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Indian Wells tennis - Novak Djokovic, Simona Halep overcome pressure - ESPN — Commentary Indian Wells champs proved beating jitters as tough as taking out their opponents INDIAN WELLS, Calif. -- The day was over and there were no more opportunities to add more spin to a doomed serve, no more chances to get the break back or win over the crowd.

Indian Wells tennis - In Novak Djokovic era, Roger Federer still fights - ESPN — Commentary INDIAN WELLS, Calif. -- After beating Andreas Seppi earlier in the week, avenging his surprising Australian Open third-round loss, Roger Federer reflected on the last 10 years and the slices of the Big Three era, where he, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic have taken turns wearing the crown of the best men's player in the world.

Indian Wells tennis - Winning Serena Williams' sole focus - ESPN — Commentary With emotions of return behind, world No. 1's next priority is to beat Simona Halep INDIAN WELLS, Calif. -- Serena Williams is engaged in a two-step program at the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells. The first was to withstand the maelstrom of emotions that surrounded her return to the tournament after nearly 15 years.

Indian Wells tennis - American men still lag behind top players - ESPN — Commentary While America imports the world's best to train, homegrown talent hasn't kept pace AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill Novak Djokovic beat John Isner on Wednesday in a second-set tiebreak to advance to the Indian Wells quarterfinal. Djokovic's victory over the American Isner underscores how far U.S. men lag behind top-ranked players.

Indian Wells tennis - Familiar faces and an intriguing rematch - ESPN — Commentary INDIAN WELLS, Calif. - The headlines two days ago in a local newspaper said the state of California would be out of water in a year, which made the few sprinkles that peppered the Simona Halep-Carla Suarez Navarro match newsworthy.

Serena digs deep in win vs. Stephens — Commentary World No. 1 played with a sense of calmness in comeback win at Indian Wells INDIAN WELLS, Calif. -- Serena-Sloane IV is in the books, and the takeaway from Williams' 6-7 (4), 6-2, 6-2 fourth-round win is that maybe this complicated ball of yarn is something of a rivalry after all.

Bryant: Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim the latest in a string of flawed college coaches — Boeheim and others claim ignorance despite unquestioned leadership over programs By Howard Bryant | ESPN The Magazine Illustration by Mark Smith This story appears in ESPN The Magazine's March 30 MLB Preview Issue. Subscribe today! IN 2008, FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS led by Citigroup and Merrill Lynch received $175 billion of taxpayer money during the federal government bailout, then gave their employees $32.6 billion in bonuses.

Serena-Sloane non-rivalry renewed — Commentary Testy history between Americans should make for good theater at Indian Wells INDIAN WELLS, Calif. -- Around the grounds at the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells, Serena Williams has rightfully been the headliner. The buzz in the concession lines and through the crowds is still focused on how she handled the weight of her return to the place of great humiliation.

Serena Williams returns to Indian Wells on her terms — This story appears in ESPN The Magazine's March 2 Analytics Issue. Subscribe today! THERE ARE TWO perspectives through which race relations can be safely discussed in America. The first is "Things are better than they were." The second is "Get over it."

How Serena Williams and Indian Wells came to an agreement — The dramatic return of Serena Williams -- after a 14-year absence -- to the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells was the byproduct of intense, behind-the-scenes conversations initiated by Williams and aided by the WTA and Indian Wells Tennis Garden officials, including the tournament's multibillionaire owner, Larry Ellison, according to several people with direct knowledge of the events.
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