Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Tuesday July 1: Andy Murray, an Oregon Sweep, and introducing "Sports Pic of the Week"

So I realize that actual news organizations do a better job in telling the story than I do, since all I do is watch sports on TV or read about it. I've decided to let them tell you the story and my job thus will be exposing and introducing you to the top sports stories that I think will be of interest to you, sports fans.

Here's the update for Tuesday, July 1, 2008:

Hip-hip! MURRAY! Hip-Hip! MURRAY!

The round of 16 at Wimbledon always seems to provide great drama, especially when you have a British player fighting for a spot in the next round. If any of you saw the excitement and emotion that yesterday's Rd of 16 match between Andy Murray and Richard Gasquet provided, you'd understand why I love sports. Of course, this passion would be better understood if you had been at Centre Court yourself (not that I was).

But to comeback from two sets down and win a crucial tiebreaker in the third set and dominate the last two, that already gives any sports fans a thrill. Mix in the fact that a male UK player has not won Wimbledon since Fred Perry in 1936 and you've got an entire nation biting their finger nails. It's always a sight to see when a British player (in Murray's case, Scottish) to get closer to becoming a Wimbledon champion. The crowd is always yelling, cheering, praying, saying rubbish, and Murray was the conductor of that loud orchestra.

For more on his great win, BBC has you covered:

Murray will next face Rafael Nadal and Murray feels very confident that he can win the title. We'll have to see about that on Wednesday when the gentlemen's quarterfinals take place.

From Oregon, An Oregon Trio Will Go To Beijing
If you stayed up to watch the Olympic Trials on USA Network, then you might have caught a very interesting race in Men's 800 meter final.

The 800 meters is always interesting because its not too fast, like the 100m, but its not as long as the 5000 or 10000m. There's time for strategy, but you have to think quickly. The most important rule, however: Don't ever get boxed in! Because then you're stuck between the runner in front and behind you and the other runners that are alongside of you. How can you make a move?

Well for Nick Symmonds, Andrew Wheating and Christian Smith, they all made their move and will be moving on to Beijing. And for the hundreds of people watching at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon, they couldn't have been more proud. Nick Symmonds and Christian Smith run for the Oregon Track Club while Andrew Wheating, who came around the outside and kicked past the rest of the field to place second in the final, just completed his sophomore year at the University of Oregon.

Who better to learn more from than an Oregon news source:

Introducing "Sports Pic of the Week"
So by Tuesday, the sports week is usually over (a sports week usually starts on a Wednesday or Thursday and lasts through the top sports events of the weekend and ends with like Monday night football or something) and its time to look back at what has been a fantastic week (or weekend) in sports. One way of doing that is by looking at pictures. We spend all weekend watching TV anyway, so why not take one specific moment and have it last longer.

Thus, we welcome a new addition to NOW Sports Daily. Here's my pick for "Sports Pic of the Week":

This is what happens when you win a football (sorry, soccer) tournament for your country. An entire nation celebrates. This kind of celebration kinda gives the Giants Super Bowl Victory Parade a run for its money (though I think a parade is better):

MADRID, SPAIN - JUNE 30: The Spanish team celebrate with fans at Plaza Colon after winning the UEFA EURO 2008 Final match between Germany and Spain 2008 on June 30, 2008 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)

Pic of the Week is going to be a regular thing so if you think there's a sports pic out there that you'd like to nominate as a pic of the week, then please send me a suggestion.

So that's today's blog update. Tomorrow we'll cover more from Wimbledon, the Olympic Trials and also preview soccer's annual South American Super Bowl, the Copa Libertadores Final. See you then.

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