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Mar 18, 2014

Tennis-Serena savours home-court advantage at Sony Open

MIAMI, March 18 (Reuters) – Serena Williams is a daunting opponent no matter the surface or tournament, but at the Sony Open played near the comforts of her Miami home she has practically set up a second residence in the winner’s circle.

Williams, who lives an hour’s drive from the Tennis Center at Crandon Park, site of the Sony Open for the next fortnight, is a six-time winner in Miami. That is more wins than she has at any other tournament and one better than her five U.S. Open, Wimbledon and Australian Open grand slam victories.

Mar 18, 2014

Radwanska hopes knee will be ready for Miami

MIAMI (Reuters) – Poland’s Agnieszka Radwanska hopes a few days rest and a first round bye will give her injured knee enough time to heal and keep her from withdrawing from the Sony Open, the world number three said on Tuesday.

Radwanska’s participation in Miami is in doubt after she limped to a 6-2 6-1 loss to Italy’s Flavia Pennetta on Sunday in the final of the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells.

Mar 18, 2014

Tennis-Radwanska hopes knee will be ready for Miami

MIAMI, March 18 (Reuters) – Poland’s Agnieszka Radwanska hopes a few days rest and a first round bye will give her injured knee enough time to heal and keep her from withdrawing from the Sony Open, the world number three said on Tuesday.

Radwanska’s participation in Miami is in doubt after she limped to a 6-2 6-1 loss to Italy’s Flavia Pennetta on Sunday in the final of the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells.

Mar 17, 2014

Preview – Nadal, Federer bring box-office boost to Miami

MIAMI (Reuters) – After missing last year’s Sony Open, both world number one Rafa Nadal and 17-times grand slam winner Roger Federer return to South Beach this week along with their box office punch.

There will be no shortage of tennis glitterati around Miami for the next fortnight with 19 of the top 20 men’s and women’s players in action at Crandon Park but perhaps none more welcome than Federer and Nadal as their absence last year left a hole that could not be filled.

Mar 17, 2014

Nadal, Federer bring box-office boost to Miami

MIAMI (Reuters) – After missing last year’s Sony Open, both world number one Rafa Nadal and 17-times grand slam winner Roger Federer return to South Beach this week along with their box office punch.

There will be no shortage of tennis glitterati around Miami for the next fortnight with 19 of the top 20 men’s and women’s players in action at Crandon Park but perhaps none more welcome than Federer and Nadal as their absence last year left a hole that could not be filled.

Mar 17, 2014

Tennis-Nadal, Federer bring box-office boost to Miami

MIAMI, March 17 (Reuters) – After missing last year’s Sony Open, both world number one Rafa Nadal and 17-times grand slam winner Roger Federer return to South Beach this week along with their box office punch.

There will be no shortage of tennis glitterati around Miami for the next fortnight with 19 of the top 20 men’s and women’s players in action at Crandon Park but perhaps none more welcome than Federer and Nadal as their absence last year left a hole that could not be filled.

Mar 16, 2014

Rivera brings career full circle with one pitch

PANAMA CITY, Panama (Reuters) – Major League Baseball and the New York Yankees returned to Panama for the first time in 67 years on Saturday, offering one final goodbye to Mariano Rivera and bringing the career of the game’s greatest closer full circle.

Back where it all began, Rivera, who retired at the end of last season with a record 652 career saves, threw a ceremonial pitch to launch a two-day tribute for the man fans know simply as “Mo”.

Mar 10, 2014

Woods back problems could cause Masters rethink

DORAL, Florida (Reuters) – World number one Tiger Woods arrived at the WGC-Cadillac Championship with concerns over his fitness and gingerly walked off the Blue Monster Course on Sunday with new questions about his ailing back.

With the year’s first major just a month away, Woods’ Masters preparations may have to be quickly reworked as he deals with back spasms that have plagued him through his last two events.

Mar 9, 2014

Golf-Reed wins WGC-Cadillac Championship

DORAL, Florida, March 9 (Reuters) – American Patrick Reed became the youngest winner of a World Golf Championship event when he held on for a one shot victory at the Cadillac Championship on Sunday after an ailing Tiger Woods failed to mount a challenge.

Reed shot a final round of even-par 72 to finish the $9 million tournament at four-under 284, one shot clear of Bubba Watson and Jamie Donaldson. It was Reed’s third PGA Tour title in the past eight months.

Mar 9, 2014

Golf-Reed wins WGC-Cadillac Championship

DORAL, Florida, March 9 (Reuters) – American Patrick Reed became the youngest winner of a World Golf Championship event when he held on for a one shot victory at the Cadillac Championship on Sunday after an ailing Tiger Woods failed to mount a challenge.

Reed shot a final round of even-par 72 to finish the $9 million tournament at four-under 284, one shot clear of Bubba Watson and Jamie Donaldson. It was Reed’s third PGA Tour title in the past eight months.