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This Week in Sports - September 3-7, 2007

This week Roger Federer cruises past Andy Roddick, while USA Basketball takes back the gold! Here's what else happened this first week of September!

Sports News - Federer Cruising

No matter who comes in the way of Roger Federer in the US Open, he seems to knock them over like bowling pins. Last weekend, Federer defeated hot newcomer John Isner and on Wednesday he continued his dominance over Andy Roddick by defeating him for the 10th straight time. The victory places Federer in the semi finals where he will face fourth seed Nikolay Davydenko of Russia. Federer is on a mission to win his fourth straight US Open.

Sports News - USA Takes Gold

On Sunday, the USA claimed back gold by by defeating Argentina 118-81 and winning the FIBA Americas Championship in Las Vegas. The team, led by Kobe Byrant and LeBron James, secured a spot in the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics. The Americans have failed to win gold in the last two World Championships as well as the 2004 Olympics in Athens. The US Team answered criticism about the results from their national team in recent years by going a perfect 10-0 and averaging 116.7 points in the tournament.

Sports News - Benoit Had Brain Damage

Over a month after Chris Benoit killed his wife and son before committing suicide, it has been discovered that he had some brain damage. Based on a study done by the Sports Legacy Institute, the number of concussions he suffered from wrestling may explain his violent outbursts. Although it has not been proven yet, steroids are believed to have also contributed in Benoit's emotional state.

Notes Around the Sports World

  • The New York Giants and the New York Jets have announced they will soon be sharing a new stadium. On Wednesday, the $1.3 billion stadium broke ground and is slated to open for the 2010 NFL season. It's located in East Rutherford, New Jersey and is adjacent to the current Giants Stadium.
  • A rare 1909 baseball card of Honus Wagner sold for a record $2.8 million! A Las Vegas man purchased the "Mona Lisa" of baseball cards six months ago for $2.35 million - the new owner is a card collector in Southern California.
  • Shaquille O'Neal filed for divorce on Tuesday from his wife of five years, Shaunie. The couple have four children together.
  • The defending Super Bowl champions, the Indianapolis Colts, showed they are still on top of their game as they routed the New Orleans Saints 41-10 in the season opener.
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