Friday, August 11, 2006

From the World of Sport

Tennis: I went to the Tennis last night to see Roger Federer defeat Russia's Dmitry Tursunov 6-3 5-7 6-0. Federer's seemed to play at half pace for the first two sets and Tursunov took advantage of this. However the Swiss superstar showed his brilliance in the third set as he demolished his opponent with near perfection. The Toronto Leg of the Master's Tour seems to be Federer's for the taking now that Rafael Nadal and Ivan Ljubicic are out.

Cricket: South Africa lost the two match series against Sri Lanka (2-0). In the first testthe Boks were massacred by an innings and more. The cricketers, like their counterparts in Rugby, are struggling to find form. Team election based on political agenda may be responsible for the poor performances, but I believe that such an arguement is a lame excuse and both sports teams have to find a way from within to pick up their sub par performances. Next year after all there will be a World Cup in each sport.

Cycling: Although the Floyd Landis drug scandal calls into question the entire sport. I hope that this doesn't bring about another Lance Armstrong witchhunt. Last year it revealed nothing and bored the hell out of everyone. The sport should attack the drug issue on a go forward basis.

Rugby: New Zealand should win the Trinations. In fact I reckon that they will go the entire tournament without losing a game.

Soccer: Liverpool barely defeated Maccabi Haifa 2-1 at Anfield. The Red's are not playing well (as was further evident in their pre-season friendlies) and are due for a major thud. I would rather this happen (if it has to) in the Community Shield than in the early part of the league season. For many Liverpool fans (myself included) its the Premiership or bust this year. Sixteen years is too long.

Baseball: My team, the Toronto Blue Jays, have virtually been eliminated from any Playoff aspirations. I just wish that the season doesn't end on a Mets v Yankees World Series. Hopefully the Red Sox can pull something out the bag.
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