The playoffs are now set for the 2013 Scotties Tournament of Hearts. After a solid week, Manitoba’s Jennifer Jones made history Friday night in Kingston, Ontario, by becoming the first female skip to go a perfect 12-0 in the round robin of the national curling championship. Manitoba will now play Ontario’s Rachel Homan in the 1-2 playoff game (Saturday, TSN, 5:00 p.m.) with the winner advancing to the final (Sunday, TSN, 5:00 p.m.) and the loser playing the winner of the 3-4 game between British Columbia’s Kelly Scott and Canada’s Heather Nedohin (Saturday, TSN, 12:00 p.m.) in the semi-final (Sunday, TSN, 7:00 a.m.).
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It’s wildcard weekend in the National Football League with four entertaining games. The one I think everyone is excited about the most will take place Sunday afternoon as the Washington Redskins take on the Seattle Seahawks in the NFC (FOX, 2:30 p.m.).
This is also a battle of two rookie quarterbacks with Russell Wilson of Seattle taking on Washington’s RG3. A lot of people are surprised Seattle is a three point favourite. I’m not, based on how well the Seahawks have played throughout December. However, don’t forget the Seahawks had a losing record on the road this season, and are much more comfortable in the Pacific Northwest.
Here are the other events I’ll be watching:
Saturday–World Junior Hockey Championship Final–Sweden vs. United States–TSN–6:00 a.m.–The 2013 Championship Final has two strong Calgary connections. The top American player, John Gaudreau, forward from Boston College, is a draft pick of the Calgary Flames (4th round in 2011) and one of Sweden’s top snipers is Victor Rask of the Calgary Hitmen. The American defense as a collective unit is exceptional. Seth Jones, Jacob Trouba and Jake McCabe have been excellent in the medal round in wins over the Czech Republic and Canada.
One of the most remarkable comebacks in sports history happened on Friday night in Washington.
Down 9-0 after five innings, the Braves stormed back to outscore the Nationals 10-1 in the last four innings before winning 11-10 in extra innings.
Dan Uggla led the Braves attack by going three for four, scoring four runs and recording the game winning run in the eleventh inning.
With the win, the Braves improve to 51-41, and are 2.5 games back of the Nationals in the National League East. The two teams will also play a very intriguing doubleheader on Saturday (11am and 5pm on Peachtree TV).
Here are the other events I’ll be watching this weekend:
Australia’s Adam Scott shot a -6 under perfect conditions after round one of the British Open in Lytham St. Annes, England on Thursday.
According to ESPN, organizers were expecting significantly more windier conditions than what transpired for the morning segment.
Pre-tournament favourite Tiger Woods called the conditions benign after he shot a three-under 67 and sits in a tie for sixth.
Scott, meanwhile leads Paul Lawrie of Scotland (1999 British Open champion), Zach Johnson of the United States (2007 Masters Champion) and Nicolas Colsaerts of Belgium by a stroke.
I was surprised at how calm Scott was throughout his round. He even took the time to use the portaloo late in his round.
Another interesting story was that the British Open does not have U.S. Open Webb Simpson in the field because his wife is about to give birth. Simpson has confirmed his presence however at next week’s Canadian Open in beautiful Hamilton! I wonder if Simpson has ever been to Hamilton?
For the first time in five years a golfer shooting over par won the United States Open.
American Webb Simpson shot a +1 over his four rounds of golf at the Olympic Club in San Francisco to be a major winner for the first time in his career. Argentina’s Angel Cabrera was the last golfer to shoot over par at the United States Open in 2007 when he went +5 to win at the Oakmont Country Club in Pittsburgh.
Simpson was +5 over the first two rounds, but shot -2 on two consecutive days over the weekend to win the second major of the year. The co-leaders heading into the day, American Jim Furyk (2003 U.S. Open Champion) and Northern Ireland’s Graeme McDowell were a combined +7 on Sunday.
Simpson beat McDowell and round one leader Michael Thompson by a stroke.
This is Simpson’s third victory on the PGA Tour. Last year he won at the Wyndham Championship in North Carolina and the Duetsche Bank Championship in Boston, part of the PGA’s FedEx Cup Playoffs. He also played a key role for the American win over the Internationals at the 2011 President’s Cup in Australia.
The United States remain in the lead of the International squad 7-5 after Day Two of the Presidents Cup in Melbourne, Australia.
On Thursday (Friday in Melbourne), the Americans and the International team split the six four ball matches.
Two American teams have impressed me significantly to date. Yesterday I was very impressed with Bubba Watson and Webb Simpson. They won again today defeating Ernie Els of South Africa and Ryo Ishikawa of Japan 3 & 1.
I was also very impressed with Jim Furyk, the 2o03 United States Open Champion, who won his second consecutive match by pairing up with Phil Mickelson. The duo defeated Australian Adam Scott and South Korean Kyung-tae Kim 2 & 1. But the real reason the Americans got the point was because of Furyk’s putting, which was terrific in extremely windy conditions.
Once again, Tiger Woods lost. This time with Dustin Johnson to the Australian duo of Jason Day and Aaron Baddeley 1 up. Woods is the only American not to get on the scoreboard yet.
In other action, the American duo of Steve Stricker and Matt Kuchar defeated Y.E. Yang of South Korea and Robert Allenby of Australia 4 & 3. Australian Geoff Ogilvy, with a terrible mustache, and South Korean K.J. Choi defeated Bill Haas and Nick Watney 1 up and the South African duo of Charl Schwartzel and Retief Goosen defeated Hunter Mahan and David Toms 2 & 1.
While most sports news outlets are discussing Adam Scott’s blowout victory with K.J. Choi over Tiger Woods and Steve Stricker, I am taking this blog into a different direction.
The Americans, except for Woods and Stricker, played almost flawlessly on Wednesday night taking a 4-2 lead over the International squad after Day One of the President’s Cup in Melbourne, Australia.
In last night’s foursome play, the one American golfer I was impressed with the most was Webb Simpson, who is starting to become a household name in the sport. He teamed up with Bubba Watson and surprisingly took out Ernie Els and Ryo Ishikawa 4 & 2.
If you haven’t heard of Simpson, it is now time. The 26 year-old native of Raleigh, North Carolina finished second on the PGA Tour money list last season after winning the Wyndham Championship in his home state and the Deutsche Bank Championship during the Fedex Playoffs.
Simpson, who seemed to be nervous early in his round, credits Watson for significantly calming him down.
In other impressive American victories yesterday, David Toms and Hunter Mahan defeated the South Korean duo of Kyung-tae Kim and Y.E. Yang 6 & 5, while Phil Mickelson and Jim Furyk beat Robert Allenby and Retief Goosen 4 & 3.
Getting back to K.J. Choi who helped Scott beat Woods and Stricker 7 up, Choi almost made one of the most remarkable golf shots of all-time. With his back completely to the hole, he used the slope of a hill to the right of the hole to get his golf ball a few inches away from the cup.
Action continues to fourball this afternoon.
The Calgary Stampeders and the Saskatchewan Roughriders will battle at Mosaic Stadium in Regina tomorrow night in a huge Western Division matchup. The Roughriders (1-3) are coming off a huge 27-24 win over the Montreal Alouettes last Sunday, and can move ahead of the 2-2 Calgary Stampeders with a victory. Expect the Roughriders to use running back Wes Cates frequently with the Stamps’ top defender, Juwan Simpson out with a knee injury.
Roughriders’ offensive lineman Gene Makowsky will tie a franchise record when he suits up on Saturday. He’ll tie Roger Aldag’s record for most games with the Saskatchewan Roughriders (271). The game can be seen on TSN at 7:30pm.
Here are the other events I’ll be tuning in to:
Saturday & Sunday–Women’s British Open–8am SAT on TSN, 7am SUN on TSN2–German Caroline Masson currently leads South Koreans Inbee Park and Meena Lee by a stroke at -11 in the final major of the year for the LPGA Tour . Masson, is a regular member of the Ladies’ European Tour, and has four top ten finishes in 2011. Park is the only player among the three to have won a Major in the past, as she won the 2008 United States Women’s Open. South Korean legend Se Ri Pak is lurking at Carnoustie, Scotland, as she is only three shots off the lead in fourth place. Canada’s Lorie Kane of Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island made the cut. She is currently at +1.
Saturday–MLB–Tampa Bay Rays @ Seattle Mariners–2pm–FOX–I am very interested in watching Rays’ rookie pitcher Alex Cobb for the first time. Cobb is 3-0 with 24 strikeouts and an earned run average of 2.57, but has only given up five earned runs in his last 31 1/3 innings. The Mariners, meanwhile, have finally ended that brutal 17 game losing streak and will send rookie all-star Michael Pineda (8-7, 123 K, 3.69 ERA) to the mound. Tampa Bay is 54-50, while Seattle is 44-60.
It is extremely difficult to predict the performance of a golfer every week. A lot of different factors come into play.
I am in a fantasy golf pool, and I won’t share all of my secrets, but a major factor that comes into play in determining certain golfers is consistency on the weekend. The missed cut category has great significance.
I know Abbotsford, British Columbia’s Adam Hadwin has only played in two PGA events in 2011, the RBC Canadian Open at the Shaughnessy Golf and Country Club in Vancouver last week, and the United States Open at Congressional Country Club outside of Washington, D.C. last month. But the bottom line is that he has played all 72 holes in the two tournaments he has been in this year, and performed admirably in a tie for 58th in D.C. and a tie for for fourth in B.C. Both results made Hadwin the top Canadian.
I’m taking a hunch and selecting him this week along with Americans Phil Mickelson, Webb Simpson and Jeff Overton.
If you didn’t know the name of Tom Lewis, well, I guess you know now.
The English amateur that is only twenty years of age was the story on day one of the third major of the 2011 golf season.
Lewis shot a -5, to tie for the lead with Denmark’s Thomas Bjorn. Lewis, who was named after his playing partner and British Open icon Tom Watson, birdied the fourteenth, fifteenth, sixteenth and seventeenth holes in dominating the back nine of Royal St. George’s.
Bjorn meanwhile had the lead for the majority of the day, until Lewis soared to tie him. Like Lewis, Bjorn birdied each hole from the fourteenth to the sixteenth, but a costly bogey on the eighteenth hole means he is not leading Lewis by a stroke heading into round two.
The most fascinating shot of the day came from American Dustin Johnson, who got a hole in one on the 16th hole. He is sitting at even par.
Unlike the United States Open where Rory McIlroy dominated the field, the British Open is significantly tighter. There are 35 players within four shots of the lead. Among the three that are only one shot back at-4 are American Webb Simpson, Spain’s Miguel Angel Jimenez (the Mechanic) and American Lucas Glover, the 2009 United States Open Champion.