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July 23rd 1995: On this Day in Sports History… John Daly beat Constantino Rocca in a playoff to capture the 1995 British Open, his second career major championship. Unfortunately, this would be the peak of John’s career, and he would never come close to reaching these heights again. Despite his considerable talent, Daly fell off the golf map pretty quickly because of his excessive drinking and weight. However, Daly still has quite a cult following because he represents the everyman golfer, I mean check out his mullet in this video…definitely screams “everyman”.
That Was Quick Veronica Rothlenhause displayed one of the best fighting performances i’ve seen in a while as she knocked out Ashlee Evans-Smith in five seconds. It was like watching Tommy from the movie Warrior with this one-punch knockout. The scariest part about the five-second knockout from Veronica Rothlenhause is that it’s her second one of her career. Probably a safe move to stay out of her way.
Johnson Takes the Playoff When Zach Johnson won the Masters a couple years back, most people assumed he’d would be one of those young guys who win a major only to never be heard from ever again. Johnson, who is still a young guy, has continued to show us that this is not the case and that he is one of the top American Golfers. His latest proof was with his great playoff win yesterday at the John Deere Classic. This was his 9th career PGA tour win, and all but assures he will be invited to the Ryder Cup team come September.
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BLOOPER OF THE DAY Angie Smith bike loses its brakes as the rider cannot stop and has a hilarious fall in the grass field beyond the track. I lost it when I saw this video, I know its probably wrong to laugh since I don’t know how hurt Smith was after this, but damn its pretty funny to see someone just completely overrun the pavement and lose their bike. Anyway, Smith’s spill earns our blooper of the day.
Not his First Time Around For the 7th time in his career, Roger Federer won the final point at Centre Court to capture Wimbledon. After falling in the first set 6-4 to his adversary Andy Murray, Roger captured the momentum once the roof closed and took the next three sets with dominating play. As nice of a guy Federer is, and even though he definitely deserved his 17th major after beating Djokovic and Murray, as a human being, you have to feel for Murray. He had the entire country of Great Britain on his shoulders, as they have not had a major for over forty years and a Wimbledon champion for over seventy. Murray responded well to the pressure with a hard-fought match, and even Federer noted that he will definitely be a major champion in the coming years. But on this day, Murray definitely won’t feel better, as he squandered his best chance at a major yet. At least he has a really hot girlfriend though…
PLAY OF THE DAY No spectacular play for today’s top play however Andy Murray has earned this spot with his extremely emotional speech after his Wimbledon Finals loss to Roger Federer on Sunday morning. This kid had the weight of an entire nation on his shoulders and he couldn’t have handled it any better. No doubt he will be back to go for this again.
July 9th 2000: On this Day in Sports History… Pete Sampras defeated Patrick Rafter to win his record 7th Wimbledon and 13th Major title. At the time, both achievements cemented his status as the best men’s tennis player of the Grand Slam Era, which is ironic since just yesterday Roger Federer won his 17th Major Title and tied Sampras with his seventh Wimbledon to further his case as the superior player. Regardless of which player you prefer, it is remarkable how dominant both men were at Wimbledon, arguably the greatest major of them all.
Wimbledon’s Finest In a dominating display. Novak Djokovic defeats Viktor Troicki 6-1, 6-3, 6-1. It is the thirteenth straight major the Djoker has reached the quarter finals, and many experts believe he could be well on his way to winning his 6th career major now that Nadal is already out of the picture. Personally, Djokovic’s antics have always rubbed me the wrong way, but its hard not to be impressed at how he has been able to break into the dominant duo of Nadal and Federer and make it a triumvirate.
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A Losing Effort After winning her first ever French Open, many experts expected Maria Sharapova to win another major at Wimbledon, a major she has usually had success at. But in the third round, she put forward a sub par effort and loss in straight sets to the 15 seed Sabine Lisicki. This felt like this could be the year of Sharapova, so this has to be a disappointing loss for the number one overall seed.
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Tiger IS Back With critics constantly writing that the old Tiger will never return, Tiger Woods goes head to head with Bo Van Pelt to win AT&T National by 2 strokes. We are only in July, and Tiger already has 3 wins, more than any other golfer did all of last year. Woods may not have a major yet this season, but it is definitely coming. He is playing his best golf since pre-Thanksgiving 2009 when he won 6 titles and is ready to retake his spot as by far the best player in golf and the most dominant athlete in sports.
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Royal Play Roger Federer looked like him old self in the 2nd round of Wimbledon as he defeated Fabio Fognini 6-1,6-3,6-2. It wasn’t a bad time for Federer to display his talents as Prince Charles was in attendance and Federer and Fognini made sure to bow to him before the match started. (Only at Wimbledon). Federer broke Fognini five times and finished the match in an incredible 1 hour 13 minutes.
June 27th 1988: On this Day in Sports History… Iron Mike Tyson knocks out Michael Spinks in Atlantic City. After this victory, Tyson officially held all the titles he could as a heavyweight and staked his claim as the best boxer alive. I have to say, this video impresses me. We may still have hall of fame boxers now such as Mayweather or Pacquiao but they are both welterweights. They can’t pack a punch like Iron Mike. He knocked out Spinks in 91 SECONDS. In his day, he truly was a legendary boxer.
His Time? Andy Murray has been the forgotten fourth best player in tennis for years, as he has never been able to get over the hump and win a major. His country has been waiting for a major championship for over forty years, and this has weighed heavily on Murray just as it did on Tim Henman before him. Maybe his thrashing of Davydenko in the first round of this tournament is a sign that Murray is ready to take the next step.
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3-peat? Wildcats Take The Top The Arizona Wildcats have finally been able to put together a team that is capable of defeating the back to back defending champs, South Carolina Gamecocks to win their first College World Series trophy since 1986. They become the second team in CWS history to go unbeaten in the postseason, the only other team to do this was the 2011 South Carolina Gamecocks. They used a 3-run 9th inning to separate themselves and give themselves breathing room, however, South Carolina fought back hard with the bases loaded with only 1 out, but couldn’t capitalize on a hit. Wouldn’t mind being in Tuscan tonight…
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Early Dismissal Venus Williams, who was playing in the 2012 Wimbledon as an unseeded player has fallen in the first round this afternoon to Russian youngster, Elena Vesnina, 6-1, 6-3. Venus has a rough year as she had a few injuries and fought back to come back early to play in the Olympics and be able to compete in Wimbledon. Her career is definitely taking an interesting twist here as she will have to go back to the drawing board again since nothing seems to be going her way. She hasn’t lost in the first round of Wimbledon since 1997 and had this to say afterwards, ”I come into tournaments with a positive attitude, I don’t really feel like talking about my health now. It is what it is. I’m just a couple of months into getting back on tour. Life is challenging but I’m always up for a challenge.” It will be interesting to see what her next steps are and how she will do in the 2012 Olympics.
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