Monday Myriad: World Series of Poker schedules around World Cup?

Perhaps this is a coincidence, but the World Series of Poker has put its two big events on either side of the World Cup. The main event, the $10,000 no-limit hold-em tournament that will run ad infinitum on ESPN in months to come, starts July 5 but takes a day off July 11, coinciding with the World Cup final. The field is whittled down from several thousand to nine the rest of the week. Before the World Cup, we get the Poker Players’ Championship, which is designed to be a more complete test of poker skills. The $50,000 buy-in and … Continue reading Monday Myriad: World Series of Poker schedules around World Cup?

MLS Week 10: The meek shall inherit

Highlights and oddities of the week:

– The bottom two teams in the league won, and the two target forwards not in Bob Bradley’s U.S. plans scored goals.

– My Player of the Week vote lurched from Javier Morales (RSL) to Stefan Frei (TFC) and to Danny Mwanga (PHI) before landing with Shalrie Joseph (NE).

– Revolution goal-scorer Zack Schilawski’s name was spelled SHILAWSKI on the back of his jersey.

– MLSSoccer.com did a profile last week on pool goalkeeper Kevin Guppy, who usually trains with the Galaxy but has been with Chivas USA as the backup while Dan Kennedy is injured. Funny timing. Zach Thornton picked up a red card against D.C. United and will be suspended, so unless Kennedy’s ready to go or the Goats pick up another keeper, Guppy is set for a start. He didn’t play against United because all three subs had been used, forcing defender Dario Delgado into the net to face a PK.

– New England already is using a third-string goalkeeper, Bobby Shuttleworth, after a horrific injury to Preston Burpo.

– The Red Bulls, dealing with a rash of injuries, have tumbled from first in the East to almost out of the playoff spots. Going rapidly the other direction: defending champion Real Salt Lake.

– The Galaxy faced their biggest test of the season, traveling to East leader Columbus without Landon Donovan and Edson Buddle. The Crew had their national campers, Chad Marshall and Robbie Rogers, back in the lineup. It’s official: No one can beat the Galaxy.

Lineups, notes, etc.

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What’s on: UFC 114, Culture Clash at Mandalay

UFC 114
Prelims: 9 p.m. ET Saturday, Spike
Main card: 10 p.m. ET Saturday, pay-per-view
Venue: Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas

Rankings from USA TODAY/SB Nation; odds from MMAOdds.com

Main event, light heavyweights: Rashad Evans (#3) vs. Quinton “Rampage” Jackson (#4)

It’s the first time a UFC main event has featured two African-Americans, it’s a showdown of former champions, it’s a long-delayed matchup of two coaches from The Ultimate Fighter, and it’s a title eliminator, with the winner getting a shot at champion Mauricio “Shogun” Rua.

But it’s really all about the talking.

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How two wayward WPS investors could hurt the U.S. women’s national soccer team

If you want to know the difficulties U.S. women’s soccer would face if WPS disappeared, ask Canada. The Canadian national team that faced the Washington Freedom last weekend was called together from all corners of the globe. American college soccer, WPS, the W-League, the Bundesliga and Scandinavia. The lack of cohesiveness showed, and the result flattered the visitors. Canada tied the Freedom 3-3, getting the two goal they needed for the tie while the Freedom’s defensive subs were getting acclimated. The balance of play went to the WPS side, not the national team. “This looked like the first time the … Continue reading How two wayward WPS investors could hurt the U.S. women’s national soccer team

Friday Myriad: I see Italy, I see France …

The Giro d’Italia and NCAA lacrosse tournaments conclude, the French Open hits the halfway point and national teams prep for the World Cup with various friendlies. SATURDAY 9 a.m.: Cycling, Stage 19, Giro d’Italia. Final mountain stage. Ivan Basso took the lead in Friday’s stage and will be tough to displace here. Universal Sports 10 a.m.: Soccer (England), Millwall-Swindon. Winner is promoted to the Championship level. Fox Soccer Plus 2 p.m.: Soccer (international), USA-Turkey. The World Cup roster is set; this game is all about trying out combinations and tuning up. ESPN2 4 p.m.: College lacrosse, Notre Dame-Cornell, Division I … Continue reading Friday Myriad: I see Italy, I see France …

‘The Ultimate Fighter’: Season 11, Episode 9: If only Tito could burn the tape

Two quarterfinals and the explanation of what happened to Tito Ortiz to scrub his fight with fellow coach Chuck Liddell? Seems promising.

Must be busy, because we start with a weigh-in. Kyle Noke and Kris McCray are bummed because they’re buddies, and they have to fight. They’re also two of the best guys on the show, and one of them has to go out early.

Tito went to his neck doctor, and they want to do surgery. He says he has fought hurt for the last six years and doesn’t want to fight Chuck at less than 100 percent. Someone on the Web is surely cataloging all of Tito’s devastating setbacks and miraculous recoveries. I’ve written at least one of them.

Seems anticlimactic, doesn’t it?
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‘The Ultimate Fighter’: Quarterfinal catchup

Quick look at the quarterfinal matchups, posted here so I can focus on the Tito drama in tonight’s recap (if the previews are to be believed): * Court McGee (Liddell) def. James Hammortree (Ortiz), submission * Kyle Noke (Liddell) vs. Kris McCray (Ortiz) * Brad Tavares (Liddell) vs. Seth Baczynski (Ortiz) * Josh Bryant (Liddell) vs. Jamie “Crabman” Yager (Ortiz) Noke-McCray Noke has been a forgotten man this season, appearing little on screen since dismantling Clayton McKinney in the first fight of the first round. All else we know about him: He was Chuck Liddell’s first pick, and he was … Continue reading ‘The Ultimate Fighter’: Quarterfinal catchup