Monthly Archives: September 2008

60th ANNIVERSARY FOR “BONES” AND ME

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Another Olympics has sped by, stirring warm memories of a golden 10.3 seconds I shared with a man called “Bones” six decades ago.  He did the running, I did the rooting from the cheap seats among a throng of 83,000 in London’s Wembley Stadium. The world had waited 12 years for restoration of the Games …

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DON’T THROWN IN THE TOWEL; USE IT

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NEW YORK – Jelena “Jelly” Jankovic didn’t throw in the towel when she fell behind. But she knew how to use it to rattle her foe. Jelly, the tennis player from Belgrade – a superb Serb – is no dummy. She had begun university, and was despairingly planning to go back for a degree in …

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GOOFY SCHEDULING MARS THE OPEN

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NEW YORK – The Busher went home with $ 160,000, a surge in his world ranking and a newfound reputation as the De-luxembourger. Everybody at the U.S. Open was glad for the big man from the little country. Six-foot-6 Gilles Muller, on a left-winged serve and a prayer, had bombed his way through a string …

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A BRIT IN THE SEMIS – IS THAT RIGHT?

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NEW YORK – Waiting for Fred (or a reasonable facsimile). That’s been the turgid status of the British sporting crowd for — let’s see? – 72 years. Yearning for another Fred Perry. Such are in very short supply. Although the Brits invented tennis as we know it, they haven’t been able to play the game …

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THANK-YOU’S FROM HER COMPATRIOTS

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NEW YORK – People say, “Thank you!” Elena Dementieva doesn’t know them. They are strangers, but they know her: Olympic gold medalist in tennis. She encountered them during the one day she had at home, Moscow, on the way to Flushing Meadow from Beijing. “You know, when you win a tournament, or a big match, …

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US Open Day Eight

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NEW YORK – Was it a birthday present for his father? Maybe a wedding gift for the lady he will marry later this month? Both of them were hanging on Mardy Fish’s every move below in the paved pit called Arthur Ashe Stadium. More likely it was a “Happy Quarter-finals to Me!” party that he …

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