 13th seeded Fernando Gonzales defeated Lleyton Hewitt in a tough 5 set match 5-7,6-2,6-2,3-6,6-3, all but ending the home country’s chances of winning the tournament. 4th seeded Andy Murray defeated Romanian Andrei Pavel 6-2,3-1 when Pavel, who was attempting to make a comeback after recovering from an injury, retired in the second set. The French trio of 6th seeded Gilles Simon, 12th seeded Gael Monfils, 24th seeded Richard Gasquet was victorious in their first round matches, as well. Other notable players that won their matches are Fernando Verdasco, Jurgen Melzer, Igor Andreev, Nicolas Almagro, Ernests Gulbis, Ivo Karlovic, and Mario Ancic.

On the women’s side, both Williams sisters easily won their opening matches in straight sets. Elena Dementieva, on the other hand, struggled in her opening match, but she was able to narrowly defeat Kristina Barrois of Germany 7-6,2-6,6-1. The women’s side also saw it’s first major casualty, as 9th ranked Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland lost to Kateryna Bondarenko. Some notable women who won their first round matches are Patty Schnyder, Alona Bondarenko, Jie Zheng, Victoria Azarenka, and Dominika Cibulkova.