Surly or sweet? An intimidating world-beater or an insecure self-loather? At this point, after walking the tightrope atop the women's game for more than a decade, the only surprise is when Serena Williams doesn't surprise.
With the power out and her game off, it was a dark night in Montreal for hometown favorite Eugenie Bouchard. But despite her 6-0, 2-6, 6-0 loss to American qualifier Shelby Rogers, great things are still in the stars.
It has been 20 years since the Nancy Kerrigan-Tonya Harding saga unfolded. Johnette Howard recalls the story from her perspective as a reporter at the time. Watch 30 for 30's "The Price of Gold" on ESPN at 9 p.m. ET Thursday.
What should we take away from Diana Nyad's swimming feat? We'd be smart to listen more closely to those rare extremists who insist on traveling so far out toward the limit of human possibility as the swimmer has.
Free diver Audrey Mestre was no different from other extreme athletes such as Felix Baumgartner and Diana Nyad and Philippe Petit. Each of them is as unique as a fingerprint. Yet they share a sameness that might surprise you.
Even Nike has had enough? Wednesday's news of the company's split with Lance Armstrong is a remarkable twist in the cyclist's accelerating spiral from heroic cultural icon to disgraced champion and unconscionable liar.