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Can Clijsters make a winning return to tennis?


Former world number one Kim Clijsters has said she will return to the WTA Tour.

The 25-year-old Belgian, who had retired from the sport two years ago because of injury, told a news conference in Bree she was coming back to tennis.

“I have asked for wildcards for Cincinnati, Toronto and U.S. Open, that’s all for the moment. I want to see if I can still do it,” she said.

Clijsters, U.S. Open champion in 2005, won 34 singles titles and held the top ranking for a total of 19 weeks.

Martina Hingis made a similar comeback but struggled. Can Clijsters succeed where Hingis failed?

Crash suggests Armstrong has bigger problems


On Monday morning, I told one of my colleagues: “Today (on Tour of Castilla y Leon) should be cool. Decisive stage is Tuesday with the time trial.”

It looks like I was wrong.

Around 4.15pm, my telephone went mad, I received dozens of updates on Twitter. What almost never happened, had just happened badly: LA had crashed and broken his collarbone.

Can Armstrong shed the pounds and really compete?












Lance Armstrong has said he still has some extra pounds he needs to lose.

After finishing 125th in this weekend’s Milan – San Remo, he faces his own race to be competitive in May’s Giro d’Italia and July’s Tour de France.

It’s not as if he looks like Brazilian soccer player Ronaldo. I saw him at Astana’s training camp in December and I can tell you he was quite fit and was impressive on the bike for someone who had retired more than three years ago.

Quiet man Contador makes his point to Bruyneel



Alberto Contador reminds me of Rafael Nadal. He speaks softly, he is very polite, some would say he is a kind lad. He is all those things, and, just like Nadal, once he gets on his turf, he is all but a killer.

Contador said before starting Paris-Nice, a race featuring several Tour de France contenders, that he was not here to make his point within the Astana team.

Lance loses bike, wears @$$ out



Having your bike stolen is quite a big deal. It has happened to me a few times and I must say I was pretty upset.

As is well known now, the same thing has happened to Lance Armstrong and the only difference is that LA’s bike was worth a good $10,000.

Testing times for tennis players, but cyclists have it worse


doping“Knock, knock on the door. Anti-doping control right now. This is #18.”

That’s Lance Armstrong’s Twitter feed on Feb 13, a few hours ago.

I bet if his mum doesn’t know where he is, the anti-doping authorities do.