2010 US Open men’s and women’s singles draws revealed

Fans could be treated to another Roger Federer-Rafael Nadal Grand Slam tournament final at the 2010 US Open on the men’s side and a meeting of two former US Open champions in the women’s final, as the men’s and women’s singles draws were revealed Thursday.Tennis Us-open-2010

The draws were revealed in the US Open Draw Announcement Special, which was broadcast on ESPN2 and ESPN3.com with studio host Chris McKendry and analysts Mary Joe Fernandez and Brad Gilbert. At the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, Patrick McEnroe hosted the actual picking of names from the US Open Trophy, as defending champion Kim Clijsters, USTA President and Chairman of the Board Lucy Garvin and US Open Tournament Director Jim Curley took turns pulling names from the trophy, which were then announced by US Open Tournament Referee Brian Earley.

The top two men’s and women’s seeds and the 96 unseeded players were placed in the draw randomly the night before, with Thursday’s draw ceremony placing the remaining seeded players into the drawsheets.

Clijsters, who returned to the WTA Tour late last summer from an over two-year retirement that included having her first daughter, Jada, won the US Open in just her third tournament back for her second title in Flushing Meadows. Coming back this year as the defending champion now feels a little different for her, but it brings back all the great feelings of winning last year and celebrating with her family. Continue reading

High Stakes Poker News

Patrik Antonius Takes on Zigmund Patrick Antonius

HighStakesDB.com reports three players fought it out in a $200/$400 PLO game earlier in the week. On Wednesday, they were at it again, but this time they stepped up to play $300/$600 instead. And this time around it was Patrik Antonius who got the better this matchup when he managed to win $237K while the two others lost about $100K each. Antonius also found a $95K win in the seven game, so at the end of the day he ended up winning $332K.

The big name high stakes player took on the likes of fellow high stakers Phil Galfond and Zigmund.

PokerTableRankings.com reports that the race to the top of the 25/50 NL crop is really starting to heat up. Continue reading

NFL shows support for Frank legislation

Sports BettingIn America, the National Football League (NFL) has issued a statement announcing its support for the Internet Gambling Regulation And Consumer Protection And Enforcement Act, which was recently passed through the House Financial Services Committee by a vote of 41 to 22.

The brainchild of Massachusetts Democrat Barney Frank, the Internet Gambling Regulation And Consumer Protection And Enforcement Act seeks to regulate online gambling in the United States and counter the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA) legislation of 2006.

A traditional opponent of online gambling, the NFL changed sides after an amendment was placed in the proposed legislation by Republican New York Representative Peter King that explicitly prohibits licensed companies from offering sportsbetting with the exception of parimutuel horseracing.

“We don’t oppose [the Internet Gambling Regulation And Consumer Protection And Enforcement Act  since it now includes the language we had hoped for,” Brian McCarthy, Communications Vice-President for the NFL is quoted by numerous sources. Continue reading

Ten NFL players

Every year, every NFL player faces a certain degree of pressure. Every year, some face more than others. Ten players will begin the 2010 season with more pressure than the average guy who earns a living playing football. Here’s the list:

NFL Logo Chris Johnson, Titans RB

Ordinarily, a guy who has rushed for more than 2,000 yards doesn’t face much pressure the next year, primarily because no one expects him to meet or exceed his accomplishments. Johnson, however, has pulled no punches; he repeatedly has said he plans to rush for 2,500 yards in the coming season, which would shatter the single-season record by nearly 400 yards.

And so Johnson has welcomed the pressure of averaging more than 156 yards per game. One bad showing would upend his quest, thereby making him look like just another athlete who can run his mouth and not back it up.

Tom Brady, Patriots QB

A year removed from a major knee injury, Brady presided over an up-and-down campaign that resulted in a division title, followed by a prompt exit from the playoffs via a thumping from the Ravens.

In 2010, Brady enters the final year of his contract. To cash in come 2011, he needs to continue to play at a high level despite a somewhat diminished depth chart on offense.

More importantly, he needs to stay healthy.

If he fails on either front, that huge-dollar deal everyone assumes he’ll be getting may not happen.

Mark Sanchez, Jets QB

With the Jets already laying claim to the Super Bowl 45 trophy, everyone faces crippling pressure to deliver.

And arguably the weakest link in the chain plays the most important position.

Sanchez struggled through long stretches of his rookie year, and he missed much of the offseason practices as he continued to rehab aknee injury. Still, many assume he’ll simply step up his game and become good enough to lead the Jets to a championship.

Maybe he will, but that assumption places a ton of pressure on Sanchez. Continue reading

LeBron’s Return To Cleveland A Prime Spot

Basketball It might be one of the most eagerly anticipated games the NBA has known. Just don’t ask Cavaliers coach Byron Scott about what it might be like when a house packed with spurned Cleveland fans greets star Miami forward — for seven years, the Cavaliers’ star forward –LeBron James.

“No, we are not going to get into that, we are not circling any games or going for revenge,” Scott told Sporting News. “There are 82 games on the schedule and we’re not going to go out of our way to worry about that one.”

Apparently, neither is the NBA. The league released the highlights of its schedule on Tuesday (the rest will come out next week), and oneof the most notable aspects of the big-game slate is that it does not include the Heat visiting Cleveland. Commissioner David Stern has admitted to being a bit put off by the assemblingof the Heat’s new James-Dwyane Wade-Chris Bosh superteam, and apparently, he doesn’t want to showcase James’ jilting of the Cavaliers by giving Miami at Cleveland a prime spot on the calendar. Continue reading