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Georgetown Pulled From Exhibition Basketball Game In China When Fight Breaks Out

A goodwill trip to China became anything but that on Thursday night when the Georgetown men’s basketball team were pulled from the court with over 9 minutes left in the exhibition game against the Bayi Rockets as players exchanged blows, chairs were thrown, and spectators tossed water bottles at the players. The Georgetown Hoyas men’s basketball team is regarded as the university’s most famous and suffessful sports proram, and the team is presently coached by John Thompson III, who had this to say about the night. “Tonight two great teams played a very competitive game that unfortunately ended after heated exchanges with both teams. We sincerely regret that this situation occurred. We remain grateful for the opportunity our student-athletes are having to engage in a sport they love here in China, … Read entire article »

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2011 Little League Baseball World Series To Be Shown On TV

The 2011 Little league World Series begins on Thursday in South Williamsport, Pennsylvania, and will end on 28 August after 8 teams from the united States and another eight teams from elsewhere in the world will compete in this 65th tournament of baseball for 11 to 13 year olds. This year the format is a little different, as it has modified the double- elimination format which was used for the first time last year. Instead of having four pools of four teams each, all eight teams from the United States will be placed into one group, while the eight teams from other countries will be placed in the other bracket. The tournament is keeping the double elimination for all the rounds until the International and Championship games when it is single … Read entire article »

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Ex-Canuck Rick Rypien Found Dead In Alberta Home On Monday

The #37 ex-Vancouver Canuck hockey forward Rick Rypien was found dead at his home in Coleman, Alberta, Canada on Monday in what police are calling a non-suspicious death. Rypien played his first game for the Canucks in December 2005, scoring his first goal for the club during the first period of that game. Although Rypien was only 5 foot 11 inches tall and 190 pounds, size didn’t bother him at all, and he was regularly challenging opponents who were much larger than this, something his fans appreciated. He was 27 years old. He had two leaves of absence for personal reasons during his time in Vancouver, believed to be for depression, and during this time he had the full support of the club. Rypien went on loan from the Canucks to the … Read entire article »

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PGA Championship Won By Keegan Bradley

In a championship of twists and turns, the PGA was won this weekend by Keegan Bradley, an American professional from Vermont who is a rookie on the PGA Tour. Bradley becomes only the third golfer to win in their major debut, the others being Ben Curtis and Francis Ouimet. At the start of the tournament, very few would have predicted this outcome, after all tiger Woods was back playing golf, and talking confidently of a “W”. However, golf is not as predictable as many think, and Woods crashed out of the championship with the type of play we do not expect. Mind you he was not the only one to finish lower than expected, with Rory McIlroy, Jason Day, Luke Donald and Adam Scott all being beaten by the 25 year … Read entire article »

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Tiger Woods Experiences New Kind Of Pain

After just six rounds of golf since his comeback from injury, Tiger Woods is out of competition golf for a while but not because of injury this time, but because his golf game has not been good enough. At the USPGA Championship in Atlanta, Woods missed the cut, which means that he will not qualify for the FedEx Cup playoffs which start later this month. Woods’ next confirmed event is not until mid November when he is scheduled to play in the Australian Open. Until then, Woods will be working with his coach Sean Foley, something that it seems he needs to do as his play was not what is expected this week from this player who had won the event four times previously. According to Woods he is now 100 … Read entire article »

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Nyad Ends Cuba To Florida Swim Attempt

After swimming for over 29 hours, Diana Nyad had to call an end to her second attempt to swim from Havana in Cuba to Florida, after she ran into health problems. Just a couple of hours into her swim she developed some shoulder pain, but then later had trouble with asthma, something she has never had a problem with before when swimming. As a result of this and some strong winds which had blown her about 15 miles off course, she had to end her quest without reaching Florida as she had hoped. Apparently Nyad was vomiting as she was pulled up into the support boat from the water early on Tuesday morning when she was about half way through her swim in the Florida Straits swim which she had estimated would … Read entire article »

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61 Year Old U.S. Swimmer Attempts To Swim From Cuba To Florida

The 61 year old United States swimmer Diana Nyad has begun her challenge to become the first person to swim from Havana in Cuba to Florida across the Florida Straits without using a shark cage. Back in 1997 the Australian swimmer Susie Maroney swam from Cuba to Florida, but she did use a shark cage to keep away the many sharks that are found in these waters. For the record to be valid, Nyad must not wear a wet suit, so she set off on Sunday evening in a black swimsuit and blue swimming cap. her shoulders and armpits were greased to prevent the salt water from causing chafing. Nyad originally planned the swim for last year, but poor weather conditions made her call off the event, which takes a lot … Read entire article »

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China Expels Olympic Champion Wang From Speed Skating Team

It was announced this week that China’s Wang Meng has been expelled from the national speed skating team and has also been banned from competing in international competitions due to her behavior which according to a statement from China’s General Administration of Sport “has violated the team’s disciplines and jeopardized the sport’s image.” She apparently had a drunken brawl with her team manager after a night out with other athletes. Wang was suspended after an incident on 24 July at the summer training camp in Qingdao, eastern China, when she apparently turned up late for the camp, and then allegedly punched the team manager, Wang Chunlu. Wang and other athletes had a night out, but only Wang and Liu Xianwei, a member of the men’s team were expelled. However, the other … Read entire article »

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Kesler May Miss Start Of NHL Season Because Of Hip Surgery

It was announced on Tuesday that Ryan Kesler of the Vancouver Canucks had arthroscopic hip surgery a week ago, and with an expected recovery time of around 3 months, Kesler may well miss the opening game of the national Hockey League 2011-2012 season. That game is on 6 October in Vancouver and is against the Pittsburgh Penguins. This report clears up the mystery of why Kesler, who was the winner of the NHL’s Selke Trophy as top defensive forward, and scored 7 goals with 19 points in 25 playoff games only had one assist in the final series against the Boston Bruins for the Stanley Cup. Most fans realized he had to be injured, and saw the likely time of the injury in the Western Conference final game 5 against San … Read entire article »

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Tiger Woods Back To Playing Competitive Golf After Injuries

It has been three months since Tiger Woods played competitive golf, but he is now back at the golf course for the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational in Akron, Ohio, at the Firestone Country Club – he suffered knee and Achilles’ tendon injuries at the Masters in April this year, but has now pronounced himself fit and without pain. He completed a nine hole practice on Tuesday morning without any pain, Woods told reporters. In July, Woods fired his friend and caddie Stevie Williams, saying he needed a change after Williams had helped him through the turmoil of his divorce and the sex scandal. For this tournament he is using Bryon Bell who is a childhood friend. Bell will also caddie for him at the PGA Championship next week, but this is only temporary, … Read entire article »

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Serena Williams Back To Winning Form In California

Once again, Serena Williams is back to winning form in tennis, after she beat Marion Bartoli in the final of the Bank of the West Classic in Stanford, California on Sunday. Bartoli was the player who eliminated Williams at the Wimbledon tennis tournament, so it was an even more special win for Williams who is only just getting back to form after various injuries, including two foot surgeries. This weekend, Williams beat Maria Sharapova 6-1, 6-3 in the quarterfinals as well as Sabine Lisicki who was a Wimbledon semifinalist, to earn her first title of 2011. Williams is 29, and was delighted to be back winning again. Serena had this to say after the match.”Coming back and hearing the claps when I walk out there are moments that I truly missed. It’s … Read entire article »

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Yani Tseng Wins British Open And 5th LPGA Major

At the British Open being played on the Carnoustie Golf Course in Scotland, Yani Tseng  of Taiwan successfully defended her Ricoh Women’s British Open on Sunday, by posting a four-stroke lead over Brittany Lang of the United States. The German Carolina Masson who was the leader after the second and third rounds finished in a tie for fifth place after finishing the final round with 6 over par. Tseng is only 22, but has now won five golfing majors faster than any one else, make or female, and as yet the only major she has not won is the U.S. Open. This is her 5th year since she turned professional, and she has already tied Se Ri Pak and Amy Alcott at five majors, while she has half as many as … Read entire article »

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U.S. Soccer Federation Appoints Klinsmann After Firing Bradley

On Thursday, Bob Bradley was sacked as the men’s United States national soccer team coach after five years, making way for the appointment of Jurgen Klinsmann to be announced on Friday by the US Soccer Federation as the U.S. new head coach. The move comes after what many felt was a huge disappointment for the US team in the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup (CONCACAF stands for the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football.) when the US, coached by Bob Bradley, lost to Panama who were at the time 67th in the FIFA world rankings, and then got through to the Gold Cup final only to lose to Mexico who won 4-2. The U.S. had started well, and had an early 2-0 lead. (FIFA is the International Federation of … Read entire article »

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NFL Gets Back To Business Of Playing Games Now Lockout Is Over

With a ten year deal now being approved by both the owners of the NFL teams and the players on Monday, the NFL can get back to the business of sports and the fast approaching new season. The NFL players have been locked out since 11 March, but many return to practice on Tuesday after the board of the National Football Leagues Players Association, NFLPA, and the representatives of the teams voted to approve the settlement terms which the owners approved last week. Once the NFLPA is re certified as a union, something the players have to vote on for it to happen, then the final process for the collective bargaining agreement, cba, can begin. Players want to negotiate their benefits and health care, as well as how grievances are handled, … Read entire article »

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Cadel Evans Wins 2011 Tour De France

The Australian cyclist Cadel Evans came away the winner of the 2011 Tour de France on Sunday, a victory he deserves after finishing as runner up twice before, in 2007 and again in 2008. He is the oldest rider to win this gruelling race since World War II, and he is only 34. Andy Schleck of Luxembourg came in second overall, the third time of doing so, and was 1 minute 34 seconds behind Evans. His brother Frank came in third. Sunday was the 21st stage of the Tour de France, its final stage known for its sprinters, and it was won for the third year in a row by the British cyclist Mark Cavendish, even though he had to change his bike on the Champs-Elysees, and as the race’s best sprinter … Read entire article »

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Death Of NY Rangers’ Derek Boogaard – Brother Aaron Charged

Aaron Boogaard, the younger brother of Derek Boogaard, the New York Rangers NHL enforcer who died in May, has been charged as of Friday with the unlawful distribution of a controlled substance, as well as with interfering with the scene of Boogaard’s death by allegedly disposing of his brother’s drugs down the toilet, said to have been done before the police arrived on the scene. Aaron is reported to have given Derek a controlled substance, just one day after he was released from rehab treatment, as the player planned his big night out. Derek had been taking prescription painkillers to help him deal with pain originally, but the player who was a great fan favorite with Minnesota where he played for years before moving to the New York Rangers last summer, … Read entire article »

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Steve Williams Upset At Being Fired By Tiger Woods

After a quiet lull during his recent injuries, Tiger Woods is back in the news, this time for firing his caddy Stevie Williams after being together for 12 years. The news was not expected by Williams who is upset at the news, having stayed with Woods during the difficult times when Woods was discovered to be cheating on his wife with many women. Tiger announced in a statement Wednesday that “I want to express my deepest gratitude to Stevie for all his help, but I think it’s time for a change. Stevie is an outstanding caddy and a friend, and has been instrumental in many of my accomplishments. I wish him great success in the future.” Williams replied on his official website with the following: “Following the completion of the AT&T National I … Read entire article »

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Japan Beat U.S. To Take Women’s World Cup On Penalty Kicks

It was a dramatic finish to the FIFA Women’s World Cup of soccer in Frankfurt Germany, the most dramatic in its history, with Japan coming from behind, not once but twice to tie the game, first in the 90 minutes of regular time, then in 30 minutes of extra time. And after that it was up to penalty kicks to decide the champions, and to the surprise of many and the shock of the Americans, Japan won the kicks, and so take home the Women’s World Cup. The United States opened in strong fashion, and outscored the Japan team by 27 shots to 14, but it is balls in the back of the net that count, and this the Japan women managed to do more than the U.S. In many ways it … Read entire article »

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