SportsNet - May 2012
League of Champions
The dust surrounding Chelsea's Champions League title has finally settled but the ramifications have not. The manner in which the Cup was won made many believe in football all over again. It was almost magical. After Drogba evened the score with Bayern with a bullet header, he tripped Ribery in the penalty box to gift Bayern a penalty kick. However, Robben was indecisive and Cech was supremely confident and as a result, Cech stopped Robben's penalty kick. With the game still in balance, Drogba came back to score the winning penalty and etched his name firmly in the history of Chelsea.
Chelsea's story is not one of a supremely talented squad that clawed past Barcelona to reach the final. It is not about fretting over missed chances and blaming stoic defense of the opposition. Chelsea's win is a testament to the age old virtues of the sport. It is about courage, valour and the willingness to overcome every obstacle put in your way. Beating Barcelona was the biggest obstacle of them all.
Roger Federer may not be atop the tennis world anymore but he still has an unshakeable habit of shattering tour records.
On May 28, Federer tied American Jimmy Connors' record of 233 grand slam match victories at the French Open en route to potentially, his 17th major tennis title.
Federer beat German Tobias Kamke 6-2 7-5 6-3 in the first round and can surpass Connors's professional-era record with a win in the second round.
The 16-time grand slam title winner is now 233-35 lifetime at the major tournaments.
"I think that's a big one, because that was longevity. Jimmy is obviously one of the greats of all time, and was around for 20 years," Federer said about his latest record. "I love the big tournaments. I have been so successful for such a long time and to already tie that record, at 30 years old, is pretty incredible, so I'm very happy.''
Federer also revealed his goal of eclipsing Connors's record of 109 tournament titles although he is 36 titles away at the moment with 74 titles.
The Monaco Grand Prix is one race of the season, where glamour, speed and technology all have their day in the sun together.
Red Bull Racing's Mark Webber drove a sensational race to finish first, Nico Rosberg followed in second place and Fernando Alonso took the final podium place.
The weather dictated most of the strategies as drivers went from soft compound to super soft tires. Webber started brilliantly by fending off Lewis Hamilton in the first corner and after pitting for the first time, Vettel took the lead for a few laps. It was evident that the Red Bull team had instructed Webber to hold up the rest of the pack until Vettel pitted and built up a considerable lead before he went for his round of stops. Vettel joined back in before Hamilton or Massa and finished fourth. This superior driving by Webber helped the team gain additional points and kept Rosberg and Alonso at bay.
Novak Djokovic might have to get past Roger Federer if he is going to win a fourth consecutive Grand Slam title in the 2012 French Open.
Just as in 2011, the draw has a potential Federer-Djokovic semi-final in Roland Garros. The road to the semis won't be easy for Djokovic, as he may have to face local boy and No. 5-ranked Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.
Djokovic, a three-time finalist at Roland Garros, may also face former world No. 1 Lleyton Hewitt in the early rounds.
In 2011, Djokovic lost to Federer in four epic sets, which ended the Serb's 43-match winning streak, and turned Djokovic's last loss at a major. Since then, he won Wimbledon, the U.S. Open and the Australian Open.
If Djokovic wins this time, he would become the first man since Rod Laver in 1969 to win four Grand Slam trophies in a row.
The journey will probably not be easy for Federer, either. The 16-time Grand Slam champion could face Argentine Juan Martin del Potro, the 2009 U.S. Open champion in the fourth round.
During his time in Atlanta, Mike Woodson undoubtedly made the Hawks better. At the end of his six year tenure he finished with the fourth-best win total in franchise history, and led them to the playoffs in three of those seasons. When Woodson received the interim head coach tag in New York, he caught the attention of the fan base by demanding an improved defensive effort, and preached "accountability", something that many felt the roster was severely lacking. He even got All-Star forward, Carmelo Anthony, to buy in and play committed defense, who in turn ended up being the main reason the Knicks were able to salvage their season.
However, when news surfaced that the Knicks were in contract talks with Woodson during their first round match-up with the Miami Heat, it felt premature. Woodson brings plenty to the table, but the Knicks would be careless to overlook his shortcomings.