Tennis Star Richard Gasquet Richard Gasquet can play tennis after a 2 1/2 ban, after he convinced independent anti-doping tribunal that he ingested cocaine with the kiss with the woman he had just met.
Sports by Brooks always come through with advance stories that no one else has. This one deals with Sports Illustrated's upcoming 2009 Swimsuit Edition. Brooks reports that Tatiana Golvoin and Maria Kirilenko will be featured in the issue. In fact SBB is running a poll to see which of the two ranked tennis player- You like best! Once again Brooks thanks for making New Years Eve so great for your hundreds of thousands readers!
Let me make a prediction....no not one like Big Brown winning the Kentucky Derby. This is a sure thing...An American Woman will win the Wimbeldon Championship. Bet your house on it... Okay. It's sister vs. sister- in a literal sense. Venus Williams Vs. Serena Williams. I really thought the both of them had retired to the endorsement business.
Why is it, prior to major sports events, does illegal activity always seem to make news? We had it with Tim Donaghy and the cheating scandal in the NBA, during the NBA Championship- Now we have accusations swirling about Wimbledon and Pro Tennis coming from leading bookmaking companies responsible for monitoring suspect betting patterns and players thought to be willing to throw a game. The report via the UK MAIL states Four of the 8 matches reported were from last years Wimbeldon and points to eastern European and Russian Gambling syndicates involvement.
Martina Hingas is retiring from Professional Tennis on the heels of allegations she has tested positive for using Cocaine. The story just broke, but I am sure it will be fodder for the sports media for days and weeks to come.
Lots of Pre-hype from NBC for "Chuck" which debuts on Monday. The Bible of Advertising- AD AGE lets a media reviewer review Chuck for media folks. Chuck is the story of a Nerd who is involved with Spies. Sounds like Earl Meets Man from UNCLE?
Match-fixing, some of which is linked to internet gambling, is not uncommon in professional tennis according to a damaging report in L'Equipe on Thursday. Two elite players made the claims, under anonymity, in an interview with the French sports daily claiming they have witnessed matches being "thrown" and that they had personally been offered bribes.
Nikolay Davydenko is being investigated for "tanking", while playing a low level player,according to News reports, after winning his first match, and then retired with a "bad toe" after winning the second set. 7 Millon dollars was wagered on Martin Vassallo Arguello from Argentia, afer Davydenko won the first set.