- The Washington Times - Monday, June 8, 2009


Federer wins French Open - Roger Federer’s win Sunday was his 14th Grand Slam title, tying him with Pete Sampras for most all time. For those knocking Federer for not having to face Rafael Nadal in the final, here a name for you: Cedric Pioline. Who’s that? He’s the unranked player Sampras beat to win Wimbledon in 1997. Grand Slam titles in tennis or championships in other sports don’t count less depending on whom a person or team plays. The winner still gets the trophy, and Federer now has 14 of them from Grand Slams.

Tiger takes Memorial with final-round 65 - The only knock on Tiger Woods’ career thus far is he has never won a major title when trailing entering the final round. He still hasn’t, but on Sunday he came from four shots back to win the Memorial by one stroke. Since returning from knee surgery, Woods hasn’t finished outside the top 10 in any PGA event and now has two victories this season. That bodes well for area golf fans with Woods’ signature event, the AT&T National, coming to Congressional next month.


1. Michael Phelps - He won 14 Olympic gold medals — enough said.

2. Roger Federer - Even Pete Sampras says Federer is now the greatest tennis player of all time.

3. Tiger Woods - Could potentially wind up higher than Federer but not until he surpasses Jack’s record for most major titles.

4. Lance Armstrong - It’s hard to evaluate cycling against other sports because a Tour de France victory doesn’t carry the same weight as a gold medal, Wimbledon title or Masters victory.

5. Tim Duncan - He has four NBA titles and is arguably the greatest power forward in league history.


“There’s so much positive academically, athletically and socially at the University of Memphis that I’m just talking about all the positives about the University of Memphis.” - New Memphis basketball coach Josh Pastner

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