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« Reply #40 on: July 08, 2012, 02:47:57 PM »

Roger Federer won his 7th Wimbledon title with a 4 set win over Andy Murray.


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ROGER Federer has won a record-equalling seventh Wimbledon title and 17th Grand Slam crown this morning, shattering Andy Murray's dream of ending Britain's 76-year wait for an All England Club men's champion.

Federer, playing in his eighth Wimbledon final and 24th Grand Slam championship match, won 4-6, 7-5, 6-3, 6-4 to join Pete Sampras and William Renshaw as a seven-time champion.

The Swiss great, who has also regained the world number one ranking, is just the third man over 30 to win Wimbledon following Rod Laver in 1969 and Arthur Ashe in 1975.

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/sport/tennis/roger-federer-wins-seventh/story-fnbe6xeb-1226420700211
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« Reply #41 on: July 08, 2012, 02:58:32 PM »

A worthy champion.. :)
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« Reply #42 on: July 08, 2012, 09:45:35 PM »

A worthy champion.. :)


Agreed.  :)    At least Andy reached the finals.
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« Reply #43 on: September 09, 2013, 08:24:39 PM »


 " Tokyo was selected Saturday to host the 2020 Summer Olympics "  8)

 http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/08/sports/olympics/tokyo-wins-bid-for-2020-olympics.html?pagewanted=all

 
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« Reply #44 on: February 27, 2014, 09:45:12 PM »


 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi is already finished!

At the figure skating competition, I was very moved by two Japanese skaters especially!
I did not know much about Yuzuru Hanyu who won the gold medal... he was the victim of the great earthquake that took in eastern Japan March 11, 2011 that we will never forget!!  :(    And it is not all for him... he had a chronic asthma....!
I want to salute his courage that he overcame to get up to there in these very difficult circumstances.  And I'm sure he will continue to make great effort to get more in the future.  8)

Also for Mao Asao, despite the pathetic SP results, she showed its greatest performance to respond to our expectations in FP courageously!  8)

Bravo, Mao and Yuzuru!  O0

 

 

 http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/02/15/olympics-figureskating-hanyu-idUSL3N0LJ5TE20140215

 
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A journey that almost ended three years ago when Yuzuru Hanyu watched in horror as the ice cracked beneath his blades and the ground shook violently, culminated in glorious triumph 8,000 kilometres away at the Sochi Olympics on Friday.

That magnitude 9.0 earthquake near Hanyu's home city of Sendai in March 2011 not only destroyed his training arena but also set off a massive tsunami and nuclear disaster that ultimately claimed nearly 20,000 lives in Japan.

With memories of the day when he had to crawl off the ice to flee the collapsing building still fresh, he said he had been close to giving up the dreams that led him to become the first Japanese skater to win the men's Olympic title.

"It's a very difficult subject for me to talk about," said the 19-year-old, who became the second youngest man after Dick Button in 1948 to win the top prize.

"I lost my skating rink because of the earthquake and I was literally struggling to live at that time, let alone to try to keep skating. I really thought about quitting skating then."

His Olympic aspirations seemed a million miles away because with their house wrecked, his family sought shelter in a gymnasium, where they slept shoulder-to-shoulder on the floor for several days among scores of other people.

When the water pipes under the rink exploded and the ice melted, it seemed as if his skating career had also been washed away.

But some 10 days later he was back on the ice at the rink near Tokyo where he had trained in primary school, alternating with a rink three hours' drive north from his home. Concerns about radiation and where he would go to school remained.

To get more ice time in Japan, he appeared in some 60 shows around the nation until the rink was finally repaired in July 2011.

"I think my service to all those who were affected by the earthquake starts today, now that I'm an Olympic champion," said Hanyu, who did a double-take on screens hanging backstage of the Iceberg Skating Palace when his victory was confirmed.

"I had the support of so many people to get here, and I want to pay them back somehow. I was on the top of the podium carrying the hopes of thousands, millions and I feel great about that."

ELECTRIFYING PERFORMANCE

Just what he is capable of was all too apparent when he became the first skater at an international meeting to smash the 100-point barrier in the men's short programme with an electrifying display to Gary Moore's "Parisian Walkways".

Twenty-four hours later his performance was not quite as compelling but with all of the major contenders slipping and sliding, Hanyu overcame two mishaps in the free skate to strike gold.

It was a performance that was worth 280.09 points to the judges but was priceless to Japan's 127 million inhabitants.

"I'm so proud of this feat as a Japanese. The Olympics is so wild and unpredictable. I've never been this nervous for a competition in my entire life. I'm upset with the performance I had, but I left everything I had out there," said the country's new sporting hero.

Hanyu's boyish good looks and slender frame, at 1.72 metres and 54 kg, conceal a steely determination that has helped him overcome not only the disaster but also the asthma that at one point limited his strength and training time.

Skating since the age of four, Hanyu excels both at the athletic side of the sport, with the quadruple Salchow and quadruple toe loops that have become his trademarks, as well as fluid, elegant moves that highlight his long legs and arms.

In 2012, he began training with Brian Orser and switched his training base to Canada.

It was a relationship that Hanyu said "started with nothing but confusion" due to the language barrier and "thoughts about returning to Japan" crossed his mind on a daily basis.

 And very interesting articles by New York Times.

 http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2014/02/14/sports/olympics/mens-figure-skating.html

 http://sports.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/02/20/womens-olympic-figure-skating-long-program/?_php=true&_type=blogs&emc=edit_na_20140220&_r=0

http://sports.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/02/14/live-coverage-mens-free-skating/?_php=true&_type=blogs&emc=edit_na_20140214&_r=0

http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2014/02/20/sports/olympics/womens-figure-skating-jumps.html

http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2014/02/19/sports/olympics/olympics-frame-by-frame.html?_r=0
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« Reply #45 on: February 02, 2015, 09:49:25 AM »

I thought there was a sports thread here somewhere.

Regardless...

Tom Brady leads Patriots to 4th NFL Crown



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« Reply #46 on: February 02, 2015, 06:47:50 PM »

^ Yeah, I heard.
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« Reply #47 on: February 02, 2015, 11:59:42 PM »

I thought there was a sports thread here somewhere.

Yes there is and you were the one who started the thread. :)

I've merged the last two posts from the "in the news" thread.
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« Reply #48 on: November 08, 2016, 11:49:41 PM »

So after The Cubs won the world series, it got me thinking there has been plenty of fairytales in sport this year.

The Cubs win after a 100+ year drought.

In England, Leicester City won their first EPL title.

In Australia, the Western Bulldogs won the AFL premiership, their first since 1954. Cronulla won the NRL premiership for the first time in 50 years.

There's probably plenty of others around the world but those were the 4 I know about.
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« Reply #49 on: November 09, 2016, 07:49:45 PM »

In Cleveland, the basketball team, the Cleveland Cavaliers, won the NBA championship, marking the end of a 52-year championship drought for that city's professional sports teams, for which there is even a Wikipedia article: Cleveland sports curse. The city's baseball team, the Indians, couldn't follow up, but oh well, if they had ... the poor Cubs would still be without a championship these 108 years and more.

The Cavs also won after being down 3 games to 1 in a seven-game series ... like the Cubs ... which almost never happens, and now it's happened twice this year. It was the Cavs' first championship ever.
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« Reply #50 on: November 27, 2016, 06:04:51 PM »

Not so much drought related but...

Jimmie Johnson won his record tying 7th NASCAR Sprint Cup championship this year. That tired him for the overall record with Richard Pretty and Dale Earnhardt. No one has ever won eight.

Daniel Suárez became the first foreign-born driver to win a NASCAR national series championship when he won the Xfinity Series championship.

And in MLS the Toronto FC and Montreal Impact are the first Canadian teams to make it to the conference finals. One will advance to the finals as they play each other on Wednesday to see who advances.
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« Reply #51 on: November 30, 2016, 07:51:21 PM »

And Toronto FC just became the first Canadian MLS team to head to the MLS Cup finals. They'll host on December 10. Could we get a nice snowy finale to the MLS season?
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« Reply #52 on: February 05, 2017, 05:06:09 PM »

Is anyone watching the game?

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« Reply #53 on: February 05, 2017, 05:09:46 PM »

Interception Falcons!  O0
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« Reply #54 on: February 05, 2017, 05:18:23 PM »

There we go. Finally some numbers on the board. 7-0 Falcons.
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« Reply #55 on: February 05, 2017, 05:29:33 PM »

Wow, another Falcons TD.
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« Reply #56 on: February 05, 2017, 05:48:37 PM »

And another turnover, and another Falcons TD. 

This can't be this easy. Pats will put up a fight in the 2nd half.
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« Reply #57 on: February 05, 2017, 06:56:46 PM »

Then again, maybe they won't.
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« Reply #58 on: February 05, 2017, 07:50:30 PM »

Exciting 4th Quarter, with an incredible catch by Julio Jones!
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« Reply #59 on: February 05, 2017, 08:00:49 PM »

And another one of the best catches ever by Julian Edelman. That's definitely a catch.
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