Weekend Sports Wrap
USA Men’s Basketball: USA Basketball announced the 12-member team selected to represent the United States at the Olympic Games in London later this month. Team members: Carmelo Anthony/Knicks; Kobe Bryant/Lakers; Tyson Chandler/Knicks; Kevin Durant/Oklahoma City Thunder; Blake Griffin/Clippers; James Harden/Oklahoma City Thunder; Andre Iguodala/Philadelphia 76ers; LeBron James/Miami Heat; Kevin Love/Minnesota Timberwolves; Chris Paul/Los Angeles Clippers; Russell Westbrook/Oklahoma City Thunder; Deron Williams/Brooklyn Nets.
NASCAR: A suspension and a flight watch kicked off the day for NASCAR on Saturday at the Coke Zero 400. Penske team member, AJ Allmendinger, received notice shortly before the race on Saturday that he was suspended immediately following a positive result to a drug test administered the previous weekend in Kentucky.
The Penske team placed a call to Sam Hornish Jr in Charlotte to have him replace Allmendinger. And the flight watch began. Hornish boarded a private jet and arrived, via police escort, minutes before the national anthem was sung. Hornish would finish 33rd in a car he had not driven before. Tony Stewart won the race.
Wimbledon: The grandest of all tennis tournaments completed over the weekend with some familiar faces returning to what almost seems like their rightful place. Roger Federer turned in a masterful performance over Andy Murray despite the home crowd cheering for Murray. A brief rain delay halted play tied at 1 set all but Federer returned looking very much like the dominant Federer of years past. The win secured the #1 ranking for Federer, his seventh Wimbledon title and seventeenth major championship.
Williams, meanwhile, completed the “double”, literally. Saturday, the Grand Slam champion added her fifth Wimbledon singles title to her resume’ with a three-set victory over Agnieszka Radwanska. Teaming with her sister Venus a few hours later, the Williams’ won their fifth Wimbledon doubles title with a straight set victory in the final.
UFC 148: The middleweight division proved again to be the most compelling and hype-driven weight class in UFC Saturday night. And with good reason. The best mixed martial arts fighter currently, Anderson Silva, showed why he is the best enduring a first round flurry and mount by Chael Sonnen. Sonnen failed to take advantage of the champ on the mat which would prove costly. Failing a spinning back fist, Sonnen fell to the mat and Anderson pounced, scoring a TKO and retaining his title.
It wasn’t all Silva-Sonnen Saturday, however. Longtime MMA stalwart, Tito Ortiz, completed his career with a semi-controversial loss to Forrest Griffin. Ortiz scored the bout’s only two takedowns but Griffin, according to the judges, scored higher with his activity standing.
SEATTLE SOUNDERS WOMEN: The Seattle Sounders women capped off their home season with a 5-0 victory over the Victoria Highlanders. Two goals each by Lyndsey Patterson and Veronica Perez led the way for the Sounders. The team will finish the W-League season on the road with three games in California against Santa Clarita, Los Angeles and ending against the first place Pali Blues.
BASEBALL AROUND THE REGION: An abundance of baseball action in American Legion, Cal Ripken, Babe Ruth and Little League level of games. The Tri-City Herald and Yakima Herald with a round-up of results.
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