Thursday, 28 July 2011

68 - AFL RD 19 preview

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The AFL season 2011 is approaching the finals with only 6 more rounds to go, here is RD 19.

North Melbourne vs Carlton
Carlton in fantastic form, and North just came off a lost. Carlton should be too good for and win by over 30

Bulldogs vs West Coast
A close match-up with West Coast having to travel, but they should have enough skill to claim the win

Geelong vs Melbourne
Geelong haven't played that well in the last month, but they are the 2nd best side of the competition and should dominate this game

Gold Coast vs St. Kilda
The 1st year side Gold Coast will be no match for the form-regaining side St. Kilda

Fremantle vs Hawthorn
A big game for both sides, Fremantle want to seal their place in the top 8, and Hawthorn in the top 4. Hawthorn should get over the line...just.

Collingwood vs Essendon
A huge game (crowd wise) but Collingwood will defeat Essendon pretty comfortably.

Adelaide vs Port Adelaide
The Adelaide show down, but both teams are terrible. Adelaide should win...

Joke of the Day:
Q. What is a dog's favorite colour?
A. Grrrrrrrreen

Monday, 25 July 2011

67 - Lewis Hamilton wins German Grand Prix

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Lewis Hamilton claims his 2nd win of the season in Germany to hold off Fernandon Alonso and Mark Webber. The 26-year-old Englishman, started from second position, took the lead straight away and never looked back to win a well-judged race supported by excellent skills and strategy. 

Hamilton had to fight the whole race, and sometimes his lead was within 3 seconds, but he held on to claim a thrilling victory by only 3.9 seconds ahead of Alonso. 
Lewis Hamilton on podium 

"Whooooah!" screamed a delighted Hamilton, after winning for the first time since the Chinese Grand Prix in April. "Yes that is more like it! This is great. Thank you guys, you guys, that was amazing.

Overall Standings:
1. S. Vettel 216 points
2. M. Webber 139
3. L. Hamilton 134

Vettel still has a comfortable lead in the overall standings, and should claim another world championship.

Joke of the Day:
A neutron goes into a bar and asks the bartender, "How much for a beer?"
The bartender replies, 
"For you, no charge."

Saturday, 23 July 2011

66 - Cadel Evans will win Tour de France

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The Tour de France still has 1 more stage to go, but tradition means there will be no attacking the yellow jersey on the last stage into Paris.

Cadel started the time trial 57 secs behind Andy Shleck, and Evans blew the race apart finishing 2nd and beating Andy Shleck by over 2 minutes and claiming his 1st Tour win and the 1st for Australia. Evans finished second in the time trial, just seven seconds behind German Tony Martin with three-time champion Alberto Contador third.
Cadel Evans claims yellow, and the Tour de France

After coming 2nd twice, Cadel went one step further and is a massive sporting moment for him and Australia. "I've had some bad moments in the last 10 years (but) that just makes the good moments even better."

Overall Standings:
1. C. Evans
2. A. Shleck (+ 1.34 mins)
3. F. Shleck (+ 2.30 mins)

Joke of the Day:
"Doctor, I get heartburn every time I eat cake"
"Next time, take off the candles"

Friday, 22 July 2011

65 - Tour de France stage 19 recap

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The last stage in the Alps, and the 3rd last stage of the 2011 Tour de France. The 19th stage was a 109.5 km stage to the famous mountain Alpe d'Huez.

It was a stage for the general classification contenders with there being 3 mountains that they must overcome. Alberto Contador attacked within 10km from the start and led the whole way until the end where he was overtaken by stage winner Pierre Rolland.

Andy Shleck from Luxemburg is leading the Tour de France
Cadel Evans overcame a mechanical error and at times over a 1 minute deficit, to stay in touch with both the Schleck brothers and with the time trial to come Cadel is looking at winning his first Tour de France and become the first Australian to win.

"Time trial. Start as fast as possible, finish as fast as possible and hope it is fast enough," Evans said. Evans must overcome a 57 second gap to take the leader's yellow jersey and win the Tour. There are only two more stages to come and tomorrow will be the most important of the whole tour. 

Overall Standings:
1. A. Schleck
2. F. Schleck (+ 53 secs)
3. C. Evans (+57 secs)

Joke of the Day:
Q. What do you get from a pampered cow?
A. Spoiled milk...

Wednesday, 20 July 2011

64 - Tour de France stage 17 recap

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The Tour heads into the Alps with the next couple of stages being the most likely decider for the tour. 

Cadel Evans has boosted further his strong claims for an historic Tour de France victory, edging closer to the overall lead in stage 17. Evans gained 27 seconds on Thomas Voeckler, who retained the yellow jersey after the stage won by Edvald Boasson Hagen.
Cadel Evans from Australia is looking to win his 1st Tour de France

Boasson Hagen won the 179km stage through the Alps, from Gap to the Italian town of Pinerolo after pushing forward in a break away group. 
"I've got a good advantage over Alberto now, but Alberto has shown in years gone by what he can do when he's really at his top." said Evans

Tomorrow will be the most important stage of the tour, said two time runner-up Andy Shleck. There are only two more stages in the Alps, and the contenders must attack to try and lead the general classification and win the overall Tour de France.

Overall Standings:
1. T. Voeckler 
2. C. Evans (+1.18 mins)
3. F. Schleck (+1.22 mins)
Joke of the Day:
Q. What did one strawberry say to another?
A. Look at the jam you got us into!

63 - Tour de France stage 16 recap

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The Tour de France is into its last week of racing, and only the Alps and a time-trial to come stage 16 was one of the easier stages before the finish.

Australia's Cadel Evans has moved up a place to be second overall after the 16th stage of the Tour de France.Evans finished the stage 11th, 4min 23sec behind winner Norwegian Thor Hushovd to gain time on Frenchman Thomas Voeckler, who retained the race leader's yellow jersey.
World Champion Thor Hushovd wins another stage

World champion Hushovd led a three-man breakaway to win his 2nd stage of the Tour, and continue his blistering form. Contador was also another winner this stage, he looked much better in the saddle and is looking to be back to his great form after early crashes hurt his knees. 
"The important thing is that I felt strong, I had good feelings in my legs. There are three days in the mountains, so we have to try and capitalize" said the Spaniard.
Overall Standings:
1. T. Voeckler 
2. C. Evans (+1.45 mins)
3. F. Schleck (+1.49 mins
 Joke of the Day:
Q: What do you call cheese thats not yours?
A: Nacho cheese!

Sunday, 17 July 2011

62 - Tour de France stage 14 and 15 recap

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Stages 14 and 15 of the Tour de France

Stage 14:
Frenchman Thomas Voeckler stubbornly held on to the Tour de France yellow jersey as Australian Cadel Evans survived a number of attacks from Andy and Frank Schleck. Reigning champion Alberto Contador also survived another onslaught in the mountains despite having a sore knee, the Spanish champion falling under constant attack on the 15.8 km climb to Plateau de Beille.

Belgian Jelle Vanendert took the victory after breaking away from the group with 7km's to go, and never looked back to claim his 1st ever Tour de France win, "Never in my wildest dreams did I think I'd win a stage like this," said Vanendert.
Mark Cavendish
Mark Cavendish after winning stage 15

Stage 15:
Mark Cavendish has continued his domination of the Tour de France sprint stages, claiming his fourth win of the race to take his career tally to an unrivalled 19 on stage 15. "I don't think there's been one of my 19 wins that I've done alone, and that just shows the commitment those guys have towards me and I'm incredibly lucky for that," said Cavendish.

Joke of the Day:
Q. What do computers eat when they get hungry?
A. Chips...