Saturday, June 02, 2007

Weekend miscellany

1. Reminder: Sports Center will air fired Missouri lacrosse coach Kyle Hawkins's story tomorrow (Sunday) night at 9pm (eastern).

2. Bad news: Amelie Mauresmo is out of the French Open. I didn't see the match which is probably a good thing. I really didn't think she was going to win given her history of shaky performances at Roland Garros combined with her recovery time off due to appendicitis. Still I had hoped she would make it to the second week and at least lose to a higher ranked player.

3. It's a big weekend for Annika Sorenstam. She's hosting her first tournament, the Ginn Tribute in Charleston, South Carolina, and it's her first weekend back after taking time off to recover from a serious back injury. She made the cut and though she won't be in the hunt for the title on Sunday, she has held her own and is currently 1 over. Final round airs Sunday on NBC at 4pm (eastern).

4. Women's College World Series is in its championship weekend and this year's tournament is really good. There were a couple of surprise teams in this year's final eight including Baylor and DePaul. And this big news is that no California team made it through the super regionals but two Chicago area teams (DePaul and Northwestern) did. It's also good to see some young female coaches at the helm. ESPN is airing all the action this weekend and into early next week.

5. Also, I forgot to mention in my previous post about the French Open that there was a minor controversy over Venus Williams's sneakers. Apparently a referee came to look at them because they had pimples on them similar to the ones found on grass court sneakers. The pimples provide better grip (hence why they are used on the slippery grass) but grass court sneakers are not allowed at Roland Garros. The ref ruled the shoes were ok. But I can't find any more about the incident or pictures that would indicate what made the shoes suspect in the first place.

1 comment:

Diane said...

Sadly, Amelie is not just rusty from the long surgery layoff--she has an adductor injury that will not go away. She was hurting quite a bit when she played Safarova.