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9:40AM

What Venus Williams did is why she’s a champion

By Art Spander
For Maven Sports

INDIAN WELLS, Calif. — There’s no real explanation, other than the fact that what Venus Williams did Saturday evening, in her case not unique but still very special, is the reason she is a champion — and apparently intends to remain one until the Twelfth of Never.

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Copyright 2019, The Maven 

9:03PM

At the BNP, the pressure gets to overwhelmed Sloane Stephens

By Art Spander
For Maven Sports

INDIAN WELLS, Calif. — She was on the cover of Sports Illustrated, the first American woman in 20 years not named Venus or Serena to win the U.S. Open, the national tennis championship.

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Copyright 2019, The Maven 

8:48PM

After a ‘quite unlikely’ resurgence, the Joker returns to Indian Wells

By Art Spander
For Maven Sports

INDIAN WELLS, Calif. — You know his nickname, “Joker,” a word play on Novak Djokovic’s last name — by now, even non-tennis people know the “D” is silent. But a year ago, the Joker wasn’t laughing. Or smiling. Or, worst of all, winning.

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9:55PM

Federer: A normal guy, 'great in what he does'

By Art Spander
For Maven Sports

INDIAN WELLS, Calif. — For all the athletic skill, the records, the career that seems endless, maybe what is most appealing about Roger Federer, the finest male tennis player ever — anyone disagree? — is his sense of self.

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8:56AM

Newsday (N.Y.): Manny Machado gets warm reception in Padres debut

By Art Spander
Special for Newsday

PEORIA, Ariz. — He was out of the game but still in uniform. Manny Machado, one of baseball’s new $300 million men, had taken his first two at-bats of spring training and now was so preoccupied, first with interviews for the media and then with autographs for pleading fans, that he still hadn’t gone to the clubhouse to change.

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