Ian McMahan

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Name: Ian McMahan
Date registered: July 17, 2017
URL: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/tennis

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  1. Conor McGregor’s biggest weapon? His lack of boxing experience — August 23, 2017
  2. How Venus Williams roared back at 37: diet, brains and bloody mindedness — July 17, 2017

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Aug 23

Conor McGregor’s biggest weapon? His lack of boxing experience

The allure of Saturday’s much-hyped fight in Las Vegas is that no one knows what will happen in the ring – not least the overwhelming favorite, Floyd Mayweather

Few question Conor McGregor’s ability as a fighter. But can he box? After all, though McGregor has trained as a boxer, mixed martial arts fighting is extremely different from the relatively controlled rules of boxing. It’s easy to imagine a jack-of-all-trades, master-of-none scenario that leaves McGregor unprepared to fight Floyd Mayweather, one of the best boxers of all time.

But Andre Ward, the light heavyweight world champion and one of the best pound-for-pound boxers in the world, believes that McGregor’s most obvious weakness – his lack of boxing experience – is also what makes him more dangerous. “Obviously McGregor is at a glaring disadvantage because they are competing at Mayweather’s craft, his discipline,” says Ward, “but McGregor’s advantage is that he is different, he’s an unknown, Floyd doesn’t know what to expect.”

Related: Inside Conor McGregor’s Dublin: the making and shaping of a fighting superstar

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Jul 17

How Venus Williams roared back at 37: diet, brains and bloody mindedness

The American is enjoying one of her best seasons at an age when most players have retired. How has she come back from injuries and an auto immune disease?

It is hard to underestimate someone with seven grand slam and 49 WTA singles titles. But despite this, Venus Williams’ remarkable run at Wimbledon is a surprise not just because of her age – at 37 Williams was the oldest finalist since Martina Navratilova – but because her battle with a chronic health condition nearly forced her out of tennis.

Diagnosed with Sjogren’s syndrome, an auto-immune disease whose symptoms include joint pain and fatigue, Williams has struggled in the demanding two week grand slam events since her diagnosis, pulling out of the 2011 US Open after being overwhelmed with fatigue and not reaching a quarter-final in singles at a grand slam tournament in 2012, 2013 or 2014.

Related: Venus Williams’ glorious reinvention undaunted by Wimbledon final defeat

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/blog/2017/jul/17/venus-williams-longevity-diet-wimbledon-tennis