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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

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BNP Paribas Open: ‘You Can’t Beat It’

Tennis' fifth major has refused to be outdone for these two weeks in March from top facilities, a star-studded field, and fan friendly weather.

Bill Dwyre Tennis

The event held each year in Indian Wells that attracts star players and nearly half a million spectators is not really a tennis tournament. It is a chamber-of-commerce postcard. Take Sunday at the BNP Paribas Open. It is the day after they have set a tournament attendance record for a single-day session. A total of 36,361 people went through the

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The iBods

Croatia's Ivo Karlovic is 6-foot-11 and American John Isner is 6-10. Each is about 82 percent arms and legs. Their fates separated at the BNP Paribas Open.

Bill Dwyre Tennis

If you like your tennis fast and furious, especially the serving part of the game, the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells was the place to be Saturday. On a hot and sunny, near-perfect day in the desert–which seems to be the very definition of this annual March tennis spectacle, Ivo Karlovic and John Isner were out there hitting bullets.

Roberta Vinci

The Anti-Ball Machine

Italy's Roberta Vinci responds to big smashes by slicing them back, keeping them low, taking all the air out of each and every balloon her opponent sends her way.

Bill Dwyre Tennis

The tennis surgeon was at it again Friday. In lime green top and shorts, in front of a packed crowd on court 6 at the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells, Italy’s Roberta Vinci sliced apart yet another younger, faster, harder-hitting challenger. The score was 7-6 (5), 6-4. The victim was U.S. player Madison Brengle, and the result might be

Michael Phelps

Solid Gold

Michael Phelps’ next Olympian goal is a better world for children.

Bill Dwyre Arts & Entertainment

GIVE BACK There are storybook endings, and then there is Michael Phelps’ grand Olympic finale last summer in Rio. Movie stars, athletes, politicians, even file clerks want to go out on their own terms. Phelps is no exception. He did it his way. He is, of course, the most decorated athlete in the history of the Olympic Games, once deemed

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The Grandest Slam

The annual BNP Paribas Tournament in Indian Wells is often referred to as professional tennis' unofficial fifth Grand Slam event. The guys behind it are not ones to be content with fifth.

Bill Dwyre Tennis

Each spring, they flock in record numbers to the BNP Paribas Open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. That’s a long and fancy name. They should just call the whole thing Pasarell’s Palace. Starting March 8, and for the next 11 days, as many as 500,000 people will roll through the gates. The Palm Springs area will buzz. Restaurants will

al geiberger

Mr. 59

Sometimes life's greatest achievements are off the field of play.

Bill Dwyre Golf

To most in the desert, March 27 will be just another warm and lazy Monday. For Al Geiberger, it will be the 40-year anniversary of the unimaginably horrifying. Geiberger is one of many famous residents in the Coachella Valley, a longtime resident of La Quinta. Many days, he can be found giving golf lessons at The Golf Club at La

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Phil Mickelson Embraces Ambassador Role

CareerBuilder Challege galleries crowd to see 'The Thrill' both as a player and a tournament's face.

Bill Dwyre Golf

Neither snow, nor rain, nor heat, nor gloom of night kept Phil Mickelson from his appointed rounds this weekend as new ambassador of the CareerBuilder Challenge golf tournament in La He came, saw and probably won’t win. But he certainly conquered. Mickelson, one of the true attractions on the tour with his five major titles and 42 PGA victories, was

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Return of the 
Thrill

It is the changing 
of the 
guard. As one 
great 
fades into legend, another returns.

Bill Dwyre Golf

Love is in the air for Phil Mickelson at the CareerBuilder Challenge, the valley’s celebrated January pro golf tournament. Many factors contribute to this heart-shaped state of affairs. “It’s always just about perfect,” Mickelson says. “Sunshine, no wind, great courses. It is the ideal place to get your game in shape, your swing grooved. Some [professional] players come here in

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The Bradley Bunch

It wasn’t that long ago they were 
almost on the street. 
Now, the couple can pave it with gold.

Bill Dwyre Arts & Entertainment

Walking the halls of the same junior high and high school, Tim Bradley and Monica Manzo paid little attention to each other. If love was in the air, their senses were clogged. “He was two years younger,” Monica says, “and we never really had a conversation.” They lived in a Coachella Valley overflowing with haves. Comparatively, they were have-nots. There