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UFC 111 Review

In MMA on March 29, 2010 at 3:23 pm

2 belts were on the line as the UFC touched down in New Jersey this Saturday, with Georges St Pierre and Nottingham’s finest Dan Hardy facing off for the welterweight belt, and Frank Mir taking on another hard-hitting giant in Shane Carwin.

Here’s where the gold ended up…

Dan Hardy survived 5 rounds, including this deep armbar, but never looked like causing an upset

Georges St Pierre (C) bt Dan Hardy (UD)

Mohawked challenger Dan Hardy rose to prominence in the welterweight division with wins over Akihiro Gono and Rory Markham, then grabbed the headlines with his merciless baiting and beating of Marcus Davis. These three wins earned him a date with Mike Swick, who he dismissed with surprising ease.

That win left the matchmakers with little choice but to hand Hardy a shot at the belt. Many disputed his right to share a cage with St Pierre, but the truth is that the bionic French Canadian has pretty much cleaned out the division, apart from the ‘Outlaw’. Read the rest of this entry »


IPL Preview

In Cricket on March 11, 2010 at 9:34 pm

This season’s edition of the IPL returns to the shores of India, as
the eight teams face off for the 3rd time to decide who are the kings
of Indian cricket.

Last year, Adam Gilchrist fired his Deccan Chargers from last place in
the table to the top of the heap, but other teams have splashed the
cash to take their crown.

Here’s a run-down of each team, starting with the defending champs:

Deccan Chargers

Coach: Darren Lehmann
Captain: Adam Gilchrist

2008: 8th
2009: 4th, Champions

New Signings: Azhar Bilakhia, Anirudh Singh, Bodapati Sumanth, Ashish
Reddy, Kemar Roach (West Indies), Mohnish Mishra, Mitchell Marsh

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NBA Breakdown

In NBA on March 9, 2010 at 1:32 pm

Utah Jazz vs Portland Trail Blazers

The Utah Jazz arrived in Portland on the back of six consecutive road
wins, and they aimed to make it four in the back yard of a Blazers
team struggling with form and injuries.

With Hall of Famer Jerry Sloan at the reins in Utah, the team has
grown into the season and looks like a real contender. To add to their
six straight road wins, they have won 16 of their last 18 games as
Sloan coasts to his 21st winning season out of 22.

The Trail Blazers, meanwhile, have become something of a joke this
season, but not through any real fault of their own. Their fans have
had to have patience with this young team as player after player drops
with another injury. Coming into this one, their players had missed a
whopping 254 games between them this season, with centres Greg Oden
and Joel Przybilla huge losses, both literally and figuratively. Even
their coach hasn’t been immune from the jinx, Nate McMillan collapsing
with a ruptured Achilles when he stood in for a training drill

For this one, their star guard Brandon Roy was nursing a hamstring,
but this was evened out with the Jazz doing without Mehmet Okur and
then losing Andrei Kirilenko early in the clash.

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