See what made Andy Roddick lose his cool

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See what made Andy Roddick lose his cool

From Comcast SportsNet Tuesday, August 16, 2011

MASON, Ohio (AP) -- As soon as Andy Roddick smacked a ball into the stands in a fit of pique, he figured it would cost him. Sure enough, chair umpire Carlos Bernardes assessed him a point penalty that put him behind 2-0 in the third set of his 6-7 (5), 7-5, 6-1 loss to Philipp Kohlschreiber Monday night in the first round of the Western & Southern Open. "Obviously a split-second thing," Roddick said. "Soon as I hit it, I wanted it back. Roddick already had received a warning from for flinging his racket to the court after losing the second set. It was a judgment call for (Bernardes)," Roddick said. "Pretty sure I saw an 8-year-old girl catch it on the way down. He was telling me I hit it as hard as I could. I was like, 'Dude ...'" "It's so frustrating. I certainly accept what I did," Roddick said. "I put him in a bad situation out there, but I do think it's stupid in tennis that -- I mean, in football if someone throws a helmet on the sideline, it's their helmet. We wonder where we lose our ratings battles to the WWF, Monday Night Raw." Although the NFL penalizes players who do things such as throwing their helmets, Roddick would like to see tennis players get a little more leeway in such situations. He cited John McEnroe, for one. "The guy is still getting endorsements because he was allowed to throw" things, Roddick said. "I understand where (Bernardes) is coming from, but at a certain point, you know, you hit a tennis ball into a stadium, someone goes home with a souvenir, and it pretty much ruins the match from there" to penalize the player. "Seems counterproductive," Roddick said. "At a certain point, I would love it if we got out of our own way." As the match went on, Kohlschreiber could see Roddick's frustration growing, and took advantage of it. "I started guessing right and returning balls," the 47th-ranked Kohlschreiber said. "I took the chances, and he got a little frustrated." Also in Monday's first round, Italy's Fabio Fognini upset 14th-seeded Viktor Troicki of Serbia 6-4, 6-1. The 38th-ranked Fognini beat the 16th-ranked Troicki for first time in three matches. France's Richard Gasquet became the first seeded man to advance without a bye. The 14th-seeded Gasquet needed a second-set tiebreaker to overcome Ukrainian Alexandr Dolgopolov 6-1, 7-6 (4). "I did a pretty good tiebreak," Gasquet said. "There was a lot of tension, but I knew it was important because, in the third set, you never know what can happen, so I'm happy." Alex Bogomolov Jr. cruised past Robby Ginepri 6-4, 6-3 in a matchup of Americans. Spain's Fernando Verdasco defeated Brazil's Thomaz Bellucci 6-3, 7-6 (4), Bulgaria's Grigor Dimitrov beat Turkey's Marsel Ilhan 6-3, 7-5, Feliciano Lopez fought off fellow Spaniard Juan Carlos Ferrero 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, and Argentina's David Nalbandian beat Japan's Kai Nishikori 6-4, 6-4. American wild-card Ryan Harrison ousted Argentina's Juan Ignacio Chela 6-3, 6-3, and Chela's countryman, Juan Monaco, came from behind to beat Tommy Haas of Germany 6-7 (5), 6-4, 6-3. Svetlana Kuznetsova became the first seeded woman to advance without a bye. The 14th-seeded Russian beat American qualifier Jill Craybas 6-3, 6-4. Ninth-seeded Andrea Petkovic lost the first set and survived a second-set tiebreaker to pull out a 5-7, 7-6 (5) 6-2 win over Slovakian Jamila Gajdosova, and Ana Ivanovic of Serbia rolled to a 6-0, 6-2 win over qualifier Alexa Glatch of the United States. Petkovic felt as if she almost didn't deserve to win the grueling match that lasted 2 hours, 52 minutes. "I feel terrible," she said. "I feel awful, really, because (Gajdosova) was playing incredible. She was just hitting winners all over. I don't know how long we played, and I felt like I was in the defense all the time. That's not a good feeling, especially for a player like me who likes to be the dominant one, so I just felt terrible all the time. I don't know how I pulled it out, but I'm thrilled that I did." Ivanovic needed just 26 minutes to win her first set and exactly one hour to finish her match. The former French Open champion hoped for a quick start, she said. "It was very important, especially knowing she had a couple of matches under her belt," said the 17th-ranked Ivanovic, forced by a left foot injure to retire while playing eventual champion Kim Clijsters in last year's semifinals. "I had never seen her before, so it was like a new match for me." Ukraine's Alona Bondarenko defeated Japan's Ayumi Morita 6-2, 4-6, 6-2; Israel's Shahar Peer beat Germany's Sabine Lisicki 6-4, 7-6 (4); Czech qualifier Petra Cetkovska defeated Spain's Anabel Medina Garrigues 2-6, 6-2, 6-2, and Italy's Sara Errani beat U.S. qualifier Sloane Stephens 6-1, 7-5.

Cousins buys chocolate from kids for charity, donates bars to flight staff

Cousins buys chocolate from kids for charity, donates bars to flight staff

DeMarcus Cousins leads the NBA in technical fouls. He also leads the league in scowls and he’s even kicked over a few garbage cans following the Kings' loss to the Chicago Bulls on Saturday night. But that’s just a small portion of who he is.

According to a source that travels with the team, Cousins went out of his way Sunday morning to make an impact in the lives of a couple of local youth in Chicago.

Kids were selling chocolate bars outside the team’s hotel trying to earn money for charity. Plenty of people walked by, avoiding the youth, but Cousins stopped, reached into his pocket and purchased all of the boxes they had to sell.

Later on in the day, Cousins donated the candy to the flight service staff for use on the flight to Detroit.

Cousins gets plenty of negative press for his antics on the floor, but off the court, he is extremely generous. He plays Santa-Cuz during the holidays, buying gifts for underprivileged children in Sacramento and his hometown of Mobile, Alabama. He has also purchased a new scoreboard for a local high school and even paid for the funeral of a local high school football player who lost his life in a drive-by shooting.

No one is perfect, Cousins included, but he also has a genuinely good side that he often doesn’t seek or receive press for.

 

Kirk Cousins watches Kyle Shanahan's offense carve up Packers

Kirk Cousins watches Kyle Shanahan's offense carve up Packers

Washington quarterback Kirk Cousins is scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent. His uncertain status has led to speculation presumptive 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan will be interested in acquiring him in the offseason.

On Sunday, Cousins got a first-hand look at his former coach’s offense.

Cousins posted a photo on Instagram from the stands at the Georgia Dome, where the Atlanta Falcons and their high-octane offense blasted the Green Bay Packers, 44-21, in the NFC Championship game.

Cousins wrote the caption, “Watching two of the best in the world do what they do & taking notes to make it to this game next year -score a lot of points!”

Washington finished third in the NFC East and out of the playoffs with an 8-7-1 record.

Shanahan, the Falcons’ offensive coordinator, coached Cousins for the first two seasons of his NFL career with Washington on the staff of his father, Mike Shanahan. Cousins appeared in just eight games with four starts in 2012 and ’13.

Cousins' career has taken off in the past two seasons while starting all 32 regular-season games. He completed 67 percent of his passes this season with 25 touchdowns and 12 interceptions and a passer rating of 97.2.

Washington placed the franchise tag on Cousins this season at nearly $20 million. He franchise tag is expected to be approximately $24 million in 2017.

If Washington places the non-exclusive franchise tag on Cousins, a team could sign him to an offer sheet at the cost of two first-round draft picks or negotiate a trade with Washington for a lesser amount.