SportsNet - October 2012
Four members of the United States women's national team made the cut as the 10-player shortlist was revealed for the FIFA women's Ballon d'Or, given to the best player in the world.
Abby Wambach, Alex Morgan, Megan Rapinoe and Carli Lloyd, all members of the gold-medal-winning team from this past summer's Olympics, are among the finalists, which also include Canadian star Christine Sinclair, reigning award-winner Homare Sawa of Japan and five-time Brazilian winner Marta. The other finalists were Japan's Miho Fukomoto and Aya Miyama and France's Camille Abily.
No American has won the award since Mia Hamm won the second of her consecutive honors in 2002. Wambach finished in third for the award in 2011, making her the first American to finish in the top three since Kristine Lilly finished in second in 2006. Current U.S women's veteran Shannon Boxx finished in third in 2005.
Former U.S women's coach Pia Sundhage, U.S Under-20 women's coach Steve Swanson and Canadian women's coach John Herdman are among the 10 coaches on the shortlist for FIFA World Coach of the Year for Women's Football.
Serena Williams beat Maria Sharapova, 6-4, 6-3 in 89 minutes in the WTA Tour Championship this weekend in Istanbul, Turkey, while Venus Williams beat Monica Niculescu 6-2, 6-3 last weekend to win her only title this year, the Luxembourg Cup in Luxembourg. Venus winning her 44th singles title puts her second only to her little sister Serena who holds 46, among active players. Serena finishes the year with a world ranking of No. 3 and Venus finishes at No. 24. Either sister would have more titles if they had not played each other in 8 Grand Slam and 3 other finals, with a career head to head record of 13-10.
Serena defeated all the top players this weekend again, however, she could only finish as high as No. 3 on the Women's Tennis Association (WTA) Rankings because of WTA rules based on her amount of play. According to the WTA, Serena has won 48 out of 50 of her last matches, winning all 18 of her last matches against the top players in the world: 1) Victoria Azarenka, 2) Maria Sharapova, 4) Agnieska Radwanska, 5) Angelique Kerber, 6) Sara Errani, 7) Li Na, 8) Petra Kvitova, and 10) Caroline Wozniacki.
Dallas Cowboys vs. NY Giants Game Recap And Analysis: Tony Romo Throws 4 INTs As NY Remains Perfect At Jerry's World
The problems that occurred for Dallas during the 1st quarter of Sunday’s contest with the New York Giants were enough to make a San Diego Chargers fan wince (which is especially significant considering that the Chargers just lost to the Cleveland Browns 7-6).
The Giants scored a touchdown and kicked three field goals on all four of their drives in the 1st quarter, while the Cowboys’ spent their time on the field giving the ball back to them.
Dallas QB Tony Romo threw an interception on the first drive, he threw an interception on the second drive, and they punted it on the third drive. The mistakes bled into the 2nd quarter as Romo immediately threw his third interception on a screen pass intended for Felix Jones. It was the first career interception for Giants DE Jason Pierre-Paul… it was also a terribly easy pick six as he only had to run 20 yards to paydirt.
Chelsea vs. Man United Recap And Analysis: Dersperate Chelsea Accuse Referee Of Racist Language To Avert Attention From Crowd Throwing Objects
In a desperate show of sour grapes, Chelsea has accused the referee, Mark Clattenburg of directing racist comments at two of their players. After years of dreadful decisions against Manchester United at Stamford Bridge, it is a bit rich for Chelsea to complain. In fact, they were lucky not to have another two players sent off for bad, over-the-top tackles on United players, but escaped with a warning by the referee.
It goes without saying that Sky Sports News will take Chelsea`s side in this situation as they always have done in the past, but nothing can change the result which is richly deserved by United.
One reason for the accusations from Chelsea is to avert attention from the fact that there were objects thrown from the crowd at Javier Hernandez after he scored the winning goal. It was unlucky for them that one of their own match stewards was injured by their own fans sufficiently enough to require hospital treatment. That will mean an investigation by the FA, and probable consequences for Chelsea for not controlling their own fans.
The NFC West is on the big stage this week on Monday Night Football, as the Arizona Cardinals face the San Francisco 49ers at University of Phoenix Stadium. This is a heated rivalry in the NFC West, with very talented defenses on both sides. Both teams have interesting storylines going into this critical divisional rivalry.
The Cardinals have three straight losses and are desperate to defeat the NFC West division leaders, the 49ers. Injuries have plagued the Cardinals offensive line, which has given up 28 sacks in 4 weeks. The Cardinals running backs have been decimated by injuries, and with the exception of Larod Stevens-Howling's good game against the Vikings, all have struggled to get a ground game going which can as well be attributed to the offensive line not getting a substantial push on running plays.
The Cardinals struggles on the ground have affected their ability to throw the ball. Without a ground game to threaten the defenses, over the last three weeks we have seen the Cardinals beaten by two deep shell defenses that would typically be defeated by running the ball successfully.