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Today was a very interesting day at the French Open.  It was the first day of the second round matches and it was definatley not short on action.  The defending champion of the womens side, Svetlana Kuznetsova had a very tough match today.  She played a German girl called Andrea Petkovic.  Kuznetsova was 1 set and 5-4 down plus three match points (40-0 down) and managed to pull out the match.  She ended up saving a total of 4 match points to win the match.  The final score was 4-6 7-5 6-4.  The mens defending champion, Roger Federer showed some more class today after the rain delay as he came out and won the second and third set comfortably.  The final score was 7-6(4) 6-2 6-4.  One of the most dramatic matches of the day was the battle between Gael Monfils (France) vs. Fabio Fognini.  It went to 5 sets and was postponed at 5-5 in the final set due to the lack of lighting.  The match will contiue tomorrow.  It was a highly competitive match where Mofils saved around 5 match points to make it 5-5 in the final set.  It will be interesting to see the rest of the match played out tomorrow.

New Meadowlands Stadium, the home to the New York Jets and New York Giants will host Super Bowl XLVIII in 2014. The new stadium, which cost $1.6 billion to build, opened on April 10, 2010. The 2010 season will mark the first season in which the Jets and Giants will play in it. It is also the most expensive stadium ever built. This site beat out locations in South Florida and Tampa for the Super Bowl. It is expected that the Super Bowl here will generate about $550 million in revenue for the local economy. It will also help the stadium gain naming rights, which could be worth $500 million. This location for the Super Bowl goes against the typical warm weather site. At the time of the Super Bowl, it is typically around 30° F. Before the Super Bowl comes to the Meadowlands, it will be held in Dallas, Indianapolis, and New Orleans.

16-year old amateur Jordan Spieth finished in a tie for 16th place in last week’s Byron Nelson Championship. Spieth, just s junior in high school, had rounds of 68, 69, 67, and 72 for a total of a 4-under score of 276 at the prestigious PGA Tour event. Spieth was invited on a sponsor’s exemption and was playing in front of his hometown crowd. Many students from Spieth’s Jesuit College Prep came to the course to support him. Spieth finished 6 shots behind winner Jason Day. After the 4th round, Spieth thanked the crowd for supporting him the whole week and said that it was great to get a chance to play in front of so many people. During the week, Spieth played with two players that were more than three times his age. He played with Tom Pernice in the third round and Corey Pavin in the final round. Spieth is already committed to play college golf at the University of Texas.

The mother of Phoenix Suns Amar’e Stoudemire was arrested on Saturday for failure to have an ignition interlock device on her vehicle according to different sources.  Carrie Stoudemire was stopped when her Lincoln Navigator was straddling two lanes on the highway while going sixty mph.  Officers found her eyes to be watery and glossy when they pulled her over.  Carrie claimed she was on her way to an alcohol class and had no idea that she needed to have an ignition interlock device on any motor vehicle she owned.  With many previous run ins with the law from charges with DUI’s to prostitution, the ignition interlock device I believe was in her best interest.  The device requires her to blow into it to read her BAC.  If too high, the car will not start.  When Stoudemire refused to partake in a field sobriety test, she was handcuffed and put in the back of the police car.  She was later released with charges of speeding, operating a vehicle without an ignition interlock device, and failure to stay in one lane.

Three years ago the Tampa Bay Rays were the worst team in baseball, no one showed up to watch the games, and hardly any fans stayed loyal to them.  This all has changed in the last three seasons in 2007, the Rays only had about 17,000 people that showed up for the games, and usually only that many people when the Yankees or Redsox were in town. Luckily that was the year the club made it to the World Series.  The attendance has sky rocketed since then , the average attendance currently is roughly 23,000 people.  The Rays “break out year” has really turned around that franchise into something great.  In the 2010 season, the Rays are not only first in the AL East but their leading the entire Major Leagues with the best record.  With their current success the Rays hopefully can snag a championship before some of their veteran players such as Carl Crawford contracts are up.  Well we should all enjoy this season and hope it continues for a long time, this brings light to Tampa and also its surrounding area.

Caroline Wozniacki (Number 1 Seed)

This week the WTA tournament in Warsaw, Poland has got underway.  It is a Premier-level tournament which means that it is one of the higher level tournaments just below the Grand Slams.  Many of the top player have gone to the tournament as a warm-up tournament just days before the French Open begins this Sunday.  It is good match practice for many of the pros before they play the big clay court event.  Today the number one seed Caroline Wozniacki and the number two seed Elena Dementieva had very tough matches.  They both went to three sets but only the number one seed survived.  Wozniacki went 3-0 down in the third set, but managed to pull it out 6-4.  Dementieva wasn’t so lucky, despite putting herself a break up two times in the third set she couldn’t get over the finish line and claim the match.  The final score was 7-5 4-6 6-4, which may not be the type of preparation for the French Open that Dementieva would have probably liked.  But being the pro that she is, it is highly unlikely that this will hold her back in the French Open.

Being in Orlando for Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals, was a certainly a blast. I am a huge Celtics fan, and was lucky enough to get tickets to the game in Orlando on sunday. The Celtics came out looking strong. Paul Pierce opened the game up with a three-pointer and the Celtics went rolling from there. At one point in the first half the Celtics were leading the game 29-14. Watching the Magic warm up was certainly a shock, they were not even taking the game seriously. They were clowning around, and

Celtics "Dancers"

more focused on making the fans laugh than they were on the game. Meanwhile, they Celtics were extremely focused and it showed early in the game. However, when the lead was cut to nine by the half, thoughts of a late game comeback had aroused. The Celtics came out strong for the third quarter, but in the fourth quarter they did not score in 5:30 and the Magic were able to get back in the game. With just 2 minutes left in the game the Celtics were up only by 5. But surprisingly, and only surprisingly because of the year they had this year, they were able to hold it out and get the win. It was certainly sweet walking out of that stadium with a vicotry, and watching 25,000 Magic fans leave utterly disgusted.


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