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Keith Strudler: Battle Of The Sexes, Part II

Jun 28, 2017

It was well over 40 years ago that Billy Jean King defeated Bobby Riggs in a tennis match played in the cathedral of har tru, the Houston Astrodome. This event was billed as the Battle of the Sexes and placed a staunch advocate for fair if not equal recognition for women’s sports against an articulated male chauvinist. To some spectators, and there were many, this match would let us know if women can compete against men in sports, where they were largely relegated to the sidelines. Of course, this was far more complex than that, given the age disparity and showmanship of the affair. Regardless, King’s victory was important in furthering the progress of female athletes. Maybe better put, a loss would have been catastrophic, with a top female tennis pro losing to an againg male has-been, someone that couldn’t even stay on the court with current male pros.

Keith Strudler: Big Sister

Sep 9, 2015

Last night at the US Open was certainly not the first, or second, or even twentieth time the Williams sisters played opposite each other at a tennis tournament. In fact, it was the twenty-seventh, with Serena’s win giving her a 26-11 edge. In recent days, it’s been all Serena, having taken seven of the past eight matches. Last night was a reminder of which sibling would go down in history as the more dominant tennis player. Despite a valiant effort by the 35 year-old Venus, the slightly junior and more athletic Serena rallied for a serviceable three set victory. All which means Serena will now continue into the semifinals as the overwhelming favorite to win this US Open and her 22nd major singles event. That would tie her with Steffi Graf for the most ever, and it would also complete her calendar Grand Slam, winning the Australian, French, Wimbledon, and US Open in the same year. Not that it’s in question, but this title would further enshrine Serena as the greatest women’s tennis player to grace the court. One could certainly argue she’s actually the greatest female athlete in any sport, but that’s a discussion for another time. Regardless of the depth of perspective, Serena’s win over her sister last night was yet another demonstration of athletic grace under pressure.


Serena Williams has defeated sister Venus in three sets to move within two victories of completing the first Grand Slam since 1988.

The younger Williams won 6-2, 1-6, 6-3 in the U.S. Open quarterfinals Tuesday night in front of a celebrity-filled crowd at Arthur Ashe Stadium. It was her 11th three-set victory at a major this year.

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Top-seed Serena Williams will face Garbine Muguruza in the Wimbledon women's final on Saturday. Williams whipped Maria Sharapova, 6-2, 6-4 to get within one match victory of her fourth consecutive major title. Muguruza advanced to her first Grand Slam final by surprising No. 13 Agnieszka Radwanska, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3.


In baseball, in the American League, the Yankees tripled up Oakland 6-2, Kansas City bested Tampa Bay 8-3, the White Sox blanked Toronto 2-0, Cleveland won against Houston 3-1, Detroit doubled up Minnesota 4-2, and it was Seattle over the Angels 7-2.


In the NFL, the Miami Dolphins dominated the second half on the way to a 33-20 win over the New England Patriots. Knowshon Moreno rushed for 134 yards and a touchdown, and Ryan Tannehill threw for two scores for the Dolphins. It was New England's first loss in an opener since 2003. The New York Jets beat the Oakland Raiders 19-14 yesterday. Chris Ivory burst through a few tackle attempts for a 71-yard touchdown run midway through the fourth quarter, and the Jets' defense clamped down on Oakland rookie quarterback Derek Carr. Geno Smith threw a 5-yard touchdown pass to Chris Johnson as the Jets sent the Raiders to their 14th straight loss in the Eastern time zone. Buffalo edged Chicago with a field goal in overtime, 23-20.

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Serena Williams began her bid for a third consecutive U.S. Open title with a 6-3, 6-1 victory over American teen Taylor Townsend last night. Five-time champion and No. 2 seed Roger Federer won his first-round match at the U.S. Open.

The biggest upset of the day was authored by CiCi Bellis, who ousted women's 12th seed Dominika Cibulkova in three sets. The 15-year-old Bellis became the youngest player to win a U.S. Open match since 1996.

UAlbany Struggles In 66-60 Win Over Binghamton

Jan 21, 2014
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In college basketball, Peter Hooley scored 17 points to lead Albany over Binghamton 66-60 on Monday.

Meanwhile, the UAlbany women’s team also defeated Binghamton in a 66-36 blowout game.

Creighton defeated No. 4 Villanova 96-68. Eighth-ranked Kansas won against No. 24 Baylor 78-68 and it was Nebraska over No. 17 Ohio St. 68-62.

Checking the NBA scoreboard, Joe Johnson scored 25 points and the Brooklyn Nets sent the Knicks to their fourth straight loss with a 103-80 victory. The Nets improved to 7-1.

Broncos and Seahawks Headed To Super Bowl

Jan 20, 2014

It will be the Seattle Seahawks taking on the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl 48 at the Meadowlands.

Peyton Manning threw for 400 yards and two touchdowns as Denver beat New England 26-16 to win the AFC championship. The Broncos had to settle for four Matt Prater field goals, but the drives allowed them to control the ball for almost 36 minutes and keep the Patriots' offense off the field.

There were only three NBA games scheduled Thursday.

Joe Johnson scored 26 of his 29 points in the first half to lead Brooklyn over Atlanta 127-110 in London. It was the fourth regular-season NBA game to be played in the British capital.

After reeling off five straight victories, the New York Knicks now are on a two-game losing streak. Lance Stephenson's had a career-high 28 points in Indiana's 117-89 rout of the Knicks. Paul George added 25 for the Pacers.

And it was Oklahoma City over Houston 104-92.

Gattuso Boosts UAlbany Football Staff

Jan 15, 2014
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On Tuesday UAlbany football coach Greg Gattuso announced the hiring of defensive coordinator Bob Benson, offensive coordinator Joe Bernard, assistant head coach and linebackers coach Bernard Clark and offensive line coach Jim Sweeney. Gattuso has worked with Bernard, Sweeney and Clark in the past.

In the NBA, the Knicks' five-game winning streak is over.

Will It Be A Boston Year? World Series Now Tied

Oct 28, 2013
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The World Series is tied at two games apiece. Jonny Gomes blasted a tiebreaking, three-run homer in the sixth inning to lead Boston to a 4-2 triumph over the Cardinals in St. Louis. He was inserted into the starting lineup once Shane Victorino was scratched due to lower back tightness.

David Ortiz provided three of the Red Sox's six hits and scored twice, including once on Stephen Drew's sacrifice fly. Game 5 is today in St. Louis. Jon Lester will start for the Red Sox against Adam Wainwright.

Cowboys Take Giants On Opening Sunday

Sep 9, 2013

It was the first Sunday of the NFL season  and Dallas took advantage of six Giants turnovers in a 36-31 win over New York.

Red Sox Pummel Tigers 20-4

Sep 5, 2013
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In baseball, the Boston Red Sox pummeled the Detroit Tigers 20-4 last night. David Ortiz hit two of Boston's eight home runs and also doubled for his 2,000th career hit. The AL East-leading Red Sox took two of three from the AL Central-leading Tigers and kept the best record in the American League.

Yanks Five-Run Eighth Rescues Game

Sep 4, 2013

In baseball, the Yankees put together a five-run eighth to turn a 4-1 deficit into a 6-4 win over the Chicago White Sox. Alfonso Soriano sparked the comeback with a two-run single and Curtis Granderson singled home the tying run before Eduardo Nunez lined a two-run double.

Elsewhere in the American League, Boston defeated Detroit 2-1. Will Middlebrooks hit a two-run single in the fifth off Max Scherzer.

Red Sox Sweep Chicago After 7-6 win

Sep 2, 2013
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In baseball, David Ortiz had two hits and three RBIs to help power the Red Sox past Chicago 7-6 yesterday and complete a three-game sweep. Stephen Drew added a solo homer for the AL East-leading Red Sox, who won for the seventh time in eight games.

Baltimore Snaps Boston's Four Game Winning Streak

Aug 30, 2013
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In baseball, Baltimore beat the Red Sox 3-2, snapping Boston’s four game winning streak.

Elsewhere in the American League, it was Detroit over Oakland 7-6. Kansas City beat Minnesota 3-1. The Angels blanked Tampa Bay 2-0 and Seattle topped Houston 3-2.

Checking the National League, the Mets cruised past Philadelphia 11-3. Washington shut out Miami 9-0 and Milwaukee blanked Pittsburgh 4-0.

Boston Takes Fourth Straight Win

Aug 29, 2013
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In baseball, pinch hitter Mike Carp's bloop single to left in the eighth inning lifted the Red Sox over Baltimore 4-3 last night. Shane Victorino drove in a run for Boston with an RBI single.

Elsewhere in the American League, Toronto passed the Yankees 7-2. Texas beat Seattle 12-4. Oakland cruised ahead of Detroit 14-4. Tampa Bay outscored the Angels 4-1. The White Sox trumped Houston 6-1 and Kansas City defeated Minnesota 8-1.

Mets' Matt Harvey Has Tear In His Elbow

Aug 27, 2013
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In baseball, the New York Mets' rebuilding plan may have taken a huge hit.

National League All-Star game starting pitcher Matt Harvey has a partially torn ligament in his right elbow, but the Mets are still hoping he can avoid Tommy John surgery. A full prognosis will not be made until swelling in the elbow goes down in about two weeks.

Checking the scoreboard, the Mets suffered their fifth straight loss. Cody Asche supplied a go-ahead, two-run triple in the fourth inning of Philadelphia's 2-1 win.

After Loss, Boston Tied For First With Tampa Bay

Aug 21, 2013
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In baseball, Boston has fallen into a two-way tie for first with Tampa Bay in the American League East. Marco Scutaro worked out a bases-loaded walk in the bottom of the ninth to push San Francisco past the Red Sox 3-2.

In the American League, the Yankees took a pair against Toronto. Chris Stewart hit a go-ahead three-run homer to help New York rally for an 8-4 win over Toronto in the first game of a doubleheader. Robinson Cano hit his 200th homer among four hits and drove in four runs as the Yankees handed the Blue Jays their record 10th straight loss in New York.

Rodriguez Formally Appeals Suspension

Aug 8, 2013
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The Major League Baseball Players Association formally appealed Alex Rodriguez's 211-game suspension. He was suspended through the 2014 season Monday when the league penalized 13 players following an investigation into Biogenesis of America, a Florida anti-aging clinic accused of distributing performance-enhancing drugs.

Andrew Brown Lifts Mets In 13th To 5-4 Victory

Jul 2, 2013

In baseball news, it was an emotional night for Arizona. The Diamondbacks wore a black arm band to honor the 19 firefighters killed this week fighting wild fires. As for the game, the Mets erased a 3-0 deficit before Andrew Brown hit a two-run single with two outs in the bottom of the 13th to complete a 5-4 win over Arizona.

Well, A-Rod is set to play his first minor league game on a rehabilitation assignment. The Yankees said Monday that Rodriguez is scheduled to start tonight for Single-A Charleston in the South Atlantic League.

Cashman: Alex Should Just... Shut Up

Jun 26, 2013
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Third baseman Alex Rodriguez is in hot water with Yankees general manager Brian Cashman after he tweeted that his hip surgeon cleared him to play in rehabilitation games. Cashman told that when the Yankees want to announce something, they will and added that "Alex should just shut...up."

Sox Shut Out Yankees 3-0 In Rain Shortened Game

Jun 3, 2013
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Well, it was abbreviated but it was a shut out.

In baseball news, the Red Sox got home runs from David Ortiz and Jose Iglesias in a 3-0 victory over the New York Yankees that was stopped after 5½ innings because of rain Sunday night. Elsewhere in the American League, Tampa bay cruised ahead of Cleveland 11-3. Baltimore doubled up Detroit 4-2. Minnesota blanked Seattle 10-0. Texas beat Kansas City 3-1. Houston passed the Angels 5-4 and Oakland shut out the White Sox 2-0.

WAMC Morning Edition Sports Update

May 20, 2013
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In the NBA playoffs, on Saturday the Pacers knocked out the Knicks 106-99 in Game 6 sending them to face Miami for their first Eastern Conference final since 2004. On Sunday, the Spurs took Game 1 of the NBA's Western Conference finals defeating the Grizzlies 105-83. Tony Parker finished with 20 points and nine assists.

In the NHL playoffs, the Bruins scored two goals in the third to beat the New York Rangers 5-2 and take a 2-0 lead in the series. The Rangers host the next two games Tuesday and Thursday. The Ottawa Senators won against Pittsburgh 2-1 in double-overtime.

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May 13, 2013
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In golf news, Tiger Woods has become the fourth two-time winner of The Players Championship. Woods parred his final two holes for a 2-under-par 70 that left him 13-under for the tournament on Sunday.

In the NBA, the Warriors beat the Spurs 97-87 in overtime. Golden State and San Antonio are now locked into a best-of-3 Western Conference semifinal after splitting the first four games.  Elsewhere, the NBA has fined Chicago Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau $35,000 for comments he made about the officiating following Friday's loss to Miami.

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Mar 27, 2013
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In the NBA, it's now a five-game winning streak for the New York Knicks and a five-game losing skid for the Boston Celtics. J.R. Smith poured in 32 points and Carmelo Anthony added 29 as the Knicks hammered the Celtics 100-85 in Boston. The game was tied at 35 until the Knicks scored 14 straight points to take control. The Celtics committed 20 turnovers compared to eight for the Knicks.

Elsewhere, Minnesota beat Detroit 105-82 and Dallas edged ahead of the Clippers 109-102.