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5:38AM

Oakland Tribune: Garcia has tough act to follow


SOUTHPORT, England -- The summer of Spain. The country's soccer team capturing a championship, the European Cup, it hadn't won in 44 years. A tennis player winning Wimbledon, something a Spaniard hadn't done in virtually the same length of time. And now... ?


And now out strides "El Nino," Sergio Garcia, brimming with faith, believing in omens, relying on experience.


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10:06PM

Contra Costa Times: Lema was toast of St. Andrews after win on first British try

SOUTHPORT, England -- He is riding a surge of confidence, exactly what a golfer needs, especially playing in a British Open for the first time.


Anthony Kim arrives at Royal Birkdale for his initial experience at links golf, and so we reach back in time for a meaningful parallel.



The unwritten rule is you don't win a major in your debut. That's true. Unless you're Ben Curtis in the 2003 British. Or Fuzzy Zoeller in the 1979 Masters.

Or Tony Lema in the 1964 British.

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2:08AM

Oakland Tribune: British Open course will present its own challenges

SOUTHPORT, England -- THE TOWN, Victorian architecture and weathered pensioners, somehow made it out of the 19th century. Southport, 25 miles up the coast from Liverpool, has dance halls, pubs and entertainment featuring comedians who apparently are funny if you understand English, as opposed to American.


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11:15AM

Oakland Tribune: Nadal outlasts Federer in one for the ages

WIMBLEDON, England -- This was what we had hoped, the best in the world, playing a match for history and for memory. The two at the top of tennis going for a place only one could occupy.And this is what we got, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer, battling each other and the elements until the point of no returns and too much emotion.

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11:00AM

CBS Sportsline: 'I tried everything' -- but Federer falls to Nadal in all-timer

WIMBLEDON, England -- It was match that was virtually matchless, a sporting competition that squeezed every bit of emotion and excellence from two men who battled each other and the elements to a point of no returns and many backhand winners.

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