Coffee cup beating death case comes to a hearing
Alan Goodman was beaten and stabbed to death with a coffee cup in April.
November 8th, 2012
06:42 AM ET

Coffee cup beating death case comes to a hearing

U.S. Open tennis umpire Lois Goodman is accused of fatally bludgeoning her 80-year-old husband in their home with a coffee mug.  A hearing today in Los Angeles will determine if there is enough evidence to proceed to trial.

The 70-year-old line judge was arrested in August in New York while preparing for the U.S. Open tournament and charged with the killing, which occurred in California in April.

Alan Goodman was beaten with a coffee mug then stabbed to death with its broken shards.

His wife's lawyer and supporters dispute the charges on a Facebook page dedicated to her defense.

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Tennis pro Andy Roddick to retire after U.S. Open
August 30th, 2012
08:20 PM ET

Tennis pro Andy Roddick to retire after U.S. Open

Tennis pro Andy Roddick will retire after the U.S. Open tournament, a spokesman for the International Tennis Federation said Thursday.

Roddick, who turned 30 years old on Thursday, will compete in the tourney and is the last American man to win the U.S. Open, in 2003.

"Andy has been an outstanding ambassador for our sport and our country, always carrying himself with the character and class that define a champion," said U.S. Tennis Association board chairman Jon Vegosen. "In addition to representing the U.S. on the world stage, he was a Davis Cup stalwart and standout."


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Deceased man’s Wimbledon bet wins $155K for Oxfam
Roger Federer's Wimbledon victory on Sunday won big cash for a charity, thanks to a British man's bet years ago.
July 10th, 2012
04:39 PM ET

Deceased man’s Wimbledon bet wins $155K for Oxfam

Nicholas Newlife has been dead for three years, but he’s just given anti-poverty charity Oxfam a sizable boost thanks to a bet he made years ago on tennis star Roger Federer.

Newlife, of Oxfordshire, England, bet £1,520 ($2,350) at 66-1 odds that Federer would win seven Wimbledon men’s singles before 2020.

That bet became a winner on Sunday, when Federer beat Andy Murray in four sets to claim his seventh Wimbledon title.

But Newlife, of Oxfordshire, England, died in February 2009 at age 59. So instead of going to him, the £101,840 ($155,000) winnings will go to Oxfam, to which he had left his entire estate, the charity said this week.

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July 6th, 2012
09:00 PM ET

What's going on at Wimbledon this weekend

History was made on Saturday when American Serena Williams defeated Poland's Agnieszka Radwanska 6-1, 5-7, 6-2, to win the 2012 Wimbledon's women's singles final. This is Williams' seventh finals appearance for the Grand Slam tournament, and her fifth Wimbledon win.

Williams and her sister, Venus, also defeated the Czech Republic's Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka in the women's doubles final. The sisters have five singles titles each, and now, five doubles titles.

In the men's doubles final, Briton Jonathan Marray and Denmark's Frederik Nielsen beat Sweden's Robert Lindstedt and Romania's Horia Tecau. Marray's victory gave Britain its first men's doubles champion since 1936 and according to the Wimbledon blog, Nielsen is the first Danish player to win a Grand Slam title, ever.

"Oh my God I can't even describe..." Williams said after her singles win, according to the Wimbledon live blog. "I thank Jehovah for letting me get this far. I almost didn't make it , two years ago I was in hospital... It's so worth is and I'm so happy. I never dreamt of being here again. You just never give up."

Williams was in the hospital recovering from a pulmonary embolism 18 months ago.

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Serena Williams wins her 5th Wimbledon singles title, beating Agnieszka Radwanska CNN's Amanda Davies reports.

When asked if age 30 is the new 20, Williams replied, ""Oh my God, of course. Hello? I've been saying it all week: mentally I'm kind of 12, 13. I've always wanted everything Venus has had so... I had to copy you again, sorry!"

Radwanska was noticeably disappointed about losing out on her chance to snag her first Grand Slam tournament win.

"I'm still shaking so much, so I think I have the best two weeks of my life you know?" Radwanska said. "Of course she played too good today. I already have great memories from 2005 when I won junior Wimbledon. I think it was not my day today but I will just try next year and we'll see. Thank you very much for the support. Thank you so much."

The men's doubles match proved to be historic. Nielsen is the first Danish man to make the Wimbledon finals since 1955, when his grandfather played in the singles final. Marray was the first British man to play in the men's doubles final since 1960.

"We can't believe it. It's tough to sink in. I don't know what to say," Marray said afterwards.

On Sunday, Andy Murray will go head to head with Roger Federer in the men's singles final.

The last time a Briton reached the Wimbledon men's singles final, the photos taken of the event were in black and white.

On Friday, Andy Murray became the first one in 74 years. Now, he’s up against six-time champion Roger Federer for the final on Sunday. No matter who wins, history will be made. If Murray wins, during this year of Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee, you can bet the pubs will be full on Sunday night. If Federer wins, he will join American Pete Sampras and Briton William Renshaw atop the list of all-time men's singles champions.

The Wimbledon finals bring all of the drama to resounding conclusion, in crushing defeat or resounding victory, for two women and two men.

Perhaps you dine on strawberries and cream every summer in your best white outfit in honor of the international event. Or you’re just tuning in to see if Murray makes it in one of those gripping human-interest sports stories viewers like to seize on.

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June 11th, 2012
08:14 AM ET

Rafael Nadal wins record seventh French Open title on Djokovic double-fault

Rafael Nadal won the French Open on Monday after Novak Djokovic double-faulted on match point one day after their match was halted by rain, according to the tournament's website.

Nadal's win in Paris marks his record-breaking seventh French Open title on the clay court. The final score was 6-4, 6-3, 2-6, 7-5.

Rain twice interrupted the final at Roland Garros stadium before play was suspended with the Spaniard, Nadal, leading 6-4 6-3 2-6 1-2.

However the match is delicately poised given Djokovic won eight games in a row before the halt to give himself a fighting chance of becoming the first man since 1969 to hold all four majors at the same time, and only the third ever.

That run of winning games also included a break of serve in the fourth set, which will give the world No. 1 hope that he is in the ascendancy.

Aiming for a record seventh crown at Roland Garros, second-ranked Nadal made a blistering start as he broke Djokovic twice in the opening three games.

The two best players in the world traded strokes of such power at times it was like watching a couple of heavyweight boxers, and more ferocity from Nadal allowed the Mallorcan to break Djokovic for a third time.

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Gotta Watch: Extreme ad stunts gone viral
Stuntmen participate in an unusual ad campaign in Belgium.
April 12th, 2012
10:59 AM ET

Gotta Watch: Extreme ad stunts gone viral

Every once in a while, an ad campaign is so creative or unusual that it stands out from all the other commercials we're bombarded with every day. A lot of times these cool ads go viral, such as one fun promotion in Belgium that caught our eye. You've Gotta Watch these memorable ad stunts.

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Pushing buttons

This ad campaign invites passers-by to push a button to “add drama” to a town square. The mini show starts with an ambulance and a woman in lingerie and escalates from there. You’ve got to see how this ad for CNN’s sister network TNT ends.

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Flying people

These unidentified flying objects puzzled onlookers in Manhattan. An unusual campaign for a movie featured flying “people.” Watch them buzz around the Statue of Liberty and other New York landmarks.

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Trick shot

At an ad shoot for Gillette, tennis star Roger Federer knocked a ball off of a staffer’s head while displaying his serve. This got a lot of people wondering if it’s real. Watch the incredible shot and decide for yourself.

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Venus Williams pulls out of U.S. Open citing autoimmune disease
Tennis pro Venus Williams advanced to the second round of the U.S. Open Monday after defeating Vesna Dolonts.
August 31st, 2011
06:42 PM ET

Venus Williams pulls out of U.S. Open citing autoimmune disease

Venus Williams withdrew from the U.S. Open before her second-round match Wednesday, citing an autoimmune disease diagnosis.

"I have been recently diagnosed with Sjögren's syndrome, an autoimmune disease which is an ongoing medical condition that affects my energy level and causes fatigue and joint pain," the two-time U.S. Open winner said in a statement.

"I enjoyed playing my first match here and wish I could continue but right now I am unable to. I am thankful I finally have a diagnosis and am now focused on getting better and returning to the court soon."

Williams, 31, was scheduled to play Sabine Lisicki on Wednesday at New York's Arthur Ashe stadium, according to SI.com. She advanced to the second round after defeating Vesna Dolonts on Monday, earning almost as much attention for her outfit as her game.

Sjögren's syndrome is a disease that is sometimes linked to rheumatic problems such as rheumatoid arthritis, according to the U.S. National Library of Medicine. It causes dryness in the mouth and eyes and may also affect joints, lungs, kidneys, blood vessels, digestive organs and nerves.

Most people who get Sjögren's syndrome are older than 40. Nine of 10 are women.

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Kvitova takes Wimbledon title
Petra Kvitova won the Wimbledon women's championship in straight sets Saturday.
July 2nd, 2011
10:45 AM ET

Kvitova takes Wimbledon title

[Update 10:37 a.m] Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic defeated Russian Maria Sharapova 6-3, 6-4 in the Wimbledon women's singles championship, the final point coming on a thundering ace that froze Sharapova where she stood. Kvitova is only the third left-handed woman to win the championship in the open era, which started in 1968; one of the others was fellow Czech Martina Navratilova.

[Update 9:51 a.m.] Petra Kvitova won the first set of the Wimbledon best-of-three women's final, 6-3 over Maria Sharapova. Sharapova had four double-faults in the set.

[Original post 9:31 a.m.] No. 5 seed Maria Sharapova is playing No. 8 Petra Kvitova Saturday in the women's final at Wimbledon, a matchup heralded by NBC analyst Mary Carillo as the epitome of "Big Babe Tennis."

The 6-foot-2-inch Russian and the 6-foot Czech are prime examples of the "grip it and rip it" power game that thrills former champion Martina Navratilova, SI.com's Bruce Jenkins writes.

Sharapova won the title in 2004, when she was just 17; this is 21-year-old left-hander Kvitova's first appearance in a Grand Slam final. The match began at 9 a.m. ET. FULL POST

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Djokovic reaches Wimbledon men's final
Novak Djokovic stretches to return a shot during Friday's men's singles semifinal at Wimbledon.
July 1st, 2011
11:29 AM ET

Djokovic reaches Wimbledon men's final

Novak Djokovic of Serbia fended off a furious comeback Friday by Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France to advance to the men's singles Wimbledon tennis final.

No. 2 seed Djokovic defeated No. 12 Tsonga 7-6, 6-2, 6-7, 6-3 to reach the final for the first time.

Tsonga fought off two match points in the third set to win a tie-breaker before succumbing to Djokovic's steady game in the fourth.

Djokovic on Sunday will meet the winner of this afternoon's match between defending champion and No. 1 seed Rafael Nadal of Spain and local favorite No. 4 Andy Murray of England.

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Sharapova vs. Kvitova in women's final at Wimbledon
Maria Sharapova practices Friday after her victory Thursday in the Wimbledon semifinal.
July 1st, 2011
07:53 AM ET

Sharapova vs. Kvitova in women's final at Wimbledon

Russian Maria Sharapova powered her way Thursday to a first Wimbledon final in seven years after she brushed aside Sabine Lisicki to set up a meeting with Petra Kvitova.

Fifth seed Sharapova claimed her first Grand Slam title as a 17-year-old in 2004 but earned another chance with a 6-4, 6-3 victory over Lisicki of Germany.

Standing between Sharapova and the fourth major championship of her career will be Kvitova, from the Czech Republic, after she beat Belarusian fourth seed Victoria Azarenka 6-1, 3-6, 6-2. Kvitova, seeded eighth, is the first left-handed woman to reach the final since Martina Navratilova in 1990.

Kvitova and Sharapova will meet at Centre Court on Saturday.

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Williams sisters dismissed in straight sets at Wimbledon
Venus Williams, left, and sister Serena were knocked out of Wimbledon on Monday within two hours of each other.
June 27th, 2011
11:56 AM ET

Williams sisters dismissed in straight sets at Wimbledon

[Updated at 11:56 a.m. ET] Less than two hours after her sister went down in straight sets at Wimbledon, Venus Williams suffered the same fate.

Bulgaria's Tsvetana Pironkova, the tournament's No. 32 seed, beat the No. 23-seed Williams 6-2, 6-3 in the fourth-round match.

[Posted at 10:34 a.m. ET] Serena Williams is out of the Wimbledon women's singles tournament after losing in straight sets to Marion Bartoli.

Williams, the No. 7 seed, was the defending champion, having won the 2010 competition. She lost her fourth-round sets Monday 6-3, 7-6.

Bartoli, 26, of France, is the No. 9 seed. She placed fourth in last year's tournament at the All-England Tennis Club.

Bartoli was a finalist in the 2007 competition, losing to Williams' sister, Venus.

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On the Radar: Afghanistan, Huntsman, Greece, summer
A U.S. soldier takes up a position near schoolchildren Tuesday in Afghanistan's Khost province.
June 21st, 2011
08:47 AM ET

On the Radar: Afghanistan, Huntsman, Greece, summer

Afghanistan drawdown President Barack Obama will announce Wednesday how many U.S. troops he'll bring home from Afghanistan when the drawdown begins next month. Obama is expected to announce the approval of a plan that would result in 30,000 U.S. "surge" forces being withdrawn by the end of 2012, an administration official told CNN. There are about 100,000 U.S. troops serving in Afghanistan, including the so-called surge ordered in 2009 in a bid to control violence there.

Huntsman as GOP candidate Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman is set to announce Tuesday his candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination. He's a motorcycle-riding Mormon who speaks fluent Mandarin, a soft-spoken father of seven with eclectic political connections. He was ambassador to China for President Barack Obama, whom he once described as a remarkable leader. That could make the primary season difficult for him.

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On the Radar: Wimbledon served up, Libya funds threatened, al-Assad blames gangs
Serena Williams, left, has won Wimbledon four times. Her sister, Venus, has won the tournament five times.
June 20th, 2011
08:53 AM ET

On the Radar: Wimbledon served up, Libya funds threatened, al-Assad blames gangs

First day of Wimbledon There's no shortage of storylines this year at Wimbledon. High on that list, as usual, are the sisters Williams. Venus and Serena hold nine Wimbledon titles between the two of them, but observers are still trying to determine if Serena is rusty or if the Williams sisters are "the ones to beat" at the grass-court tournament. Never mind that Denmark's Caroline Wozniacki is the top seed.

There's also the continuing saga of Serbia's Novak Djokovic and Switzerland's Roger Federer. The No. 3-seeded Federer snapped a historic winning streak by the No. 2-seeded Djokovic at the French Open two weeks ago. Now Federer is importing a little smack talk into the mix, saying, "I know I can beat Novak on any surface. ... I've done that in the past. Just because he's on a great winning streak doesn't mean he's unbeatable."

As for the No. 1 seed, Spain's Rafa Nadal is taking a different tack from Federer and playing down the chances of snaring his 11th Grand Slam title.

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Li Na wins French Open, makes singles history
Li Na, a sixth-seed, rejoices Saturday after beating the defending champion Francesca Schiavone in the French Open finals.
June 4th, 2011
11:41 AM ET

Li Na wins French Open, makes singles history

China's Li Na became the first Asian tennis player to win a grand slam singles title as she defeated defending champion Francesca Schiavone on Saturday in the French Open finals.

The 29-year-old triumphed 6-4 7-6 (7-0) against the Italian, having been the first player from her country to reach the final of the clay-court tournament.

The victory will push her up to a career-high fourth in the world rankings, equaling the best by an Asian player set byJapan's Kimiko Date Krumm back in 1995.

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SI.com: Mavs finish off Thunder for NBA Finals berth; Bulls must beat Heat
Dallas' Dirk Nowitzki takes it to the hole Wednesday with four Thunder players in the lane. Nowitzki finished with 26 points.
May 26th, 2011
01:35 PM ET

SI.com: Mavs finish off Thunder for NBA Finals berth; Bulls must beat Heat

Led by Shawn Marion and Dirk Nowitzki, the Mavericks sealed the deal and sent the Thunder packing Wednesday night with a 100-96 win in Game 5 of the Western Conference Finals. Though Oklahoma City won't get a shot at the title, it certainly didn't go down without a fight. As SI.com's Chris Mannix explains, the Thunder fought to a three-point lead going into halftime but ultimately were outmatched by a better, more experienced Dallas squad.

"Oklahoma City will learn from this experience," Mannix writes. "(Kevin) Durant will learn how to play through contact, how to not let players push him off his spot. (Kendrick) Perkins will shed 15 pounds and regain the mobility he lost dealing with multiple knee injuries. Serge Ibaka will take the lessons learned from defending Nowitzki, and Zach Randolph in the conference semis, and come back in the fall a better player. (James) Harden will be a year older, a year wiser and that syrupy shooting stroke of his isn't going anywhere."
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Gotta Watch: Saddam statue falls; Arthur Ashe's announcement; FLDS raid
April 8th, 2011
10:30 AM ET

Gotta Watch: Saddam statue falls; Arthur Ashe's announcement; FLDS raid

The end of Saddam's regime - The video is a look back at the day the Iraqi people pulled down the statue of Saddam Hussein.  It happened on April 9, 2003.  You can see people cheering and waving flags as they carry bits and pieces of the statue around central Baghdad.  Someone even shouts "Goodbye Saddam" as you watch him fall. This symbolized the end of the Iraqi leader's regime.  

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Tuesday's intriguing people
Rather than focusing on her opening day win at the Australian Open, media outlets seem fixed on Venus Williams' dress.
January 18th, 2011
12:48 PM ET

Tuesday's intriguing people

Venus Williams

The elder Williams sister is at the Australian Open without her sister Serena, and she dismantled Sara Errani in straight sets, yet the storyline on the 30-year-old tennis champ revolved around a little blue dress.

The aqua blue number with horizontal stripes prompted a Yahoo! Sports columnist to opine that the “length of Venus Williams’ hemline is inversely proportional to the tennis star’s age: as she gets older, the dresses get shorter.”

The New York Daily News penned the verbose headline, “How short is that skirt? Venus Williams’ mini-dress at Australian Open turns heads.” The Daily Telegraph’s headline stated, “The sheer cheek of it,” and another site proclaimed that Williams had gone skirtless at the Grand Slam event.

Let’s not feign surprise. It's hardly the first time that Williams has caused a stir with her uniform. She and her sister take pride in their unique appearances on the court.

In September, she wore a sparkly fuchsia dress (with a sparkly, black undergarment) that was so tight commentator Mary Carillo said, “She uses that fabric a lot in her designs … and for the last couple of years we’ve seen her have to correct her outfit after every point.”

At last year’s Australian Open, Williams opted to wear flesh-colored underwear. When she stretched for a fore- or backhand, it gave the impression that she was in the buff under her tennis dress.

She told the Daily Mail that she designed that outfit herself. She is, after all, a fashion designer and interior designer.

Williams wore the supposedly scandalous underwear the year after the Melbourne tournament banned skimpy dresses following an incident in which French teen Alize Cornet wore a see-through top during a doubles match leading up to the tourney.

Unfortunately, it appears that a woman’s choice of dress often outplays her prowess on the court. Look no further than the Daily Mail report on Maria Sharapova’s dress for this year's open.

Noting that it is less revealing than the dresses she usually wears, the newspaper mused that this design would come “much to the disappointment of her male fans.”

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September 13th, 2010
10:23 PM ET

Rafael Nadal wins U.S. Open

The world's top-ranked tennis player now has a career Grand Slam.

Rafael Nadal defeated third-seeded Novak Djokovic in the men’s singles final of the U.S. Open in New York on Monday night, 6-4, 5-7, 6-4, 6-2. The match ended almost six hours after it began. Rain interrupted the second set for about two hours.

The win gives the 24-year-old Spaniard his first U.S. Open title. He becomes the seventh man to win all four Grand Slam singles titles for his career, and he has nine Grand Slams overall.

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September 12th, 2010
07:00 PM ET

U.S. Open men's final postponed

Sunday's U.S. Open men's tennis final between Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic has been postponed until Monday at 4 p.m. ET due to rain in New York.

Belgium's Kim Clijsters beat Russia's Vera Zvonareva 6-2, 6-1 on Saturday night in the women's final.

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September 11th, 2010
09:50 PM ET

Kim Clijsters defeats Vera Zvonareva to win U.S. Open

Belgium's Kim Clijsters defeated Russia's Vera Zvonareva 6-2, 6-1 Saturday night to win her second consecutive U.S. Open title and her third Grand Slam title.

The win makes her the first woman to win two consecutive U.S. Open titles since Venus Williams, whom Clijsters beat Friday night to advance to the final round.

The no. 2-seeded Clijsters accepted her trophy before a cheering crowd in New York's Arthur Ashe stadium after encouraging Zvonareva to keep fighting toward the title.

"A little bit of experience definitely helps," she said. "I think it took me six or seven finals until I finally got one.

"Keep it going," she told her opponent. "You're a great player. It'll happen."

The 27-year-old married mother will also receive $2.2 million for her win.

Zvonareva congratulated Clijsters, saying that despite the outcome, "I still love New York."

Clijsters came into the match with 20 consecutive wins after defeating Williams, who snagged back-to-back titles in 2000 and 2001. The no. 7-seeded Zvonareva upset top-seeded Caroline Wozniacki on Friday to face off with Clijsters, whom she had beaten twice previously.

More coverage of the U.S. Open on SI.com.

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