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Sports: World Cup Recap, Serena Williams Dominates at Wimbledon

Monday, July 05, 2010

Rafael Nadal and Serena Williams are taking home Wimbledon titles. And in the World Cup, Germany handily beat Argentina 4-0 and moves on to play Spain. Takeaway sports contributor Ibrahim Abdul-Matin recaps a big weekend in sports and says that The Netherlands is the team to beat in the World Cup

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World Cup: Team USA Onto The 2nd Round; The Longest Tennis Match EVER

Thursday, June 24, 2010

It doesn't get more dramatic than yesterday's World Cup match between the U.S. and Algeria. The stakes? If Team USA won, they would be off to the Cup's second round—but if they tied or lost, America's best hope for soccer glory in decades would be on a plane back home.

Team USA had repeated chances to score, missed open goals, and sent balls bouncing off of the goal post.  Then, just over a minute into injury time, Landon Donovan scored the critical goal that would send Team USA into the next round of the World Cup with a 1-0 win.  They now sit atop their Group C division, tied with England. (Watch Landon Donovan's goal after the jump.)

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Epic Wimbledon Match Extends Into Third Day

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

The longest match in tennis history will resume on Thursday.

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The New Yorker: Out Loud

Calvin Tomkins on Roger Federer

Monday, June 21, 2010

Calvin Tomkins on Roger Federer.

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Sports: 'When Americans are Jilted, Americans Get Mad'

Monday, June 21, 2010

Takeaway sports contributor, Ibrahim Abdul-Matin tells us why a bad call during the U.S.-Slovenia World Cup game is good for American soccer. He also looks at Italy's World Cup game against New Zealand. The game ended in a 1-1 draw, but it was a very emotional victory for New Zealand. "Italy is an old team," says Ibrahim, "they're playing uninspired soccer."

It was a winning weekend for Europe at the U.S. Open, where Northern Ireland's Graeme McDowell became the first European in forty years to win the tournament. He shot 3-over-par 74 on Pebble Beach's treacherous course.

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Sports: Rafael Nadal Dominates Tennis, Lakers Lose

Monday, June 07, 2010

Winning his fifth French Open title, Rafael Nadal proved once again that the courts of Roland Garros belong to him. He defeated Robin Soderling, the same man who knocked him out last year. The Takeaway's sports contributor, Ibrahim Abdul-Matin has the details of the match. He also recaps last night's Game 5 of the NHL Stanley Cup Finals, and Game 2 of the NBA Finals.

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Federer's Grand Slam Streak Ends

Wednesday, June 02, 2010

Tennis great, Roger Federer's streak of 23 consecutive Grand Slam semifinals came to an end yesterday. He lost to Robin Soderling, 3-6, 6-3, 7-5, 6-4, in the men's quarterfinals. Soderling is the same player Federer beat in last year's finals to claim his first French Open title. Soderling is also the one who upset Federer's main rival and four time French Open champion, Raphael Nadal, last year. Tom Perrotta is the senior editor at Tennis Magazine, and he has the details of this major upset and the significance of one of sports' greatest records.

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Takeouts: Repealing 'Don't Ask Don't Tell;' The French Open Starts

Monday, May 24, 2010

  • Washington Takeout: Congress could vote to repeal 'Don't Ask Don't Tell' this week. Washington correspondent, Todd Zwillich explains why Congress and the Pentagon are butting heads about whether now is the right time to make this change.
  • Sports Takeout: Venus Williams won her opening match in The French Open, Ibrahim Abdul-Matin recaps the first day's matches. He also looks at the latest in the NHL's Stanley Cup Finals.

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Takeouts: Moving the KSM Trial, The Australian Open, Your Responses

Monday, February 01, 2010

  • TRIAL TAKEOUT: The civilian trial of 9/11 Mastermind Khalid Sheikh Muhammad was supposed to be held in lower Manhattan, in the shadow of the Twin Towers. WNYC reporter Bob Hennelly tells us why the trial is moving and where it might go.
  • SPORTS TAKEOUT: Our own Ibrahim Abdul-Matin recaps this weekend's Australian Open final matches, and the NFL's Pro Bowl.
  • LISTENER TAKEOUT: Listeners continue to weigh in on the stir caused by Chris Matthews's comment that he "forgot" President Obama was black on the night of the State of the Union address.

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Takeouts: Bernanke Reconfirmed, Australian Open, Your Responses

Friday, January 29, 2010

  • CONGRESS TAKEOUT: Takeaway Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich reports on the re-confirmation of Federal Reserve Chief Ben Bernanke.
  • SPORTS TAKEOUT: Sports Illustrated writer Jon Wertheim joins us with the latest from the Australian Open.
  • LISTENER TAKEOUT: Listeners react to Chris Matthews comment that he "forgot" the president was black during the State of the Union.

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Takeouts: A Blast In Baghdad, Rafael Nadal Retires From Australian Open

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

  • BAGHDAD TAKEOUT: A suicide attack rocked Baghdad this morning, killing at least 18 people and injuring dozens. Joining us from Baghdad is The New York Times' John Leland.
  • SPORTS TAKEOUT: Earlier today, Rafael Nadal bowed out of the Australian Open after he suffered a knee injury during his quarterfinal game against Andy Murray. Jon Wertheim, senior writer at Sports Illustrated joins us from Melbourne, Australia to explain what happened.

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Sports: Federer Defeated, Monday Night Football Kicks Off

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

One of the best tennis players of all time, Roger Federer, was defeated by Argentinean Juan Martin del Potro in a heated US Open match last night. This week also saw the kickoff of Monday Night Football with a series of fierce regional rivalries, including the Buffalo Bills and the Patriots. Breaking it down for us is Ibrahim Abdul-Matin, our own sports contributor.

Watch Juan Martin del Potro's winning point at his first US Open win against Roger Federer:

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Surprises at the U.S. Open

Monday, September 14, 2009

This year's U.S. Open took some strange turns. Unseeded Kim Clijsters won the women's final last night, and Rafael Nadal got knocked out the same day. On Saturday, Serena Williams lost during the semi-finals match and was slapped with a $10,000 fine for lashing out at a line judge. As we wait for the men's final between Roger Federer and Juan Martín del Potro, we get the lowdown from Takeaway sports contributor Ibrahim Abdul-Matin.

 

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Fall Near, Football Season Begins

Thursday, September 10, 2009

D. FENCE! D. FENCE! It's that time of year again. Pull out your hoodies and foam fingers; your beer cozies and the ability to clap in sync. It's the first day of the season for the NFL and everyone is talking quarterbacks: Tom Brady, Brett Favre, and...Michael Vick. The best competitors at the U.S. Open continue towards the final rounds, but American teenager tennis phenom Melanie Oudin lost last night. Here to tell us what to watch out for out on the field is The Takeaway's sports contributor Ibrahim Abdul-Matin. And he's even got some gossip for those of you that don't take a liking to men in helmets and shiny pants. (Gasp!)

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[Web Special] Melanie Oudin's Got Next

Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Melani Oudin: you know the name by now (unless all you've been paying attention to is getting your kids back to school or the fracas over Van Jones' resignation from the White House). Something tells me you know her story already, but still, let us run it back and review what she has done this week, now that this girl from Marietta, Georgia has become a household name. (...continue reading)

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Oudin Moves Closer to U.S. Open Title

Tuesday, September 08, 2009

At the U.S. Open yesterday, 17-year-old Melanie Oudin celebrated yet another victory, this time defeating Russia’s Nadia Petrova. But will the young phenom keep her hot streak and take home the top prize? Takeaway sports contributor Ibrahim Abdul-Matin gives us the latest.

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In Sports: A Weekend Full of Upsets

Monday, September 07, 2009

Today we look at sports upsets that dominated games over the weekend. Ibrahim Abdul-Matin, the Takeaway sports contributor joins us to talk about the U.S. Open, where we saw a slew of top seeds get eliminated. Most dramatically, seventeen-year-old Melanie Oudin stunned thousands of spectators as she beat top seed Maria Sharapova. Other casualties included Andy Roddick, Venus Williams, James Blake and women’s number one player, Danira Safina. Tennis wasn't the only sport that saw upsets; in college football, BYU defeated number one Oklahoma.

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US Open: How To Survive the US Open (Fan, Not Player)

Friday, September 04, 2009

A record 37,388 fans attended Friday's day session. That's Jurgen Melzer serving.

A record 37,388 fans attended Friday\'s day session. That\'s Jurgen Melzer serving.

Attending the US Open can be a bit like spending the day in Grand Central Terminal. It ...

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Oudin: The New Face of American Women's Tennis

Friday, September 04, 2009

The Williams sisters have dominated U.S. women’s tennis for a long time, but there are a few new faces starting to make their own news. 17-year-old Melanie Oudin, from Georgia, defeated fourth-seed Elena Dementieva yesterday in the second round of the U.S. Open. Takeaway sports contributor Ibrahim Abdul-Matin is here to talk to us about this big upset and other news around the sports world.

If you want to watch Melanie Oudin or any other tennis players,  view information of the schedule on the U.S. Open website.

 

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In Sports: Patriots' Brady Injured, U.S. Open Begins

Monday, August 31, 2009

Tom Brady sustained injuries during a game between the New England Patriots played a pre-season game against the Washington Redskins last Friday. Sports contributor Ibrahim Abdul-Matin talks with us about the game and the possible decline of Brady and the Patriots. We also talk to Ibrahim about the U.S. Open starting today. How will the Williams sisters fare, will the Bryan brothers sweep the doubles matches, and will Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal meet to battle it out?  

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