Until the past few years, when the Pete Sampras story resembled a soap opera - the aging warrior under the siege of time and his own records - millions of Americans had no clue about what made this guy such absorbing TV.
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Snooker wins new backer
World Snooker has announced that electronics manufacturer LG Electronics will sponsor the sport's premier circuit.
Angry Kim fires back
Kim Clijsters yesterday ticked off the media for trying to "break down" her boyfriend Lleyton Hewitt as he prepares to fight his way into winning form at the US Open.
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Cole targets Champions League
Summer signing Joe Cole is hoping to get his first taste of the Champions League by helping Chelsea through the second leg of their qualifier against MSK Zilina at Stamford Bridge.
Maria Sharapova's has her eyes firmly set on being a champion.
End of an era for Sampras
Pete Sampras, the greatest player of the modern era, faced the massed ranks of the press here and was clearly nervous.
Rusedski targets Davis Cup
Greg Rusedski says he hopes to be back to full fitness for next month's Davis Cup clash in Morocco.
Beckham just not up to it
John Toshack claims David Beckham is not good enough to take centre stage at Real Madrid.
Crespo poised for Champions task
Hernan Crespo's purchase by Chelsea from Inter Milan could be confirmed after the former's home game to MSK Zilina.
We're the new Man Utd
John Terry feels Chelsea are now the team everyone wants to beat.
Strange time to sack a manager
Robert Lee says he doesn't understand the timing of Glenn Roeder's sacking.
Ferrari need quick solutions
The holes in the crowd around the Hungaroring matched those blown into Michael Schumacher's championship lead.
Why Alonso's victory is so important for F1
It was great news for Renault and will help to bolster that company's commitment to the sport but more importantly it will probably be the breakthrough for Formula 1 in Spain.
High octane drama
So, the 100m final did not yield gold for Britain, or the world record holder, or the American champion. And it was a fantastic race.
Bronze for Campbell is tale of the unexpected
Collins is surprise champion in men's 100 metres as Chambers is beaten into fourth place in blanket finish.
Sprint king 'a natural'
Kim Collins stormed to gold in the 100m at the world championships today then attributed his win to "raw talent".
Drummond may be kicked out
United States sprinter Jon Drummond could be kicked out of the rest of the world championships for his lie-down protest.
Campbell shades the bronze
Kim Collins took the gold medal that had been expected to go to Dwain Chambers, but at least Darren Campbell nicked the bronze.
Jonathan Edwards opts for earlier retirement
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