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.
This week the Big Ten Conference received more good news, Tom Izzo the men’s head basketball coach at Michigan State University has decided to stay put instead of jumping the NBA to coach the Cleveland Cavaliers. Izzo had the potential to make up to $6 million per year in the NBA, doubling his current salary at Michigan State.
Darrelle Revis is making headlines in the New York Jets minicamp because he is being very vocal about his displeasure over his landmark contract he received in 2007 after being picked 14th overall. The basics of his contract are that it is a 6 year $30 million dollar contract. There is guaranteed money in it and it is a sliding scale by year and he has the option to void the last two years of his contract, etc., however the point is he would receive $30 million over a 6 year period!
With Saturdays tie against heavily favored England, the United States have put themselves in an excellent position to advance past the group stage, something they failed to do in 2006. In order to do so, they must take care of business and get wins as favorites against Slovenia and Algeria.
The metal bat versus wooden bat debate is not a new one, but there was an incident in my community a few weeks ago and another one at a high school in California a month ago that has brought it to my attention again. A high school junior in California was struck by a line drive off a metal bat that fractured his skull. He was in a coma for three weeks and his parents were prepared for the worst as there was not brain activity for several days. He did make a remarkable recovery and is now walking and talking. A less severe injury, but one that took place in my own com