May 072010

Tiger Woods’ niece looks to lead on the links

Cheyenne Woods – the 18-year-old niece of Tiger Woods – has inherited some of her family’s golf genes and is already leaving her mark on the golfing world.

Cheyenne, who bears a strong physical resemblance to her famous uncle, is a freshman at Wake Forest University and is already ranked among the top 100 women in college golf.

May 062010

Ryan Howard Extends Stay in Philadelphia

Left-handed slugger Ryan Howard has agreed to stay with the Philadelphia Phillies until 2017, signing a five-year contract extension worth $125 million. Howard’s current contract will expire in two years.

Howard, the 2005 Rookie of the Year, said extending his stay with the Phillies was an easy decision, as it was Philadelphia that gave him the chance to get into the Major League Baseball. General Manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said the decision to re-sign Howard this early was proof of how important the 2006 NL MVP is to the Phillies.

“We just felt it was good timing for us…we decided he is that important to our organization and to our club and to our future,” Amaro said, after joking that Howard “has agreed to buy a second home for me” as part of the deal.

Howard has helped the Phillies reach the last two World Series. The Phillies won in 2008 against the Tampa Bay Rays, 4-1, but lost, 2-4, to the New York Yankees last season.

May 062010

UEFA Champions League: Olympique Lyon vs. Bayern Munich

Olympique Lyonnais, appearing in the semifinals of the UEFA Champions League for the first time, are the underdogs as they face four-time champions Bayern Munich  (Munchen) tonight at Stade Gerland. However, Lyon boss Claude Puel has stated his side will execute a more attacking approach in the second leg against the German side to advance to the final on May 22.

Bayern, conquerors of Manchester United in the last 8, arrive in France with a slim lead thanks to their 1-0 victory at the Allianz Arena on April 21. An away goal most likely will push them to the final.

Louis van Gaal’s task is defending a slight advantage against an vehement squad without the services of suspended winger Franck Ribery and midfielder Anatoliy Tymoschuk, who is sick. In a recent interview, the 58-year-old Dutch tactician said: “We’ve got to forget about the first leg. This is a different game.”

The Bavarians could win titles on two other tournaments as they head the Bundesliga and have a date with Werder Bremen in the German Cup final, but winning Europe’s elite club competition is their primary goal.

Les Gones, on the other hand, have no suspension worries but midfielder Jean Makoun and defenders Jean-Alain Boumsong and Mathieu Bodmer are sidelined with injuries.

The game starts at 20:45 CET (2:45 p.m. ET). The FC Barcelona vs. Inter Milan match kicks-off tomorrow.

UPDATE: Ivica Olic scored a hat-trick as Bayern beat Lyon 3-0 (4-0 aggregate) to qualify for the Champions League final for the first time since they last won the competition in 2001.

May 062010

Game 5: Miami Heat vs. Boston Celtics Live Stream

Miami Heat vs. Boston Celtics Live Stream Game 5: The Miami Heat survived a could be series ending Game 4 when they defeated the Boston Celtics 101-92 to force game 5.

Heat guard Dwyane Wade is the reason his team is still alive in the first-round best-of-seven Eastern Conference playoff series. He scored a franchise-record 46 points on Sunday against Boston. 19 of those 46 were fourth-quarter points while 16 of those 19 were from beyond the arc (4-for-4 shooting). Wade definitely pleased the crowd who watched his performance in American Airlines Arena.

“He’s done it before,” said Heat forward Michael Beasley, “but to do it in a playoff game against one of the best teams in the league…He’s a great player.”

“Coming into the fourth I think we were down six,” Wade said. “I was trying to be very aggressive. I was shooting all those shots no matter what. I started making a couple. I got hot at the right time. I just wanted to will my team to victory.”

Game 5 of the Heat vs. Celtics playoffs series will continue at TD Garden in Boston on Tuesday, April 27.

The game starts at 7:00 p.m. ET.

UPDATE: Boston wins series 4-1. The Celtics defeated the Heat in Game 5 of their first-round playoffs series to advance to the 2nd round.

May 062010

NHL Playoffs: Detroit Red Wings vs. Phoenix Coyotes (Game 7)

Red Wings vs. Coyotes Game 7 Live Stream: The Phoenix Coyotes, who are in the NHL Playoffs for the first time since 2002, defeated the Detroit Red Wings 5-2 on Sunday to force a Game 7 in Glendale this evening. The winner will play the San Jose Sharks in the Western Conference semifinals.

The Wings are not too much familiar to playing a Game 7 on the road and hasn’t won one since 1964. To make things even worse, of the 129 playoff series that have gone to a seventh game since the best-of-seven format was brought out in 1939, the home team has won 80 times.

Mike Babcock’s men technically are the underdogs since they are seeded fifth against the No. 4 Phoenix, but a lot of hockey fans think it would be an upset if the Wings lose. They have four Stanley Cups in the last 12 seasons for chrissake!

Dave Tippett’s side had a 29-10-2 record on home ice during the regular season, while Nicklas Lidstrom and co. were 19-14-8 on the road this year. With a win, the Coyotes would advance to the second round for the first time since moving from Winnipeg in 1996.

Meanwhile, captain Shane Doan once again will be a game-time decision. He has missed the past three matches but despite his absence, Phoenix has stretched its series with Detroit to seven games.

Who do you think will win? Let us know in the comments section below this post.

Prediction: I’m rooting for the Wings but I believe whoever scores first tonight will have a huge advantage.

The match kicks-off at 9:00 p.m. ET.

UPDATE: Detroit defeated Phoenix, 6-1, to advance to the Western Conference semifinals.

May 062010

Game 5: Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Chicago Bulls Live Stream

Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Chicago Bulls Live Stream Game 5: The Cleveland Cavaliers lead the best-of-seven first-round playoffs series, 3-1, and they can put the Chicago Bulls to rest in Cleveland on Tuesday night.

In Game 5, Cleveland star LeBron James finished with 37 points, 12 rebounds, 11 assists, two steals, one block and even predicted that they will win the series.

“We’re going home to win the series,” James said. “This will be the last time you’ll see us in Chicago.”

The Game 5 of Cavs vs. Bulls series returns to Cleveland on Tuesday, April 27.

The game starts 8:00 p.m. ET.

UPDATE: Cleveland wins series 4-1. The Cavs defeated the Bulls 96-94 to move on to the second round of the 2010 Playoffs.

May 062010

Game 5: San Antonio Spurs vs. Dallas Mavericks Live Stream

San Antonio Spurs vs. Dallas Mavericks Live Stream Game 5: The San Antonio Spurs took a commanding 3-1  lead over the Dallas Mavericks after winning Game 4 if their first-round playoffs series 92-89.

George Hill just became the unlikely super hero on Sunday with his 29 points on 11-for-16 shooting and 5-for-6 on treys. He added two steals and no turnovers.

Tim Duncan on the other hand, who played on his 34th birthday, finished only with 4 points on 1-for-9 shooting while Manu Ginobili finished 4-for-16 and Tony Parker went 4-for-9.

Game 5 of the Mavs vs. Spurs series will continue in Dallas on Wednesday, April 27.

The game starts at 9:30 p.m. ET.

UPDATE: Dallas defeated San Antonio 103-81. San Antonio leads series 3-2.

May 062010

Game 5: LA Lakers vs. Oklahoma City Thunder Live Stream

Los Angeles Lakers vs. Oklahoma City Thunder Live Stream Game 5: The Oklahoma City Thunder are now tied with the Los Angeles Lakers 2-2 after winning Game 4 of their first-round playoffs series 110-89 Saturday night.

Kevin Durant led Oklahoma City with 22 points while Los Angeles didn’t have any player with at least 15 points. Lakers’ centers Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum led the Lakers with 13 points.

Other Thunder players also contributed significantly in Game 4. Russel Westbrook finished with 18 points, eight rebounds and six assists while Jeff Green and James Harden each had 15.

Game 5 of the Lakers vs. Thunder series will continue at the Staples center in Los Angeles on Tuesday, April 27.

The game starts at 10:30 p.m. ET.

UPDATE: The Los Angeles Lakers beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 111-87. Los Angeles lead series 3-2.

May 062010

Wayne Rooney Says to Be Ready for World Cup

Injured England and Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney has assured fans that he will be ready by June 11, when the South Africa World cup kicks off. Rooney is currently nursing a groin injury that could sideline him for the rest of the Premier League season. He also watched helplessly as Manchester United was eliminated by Bayern Munich in the ongoing UEFA Champions League.

Rooney, who was recently voted the Premier League’s Player of the Year at the Professional Footballers’ Association Awards in London, said that “the groin will be fine for the World Cup, there are no worries about that.” He also expressed hope that he could play in United’s last match. Man U is currently engaged in a neck-and-neck battle against Chelsea for the Premier League pennant. Chelsea is ahead by one point after an overwhelming, 7-0, victory over Stoke on Sunday. However, Chelsea is set to face Liverpool. Rooney hopes Liverpool will win against Chelsea to allow United to move ahead in the table with a victory against Sunderland on May 2.

May 062010

Bayern Munich Ask UEFA to Cut Short Franck Ribery Ban

Bayern Munich could be without winger Franck Ribery for the UEFA Champions League final next month. The UEFA banned Ribery for three matches after he was given a red card in last week’s 1-0 victory against Lyon in their Champions League semifinal first leg. Bayern said they would appeal the ban as they had initially thought that Ribery would only miss one game. Ribery did not play in Bayern’s 3-0 thrashing of Lyon that allowed the Bundesliga side to advance to the final on May 22.

A statement by Bayern said that the UEFA slapped the three-match suspension because it believed that Ribery caused serious harm to Lyon’s Lisandro Lopez, who went down after being tackled by the Bavarian winger. However, Bayern insist that the punishment was too much considering that Lopez was able to continue playing. “Ribery can certainly not be accused of violating his opponent intentionally…Bayern and Franck Ribery will not accept the decision, but appeal and exhaust all possibilities,” the German club said in a statement.

Bayern will face the winner between Inter Milan and Barcelona, which the Italian team currently lead 3-1 on goals. The second leg of the Inter-Barca semifinal will be held on April 28.