Second-seeded Simona Halep needed three sets to win her first-round match at the US Open. Ditto for Angelique Kerber, Venus Williams and Andrea Petkovic. Sometimes the early pressure is the most intense pressure.
If watching youngsters Missy Franklin and Katie Ledecky dominate while winning a gold medal herself wasn't enough, Jessica Hardy got a real jolt at the world championships: nearly losing her engagement ring.
While we await official word on the end of the NFL lockout, we've got a busy day of MLB action on tap, including the return of the first-place Pittsburgh Pirates to national television. Here are the Games We're Watching.
If you read Melissa Jacobs' NFL wild-card weekend preview and, ahem, predictions, she doesn't blame you for giving this column a Marshawn Lynch stiff-arm and running away. But for those who are jazzed up about divisional weekend, read on.
Thanks largely to Tom Brady and Gisele's date night, the Broadway hit "Lombardi" has been the buzz of New York. After taking in the play herself, our Melissa Jacobs sat down with actress Judith Light, who plays Vince Lombardi's wife.