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TSC News host Fred Richani recaps WWE WrestleMania 37 Night Two featuring an awful Fiend vs. Randy Orton match, Alexa Bliss melting, an epic triple threat match with Roman Reigns dominating, Logan Paul taking a Kevin Owens stunner, the return of BABATUNDE, title changes, and more! For the latest TSC videos: YouTube.com/TheSportsCourier. Instagram: …
 
TSC News host Fred Richani recaps WWE WrestleMania 37 Night One featuring a WrestleRainia rain delay, an awkward interaction with hosts Titus O'Neil and Hulk Hogan, Bobby Lashley vs. Drew McIntyre opening the show, Sasha Banks vs. Bianca Belair main eventing and making history, and a rare appearance by Vince McMahon! For the latest TSC videos: YouT…
 
Ben and Courtney(!) join forces once more to discuss the breakout stories of the Miami Open, of which there were many. We lead off with a long chat about Ash Barty, the WTA #1 who seemed to prove her claim to that mantle more than ever with her title. Why did this title feel so big for a player who has already achieved so much? We then discuss Bian…
 
Bellator 255 MMA Post-Fight Interviews: Featherweight and lightweight champion Patricio Pitbull discusses his dominant first-round submission win over Emmanuel Sanchez in their rematch, facing undefeated AJ McKee in the Grand Prix final, and how he matches up with the best fighters in MMA like Khabib Nurmagomedov. Plus: AJ McKee on facing the great…
 
The Miami Open, which has been in a state of flux in recent years, is underway this week in the parking lot of the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens in front of a scant crowd and limited media, and with an especially depleted men's player field. To get a feel for how it's going on the ground, Ben checks in with Miami Herald columnist Michelle Kauf…
 
Think tennis could work better? So does pretty much everyone who works in tennis. Ben is joined by David Yaffe-Bellany of Bloomberg News, author of a recent piece exploring the long tradition of dysfunction and underperforming within the business side of tennis. What are the roots of the disorganization and the animosity? What are possible fixes to…
 
As the tours spend another week in the Middle East, the region's tennis queen Reem Abulleil joins NCR once more from (nearly) on-site in Dubai. First, Reem shares her impressions of having been on site at a tournament this week for the first time in more than a year, at ATP Dubai. How different does the empty bubble atmosphere resonate in person? T…
 
It was a newsy week in tennis, and Ben is joined by our MENA correspondent Reem Abulleil to discuss it all. Garbiñe Muguruza won her first title in two years at WTA Dubai, and seems to be building meaningful momentum as a top player week-in, week-out. What impact could that have on the tour? Roger Federer returned to competition at ATP Doha for his…
 
TSC News host Fred Richani recaps the UFC259: Blachowicz vs. Adesanya results featuring three title fights including Jan Blacowicz vs. middleweight champion Israel Adesanya, Amanda Nunes destroying Megan Anderson, and Aljamain Sterling upsetting Petr Yan for the bantamweight championship in controversial fashion. For the latest TSC videos: YouTube.…
 
With the tours continuing onward amid the pandemic, we welcome NCR's Dutch Lowlands and Caucasus Highlands correspondent David Avakian joins from Rotterdam to update us on the tournament there, which has long been a jewel of the indoor circuit. We discuss what the tournament has done to not look sad despite being empty, the role of appearance fees …
 
Ben and Courtney (the #ATPOutsider) are back to discuss the men's final in Melbourne, which was weighted with high hopes of a classic but ultimately turned into a pretty one-sided win for Novak Djokovic. We discuss Djokovic's incredible match management skills, Medvedev's disappointing performance, if expectations were unrealistic, how this sets up…
 
With a second Australian Open title and fourth Grand Slam win overall, Naomi Osaka is into what feels like the beginning of the resume-padding phase of her already illustrious career. Ben and Courtney discuss Osaka's impressive run in Melbourne that ended with a win over Jennifer Brady, where she goes from here (particularly on clay), and the curre…
 
Both the men's and women's finals are set at the Australian Open, and we're thinking they'll be pretty good! Reem Abulleil joins Ben to discuss the semifinals that were and the finals that they set up, starting with Jennifer Brady backing up her U.S. Open run to book another blockbuster match against Naomi Osaka. Also, what do we make of Serena's e…
 
The wonderfully multitalented Nick McCarvel joins NCR now that the Australian Open semifinals are set, with Serena Williams and Naomi Osaka set to face off in a blockbuster clash, and Jennifer Brady and Karolina Muchova following as a compelling undercard on the women's side. On the men's side, Novak Djokovic faces previously unknown Aslan Karatsev…
 
It was a blockbuster day of women's tennis at the Australian Open, and Ben, Courtney, and Reem had a great time watching and discussing Osaka-Muguruza, Serena-Sabalenka, Halep-Swiatek, and the magical run of Hsieh Su-wei. What to make of these great matches? Which was the best? And how does the top half compare? Also a bit on Thiem-Dimitrov, Olivia…
 
As we reach the end of the Australian Open's first week, saying goodbye to Nick Kyrgios, the crowd, and Novak Djokovic's lock status, Ben is joined by Tumaini Carayol to wrap up the week that was and set the stage for the prize fights looming. How does this tournament feel so far? What were our impressions of Thiem-Kyrgios? How would the tournament…
 
After a pretty flat opening round (and week before at Melbourne Park) the Australian Open seemed to be jolted to life on Wednesday night by Nick Kyrgios, and several other intriguing moments emerged on Thursday as well. Ben and Courtney discuss their concerns about #1 Ash Barty, who struggled down the stretch. They also discuss the strangely self-d…
 
Venus Williams showed such staggering resilience, toughness, and determination on Wednesday that it almost didn't matter that she won only one game. Andrew Eccles, founder of The Spin, joins to discuss Venus' loss to Sara Errani, what it showed us about her, and why he has such love for Errani. We also discuss Hsieh Su-wei's win over Bianca Andrees…
 
It's been a different feeling Australian Open so far, with more scant crowds than anticipated, but also emphatic early performances by contenders on the women's side. Ben is joined by three tremendous women on this episode to get a sense of the tournament so far: NCR's Middle East and North Africa correspondent Reem Abulleil (who is delighting in t…
 
Day After Super Bowl 55 interview with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback and five-time Super Bowl MVP Tom Brady and head coach Bruce Arians, who discuss the Bucs handily defeating Patrick Mahomes' Kansas City Chiefs for the Bucs' first title since 2003! Plus: NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell congratulates TB12, Coach Arians, and the Tampa Bay Bucc…
 
Another Slam is around the corner, and, in a surprise to no one, there are many players who seem wildly competitively relevant in the women's draw. Serena and Osaka are very good! Barty and Andreescu are back in action! Kenin and Halep remain legit! And then a whole bunch more people! On the men's side, there's Djokovic, who just about always wins …
 
TSC News host Fred Richani recaps the WWE Royal Rumble 2021 results featuring Bianca Belair winning a great Women's Rumble match, Roman Reigns defending the Universal Title vs. Kevin Owens in a Last Man Standing match, Sasha Banks vs. Carmella 2, Drew McIntyre vs. Bill Goldberg for the WWE Title, and a very interesting Men's Rumble! Plus: WWE Netwo…
 
Tampa Bay Buccaneers General Manager Jason Licht discusses the Bucs' incredible 2020 season, signing quarterback Tom Brady, working under Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid when they were both with the Philadelphia Eagles, the virtual NFL Draft experience, tight end Rob Gronkowski's positive vibes, how the Chicago Bears loss was a blessing in …
 
TSC News host Fred Richani discusses the first blockbuster NFL trade of 2021 -- on Super Bowl 55 Week! The Los Angeles Rams trade quarterback Jared Goff, two first round picks, and a third round pick to the Detroit Lions for QB Matthew Stafford! Goff will now have something to prove with new head coach Dan Campbell as part of a Lions team that is i…
 
TSC News host Fred Richani discusses former Seattle Seahawks offensive tackle Chad Wheeler's horrific (alleged) acts of domestic violence towards his girlfriend, his subsequent arrest, him somehow being allowed to post bail, and the disappointing media response related to the Seattle Times story. We have also not heard from the National Football Le…
 
Amid his busy schedule of creating photos and music, ATP #6 Stefanos Tsitsipas joins NCR this week, chatting with Ben about all sorts of things in a wide-ranging interview from his hotel room in Melbourne. We discuss topics including how he's handled the quarantine so far, his lifelong interest in creating things on the internet, his relationship w…
 
Down goes McGregor! TSC News host Fred Richani recaps the UFC 257 results featuring Conor McGregor vs. Dustin Poirier 2 in The Notorious' first MMA fight in one year, former Bellator champion Michael Chandler's debut vs. Dan Hooker, Dana White's interesting crusade, as well as news on the recently retired Khabib Nurmagomedov and UFC 260: Stipe Mioc…
 
TSC News host Fred Richani discusses the civil lawsuit against MMA superstar Conor McGregor related to sexual assault allegations from Dec. 2018 in Dublin, Ireland. The latest civil suit and controversy can be added to the laundry list of McGregor incidents, alleged or otherwise, during his controversial but highly successful MMA career. The real q…
 
With conditions tougher than many players had expected for the mandatory quarantine period in Melbourne, and with gripes about how unevenly players have been treated, there were plenty of complaints to be heard from players, and then even louder complaints from the Australian public about those complaints. Ben and Reem Abulleil discuss what's been …
 
The Australian Open lead-up has hit more snags than players expected, with 72 of them (and counting?) facing a hard lockdown that could keep them from leaving their hotel rooms at all for 14 days, presenting major challenges to their Grand Slam preparation. To discuss that predicament, Ben is joined by one of the 72, ATP player Taro Daniel, who was…
 
The small world of tennis media lost one of its most beloved last week with the passing of Tom Perrotta, who had earned the love and admiration of practically everyone lucky enough to meet him. Since it's going to be a while before we're all able to come together again to properly raise a glass in Tom's honor, Ben and Courtney decided to use this s…
 
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