Posted tagged ‘Spain’

74 Dead in Uganda Bombings

July 12, 2010

The leader of an Islamist militant movement in Somalia said in a Web site posting that Uganda would be targeted for retribution over the massacres perpetrated against Somalis, which many believe to be a claim of responsibility for the bombings that killed at least 74 people Sunday.

From CNN:

“My message to the Ugandan and Burundian nations is that you will be the target for our retribution to the massacres perpetrated against the Somali men, women and children in Mogadishu by your forces,” said an Arabic statement from Sheikh Abu Al Zubeir, identified as “the Emir of Al-Shabaab in Somalia.” The statement was posted on an al-Qaeda affiliated website which previously has carried statements and videos from Al-Shabaab.

The website set up a page Monday to “receive congratulations” on Al-Shabaab’s behalf for the “blessed operations” in Uganda.

The three explosions ripped through two venues where crowds were watching the World Cup final match on Sunday.

Switzerland Shocks Spain in World Cup

June 16, 2010

Switzerland pulled off a shocking upset today at the World Cup by beating European champion, and World Cup favorite Spain 1-0 on a second-half goal by Gelson Fernandes.

This is hands down the biggest upset of the World Cup so far! I wouldn’t want to be the team that Spain faces next, that’s for sure!

From ESPN:

Spain outshot the Swiss 24-8 and held the ball 63 percent of the time, but could find no way through Switzerland’s determined defense.

It was Switzerland’s first win over Spain.

Eren Derdiyok created Switzerland’s goal by surging through the center of Spain’s defense and rounding Iker Casillas on one of Switzerland’s rare attacks. Gerard Pique‘s desperate tackle stopped Derdiyok, but Fernandes was on hand to pounce on the loose ball and score.

At the final whistle, Fernandes fell to his knees and raised both arms to the sky. The entire team then went to the small section of Swiss fans in the Moses Mabhida Stadium and saluted them as they cheered and rang alpine cow bells.

Lance Armstrong Bashes Alberto Contador on Twitter

July 28, 2009

It looks like the kindness shown between Alberto Contador and Lance Armstrong  during the Tour de France is over.

They appear to be taking separate shots at each other now as Armstrong took a shot at Contador on Twitter.

Now boys…let’s play nice!

From the Associated Press:

Contador, who secured his second Tour win on Sunday in Paris, said he had no admiration for the American as a person and tensions between the two had a negative effect on the Astana team. Armstrong, the seven-time champion who finished third in his first Tour since 2005, responded that Contador should “drop this drivel.”

“My relationship with Lance Armstrong is zero,” Contador said late Monday in his hometown of Pinto outside Madrid. “He’s a great rider and he did a great Tour. Another thing is on a personal level, where I have never admired him and never will.”

Armstrong, who had criticized Contador as being inexperienced earlier this year, responded with his own salvo on Twitter.

“Hey pistolero, there is no ‘I’ in ‘team’. what did I say in March? Lots to learn. Restated,” Armstrong wrote.

The “pistolero” remark stems from Contador’s habit of celebrating victories by shooting an imaginary pistol.

Man Dies During Running of the Bulls

July 9, 2009

A man has died during the annual Running of the Bulls in Pamplona, Spain. The man was gored to death attempting to escape from the bulls path. This is the first death during this event in more than a decade.

From the BBC:

The man was gored in the neck and lung on Friday, during the fourth bull run of the festival. Three other runners were injured in the incident.

A light-brown bull ploughed into a group of runners and spectators after getting separated from the main pack.

Emergency surgery failed to save the life of one of those gored.

The BBC’s Steve Kingstone in Madrid says the running of the bulls – opposed by animal rights activists – is a defining event in Spanish culture.

US Men’s Soccer Team Shocks Spain

June 24, 2009

It’s not the “Miracle on Ice” but this is definitely a huge win for the US!

From Reuters:

United States ended Spain’s record winning streak with a shock 2-0 victory on Wednesday to advance to the final of the Confederations Cup.

Striker Jozy Altidore muscled past the Spanish defence to score the opening goal in the 27th minute and Clint Dempsey pounced on a mistake by Sergio Ramos to grab the second with 16 minutes left.

It was the first defeat in 35 internationals for the European champions, a run stretching back to November 2006. It also ended Spain’s world record of 15 successive wins.

Author of “100 Things to Do Before You Die” Dies

August 26, 2008

Unfortunately, he wasn’t able to do all of the 100 things he spoke about in his book. Freeman died on August 17 after a fall at his Venice home, his father, Roy Freeman, told the Los Angeles Times. Freeman’s relatives said he visited about half the places on his list before he died.

From the Associated Press:

Dave Freeman, co-author of “100 Things to Do Before You Die,” a travel guide and ode to odd adventures that inspired readers and imitators, died after hitting his head in a fall at his home. He was 47.

The book’s recommendations ranged from the obvious – attending the Academy Awards and running with the bulls in Pamplona, Spain – to the more obscure – taking a voodoo pilgrimage in Haiti and “land diving” on the Island of Vanuatu, which Freeman once called “the original bungee jumping.”

Spain’s Rafael Nadal Wins Olympic Gold in Tennis

August 18, 2008

Rafael Nadal, soon to be the number one ranked tennis player in the world, won the tennis gold medal on Sunday, overcoming two set points in the second set and holding every service game to beat Fernando Gonzalez of Chile 6-3, 7-6 (2), 6-3.

From the Associated Press:

The gold medal was the first ever for Spain in Olympic tennis, and another milestone in an astounding summer surge by Nadal, who will officially end Roger Federer‘s 4½-year reign atop the rankings Monday. Nadal has won 38 of his past 39 matches, including victories over Federer in the finals at the French Open and Wimbledon.

“Nowhere in my best dreams I can imagine something like what I did this year,” Nadal said. “I know how difficult it is to win these things, and especially here, because you only have one chance every four years.”

Men’s singles has traditionally been an upset-filled event at the Olympics, and Nadal is the first player ranked in the top five to win the gold. He stayed in the athletes’ village and said the experience rejuvenated him.

The only thing that could have made this better for NBC and the Olympics is if the final had featured a Nadal/Roger Federer final. These two athletes have had some great matches over the past year and it would have been a fitting match up for the gold medal. Thoughts?