Howard Herman is a sports columnist at The Berkshire Eagle. The dean of full-time sportswriters in Western Mass., he has been with the Eagle since 1988, and is a member of the New England Baseball and Basketball Hall of Fame.

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Serena Williams waves to the crowd after losing to Ajla Tomljanovic during the third round of the U.S. Open tennis championships last Friday.

It was a tough week for sports fans as two of the greatest to ever play their respective sports took a final bow from the big stage.

Serena Williams hasn't said for certain if she was retiring from tennis, but her enthralling run to the third round of the U.S.


Howard Herman can be reached at or 413-496-6253.