NFL 2011: Only 2 winless teams left after Week 8; Rams finally win

31 10 2011
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The wait is over for the Saint Louis Rams. The World Series victory of the St. Louis Cardinals might have inspired the ex-winless Rams to believe that victories are made on the field and not on paper. They were surely big underdogs. Even the Rams diehards could attest that they did not expect the win this week. The  Rams won against the Saints and they leave behind the Colts and Dolphins in the winless list. Here are the game recaps of the games of the winless this week:

New Orleans Saints (5-3) 21 – 31 St. Louis Rams (1-6)

No Sam Bradford, no problem for the Rams as A.J. Feeley stepped in and veteran RB Steven Jackson carried the Rams to their first victory of the season. After scoring 62 points last week, Drew Brees and the Saints started very slow and they allowed the Rams to take a 17-0 lead. The Rams extended the lead to 24-0 after Jackson scored his second touchdown. St. Louis just held on from that point and win in front some members of the 2011 World Series Champs. Jackson finished with 159 yards rushing with 2 TDs. Brees was intercepted twice (one for a TD) and was limited to just 269  yards and a TD one week after a 5-TD performance. The Rams now ties the Arizona Cardinals at the bottom of the NFC West. They will face each other next week.

Miami Dolphins (0-7) 17-20 New York Giants (5-2)

Make it an unlucky 7 for the Dolphins. Just like last week, the Dolphins have the lead in the 4th quarter and had a chance to get away from the winless bunch but, as always, they find a reason to lose. Last week, they got victimized by Tim Tebow and his miracle drives plus the “Tebowing”; this week its Eli Manning pulling the rug under them. 1 Yard runs by Matt Moore and Steve Slaton gave Miami a 14-3 lead in the second period but 8 seconds left before the halftime break, Manning connected with Mario Manningham to cut the lead to 14-10 at the half. The Dolphins scored a FG in the third period for a 17-10 lead going to the final 15 minutes of the game. Lawrence Tynes kicked a short field goal and Manning completed the comeback by completing a pass to Victor Curz for the game winning touchdown. Miami’s Reggie Bush finished with 103 yards rushing but the Giant’s defense were just too much in the final quarter as they sacked Moore several times in the quarter. In the end, it was another heart-breaking loss for the Miami Dolphins.

Indianapolis Colts (0-8) 10 – 27 Tennessee Titans (4-3)

The Titans recovered from an embarrassing loss last week by feasting on the winless Colts. The Titans zoomed to a 20-0 half time lead largely due to the excellent play of their special teams. Rob Bironas had 2 50+ yards FGs and the special teams blocked a punt that was recovered by Jason McCourty for his first career touchdown. The Colts tried to make it a game on the second half by stringing 10 unanswered points behind an Adam Vinateiri FG and a Donald Brown rushing TD. Matt Hasselbeck squelched all the doubt by making a TD pass to Nate Washington for the final margin. The Titans broke a 2-game losing streak while the Colt’s streak is extended to 8.

The winless three went 1-2 last week making the Dolphins and Colts as the awful twosome of 2011. The Fins seems to find reasons to lose games while the Colts just misses their star QB. Here is the Week 9 preview for the two winless teams of the 2011 NFL season:

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NCAA Football Week 9 upsets: Clemson, KSU, MSU, Wisconsin, Texas A&M, TTU fall

30 10 2011

Several ranked teams in the 2011 NCAA Football competition lost this week. Here are the ranked teams that fell to lower-ranked competition:

Clemson say goodbye to perfect football season

No.5 Clemson – The erstwhile undefeated Clemson (No. 5 BCS, No. 6 AP) visited Georgia Tech and got ambushed by the Yellow Jackets, 17-31. Georgia Tech raised their record to 7-2 (4-2 in the ACC) while Clemson fell to 8-1(5-1 ACC). The Yellow Jackets did most of their damage from the ground where they outgained the Tigers 383-95. Their rushing leader? Well, it was their QB. Tevin Washington broke the school’s QB rushing record by  gaining 176 yards with one TD. Georgia Tech zoomed to a 24-3 lead at halftime then cruised for the big upset victory.  The Tigers will host Wake Forest next week.

Sooners exposed KSU

No.8 Kansas State – The Oklahoma Sooners bounced back from their first defeat of the season last week to give Kansas State its first loss via a 58-17 rout. Both now tot a record of 7-1 (4-1 in Big 12). The game was close at the half at 23-17 before the Sooners made 35 unanswered points in the second half. Landry Jones threw 505 yards and 5 TDs. With his 5 TD performance, Jones overtook Sam Bradford in the career TD list at Oklahoma. Jones now has 90 career TDs compared to the 98 by Bradford. KSU’s Colin Klein has now rushed for a TD in seven straight games. Kansas State will try to recover from the loss by visiting Oklahoma State.

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Pan American Games 2011: Medal Tally and latest results (10-30-2011), Cuba pulling away from Brazil

30 10 2011

Guadalajara, Mexico – As the competition in 2011 Pan American Games heats up and down to its final events, Cuba has virtually secured 2nd place in the gold medal race. With 54 golds compared to the 46 of Brazil, the Cubans could thank boxing for its eventual hold of the second position. The United States are comfortably ahead of the competition with 90 golds and 231 medals out of 346 completed events.

Canada also misses some golden chances as their men’s teams in water polo and field hockey settled for silver medals.

Here is the updated medal tally of Guadalajara 2011:

 

Pos. Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1

 United States

90

79

62

231

2  Cuba

54

34

43

131

3

 Brazil

46

33

56

134

4

 Mexico

40

36

46

122

5  Canada

28

37

47

113

6

 Colombia

24

23

32

79

7

 Argentina

21

18

31

70

8

 Venezuela

12

27

31

70

9  Dominican Rep.

7

8

17

32

10

 Guatemala

7

3

5

15

11

 Ecuador

6

8

8

22

12

 Puerto Rico

4

8

7

19

13
 Chile

2

17

24

43

14

 Jamaica

1

5

1

7

15
 Bahamas

1

1

1

3

15
 Cayman Islands

1

1

1

3

17

 Neth. Antilles

1

0

1

2

18

 Costa Rica

1

0

0

1

19

 Uruguay

0

3

2

5

20
 Peru

0

2

5

7

21  Trinidad & Tob.

0

2

2

4

22

 St. Kitts&Nevis

0

2

0

2

23  El Salvador

0

1

0

1

24
 Barbados

0

0

2

2

24

 Bolivia

0

0

2

2

24

 Paraguay

0

0

2

2

27

 Dominica

0

0

1

1

27
 Guyana

0

0

1

1

27
 Panama

0

0

1

1

Total

 

346

348

432

1126

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Pan American Games 2011 Boxing: Cuba is king of the ring!

30 10 2011
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The 2011 Pan American Games boxing tilt is in its late stages and Cuba once again asserted its domination in the ring. The mighty Cubans grabbed 9 medal, 8 golds and 1 silver. The boxer’s superiority helped Cuba leapfrog over Brazil in the overall medal standings. Cuba had an easier as the United States did not send a boxing contingent. This year’s Pan American Games also marked the introduction of Women’s boxing in the competition. Here is the updated medal tally for boxing:

 Rank Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  Cuba (CUB) 8 1 0 9
2  Mexico (MEX) 1 2 4 7
3  Canada (CAN) 1 0 3 4
4  Dominican Republic (DOM) 0 2 1 3
4  Ecuador (ECU) 0 2 1 3
6  Brazil (BRA) 0 2 5 7
7  Bahamas (BAH) 0 1 0 1
8  Venezuela (VEN) 0 0 4 4
9  Argentina (ARG) 0 0 3 3
10  Puerto Rico (PUR) 0 0 3 3
11  Barbados (BAR) 0 0 1 1
11  Colombia (COL) 0 0 1 1
Total 10 10 26 46

 

Here are the medallists in the men’s competition, so far:

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Light flyweight Mexico Joselito Velazquez
Mexico (MEX)
Cuba Yosbany Veitia
Cuba (CUB)
Puerto Rico Jantony Ortiz
Puerto Rico (PUR)
Dominican Republic Juan Hererad
Dominican Republic (DOM)
Flyweight Cuba Robeisy Ramirez
Cuba (CUB)
Dominican Republic Dagoberto Aguero
Dominican Republic (DOM)
Mexico Braulio Avila
Mexico (MEX)
Brazil Juliao Henriques
Brazil (BRA)
Bantamweight Cuba Lazaro Alvarez
Cuba (CUB)
Mexico Oscar Valdez
Mexico (MEX)
Venezuela Angel Rodriguez
Venezuela (VEN)
Brazil Robenilson De Jesus
Brazil (BRA)
Lightweight Cuba Yasnier Toledo
Cuba (CUB)
Brazil Robson Da Conceicao
Brazil (BRA)
Puerto Rico Angel Suarez
Puerto Rico (PUR)
Mexico Angel Gutierrez
Mexico (MEX)
Light welterweight Cuba Roniel Iglesias
Cuba (CUB)
The Bahamas Valentino Knowles
Bahamas (BAH)
Venezuela Joelvis Hernandes
Venezuela (VEN)
Brazil Éverton Lopes
Brazil (BRA)
Welterweight Cuba Carlos Banteux
Cuba (CUB)
Mexico Oscar Molina
Mexico (MEX)
Canada Mian Hussain
Canada (CAN)
Brazil Myke Carvalho
Brazil (BRA)
Middleweight Cuba Emilio Correa
Cuba (CUB)
Ecuador Jaime Cortez
Ecuador (ECU)
Venezuela Juan Carlos Rodriguez
Venezuela (VEN)
Canada Brody Blair
Canada (CAN)
Light heavyweight Ecuador Carlos Gongora
Ecuador (ECU)
Mexico Armando Pina
Mexico (MEX)
Heavyweight Cuba Lenier Pero
Cuba (CUB)
Ecuador Jaime Cortez
Ecuador (ECU)
Argentina Yamil Peralta
Argentina (ARG)
Barbados Anderson Emmanuel
Barbados (BAR)
Super heavyweight Colombia Isaia Mena
Colombia (COL)
Puerto Rico Gerado Bisbal
Puerto Rico (PUR)

 

 





Pan American Games 2011: Medal Tally and latest results (Oct. 29), Cuba overtakes Brazil for 2nd place

29 10 2011

The medal race is really heating up as Cuba overtook Brazil in the latest medal tally. Here is how each country stacks up against each other:

Pos. Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1

 United States

86

75

57

218

2  Cuba

49

20

50

119

3

 Brazil

45

29

51

125

4

 Mexico

38

34

45

117

5  Canada

26

36

47

109

6

 Colombia

23

23

30

76

7

 Argentina

19

15

29

63

8

 Venezuela

12

27

28

67

9

 Guatemala

7

3

4

14

10  Dominican Rep.

6

6

17

29

11

 Ecuador

4

8

8

20

12

 Puerto Rico

4

7

7

18

13
 Chile

2

17

21

40

14

 Jamaica

1

5

1

7

15
 Bahamas

1

1

1

3

15
 Cayman Islands

1

1

1

3

17

 Costa Rica

1

0

0

1

17

 Neth. Antilles

1

0

0

1

19

 Uruguay

0

3

2

5

20  Trinidad & Tob.

0

2

2

4

21

 St. Kitts&Nevis

0

2

0

2

22
 Peru

0

1

4

5

23  El Salvador

0

1

0

1

24
 Barbados

0

0

2

2

24

 Bolivia

0

0

2

2

24

 Paraguay

0

0

2

2

27

 Dominica

0

0

1

1

27
 Guyana

0

0

1

1

27
 Panama

0

0

1

1

Total

 

326

326

405

1057

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2011 MLB World Series: Cards comeback again and win Game 7 to deny the Texas Rangers

29 10 2011

The 2011 World Series winner is…. St. Louis Cardinals. Here are the teams that they would thank:

  1. Atlanta – the Wild card Cardinals would not be in the playoffs if not for the late-season collapse of the Braves
  2. Philadelphia – the best regular season was not able to beat the 4th best NL team despite having arguably the best rotation that money can buy. The Cards clinched with Roy Halladay on the mound for the Phillies.
  3. Detroit – their previous World Series victim eliminated the highest paid team the NYY in the ALDS.
  4. Milwaukee – the division champs that failed to topple the second placer in the NLCS.
  5. Texas – leading 3-2 in the series and having 2 run leads late in Game 6 but lacking in skills of closing out. Thanks for a great series.
Heroes:
  1. Ace Chris Carpenter – tremendous effort in Game 7 in just 3-days rest.
  2. David Freese– the World Series MVPfor his heroic hits in the critical Game 6 and Game 7. 21 RBIs in this postseason and he also is the NLCS MVP. His triple and walk-off home run in Game 6 will be immortalized in the annals of baseball.
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  3. Albert Pujols – his Game 3 performance was legendary.
  4. Tony LaRussa – for making all the “right” moves.
  5. Allen Craig – he made timely hits and homers throughout the series. Game-winning hit in Game 1, homered in the magical Game 6, and hit the go-ahead HR in Game 7.
The Cards has on 5 0f 6 World Series title when trailing 3-2. Congratulations!!!




The Gold Medallists of the 2011 Pan American Games

29 10 2011

Guadalajara, Mexico – The goal of every athlete in any major competition is win the gold medal. The gold medal symbolizes being the top athlete in a certain event. Here are the gold medal winners at the 2011 Pan American Games:

Women’s Mountain Bike – Cross Country Heather IRMIGER 

Men’s Mountain Bike- Cross Country:  Hector Leonardo PAEZ 

Women’s Taekwondo – -49 kg:  Ivett GONDA 

Men’s Taekwondo – -58 kg:  Yulis Gabriel MERCEDES REYES 

Women’s Modern Pentathlon: Margaux ISAKSEN 

Women’s Rhythmic  Gymnastics All Around:  Julie Ashley ZETLIN 

Women’s Swimming 100m Butterfly Claire DONAHUE 

Men’s Swimming 400m Individual Medley Thiago PEREIRA 

Women’s Swimming 400m Individual Medley:  Julia Elizabeth SMIT 

Men’s Swimming 400m Freestyle:  Charles Gipson HOUCHIN

Women’s Swimming 4x100m Freestyle Relay UNITED STATES

Women’s Road Race Inidividual Time Trial:  Maria Luisa CALLE 

Men’s Road Race Inidividual Time Trial:  Marlon Alirio PEREZ 

Equestrian Team Dressage:  UNITED STATES

Rhythmic Gymnastics Groups All Around:  BRAZIL

Men’s Modern Pentathlon:  Oscar  SOTO 

Women’s Taekwondo -57kg:  Irma Edith CONTRERAS 

Men’s Taekwondo -68kg:  Jhohanny JEAN BARTERMI 

Men’s Shooting 10m Air Pistol:   Daryl Lee SZARENSKI 

Women’s Shooting 10m Air Pistol:  Dorothy LUDWIG 

Women’s Swimming 100m Backstroke:  Rachel BOOTSMA 

Men’s Swimming 100m Freestyle:  Cesar CIELO 

Women’s Swimming 200m Freestyle:  Catherine BREED 

Men’s Swimming 100m Breaststroke:  Felipe FRANÇA 

Men’s Swimming 4x100m Freestyle Relay:  Brazil

Women’s Table Tennis Team :  Dominican Republic

Men’s Table Tennis Team:  Brazil

Women’s Rowing Pair:  Argentina

Women’s Rowing Double Sculls:  Cuba

Men’s Rowing Double Sculls:  Argentina

Men’s Rowing Four:  Argentina

Men’s Shooting 10m Air Rifle:  Matthew Lee RAWLINGS 

Women’s Shooting 10m Air Rifle:   Emily Jean CARUSO 

Men’s Squash Doubles:  Mexico

Women’s Squash Doubles:  Mexico

Men’s Track Cycling Team Pursuit:  Colombia

Men’s Track Cycling Team Sprint:   Venezuela

Women’s Track Cycling Team Sprint:  Venezuela

Women’s Rhythmic Gymnastics Hoop:  Cynthia Yazmin VALDEZ

Women’s Rhythmic Gymnastics Ball:  Julie Ashley  ZETLIN 

Women’s Rhythmic Gymnastics Groups 5 Ball:  Brazil

Women’s Taekwondo 67kg:  Melissa AGNOTTA 

Men’s Taekwondo 80kg: Sebastian CRISMANICH 

Women’s Swimming 400m Freestyle:  Gillian Rene RYAN 

Men’s Swimming 200m Butterfly:  Leonardo DE DEUS 

Women’s Swimming 100m Breaststroke Ann Catherine CHANDLER 

Men’s Swimming 100m Breaststroke:  Thiago PEREIRA 

Women’s Squash Individual:  Samantha TERAN 

Men’s Squash Individual: Miguel  RODRIGUEZ 

Women’s Rowing Single Sculls:  Margot SHUMWAY 

Women’s Rowing Lightweight Double Sculls:  Mexico

Women’s Rowing Pair:  United States

Men’s Rowing Pair:  Argentina

Men’s Rowing Lightweight Double Sculls:  Mexico

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