Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Comedy Spots: Roddick Mocks Djokovic



This is from the 2008 Arthur Ashe Kids' Day. Hilarious!!!

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Rafa's 2008 Road to Number 1

He started it in Monte Carlo in April...


then went on to win Barcelona ...then avenged his loss to Federer in Hamburg.He then demolished Federer in the Roland Garros final to win his 4th straight French Open.Then it was time to win his first grass court title when he won at the Queen's Club.
Then he made history in Wimbledon beating Federer in 5... They both gave us a DAY to remember.

After a short break... he came back to win the Toronto Masters and became ever so close to sealing the deal, especially after Federer lost early....


He didn't win the title in Cincinnati but reaching the semis there was more than enough to secure the number 1 ranking. But his celebrations had to be postponed till August 18th cuz of the calendar shift...

And finally... Rafa grabbed the Gold medal at the Olympics on August 17th to add to his triumph for becoming number 1 in the world on August 18th.

Rafa Grabs Gold in Beijing



Roland Garros, then Wimbledon, then Gold at the Olympics and all this topped off with a number 1 ranking... Can't get much better for the Spaniard. Vamos Rafa :)

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Olympic Fever: Phelps Breaks World Record to Capture 3rd Gold, Egypt Fall to Russia in Handball

Swimming

Michael Phelps continued his quest of 8 Golds in Beijing when he grabbed his third Gold medal at the 2008 Olympics by winning the 200m freestyle race Tuesday morning in 1.42.96, breaking yet another world record time.

It seems that everytime Phelps takes to the waters, he breaks a world record. All his victories so far in Beijing have broken world records.

What's even more amazing is that within an hour after he completed the race and got his medal, the 23-year-old American jumped in the pool once again to win the 200m butterfly semifinal.

I just can't get enough of that guy and am sure the medals will just keep on coming.

Meanwhile, American swimmer, Natalie Coughlin managed to snatch the 100m backstroke medal from Zimbabwe's Kirsty Coventry, who had broken Coughlin's world record in the semifinals earlier. Coughlin however seemed unfazed by Coventry's success in the semis and went on to bring home the first Gold medal for American female swimmers in Beijing.

Handball

Egypt suffered a heartbreaking 28-27 loss to Russia in Handball on Tuesday to remain last in their group with 1 point from their draw with European champions, Denmark.

Egypt, who were trailing by 3 goals most of the first half before they managed to draw at 13-13, were also down most of the second half but somehow managed to cut a 4-goal Russian lead to tie them at 27-27 with only 15 seconds left. The Russians then committed an offensive foul and the ref blew his whistle to give the possession to the Egyptians before another ref interfered and changed the call to give the ball back to Russia with only 8 seconds left. Unfortunately, those 8 seconds were enough for Russia to score and deny Egypt a valuable point.

I still don't get how the ref made that call and I will try to find the video on youtube and post it for all to see.

Next up for Egypt are Germany, who fell to Iceland 33-29.

Tennis

Soon-to-be officially crowned number 1, Rafael Nadal, crushed former world number 1, Lleyton Hewitt, 6-1, 6-2, to storm into the last 16. Nadal, who is making his singles debut at the tennis olympics, next takes on Russia's Igor Andreev, who booked his spot in the last 16 on behalf of France's Michael Llodra.

Unfortunate for Hewitt, he will still face Nadal again in his coming doubles match where he pairs with his compatriot Chris Guccione against Nadal and Tommy Robredo.

Soon-to-be dethroned, Roger Federer, convincingly dispatched El Salvador's Rafael Arevalo to book a revenge last 16 meeting with Tomas Berdych, who eliminated Federer from the Athens Olympics 4 years ago.

World number 3, Novak Djokovic, also advanced to the last 16 where he meets Russia's Mikhail Youzhny.

Basketball

The dream team continued their bulldozing fest in Beijing as they posted their second victory with a 97-76 win over Angola. The Africans were shooting threes like crazy but that didn't help them much against the likes of Kobe Bryant, Dwayne Wade, Lebron James and Dwight Howard.

Meanwhile, China were handed their second loss when they fell to Spain 85-75 after playing overtime. Yao Ming and his crew were 14 points ahead at the end of the 3rd quarter before Spain crawled their way back into the match forcing an overtime. Ming and all 226 centimetres of him couldn't stop the world champions from claiming a victory.

In other basketball action, Gold medal holders, Argentina disposed of Australia 85-68.

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Olympic Fever: A Spotlight on Egypt - Medany Headlines Egypt's Medal Hopefuls

* Egypt's main gold medal hopeful is Aya Medany, who will be competing in the modern pentathlon competition. The incredible Medany clinched championship titles in the 2007 Pentathlon World Cup, the 2007 World Championships, and in the recent Junior World Championships in Cairo. Medany will be facing tough competition from the world number one, Amelie Caze of France, and from Olympics gold medal holder, Zsuzsanna Voros, of Hungary. The pentathlon includes 5 events; swimming, running, shooting, fencing and horse riding.



* Egyptian gymnast, Sherine El Zeiny, is the only African women competitor in the Beijing Olympics artistic gymnastics event. The 17-year-old, who had an incredible performance at the 2007 World Championships in Stuttgart, received a wildcard to the Beijing Olympics. "Being the only one from Africa is very exciting. It motivates me as I would like to make people from Egypt and Africa proud," said El Zeiny.


* Egypt's handball team have been drawn in group B at the men's handball competition alongside Germany, Denmark, Russia, Republic of Korea and Iceland. Group A consists of: Poland, France, Croatia, China, Spain and Brazil.


* Egypt's volleyball team have been drawn in group B at the men's volleyball competition with Serbia, Brazil, Poland, Germany, and Russia. Group A features the USA, Italy, Bulgaria, China, Japan and Venezuela.


* Other contestants will represent Egypt in the following sports: synchronized swimming, shooting, badminton, boxing, rowing, fencing and archery events. Egypt has 118 athletes competing in 19 sports.

* Egypt won 5 Olympic medals in Athens 4 years ago and will be looking to outperform that number this month in Beijing.