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Sarah Braunstein

What to Watch: Weekend Baseball


There is some serious competition for baseball this weekend. Action at Wimbledon is heating up, and on Sunday USA soccer faces Brazil in the final of the Confederations Cup. But if America’s pastime is still your go to game, here are the best battles to check out this weekend…

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Wimbledon: Who Can Knock Off Federer

  • Extras
  • Posted by: Emma Carmichael
  • June 26, 2009, 1:04 PM

It’s late June, which to tennis fans can only mean spotless white outfits set in motion against freshly mowed grass at the Centre Court. Ah yes, old chaps, it’s time for Wimbledon!

And after last year’s epic final, in which Rafael Nadal defeated Roger Federer in five sets, the spectators want more than their traditional strawberries and cream.

The usual dessert will be served (the vendors go through about 23 tons, or more than 2 million berries, and 1,820 gallons of cream each year!) but the competition might not be the same. Nadal will not set foot on Centre Court this year. Instead he’s resting his knees and probably looking forward to the U.S. Open at the end of August. If he’s ready to play by then, he could make a run at completing his own career Grand Slam.

If Federer wins at Wimbledon this year, as many expect he will do, he will become the most successful professional tennis player of all-time, surpassing Pete Sampras with 15 career Grand Slam singles titles. But if Federer wins Wimbledon this year, he will have done so without facing his greatest potential challenger and the world’s Number 1, Rafa Nadal.

So who can challenge Federer at Wimbledon?

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Sarah Braunstein

Question of the Week: Who's the Top Pitcher?


They say pitching wins championships. Well, apparently pitching also gets a ton of Question of the Week responses!

As always, if you want to appear in next week’s Question of the Week, you can answer it at the bottom of the page. Here are the best answers to last week’s question: 

Right now, who is the best pitcher in the majors?

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Duane Munn

NBA Draft Roundtable Q&A: Dwight Howard, Derrick Rose & Michael Beasley

  • GearHead
  • Posted by: Duane Munn
  • June 24, 2009, 8:00 PM


Courtesy of Adidas

The NBA Draft is only one day away! Fill out your Mock Draft yet? If you have, and you’re still looking for ways to pass the time between now and the announcement of the #1 pick, check this out: originally, I was going to do a GearHead post about the hats that would be worn during tomorrow’s ceremony. But with some help from the NBA and Adidas, I tracked down three of the biggest names in basketball and got them to talk about the hats for me! Keep reading as Michael Beasley, Derrick Rose and Dwight Howard relive their moments on the big stage, discuss NBA Draft caps, and more!

Duane From NJ: What was going through your mind at the moment your name was called and you’d officially been drafted?

Dwight Howard: All that was going through my mind was, "ready to go to Orlando!"

Derrick Rose: It was a dream come true. It was surreal standing up there with the cameras and people watching and I wasn't thinking anything specific. I was just filled with excitement and happiness for myself and my family.

Michael Beasley:
At that moment, I felt as though I had made it.

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Sarah Braunstein

Key Players Getting Healthy


"DL." There aren’t many letters that baseball players, managers, and fans want to hear less than those two.

They’ve caused teams to fall apart, seasons to be lost, and athletes to lose their magic. The only good part about baseball’s disabled list is that there is always renewed hope when players return from it. This week three players -- Joey Votto, Cody Ransom and Grady Sizemore -- are all making a comeback. But which player’s return will have the most impact?

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Gary Gramling

Another Updated NBA Mock Draft!

  • Hoophead
  • Posted by: Gary Gramling
  • June 24, 2009, 1:24 PM

Wow, things are really heating up! The Timberwolves have reportedly acquired a fourth first-round pick. And this is a big one: They got the fifth overall pick from the Wizards for Randy Foye and Mike Miller! That certainly shakes things up. So read on for my latest mock draft, then go to our Make Your Mock Draft contest right now to make your own mock draft!...

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Paul Ulane

MLB Fiery Five


Put on your swim trunks and your sun screen, because we’ve got some serious burners in this week’s countdown. One of the hottest teams isn’t even in the majors! How is that possible? Keep reading to find out…
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