Saturday, October 01, 2005


Diego Maradona has started the weight lose trend and has impressed thousands of Columbians for the same procedure she opted for. Her new and improved existence has motivated the overweight Columbians who are now flocking the doctors’ clinics and want the government to pay for it. At least 14 Colombians have filed lawsuits to have government-provided health insurance pay for the same surgery. The cases have become famous as "Maradona lawsuits." About 16 months after lying hospitalized, near death, due to a confluence of heart, weight and drug addiction problems, Maradona, at the age of 44, seems great and feels good. At the mere age of 17, he became a soccer star with Argentinos Juniors. He scored 311 goals in 488 professional games and won league championships in Argentina, Spain and Italy. Due to his dominant play in 1986 Argentina won its second World Cup title. But since his retirement in 1997,

Maradona has faced many health related problems due to which he gained weight very rapidly. On his five-foot five-inch frame, he ballooned to about 270 pounds. He also took treatment from the psychiatric ward. After the surgery he has trimmed down to about 165 pounds. His good health and new physique has enthused a new life in him.


Compared to last October, this weekend's scenario is completely different. Rivals from the playoffs for the past two years, and from the regular season for 100 years, the Sox has once again successfully chased the Yankees. David Wells pitched seven strong innings to give the Red Sox a 5-3 victory and a first-place tie with the Yankees becoming eligible for the season's final weekend game. Boston's win has elucidated that the AL East title is still vague until Sunday, which is also the last day of the regular-season schedule. There is also one probability that if Boston and New York split the last two games and Cleveland defeats Chicago twice one-game playoff for the AL East title will become unavoidable, and if Boston and New York are tied and Cleveland can't match their records with, in that case the Yankees will take home the Division title making the Red Sox wild card entrants. It seems Boston’s are all prepared the best pitchers in the league.

Let’s enjoy the closest race between the longtime rivals. The last they contended so closely was back in 1978. They also faced each other in the AL championship series in 1999 and each of the last two years, with Boston finally breaking through in 2004 for its first World Series title since 1918. Whatever the outcome may be one thing is for sure, Rodriguez and Ortiz will enter as the AL's two leading MVP candidates.


Dickau, a 6-0 guard was the 28th selection in the 2002 draft by Sacramento who averaged 3.7 points and 1.7 assists in his first season with Atlanta. The Boston Celtics acquired point guard Dan Dickau from the New Orleans Hornets on Friday in exchange for a second-round choice in 2006. He registered his finest season in 2004-05 while playing for Dallas and New Orleans, and achieving career-high's in almost every major statistical category. In 2003-04, his second season in the NBA, Dickau averaged 2.2 points per game in 43 appearances with Atlanta and Portland. As a senior at Gonzaga, he was named a First Team All-American by the AP, becoming the first player in school history to earn that distinction.


Awkwardly, Timmy Smith a standout of Super Bowl rushing record in 1998 brought a notorious name for his organization after having been after allegedly trying to sell cocaine to a covert drug agent. He along with his brother Chris was detained by the cops and is expected to face the charges of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute more than 500 grams of cocaine. It’s incredible that while investigating the cops found 2.8 pounds of cocaine and unspecified assets worth about $100,000.

How shameful it is for this record-holder who rushed for a Super Bowl-record 204 yards and two touchdowns in the Redskins' 42-10 victory over the Denver Broncos in 1988. Within few minutes he broke the previous mark of 191 yards by Marcus Allen of the Raiders in Game XVIII and within no minutes he marred his reputation and dignity. He set the standard by which all other running backs will be measured in the Super Bowl and this season he set the standard for spoiling his own life and the lives of youth by selling cocaine. Smith was never heard from before -- or after -- his record performance and this season out of nowhere he emerged and startled everybody.

The top Super Bowl rushers includes

* Timmy Smith, Redskins, 204 yards, XXII

* Marcus Allen, Raiders, 191 yards, XVIII

* John Riggins, Redskins, 166 yards, XVII

* Franco Harris, Steelers, 158 yards, IX

* Terrell Davis, Broncos, 157 yards, XXXII


Sidney Crosby is the hand's-down winner of the desirable trophy awarded to the NHL's best rookie, but he should not forget that there are other players also who could challenge for the honor, since the enthusiasm in the raw talents don’t lack anywhere. As a matter of fact this year's rookie class is expected to emerge out as the best because of the last year's lockout that delayed the entry of many players into the league. Crosby received the status conferral because he was the first-overall pick in this year's NHL Entry Draft and is expected to make his debut with the Pittsburgh Penguins. Let’s hope that he helps carry that franchise back to respectability. But again might is not always right. Indeed he has done a fabulous job and has creating a lot of chances with his speed in the exhibition game, but there are other players also who are for their share of the limelight this season.

Though some will make their mark and others will be demoted, but certainly all of them deserve to be watched closely. Some of these deserving players are; Brandon Bochenski – He might surprise a few people. He already has five goals, including a hat trick, in this year's preseason; Rene Bourque- He has already has three goals; Jeff Carter: At the AHL level, Carter scored 12 goals and added 11 assists in 21 postseason games; Ryan Getzlaf seems to be prepared for full-time NHL duties. Fortunately, he has been able to handle every challenge thrown his way so far in a young career; Guillaume Latendresse – He has already scored three goals and has added two assists in four exhibition games. Kari Lehtonen, Atlanta: Lehtonen has been coined as the goalie of the future. Well, the future is waiting for him; Rostislav Olesz - He has made an immediate impact; Maxime Ouellet - is finally ready to prove his skills; Alexander Ovechkin is a Russian player who can give Crosby a run for his money.

Friday, September 30, 2005


British heavyweight Danny Williams was once a frustrating fighter who showed brief flashes of his ability. He has a solid punch, but has frequently come into fights overweight for his comparatively small frame by modern heavyweight standards. The mental game is one that Williams has constantly lost before his fights. The outcome of the fight is almost entirely dependent on which Danny Williams shows up. He has often been criticized for lacking the heart to push himself to victory in his most testing fights. He is often described as a boxing enigma, a talented boxer with abundant heart, grit, determination and a prolific underachiever whose mental fragility has denied him to fulfill what he is physically capable of. Now planned to regain his British title held by Matt Skelton, he seems to be more motivated for his long-awaited fight with Matt Skelton. He has become a top dog and needs to re-establish himself.

Williams has filed redemption to the British Boxing Board of Control (BBBC) for withdrawing him from the July fight, but still banned him from fighting for the British title for six months.


Colon had a solid outing on Thursday, which propelled him as the likely victor for the Cy Young. He had an incredible season. With this victory he became the Angels' winningest pitcher since Nolan Ryan in 1974, leading Los Angeles over the Oakland Athletics with the score of 7-1. For what he's done for this team, getting them into the playoffs and making them the top dog, he is certainly accredited as Cy Young of the team. Now Colon and Yankees reliever Mariano Rivera are in tight contention to win the coveted award. Both are viewed as the top contenders for the Cy Young.

Indeed the back up of the two powerful teams has also helped them to reach this milestone. Colon has given the Angels a huge lift. Colon has the most wins for the Angels since Ryan went 22-16 in 1974.


Sura, who never had knee problems before last season, is now dreading the jeopardy to be faced by his career. With his right knee so damaged, Bob Sura will undergo surgery today that will determine the prospects of his career. It is indeed a great setback for an athlete who just back from offseason back surgery for which he underwent anthroscopic surgery and is now once again on the verge of risking his career. Now, it is the potential of his career that is being looked upon suspiciously since some problems you have in a knee just can't be fixed. This misery has even dwindled his confidence and. He is hoping that the knee surgery would solve his health related issues, but he has already forecasted his return is in doubt. Relatively his Rockets officials are seem to be more optimistic that the surgery will correct the enduring problems. The Rockets have 16 players signed to guaranteed contracts, but before finalizing the deal like the honest association they will wait to determine Sura's condition and then only rush after a free-agent point guard


As a response to the growing interest in American football around the world, the league has been playing games overseas for much longer. This week it will move to Mexico and the next season, it will be hosted by London. Yes! Fans NFL are coming to London. Former Chicago Bears man mountain William "The Refrigerator" Perry posed with cheerleaders and did interviews in support of efforts to bring the NFL back to the British capital. Perry has even asserted that he will christen the new Wembley Stadium in London by awarding a NFL game to the English capital.

This famous venue is expecting to host two gazebo NFL teams when its doors will reopen 20 years after the old stadium first hosted an "American" football game. If this plateau materializes it will become one of the greatest in the world, and one can not deny that NFL players would certainly love to be part of a major international event in a venue like Wembley Stadium. The buzz is that people are so happy see NFL teams come to their city and are drooling in the air of pride.

The NFL will play its first regular season game outside the United States in Mexico City on coming Sunday. The Arizona Cardinals will face the San Francisco 49ers. With this milestone, NFL will truly become global and will emerge as a great opportunity to showcase Wembley and London to a worldwide audience and will add to the continuing phenomenal growth the league has enjoyed over the past 50 years.


Sergei is the oft-injured winger and a high-reward player due to his immense talent and propensity for injury. Now he has been practicing hard with his teammates and is almost ready to take part in game action and is right on the track to appear in the Bruins' final preseason match Saturday against the Rangers. Although he was one of a large number of Bruins to suffer some typical, training campailments but this thing by no means lessen the magnificence of this extremely talented hockey player. Because of the headaches, Samsonov failed to attend his offseason workout program regularly

But his statistics and profile shows that he’ll emerge as the next Russian Superstar. A deep look into his persona will make you realize that he is a phenomenal player; a graceful, quick skater, a superb puckhandler, and also a perfect gentleman. Watching him play is like no other experience. The magic he creates with his incredible turns, twists, or spins, can leave dizzy, awed, and in a state of wonderment. The fantasy he creates always gives an impression of optical illusion. Seeing the speedy winger back on the ice is always a fresh welcome.

Thursday, September 29, 2005


British tennis star Andrew Murray reached the quarter-final of the Thailand Open to become only the fourth British male in the last decade to break into the world's top 100 after defeating fifth seed Robin Soderling in straight sets to reach the last eight in Bangkok. To reach his latest rankings milestone, Murray turned every stone. This 18 year old lad went on to become only the fourth British male to attain a ranking in double figures since 1995. Wow!
He hit the headlines for the first time in August 2004 after he won the US Open boy's singles title at Flushing Meadows.


The Yankees beat the Baltimore Orioles by 2-1 on Wednesday night. This win against the Baltimore has made the Yankees to take over the sole possession of first place in the AL East. The golden opportunity has been indeed availed by the Yankees. This victory has put the Yankees one game ahead of Boston. Boston (92-66) remained tied in the wild-card race with Cleveland Indians, who lost to the Tampa Bay Devil Rays 1-0. The Yankees fine pitching performance by Shawn Chacon helped the squad to get past the Orioles. The Yankees' victory clearly states that the team now needs no more than two wins at Fenway Park to clinch the division crown. But the Yankees should not ignore last year’s scenario that what the Red Sox did last year. Boston's comeback against New York in the ALCS last October on their way to a World Series title gave the Yankees reason to ponder on their performance. The game was also a milestone for Rodriguez who hit his 47th homer and broke Joe DiMaggio's single-season club record for home runs by a right-handed batter, set in 1937. His 47th homer is the Yankees 223rd.


One of the best shooters in the NBA has reached past his prime and will declare his withdrawal on Friday, September 29. A 14-year veteran, former All-Star and NBA champion will officially declare his retirement at the Clara Bell Smith Student-Athlete Academic Center on the campus of Michigan State, which is also his alma mater. Best-known for his post-up jumper Smith averaged 14.3 points, 3.2 rebounds and 3.1 assists in 942 games. The former star at Michigan State was a great locker room presence which the NBA will always miss. He is almost as well known for his character and generosity as he was for his hoop skills.


Is it feasible for McNabb to take health risks after having been diagnosed as with a severe abdominal strain, probably an indication of sports hernia. The pain will definitely takes its toll but McNabb is determined that he won’t let this pain deter his performance. His pain needs an immediate attention definitely will leave the five-time Pro Bowl quarterback in discomfort and pain all season. However, he is prepared to play through the pain. Three cheers for McNabb! More appreciating is his tossing touchdown passes on a broken ankle and his play in NFC title game with an agonizing rib injury. McNabb also is playing with soreness in his chest and a shin contusion. A true athlete indeed who has always given value to sportsmanship and has faced all the frustrating situations of pain, soreness and injuries.


The living legends like Mark Messier, Ron Francis, Scott Stevens and Al MacInnis one final time before they walked quietly into the hockey sunset. There were no farewell tours of the NHL's arenas for these players. More pathetic was the treatment with the not-so-famous players who were the victims of the salary cap, decided not to return for the 2005-06 season. This quite departure or in other words say exile of these players showcase how fragile and brief a sporting career can be. The aura of other big-name NHL players that are in their last season of playing, make it sure that you bid them adieu in a unique way and take the opportunity to see them for a final time. Some of these players are Dave Andreychuk-Tampa Bay Lightning, Ed Belfour-Toronto Maple Leafs, Chris Chelios-Detroit Red Wings, Dominik Hasek-Ottawa Senators, Brett Hull-Phoenix Coyotes, Mario Lemieux-Pittsburgh, Joe Nieuwendyk-Florida Panthers, Gary Roberts-Florida, Luc Robitaille-Los Angeles Kings, Jeremy Roenick- Los Angeles Kings, Steve Thomas-Toronto Maple Leafs, and Steve Yzerman-Detroit Red Wings

Wednesday, September 28, 2005


Maria Sharapova's stellar performance and dramatic rise in popularity has inspired the teenage Russian girls to pursue their career in tennis. Her spontaneous success on the court has given these girls hopes and desire to imitate her sporting and financial success. Since Sharapova became the first Russian woman to top the WTA world rankings, the tennis academy’s in Russia are thronged by the teenage damsels. Sharapova, won Wimbledon last year aged just 17. Since then the endorsements she has been receiving from the advertising contracts have reached over $18-million becoming the biggest earner in women's sport. The sport here has become such a fad that the parents of these young aspiring girls are whole-heartedly putting their every asset for developing their children's careers.


The Braves fans celebrated their team’s 14th consecutive victory as if the team had won its first. It was a moment that team relived when they won their first way back in 1991. The team’s victory was assured when the second-place Philadelphia Phillies lost to the New York Mets by the scores of 3-2. It was a party time particularly for rookie Jeff Francoeur. This season, 17 rookies became a part of the Braves roster. The Braves victory became looked more exuberant when the high zoom camera focused on them and they encouraged their fans to kiss when the camera turned on them. The crowd of 25,306 gave the Braves a standing ovation, and several fans broke out signs marking the occasion. "In case you didn't know -- 14 in a row," one said. The enthusiasm was so much that two shirtless men painted a "1" and a "4" on their chests. It looked as if the Braves triumphed over all kinds of difficulties to win the East. The Braves have registered of the most remarkable streaks in any sport and it is but obvious since the team is all about scouting and player development.


Curry’s career faced yet another holdup when the Bulls compelled him to submit to a genetic test during the team's physical exams before accepting the team's one-year qualifying offer of $5.14 million. But in June only Curry received a clearance for playing baseball. Moreover, his heart was diagnosed sound and healthy due to which Bulls request was uncalled-for. His doctor commented that it was only because of arrhythmia that the team became suspicious and issued him a notice to conduct an array of tests and inconclusive findings. Curry's lawyer, imperatively stated that Alan Milstein that Curry will again refuse the DNA test and will negotiate this proceeding.

Now is Eddy finished? With Songalia about to be signed and Pannero is back in the fold, now Eddy Curry is the only issue between now and October 1. Eddy is without an offer sheet, without any team even rumored to be interested in him and also has had attitude problems in the past. There are no easy answers on the Curry situation. His health status still remains a huge question mark.


In NFL if 2004 was the season of the tight end, then 2005 has been considered the season of ill-footed kickers. In 2004, the players like Antonio Gates broke the records and the raw talents like Gates, Jason Witten, and Alge Crumpler flourished as the leading receivers. The fantasy owners have lamented on the misbehaving boots of some of the game's most consistent kickers. Also, in early season matchups the inaccuracies of fantasy football’s top-10 kickers have been hastily decided. The scenario came into focus because one of the game's most consistent kickers has missed three field goals in one game and at least four of them probably belong to waiver wire. Kicker David Akers, since the new millennium has started has been a complete disaster. This season, he misfired on three of his first four attempts, tore a hamstring, and is set to miss week four. Heaven Knows, how will he once again prove his reliability? Colts kicker Mike Vanderjagt has become a victim of Indy's slumping offense and has only four treys in three games this season. The Year of the Ill-Footed Kicker is a remarkable presentation of cheat sheet.


Can the Lightning repeat as Stanley Cup champions? Since Dave Andreychuk lifted the Cup over his head at the St. Pete Times Forum in June 2004, the fans and the team are sailing high with an air of pride. But there is not any such thing that has a guarantee, but the only sure thing is that the 2005-06 season will start Oct. 5, and Tampa By is expected to rebound as a formidable team once again. GM Jay Feaster has retained the core of the club that went on to win the Cup in seven games against the Calgary Flames in June 2004. The new additions to the team are backup goalie John Grahame and free-agent Sean Burke. Additions made to the forward unit has made the the Lightning's forwards one of the best groups in the League. The four defensemen who played significant roles in the race to the Cup, Pavel Kubina, Cory Sarich, Dan Boyle and Darryl Sydor are once again the focus of the team. The team’s goaltenders Grahame and Burke are as usual unprecedented. But it is difficult to determine that who is the best between both and who is going to be the No. 1 for opening night!

The skill level up front is excellent and the forwards are most notably dangerous in the opposition's end. The players are experienced and have already proved their excellence. As far the team’s desire to repeat as champs, the motivation is not a big problem.

Monday, September 26, 2005


Spaniard Alonso looked poised after becoming the youngest ever Formula One champion with a third-place finish behind Juan Pablo Montoya in the Brazilian Grand Prix on Sunday. With this achievement he also became the youngest driver ever to clinch a pole position start. His only title competitor Kimi Raikkonen finished second behind his McLaren team-mate Montoya.Alonso belongs to a country where Formula One has no roots. After achieving the maximum of his life and career Alonso has become an electrifying performer. Though Alonso suffered a wheel lock in lap two, which gave an opportunity to Montoya to take advantage to take the lead, Alonso remained compose and calm and consistent on his wheels. Montoya's victory took up to third in the standings level with Michael Schumacher.


If the Giants are mathematically eliminated from contention in the National League West, Bonds will go back into rehab for strengthening his vulnerable right knee. It is but obvious that health should always be a main consideration since it will earn him more jeer and scorn if he go out there and do something dumb, which in turn can also cost him his position for the entire winter. The left-handed slugger, who has 707 homers to his credit, knows how to retain the supremacy of his bright career. With a dragging leg most of the time, he has electrified the team and has given his best. At times with his swollen and achy leg he has even struggled limping after balls in the outfield.


Fabricio Oberto since 1995 has played 70 matches, and won a number of tournaments including the 2004 Olympic Gold Medal. He is an Argentinean Gold Medalist who has joined the defending champions Spurs under a 3 year, 7.5 million U.S. dollar contract. This Argentinean celebrity is now encountering virtual anonymity in the country he now calls home. With the addition of this big man whose soft hands, accurate touch and superior basketball IQ, the Spurs seem to have become more energetic. Setting a foothold in the already fundamentally sound team, Fabricio with his strategic skills has learnt how to make plays for the teammates. The Spurs signed him at the last second after he was set to sign with Memphis. With no preconceived notion let’s wait and watch how this European pro makes the jump in his international tournament at a relatively advanced age.


Even though Lawyer Milloy got hurt in last weekend's game at Tampa Bay, he didn't miss a play and finished with a team-leading 10 tackles and a sack. Buffalo's veteran player continued to play with the same frustration of what he went through last year, when he was forced to miss the first five games of the season with a broken right forearm. When Milloy discovered that during halftime his thumb has broken, he still tried to play in a composed way. His meticulousness becomes apparent when he quoted "I worked so hard to get myself in optimal playing shape ... and that's the reason I decided to go ahead and play all-out the rest of the game and worry about the consequences later.”


Wayne Gretzky has been named the greatest player in hockey history for taking the sport to new and dizzying heights while establishing himself as the greatest player of all time. His star-studded and classy career he played on four different NHL teams over a 20 year period: The Edmonton Oilers, Los Angeles Kings, St. Louis Blues, and New York Rangers. From the time Wayne Gretzky was a 10-year-old scoring machine in Brantford through his official retirement from the NHL; his greatness has been personified in a great way. His numbers never described the the athletic achievements of this genius, but from the discussion point of view I need to mention 894 goals, 1,963 assists, 20 seasons, four Stanley Cups. In his new incarnation of a head coach with the long underachieving Phoenix Coyotes, Gretzky has realized that his numbers will sound basic and sparse since coaching has a different magnitude and playing has its own plateau. For a position that is all about teaching and guidance, it is an insensitive fact that the appraisal of all coaches begins and ends either wins or losses which determine their stay in a particular team.

Sunday, September 25, 2005


Jason Robinson decision of his withdrawal just days before his squad was named for the autumn Test series came as a surprise for his rugby fans. Giving plenty of obnoxious moments and plenty of headaches at the Rugby World Cup with his lightning quick pace and intangible running helping, he became an ace rugby player. He adapted to the game so well and gradually just got better and better and became a big part of the England side. In his international appearance against Canada as the captain of England, he went on to become the first rugby league convert to skipper England. He's been an outstanding role model and an outstanding player.
Of lately he declared his retirement to some quality time with his family.


The New York Yankees, who have become more confident by each passing year, seems to have become more businesslike and more dangerous with eight straight wins and increasing attendance. In the Saturday game the Yankees exceeded the 4 million plateau in home attendance. Their increasing number of fans and their dominion has made them the third major league franchise to reach this landmark. The Yankees have boosted their season total to 4,035,560 fans. That was time when the Yankees had trouble attracting 1 million to the stadium. The team’s increasing popularity has attracted the greatest fans in the world. In the Sunday game the Yankees are expected to break Toronto's AL record for attendance. Three cheers for the team and the fans.


Hurricane Katrina brought plenty of devastation. This was also a time when the Americans with a humanitarian spirit and kinship teamed together to provide relief to the victims. In such a difficult time, the need of the time was that people from all walks of life help in the massive refurbishment. Philadelphia 76ers forward Chris Webber lead a drive in Detroit to collect supplies and money for displaced students. The NBA has been in the forefront in the endeavors to help the sufferers in this time of need. One reason that NBA has emerged out as a major benevolent organization is because the teams are still on vacation. It is the time when MLB is busy hosting its pennant races, NFL has just entered in the Week No. 3 of its season and NHL is busy preparing the training camp for the Oct. 5 opening day. The NBA players and league have shown their deep concern and have helped out the victims to their best. It been less than two weeks the destruction took place and our NBA players like Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Kevin Garnett, Tracy McGrady, Dwyane Wade, Rashard Lewis, Amare Stoudemire, Jermaine O'Neal, Steve Francis, Stephon Marbury and Jerry Stackhouse played in all-star game in Houston to donate the proceedings to the Hurricane Relief Effort. It was the game of magnitude since everybody worked towards the same goal.


The culmination of summer signals the start of the football season for millions of young players, their coaches and families. With pre-game and halftime festivities it is an ideal time for your favorite organization to receive national recognition. The NFL, NFL Players Association, and USA Football have once again teamed to celebrate the opening of the season. A month-long national campaign attracts young people of almost every age who love the sport. Be a part of the baseball fraternity and celebrate the sport of football and bring the community together.


The addition of Crosby has Pittsburgh breaking out in hockey fever. When Crosby flew into Pittsburgh in mid-August, the fans and media mobbed him like crazy. Since Pittsburgh is a great hockey sports town, it was obvious for the fans and media to behave like this. With new collective bargaining agreement, the Pens have been consistently introducing new talent on the ice. Crosby has given every indication that he is the unfailing and unprecedented deal. Though he is not the fastest player or the biggest or the grittiest, but still he has plenty of determination. He plays with full concentration with a feeling that he wants to win more than anything else in the world. And he plays like he can't believe he's playing for a living. He's not arrogant or cocky like many young athletes and is exactly what the game needs at exactly the right time.
The Penguins this season is a team to watch.