Former top-10 player Kathy Rinaldi is the U.S. Fed Cup team's new captain. Fernandez stepped down in October after eight years in the job. Rinaldi already had been in player development for the USTA, helping U.S. women try to move into the top 100 of the rankings.
Australia's tennis association has added two full-time investigators to its integrity unit and promised greater prizemoney at lower-tier events in a bid to thwart betting-related corruption. Tennis Australia (TA) said on Friday it had implemented a raft of new measures "designed to safeguard the integrity of the upcoming summer of tennis", which includes next month's Australian Open, the year's first grand slam. The tournament was rocked last year by media allegations that more than a dozen top players were repeatedly flagged over suspicions for throwing matches in the past decade and none had been properly investigated by the Tennis Integrity Unit.
Merry Thursday, everyone! Another bitterly cold day here in Bismarck, bundle up y’all. Hey, we might actually have another decent Thursday Night Football game. That makes two TNF games in a row that are worth watching!!! Tonight, the Raiders travel to Kansas City to take on their division rival, the Chiefs. This should be a really good game. Around the DN since our last open thread: Chris shared the bad news that Harrison Smith is likely done for the season. Hey, some DNers are going to the game in Jacksonville. Join in the fun! Adrian Peterson says he’ll return “if”, per Chris. Ted posted Roughing the Podcast, Ep. 18: Cowboy Up. CCNorseman projects week 14, the Vikings offense during the Jaguars