Archive for December, 2009

David Beckham Likely for 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa

Posted by on Monday, 28 December, 2009
MLS Cup - Los Angeles Galaxy v Real Salt Lake

Nov 22 2009
SEATTLE – NOVEMBER 22: David Beckham #23 of the Los Angeles Galaxy warms up prior to the MLS Cup final at Qwest Field on November 22, 2009 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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England coach Fabio Capello, when speaking to La Gazzetta dello Sport, was quoted as saying “Of course, if he plays well and is fit I will include him in my squad. I don’t look at age, I pay attention to quality and David has a lot. He’s serious, he’s a great professional and he’s crazy about the World Cup.”

If all goes well for David Beckham and he stays healthy, it looks like he will be off to South Africa for the 2010 FIFA World Cup as part of the team for England.


ATP World Tour Top Players of the Decade

Posted by on Sunday, 13 December, 2009
ATP World Tour Finals - Day Five

Nov 26 2009
LONDON, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 26: Roger Federer of Switzerland celebrates a point during the men’s singles round robin match against Juan Martin Del Potro of Argentina during the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals at the O2 Arena on November 26, 2009 in London, England (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
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The ATP World Tour takes a look at the top players of the decade.

1. Roger Federer

Roger Federer, possibly the greatest player ever to grace the game, has dominated men’s tennis since the turn of the millennium, winning a record-breaking 15 Grand Slam titles.

2. Rafael Nadal

In recent years, Rafael Nadal has emerged as the strongest challenger to Federer’s dominance and has established one of the most gripping rivalries in the history of men’s tennis with the Swiss.

3. Lleyton Hewitt

The feisty Australian burst onto the scene in the late ’90s, becoming the youngest winner on the ATP World Tour when he won his home-town title in Adelaide at the age of 16 years, 10 months in January 1998, and was the man to beat as the new millennium rolled in.

4. Andre Agassi

Andre Agassi retired in 2006 but his impact early in the decade guaranteed him a place in our Top 5 list. Agassi won three Australian Opens in 2000, ’01 and ’03 and in May 2003, at 33, he became the oldest player in the history of the South African Airways ATP Rankings (since 1973) to hold the No. 1 ranking.

5. Andy Roddick

Andy Roddick has faced the full weight of America’s expectation throughout his career, as he looks to emulate the success of Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi, and the charismatic Texan has unblinkingly embraced the task.

For more, check out ATP World Tour: The Players of the Decade


Phil Dalhausser Video Spotlight

Posted by on Tuesday, 1 December, 2009

Video Spotlight: Get to Know Phil Dalhausser

Mini Bio:
Dalhausser enjoyed a break-out year in 2006, winning eight AVP tournaments with Todd Rogers along with an FIVB Grand Slam event in Austria. In 2007 the duo collected 11 victories, including the FIVB World Championships, becoming the first American team to win that coveted title. His $220,000 in earnings from the AVP in 2007 was the most for any individual since 1997.

He was named the Most Improved Player by both the AVP and FIVB in 2006, and in a testament to his all-around game, has been selected as the AVP’s Best Offensive Player for the past three straight seasons, the FIVB’s Best Blocker for the past two years as well as the Best Hitter in 2007, and was chosen as the AVP MVP in 2007.

Video and Mini Bio courtesy of AVP