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Pro sports have long been considered to be dominated by younger athletes, especially when it comes to tennis. However, recent statistics show that’s not the case anymore. It seems older players are now better than their younger counterparts. In days gone by we saw Boris Becker win Wimbledon when he was just 17 years old and Rafael Nadal took the French Open when he was 19, but the days of young guns ousting veterans appear to be over.
Let’s take a look at the stats and see how tennis has evolved over the past couple of decades. Back in 1992, each player ranked in the men’s top 10 was an average age of 23.2 years old. In 2002 the age rose to 24.5 and this year it reached 28.6. There have been 10 occasions when a male Grand Slam tournament was won by a teenager. However, there are now just four male teenagers ranked in the top 100 and just one in the top 75. Back in 1985 there were two teenagers in the top 10. Also in 1985 just three players in the top 40 were older than 28. In 2015, 24 players in the top 40 are 28 or older.
ESPN recently uncovered a video from the NFL archives in which a Hall of Fame player can be seen telling a group of rookies to find themselves a fall guy in case they happen to get into trouble with the police. The statement was made by former wide receiver Cris Carter when he spoke to the NFL Rookie Symposium in 2014. When Carter made the comment, former defensive tackle Warren Sapp was also on stage with him. Sapp was arrested just this summer for domestic violence for an incident which involved his girlfriend.
Carter told several rookies that they should have a friend who would be willing to take the rap if they ever got into any legal trouble. He was quoted as saying, “Because all you guys aren’t going to do the right stuff. I need to teach to you how to get around all of this stuff too. If you have a crew, one of them fools needs to know that they’re going to jail. I know a lot of you aren’t going to drink and I know a lot of you aren’t going to use drugs but still get yourself a fall guy.”
Even though former NBA star Michael Jordan retired from basketball several years ago, he’s still raking in millions of dollars. Jordan was recently awarded $8.9 million by a judge in America after a former supermarket chain was found guilty of using his name in an unauthorized advertisement back in 2009. The store that used his name without permission was called Dominick’s and based in Chicago. However, the establishment is now defunct and is owned by Safeway. The judge ordered the store to pay the sum after a jury found it guilty.
The manager of Costa Rica’s men’s national soccer team resigned in mid-August after he was caught up in a brawl while watching an Under-23 game in Panama. He may have gotten away with it, but his actions were all caught on video. Reports stated that the 39-year-old former English Premier League and Costa Rican national player was unhappy with the refereeing during the match and decided to take matters into his own hands. The game between Costa Rica and Panama, which was an Olympic qualifying contest, ended in a 0-0 draw.
Wanchope resigned the day after the game and after the video surfaced. Costa Rica’s football federation released a statement regarding his departure and simply said the former boss had decided to step aside from his job. The film footage shows Wanchope opening up a gate down by the pitch and then pushing aside a youth who was standing just behind it. A man who was standing beside the gate then pushed Wanchope and the former manager then turned and punched him. The man, who was reportedly a security guard, responded with a kick and punch of his own before the scuffle was broken up by police.
Australian golfer Jason Day won the US PGA Championship at on Sunday, August 16th at Whistling Straits when he finished the four-round tournament with a mark of 20-under par. It was Day’s first major title win. The 27-year-old wrapped the victory by shooting 67 on the final day to beat American Jordan Spieth by three strokes. Branden Grace of South Africa was third with 15-under for the tournament and England’s Justin Rose was fourth at 14-under.
Day’s 20-below par places him in the golfing history books at it was the lowest total score for one of the sport’s four major tournaments. Day, who is now the world’s third-ranked golfer, did enough to hold off the 22-year-old Spieth, but Spieth’s runner-up finish now sees him take over as the world’s top-ranked golfer from Northern Ireland’s 26-year-old Rory McIlroy. Spieth was crowned the US Open and Masters champion earlier this year. McIlroy, the defending champion, finished the PGA Championship at nine-under par and in 17th position.
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