Apple ‘deeply offended’ by BBC story



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Apple has said it is “deeply offended” by a BBC investigation into conditions for workers involved in manufacturing its devices.

Rules on workers’ hours, ID cards, dormitories, work meetings and juvenile workers were routinely breached, the Panorama programme witnessed.

In a staff email, senior Apple executive Jeff Williams said he knew of no other company doing as much as Apple to improve conditions.

But he added: “We can still do better.”

Panorama’s editor Ceri Thomas said he stood by the programme’s journalism.

He said the team had found an exhausted workforce making Apple products in China, as well as children working in extremely dangerous tin mines in Bangka, Indonesia.

“While Apple did confirm earlier this year that it gets tin from Bangka, it had never been confirmed whether illegal tin was entering their supply chain,” he said.

“We got the first evidence of this on our trip.

“We told Apple what we had found almost two months ago. Although Apple was happy to give us a non-attributable briefing, we were disappointed that the company wasn’t prepared to explain its position on camera.”

RiantoPanorama found children working in mines that supply Apple

Mr Williams’ email, published in full by The Telegraph (and reproduced below), was sent to around 5,000 Apple staff in the UK.

“Panorama’s report implied that Apple isn’t improving working conditions,” he wrote.

“Let me tell you, nothing could be further from the truth.”

He said he wanted the email to offer “facts and perspective, all of which we shared with the BBC in advance, but were clearly missing from their programme”.

He wrote that he and Apple chief executive Tim Cook were “deeply offended by the suggestion that Apple would break a promise to the workers in our supply chain or mislead our customers in any way”.

He added: “We are honest about the challenges we face and we work hard to make sure that people who make our products are treated with the dignity and respect they deserve.”

Apple had declined to be interviewed for the programme.

‘Appalled’

The email goes on to outline some of the efforts Apple has made to improve working conditions in its various factories across China.

The Panorama film showed exhausted workers falling asleep on their 12-hour shifts at Pegatron factories on the outskirts of Shanghai.

One undercover reporter, working in a factory making parts for Apple computers, had to work 18 days in a row despite repeated requests for a day off.

Mr Williams said Apple had undertaken an audit of working hours.

Panorama secret filmingSecret filming showed exhausted workers falling asleep while at their stations

“Several years ago, the vast majority of workers in our supply chain worked in excess of 60 hours, and 70+ hour work-weeks were typical.

“After years of slow progress and industry excuses, Apple decided to attack the problem by tracking the weekly hours of over one million workers, driving corrective actions with our suppliers and publishing the results on our website monthly – something no other company had ever done.

“This year, our suppliers have achieved an average of 93% compliance with our 60-hour limit.”

It also explained how the firm supports moves to address the issue of illegal mining in countries such as Indonesia.

In the Panorama programme, children were seen mining for the tin typically used in devices such as smartphones and tablets.

The process can be extremely dangerous – miners can be buried alive when the walls of sand or mud collapse.

The programme spoke to 12-year-old Rianto who was working with his father at the bottom of a 70ft cliff of sand.

He said: “I worry about landslides. The earth slipping from up there to the bottom. It could happen.”

Asleep workers at factoryPegatron has said it will look carefully at the BBC’s claims

In the Apple staff email, Mr Williams said: “Our team visited the same parts of Indonesia visited by the BBC, and of course we are appalled by what’s going on there.

“We spearheaded the creation of an Indonesian Tin Working Group with other technology companies.

“Apple is pushing to find and implement a system that holds smelters accountable so we can influence artisanal mining in Indonesia.”

He concluded: “We know there are a lot of issues out there, and our work is never done.

“We will not rest until every person in our supply chain is treated with the respect and dignity they deserve.”

Watch Panorama: Apple’s Broken Promises on BBC iPlayer.

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In full: Email to staff from Apple senior vice president of operations Jeff Williams

Jeff WilliamsJeff Williams sent an email to around 5,000 UK staff

UK Team,

As you know, Apple is dedicated to the advancement of human rights and equality around the world. We are honest about the challenges we face and we work hard to make sure that people who make our products are treated with the dignity and respect they deserve.

Last night, the BBC’s Panorama program called those values into question. Like many of you, Tim and I were deeply offended by the suggestion that Apple would break a promise to the workers in our supply chain or mislead our customers in any way.

I’d like to give you facts and perspective, all of which we shared with the BBC in advance, but were clearly missing from their program.

Panorama showed some of the shocking conditions around tin mining in Indonesia. Apple has publicly stated that tin from Indonesia ends up in our products, and some of that tin likely comes from illegal mines. Here are the facts:

Tens of thousands of artisanal miners are selling tin through many middlemen to the smelters who supply to component suppliers who sell to the world. The government is not addressing the issue, and there is widespread corruption in the undeveloped supply chain. Our team visited the same parts of Indonesia visited by the BBC, and of course we are appalled by what’s going on there.

Apple has two choices: We could make sure all of our suppliers buy tin from smelters outside of Indonesia, which would probably be the easiest thing for us to do and would certainly shield us from criticism. But it would be the lazy and cowardly path, because it would do nothing to improve the situation for Indonesian workers or the environment since Apple consumes a tiny fraction of the tin mined there. We chose the second path, which is to stay engaged and try to drive a collective solution.

We spearheaded the creation of an Indonesian Tin Working Group with other technology companies. Apple is pushing to find and implement a system that holds smelters accountable so we can influence artisanal mining in Indonesia. It could be an approach such as “bagging and tagging” legally mined material, which has been successful over time in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. We are looking to drive similar results in Indonesia, which is the right thing to do.

Panorama also made claims about our commitment to working conditions in our factories. We know of no other company doing as much as Apple does to ensure fair and safe working conditions, to discover and investigate problems, to fix and follow through when issues arise, and to provide transparency into the operations of our suppliers.

I want you to know that more than 1400 of your Apple coworkers are stationed in China to manage our manufacturing operations. They are in the factories constantly ? talented engineers and managers who are also compassionate people, trained to speak up when they see safety risks or mistreatment. We also have a team of experts dedicated solely to driving compliance with our Supplier Code of Conduct across our vast supply chain.

In 2014 alone, our Supplier Responsibility team completed 630 comprehensive, in-person audits deep into our supply chain. These audits include face-to-face interviews with workers, away from their managers, in their native language. Sometimes critics point to the discovery of problems as evidence that the process isn’t working. The reality is that we find violations in every audit we have ever performed, no matter how sophisticated the company we’re auditing. We find problems, we drive improvement, and then we raise the bar.

Panorama’s report implied that Apple isn’t improving working conditions. Let me tell you, nothing could be further from the truth. Here are just a few examples:

Several years ago, the vast majority of workers in our supply chain worked in excess of 60 hours, and 70+ hour workweeks were typical. After years of slow progress and industry excuses, Apple decided to attack the problem by tracking the weekly hours of over one million workers, driving corrective actions with our suppliers and publishing the results on our website monthly ? something no other company had ever done. It takes substantial effort, and we have to weed out false reporting, but it’s working. This year, our suppliers have achieved an average of 93% compliance with our 60-hour limit. We can still do better. And we will.

Our auditors were the first to identify and crack down on a ring of unscrupulous labor brokers who were holding workers’ passports and forcing them to pay exorbitant fees. To date, we have helped workers recoup $20 million in excessive payments like these.

We’ve gone far beyond auditing and corrective actions by creating educational programs for workers in the same facilities where they make our products. More than 750,000 people have taken advantage of these college-level courses and enrichment programs, and the feedback we get from students is inspiring.

I will not dive into every issue raised by Panorama in this note, but you can rest assured that we take all allegations seriously, and we investigate every claim. We know there are a lot of issues out there, and our work is never done. We will not rest until every person in our supply chain is treated with the respect and dignity they deserve.

If you’d like to learn more about our Supplier Responsibility program, I encourage you and our customers to visit our website at apple.com/supplierresponsibility.

Thanks for your time and your support.

Jeff

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This Week in The Hockey News magazine: December 8, 2014

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In the Dec. 8 edition of THN, it?s our Fighting Issue, exploring hockey?s most divisive debate from top to bottom by exploring the past, present and future of on-ice fisticuffs. Included in the XL-sized magazine?

- Fight or flight: Fighting is as old as hockey itself, and controversy has followed it every step of the way. We walk you through the origin, evolution and adaptation of fighting in the NHL and the extinction of the enforcer happening now

- The fight debate: Ryan Kennedy and Adam Proteau go toe to toe with one explaining why fighting in hockey is a must and the other saying why the fisticuffs must go

- The price enforcers pay: Brandon Prust?s body has been bruised, battered and beaten up, but he always finds a way to fight through the pain

- Team fighter rankings: We?ve crunched the numbers to crown the NHL?s premier pugilistic club. The No. 1 team on our list will surprise you

- Exclusive fighting survey: THN asks 24 industry insiders to have their say on fighting?s place in the game and where?s it?s headed

- Skill over brawn: Coaches demand skill from all four lines now, and that?s led to the enforcers demise

- Forget a slow death: Let?s kill fighting quickly, says Ken Campbell

- Profiles on some of the NHL?s top current fighters: Milan Lucic, Chris Neil, Brian McGrattan, Shawn Thornton, Jared Boll, Tom Sestito and others

- The 1981 Bruins-North Stars brawl: How Minnesota lost the battle, but ended up winning the war

- Trickle down effect: There are more fighters in the AHL now and the league?s new rules haven?t deterred fisticuffs?yet

- All this and much, much more


 

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Phillies GM Ruben Amaro Told Ryan Howard Team Would Be Better Without Him

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The Philadelphia Phillies have been unsuccessful at finding anyone to take Ryan Howard off their hands, but general manager Ruben Amaro, Jr. doesn’t sound like he’s going to keep the 35-year-old first baseman around much longer. 

Speaking on 97.5 The Fanatic on Friday, via Dan Toman of TheScore.com, Amaro was very frank about where Howard stands with the Phillies:

“We’ve talked to Ryan,” Amaro said. “And I told him that in our situation it would probably bode better for the organization not with him but without him. With that said if he’s with us, then we’ll work around him.”

While that seems to put a permanent strain on this marriage, Amaro also said the Phillies have no plans to eat Howard’s contract just to get rid of him:

“No one’s going to release Ryan Howard,” Amaro said. “That’s not going to happen. Ryan Howard is too productive and too important a player to just release. You just don’t do that with a player like that. But, we don’t have any designs on doing that.”

Howard is guaranteed $50 million for the next two years with a $10 million buyout after 2016, so the Phillies would have to eat all of that if they were to release him. The 2006 National League MVP led the league with 190 strikeouts last year while hitting .223/.310/.380 in 153 games. 

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Former Champions, Both Men and Women, Fill the Coaching Ranks

Andy Murray with Amélie Mauresmo, a former No. 1 player, at a practice in London after he named her as his coach in June.

Andy Murray may have cemented himself as the most influential professional tennis player in this decade, not for his dominance or his popularity, but for his hiring practices.

Murray enlisted the former champion Ivan Lendl to coach him at the start of the 2012 season, trusting Lendl to give him the boost he needed to win his first Grand Slam singles title. Murray won the United States Open that year, and in 2013 he became the first British man to win Wimbledon in 77 years.

Other leading men?s players followed suit, hiring Lendl?s contemporaries. In this year?s Wimbledon final, Novak Djokovic, coached by Boris Becker, defeated Roger Federer, coached by Stefan Edberg. In the United States Open final, Marin Cilic, guided by Goran Ivanisevic, steamrollered Kei Nishikori, whose coach is Michael Chang.

After Murray and Lendl parted ways in March, Murray turned to a woman, Amélie Mauresmo, a two-time winner of major tournaments. Now other past female champions are being snatched up by WTA Tour players looking to break through. This fall, sixth-ranked Agnieszka Radwanska hired Martina Navratilova, and Madison Keys chose Lindsay Davenport, a three-time Grand Slam champion.

Martina Navratilova, above, who has 18 Grand Slam singles titles, will try to coach No. 6 Agnieszka Radwanska to her first Grand Slam title.

?It?s hard to ignore when everyone else, especially on the ATP Tour, was doing it,? said Stuart Duguid, Radwanska?s agent. ?I think at this point, she maybe felt like she had plateaued a little bit, and was looking for some fresh inspiration, motivation. So this idea was kind of conceived among us in her team, and she thought it was a good idea. And then Martina was the only person that it would have worked with; she wouldn?t have done it with anyone else, because she was her idol in tennis.

?Aga has won at every other level, she?s been to the final of a Grand Slam, she?s won Masters; the only thing she hasn?t done is won a Grand Slam. Who better to help her take the next step than Martina??

Navratilova, who will be the clubhouse leader among coaches with her 18 Grand Slam singles titles, said in a statement announcing the partnership:

?I did not sleep very well last night, thinking about getting back into match mode and the competitions. I can?t wait to get started on this new phase of my career.?

Madison Keys has a close rapport with her new coach, Lindsay Davenport, above, a three-time Grand Slam champion.

Radwanska, who will also continue to work with Tomasz Wiktorowski, her current coach, will join Navratilova after Christmas in Miami, Navratilova?s base. Navratilova is under contract through Wimbledon, and is slated to work with Radwanska at seven tournaments in the first half of next year.

Davenport, a mother of four, was less eager for a coaching opportunity than Navratilova, her colleague in the commentary booth for Tennis Channel. (A third Tennis Channel commentator, Justin Gimelstob, will also moonlight as the coach of John Isner, the highest-ranked American on the men?s side.) Davenport was initially approached for more of a mentorship role with Keys, but they hit it off in their first meeting, and Keys relocated to California from Florida.

Keys has trained in the off-season with Davenport, whose husband, Jon Leach, has also pitched in on the court when not at his finance job. Keys even joined her new coaches and their children, the oldest of whom is 7, on their family trip to Hawaii.

After a planned partnership between Keys and Wim Fissette, Simona Halep?s former coach, did not pan out, Davenport agreed to a larger role as a traveling coach.

?She?s been phenomenal to work with,? Davenport said of Keys, 19. ?We feel like, in some cases, we have a fifth child now, and we love it. We?re going to help her until things kind of fall into place for her, and maybe then I?ll be a mentor and not be there every day. But for right now I?ll do whatever is needed.?

In addition to work on the court, Davenport has watched DVDs of Keys?s matches, provided by her producers at Tennis Channel.

Davenport said: ?The player I see playing those matches last year, in certain parts of the year, doesn?t even seem like that same girl that we?re hitting with on court, if that makes sense. I?m very curious to see, as these tournaments come up that I?m going to with her, how she plays matches, and what goes through her mind. Because obviously that?s missing when you just train in the off-season.?

Davenport, who was once a teenager whose potential outstripped her initial self-belief, sees similarities in Keys?s current stage of development.

?She has that type of personality that you don?t always see in a player that?s supposed to do great things,? she said. ?Some people believe they were born to do it, and other people, it takes them a little longer.?

Though it took female champions like her a little longer to enter the coaching ranks, Davenport is thrilled.

?It seems like the door needed to be opened for it to become O.K.,? she said, ?and obviously Murray was the one who kind of broke that down. In both cases: first hiring Lendl, and then opening the door for the women now by hiring Mauresmo. Not all former great players are good coaches, and not all partnerships are a good match of personalities. Sometimes you have to get lucky; sometimes a player will take what they need to get out of it ? who knows? But I think it?s great. It was exciting for me, even when I was just doing TV, to see Lendl around, and Edberg around, and Becker.?

For Davenport, seeing a female player join the group was even more exciting.

?I got goose bumps when I read Andy Murray?s press release on Mauresmo,? she said. ?I mean, that?s great, it?s cool. It shouldn?t be that big a story, but it?s great. Hopefully we keep on bucking the trend, and having women out there as coaches. Having past players still involved in the game, I think it?s fantastic.?

Correction: December 21, 2014

An article last Sunday about coaching changes among the top female tennis players misspelled the surname of Simona Halep?s former coach. He is Wim Fissette, not Fisette.

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Phillies GM Ruben Amaro Told Ryan Howard Team Would Be Better Without Him

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The Philadelphia Phillies have been unsuccessful at finding anyone to take Ryan Howard off their hands, but general manager Ruben Amaro, Jr. doesn’t sound like he’s going to keep the 35-year-old first baseman around much longer. 

Speaking on 97.5 The Fanatic on Friday, via Dan Toman of TheScore.com, Amaro was very frank about where Howard stands with the Phillies:

“We’ve talked to Ryan,” Amaro said. “And I told him that in our situation it would probably bode better for the organization not with him but without him. With that said if he’s with us, then we’ll work around him.”

While that seems to put a permanent strain on this marriage, Amaro also said the Phillies have no plans to eat Howard’s contract just to get rid of him:

“No one’s going to release Ryan Howard,” Amaro said. “That’s not going to happen. Ryan Howard is too productive and too important a player to just release. You just don’t do that with a player like that. But, we don’t have any designs on doing that.”

Howard is guaranteed $50 million for the next two years with a $10 million buyout after 2016, so the Phillies would have to eat all of that if they were to release him. The 2006 National League MVP led the league with 190 strikeouts last year while hitting .223/.310/.380 in 153 games. 

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Former Major League Soccer top scorer Camilo Sanvezzo suffers torn ACL

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Former Major League Soccer top scorer Camilo Sanvezzo suffered a torn ACL in his right knee during a friendly match in Mexico on Saturday, and will miss the next 6-8 months of action.

Sanvezzo, 26, suffered the injury in the 27th minute of a match between Queretaro and Irapuato, and was immediately taken out of the game and did not return, according to Medio Tiempo.

Sanvezzo won the Budweiser Golden Boot as the top goalscorer in MLS during the 2013 season, when he scored 22 goals for the Vancouver Whitecaps. He was also awarded the AT&T MLS Goal of the Year that season for a high-flying scissor volley that was later nominated for the FIFA Puskas Award honoring the top goal in the world.

He eventually left the ?Caps for Queretaro in January 2014 under contentious circumstances ? Vancouver were eventually given a multi-million dollar fee for the transfer ? and he has thrived in Mexico, scoring 15 goals in 25 Liga MX matches.

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UFC Fight Night 58: Renan Barao vs. Mitch Gagnon fight video highlights

BARUERI, Brazil ? After losing his title in May, and not even making it to the cage in a rematch to get his belt back in August, Renan Barao really needed a win.

He got one against Mitch Gagnon ? though the Canadian gave Barao a serious test in Brazil.

Check out the video highlights above from the fight at Jose Correa Arena in Barueri, Sao Paulo, Brazil. The main card aired on FOX Sports 1 after prelims on FOX Sports 1 and UFC Fight Pass.

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SUBMISSION! Renan Barao vs. Mitch Gagnon full fight video highlights: UFC Fight Night 58

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Renan Barao returned to the Octagon last night (Sat., Dec. 20, 2014) for the first time since his crushing defeat at the hands of TJ Dillashaw earlier this year, a bout that cost him the bantamweight championship and his spot as one of the pound-for-pound best in the world (according to Dana White, at least). And while he was certainly sluggish at times and was nowhere near the top form he exhibited while tearing his way through the 135-pound weight class to win the title, he did score a submission finish of Mitch Gagnon, himself highly underrated, in the co-main event of UFC Fight Night 58: “Machida vs. Dollaway” in Brazil. It wasn’t the kind of performance that would inspire hope in his winning a rematch with Dillashaw but that fight with Dominick Cruz looks most interesting as a number one contender bout. You down? For a detailed recap of Barao’s win click here, and for complete UFC Fight Night 58 results and blow-by-blow coverage of all the night’s action click here.

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Former Champions, Both Men and Women, Fill the Coaching Ranks

Andy Murray with Amélie Mauresmo, a former No. 1 player, at a practice in London after he named her as his coach in June.

Andy Murray may have cemented himself as the most influential professional tennis player in this decade, not for his dominance or his popularity, but for his hiring practices.

Murray enlisted the former champion Ivan Lendl to coach him at the start of the 2012 season, trusting Lendl to give him the boost he needed to win his first Grand Slam singles title. Murray won the United States Open that year, and in 2013 he became the first British man to win Wimbledon in 77 years.

Other leading men?s players followed suit, hiring Lendl?s contemporaries. In this year?s Wimbledon final, Novak Djokovic, coached by Boris Becker, defeated Roger Federer, coached by Stefan Edberg. In the United States Open final, Marin Cilic, guided by Goran Ivanisevic, steamrollered Kei Nishikori, whose coach is Michael Chang.

After Murray and Lendl parted ways in March, Murray turned to a woman, Amélie Mauresmo, a two-time winner of major tournaments. Now other past female champions are being snatched up by WTA Tour players looking to break through. This fall, sixth-ranked Agnieszka Radwanska hired Martina Navratilova, and Madison Keys chose Lindsay Davenport, a three-time Grand Slam champion.

Martina Navratilova, above, who has 18 Grand Slam singles titles, will try to coach No. 6 Agnieszka Radwanska to her first Grand Slam title.

?It?s hard to ignore when everyone else, especially on the ATP Tour, was doing it,? said Stuart Duguid, Radwanska?s agent. ?I think at this point, she maybe felt like she had plateaued a little bit, and was looking for some fresh inspiration, motivation. So this idea was kind of conceived among us in her team, and she thought it was a good idea. And then Martina was the only person that it would have worked with; she wouldn?t have done it with anyone else, because she was her idol in tennis.

?Aga has won at every other level, she?s been to the final of a Grand Slam, she?s won Masters; the only thing she hasn?t done is won a Grand Slam. Who better to help her take the next step than Martina??

Navratilova, who will be the clubhouse leader among coaches with her 18 Grand Slam singles titles, said in a statement announcing the partnership:

?I did not sleep very well last night, thinking about getting back into match mode and the competitions. I can?t wait to get started on this new phase of my career.?

Madison Keys has a close rapport with her new coach, Lindsay Davenport, above, a three-time Grand Slam champion.

Radwanska, who will also continue to work with Tomasz Wiktorowski, her current coach, will join Navratilova after Christmas in Miami, Navratilova?s base. Navratilova is under contract through Wimbledon, and is slated to work with Radwanska at seven tournaments in the first half of next year.

Davenport, a mother of four, was less eager for a coaching opportunity than Navratilova, her colleague in the commentary booth for Tennis Channel. (A third Tennis Channel commentator, Justin Gimelstob, will also moonlight as the coach of John Isner, the highest-ranked American on the men?s side.) Davenport was initially approached for more of a mentorship role with Keys, but they hit it off in their first meeting, and Keys relocated to California from Florida.

Keys has trained in the off-season with Davenport, whose husband, Jon Leach, has also pitched in on the court when not at his finance job. Keys even joined her new coaches and their children, the oldest of whom is 7, on their family trip to Hawaii.

After a planned partnership between Keys and Wim Fissette, Simona Halep?s former coach, did not pan out, Davenport agreed to a larger role as a traveling coach.

?She?s been phenomenal to work with,? Davenport said of Keys, 19. ?We feel like, in some cases, we have a fifth child now, and we love it. We?re going to help her until things kind of fall into place for her, and maybe then I?ll be a mentor and not be there every day. But for right now I?ll do whatever is needed.?

In addition to work on the court, Davenport has watched DVDs of Keys?s matches, provided by her producers at Tennis Channel.

Davenport said: ?The player I see playing those matches last year, in certain parts of the year, doesn?t even seem like that same girl that we?re hitting with on court, if that makes sense. I?m very curious to see, as these tournaments come up that I?m going to with her, how she plays matches, and what goes through her mind. Because obviously that?s missing when you just train in the off-season.?

Davenport, who was once a teenager whose potential outstripped her initial self-belief, sees similarities in Keys?s current stage of development.

?She has that type of personality that you don?t always see in a player that?s supposed to do great things,? she said. ?Some people believe they were born to do it, and other people, it takes them a little longer.?

Though it took female champions like her a little longer to enter the coaching ranks, Davenport is thrilled.

?It seems like the door needed to be opened for it to become O.K.,? she said, ?and obviously Murray was the one who kind of broke that down. In both cases: first hiring Lendl, and then opening the door for the women now by hiring Mauresmo. Not all former great players are good coaches, and not all partnerships are a good match of personalities. Sometimes you have to get lucky; sometimes a player will take what they need to get out of it ? who knows? But I think it?s great. It was exciting for me, even when I was just doing TV, to see Lendl around, and Edberg around, and Becker.?

For Davenport, seeing a female player join the group was even more exciting.

?I got goose bumps when I read Andy Murray?s press release on Mauresmo,? she said. ?I mean, that?s great, it?s cool. It shouldn?t be that big a story, but it?s great. Hopefully we keep on bucking the trend, and having women out there as coaches. Having past players still involved in the game, I think it?s fantastic.?

Correction: December 21, 2014

An article last Sunday about coaching changes among the top female tennis players misspelled the surname of Simona Halep?s former coach. He is Wim Fissette, not Fisette.

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Collins: Something’s missing from golf’s HOF

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ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. — The statue outside the front door of the World Golf Hall of Fame depicts one of golf’s most iconic duos.

Francis Ouimet stands alongside his caddie, Eddie Lowery. The pair took down two of the game’s greats in 1913 — Harry Vardon and Ted Ray — in one of America’s first golf triumphs. The statue is called “America’s First Golf Hero.”

Only one of them, however, is enshrined in the building.

The hall is filled with the game’s greatest players, both men and women. No caddies allowed, though.

Would Jack Nicklaus have won the 1986 Masters without son Jackie Jr. on the bag?

“No,” said Nicklaus, arguably the greatest golfer of all time.

When asked about caddies being included in the hall of fame, his answer was blunt.

“No. I think the hall of fame is for golfers that played the game, played with distinction, and handled themselves well,” he said.

Nicklaus attempted to phrase his answer just right.

“Same thing as they tried to get,” he said, but caught himself, then finished. “I guess they probably have a teacher or two in there.”

In Nicklaus’ mind there should be only golfers in the World Golf Hall of Fame, which would eliminate 31 of the current 146 members. Sorry about that, Presidents Dwight D. Eisenhower and George H.W. Bush, but we’re going to have to ask you to pack up your lockers.

Maybe that’s a bit harsh.

Speaking of harsh, Johnny Miller should have a no-brainer answer on whether caddies have a place in the WGHOF, right?

“I think they do actually,” he said.

What?

Miller continued.

“Maybe it’s a small little room,” he said as the giggles started. “You could put a lot of the great caddies in there. Might be fun to see some of their quotes from the bags they had. I think actually …”

Then he got serious.

“I think it wouldn’t even have to be a small room,” he said, speaking slowly and thoughtfully.

Miller went on to name a couple of the older caddies who worked for him and some of the greats, including one of Nicklaus’ loopers.

“[There are] guys who’ve won a lot of tournaments besides the Steve Williamses of the world. So yeah, I think that’s a good idea actually.”

Surely Hall of Famer Lee Trevino, who got his introduction to the game carrying clubs, would see the need for including caddies in the hall.

“Well, I think [caddies] have a hall of fame,” he said. “But you’ve gotta understand, they’ve already got some ‘caddies’ in the hall of fame.”

In Trevino’s mind, the people in the hall of fame that he doesn’t believe belong there, are “caddies.”

“People that don’t qualify to get in there [are already in there],” Trevino said with a belly laugh. “And if you don’t believe that, just look and see what the qualifying criteria is to get into the hall of fame, and then look at the names that are in the hall of fame, and there’s a lot of them in there that don’t [meet] that [criteria].”

Sounds like the hall of fame is kind of a joke to the Merry Mex. That’s probably why he hasn’t donated anything to his hall of fame locker.

“A lot of people in here started as caddies,” said Tony Parker, historian at the World Golf Hall of Fame.

There is an impressive exhibit called “Honoring the Legacy: A Tribute to African-Americans in Golf.”

Did you know the first American-born golf professional was an African-American? John Shippen was a 16-year-old caddie who finished fifth in the second U.S. Open played in 1896 at Shinnecock Hills. He earned $10.

Many of golf’s famous and enduring names started as caddies, yet in the place pegged “a celebration of the game,” there is no place for those who carry the bags. Even the oldest known piece of golf artwork includes caddies.

Comedian Bob Hope, writer Dan Jenkins, television director Frank Chirkinian and those two former presidents all loved and promoted golf. But the professional game did not necessarily require their help. And yet, a pro golfer is not permitted to play in a tournament without a caddie.

In the four major sports, a coach is not required in the rules of the game, but that position exerts enough influence to justify inclusion in each sport’s hall of fame.

There are 22 NFL coaches, 23 MLB managers and 95 basketball coaches enshrined in their respective halls, and sure, some have played their sport professionally, but let’s stick to the reason they are in their HOF. No one argues their inclusion, though their induction was not based on their exploits from the field of play.

While it’s easy to joke about some of the shady characters who have walked the fairways of history carrying the golf bags of the men and women now enshrined, it should not take away or belittle the importance of their role.

Count hall of fame member Nick Price as a proponent of putting caddies in the hall.

“Absolutely, I think there are guys that have just excelled winning majors with [many] different guys,” said Price, reminiscing about his old caddie, Jeff “Squeaky” Medlin, and Williams’ on-course feats.

The WGHOF even includes a member who made a comment so racially insensitive, that by today’s standards he would have to make a public apology and would lose his job.

That man got in the hall 26 years before Charlie Sifford, the only African-American enshrined, was voted in. The prejudice against the professional caddie is not blatant like the racist and sexist remarks made publicly by some. This is why it has been allowed to fester.

Change the name caddie to coach, manager, woman or African-American and that thing you snicker at so easily is no longer cute or funny. If that makes you uncomfortable, good.

What do you call it when a specific group of people is categorically excluded from something? Can we truly celebrate the game of golf at a place that excludes one of its most important historical elements?

The World Golf Hall of Fame remains an incomplete place without a caddie as a member.

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