Sports Briefing From The World Of Tennis Golf And Football
TENNIS: Serena Williams displayed world class form as she retains the number ranking in world by beating her Sister Venus Williams 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 in the semifinals of the Sony Ericsson Open. This family showdown has happened twenty times now, with each girl winning ten times. This was actually a must win for Serena if she was to retain the number one ranking. A disappointed Venus Williams said she still wanted to win even though she was playing against sister and the number one ranking was on the line for Serena. The women’s final will be between Serena Williams and 19-year-old Victoria Azarenka of Belarus.
GOLF: Davis Love, III was the victim of fuzzy match this week when he finish ranked as the 51st ranked player in the world. Although Love won in 2008, he will miss the Masters for the second year in a row. According to the report Love would have remained inside the top 50, by seven-thousandths of a point, had he skipped Bay Hill. He had skipped the Transitions Championship a week earlier and moved up a spot in the ranking. Love who is a board member on the Tour Policy Board is now a victim of his own rule, but nevertheless he remains a good sport. Ironically though, he could have qualified if he was a foreign-born player with the foreign exemption.
FOOTBALL: If you thought DT Albert Haynesworth agreeing to a seven-year, $100 million contract with the Redskins just hours into free agency was suspicious, then you’re not alone. According to published reports the Titans recently submitted evidence to the NFL of tampering, claiming the Redskins contacted Haynesworth before he became a free agent on Feb. 27th. The Titans did not file a formal grievance with the NFL. Instead, they turned in newspaper articles and audio from a Washington, D.C.-area radio station in which a Redskins official made what the Titans felt were incriminating comments. Players and agents are not subject to punishment if found guilty of any involvement in tampering. However, teams found guilty of tampering have been forced to relinquish draft picks.