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PLAYERS: Billie Jean King
Lornie Kuhle had no patience for nonsense when he was approached by an ESPN reporter proposing that his longtime friend and business partner, Bobby Riggs, intentionally threw his famous “Battle of the Sexes” tennis match against Billie Jean King in 1973. “I looked at [the reporter] and told him it was the most far-fetched story I’d every heard,” Kuhle said, according to FOX Sports. “It was a real match and he got beat. Bobby didn’t purposely throw the match — it’s demeaning to the match and it’s all complete [expletive].” This weekend, ESPN’s Outside the Lines presented the claims of Hal Shaw, a former assistant gold pro at Palma Ceia Golf and Country Club in Tampa, Fla. Shaw claimed to have heard three men who were powerful in the mafia and a fourth man he did not recognize meeting around midnight in the pro shop. Their conversation, Shaw said, revolved around Riggs throwing the nationally televised match to pay off his debts to the mob. “Riggs had assured [an attorney representing

Did Riggs throw match vs. King?

According to 'Outside The Lines', the legendary Battle of the Sexes match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs may not have exactly been on the up and up. 

Report: Bobby Riggs Threw Historic Match Against Billie Jean King To Pay Mafia Debts

September 20, 1973, on national television and in front of the largest US audience to view a tennis match, Billie Jean Kind and Bobby Riggs competed in the highly anticipated “Battle of the Sexes.” King defeated Riggs 6-4, 6-3, 6-3, amidst controversy due to the age difference between the two (Riggs was 55 and King was 29) and the unusually poor play of Riggs, who just a few...

Hour-long lines on the way into the US Open

Fans have faced waits of up to an hour to get into the Billie Jean King Tennis Center on the first day of the U.S. Open. Tournament security is making fans pass through metal detectors, causing longer delays than usual. The lines Monday have snaked nearly a quarter mile - from the East entrance of the tennis center back to the exit point of the 7 train that brings thousands of...

Report: Riggs threw legendary match

The outcome of a decades-old event frequently cited as a turning point for the women's rights movement has come under renewed scrutiny with a television report Sunday speculating that Bobby Riggs may have thrown a tennis match to pay off a debt to organized crime figures. Riggs lost to women's liberation advocate Billie Jean King, then the world's second-ranked female...

US Open adds metal detectors for fans

Fans attending the U.S. Open this year will have to pass through metal detectors as part of the U.S. Tennis Association's enhanced security. The screening process will also include the use of wands to check spectators. There will be a limit of one bag per person and backpacks are prohibited at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, which has drawn more than 650,000 fans...
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