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  • Babcock McGraw: Top women’s sports stories Jan 2, 2015 4:01 PM
    Patricia Babcock McGraw takes a look back at the top women's sports stories of 2014 and offers her annual ranking.

  • Spellman’s Scorecard: Offering up some sparklers for your holiday Jul 4, 2014 5:30 AM
    It's the Fourth of July, so you know there's a lot going on ... in Spellman's Scorecard.

  • Nadal clinches his 14th major with French Open win Jun 8, 2014 2:56 PM
    Doing what he does so well on the red clay of Roland Garros, a surface and site he dominates so completely, the No. 1-seeded Rafael Nadal wore down No. 2 Novak Djokovic 3-6, 7-5, 6-2, 6-4 Sunday to win his ninth French Open championship and fifth in a row, both records.

  • Vulnerable? Bad back? Nadal keeps winning in Paris Jun 2, 2014 6:34 PM
    Maybe, just maybe, Rafael Nadal was a tad vulnerable, the thinking went before this French Open. Well, leave it to the eight-time French Open champion’s upcoming quarterfinal opponent — 2013 runner-up David Ferrer, one of the men who beat Nadal on clay this spring — to set the record straight. “Rafael,” Ferrer said, “is always the favorite.” Nadal certainly looked the part in the fourth round Monday, when he won 18 points in a row during one stretch en route to beating 83rd-ranked Dusan Lajovic of Serbia 6-1, 6-2, 6-1 for a record 32nd consecutive victory at the French Open.

  • For women’s sports, 2013 loaded with great stories Dec 27, 2013 6:13 PM
    Patricia Babcock McGraw reviews the top women's sports stories of 2013, touching on international soccer, the LPGA, the WNBA, college volleyball, pro tennis and college basketbal.

  • Bartoli retires just 6 weeks after Wimbledon triumph Aug 16, 2013 6:56 PM
    There’s something to be said for knowing when to say when in sports. Too many athletes leave broken and gasping, literally limping off on their last leg. Marion Bartoli apparently wanted no part of that. Just six weeks ago, the French tennis star was on top of the world, celebrating a championship at Wimbledon. It was the first Grand Slam title of her successful 13-year career. She surprised reporters earlier this week by retiring after her loss in the second round of the Western and Southern Open in Cincinnati.

  • Federer loses; Williams back in semis at French Open Jun 4, 2013 6:02 PM
    All in all, Roger Federer looked lost out there Tuesday against the sixth-seeded Tsonga, who pounded his way to a 7-5, 6-3, 6-3 victory over the 17-time Grand Slam champion in a 1-hour, 51-minute mismatch remarkable for its lopsidedness and brevity. While Federer quickly faced a big deficit Tuesday and never recovered, Serena Williams was able to get out of a much smaller spot of trouble and land in the semifinals of the French Open.

  • Nadal, Djokovic seem vulnerable at French Open Jun 1, 2013 7:55 PM
    For the third time in three matches this year in the French Open, Rafael Nadal hardly looked himself for a set. Unlike in the first two rounds, Nadal won his opening set Saturday, albeit barely. Hours later, the man Nadal beat in last year’s final and could meet in this year’s semifinals, No. 1 Novak Djokovic, seemed vulnerable, too. Walking to his changeover chair at 4-3 in the third set of a win against No. 26 Grigor Dimitrov, Djokovic stretched his right arm — the one he has used to win six Grand Slam titles — several times. Both men seem to be missing their Grand Slam from.

  • Nadal buoyed by comeback Mar 18, 2013 3:53 PM
    Rafael Nadal arrived at Indian Wells not believing he could win the tournament. A week later, the crystal trophy awarded to the champion was on the table next to him. "I did much more than what I dreamed," he said after rallying to beat Juan Martin del Potro in three sets at the BNP Paribas Open on Sunday, his first hard-court tournament title since October 2010.

  • Running down the top women’s stories of 2012 Dec 28, 2012 6:30 PM
    Women's Watch takes a look back at the top national and local women's sports stories of 2012.

  • At last, Cubs' Sveum utters something that's eminently quotable Sep 7, 2012 2:07 AM
    From eyeballs to mustaches, Urlacher to Bobby V., Mike Spellman's Scorecard has a take on it all.

  • Sharapova loses at Wimbledon, will drop from No. 1 Jul 2, 2012 7:18 PM
    Top-seeded and 2004 Wimbledon champion Maria Sharapova lost Monday and was eliminated from the tournament. Four-time title winner Serena Williams was locked in a three-set tussle against a wild-card entry from Kazakhstan who is ranked 65th. Oh, and over on Centre Court, there was the 16-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer's medical timeout to get treatment for his aching back. It's "Manic Monday" at Wimbledon.

  • Nadal, Sharapova advance in French Open Jun 4, 2012 4:47 PM
    Six-time champion Rafael Nadal and women's No. 2 seed Maria Sharapova won in straight sets to reach the French Open's fourth round, while unseeded American Varvara Lepchenko upset 2010 winner Francesca Schiavone. "For the time being, everything is OK," Nadal, the men's No. 2 seed, said in a news conference. "Maybe I could improve my game a little, because the most difficult match is yet to come."

  • Great day for Stosur Sep 11, 2011 11:00 PM
    Sam Stosur beat Serena Williams 6-2, 6-3 Sunday in a surprisingly lopsided upset for her first Grand Slam title.

  • A Williams washout at Wimbledon Jun 27, 2011 8:29 PM
    Venus and Serena Williams lost Monday, and the women's draw also lost the top seed as Caroline Wozniacki bowed out. In men's play, Rafael Nadal played through foot pain and managed to win his match to earn a berth in the quarterfinals.

  • Nadal tops Djokovic for U.S. Open title, career Slam Feb 24, 2011 4:58 PM
    The list was long. Everyone, even Rafael Nadal himself, tried to explain why he kept leaving the U.S. Open without a trophy, why it was the only Grand Slam tournament he hadn't conquered.

  • Williams advances to 4th round in U.S. Open Mar 3, 2011 5:12 PM
    Because of a sprained left kneecap, Venus Williams took a lot more time off before the U.S. Open than originally planned.

  • MIA: Top players not named Williams Mar 3, 2011 5:12 PM
    There's not much U.S. in the U.S. Open this year. At least not on the women's side.

  • Roddick still eager to make his mark Jun 19, 2010 10:20 PM
    "Rodd-ick! Rodd-ick! Rodd-ick!" Surprising as it may have been to hear full-throated chants echo through the often staid Centre Court stands - 15,000 or so voices rising as one in the moments after last year's Wimbledon final concluded with a 16-14 fifth set - what was most remarkable was the name the spectators chose to yell.

  • Roddick's tactics earn trip to finals Apr 3, 2010 12:01 AM
    Andy Roddick resisted the impulse to retreat. Instead, finding himself overpowered by Rafael Nadal, Roddick began to charge the net.

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