SportsNet - January 2013
Serbian Novak Djokovic the defending champ and #1 seed will play Scot Andy Murray, the #3 seed, for the Australian Open's Men's Championship on Sunday, Jan, 27th at 5:30 PM or 1:30 AM EST in the U. S. Djokovic has won 10 of their 17 matches to date with Djokovic having the last two wins in the final two ATP events of 2012. Both are right-handed 25-year-olds, and Murray at 6'3" is an inch taller. This match could go either way depending on who wants it more.
Murray earned his finals place by beating Roger Federer in the semi-finals for the first time in a major 6-4, 6-7(5), 6-3, 6-7(2), 6-2 in exactly four hours. Murray did not play the tie-breakers well getting passed at one point on a wicked crosscourt backhand winner by Federer. Yet, Murray stayed with it. Possibly the 31-year-old Federer did not have the legs after back to back five setters.
Djokovic had a much easier route, or rout, to the final by soundly beating clay court specialist David Ferrer 6-2, 6-2, 6-1 in 89 minutes. Djokovic struck 30 winners and 16 errors while Ferrer had only 11 winners with 32 errors.
On January 16th, the football world was stunned to learn that after a whole summer of speculation, the legendary Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola would join the Bavarian side FC Bayern Munich in the summer of 2013.
A few years ago, such a move would have been considered impossible. A coach as wildly successful as Pep Guardiola making a move to Germany, even to the most successful club in Germany, would have been almost unthinkable.
But as it stands, Guardiola will not be making the move to England that many had hoped for. So how will the former Barcelona man fare in Germany?
In this article, we will explore the reasons that the Catalan manager made the best choice in going to Die Bayern, and why he will succeed with the Bavarian Giants.
Bayern Have a Similar Style To Barca
Everyone is familiar with Barcelona’s now famous style of football, tiki-taka. The possession based, free-flowing, attacking game is both pleasing to the eye and gets pleasing results for fans.
So when Guardiola tries to get Bayern to play a possession style game, how will they fare? In all likelihood, the Bavarians will excel.
One of the most anticipated matchups in the Champions League knockout round is Manchester United (Man. United) verses Real Madrid at the Bernabeu in Madrid on February 13. With less than 3 weeks to go before the matchup, Real Madrid is playing some of its best football in a long time.
The Man. United vs. Madrid draw will see Cristiano Ronaldo playing against his former club; also two high-profile managers with a mutual respect for each other—Sir Alex Ferguson and Jose Mourinho will once again face each other.
The defending Spanish League Champions Madrid has been struggling in La Liga but proponents believe the club will turn the corner in the Champions League and get back to their winning ways.
As a prelude to this anticipated matchup here's how the teams fare so far:
While the San Francisco 49ers and Baltimore Ravens take a week off preparing for the "HarBowl" the UFC takes center stage on FOX this Saturday night.
UFC on FOX 6 takes place at the United Center in Chicago and you would think Michael Jordan is running out of the tunnel again because the crowd will be going crazy all night long with the card UFC matchmaker Joe Silva lined up.
Flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson puts his flyweight belt on the line against one of the most athletic fighters in the UFC, John Dodson.
There is a 99.9% chance this will be the last time we see Quinton "Rampage" Jackson in the UFC and he has his hands full against the most hyped light heavyweight since Jon Jones. Glover Teixeira has won his last 17 fights and has finished 16 of them, 13 never made it to the second round.
This is the first month of 2013, but when Anthony Pettis and Donald Cerrone lock horns in the middle of the cage there is a good chance we could see the "Fight of the Year" in January.
Australian Open Women's Singles Final Preview: Where To Watch Online Live Stream of Victoria Azarenka vs. Li Na
The Australian Open Women's Singles final which will be played at 7:30 PM on Saturday, January 26th in Melbourne (3:30 AM EST in the States) features the defending champion Victoria Azarenka the #1 seed from Belarus against Li Na, the #6 seed from China. Azarenka has beaten Na five out of nine times, but never in a Grand Slam. Azarenka has played consistently well this past year except when her opponent was Serena Williams, and stands a good chance to repeat if her nerves don't get in the way.
Azarenka sighed in huge relief after injured Serena Williams (ankle and back) was defeated by Sloane Stephens in the quarterfinals. During Azarenka's 6-2, 6-4 semi-final win over Stephens in the second set, Azarenka took a 9-minute medical time-out and left the court prompting boos from the fans in the stadium.
Azarenka had a "blocked rib" according to her video press interview after the match. "I almost did the choke of the year right now, ... at 5-3, having so many chances and I couldn't close it out. I was a bit overwhelmed realizing I was one step away from the final. Nerves got into me, for sure."