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This Week's Newsmakers: MLS Sounders, Microsoft Make Some Noise
Published May 30, 2008
THE DAILY each Friday offers our take on the performances over the past week of people and entities in sports business. Here are this week’s newsmakers.
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LOSE: FRENCH OPEN -- Does anyone know that this tournament is currently being played? The year’s second Grand Slam is nearing the halfway point, and the biggest news coming out of Roland Garros is middle-of-the-road player ASHLEY HARKLEROAD is appearing in Playboy this summer. JAMES BLAKE again is bounced early in the draw, but at least he makes the trip to Paris, unlike ANDY RODDICK. And in the HENIN-less women’s field, top seed MARIA SHARAPOVA needs an extended third set just to win her opener and SERENA WILLIAMS is stunned Friday.
DRAW: INDIANAPOLIS 500 -- As last Sunday’s event begins, a palpable buzz is in the air as the crown jewel of open-wheel racing makes its first attempt to regain its toehold in the sports landscape. So what happens? Young stars DANICA PATRICK and GRAHAM RAHAL fail to finish the caution-marred 500 miles, and MARCO ANDRETTI is best remembered for his role in causing a teammate to wreck. And while SCOTT DIXON caps off a near-perfect month of May with a deserving swig of milk, few casual race fans would likely be able to recognize him if he were walking next to them.