Sunday Sports Round-Up

sports roundupHere’s an overlook of some of the big sports stories that transpired today! As always, there was a little bit of everything!

Golf
Tiger Woods strolled to victory on Sunday afternoon at Firestone GC capturing his 8th victory at the WGC Bridgestone Invitational. After his spectacular 61 on Friday, he opened up a 7 shot lead and held onto that lead all the way through the final hole on Sunday finishing at -15. Chew on this fact, this was Tiger’s 12th PGA Tour victory by 7+ strokes since 1998, no other player has more than 2! This was Tiger Woods 79th career PGA Tour victory, and he now sits only three wins behind golf icon Sam Snead. While these victories are all good and well, Tiger Woods knows that his career will be defined by his major victories, and that’s the way he wants it. The golf world now gears up for golfs last Major, the PGA Championship which will be contested at Oakmont GC near Rochester, New York. Tiger’s victory today, will definitely add to the pressure of expectations that this is the last chance he has to add to his 14 majors this year. 5 victories and the runaway leader in the FedEx Cup points all will mean relatively nothing to Tiger if he ends his season without a major. Now we wait and see what Tiger has in store next, this was an exceptional week. For Tiger Woods though, when he tees off Thursday at 8:35am to begin the PGA Championship that will be where Tiger’s season is defined.

Soccer
Clint Dempsey, who has been one of the United States Men’s Soccer teams leading figures over in Europe since 2007, has decided the time his right to move back stateside as he signed with the Seattle Sounders over the weekend. Dempey started his career in the MLS with the New England Revolution, and since 2007 he has played in the English Premier League with Fulham and more recently Tottenham. Clint Dempsey is 2nd in all-time goals scored for the US National Team with 36 goals, sitting only behind Landon Donovan. Seattle is really dishing out the cash, as it is reported that Dempsey will receive $32 million over the next four seasons, making him the most expensive player in the history of MLS. Yes, Clint Dempsey is going to be earning g more than Soccer legends David Beckham (out of MLS) and Thierry Henry who plays with the New York Red Bulls. Dempsey, who is 30, will most likely end his career with the Seattle Sounders, as he now will take the rest of this year to gear up for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil next summer.

Swimming
Missy Franklin, the pride of Centennial, CO and Regis Jesuit High School, won a record sixth gold medal at the swimming world championships. The 18 year-old Franklin became the leading female swimmer with most wins at world championships, and improved incredibly from her performance at the 2012 London Olympics, where she came away with 4 gold’s and 1 bronze. Being so young, Franklin realistically can set her sights on eclipsing Michael Phelps record for most gold’s at the Olympics/world champions, this off course depends on if Phelps does indeed stay retired. Remarkably, Missy Franklin’s career is only beginning as this Fall she will begin her collegiate career at the University of California, Berkley.

Quick Hits

NFL
The NFL announced their changes for the 2014 Pro Bowl. Most notably, there will not be an AFC and NFC team anymore and there will be no kickoffs. Even still, the Pro Bowl is the Pro Bowl and really if they got rid of the event all together I would survive. The NFL Pro Bowl is not like other sports, and this is also why NFL preseason is so unbearable to watch. Truth is you can’t go half-speed when it comes to football; it just looks awkward and really is more of a glorified practice than anything else. The NFL is already a brutal enough sport during the regular season and playoffs that I’m sure not having any football the week before the Super Bowl will be okay.

PED’S
The Biogenesis bonanza should be all sorted out tomorrow. It is expected that on Monday MLB will hand down suspensions to all players that were listed. Most notably, Alex Rodriguez will be punished the severest with most people expecting him to be suspended for the rest of this season and all of the season. Other notable players expected to be suspended for an expected 50 games include: Nelson Cruz(OF, Texas Rangers), Jhonny Peralta(SS, Detroit Tigers), Francisco Cervelli(Catcher, New York Yankees), Melky Cabrera(OF, Toronto Blue Jays), Bartolo Colon(Pitcher, Oakland A’s). There is no doubt that these suspensions will play some role in the upcoming playoff race. The good news is that finally, this ugliness of the Biogenesis scandal seems to be on its last legs.

College Football
Johnny, Johnny, Johnny, how many times? What an unforgettable summer it has been for the Heisman winner QB from Texas A&M Johnny Manziel. From a much publicized Twitter outburst, to being sent home a day early from a Manning QB camp, and even being kicked out from a University of Texas frat party. Now, ESPN’s Outside the Lines (OTL) has broken a story that the NCAA is investigating whether Johnny Mnaziel received improper benefits. OTL has learned from two sources the Johnny Manziel agreed to a five-figure fee for signing hundreds of autographs and memorabilia during his trip to Miami during the BCS National Championship Game. It is important to note, that both sources only saw the signings take place, but never saw the exchange of any money. Looking at the facts that are out there, I can see Johnny Manziel escaping any serious penalties, but this is again another warning that he is under the microscope and anything he does will be scrutinized. Not since the days of Tim Tebow at Florida have we seen such interest in the almost every action that Johnny Manziel does. This has been a rough summer for Texas A&M and their QB Johnny Manziel who is probably counting down the days until his season opener vs. Rice on August 31st, which will surely be his final collegiate year.

Funny YouTube Video: Watch out America, the English Premier League is coming to NBC!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6KeG_i8CWE8

 

Sammy Mugharbil

Sammy Mugharbil

Sammy is Studying Sports Industry, Marketing, and Broadcast Journalism at Metro State University of Denver. He's an Intern with the Colorado Rapids Youth Academy, and a Volunteer for the Metro State Broadcast Network.

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