COMMERCE CITY, Colo. — It’s been quite a trip for Steven Beitashour, and more than just the lengthy one he took that included a couple international layovers before finding his way to the northern Denver suburb this past Saturday.
“I’m like, ‘What time zone are we in right now?’ I’m all over the place,” said the 27-year-old, conceding some jet lag after a MLS match between his Vancouver Whitecaps and Western Conference foe the Colorado Rapids. “It was a long flight.”
Two-time tennis Grand Slam winner and No. 5-ranked men’s player in the world Andy Murray, working toward his title defense of the Wimbledon crown, made an unorthodox choice: hiring a woman as his coach.
Toward the conclusion of the French Open a little more than a week ago, Murray, seeded third at this year’s Wimbledon and without question one of the players included in the “Big Four” who define this generation of the men’s game, named retired former top-ranked female Amélie Mauresmo as his new instructor. Why he recruited a previous winner and leading performer for several years at the unique grass-court tournament for the role would appear to be a no-brainer. Yet in doing so, Murray becomes the only player in the ATP top 100 coached by a female he is not related to (No. 49 Denis Istomin of Uzbekistan is coached by his mother, and No. 58 Mikhail Kukushkin of Kazakhstan is coached by his wife). Much of the talk surrounding the news is what his selection means for the future of coaching in tennis and whether it signals the beginning of a movement where women train men.
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Under almost-cloudless skies, most of the attention is focused on quarterback Peyton Manning as he carves up the defense in 7-on-7 drills before they graduate to full 11-on-11s during Denver’s second week of OTAs. With All-Pro linebacker Von Miller rehabbing his right ACL injury in the foreground, Manning’s barks of “Omaha!” and other directives are drowned out by the noise of heavy-duty vehicles repeatedly reversing, pounding and jackhammering. On a separate field, not far in the distance, the defensive ends work on their technique and positioning before joining the larger group. Three enormous orange, white and blue cranes hang nearby, plugging away on construction of the Broncos’ new $35 million, 115,000-square-foot indoor practice facility.
When Marshall Cassidy, former announcer of the Belmont Stakes, took a last sip of water, cleared his throat and stepped up to the mic in 1989 for what would prove to be his final time calling a Triple Crown bid at the track in Elmont, N.Y., he had conflicting emotions.