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Catcher Interference

Moe Berg wore a mask as a major league catcher, a perfect cover for his role as a spy during World War II, as shown in this new documentary.

Bill Dwyre Arts & Entertainment, Current Digital, History

Moe Berg wore a mask as a major league catcher, a perfect cover for his role as a spy during World War II, as shown in this new documentary.

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Final Negotiations

The late Steve Zucker’s memoir traces his introduction to a career as a sports agent that dominated the Rancho Mirage resident’s life for 30 years.

Bill Dwyre Arts & Entertainment, Current Digital, Sports

The late Steve Zucker’s memoir traces his introduction to a career as a sports agent that dominated the Rancho Mirage resident’s life for 30 years.

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Laying the Groundwork

Julie Heldman’s book signing at the BNP Paribas Open honors her mother’s work to establish the women’s pro tour.

Bill Dwyre Current Digital, Tennis

Julie Heldman’s book signing at the upcoming BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells honors her mother’s work to establish the women’s pro tour.

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4 Golf Courses to Play During CareerBuilder Challenge

When you're not busy watching the world's best golfers compete at the CareerBuilder Challenge, take your own game up a notch.

Bill Dwyre Golf

Golf legend Phil Mickelson will return for his second straight year as ambassador of the CareerBuilder Challenge, the desert’s annual PGA Tour event. Jeff Sanders, tournament executive director, says that Mickelson’s presence “brings us unbelievable expertise,” and his ongoing connection to the event “helps us work — alongside him — to make it great.” Mickelson has won five majors and

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And the Best Everer

Roger Federer, at 35, became the oldest champion at the BNP Paribas Open, surpassing by four years and two months Jimmy Connors, who won in 1984, at 31.

Bill Dwyre Tennis

You run out of things to write about Roger Federer. Adjectives get re-used. Superlatives become blasé. You try to keep some semblance of perspective about the closest thing to perfection that has ever gripped a tennis racket, and you still end up slobbering all over yourself. So, we will leave today’s lead paragraph, in best summary of Federer’s 6-4, 7-5

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Swiss Banks Win at Paribas

Elena Vesnina did the unexpected, outlasting the eighth-seeded Svetlana Kuznetsova in a grueling three-hour match to win the BNP Paribas Open women's title.

Bill Dwyre Tennis

Neither rain nor snow nor sleet, nor heat so severe that it could have seared the bottoms of her tennis shoes, could keep Elena Vesnina from her appointed rounds with a crystal trophy and a check for $1,175,505 Sunday at the BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament. Vesnina is the unlikely women’s champion. She entered this highly prestigious tournament seeded 14th.

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Another Master Who Floats and Stings

BNP Paribas Open fans got their wish. Roger Federer is the the men's singles final at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden.

Bill Dwyre Tennis

From the moment the sun rose Saturday on the BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament, it seemed like a Swiss can’t-miss. And that’s what it turned out to be. Sunday’s men’s final will match Switzerland’s Roger Federer against Switzerland’s Stan Wawrinka. One press wag wondered if they’d play tennis or just have a yodel-off. Wawrinka started the day with an uneventful

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Roger That

In a match expected to be dripping in drama that never shed a drop, Roger Federer demolished Rafael Nadal in the fourth round of the BNP Paribas Open.

Bill Dwyre Tennis

In a match expected to be dripping in drama but never shed a drop, Roger Federer demolished Rafael Nadal Wednesday in the fourth round of the BNP Paribas Open. We were looking for something like 6-4, 6-7, 7-6. We got 6-2, 6-3. The 16,100-seat Indian Wells Garden main stadium was as packed as it will ever be for a late

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A Rivalry for the Ages

Thanks to the way the brackets were drawn at the BNP Paribas Open, an early round matchup between two longtime rivals, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer, has materialized.

Bill Dwyre Tennis

The BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament brought a familiar GPS reading. For Rafael Nadal, Spain’s legendary lefty, the Road to Roger was mapped through another Spanish southpaw. In Monopoly, you have to pass go. In big-time pro tennis, Nadal has had to, in key moments, pass Fernando Verdasco. The journey and its history played out Tuesday, in 95-degree sunshine, on

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King Holds Court

Billie Jean King comes to the BNP Paribas Open to talk tennis, and brings the same message of inclusivity she has championed for nearly 50 years.

Bill Dwyre Tennis

Billie Jean King was at a tennis tournament Monday, the BNP Paribas Open Indian Wells. It has been a long time since any appearance she makes has been strictly about tennis. This was a press gathering concerning the transfer of King’s majority interest in World Team Tennis to businessmen, Mark Ein and Fred Luddy. This was supposed to be about