When should Federer walk away from tennis?
Roger Federer suffered his earliest U.S. Open exit since 2003 when he lost to Tommy Robredo in round four.
September 3rd, 2013
11:55 AM ET

When should Federer walk away from tennis?

After his worst summer in a decade, Roger Federer now stands at the unfamiliar intersection between one of the greatest careers in tennis history, if not sporting history, and a precarious future as a potential also-ran in the upper echelons of the game.

After his historic record-setting run of 33 straight quarterfinal-or-better appearances at grand slams came to an abrupt end at this year’s Wimbledon, the former world No. 1 was expected to cut back his schedule, spend more time with his family and ease into the final phase of his career with one eye on his impending retirement.

However, the Swiss star decided to double down and push forward, dismissing any and all questions about stepping away from tennis. By doing so, the 17-time grand slam champion risks diminishing his historic legacy - a prospect further raised by his fourth-round defeat against Tommy Robredo at the U.S. Open. FULL POST

Posted by ,
Filed under:  Tennis
American college football faces up to the pressures of professionalism
Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel was recently handed a half-game suspension. (Getty Images)
September 2nd, 2013
05:03 PM ET

American college football faces up to the pressures of professionalism

The NFL has cemented itself among the popular sporting leagues in the world thanks to huge events like the Super Bowl and its endeavors to bring the game to the UK. However, in the United States, collegiate football, also known as NCAA football, is just as popular as its professional counterpart.

Unlike the NFL where there are only 32 teams across the country, collegiate football has more than 120 teams. This means every area across the country has a local team they can identify with. For instance, while the Dallas Cowboys may be the most popular team in the NFL, there is the same, if not more support for Texas, Texas A&M or Texas Tech’s football teams.

Since it’s inception in 1906, the collegiate system has insisted on keeping its athletes amateur, forcing student athletes to rely fully on their scholarships to get them through their college days. FULL POST

Posted by ,
Filed under:  U.S. Sport
newer posts »