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The light shined bright on Lookin at Lucky at the Preakness.

For the 32nd straight year, there will not be a Triple Crown winner. Super Saver was defeated by Lookin at Lucky in the Preakness Stakes. Super Saver, whom jockey Calvin Borel had predicted to win the Triple Crown, finished eighth in the 12-horse race. Trainer Todd Pletcher attributed the poor performance to the short rest between the Derby and the Preakness. There are only two weeks between the two races. Super Saver was the 9-5 favorite while Lookin at Lucky was the 2-1 second choice. Lookin at Lucky will not race in the Belmont because trainer Bob Baffert said that he is not fit to run the 1 1/2 mile track at Belmont Park. Super Saver will not race either. This is the second year in a row, and the fourth time in the last 5 years, that the winners of all three jewels of the Triple Crown will be different horses. The last time a horse came to Belmont with a chance at the Triple Crown was Big Brown in 2008. Affirmed was the last Triple Crown winner in 1978.


Floyd Mayweather Jr. remains undefeated. Last night, Mayweather was able to win an unanimous decision over Shane Mosley in a welterweight fight. Mayweather got off to a rocky start, nearly being knocked down in the second round. However, he quickly recovered and dominated the remaining 10 rounds to secure an easy victory over the 38-year old Mosley. Every judge had him winning the last ten rounds. Mayweather was able to land 208 punches compared to Mosley’s 92. Mayweather was just too quick for Mosley and seemed to elude almost every punch that Mosley threw. With this easy victory, almost everybody wants to see a Mayweather vs. Pacquiao fight in the near future. This was supposed to be that fight, but disagreements over drug testing stopped the fight from occurring. Lets just hope they can solve the problem so that we can see this highly anticipated showdown between these two boxing greats.

Super Saver has won the 2010 Kentucky Derby. Jockeyed by Calvin Borel, Super Saver was able to conquer the sloppy 1 1/4 mile track at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky. Given 15-1 odds at the beginning of the race, Borel sat back and waited for the final turn. He was able to slip in between the rabbit horse and eventually cruised to victory. Super Saver’s time for the race was 2:04.45. Ice Box finished second and Paddy O’ Prado finished third. This is Borel’s third Kentucky Derby in the last four years. He guided Street Sense to victory in 2007 and Mine That Bird last year. Also, this the first win out of 25 entries in the Derby for trainer Todd Pletcher. Super Saver’s ancestors include A.P. Indy, Secretariat, and Seattle Slew. Next up for Super Saver will be the Preakness Stakes, the 2nd jewell of the Triple Crown.

Last week I was lucky to be in one of the prettiest places in Central America. I played a tournament in a Mexican city called Guadalajara and then traveled south to Acapulco, also in Mexico. There was a big professional tennis tournament going on there when I went, and I spent most of the time watching matches, but the little I saw of the city, its bays and harbours was beautiful. The road that takes from one side of the bay to the other has breathtaking views of the seaport and the many different shapes of the coast due to erosion from the sea. Unlike many other coastal cities, Acapulco is green and full of nature and vegetation, something unusual considering the high temperatures that are present in this part of the world during the whole year. One of the major attractions of the city are the La Quebrada Cliff Divers, natives from the city that climb a cliff 40 meters tall in order to dive into an inlet only seven meters wide and four meters deep!
All this combined brings a lot of tourism to the city, making it one of the oldest and most well-known beach resorts in Mexico.

Georgian athletes during the opening cermony

Nodar Kumaritashvili was getting ready to compete in the Vancouver ’10 Winter Olympics. He traveled to the site almost one week before competition to get used to the design and conditions of the track, but something terrible happened to him when he was training in the extremely fast track of Whistler. He was going at a speed of 90 miles per hour at the moment of the crash. He lost control of the sled in one of the most dangerous turns and was propelled towards the side of the track, where he collided with one of the pillars that holds the structure. A head collision at that speed made him die in the moment, and nothing could doctors do about it. Some Athletes had already complained about the dangers of this track, since the level of inclination is very big and riders can get to speeds of over 95 mph. Fortunately, nothing else has happened during the course of the competition.

The All Star Weekend that is being celebrated these days in Dallas has served as the meeting point for Jose Luis Saez and Jerry Colangelo in order to officially close the last details for one of the best basketball games that can be seen these days. The game, which will confront the national teams of Spain and the United States, will be played in August (exact date still to be confirmed) in Spanish territory. Its two biggest cities, Madrid and Barcelona, are fighting to hold a game that promises good basketball and spectacle, and that will be part of both teams’ preparation for the World Championships in Turkey, where Spain defends title. The last time they played each other was in the final of the Olympics, in 2008, a game considered to be one of the best in the decade, and where the US won 118-107.

Saez and Colangelo closing the agreement

According to AOL, in New York the city created a dwarf basketball league.  People might think this league is ridiculous but the dwarfs are shorter than everyone els.  The league is the same as any other league, they play on the same size court as you and me.  One of the top teams in the league is called the “New York Towers”, the highest man is 4′8 but is very fast.  The general manager is a dwarf as well he is 3′3 but the league winning manager for a couple years in a row.  This team does a lot of charity events, they played a normal recreational league team to raise money for the Little People of America foundation.  This all proves that size does not matter, the dwarfs have a  big heart.  Many people are against the league just because of their height, but the little men play as hard as the next man.



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