Posted: August 12th, 2011 | Author: JewelleAnn | Filed under: Baseball | Tags: Best Player, Centerfielder, Custis, Durability, Full Of Stars, Hall Of Fame, Home Runs, Jim Leyland, Justin Verlander, Knobler, Leyland Tiger, Max Scherzer, Mvp, Natural Progression, Outfield, Pitching Coach, Rbis, S 300, Second Season, Speed Pass | No Comments »
Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander serrated his 100th profession success Thursday in Cleveland. It appears as if the sky’s the limit for the 28-year-old, but you got the doubt just how many wins could Verlander get his career?
After reaching the century mark, the natural progression is 300 wins, which is essentially a speed pass into the Hall of Fame.
Jim Leyland, Tiger Manager, said, “He’s got a legitimate shot.”
Jeff Jones, pitching coach approved, “I don’t think there’s any question.”
Verlander improved to 17-5 on the season Thursday. That many victories for the next 12 years is very important to Verlander’s mission for 300. Knobler said, “If he pitches until he’s 40, Verlander would need to average 16-17 wins a season to reach 300. That’s not easy, but with his stuff, his drive and his durability, it’s far from impossible.”
Knobler as well asked a few Tigers about the year former Detroit star Custis Granderson is having. The Yankees centerfielder, in his second season after the three-team deal that place Austin Jackson, Max Scherzer and Phil Coke in the Old English D uniform is having a breakout campaign. He is the AL leader in RBIs (92) and triples (nine) and extra-base strikes (59) and is tied for second with 32 home runs, which is a current profession high.
Jim Leyland, the manager said, “He’s having a monster year, an MVP year. It couldn’t happen to a better guy.”
The guy that used to stand next to him in the outfield considers Granderson as the largest star on a team full of stars.
Magglio Ordoñez said, “He’s the best player they have right now.”
Posted: July 28th, 2011 | Author: Macmarlon | Filed under: Tennis | Tags: Best Player, Chinese Taipei, Colleague, Competitions, Del Potro, Delray Beach, Farmers, Gilles Muller, Gulbis, James Blake, Kosakowski, Mardy Fish, Match, Opponent, Quarterfinal, Quarterfinals, Ryan Harrison, Tennis Center, Ucla, Yen Hsun Lu | No Comments »
For Juan Martin del Potro, this season has seen an inspiring climb in the world. The second seed from Argentina continued his run with a 6-4, 7-6 (7-3) win against American James Blake in the second round of the $700,000 Farmers Classic, a United States Open Series event.
Titled as low as 484th on February 7, del Potro has risen to a present ranking of 19th thanks in part to titles at Delray Beach and Estoril. He as well has not lost an opening-round match at some tournament the entire year and he continued that Wednesday.
Marcos Baghdatis, the third seed was upset by Yen-Hsun Lu, with 6-3, 6-4. Lu is best player of Chinese Taipei, ranked 76th. He is coming off his first quarterfinal of the year in the previous week in Atlanta.
The quarterfinal opponent of Lu will be 19-year-old Ryan Harrison, who overturned colleague American Michael Russel, 6-3, 6-4 at the Los Angeles Tennis Center at UCLA. Harrison was in the semifinals in the previous week in Atlanta.
Following the quarterfinals for del Potro will be Ernests Gulbis of Latvia, who conquered American qualifier Daniel Kosakowski, with 6-2, 6-4.
The remaining second-round competitions will be played Thursday, emphasized by top seed Mardy Fish facing Gilles Muller of Luxembourg.
The Los Angeles champion of 2011 will receive $113,000.
Posted: July 3rd, 2011 | Author: Macmarlon | Filed under: Tennis | Tags: Atp Rankings, Australian Open, Best Player, French Open, Grand Slam Finals, Grand Slam Tournament, Grand Slam Tournaments, Jo Wilfried Tsonga, Novac Djokovic, Open Semifinals, Previous Year, Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Seventh Time, Twists, Wilfried, Wimbledon, Wimbledon Championship, Wimbledon Men, Winning Streak | No Comments »
The top two players of the world never met each other in the Wimbledon men’s final from 1983 to 2003.
It is about to happen for the seventh time in eight years with a couple of twists.
Thanks to Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, No. 1 vs. No.2 Grand Slam Finals turned out to be something of a normal incidence in the recent years. Nowadays, No. 1 Nadal will be engaged in so far one more 1-2 Wimbledon championship matchup, only it will be against No. 2 Novac Djokovic, and they will change spots in the ATP rankings a day later.
Djokvic will go up to No. 1 and Nadal will go down to No. 2, in spite of the result.
Nadal said, “One guy played unbelievable the first half of the year, so he’s the new No. 1. We just can congratulate him, because what he did this first part of the season is something really impressive, really fantastic.”
Djokovic is 47-1 in 2011, counting in a 4-0 list against Nadal.
Djokovic said, who is 11-16 against Nadal in general, including 0.5 in Grand Slam tournaments, “The four times I won against him this year can probably help me in some ways mentally prior to this match.”
Serb won the first seven tournaments he joined in this season, prior to his 43-match winning streak, dating to the David Cup final in December, finished with a loss to Federer in the French Open semifinals.
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga said after losing to Djokovic in Friday’s semifinals, “He’s the best player in the world @the moment.”
That success moved Djokovic into his first final at Wimbledon, and fifth at a Grand Slam tournament. He is 2-2 up to now, succeeding the Australian Open twice, and losing in two U.S. Open finals – to Federer in 2007 and to Nadal in the previous year.
Posted: May 29th, 2011 | Author: Evencio | Filed under: Soccer | Tags: 23 Years, Abi, Best Player, Carles Puyol, Champions League, Club Captain, Consolation, Difficult Season, Emotional Moment, Eric Abidal, Final Victory, Group Mates, Group Spirit, Lionel Messie, Manchester United, Photo Credit, Serious Health, Team Group, Wayne Rooney, Wembley, Xavi | 2 Comments »
Lionel Messie played down his involvement to Champions League final victory of Barcelona on Saturday, alleging his man-of-the-match presentation was roughly immaterial as he and his group mates confirmed they “were the better team.”
Messi grasped second objective of his side and a record balancing 12th of the contest, to place them on course of an ultimate 3-1 win over Manchester United at Wembley.
Pedro and David Villa acquired other objectives of Barcelona with first half equalizer, Wayne Rooney for United finally nothing over a consolation.
Messie was consequently called man-of-the-match for his on the whole show, but the 23 years old persisted that it was a victory built on group spirit instead of individual skill and that eventually the right team won.
Messi said, “To be the man-of-the-match is the least important thing, because it was incredible how we played. We were very good in all areas. We’re very happy to lift another trophy.”
“It was a difficult season but we showed who we are. We were the better team.”
Group mates of Messie paid tribute to the Argentine, with Xavi saying, “He is the number one, he makes the difference – he is just the best player in the world.”
The exciting of the trophy observed an emotional moment, as Carles Puyol, club captain postponed the armband to Eric Abidal, who just two months before had undergone a serious health shock that resulted in a tumor being taken away from his liver.
Dani Alves noted, “Even before all of this, we said our biggest victory, our most important trophy, was the recovery of Abi. We put on a spectacle for everyone who is passionate about football and who loves football.”
“And I think that people who really like football will be very happy today because they have seen a great match.”
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