Archive for August, 2010

Tennis – 2010 U.S. Open women’s preview

August 25, 2010

As the final week of August begins, the women of the WTA focus all of their energy on the 2010 US Open. The women’s competition at this year’s final grand slam is going to be dynamic and unpredictable. The 2010 Olympus US Open Series provides some insight into the top candidates for claiming the trophy.

The Olympus US Open Series standings indicate that Kim Clijsters has been the hottest player this summer, as she leads the table with most points and she is also a favorite in online betting. Clijsters claimed the masters title in Cincinnati, with a victory over Maria Sharapova. She also reached the quarterfinals at the following masters event in Canada, the Rogers Cup. However, Clijsters struggled with a thigh injury during this loss, which may prevent her from competing at the U.S. Open. It will be unfortunate if the Belgian mom will not be able to defend her U.S. Open title.

Based on the Olympus Series points, Caroline Wozniacki is the second best player this summer, as she won two tournaments. Wozniacki captured the title in her native Denmark early in August, and then came to America and won the Rogers Cup in Montreal, Canada. In fact, Wozniacki had to play the semifinal and final match on the same day, because of rain delays at this masters event. It looks like the young talented Dane can replicate last year’s performance and reach the U.S. Open final once again.

The biggest headline on the women’s side of this year’s U.S. Open is the withdrawal of Serena Williams. The world number 1 will not be able to compete in New York City because she is still recovering from a brutal cut that she suffered in July.

The swinging Russians pose plenty of threats at the U.S. Open. Vera Zvonareva, Victoria Azarenka (Belarus actually), Svetlana Kuznetsova and Elena Dementieva can play some great hard court tennis. Also, three time grand slam champion Maria Sharapova is another Russian threat, as she reached two finals this summer.

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Boxing: Holyfield Signs to Fight Just After 48th Birthday

August 17, 2010

Evander Holyfield, former heavyweight champion has agreed to fight Sherman “The Tank” Williams on November 5, 2010. Shortly after Evander Holyfield turns 48 years old, the date is set. The deal has not been finalized, although the fight is expected to take place in the Joe Louis Arena in Detroit.

Into the ring, Holyfield (43-10-2, 28 KOs) has not stepped since his 8th round knockout of Francois Botha. For a non-consequential minor belt, the fight was on April 10th in Las Vegas. Before that, all the way back in 2008 was Holyfield’s last fight when he lost a controversial decision to Nikolai Valuev in Switzerland.

When Holyfield was in his prime, questions will always loom about the mysterious heart condition that almost ended his career, although he still looks to be in shape. The current undisputed heavyweight champ, Vitali Klitschko will notice this fight, hopes Holyfield.

Holyfield’s manager, Kevin Sanders said of a possible Klitschko fight, “We hope to be able to fight Vitali Klitschko for the WBC belt. I have spoken already to the WBC and [president] Jose Sulaiman has already blessed it for me. I am speaking to the Klitschko people and I think they will do it.”

Fresh off a unanimous decision loss to Manuel Charr in October is Williams (34-11-2, 19 Kos), although he has managed a win against one time prospect Jameel McCline. Sanders is hinting he may put the fight on as a pay-per-view fight and he believes Williams’s style will make for an entertaining fight.

Washington Redskins: NFL Season Preview

August 13, 2010

Despite a very poor season in 2009, the Washington Redskins have high hopes in 2010. The team have made a change that they think will make all of the difference even though they struggled to score points.

A lot of hype to the Redskins will be brought by the addition of Donovan McNabb this year. The Eagles made it to the NFC Championship game several times and were led year in and year out by McNabb. To carry a team for stretches, McNabb has the passing skills and mobility. Whether or not McNabb still is the type of quarterback that can carry a team for a whole season is the only question. As Washington had a lot of struggles last year, he may need to in there.

Three former pro bowl running backs are featured in the running game of the Redskins. At some point and time, each of these backs was a premier player in the league. It seems that each of them is on the downfall is the real problem.

Clinton Portis will take the majority of the load as it is appeared of the three. Portis only was able to play 8 games last year and is just one season removed from a 1400-yard effort in 2008. The Redskins will need Willie Parker and Larry Johnson to step in and carry the load, if Portis does not come back at full strength.

The ‘Skins are lacking a true number one but have a few tools at wide receiver. As for most of his career McNabb was without a number one option may not be a concern for though,.

you can expect the ‘Skins to carry home more than 4 wins even though they are probably not destined for glory in 2010.

MLB Preview: Boston Red Sox vs. New York Yankees

August 5, 2010

The New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox look to renew their storied rivalry on Friday, Aug. 6 with a four-game series in the Bronx. The Boston Red Sox are struggling as of late having fallen 7.5 games out of first place in the AL East. Injuries have played a large role in Boston’s demise this year with Victor Martinez, Jacoby Ellsbury, Mike Lowell, and Dustin Pedroia all having spent time on the DL recently.

Boston is hoping to get a few of these players back this week, when they play the reeling Detroit Tigers and Cleveland Indians, who are in last place in the AL Central, so that they can make up a few games in the standings before facing the Yankees.

As is it always seems when the Yankees and Red Sox square off, the games next weekend will feature some quality pitching match ups. Scheduled starters for the Red Sox include MLB lines stars, Clay Bucholz, John Lackey, Josh Beckett, and Jon Lester, while the Yankees will counter with Javier Vazquez, C.C. Sabathia, A.J. Burnett, and Dustin Moseley.

The Yankees lead the season series 5-3, and will be looking to improve upon their AL best 34-16 home record. The Red Sox are a pedestrian 28-24 on the road this year, which would lead one to believe they will have their hands full next week against the Yanks.