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2010 Winter Olympic Games: Nordic Combined Summary

Overview

Nine medals were awarded in the Nordic Combined, a sport that combines ski jumping and cross-country skiing. The United States won four medals, including one gold medal and three silver medals, for its best performance ever in this event. Austria garnered two medals, including a gold medal and a bronze medal. France won one gold medal; Germany garnered a bronze medal; and Italy won a bronze medal.

Johnny Spillane, of the United States, won three silver medals. His silver medal in the normal hill/10 kilometer cross-country was the first medal ever won by an American in Nordic Combined. Spillane won a silver medal in each of the other events: the large hill/10 kilometer cross-country and the large hill/4 X 5 kilometer relay. His teammate, Bill Demong, won the gold medal in the large hill/10 kilometer cross-country, to become the first American to win a gold medal in Nordic Combined. He also won a silver medal in the large hill/4 X 5 kilometer relay. Todd Lodwick and Brett Camerota, of the United States, won silver medals in the large hill/4 X 5 kilometer relay.

Bernhard Gruber, of Austria, won a gold medal in the large hill/4 X 5 kilometer relay and a bronze medal in the large hill/10 kilometer cross-country. David Kreiner, Mario Stecher, and Felix Gottwald joined Gruber as gold medalists in the large hill/4 X 5 kilometer relay. Jason Lamy-Chappuis, of France, won the gold medal in the normal hill/10 kilometer cross-country, and Alessandro Pittin, of Italy, captured the bronze medal in the same event. Germans, Bjoern Kircheisen, Eric Frenzel, Tino Edlemann, and Johannes Rydzek, won the bronze medal in the team relay.

Normal Hill/10 Kilometer Cross-Country

Gold – Jason Lamy-Chappuis – France

Silver – Johnny Spillane – United States

Bronze – Alessandro Pittin – Italy

Large Hill/10 Kilometer Cross-Country

Gold – Bill Demong – United States

Silver – Johnny Spillane – United States

Bronze – Bernhard Gruber – Austria

Large Hill/4 X 5 Kilometer Relay

Gold – Austria

David, Mario Stecher, Felix Gottwald, and Bernhard Gruber

Silver – United States

Bill Demong, Johnny Spillane, Todd Lodwick, and Brett Camerota

Bronze – Germany

Bjoern Kircheisen, Eric Frenzel, Tino Edlemann, and Johannes Rydzek

References:

Vancouver Olympic Organizing Committee, Nordic Combined, Vancouver 2010 Official Website

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2010 World Series Game 5: Giants 3, Rangers 1

Game 5 of the 2010 World Series featured Game 1 starters Tim Lincecum and Cliff Lee. Both starters were shaky in Game 1. Tonight, they delivered the performances we expected.

The first six innings of Game 5 flew by, both starters holding the opposition scoreless.

In the top of the seventh, Cody Ross and Juan Uribe hit back-to-back singles off of Lee to start the inning. Aubrey Huff then delivered the first sacrifice bunt of his career to move Ross and Uribe to second and third with one out.

San Francisco’s Pat Burrell came to the plate, needing just a fly ball to take the lead. After repeatedly stepping out of the batter’s box, Burrell struck out.

With two outs, Giants’ shortstop Edgar Renteria delivered a three-run blast just over the outfield wall to give San Francisco a three run lead.

Texas responded in the bottom of the seventh with a solo home run by Nelson Cruz with one out.

Facing elimination, Rangers’ manager Ron Washington went to the bullpen in the top of the eighth, calling on closer Neftali Feliz to relieve Cliff Lee. Feliz pitched a scoreless eighth, allowing only one hit to keep the score at 3-1.

Lee left the game allowing three earned runs on six hits while striking out six Giants.

In the bottom of the eighth, Lincecum returned to the mound and retired all three Rangers’ hitters in order.

Feliz remained in the game for the Rangers to start the ninth inning. Feliz led off the inning by striking out Juan Uribe. He retired the next two batters to keep the Rangers within two runs of tying the game.

In an interesting decision by Giants’ manager Bruce Bochy, he removed Lincecum from the game prior to the ninth inning, electing to go with closer Brian Wilson instead.

Wilson struck out Josh Hamilton looking to start the inning. The next hitter, Vladimir Guerrero, hit a ground ball to short which was handled easily by Renteria for the second out.

Nelson Cruz stepped in for Texas and worked the count full before striking out, securing the 2010 world championship for the San Francisco Giants.

Tim Lincecum was the hero of the night, allowing only three hits and one walk while allowing only one run and striking out ten Rangers.

The victory marks the sixth World Series won by the Giants, and the first since moving to San Francisco in 1958.

Despite only winning one game during the World Series, the 2010 season was the most successful in Texas Rangers franchise history, winning the American League pennant for the first time.

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Sources:

http://ift.tt/1WEx3HO “San Francisco Giants at Texas Rangers ‘” November 1, 2010″ MLB.com. Retrieved November 1, 2010.

http://ift.tt/1Fr2SKW “San Francisco Giants Team History & Encyclopedia” Baseball-reference.com. Retrieved November 1, 2010.

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2010 World Cup: United States Vs. England Predictions and Picks

My 2010 FIFA World Cup picks and predictions roll on with a preview of the battle between United States and England. It will be the group opener for both squads in the 2010 FIFA World Cup. When does the United States vs. England match take place? It will take place on Saturday, June 12, 2010. Will it be an historic upset or England taking care of business as usual?

The United States has been playing well in recent tuneups and England hasn’t exactly set the world on fire. Does that mean the United States will roll to victory over England? There isn’t always a correlation between how teams play in practice games and what they will do in a huge international soccer event. Chances are England will still come out and play like a dominant international soccer team so the United States will need to be primed and ready for that. How about that upset? Is it possible? My predictions for this matchup say it is possible and here are some reasons why it could happen.

What’s different this year for Team USA? Defense might be the biggest difference between this United States teams and years past. Before we make any 2010 FIFA World Cup predictions on United States vs. England, we must first look at some of the changes TEAM USA has made to it’s lineup since the last World Cup.

Let’s start in goal. Goalkeeper Tim Howard could be the key to any success the United States might have against England in the opener. Howard is an internationally respected soccer great who could lead Team USA to it’s best World Cup finish in recent memory if he gets help from his backfield. Howard will have to somehow find a way to stop the often brilliant shots from Wayne Rooney if USA wants to get an opening match win. Rooney vs. Howard could be a significant matchup we will see throughout the opener. The advantage often goes to Rooney but I think Howard will be game this time around.

As for the United States attack, Jozy Altidore will be depended on heavily to provide energy and shots on goal.
The 20 year old sat out one of the recent exhibitions but is sure to be on the field on Saturday for the United States vs. England matchup. In fact, the United States vs. England odds probably favor England quite heavily.
It might look on paper when you look at the rosters that the United States is outmatched by England.

While it’s true the rosters for both doesn’t look like it would favor the United States, I am predicting somewhat of an upset. Despite the United States vs. England odds, I think emotion will play a huge factor and Team USA will manage a 2-2 tie if not win the opener of Group play 3-2. My predictions and picks say Howard will be somewhat dominant in goal and Altidore and Donovan will provide one goal apiece. Howard will face a flurry of shots from some of the most talented international soccer players in the game on Team England. But he will somehow manage to keep the United States in the match. I believe a break here or there could lead to a Team USA victory over England. I think the United States is quite capable of pulling off an upset over England in the 2010 FIFA World Cup opener.

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