Wednesday, July 13, 2011

What's on my sports radar this week

Middle of July, middle of summer in the northern hemisphere, winter in the southern, plenty of sports action.
The British Open golf championships starts on Thursday, an event I never miss watching.  This year it is being played at Royal St Georges in Kent, England, weather forecast doesn't look good which is not unusual for The Open.  The Open is famous for producing long shot winners and particularly on this course with bad weather an underdog could get up for a win.  Plenty of Aussies in the field including Adam Scott, Jason Day, Robert Allenby.

Check out my list of 20 players I think can win the British Open this year (based on my secret formula):
The Tour de France heads into the second week and into the high mountains for the first time on Thursday.  Plenty of action in the first week with some big names already crashing out but Aussie Cadel Evans and Luxembourgian Andy Schleck in good position but Alberto Contador has been plagued by crashes so far.  Once they get to the mountains the battle will be on for sure and Contador is sure to launch attacks to test out the field.

MLB returns to normality after the all star break and teams will be heading into the second half of the season will the aim to reach the playoffs.  The Red Sox start the second half in first place (one game lead over the Yankees) and play the Rays this weekend. Now I pay a lot more attention to the other teams in the AL East that are in the race for the Division title and the wild card.  Therefore I now get game alerts from the Red Sox, Yankees and Rays!

After an amazing State of Origin rugby league win by Queensland over New South Wales the NRL competition get back to normal (no more byes!).  Full complement of games this weekend and teams are sorting out into finals contenders now with 7 rounds to go until the finals.  As always I wil be following my childhood team the Cronulla Sharks and all the Queensland teams, Brisbane Broncos, North Queensland Cowboys and the Gold Coast Titans.

For an explanation of my rugby league allegiences check out this previous post:

After an amazing Super Rugby season and win by my team the Queensland Reds the international rugby season starts culminating in probably the biggest sporting event of the year the Rugby World Cup in September.  This weekend is the first game of the year for the Australian Wallabies team v Samoa.  Should be an easy win for the Wallabies but will be interesting to see who is picked and their current form.  Later in the month the Tri Nations series (vs South Africa and New Zealand All Blacks) will be contested which will be a true warm up before the world cup.  From now on I will be checking the form of all the World Cup contenders including England, France, Wales, Scotland and Ireland.

This week in tennis there are a couple of ATP 250 tournaments in Stuttgart and Bastad, Sweden. No Aussies are playing and many big names are sitting this week out.  For the women there are tournaments in Bad Gastein, Austria and Palermo, Italy.  Aussie Jarmilla Gajdosova (who was the second seed) was knocked out in the first round at Bad Gastein by Johanna Larson.

Check back later in the week for how it all panned out!

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