By: Seth Edward O'Neal
Brazil will take on Mexico in the final of the Under-23 football tournament in the 2012 London Olympic Games at Wembley on Saturday after winning their semi-final clashes on Tuesday.
Brazil held off a determined performance from South Korea to emerge 3-0 winners at Old Trafford. South Korea looked the better side at the start of both halves, but Brazil edged in front seven minutes before the break with a low Romulo drive after a quick break.
Leandro Damiao then put Brazil in complete control as he completed a brace with goals in the 57th and 64th minutes.
Mexico had earlier come from behind to defeat Japan 3-1 in the day’s other semi-final at Wembley. With Japan having taken an early lead through a fine strike from Yuki Otsu, Mexico responded in fine style, equalizing before the break as lively forward Marco Fabian headed home a Giovani dos Santos corner after a Jorge Enriquez flick-on.
Mexico further imposed themselves on the game in the second-half and were rewarded with two more fine goals. With 25 minutes remaining, Oribe Peralta capitalised on a Japanese defensive error to win possession and curl a fine effort into the top-corner.
Mexico looked to be playing out the win comfortably, but added extra gloss to the victory in the final-minute when Javier Cortes fired home after a powerful run down the right.
Mexico headed to the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London…
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By: J.J. Jack
The Olympics is here and as always, it’s all about Team USA.
Heading to the 2012 Summer Olympic Games, there’s no question that the sport Team USA is expected to win for sure is basketball with reigning NBA Most Valuable Player awardee and world champion LeBron James leading the US basketball team.
LeBron James is, without a shadow of a doubt, the biggest name in the world of basketball. But he is without controversy.
After starting his career in Ohio with the Cleveland Cavaliers, he moved to South Beach to join the Miami Heat, announcing his decision to make the move on national television that raised a lot of people’s eyebrows, making him one of the most despised player in the NBA.
After helping the Miami Heat win the 2012 NBA world title this season, he probably turned some of his haters into fans and I have a feeling he’ll get some more new fans if he can help Team USA win the gold in the 2012 London Summer Olympic Games.
But if you have to name one country that can challenge the USA for most number of gold won, you can’t go wrong with China.
China is that big of a threat to Team USA heading to the premier showcase of the world’s best that one of the organizers of this year’s Olympic Games, specifically London Organizing Committee Chief Sebastian Coe, expects China to top it this year and beat the Americans.
Can China beat the USA? Or will we see another nation…
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By: Seth Edward O'Neal
Yeah, the time of the year when best of the world come together.
That’s right sports fans, the sporting world is on a standstill as the 2012 Summer Olympic Games, officially dubbed as the Games of the XXX Olympiad, take over London with over 200 nations competing with the best in the world at the Olympic Stadium in Olympic Park, London, England.
Featuring 26 sports and 39 sport disciplines, you are in for a treat as the world’s finest in each of the sport showcased in the foremost international sports tournament in the planet are expected to give it their all as they look to give their respective home nations the recognition and admiration each competing athlete would love to win on the international stage of the Olympic Games.
It doesn’t get any bigger than the Olympic Games people and it’s not recognized around the world as the foremost sports competition in the planet for nothing.
Held every two years, the bi-annual sporting spectacle features nearly every nation as each of the competing athletes look forward to playing for their respective countries in the international tournament. More than 13,000 athletes always come out to compete for their respective flags and nothing beats winning that gold for your country.
And as always, all the heavy hitters of the bi-annual tournament…
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By: J.J. Jack
They sure love their bling.
The entire sporting world is on a standstill as the premier sporting event in the planet showcases the finest of the finest in the 2012 London Summer Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium in Olympic Park, London.
Officially tagged as the Games of the XXX Olympiad, the bi-annual sports tournament this year features the heavy hitters once again from different parts of the world as each of the competing nations look to bring their respective home countries immortality in the sporting arena and further add to their count of medals won from the Olympic Games.
And as far as the most medals won in the Olympics Games, it is not a surprise that Team USA trumps all the other competing countries, which is why the Americans are once again heavily favoured to win the most medals this year in the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London.
The United States have won a total of 2,549 medals in the Olympic Games. Quite a staggering mark eh? 2,296 of those medals came from the Summer Olympic Games, with the tournament alternating from the Summer Olympics to the Winter Games every two years.
Yeah, the Americans sure have been awesome in the Olympic Games. How awesome? The United States have won more medals, not to mention more gold ones with 1016 gold medals overall, than any other country in the Summer Olympic Games and in the Olympic Games in general.
Dominating sports like swimming, tennis, golf…
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By: Seth Edward O'Neal
Yeah, USA sure is a giant but somebody has to stand up to the Americans at some point right?
Of course, there are some contenders looking to challenge the USA this year in the 2012 London Olympic Games for the right to be regarded as the overall medals winner.
And one of which is Germany. The Germans are expected to win at least 25 medals this year and finish in the top ten of the medal tally. Games that should give Germany some hardware this year in London include canoeing, equestrian, and rowing.
Another country that really brings its A-game in the Summer Olympic Games is France.
France has high expectations going for them this year. How come? A lot of people are expecting the French to do good with fencing and cycling, France’s most medal-producing events, featured this year in the foremost sporting competition in the world.
Oh yeah, they’re good in equestrian, sailing, judo, shooting, and weightlifting too.
We also have Italy. Italy is the 4th most successful country in the history of the Olympics and they are expected to look the part in the Olympics. And in case you don’t know how good the Italians can be in the Summer Olympic Games, these guys finished in the top 5 of the medal count 11 times, 20 times in the top 10, which makes this nation one of those countries to watch out for this year in the…
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By: J.J. Jack
Yeah, after a couple of exhibition games, that is certainly the case.
The U.S. Olympic men’s basketball team wore the throwback uniforms of the 1992 Dream Team on Sunday. The Americans’ play was much different. Kevin Durant scored 27 points and the United States held on for a narrow 86-80 victory over Argentina in an exhibition game.
The Americans got off to a hot start but their lead was down to four with 2:50 left after Manu Ginobili’s three-point play. But Kevin Durant and Chris Paul hit big 3-pointers as the U.S. won after being pushed for the second time in its four exhibition games.
Kobe Bryant added 18 points and LeBron James 15 for the U.S., which beat Brazil 80-69 in a similarly rugged game last week in Washington. Ginobili scored 23 points, Carlos Delfino had 15 and Luis Scola 14 for Argentina.
Back in Barcelona, where the Dream Team won gold 20 years earlier, the U.S. players wore that team’s throwback uniforms. The white uniforms with red and blue along the side and USA in the middle also had the letters “CD” in gold on the left shoulder in honor of coach Chuck Daly, the Dream Team coach who died in 2009.
Otherwise, the Americans are more interested in building for…
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By: Seth Edward O'Neal
Well, what did they think the riots will cause?
The wave of riots and public disorder sweeping the United Kingdom has prompted Olympic organizing chiefs to seek increased security measures ahead of next summer’s 2012 London Olympic Games.
Following the fatal shooting by police of a man in the North London suburb of Tottenham last Thursday, a surge of criminality has spread to the rest of the capital and other major cities, with shops being looted, cars burned, people beaten and houses ransacked.
The shocking scenes of the London riots have caused some to rethink Olympic policing, with a source revealing to Yahoo! Sports that officials from Games organizing committee LOCOG will meet with police bosses once the current carnage dies down.
Original plans that would have seen around 9,000 police officers on the streets of London during the Olympics may be scrapped, and figures closer to the 16,000 brought in under this week’s emergency measures are now likely.
Olympic planning had previously run smoothly and on budget, yet the spread of violence to the London borough of Hackney, just a stone’s throw from the central hub of the Games, has led to concern and uncertainty less than 12 months from the lighting of the flame.
London has never witnessed anarchic scenes of this kind at any…
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Oh yes, it’s really in Canada.
The 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympic Games continue in what should be a plethora of fantastic sporting events with the World Cup and the NBA playoffs just around the corner.
But as far as the Winter Olympics are concerned, Germany is leading the gold medal count with three. The Germans also have four silvers and two bronzes to rack up 9 medals.
Gold medal winners for team Germany are Neuner Magdalena, who won in Biathlon, Loch Felix in men’s singles luge and Huefner Tatjana in women’s singles luge.
Following at second spot is the United States of America with 8 total medals, that’s two gold, two silver and four bronze. Kearney Hannah won the gold medal in women’s moguls for freestyle skiing. While Wescott Seth bagged the gold for snowboarding in men’s snowboard cross.
At the third spot is France with seven total medals; 2 golds, 1 silver and 4 bronzes. Jay Vincent and Lamy Chappius Jason got gold medals in biathlon and nordic, respectively.
Rounding the fourth and fifth spots in gold medal count are Canada and South Korea, tallying two and three golds, respectively.
Athletes that gave pride glory for team Canada are Bilodeau Alexnadre, who…
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I guess Marijuana has that distinct effect on people, especially on eight-time Olympic gold medalists.
Michael Phelps says it’s going to take him two or three months to decide if he’s going to compete at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. US Olympics Committee, USA Swimming and Phelps’ personal coach Bob Bowman, on the other hand, refused to comment on the predicament his boy is dealing with the cannabis pipe.
”It will take a few months,” Michael Phelps said in a post-practice interview outside the pool where he trains. ”I’ll give it 30 or 60 days. I think it will be better. I’m already happier now than I was, just having some part of my life back to normal, being able to swim again, having fun, joking around.”
Things hadn’t been very normal for Phelps since a photo of him with a marijuana pipe was published in a British tabloid earlier this month. He apologized for a lapse in judgment, was dropped as a sponsor by Kellogg Co. and suspended for three months by the USA swimming team.
”I’m not feeling too good physically,” Phelps said. ”But I’m actually able to sleep now. I had a real hard time sleeping over the last two weeks or so. Just swimming and thinking about everything going on. Everything is back to what I call normal, I guess.”
And by him saying ”normal,” he means he is no longer…
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By: J.J. Jack
Since the brand new year is almost here, we found it fitting to wrap up all the stuff that has happened in 2008 before we welcome 2009.
The 2008 sports betting season sure had everything. From denying perfection on a football field to acquiring some sense of redemption in Beijing. The year 2008 sure brought everything alright and we’re here to reintroduce some of that stuff to you.
And yes, probably the greatest season in sports betting started in Glendale, Arizona, were the New York Giants denied the New England Patriots of perfection to win Super Bowl XLII.
The New England Patriots were coming into this one with an 18-game winning streak. A win then would’ve erased the mark set by the 1972 Miami Dolphins aside from the fact that they will once again be at the top of the food chain in American football.
Unfortunately, the Giants had other plans and after New York beat the Pats, 17-14, to win Super Bowl XLII, this once mighty New England team has never been the same since.
And while sports fans from Boston continue to feel sorry for their beloved Patriots, their ”other” team from Boston was already making headlines after the Celtics signed both Kevin Garnett and…
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