The first ever Barclays New York Challenge produced some highly entertaining and competitive soccer games for fans to enjoy in New York’s recently opened Red Bull Arena. The event showed promise for soccer in America both in terms of the fan support and the performance of the New York Red Bull MLS squad. Fans flocked to the state of the art, soccer specific stadium to watch their Red Bulls take on the likes of the European Premier Leagues Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City as well as Sporting Lisbon.
Boxing has gradually become an afterthought in the American sports landscape over the past decade and for good reason. Gone are the days of big name heavyweights going punch for punch in classic matches that earn themselves nicknames such as Foreman and Ali’s Rumble in the Jungle or Ali and Frazier’s Thrilla in Manila. People now look to the UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship) for entertainment, a sport that has quickly risen to popularity in boxings absence.
The 2010 British Open came to an anticlimactic conclusion on Sunday when 27-year-old South African Louis Oosthuizen ran away from the field to win by an amazing 7 strokes. That margin of victory tops Tigers 5 stoke win in 2000 to become one of the most lopsided results in tournament history. The pronunciation of Louis odd last name became the topic of conversation for the broadcasters who had little else to talk about while Oosthuizen was cruising to a victory on Sunday. Louis led for the final 48 holes and left little for drama on a rather uneventful final round.
The National League ended their 13 year drought in the mid-summer classic with a 3-1 victory over the American League. Brian McCann hit a base clearing 3 run double in the 7th inning to put the NL up for good. Amazingly in the storied history of the All Star Game it was the first base clearing double ever recorded. This timely hit coupled with very good pitching from young pitchers like Umbaldo Jimenez of the Colorado Rockies and Jonathon Broxton of the Los Angeles Dodgers was enough to end this inexplicable drought.
George Steinbrenner, whose big wallet and win at all cost attitude, turned the Yankees organization into a baseball power. Steinbrenner had just celebrated his 80th birthday this month. Steinbrenner was known as the boss and make no mistake he was the boss of the Yankees. Love him or loathe him he built the Yankees into champions, that you can't deny. In 37-plus seasons as owner, Steinbrenner led the Yankees to seven World Series championships, 11 American League pennants and 16 AL East titles.
The 2010 FIFA World Cup came to a close on Sunday when Spain defeated the Netherlands 1-0. Andres Iniesta delivered the game-winning goal in the 116th minute of extra time to give Spain their first World Cup title in the history of the tournament. The Netherlands was denied of that accomplishment in a final for the third time, matching Germanys record for most losses in the final.
LeBron James announced last night in his hour long special titled “The Decision”, that he will be taking his talents to South Beach to play with superstars Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh of the Miami Heat. James acknowledged the fact that the free agency period was an “emotional time” for him and that he changed his mind several times throughout the process. James was quoted as saying “When I woke up this morning I knew it was the right decision.” Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh were reportedly very happy with James decision and for good reason.
Are kids today pushed too much in sports? I hear that question tossed around at times, but not as much as I would hope it would be. I have a 12 year old son and a typical year in sports for him is as follows. Baseball for him starts with indoor practices twice a week February 1st until games start the third week of April. The season will end the second week of July after playing 45 games. He will continue to have one practice a week during the season on top of his games.
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.