Are Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic boring?
Rafael Nadal won his second U.S. Open title on Monday, but is his style of play boring?
September 11th, 2013
03:51 PM ET

Are Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic boring?

There’s an argument that this generation of men's tennis is boring and I think it’s a valid one.

It’s not boring to see two great players like Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic compete in a final.

What is getting mundane is watching the same tactic in every single match of every single grand slam for the last five or six years.

Nowadays they all settle down and say "OK, this is going to be two hours of baseline rallies." The guy who outlasts the other one wins. It’s taken a lot of the skill out of tennis. FULL POST

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Will Belgium win the World Cup?
Belgium are unbeaten in World Cup qualifying having won seven of their eight group games. (Getty Images)
September 10th, 2013
10:54 AM ET

Will Belgium win the World Cup?

No. But the fact that a nation with a population of just 11 million people is being mentioned as World Cup dark horses is nothing short of remarkable given Belgium have failed to qualify for their last five major tournaments.

Marc Wilmots’ side top their European qualifying group and even if they lose to Croatia in the next game, victory in their final game –- at home to Wales –- will take Belgium to the World Cup finals in Brazil next year.

The assorted talents of Vincent Kompany, Kevin De Bruyne, Eden Hazard, Simon Mignolet, Thomas Vermaelen, Marouane Fellaini, Kevin Mirallas, Romelu Lukaku, Jan Vertonghen, Moussa Dembele and Christian Benteke are players well known to English Premier League watchers. FULL POST

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September 10th, 2013
02:00 AM ET

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September 10th, 2013
01:00 AM ET

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'Flying machines' elevate America's Cup to new levels
Emirates Team New Zealand and Oracle Team USA in action during race three of the America's Cup finals. (Getty Images)
September 9th, 2013
11:22 PM ET

'Flying machines' elevate America's Cup to new levels

The first thing to say about this year's America's Cup between Team Oracle USA and Emirates Team New Zealand is that the racing has been amazing - and it is not often you can say that in sailing.

To watch boats literally flying - up and out of the water, and only held into it by tiny carbon foils - has been mind-blowing. I've watched it from all angles and just did not expect to be as impressed as I was. FULL POST

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September 9th, 2013
10:00 PM ET

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September 9th, 2013
12:45 PM ET

Can Serena Williams become the greatest?

By claiming her 17th grand slam singles title at the U.S. Open, Serena Williams now sits just one major title behind legends of the game Martina Navratilova and Chris Evert, and five behind Steffi Graf, who holds the Open Era record of 22.

It now seems inevitable that she will at least tie and perhaps even surpass the numbers set by Navratilova and Evert, solidifying her place in the debate over who is the greatest of all time, but just how many more can she win? FULL POST

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September 8th, 2013
05:00 PM ET

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Perez's 11 'Galacticos'
September 5th, 2013
12:11 PM ET

Daniel Levy: Football's toughest negotiator?

Gareth Bale may have been the big star of Europe's summer transfer window, but behind the scenes it was his former club chairman Daniel Levy who emerged as one of the most formidable characters.

The Tottenham supremo has long been known as one of the toughest negotiators in football, and he cemented that status with the manner in which he handled the Bale sale. Not only did he demand a massive fee  – possibly even a world record – for a player largely untested at the highest level, but he played the European transfer market with all the strategic flair of a chess Grandmaster. FULL POST

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Football’s winners and losers of the last-day transfer dash …
Four men who were all busy on transfer deadline day. (Getty Images)
September 3rd, 2013
05:07 PM ET

Football’s winners and losers of the last-day transfer dash …

In a bid to make the assessment of the transfer deadline day activity more manageable, let’s take a look at how Champions League clubs from the top divisions in Europe - the English Premier League, the Bundesliga, La Liga and Serie A - fared. The transfer window, from the point of view of managers and coaches, is all about improving your side’s stock. Some traders proved better than others as the clock ticked down in the final 24 hours (marked out of 10) … FULL POST

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