Yearly Archives: 2011

OUT OF THE ASHES, SURVIVORS’ GHOSTLY WALK

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Bud wrote this column after his experince living through 9/11 in NYC.  It is being reprieved in honor of the 10th anniversary: New York, NY — The ghosts of New York’s Third Avenue will stay with me.It was Black Tuesday, 12 days ago, and the ghosts were easily identified: those survivors able to walk away …

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BUD KNOCKED OUT OF US OPEN DUE TO INJURY

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NEW YORK –  An abrupt end to our US Open – Bud had a small fall Sunday, suffering a complete rupture of his quad tendon. After being cared for attentively by the medical team at the US Open, headed by Brian Hainline, it was determined that he needed surgery as soon as possible. And so we …

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SISTER SERENA IN TOTAL CONTROL

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NEW YORK – Sister Serena is back. Bold, blasting and bell-ringing – a woman with a cause to turn the world upside down as her property once again. But how far back is she on arriving in the fourth round of the US Open, aiming at her fourth title, the first since 2008. Having chased …

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EVEN WITH RIP-ROARING STROKES, MONFILS LOSES

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NEW YORK – If a wild-looking carefree guy swinging a tennis racket leaps your fence and dives into the backyard, don’t be alarmed.  It’s probably the cool Frenchman from the  Caribbean isle of Guadeloupe displaying his do-or-die brand of big league tennis. Gael Monfils won’t give up on any ball within the ballpark, and some …

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NO LUCK FOR IRISH PAIR AT US OPEN

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NEW YORK – Were weeping and wailing heard throughout the streets of South Boston yesterday? Possibly. But maybe the word hadn’t gotten around yet about the gallant failure of two Irishmen trying to break into the US Open, and create some tennis history.  According to tournament officials, no Irishman had ever pushed beyond the first …

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VENUS OUT OF 2011 US OPEN

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In a surprise announcement, Venus Williams withdrew from the 2011 US Open due to a diagnosis of Sjogren’s Syndrome, an autoimmune disease characterized by dryness of the mouth and eyes.  The exact cause of Sjogren’s Syndrome is not known, although there is a growing support for genetic factors. It is most commonly (90%) found in …

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FLUSHING MEADOWS – A LATTER DAY OK CORRAL

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NEW YORK –  Ever wonder how Billy the  Kid would have done with a tennis racket instead of a shotgun? The Kid, known as a withdrawal artist to the bankers of Lincoln County, New Mexico, showed his quick, greedy hands to advantage in practicing his craft in the neighborhood of the Tombstone’s infamous OK Corral. …

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RE-ENACTMENT OF FIRST US CHAMPIONSHIP

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NEWPORT, Rhode Island — They threw a “You are there!” birthday bash on the grounds of the Grand Old Lady of Bellevue Avenue the other day at the Hall of Fame. She, of course, being the Newport Casino, sturdy of timbers and rich in history, justifyingly proud of her role as the elder housemother of …

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DRAGON WINS, MURRAY FORCED TO WAIT ANOTHER YEAR

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LONDON – The centuries old tale of St George and the Dragon is a popular item in this town. After all, the heroic George is the patron saint of England, and dragons keep their distance. Anyway, yesterday seemed perfect for an updated re-run. The local tennis Cathedral called Wimbledon was jammed with 14,979 parishioners, and …

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YOU CAN’T ESCAPE THE BIRDIES AT WIMBLEDON

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LONDON – “Where are those Williams sisters?” a Wimbledon ticket-holder asked me yesterday. They lost in the fourth round, I replied. “So what?” the guy, an American, persisted. “They’re as much a part of this place as strawberries, ivy and the Pimm’s Cups.  It should be like our baseball with designated hitters.  Just insert them …

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TOO MUCH BOUNCING, BARTOLI RUNS OUT OF GAS

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LONDON – They should call her “The Bouncer.” No, she doesn’t throw unruly patrons out of saloons. Although she did eject a dangerous character – Sister Serena — from the big playroom called Centre Court.  That victory on Monday got her into the Wimbledon quarter-finals, and startled the usual gatherings of 14, 979 with her …

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EVERY GIRL NEEDS A BASKETBALL PLAYER

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LONDON – Does every girl need a basketball player? Helps with the rebounds apparently, painting a ceiling or scoring on the old boardinghouse reach.  Anything needing a necessary stretch.  But get a good one. A professional. That’s what Maria Sharapova did, and it seems to be working well for the ex-champ, who glided into Wimbledon’s …

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