The US Open is underway, so nothing recommended here other than to stay tuned. FWIW I think it’s been a hugely interesting event, with the women’s draw wide open, and one half of the men’s reading like a minor ATP 250 event. Great story lines: CoCo, Venus, Kanepi, that DelPo match. Tennis has entered a weird period with ageless veterans and a unknown emerging pool.
I’ve not done a round up for a while (summer and all that) so here’s a few things recent and not quite so.
Stealing signs in baseball with an Apple Watch? Yup.
The Guardian looks at how Bahrain uses sport to whitewash a legacy of torture and human rights abuses.
Are tall players the future? The NYTimes looks at the height thing. Plus the Economist looks at Zverev, who is both tall and possibly the Next Big Thing (pun intended).
Do we really need to lengthen golf courses? Golf Monthly asks the question. Some have already made their minds up – 9,000 yards?
Top read: Aaron Rodgers, unmasked.
Neymar: crunching the finances is Nick Harris in the Mail. Forget the shirt sales argument, for one.
Expected goals starts to move into the mainstream.
How do you quantify finishing skill?
Penalty-takers: pure luck?
Usain Bolt in charts.
Can it break through to become self-sufficient?
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