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  • 16 May
    导出博客文章Each week, The Reporters put their thumbs out to the good and the bad in the
    world of sports. This week they discuss Andrew Albers, “Doctor” Donovan McNabb
    and the best and the worst of the tennis world. Bruce Arthur, National Post: My
    thumb is down to the retirement of Marion Bartoli, who walked away from tennis
    40 days after winning Wimbledon at age 28. She said her body was done. She said
    Wimbledon was probably the last bit of something that was left inside her. Well,
    its a shame. It feels like a snap decision from someone who made tennis so much
    more interesting - Bartoli was a basket of intellect and indiosyncracies -
    starting by not bouncing the ball before she served, in a sport where so many
    athletes seem mass-produced. But maybe this is for the best. Shed had a rough
    year, and Wimbledon was a soft-schedule burst of lightning in a bottle. In the
    end, she left her way, which was always how she played. Steve Simmons, Sun
    Media: My thumb is up to Andrew Albers, the 27-year-old from North Battleford,
    Saskatchewan, for winning the longest drive competition in major league baseball
    - and Im not talking golf here. Albers drove from Saskatchewan to Arizona, from
    Arizona to Florida - 32 hours in all - to pursue a future in baseball. The drive
    to Florida and some craftiness earned him a contract with the Minnesota Twins
    and against all odds, he began his big league journey in incredible form last
    week. First a shutout. Then another. He threw 17 1/3 innings before finally
    giving up runs and being defeated Saturday night. We have no idea how long this
    will last for Albers, but we do know this: this lefthander has drive. Michael
    Farber, Sports Illustrated: Yes, Rafael Nadal schooled him in the Rogers Cup
    final last Sunday. And yes, he lost to John Isner in Cincinnati on Thursday.
    Still, my thumb is up to Milos Raonic. Sandwiched between those defeats, Raonic
    had an obscure yet significant win. Raonic beat Janko Tipsarevic in Cincinnati
    to run his record against the Serb to 3-0, but this was the first time he had
    won in straight sets. You will soon be pronouncing Tipsarevic with ease. With
    Viktor Troickis doping suspension, Tipsarevic will be the serbian no. 2, behind
    Novak Djokovic, in the Davis Cup semifinal against Canada next month. Even on
    Belgrade clay, a confident Raonic makes an upset possible. Brent Wallace, TSN:
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    become the personal shrink to current Redskin quarterback Robert Griffin III.
    Donovan McNabb has plenty of experience after playing 13 seasons in the NFL, but
    that doesnt mean he needs to impart his wisdom on others in a public forum and
    use the excuse that hes just trying to help. On his radio show this week -
    McNabb - who had a very tumultuous one-year stint in Washington - said RG3 is
    being "brainwashed" and then added "clearly the young generation... they think
    they have all the answers. He is going through a little turmoil right now...
    trying to make it out on the field and its unfortunate." Saying those things in
    a public forum - whether theyre true or not - is not helping. You played the
    position, you should know how it works. Reach out to him quietly if you want,
    but dont scream it to the world. You had your time in the spotlight, now its
    time to let others shine and for you to fade into the background and to not keep
    making the story about you.
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    Goodell to put pressure on Redskins owner Daniel Snyder to drop the nickname
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    the name. Sefa Naivalu is in line for his Wallabies debut after being named on
    an extended bench for Saturdays Rugby Championship clash with South Africa.The
    Fijian-born winger only became eligible on Monday to represent Australia and
    coach Michael Cheika took the first opportunity to throw him into the mix,
    giving him the nod ahead of positional rival Henry Speight.The other new faces
    among the reserves are hooker James Hanson, who comes in for Tatafu Polota-Nau
    (arm), and lock Kane Douglas, who replaces the omitted Rory Arnold.Blindside
    flanker Scott Fardy is also on the bench, but its expected he will be sacrificed
    with Cheika tipped to go for a 5-3 split of forwards and backs to make room for
    Naivalu, one of the fastest men in Australian rugby.Rookie prop Tom Robertsons
    strong Test debut against Argentina has ensured he will retain his spot in the
    team despite Allan Alaalatoa returning to full fitness after a medial ligament
    strain.The Wallabies will finalise their bench on Friday at midday (local
    time).Cheika has made only one change to his starting team - the previously
    announced elevation of Sean McMahon to No.8 for the injured David Pocock (broken
    hand).The 22-year-old workhorse also filled in for Pocock when he suffered a
    fractured eye socket during Junes three-Test series against England.Cheika saaid
    McMahons improved lineout play and strong ball-carrying ability made him a clear
    choice over Lopeti Timani, believing he would be perfectly suited to the tough
    high-altitude conditions at Pretorias Loftus Versfeld.ddddddddddddIts nice for
    us to be able to add a strong ball carrier into the back row, Cheika said.Hes
    maybe not as tall as your traditional eight, but hes starting to get some of the
    qualities that a traditional eight has - ball carries, a strong tackle, which
    Poeys got as well.Pocock is taking a break from rugby in 2017, meaning his
    regular position at the back of the scrum is up for grabs.Cheika said the likes
    of Timani and Ben McCalman were also in the mix but declared McMahon had the
    inside running.At the moment, hes playing in the Test so hes going to be the
    frontrunner, he said.Wallabies: Israel Folau, Dane Haylett-Petty, Samu Kerevi,
    Bernard Foley, Reece Hodge, Quade Cooper, Will Genia, Michael Hooper, Sean
    McMahon, Dean Mumm, Adam Coleman, Rob Simmons, Sekope Kepu, Stephen Moore (c),
    Scott Sio. Res: James Hanson, James Slipper, Tom Robertson, Kane Douglas, Scott
    Fardy, Lopeti Timani, Nick Phipps, Tevita Kuridrani, Sefa Naivalu (one to be
    omitted). ' ' '