Tuesday, June 21, 2011

What's on my sports radar this week

Another huge sports week coming up!  Hockey is now officially over so now its time to pay attention to the summer sports in the northern hemisphere (and the winter sports in the southern hemisphere).

Now that the Bruins season is over and we have had the parade Boston can now focus totally on the Red Sox.  And Boston will not be disappointed.  The Red Sox are the hottest team in baseball at the moment and are scoring like crazy.  The Red Sox crushed the Padres last night 14-5 thanks to a 10 run 7th inning.  Nobody is hitting the ball like Adrian Gonzalez at the moment, he has 12 RBIs in the last 10 games and 67 for the season (league high).  Oh wait a minute maybe there is someone hitting just as well lately, David Ortiz, he also has 12 RBIs in the last 10 games and 17HRs for the year.  The amazing fact is though that even with the Red Sox playing so well lately they only lead the Yankees by 1.5 games.  The Red Sox finish off their series against the Padres on Wednesday, then head to Pittsburgh to play the Pirates over the weekend.  meanwhile the Yankees finish off their series with the Reds then play the Rockies at Yankee stadium this weekend.  Got a feeling it will come down to wire between these 2 again this year.

One of my favourite sporting events of the year is on this week - Wimbledon tennis championships from London.  All the big guns for the men and women are here to compete for one the most prized trophies in tennis and sports.  After Federer's inspirational win over Djokovic to break his unbeaten run he has proven that he still has a lot left in the tank.  The usual suspects Nadal, Djokovic, Murray will also be in the mix.  The women's side is a lot less predictable as most of the majors have been this year.  Can Wozniacki win her first major?  Na Li just won the French but can she win on grass?  Does Sharapova still have the game to win another Wimbledon?  Lots of questions but sure to be a great tournament.  I'll be following all the Aussies closely and hoping they can make some noise in both draws!

The Super 15 rugby tournament finals start this week after 18 weeks of preliminary matches.  This weekend the New South Wales Waratahs play the Auckland Blues and the Canterbury Crusaders play the South Natal Sharks.  The Waratahs come into the finals in good form.  My team the Reds will play next week as will the 2nd place team the Western Stormers.

After the big State of Origin game last week the Australian rugby league competition resumes with a full complement of games.  This will be week 16 of 26 as teams head towards the finals.

Check back throughout the week for updates on these events and more!

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