Sharapova started 2006 by losing in the semifinals of the
Australian Open in three sets to Henin, also losing a
rematch several weeks later at the Dubai Tennis
Championships, having defeated former world no. 1 Martina
Hingis and world no. 3 Lindsay Davenport in earlier rounds
of the tournament.
Sharapova claimed her first title in nine months at the Tier
I tournament in Indian Wells, defeating Hingis in the
semifinals and Elena Dementieva in the final. The following
fortnight, she reached the final in Miami before losing to
Missing the entire clay-court season with injury, Sharapova
returned for the French Open. There, after saving match
points in defeating Mashona Washington in the first round,
she was eliminated by Dinara Safina in the fourth round.
On grass, Sharapova was unsuccessful in her attempt to win
in Birmingham for the third consecutive year, losing in the
semifinals to Jamea Jackson. Despite that, she was among the
title favorites at Wimbledon, where the eventual champion
Mauresmo ended up beating her in the semifinals.
Sharapova claimed her second title of the year at the Tier I
Acura Classic, defeating Clijsters for the first time in the
As the third seed at the US Open, Sharapova defeated top
seed Mauresmo for the first time in the semifinals, and then
followed up by beating second seed Justine Henin to win her
second Grand Slam singles title.
That autumn, Sharapova won titles in back-to-back weeks at
the Zurich Open and the Generali Ladies Linz. By winning all
three of her round-robin matches at the WTA Tour
Championships, she extended her win streak to 19 matches,
before it was snapped in the semifinals by eventual champion
Sharapova would have finished the season as world no. 1 had
she won the event. As it was, she finished ranked world no.
2, her best year-end finish yet.
PhotoShoot x24 - Maria Sharapova Photoshoot
press image for big size
Maria Sharapova born April 19, 1987) is a Russian professional tennis player. As of February 25, 2013 she is ranked world no. 3.
Kirk Goldsberry highlights the biggest make-or-break players in Orlando.
Source: NFLPA seeking opt-out clauses, stipends
In its recent proposal to the league, the NFL Players Association requested opt-out clauses securing salaries for at-risk players or those with at-risk families and conditional stipends if camps shut down because of COVID-19 concerns, a source told ESPN.
Source: Yasiel Puig agrees to deal with Braves
Free-agent outfielder Yasiel Puig is signing with the Atlanta Braves, a source told ESPN, confirming a report by MLB.com.
Harden, not on Rockets' flight, arrives in Orlando
James Harden joined the Rockets in the NBA's bubble on Tuesday, five days after the team flew to Orlando, Florida.
Source: Browns, DE Garrett finalizing $125M deal
The Browns are on the verge of signing Myles Garrett to a five-year extension worth $125 million, a league source has confirmed to ESPN.
No fans at Eagles, Phillies games, per city officials
Philadelphia city officials say that no fans will be in the stands for Eagles and Phillies games in 2020, citing safety concerns amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Tuberville wins Alabama GOP Senate runoff
Former college football coach Tommy Tuberville beat former U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions in Tuesday's Alabama Republican Senate runoff. He will face incumbent Democratic U.S. Sen. Doug Jones on the November ballot.
Golden Eagles, TBT's second-winningest team, claim first title
The Marquette alums avenged last season's title game loss by beating Sideline Cancer on Tuesday night.
After 87 years, Washington's NFL team changed in two months
Social justice reforms, sponsor intervention and Native American advocates pushed Washington owner Dan Snyder to make a monumental decision.
Secrets and abuse: Inside the Karolyi Ranch
For decades, women's national team gymnasts trained at the remote Texas ranch owned by Bela and Martha Karolyi, Romanian coaches who defected to the U.S. and changed the program forever. At what cost?
Mayer dominates Helen Joseph, wants title shot
The junior lightweight scored a one-sided victory in the headliner and said she's ready to fight for a world title.
Boxer Ryan Burrs enters the ring before his Top Rank fight versus Javier Martinez
14 players who could get long-term contracts this week
The deadline for teams to sign franchise-tagged players to extensions is Wednesday. Here are the players who could get new deals.
NFL veterans on the bubble for all 32 teams
Running back Jamaal Williams, quarterback Brian Hoyer and a host of other veterans could find themselves on the chopping block before the 2020 season begins.
The NFL's best and worst offensive arsenals: Barnwell's 32-1 ranking
Only receivers, backs and tight ends are allowed. We ranked all 32.
Viewers guide: Calvin Kattar looking for something to build upon on Fight Island
Calvin Kattar takes on surging featherweight Dan Ige in Wednesday's UFC Fight Night main event in Abu Dhabi.
Decision to rename Texas Longhorns' field a step in the right direction
With the renaming of its field after Ricky Williams and Earl Campbell, the University of Texas showed change is more than lip service.
College football season in the spring? Support for the concept is growing
The 2020 season is already certain to be played amid unprecedented circumstances.
Picking both 2020 MLB All-Star rosters -- even though there's no game
We made our selections based on what we expect in the shortened season.
Chelsea ratings: Giroud, Pulisic help Blues return to winning ways
Olivier Giroud scored his third goal in his past three EPL starts as Chelsea moved four points clear of Leicester.
What to expect from Tiger Woods' return to golf
It's been five months since he last played on the PGA Tour. For the first time post-shutdown, he's back.
Helwani's plan: Gilbert Burns vs. Leon Edwards for No. 1 contender
Breaking down the UFC's loaded 170-pound division, including why Edwards should be the next foe for Burns.
Madden NFL 21 ratings and rankings: Who's the No. 2 running back behind McCaffrey?
Here are the 10 running backs with the highest ratings, including Panthers star Christian McCaffrey.
Dwayne Haskins, social media react to Washington NFL team name change
Haskins says it's all about "the future" as the franchise will adopt a new team name and logo.
The NHLPA's Don Fehr on the Olympics, bubble life, coronavirus testing and more
We check in with the executive director on the return to play, negotiating a CBA during a global pandemic and much more.
Stanley Cup chances, biggest roster questions, bold predictions for all 24 teams
Get up to speed on all 24 postseason teams with our handy preview.
Brandon Hagel's extended wait to play NHL Game No. 2
The Blackhawks prospect debuted on the final day before the coronavirus pause. As training camp gets rolling ahead of the postseason, he has a unique perspective on the return.
Black MLB players past and present on what needs to change
Is the game of Jackie Robinson fulfilling its promise? As the conversation about race in America continues, some of baseball's most prominent Black stars share their experiences.
The exile of Bruce Maxwell and the birth of MLB's Black player movement
A new Players Alliance is mobilizing. And players are coming to terms with the lack of support for Maxwell.
In COVID-19 shutdown, these WTA players setting a course for the future
Thanks to the WTA's partnership with a pair of colleges, CiCi Bellis, Gaby Dabrowski and Daria Gavrilova are using their free time wisely, working online toward college degrees.
Cam: Replacing Brady is 'elephant in the room'
Quarterback Cam Newton has shared how motivated he is to prove doubters wrong through social media posts and addressed his unique spot of possibly replacing six-time Super Bowl champion Tom Brady with the Patriots.
OBJ: 'The blond is back' and new attitude, too
Odell Beckham's blond hair is back. The Cleveland Browns WR said a different attitude is coming with it.
NFL unveils Oakley Mouth Shield to combat virus
The Oakley Mouth Shield is expected to be distributed to all 32 teams over the next week.
Liverpool invite Akinfenwa to title parade after incredible postmatch interview
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp answered Adebayo Akinfenwa's call to congratulate the veteran striker on Wycombe's promotion to the Championship.
The 12 must-see games of the regular season
The schedule is set, and Ionescu's pro debut is one of the must-watch games when the season tips off July 25.
Brawn sure F1 will have positive COVID tests
Formula One must be ready for a positive COVID-19 test despite the opening two races of the 2020 season going by without a hitch, Ross Brawn says.
Fantasy baseball cheat sheets
Our experts have provided their rankings in a convenient, printable format for you to take to your drafts.
10 simple rules for fantasy football draft success
New to fantasy football? Played before but want to do better? Field Yates breaks down the basics to put you on top of your 2020 drafts.
Sleepers, busts, breakouts for 2020
Surprise performers, disappointments and those who will take their game to another level.
Call of Duty League announces championship date
The Call of Duty League's double-elimination championship tournament will begin on Aug. 19 and culminate on Aug. 29-30.
Ghost of Tsushima: Impressions and tips for the final PS4 exclusive
The final PlayStation 4 exclusive before Sony rolls out the PS5 this holiday season.