in town for free camps
Finals against Japan and their ace pitcher (Yukiko Ueno) tonight (8:30 EDT on ESPN2 and ESPN3.com), following the US's 10-0 blow-out of Great Britain yesterday. Per previous post, Jordan closed out the Saturday victory against Japan with 4 strikeouts of the only 4 batters she faced. Per NewsOK (The Oklahoman):
Team USA is expected to start University of Michigan pitcher Jordan Taylor, but coach Ken Eriksen said “the entire staff will be ready to go."
Jordan brought in at bottom of the 6th as third US pitcher in game over Japan, a must-win game for the US after losing to Canada earlier in the day. US up 8-4, but first reliever in trouble. Jordan strikes out batter to end the inning, then strikes out all three batters she faces in the 7th, the first being a 10-pitch outing. Commentator: "Great battle won by Jordan Taylor."
Couldn't find any stats, and bizarrely difficult even to find the final score. Went to ESPN3.com to replay, expecting just to skim through to the highlights. Pleased to see all the camera time Jordan got behind the fence cheering all the other girls on. Then fast-forwarded to the final inning to watch the glee of victory and surprised to see her out there. Worth replaying from her entrance. Four batters, four Ks.
Next game against Great Britain this afternoon, 5:00 pm EDT on ESPN2, streaming on ESPN3.com. Have no idea who's pitching, but Taylor's making her mark.
As tradition dictates that no GC contender may attack today, barring a crash, case of food poisoning or something else unforeseen, Cadel Evans (who does have a history of bad luck in grand tours) will finally win the Tour after numerous close calls in the past, giving Australia its first TdF win ever.
For the sprinters, though, it's game on. The Champs-Elysées is prime sprinting territory. Mark Cavendish is almost certain to win green, but will he win the stage? Will Gilbert or Hushovd give it a shot?
And of course, there is the ceremony following the stage. If Cavendish is indeed on the podium, will fans grumble that it's undeserved, given his consecutive finishes outside the time limit in the Alps? (IMO, the current rule - a points deduction when 20+% of the riders don't finish in time - is fine, but perhaps it should only apply the first time. If a rider is again outside the limit, maybe he should be disqualified, period.)
Any/all thoughts on the Tour and its dramatic conclusion can go here.
David Brandon and the Wolverines Team are set to square off against Mark Hollis and his Spartan squad in a "rough and tough" round of golf Monday.
Brandon basically said State is no match for his Wolverine squad, and it's just about over before it even starts.
The teams definitely have some talented golfers on them:
The Wolverines’ team:
- Lion Kim, who played in the Masters in April as the 2010 U.S. Amateur Public Links champion and recently finished his golf career at Michigan.
- Jay Feely, a kicker with the Arizona Cardinals.
- Andy Matthews, the reigning Michigan Tournament of Champions winner who is a regular on the Nationwide tour.
- Elaine Crosby, a longtime LPGA Tour player.
They’ll face this lineup from Michigan State:
- Ryan Brehm, an assistant MSU golf coach and two-time Michigan Open champion.
- Jimmy Chestnut, the 2008 Michigan Amateur champion
- Jack Newman, the 2008 U.S. Amateur Public Links champion
- Sue Ertl, an LPGA Tour veteran
Go get em' David ... lets show Misdemeanor State.. I mean Michigan State just how things are going to be this year ... beginning with golf and continuing with football.
Nineteen stages done, covering over 2,000 miles and two mountain ranges, and the picture of the final winner in Paris is still cloudy. Thomas Voeckler's supply of grit finally ran out yesterday, and Alberto Contador's gutsy attempt at a game-breaking attack fell a little short, leaving us with three presumed contenders:
Andy Schleck 82 h 43 min 48 s
Frank Schleck +53s
Cadel Evans +57s
That's right: after nearly 83 hours of cycling, these three men are less than one minute apart. And now comes a race contre la montre (literally "against the watch") - an individual time trial, something the new bearer of the yellow jersey isn't known to excel at. It may as well be a dead heat.
The final real stage: 42.5 km on moderately hilly terrain in and around Grenoble:
After the Alps, you'd think this would be a breeze . . . except that their legs are probably about to fall off after 19 stages of racing. And they've got no teammates or rivals to wheel-suck. But with the end so close, they can afford to coax out what little strength remains in those lactic-acid-ravaged limbs of theirs. Should be fun!