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.
For the last several weeks (OK…months)…Unique-Sports has been going through a massive overhaul. The dust hasn’t completely settled from the construction, and the site still has that “new car smell”, but we have been very pleased with the direction and the progress. That being said, we are FAR from done.
Tom Izzo announced Tuesday afternoon that he will remain the head coach at Michigan State University, turning down a substantial increase in salary and possibly the opportunity to coach superstar LeBron James. Izzo had been contemplating taking the job for some time and had met with team officials in Cleveland before turning down the position.