Welcome to a brand new edition of Today’s Sports Update. I’m Sebastian Maldonado bringing you the latest news in all of sports with a fresh insight.
The World Cup is off to a great start. Most teams are deadlocked with one draw apiece. All of last weekend’s games have been exciting to watch, and each had their fair share of drama. This week is also loaded with drama; Brazil beat North Korea 2-1. The World Cup continues throughout the entire month. The second round will not features games ending in a tie. They will go to overtime and if that fails, a shootout between both teams will be featured. Go to http://g.sports.yahoo.com/soccer/world-cup/schedule/ to see when your team plays.
The Lakers had a 1-0 lead over the Celtics as of Saturday. Now, they are on the brink of elimination. The Celtics go back to LA to try and close it out. They are focused on the game and not Lakers coach Phil Jackson’s comments, who said they will choke under pressure. The Lakers may have home-court, but their backs are against the wall. They need to follow their captain, Kobe Bryant, and take charge of the situation. Otherwise, another banner will be hoisted in Boston.
Interleague competition is heating up in its second go-around. In fact, it’s shaking the core of the MLB, literally. In San Diego, an earthquake took place between the Blue Jays/Padres game. Play stopped momentarily in the eighth inning as Petco Park swayed during a 5.7 quake. It centered about five miles southeast of Ocotillo in Imperial County—about 85 miles east of San Diego. In other news, the Yankees take on the Phillies in a World Series rematch and then take on their New York rival Mets. Don’t forget to vote for your All-Stars for the All-Star game. Twins 1B Justin Morneau took the lead in first base for the American League. Keep voting!!!
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Chuck Liddell and Rich Franklin: where do they go from here? Both men fought in an epic confrontation at UFC 115 this past Saturday. Franklin won by KO with five seconds left in the first round. Where do they go from here?
It’s safe to say we have seen Chuck Liddell’s last fight. At 40 years old, Liddell came into UFC 115 in the best shape of his life. He dominated the fight and would have won the first round in the judges’ scorecards. He even broke Franklin’s left arm with a high kick. However, he lost, badly. Liddell lost 5 of his last 6 fights, 4 by knockout. It would be in the best interests of both Liddell and the UFC for Liddell to retire from the sport of MMA.
Franklin is a different and puzzling story. His victory makes him the only man to beat Liddell and fellow Hall of Famer Ken Shamrock. A victory over Liddell can propel him to a title shot. However, Franklin broke his arm during his fight. How long will he be out? It will be interesting for Franklin and the rest of his journey. At 35 years old, he stands in a stacked Light-Heavyweight division. He might have to fight one more fighter before a title shot. Regardless, his victory over Chuck Liddell cemented him as one of the greats in the UFC.
- The Chicago Blackhawks have won the Stanley Cup. They ended a nearly 50 yr. drought without a title and have been celebrating ever since their victory over the Philadelphia Flyers.
Well, that’s it for today. See you this Sunday for your regularly scheduled update.
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