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This Week in Sports :: January 21-25, 2008

Jan 24, 2008

Eli Manning and the Giants sneak their way into the Super Bowl and a new star arises at the Australian Open! See what else happened this week in sports!

Giants go to Super Bowl

Despite missing two game-winning field goals in regulation, Lawrence Tynes connected on a 47 yard field goal in overtime to lift the New York Giants over the Green Bay Packers 23-20 on Sunday. The game-winning field goal sends the Giants to their first Super Bowl since 2000 where they lost to the Baltimore Ravens. Led by Eli Manning and Brandon Jacobs, the Giants will have to face a nearly invincible New England Patriots team on Super Bowl Sunday that will take place on February 3, 2008 in Phoenix, AZ.

Upsets at Open

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga is the talk of the town down in Melbourne, Australia as the unranked French tennis player shocked the world when he rolled through the competition at the Australian Open. Tsonga's most dramatic victory came on Wednesday night when he defeated superstar Rafael Nadal in the semifinals in straight sets! The next night another monster upset occurred when Roger Federer, who has dominated the tennis world the past five years, lost to third seeded Novak Djokovic in straight sets as well. Tsonga will meet Djokovic in the Australian Open Final on Sunday.

Heat Struggling

Two years ago the Miami Heat were the NBA champions. Now, they look like anything but champs as they have dropped 15 straight games. All has gone wrong for the Heat squad this year. Shaquille O'Neal's age is starting to show as he has clearly slowed down. There has been heavy speculation that the Heat will buy out his contract and he will retire. Shaq has publicly denied that plans to retire before his contract ends after the 2008-09 season. Dwyane Wade has battled injuries and hasn't played to the level we are all used to seeing. At 8-33 as of Friday, the Heat currently have the worst record in the NBA.

Notes Around the Sports World

  • Maria Sharapova pulled an upset at the Australian Open when she shocked top ranked Justine Henin in the quarterfinals. Sharapova will meet Ana Ivanovic in the finals on Sunday.
  • Boston Celtics' forward Kevin Garnett was the leading vote-getter to star for the 2008 NBA All Star Game in New Orleans next month. KG received 2,399,148 votes.
  • The hottest team in the NHL lately has been the Philadelphia Flyers who have won eight of their last 10 games. They are currently in first place in the Atlantic Division.
  • Memphis Grizzlies forward Rudy Gay has been invited to participate in the Slam Dunk Contest during All Star Weekend. 
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Sports In The Forums

Lolly20 posted in Xtreme Sports:
of coarse girls can be stronger than boys but some are not :wave
reply 2 days
How the game works: you roast the favorite american football player of the person above you  EXAMPLE: Mathew Stafford LIONS QB USER BELOW: hes the worst qb in nfl did you know that? Ok first person to reply roasts my player:  Favorite NFL Player: Antonio Brown #84 Pittsburgh Steelers
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Lolly20 posted in Cheerleading:
as long as they r happy i think it is fine :)
reply 6 days
A recent comment on a video gave me this idea , of writing about this whole scenario  the comment was something like this Messi + Ronaldo = Zlatan It was something that made me happy , cuz i'm a Zlatan fan myself , but keeping that aside I'll be honest in stating the reasons due to which Zlatan is considered better among fans  1st - Tired of Messi vs Ronaldo ; For those of you tired of the endless Messi vs Ronaldo debate Zlatan is the middle way , when Zlatan was asked for a word to describe Messi and Ronaldo  he said for Messi - Fantastic , for Ronaldo - Good ( he'd definitely prefer messi since he was in barca , so definitely against Real Madrid , but i'll skip that ) , but when asked about one word for Zlatan - "WOW!" that was his answer 2nd - If you believe in extraordinary and Jaw-dropping stuff; If we talk about Messi and Ronaldo we'll think constant goal scorers and team players and who deliver something great evry time the team needs it , but Zlatan he may also score regularly not as frequent as Messi or Ronaldo , but every time he scores it's another jaw dropping goal , whether that 32 yard bicycle kick vs England or extraordinary volleys Zlatan is Zlatan 3rd Zlatan does things nobody does; You won't see Ronaldo having fun with reporters or Messi bad mouthing his manager even when he is wrong , Zlatan doesn't cares,  like who can forget the epic reply to Arsene Wenger on asking Zlatan to play a trial game , -" ZLATAN doesn't do Auditions" If some of you guys don't agree with me no problem , everybody has their own opinion , and if you don't agree with me cuz you don't know about any of those Zlatan goals or interviews , then you should definitely search the internet for - Extraordinary Zlatan  ZLATAN may had not won the -ballon d'or , but has won large no of trophies and league titles  search for zlatan ibrahimovic - titles and trophies for that
reply 9 days
Well for me, I think totally! Inside that is. When a guy says girls can't play sports I think THEY can't be cheerleaders. But if a guy says girls CAN play sports, yep, they could be cheerleaders
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