July 26th, 2011
12:54 PM ET

Team spirit makes Uruguay a World Cup contender

Uruguay's players celebrate after beating Paraguay 3-0 in the 2011 Copa America final.
Uruguay's players celebrate after beating Paraguay 3-0 in the 2011 Copa America final.

Size isn’t everything. If it was, there would be no way Uruguay could ever be as successful as it is at football. Despite a population of only 3.5 million people, the tiny South American nation has recently enjoyed a spectacular renaissance, making the semifinals of the World Cup last year and winning a record 15th Copa America title last weekend.

How has this happened? A lot of people have pointed to the fantastic performances of star players Diego Forlan and Luis Suarez. However, there is more to it than that.

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July 23rd, 2011
07:35 AM ET

Tendulkar eyes historic landmark

Sachin Tendulkar (pictured) has a very modest record at Lord's, the home of cricket.
Sachin Tendulkar (pictured) has a very modest record at Lord's, the home of cricket.

Sachin Tendulkar is on the verge of making history - more history that is. The Indian batsman is tantalizingly close to scoring his 100th century in international cricket.

Tendulkar is already head and shoulders above his rivals when it comes to scoring centuries. His nearest challenger, Australia’s Ricky Ponting, is some distance behind with a "mere" 69 tons to his name.

The Mumbai-born legend is playing at Lord's - the home of cricket - in the 100th Test match between his native India and hosts England. It is also the 2,000th Test match of all time.
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July 20th, 2011
05:54 PM ET

Ask Seb Coe your London 2012 questions ...

Have a question for Seb Coe? This is your chance to get answers from the main man behind the London 2012 Olympics.
Have a question for Seb Coe? This is your chance to get answers from the main man behind the London 2012 Olympics.

July 27 is a significant day for London: it marks one year until arguably the greatest spectacle in global sport takes place in the British capital.

Beginning with the symbolic lighting of the flame, and enduring for 19 days until it is extinguished, nation will fight nation across 26 sports and 39 disciplines in pursuit of the coveted haul of gold medals on offer. FULL POST

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July 18th, 2011
11:46 AM ET

Copa America flops: Who is to blame?

Down and out: Lionel Messi was powerless to prevent Argentina being eliminated by Uruguay.
Down and out: Lionel Messi was powerless to prevent Argentina being eliminated by Uruguay.

The bigger they are, the harder they fall. South American giants Argentina and Brazil, who have won a combined 22 Copa America titles, were both knocked out of the competition over the weekend.

How did this happen? A lot of fans have been quick to point their fingers at stars Lionel Messi of Argentina and Brazil’s Neymar.

However, before you do that, check out my arguments as to why the coaches are really the ones to blame. FULL POST

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Filed under:  Football
July 15th, 2011
12:28 PM ET

Ugly and unforgiving: Why Britain offers golf's toughest test ...

The Claret Jug is the prize for the golfer who conquers the often treacherous British Open with least shots.
The Claret Jug is the prize for the golfer who conquers the often treacherous British Open with least shots.

Watching the world’s best golfers grapple with Royal St. George’s this week underlines the romantic notion that only historic links provide a true test of a top player’s skills. You can keep the manicured perfection of a modern championship course like Augusta – the rugged brutality of the British Open is golf’s most pure, and often punishing, experience.

The U.S. Open is loved the planet over, while The Masters will try the patience of even the most talented of competitors (just ask Rory McIlroy) but neither Pebble Beach nor Augusta National can match the wild vagaries thrown up by the courses on the British Open rota – Muirfield, Carnoustie, St. Andrews, and the rest. FULL POST

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July 8th, 2011
04:00 PM ET

Passing judgment: Hamilton must stay aggressive ...

Hamilton has hit the headlines, but is this a bad thing?
Hamilton has hit the headlines, but is this a bad thing?

Not everyone is a fan of Formula One. Its loudest critics say that there isn’t enough overtaking. The sport has tried to address that this season, but the driver that’s trying to do the most overtaking is himself now being criticized for being too dangerous.

In the last few races, Lewis Hamilton has been in and out of the stewards office more times than a hyperchondriac pops into the doctors. He’s had to explain how he tangled with Felipe Massa and Pastor Maldonado in Monaco and then three more drivers, including teammate Jenson Button, in Montreal. FULL POST

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July 3rd, 2011
08:29 PM ET

Brilliant Novak a deserved Wimbledon winner

Novak Djokovic fully deserves his status as new Wimbledon champion and world number one.
Novak Djokovic fully deserves his status as new Wimbledon champion and world number one.

We have a new men’s world number one and Wimbledon champion in Novak Djokovic.

His semifinal Wimbledon win over Jo-Wilfried Tsonga was simply sensational and my favorite match of the fortnight. There was a highlight in almost every game with both men leaping about all over the place and then laughing and grinning afterwards. You simply couldn’t ask for more. FULL POST

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Filed under:  Tennis
July 1st, 2011
06:31 PM ET

Tour champion Contador deserves respect

Contador received a mixed reception at the official 2011 Tour presentation.
Contador received a mixed reception at the official 2011 Tour presentation.

21 stages – 3,430 kilometers - that's the challenge facing the riders at the 2011 Tour de France. No wonder it's also called the Tour of Pain! And this year, as a way of honoring 100 years of climbing the giant Col du Galibier - the participants will go up not once, but twice - with the end of the 18th stage being the highest finish in the Tour's history.

Alberto Contador and Andy Schleck are expected to be the front runners for the overall leader's maillot jeune. FULL POST

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