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Elena Baltacha remembered by Judy Murray

14 August 1983–4 May 2014
The captain of the Fed Cup team, who coached the British No 1 tennis player from a young age, pays tribute to a ‘dream leader’ who battled injury and illness for years

The first time I met Bally, she was nine years old. She came to a tournament I was running at the Dunblane tennis club, a little tomboy with red hair and specs. During the final, she and her opponent put their hands up and I went over to see what the problem was. Bally had served the full length of the court and all three balls had lodged themselves in the fence. For a little girl to have a serve like that was incredible. It was obviously very raw because the balls weren’t actually hitting the court, but it was clear that she had the most enormous athletic talent.

It was in her genes: her mum had been an Olympic pentathlete and her dad was a professional footballer. He was transferred from Dynamo Kiev to Ipswich when she was five and the family came too. Later, he was transferred to St Johnstone in Perth. I spent a fair amount of time with Bally during her teenage years, when I was the Scottish national coach.

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last updated: Sun, 21 Dec 2014 05:28:10 GMT

Suns 99, Knicks 90: Knicks’ Latest Major Loss: Faith in Themselves
The Knicks, with several injured players, lost to Phoenix for their seventh straight home defeat, despite Carmelo Anthony’s 25 points and 11 rebounds.






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last updated: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 07:12:57 EST

Fighter pilot's golden dream
Champion skier or female fighter pilot? Whether to hurtle down the slopes at breakneck speed or defy G-force in the cockpit of a jet plane.

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The Fox Sports Top Stories RSS feed is merging with Breaking News. Please use http://feeds.news.com.au/public/rss/2.0/fs_breaking_news_13.xml instead.

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last updated: Sun, 21 Dec 2014 08:54:00 GMT

LIVE: Hussey, Kallis fire for Thunder
MICHAEL Hussey and Jacques Kallis have helped the Sydney Thunder post a massive total in their Big Bash League clash with the Brisbane Heat.

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last updated: Sat, 20 Dec 2014 14:00:15 PST

It's official: Celtics ship Rondo to Mavericks
The Boston Celtics have traded Rajon Rondo to the Dallas Mavericks, the teams announced Thursday night.

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Poor Execution, Injuries and Lack of Adjustment Derail 49ers' Efforts in Week 16 - Bleacher Report


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Poor Execution, Injuries and Lack of Adjustment Derail 49ers' Efforts in Week 16
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Pirates add Corey Hart
The last remaining area the Pirates needed to address this winter was the other side of what we assumed would be another first base platoon. The Ike Davis + Gaby Sanchez combination was uninspiring at best, so the 2015 edition will be…different. Pedro Alvarez will of course be the main feature, and as of now it […]

The last remaining area the Pirates needed to address this winter was the other side of what we assumed would be another first base platoon. The Ike Davis + Gaby Sanchez combination was uninspiring at best, so the 2015 edition will be…different. Pedro Alvarez will of course be the main feature, and as of now it looks like his right handed partner will be Corey Hart.

Pirate fans surely remember Hart from his days with the Brewers, when he was a solid hitter. If anything resembling that shows up in 2015, this signing – a one year, $2.5M deal with performances bonuses that could double it – will be a great one. Hart had several above-average seasons at the plate in Milwaukee (admittedly a hitter’s paradise) and hits lefties pretty well – and while he has a split, it isn’t so extreme that he’s useless against righties, like Sanchez was. He spent most of his time with the Brewers in right field, so even though he profiles as a 1B now, he could adds some occasional versatility in the outfield as well.

The problem is that Hart missed all of 2013 with an injury (knee issues) and was awful in 2014 when he wasn’t hurt again. The knee problem is what has essentially turned him into a first baseman now, and he doesn’t appear to be a particularly good one in the field. But – while the Pirates place more emphasis on defense than most – as a part time 1B and bench bat, Hart is on this team to hit. The hope is that he can bounce back from brutal season in Seattle and overcome whatever impact the lingering effects of the injury had. If he can do that, he’s a perfect solution to this hole on the roster. If he can’t, well, it’s a low-risk contract…and the Pirates will have to either do something else or play Pedro against lefties.

I like this move for the upside and the fact that it addresses a clear problem, but entering the season with an Alvarez-Hart combo at first…well, it might be the best the Pirates can do for now, but it doesn’t make me feel great. There’s potential for it to work out wonderfully, sure, but it could also be disastrous – even worse than the Davis/Sanchez combo (that at least managed to get on base at a decent clip). Hart’s contract itself is not risky, but counting on him to produce is, so it will be interesting to see if this is the Pirates’ final plan or if they have something else up their sleeves.

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