Saturday, July 5, 2008

Top 10 Stories of the Week

#10 – Joey Chestnut defended his title as hotdog eating champion of the world on Friday at the annual hot dog eating contest in Coney Island on Friday. After 10 minutes both Chestnut and longtime rival Takeru Kobayashi were tied at 59 hotdogs each. This forced a dramatic overtime where it was the first to consume 5 dogs. It was a close finish but Chestnut came out on top and won the belt.

#9 – US Women’s Olympic Swim Team Member Dara Torres, 41, became the oldest American swimmer to earn an Olympic berth by winning the women's 100-meter freestyle in 53.78 at the recent US Olympic Trials.

#8 – Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal will meet at the final of this years Wimbledon and some people are already calling it one of the biggest matches in Tennis history. The world’s #1 and #2 met recently at the French Open where Federer was easily dismantled by Nadal. However Federer owns grass which makes the match up that much better.

#7 – US Men’s Olympic Swim Team Member Cullen Jones lowered the old mark in the 50-meter freestyle set by Gary Hall Jr. at the 2000 Summer Games in Sydney. The old record was 21.76 and Jones finished in just 21.59 to set a new record.

#6 – Last night the Colorado Rockies and the Florida Marlins combined for 35 runs on 43 hits to record the highest scoring game of the season. The Rockies were down 13-4 but rallied throughout the game and eventually won in the bottom of the 9th. The final score was 18-17.

#5 – Jaromir Jagr will no longer be playing in the NHL as it was confirmed earlier this week that he would sign with Avangard Omsk of the Russian Hockey League. It was reported that Russian teams had been throwing big money at NHL players but so far Jagr is the only big name player to sign.

#4 - It was reported earlier this week that Brett Favre has expressed feelings that he wanted to return to the NFL this season. Favre later explained that this was false information and that he did not have any plans to return.

#3 – The Tampa Bay Rays are the best team in a baseball with a record of 53-32 and own a 3 game lead in the toughest division in baseball. Earlier in the week the rays swept the Red Sox and have now shown that they are a serious contender. They also only need 17 more wins to tie their team record of 70 set in 2004.

#2 – Venus Williams won her 7th major singles title this morning as she defeated her sister Serena Williams in straight sets 7-5, 6-4 to win Wimbledon. This was Venus' first victory over her younger sibling in a Grand Slam final since the 2001 U.S. Open, and it evened their career record at 8-8.

#1 – The Seattle Supersonics are moving to Oklahoma City after having the remaining years of their lease at KeyArena bought out by owner Clay Bennett. The team will be moving this year and will no longer be called the Supersonics and will not have the same colors as before.

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