Monday, 7 May 2007

Weekend Wrap

Being a weekend ,there was enough sporting action for everyone. Let's take a quick tour;
I'll not comment on the local scene just yet (check previous posts for reasons).
As such let's take the European circuit starting with England.
Man United corked their bottles of champnagne albeit a day after their win at Manchester derby. They'd won the game against Man City 1-0. Closest rivals Chelsea could only manage a draw at Emirates after making a late rally and equalising through Michael Essien. Thus the Wednesday game will be as one commentator said, "for the Man United players to blow kisses to their fans at Stamford bridge"
Spain: Barcelona still lead though Real Madrid kept the race tight with 3-2 win over Sevilla.
Italy: Inter Milan have long taken the league. Roma ,Lazio and AC Milan follow in pursuit of second, third and fourth place.
Germany: The fight for first place is between Schalke 04,VFB Stuttgart and Werder Bremen with Bayern Munich having lost the fight hence settling for fourth place.
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First in the local scene, shock news greeted the fraternity after Ulinzi - men's team and last year's winners of the League Play-offs had sponsorship withdrawn by the Department of Defence. Telkom women's team also lost support and also lost almost all their players through the ongoing restructuring at Telkom. They were also the reigning women's champs in the play-offs. As such the League has lost two of its top sides. More on this on another story. Check for more stories.

As for the NBA Play-offs, the favourites continued where they left for game 1 of the Semi-finals of the Conference games.
Cleveland Cavs 81- New Jersey Nets 77
San Antonio Spurs 111- Phoenix Suns 106
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Oscar de la Hoya lost to Floyd Mayweather in a 12 round fight. The WBC light middleweight fight was more of an 'absorbing fight rather than a classic fight' with de la Hoya starting out well before showing some exhaustion and losing points to Mayweather in later rounds.

Mayweather who managed to get his father back into his camp in time for the fight ( Mayweather Sr had been coaching de la Hoya of blood running thicker than water...)had his 'prayers' answered as the decision was announced. This was billed as the richest boxing bout ever having netted a record $19 million in arena tickets within 3 hours and was the most watched at $55 for pay-per view in the US.

Tiger Woods fought to come back and win the Wachovia Championship in Charlotte by two strokes. Woods hit a three-under 69 to finish on 13 under, two clear of second placed Stricker. Phil Mickelson and Rory Sabbatini tied in third place.
Frenchman Sebastien Loeb won the Rally of Argentina to make it 3 out of 3 in the World Rally Championship. He managed to stave off stiff opposition from Marcus Gronholm by giving him a 36.7 second lead into the last special stage of the Rally.
Another Finn Mikko Hirvonen rounded off the podium finishes. The standings carry the same semblance with all the 3 retaining their positions in 1st, 2nd and 3rd respectively as they go into the next round of Rally of Italy later this month.

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