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Greek Cities Continue to be Rocked by Riots

December 8, 2008

Riot police fired tear gas at youths smashing storefronts and throwing rocks at a police station in this Greek port city on Monday, one of scattered confrontations around the country on a third day of rioting sparked by the fatal police shooting of a teenager in Athens.

From the Associated Press:

Gangs of youths overturned trash cans and set them on fire in Thessaloniki, one of several cities where rioting began Saturday.

Running battles between riot police firing tear gas and about 400 high school students throwing rocks also broke out Monday morning in Veria, a town about 40 miles west of Thessaloniki.

Violence was reported in the central city of Trikala, where one police officer was reportedly injured, while authorities braced for more possible riots during demonstrations planned across the country, including in Athens, in the central city of Larissa and on the island of Corfu.

In the capital, high school students blocked streets across the city to protest the 15-year-old’s death, while dozens of youths were still barricaded at two university campuses in Athens. Under Greek law, the police are barred from entering university campuses.

James Blake Upsets Top Seeded Roger Federer

August 14, 2008

Top Seeded Roger Federer‘s bid for his first Olympic singles medal ended today when he lost to James Blake in the quarterfinals 6-4, 7-6. The eighth seeded Blake had been 0-8 lifetime versus Federer going into the match and Federer was seeking his first Olympic medal after losing in the semifinals in Sydney in 2000 and in the second round in Athens in 2004.

From ESPN:

Blake’s victory was a stunner in that he had won only a single set in eight previous matches against Federer. But the top-seeded Federer has been battling a yearlong slump that has left him stalled at 12 major titles, two shy of Pete Sampras’ record.

His Wimbledon reign ended last month, and he came to Beijing knowing he would lose the No. 1 ranking to Rafael Nadal next week after 4½ years on top.

From USA Today:

Federer had spoken openly about his plan to salvage the season by claiming a gold medal, but now his last chance is in New York at the U.S. Open, where he is the four-time defending champion.

Federer’s latest defeat means no rematch in Sunday’s final against Nadal, who won in epic fashion when they met for the Wimbledon title.

Blake’s semifinal matchup will either be against Chilean Fernando Gonzalez or Frenchman Paul-Henri Mathieu. This is an exciting upset for Blake who had never been able to find a way to defeat Federer in his career up to this point. What a stage to finally breakthrough! This is also a devastating loss for Federer who is having a very rough 2008, following his epic battles with Rafael Nadal at the past two majors.

US Basketball “Redeem Team” Defeats Greece 92-69

August 14, 2008

The “Redeem Team” is certainly redeeming the face of American basketball at the 2008 Summer Olympics. The American players were excited to find out that Greece was in their pool and they backed up their talk with a 92-69 victory.

From the New York Times:

Kobe Bryant and Chris Bosh each scored 18 points to lead the United States, with Dwyane Wade adding 17 points, 6 steals and 5 assists. The United States made Greece look like just another overmatched opponent, hammering transition dunks seemingly at will and toying with them to the point where Jason Kidd attempted to throw an alley-oop off the backboard mid-way through the third quarter.

The performance rekindled memories of some of the dominant American Olympic teams of yesteryear. While the Greeks and other countries caught up to the United States in the past decade through better Olympic systems and more cohesive teams, this victory reminded the world that superior talent and athleticism can disrupt the best organizations.

Since the Athens games, the American basketball team has gone 20-1. The lone loss came to Greece in the semifinals of the 2006 world championship and forced the United States to settle for a bronze in that tournament.

There will still be a few tough challenges left for the Americans but they appear, at this moment, to be well on their way to winning gold in Beijing. Now let’s just hope they don’t get caught making any obscene team photos.

Rau’Shee Warren Upset in First Round

August 12, 2008

The defending world flyweight champion, Rau’shee Warren has been upset in his first round matchup in Beijing. Warren, the overwhelming gold medal favorite, was outpointed, 9-8, by Korea’s Oksung Lee early today in what can only be described as a shocking upset.

From the Associated Press:

Warren, who fought in Athens as a 17-year-old, was the first American boxer since 1976 to complete in multiple Olympics. The Cincinnati native lost his first bout – as a light flyweight to China’s Zou Shiming, the eventual bronze medal winner in 2004.

The southpaw won the gold medal at the 2007 World Championships but could not match the success in his opening fight here.

After an even 4-4 first round, Lee and Warren fought a little more cautious and were still knotted at 7-7 heading into the fourth and final round.

The loss drops the United States overall team record to 3-3 in the 2008 Olympics so far. Team USA, who won just two medals as a team in Athens, still have two boxers who have yet to fight in the opening round. Anybody know if Michael Phelps is available to fight? He seems to be having a good year so far? Thoughts?