After one month and over sixty games, the 2010 FIFA World Cup will come to a close on Sunday in dramatic fashion when the Netherlands meet Spain for a chance at football immortality. Sunday’s final features two countries that have never won the World Cup and they are arguably the best two teams in the world not to have done so. The Netherlands have reached the World Cup Final twice previously in their countries rich football history, in 1974 and 1978, but both times they failed to defeat the host nations that they found themselves against.
Tiger Woods finished with a disappointing final round of 71 on Sunday at the AT&T National in Pennsylvania, leaving him at +4 for the tournament and 46th place overall. The tournament marked the first time in eleven years that Woods finished a PGA event without breaking par in a single round. Woods was reportedly quite pleased with the way he struck the ball throughout the tournament and was quoted as saying "I just need to get my putter organized a little better and really work on my putter over there.” Of course “over there” is a reference to St.
The start of NBA free agency officially tipped off this morning at 12:01 AM and will likely be the talk of the sports world until LeBron James makes his decision. In recent weeks new rumors have consistently surfaced about where James and other notable free agents may end up. Possibly the most interesting of these rumors is that of LeBron James, Chris Bosh, and Dwayne Wade all playing together in Miami. All three are free agents and Miami has the cap space to sign three max salary players.
The United States was eliminated from the 2010 FIFA World Cup on Saturday after losing to Ghana 2-1 in extra time. The loss marks the second straight World Cup that Ghana has eliminated the U.S. with a 2-1 score-line.
70-68 may look like the final score of a basketball game but believe it or not that score comes from the fifth and final set of a first round tennis match at Wimbledon. The match between John Isner and Nicolas Mahut lasted an unbelievable eleven hours and five minutes, shattering the previous record of six hours and thirty-three minutes. After three days (two delays due to darkness) John Isner was finally able to break the serve of Mahut and come out with a victory 6-4, 3-6, 6-7 (7), 7-6 (3), 70-68 in a match that tested the patience of everyone involved.
With the World Cup dominating sports headlines across the globe, many have realized that the “beautiful game” can at times be quite confusing. As an avid soccer fan, I will take a moment to attempt to explain some of the finer nuances of the game. If you are looking for an explanation as to why the United States had their potentially game-winning goal versus Slovenia disallowed then you are out of luck. The decision by the Malian referee has seemingly remained a mystery but the past is the past and there is plenty more that can be clarified for the casual soccer observer.
The 110th U.S. Open was decided last night at Pebble Beach when Graeme McDowell walked off the 18th hole with a one-stroke victory over Gregory Havret. McDowell finished alone at even par for the tournament and did just enough for victory on a Sunday that took its toll on many of golfs best. Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, and Ernie Els all had an opportunity to win on Sunday but struggled to find consistency and left in disappointment. Nobody may be as disappointed as young Dustin Johnson who held the lead after 54 holes.
By Darrell Victor: With a couple of harsh dismissals and one disallowed goal from the USA/Slovenia match, referees have again managed to be the scapegoats. FIFA's referee committee at the World Cup decided that the German referee (Stark) for the Argentina/Nigeria game should have disallowed the goal. While a referee must own his mistakes, there is the cogent argument that FIFA should take some of the "credit" for the referee performances at the World Cup.Referee selection
By Darrell Victor: While a referee has to make tough calls sometimes that some players, fans or team officials would not like, Malian referee Koman Coulibaly went way beyond on football's biggest stage. He appeared to lack control of the game between the USA and Slovenia and gave US striker Robbie Findley a card after the ball touched Findley on the hand in the Slovenian penalty area.
The 2010 NBA season will come to an end tonight in dramatic fashion, as Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers take on Paul Pierce and the Boston Celtics in a decisive game seven. It is the first game seven in an NBA final since San Antonio beat Detroit to win the championship in 2005. Tonight’s game looks to be a more memorable occasion then 2005, as two of the most recognizable teams in sports clash in an effort to add to their already decorated trophy cases.