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Six-time Wimbledon champ Federer shocked by Berdych in quarters

  • June 30, 2010, 2:20 PM

WIMBLEDON, England (AP) -- For the first time in eight years, Roger Federer won't be striding onto Centre Court for the Wimbledon final.

The six-time champion was upset in the quarterfinals by big-hitting Tomas Berdych on Wednesday, stopping his bid for a record-tying seventh title at the All England Club and extending his recent stretch of disappointing play.

The 12th-seeded Berdych used his big serve and forehand to beat Federer 6-4, 3-6, 6-1, 6-4, on Centre Court for the biggest victory of the Czech's career.

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Venus upset in Wimbledon quarters

  • June 29, 2010, 5:41 PM

WIMBLEDON, England (AP) -- Venus Williams would shank a shot -- and she shanked many on this day -- then turn toward the Court 1 player guest box where her parents were seated and put her palms up or shrug her shoulders, as if to indicate, "I don't know what's happening here."

The five-time Wimbledon champion was out of sorts, out of answers and out of the tournament in the quarterfinals, stunned 6-2, 6-3 Tuesday by the lowest-ranked woman left, No. 82 Tsvetana Pironkova of Bulgaria, meaning there won't be an all-Williams title match at the All England Club this year.

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Zack Loss Q&A: Steve Nash

  • Hoophead
  • Zack Loss
  • June 28, 2010, 2:02 PM

Courtesy of DNAinfo/Patrick Hedlund

Soccer fever has been rampant in New York City — and not just because the World Cup is going on. Phoenix Suns point guard Steve Nash hosted his third annual, free-to-the-public Showdown in Chinatown charity soccer game last week at Roosevelt Park in the Big Apple. Nash gathered some of his best friends in professional soccer and basketball — including Brandon Jennings, Nate Robinson, Tony Parker and Claudio Reyna — for the eight-on-eight futbol game to benefit The Steve Nash Foundation. More »

Wizards take Wall with No. 1 pick

  • June 25, 2010, 8:50 AM

NEW YORK (AP) -- John Wall is heading to Washington, and a record number of Kentucky teammates are following him to the NBA.

Wall went to the Wizards with the No. 1 pick in the NBA draft Thursday and four more Wildcats were among the top 30 selections, making them the first school ever to put five players in the first round.

After falling short of the Final Four even with all that talent around him, Wall is ready to help Washington bounce back from a season that was embarrassing on the court and in the locker room.

"I feel like I had pressure since I became No. 1 in high school and was one of the top players," Wall said. "I always got there hungry wanting to fight hard and compete in every game, so when I step on the court I'm going to take on any challenge there."

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Paul Ulane

Live from the 2010 NBA Draft!

  • Hoophead
  • Paul Ulane
  • June 24, 2010, 4:02 PM

We all knew the guy on the left was going first overall in the 2010 NBA Draft, but not many people had any idea what was going to shake out after that. Keep reading for my first round report from Madison Square Garden. I cover everything from who the crowd likes to which player has the best suit to how many times I run to the snack room to get free cookies.

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Amanda Klohmann Q&A: John Wall

  • GearHead
  • Amanda Klohmann
  • June 24, 2010, 3:03 PM

Courtesy of Business Wire

Chances are, John Wall is going to be selected first overall by the Washington Wizards in tonight’s NBA Draft.

But Wall has already been preparing for his rookie season. Along with training, he’s helping Reebok promote its new basketball shoe – the Reebok ZigTech Slash. The star-to-be still found time in his busy schedule for a Q&A with…

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Steve Schmidt

NBA Draft Roundtable Q&A

  • Hoophead
  • Steve Schmidt
  • June 24, 2010, 2:33 PM

Today is the big day if you’re one of the projected top picks in the 2010 NBA Draft.

On Wednesday afternoon, 15 future draft picks were allowed to be kids one more time before heading off to their soon-to-be-named teams. The players held a basketball clinic with approximately 100 New York area kids as part of the league’s NBA FIT initiative at Madison Square Garden. Four of those prospects -- Evan Turner, Greg Monroe, Gordon Hayward, and Luke Babbitt -- took time to answer a few questions heading into tonight’s draft...

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