Martina Hingis is a tennis legend. She won all five of her Grand Slam singles titles before she was 19 and is still the youngest champion at the Australian Open and Wimbledon.

She is already in the Tennis Hall of Fame, so it is easy to forget Hingis is just 33. (She turns 34 on Sept. 30.) She is younger than Venus Williams by a few months. She is just two years older than Serena Williams and a year and a half older than 2014 Australian Open champion Li Na.

But Hingis' last run at a major title was at the 2002 Australian Open where she lost to Jennifer Capriati in three sets of the championship match.

Now after two retirements, Hingis is back on the court and contending for the U.S. Open title -- as a doubles team with Flavia Pennetta of Italy.

"It feels like a really long time ago," Hingis says of 2002, shortly after she and Pennetta advanced to the semifinals. "It's a new moment, a new situation. I really enjoyed being out there. I really just hope to play as we've been doing so far and not think about what it is."

Hingis has won nine Grand Slam doubles championships with the 2002 Australian, partnering with Anna Kournikova, being the most recent.

In her late teens, Hingis dominated women's tennis. Along with her five Grand Slam titles and 12 Grand Slam final appearances, Hingis was ranked No. 1 in the world five times. Her 209 weeks as the world No. 1 are fourth all-time behind only Steffi Graf, Martina Navratilova and Chris Evert, and she barely held the spot after age 21. (Serena Williams is at 204 weeks as of Sept. 1, and will likely catch Hingis in the next month.)

"Some of the young kids, they don't remember me anymore," Hingis says with a laugh.

Hingis abruptly retired from tennis in February 2003 at 22 due to injuries. Hingis had surgery on her right ankle in 2001 before needing a left ankle ligament operation in 2002. The ankle troubles wore Hingis down to the point she walked away with 40 singles and 36 doubles titles to her name.

After an unsuccessful return in 2005, Hingis won three more singles titles and one doubles titles during a 2006-2007 run. She made quarterfinals appearances at three grand slams in seven tries. In late 2007, Hingis tested positive for benzoylecgonine, a metabolite of cocaine. Hingis appealed, arguing the small concentration of the test suggested tampering with the sample. However, at the end of the season, she was suspended two years from tennis.

After retiring again following the test, Hingis' career appeared to be over. From 2010 to the middle of 2013, Hingis participated in World Team Tennis and Legends events, but she did not reenter the professional tour.

In July 2013, at age 32, Hingis made the decision to return to professional tennis as a strictly doubles player. She paired with Daniela Hantuchova for the rest of the year, which included a first-round loss at the U.S. Open.

In early 2014, Hingis joined forces with Sabine Lisicki of Germany, who is ranked No. 27 in the world. As a wild-card entry, they won the Sony Open in Miami for Hingis' first professional victory in seven years.

In the second half of this season, Hingis has found a stable partner in the 32-year-old Pennetta, the current No. 12 in singles a former No. 1 in doubles. The two players have a veteran demeanor about them that make the partnership seem natural. At the podium the duo jokes about age and rest.

"Fresh?" Hingis says when asked about playing doubles without the simultaneous grind of singles. "It's nice to have a day off in between."

Although Pennetta is at the top of her game right now -- she advanced to face Serena Williams for a spot in her second straight U.S. Open semifinals -- she understands how special it is to play with Hingis.

"It's nice. In the moment when I don't have everything, she is there," Pennetta says of Hingis. "The same goes to her. The first match we played, I was like I don't know what to do because we didn't know each other really well. Now, we're getting better."

In the late 90s, Hingis was the arch nemesis to the American core of Venus Williams, Serena Williams, Lindsay Davenport, Monica Seles and Jennifer Capriati. She was a fierce teenage competitor who challenged the locals head-on at Flushing Meadows.

Today's Hingis comes with a different flavor. The Swiss national is more laid back and smiles on the court. For the last decade, Hingis has seemed lost, lacking the success she once had in her sport. Now, to a degree, the results are back, and she is having fun.

When asked about playing on the backhand side of the doubles court for a righty, Hingis bursts into laughter.

"I'm very happy she takes the forehand court," Hingis jokes.

"What do you play? Backhand?" Pennetta reenacts their communication.

"Every time I win on my serve with a forehand crosscourt, I think this is almost won!" Hingis says.

Although Hingis has aged, her mother is apparently still a diehard fan.

"I just came off the phone with her for 20 minutes because she's watching," Hingis says. "She's like, 'I don't know I still get nervous.' Like after 20 years -- watching doubles?"

Doubles is what Hingis has left and she seems comfortable with that.

"It's kind of a dream," Hingis says. "When I started playing again, this is definitely something I was hoping for with Flavia. I'm very happy to be part of this team."

The pairing's semifinal match is against No. 3 seed Cara Black/Sania Mirza. Unfortunately for fans, a potential Williams/Williams matchup with Hingis is no more. The sisters lost to Ekaterina Makarova/Elena Visnina, the No. 4 seed, in their quarterfinal.

But that also expanded the opportunity for Hingis/Pennetta to win a title.

"Right now, everybody probably thinks the door is open and everybody can win," Hingis says of the Williams/Williams exit.

If it happens, perhaps Hingis would display this trophy right next to those for her Grand Slam singles titles. As hard as she worked to earn those five, the grind to possibly earn a title while being on the verge of 34, is a different tale.

Even in doubles.

Rashard Mendenhall may be the first man ever who can say that in the span of one year he went from starting on an NFL team to writing for an HBO show.

The 26-year-old former Pittsburgh Steelers and Arizona Cardinals running back wrote in a Huffington Post blog post that since retiring from the NFL in March he has moved to Los Angeles and become a member of the Writers Guild of America, West.

Mendenhall, who was on two AFC championship teams with the Steelers and earned a Super Bowl ring in 2009, says he is working on an HBO show that will air next summer:

"A year ago, a writing career was just a tiny seed of thought as I prepared for my sixth NFL season. And as I write this now, it has already begun to sprout. Through this experience I've learned that you can will your dreams into existence."

In addition to the two Super Bowl appearances, Mendenhall made headlines during his NFL career for a questionable tweet about 9/11 and a 2012 suspension after he failed to show up for a game.

In six NFL seasons, Mendenhall rushed for 37 touchdowns and 4,236 yards. He was the Steelers' first-round pick in 2008. His best season was 2012 when he ran for 1,273 yards and 13 touchdowns.

When he retired in March he wrote, "The truth is, I don't really think my walking away is that big of deal. For me it's saying, 'Football was pretty cool, but I don't want to play anymore. I want to travel the world and write!'"

Shortly after his Huffington Post article about his HBO show was published, Mendenhall sent out this tweet:


Shahar Peer knocked off Great Britain's Johanna Konta, a player 37 places ahead of her in the world rankings, in straight sets Monday. But during post-match media session, Peer was not surprised to field a whopping total zero questions about her match or even tennis.

Instead it was politics as usual for the 27-year-old Israeli, who is ranked No. 155.

"I guess I'm kind of an ambassador for Israel for some things," Peer says after dispatching Konta 6-2, 6-3 in the opening round of the U.S. Open. "I'm proud of it. I'm very pro-Israel."

Asked at what point she realized that most of her media inquiries would be about politics, Peer says, "I don't know when. I've had a long career already."

Thousands of miles away from Flushing Meadows, Israelis and Palestinians continue a military conflict that has lasted more than a month, although political warfare has existed since Israel's inception in 1948. Military service is mandatory for Israeli citizens, and Peer served as a 19-year-old while doubling as a tennis player.

She reached two Grand Slam quarterfinals in 2007, including the U.S. Open, while still serving. She is arguably her nation's greatest female tennis player of all-time.

Peer's accomplishments make her a light in a time of darkness. Israelis, even in the northern city of Tel Aviv, previously a safe zone from southern attacks, live every day in fear of rockets from the terrorist organization Hamas.

Peer was at home in Israel when the conflict escalated in mid-July. She has since left, returned and left for the tournaments leading up to the U.S. Open. Her mother and sister remain in Tel Aviv. Her father recently made the trip to the United States for the U.S. Open and her brother, Shlomi, who did his mandatory service during a previous military conflict in Gaza, lives in New York.

Peer embraces the support of her Israeli fans.

"I think I always feel they're behind me, since the first day of my career," she says. "I think what is very strong in our nation of Israel is that when things are going bad, we all support each other."

Peer points to the generosity of northern Israelis offering shelter to southern citizens as an example of this connective spirit.

As for the conflict itself, Peer is a supporter of her homeland and believes her nation is victimized in the affair. She sticks to her pro-Israel perspective, within reason.

"The truth is that we defend ourselves," Peer says. "Whenever they shoot, we defend. We never go to be the first one. Nobody's talking about that they've been shooting rockets for the past year and we didn't do anything."

Although she did serve in the Israel Defense Forces, Peer has not lost a close friend or family member in the fighting.

"The truth is it doesn't matter" she says. "Everyone that died, the soldiers, the little kid that died 2-3 days ago, it's tough. We are very strong as a nation–that's what I feel–and we all support each other. Hopefully it's going to end soon."

On tour, Peer is not free from Israel-Palestine talk. Her fellow WTA players supported her when she was not allowed to compete in a February 2009 tournament in the United Arab Emirates. Players try to get some education, while expressing condolences, to Peer.

"Some people were asking me like who started and what is really going on and how is your family, so I do get some questions," she says.

In New York City, Peer finds herself at the center of one of the most outspoken Jewish communities in the world. When asked about the Jewish support in the Big Apple, Peer cracks a smile.

"I always get a lot of support and it's fun," she says. "I'm really happy to win today and maybe get more support in the next round. I love grand slams, but I think this one is my favorite."

At 27, Peer is way past the prime of her rather successful career (her highest ranking was No. 11 in January 2011). Peer had not made it out of the first round of the U.S. Open since 2011 and the first round of a grand slam since the 2013 Australian Open. Last year, she did not even get out of the qualifying stage in Flushing Meadows.

When Peer decides to retire, there's no question that she will settle in Israel.

"I don't see myself living anywhere else," she says.

But retirement is not imminent, and in the meantime, she is happy that the media are still interested in talking with her about Middle East.

"It's not a nice situation to anyone in Israel. We all want it stop. I hope they reach a ceasefire soon," she says.

On Wednesday, Peer continues her run at the U.S. Open with a second-round match against qualifier Mirjana Lucic-Baroni of Croatia. Lucic-Baroni, ranked No. 121, upset 25th-seeded Garbiñe Muguruza of Spain in the first round.

Danielle Rose Collins competed in the U.S. Open with an "NR" next to her name for "Not Ranked." She was the only member of the draw with such a line, which gives the impression that Collins lacks experience.

And at least as a professional, that's true. The 20-year-old St. Petersburg, Fla., native is a junior at the University of Virginia. After winning the 2014 NCAA championships, Collins earned a wild card berth to the U.S. Open.

When Collins took the court on Monday afternoon, she played for more than a spot in the second round. She was playing to stay out of Virginia's opening day of classes on Tuesday.

Lining up across from second-seeded (and world No. 2) Simona Halep at Arthur Ashe Stadium is one way to end the summer. Collins looked to take that experience a step further. She nabbed the first set from Halep, 7-6, igniting the American crowd.

The next two sets brought Collins back to earth as a college student as Halep prevailed 6-1 and 6-2.

A more-experienced, but hungrier Collins addressed her situation after the match.

"Well, we'll probably try to look into flights and stuff tonight or tomorrow, unfortunately, so it's going to be a quick turnaround," she said. "Then first day of classes is tomorrow. I'll be in class this time tomorrow.

Perhaps this is a time Collins wishes Virginia was on trimester or quarter system.

"I love UVA, but school's tough," Collins added. "School is very tough. So back to work for me."

In an interview with the Tampa Bay Times last week, Collins discussed her status:

"I'm going to finish up at Virginia. I'm missing a few days of school because of this, but my professors have been understanding. Once this is over then I'll go back to Virginia and get to work. I plan on getting two degrees. I'm majoring in media studies and drama. I hope to one day be a sports reporter. As for tennis, we'll see how it goes. If I'm still playing well when I graduate, then I'll try to make a living at it."

After she won a set at the U.S. Open, Collins' own sense of talent may change. She called playing in a Grand Slam a "bucket list" item that can be checked off, but she also is starting to look ahead. After taking a set at Arthur Ashe Stadium at age 20, goals can quickly turn.

"I think there is a lot of positive things to take from it," she said. "It can only go up from here for me. I have never played at that level and I have never played in a stadium like that. It was amazing. I mean, I could get used to that."

Collins will be back on the grind for the Cavaliers, although NCAA rules permit her to compete in some pro tournaments. As part of her 2014 NCAA championship, Collins also earned a berth in the qualifying draw of the Connecticut Open earlier in August. She lost in her opening qualifier.

Collins will arrive in Charlottesville with a different swagger than most of her classmates. Rather than dread hitting the books, Collins is riding her U.S. Open wave.

"I don't think a lot of people were expecting me to take a set off of her, so overall, [it was] an incredible experience. That's something I'll never forget," Collins said.

Of course, despite all the excitement, there are realities. Danielle Rose Collins is about to be a student again.

"Summer was too much fun," she said.

For one hour and 58 minutes, Collins was in America's spotlight. Summer lovin', happened so fast.

Based on performances at training camp, USA Basketball will need to lean heavily on Klay Thompson at the FIBA World Cup in Spain -- when it comes to communicating with the locals.

Of the various players quizzed on their command of Spanish, Thompson stood out as the most proficient. They were short, but Thompson was able to put together some complete sentences. Example: Tu es bonita. (You are beautiful.)

His Warriors teammate Stephen Curry is limited despite studying Spanish in school, including college.

"I'm not conversational at all," Curry said. "But I can understand a little bit and know a little bit of vocab."

Kyrie Irving is working on a go-to phrase, which he seems ready to use whether it's in context or not:

On Monday night, the 10th season of "The Bachelorette" concluded with 27-year-old Andi Dorfman choosing 29-year-old Josh Murray as her fiancé. The duo, both from Atlanta, showed off their relationship in public for the first time to a studio audience in Los Angeles. Meanwhile, emotional runner-up Nick Viall stumbled over his words as he confronted Dorfman for the first time since his ousting.

For Dorfman and Murray, life goes on to the altar, where they said they hope to wed next spring. In advance of the televised finale, they had been "sneaking around" to see each other the past few months without the paparazzi catching them.

From watching the program, once, a few times or all season, viewers can learn the "careers" of all the characters. Dorfman, a former assistant district attorney in Atlanta, went to LSU for her undergraduate degree and Wake Forest for law school.

Every time Josh sipped a mojito, did an interview or got a rose, ABC would show his subtitle: "Josh M., 29, Former Pro Baseball Player."

This is a very vague term. Did he play in MLB? Did he play in the minors? Did he play overseas?

It turns out Josh Murray is a lot more high profile in the sports world than "The Bachelorette" may suggest. He is not just another hot, single guy on the program.

Murray was the 48th overall pick in the 2002 MLB draft by the Milwaukee Brewers. That is the fifth pick of the second round. He was listed as a shortstop from Jesuit High School in Tampa, Fla., and had Tommy John surgery just a year earlier. On draft day, Murray was still two months from his 18th birthday and gave up a scholarship to University of Maryland.


For reference, 2010 NL MVP Joey Votto was selected four picks ahead of Murray by the Cincinnati Reds, and Boston Red Sox ace Jon Lester was drafted by the team at No. 57. All-Stars Jesse Crain, Curtis Granderson, Josh Johnson, Pat Neshek, Howie Kendrick and Russell Martin were all drafted after Murray and signed with their respective teams. Adam Lind, Gaby Sanchez, Jacoby Ellsbury, Ricky Romero, Hunter Pence, Matt Garza, Jonathan Papelbon and Scott Feldman were all selected after Murray, but did not sign in the aftermath of that draft.

Murray was immediately assigned to the Brewers' rookie-level affiliate in the Pioneer League, the Ogden (Utah) Raptors, where he made his debut at age 17. In 48 games, Murray batted .255 with two home runs and 19 RBI, playing mostly shortstop (he played one game at third base). Murray was perhaps overshadowed by the Brewers' first-round pick, Prince Fielder, who hit .390 at Ogden with 10 home runs and 40 RBI. Future major leaguers Manny Parra and Craig Breslow were among the arms at Ogden.

Injuries stunted Murray's baseball growth, as he accumulated just 65 total games for the Beloit Snappers (A) in 2003 and 2004. He batted .188 and .160 in those two years, respectively. He split the 2005 and 2006 seasons between the West Virginia Power (A) and the Brevard County Manatees (A+). Not even a stint in his home state could help Murray. He played one season outside the Brewers' farm system for the Charlotte County Redfish of the independent South Coast League before calling it quits at age 23 in 2007 with a career .213 average in professional baseball, according to Baseball-Reference.

Back in 2002, the Brewers awarded Murray an $825,000 signing bonus and a $100,000 sum for a college education. Although Murray's baseball career fizzled out, he left the game with a respectable cash cushion.

The college tuition clause also proved a wise insurance decision. In 2009, Murray applied to the University of Georgia at 24.

His reasoning: His brother, then-18-year-old Aaron Murray, accepted a scholarship to play quarterback for the Bulldogs. Yes, the same Aaron Murray who threw 121 touchdown passes as a four-year SEC starter and was drafted in the fifth round this year by the Chiefs.

With his baseball career behind him, Josh joined Aaron on the football team as a walk-on. While Aaron redshirted the 2009 season, Josh became a member of the scout team. Both suited up for the Bulldogs in 2010. Playing strong safety (he apparently has SEC speed), Josh made appearances at Sanford Stadium in Athens versus Vanderbilt and Idaho State.

While ABC has played up the "Former Pro Baseball Player" title for Josh, Aaron told reporters at Chiefs practice in June Josh is now a financial adviser. Although Aaron is an NFL rookie, his former athlete brother is the one grabbing the spotlight.

"Monday nights are crazy, my phone is blowing up with friends and family talking about what he's doing," Aaron said in June. "And I always give him a hard time. There was a time where he was stuttering on the TV, and I was like, 'Josh, c'mon man, I didn't teach you that.'"

Aaron had a cameo on "The Bachelorette" when Dorfman made her visit to the Murray household. Viall did not have an NFL quarterback brother in his cards when Dorfman made her family visit. (Side notes: Josh gave Dorfman a customized baseball card with her picture and "stats" on his final date on the program. Also, her married name will likely be Andi Murray, not to be confused with the two-time grand slam tennis champion, Andy Murray).

Josh Murray and Andi Dorfman now plan to start their life together back in Atlanta, where they are sure to make the trip to Athens a few times. Dorfman reportedly made $50,000 for her role on "The Bachelorette," which will help get the couple rolling. (Maybe Aaron could share some of his four-year, $2.4 million contract.)

The Chiefs do not make a stop in Atlanta this season, with their closest road game a trip to Miami on Sept. 21. It would not be surprising to see Josh and Andi make the trip to see Aaron.

Josh has reason to hold his head high. For a time, he was a legitimate athlete. Even if he no longer has the talent, he has the girl.

Here's some more throwback images from Josh's Instagram:

Less than two weeks after agreeing to re-sign with the New York Knicks for a reported five years and $124 million, Carmelo Anthony has found a unique way to boost his already considerable fortune.

The 30-year-old superstar announced Monday the creation of M7 Tech Partners, a venture capital firm that will invest in seed-stage tech startups. The name, M7, stands for Anthony's nickname ("Melo") and his jersey number.

According to the Wall Street Journal, Anthony is joined in the venture by his friend Stuart Goldfarb, the former CEO of Bertelsmann and executive vice president of NBC.

“We have complementary strengths and a very close, 50/50 partnership," Goldfarb told the Journal. "I have more time to do the leg work of scoping out potential deals for us. But 'Melo has incredible business instincts and a great record when it comes to product design, social media and business development."

In a statement, Anthony said he's intrigued by wearable and connected devices. The Olympic gold medalist became interested in these technologies after he and his teammates started wearing sophisticated, performance-tracking sensors during practices last year. According to the New York Times Anthony and Goldfarb began discussing how many of these devices are not available to the public, and the possibility of widespread distribution of sensor-based technology provided the initial spark for M7.

M7's first investment is in Hullabalu, a company which creates kids’ story apps for iPads.

As more and more start-ups take off, business-savvy pros are aligning themselves with the companies in hopes of reaping a fortune down the road. Recently Anthony's good friend LeBron James took in $30 million thanks to his equity stake in Beats Electronics.

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NBA All-Star. Children's book author. Mental health advocate. Reality show star. High school basketball coach.

Metta World Peace will add another line to his resume later this year when he joins the staff of the Palisades High School girls basketball program in California.

The 34-year-old free agent, who played for the New York Knicks last year, announced the move on Twitter:


The key phrase here is "as time permits." World Peace signed a two-year deal with the Knicks in July 2013 but he was waived by the team in February. His future in New York is uncertain, although the fact that his former coach, Phil Jackson, has been named president of the team may help his cause.

World Peace's daughter, Sadie, attended Palisades High and played on the basketball team. According to a tweet he sent out recently, it appears that Sadie has graduated:


"Metta's going to be heavy into the strategic portion of our practices," Dolphins head coach Torino Johnson told the Palisadian-Post. "He'll be someone you'll see around. We're both into mental health awareness and I'll be really excited to see him in the gym."

World Peace's NBA future remains unclear, but a tweet by Johnson seems to indicate that Metta himself expects to be back on the court at some point next year.


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As if the prospect of an NFL career wasn't demanding enough, one Kansas City Chiefs rookie plans to add a medical degree to his already-busy schedule.

Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, who goes by Larry, is no normal NFL rookie. And that's not just because he's a third-year medical student. Duvernay-Tardif, 23, hails from Quebec and played his college football at McGill. The 6-foot-5, 300-pound offensive tackle grew up speaking French but is also fluent in English.

As Duvernay-Tardif adjusts to life in the NFL, he'll not only be learning to compete against players with much more football experience than he has, he'll also be juggling medical school in the offseason. Duvernay-Tardif revealed to reporters that he plans to spend two months of medical school a year in the offseason for four years. At that pace he should get his degree in 2017 or 2018.

"Right now it's football," Duvernay-Tardif told the Chiefs' website about his main passion. "It’s football 100 percent. I love the idea, however, of having a good backup plan for after football. I want to do my two months a year and stay in the program, but my focus will be solely dedicated to football the rest of the time. This is a professional sport, it’s a full-time job and I want to give it my all."


Duvernay-Tardif is used to working medical school around his football obligations. At McGill he scheduled rotations around his practices, and sometimes that meant little to no sleep. The day before he was drafted he was called in to McGill's medical center to assist with an emergency C-section.

Even though he's only played offensive line for two years, Duvernay-Tardif's stature and athleticism led the Chiefs to select him in the sixth round of last month's NFL draft.

“The competition may not be to the level you'd like, so he should dominate that competition, and he did," Pat Sperduto, a Chiefs scout, said of Duvernay-Tardif's collegiate opposition. “This kid has physical talent that should equate to being an NFL player."

Duvernay-Tardif isn't the first NFL player in recent years to take an interest in medicine. Former Titans and Steelers defensive back Myron Rolle, a Rhodes Scholar, retired from football at the age of 26 so he could attend medical school.

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Bernard Pollard may not be done in the NFL, but he's already got his mind on a post-retirement career.

The Tennessee Titans safety has invented and patented a new product designed to alleviate clutter in the bathroom. The tray, called Style Pro 31, fits neatly on top of the bathroom sink.

"It is truly a blessing to see this come to fruition," Pollard told the Tennessean. "Patients at hospitals, people in hotels and apartments, students in dorms, people on cruise ships who need more space around the sink. ... I just want this product to assist people and I think it can."

Pollard says he got the idea several years ago when he heard women complaining about lack of space in the bathroom. An avid fan of "Shark Tank," the entrepreneurship show featuring Mark Cuban, Pollard drew up sketches until he was satisfied. The end result of his hard work is available on stylepro31.com for $39.99 (Pollard's jersey number is 31).

Even though he bought a Style Pro 31 for his fiancee, Titans safety Michael Griffin couldn't help but tease Pollard about the idea.

"You hear Bernard talk and he can sound barbaric, like a gladiator, in interviews," Griffin joked. "And you see how he plays on the field. For someone to come off as such a tough guy, to come up with a product for women. But, hey, I applaud him for thinking outside the box and going for it. It's actually a great idea."

Pollard, a sociology major at Purdue, won a Super Bowl with the Ravens in 2013. Last season he led the Titans in tackles.

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