What Happened at the Belmont? – Well unfortunately there will not be a Triple Crown winner because I’ll Have Another had to pull out of the Belmont due to a sore muscle in his right leg. The horse that won the Belmont was Union Rags. I’ll Have Another is the fourth horse to win the first two races and not run or finish the Belmont. Thus give up their chance at the Triple Crown. So congratulations to Union Rags and his jockey and management team on a huge win in the equestrian world.
NBA Championship – This year’s NBA Championship was won by the Miami Heat. To get to the finals they beat the New York Knicks in the first round, the Indiana Pacers in the second round, and the Boston Celtics in the semi finals to go to the finals. In the finals they had to beat the Oklahoma City Thunder to win the second NBA Championship in their team’s history. In game one the Thunder beat the Heat 105-94 to make the series 1-0. Game two the Heat beat the Thunder 100-96 to tie the series 1-1. Game three the Heat beat the Thunder 91-85 to make the series 2-1. Game four the Heat beat the Thunder 104-98 to make the series 3-1. Game five the Heat beat the Thunder 121-106 to take the series 4-1. Lebron James ended his quest for his first NBA Championship. He also won the MVP of the finals. Congratulations to the Miami Heat on winning the Championship; enjoy the next year and good luck next season.
Stanley Cup Winner – The 2012 Stanley Cup winners are the Los Angeles King. The Kings got to the Stanley Cup finals by beating the Vancouver Canucks in the first round, the St. Louis Blues in the second round, and the Phoenix Coyotes in the semi finals. To win the Stanley Cup they beat the New Jersey Devils. In game one the beat the Devils 2-1 in overtime to make the series 1-0. Game two they beat the Devils again 2-1 in overtime to make the series 2-0. Game three they beat the Devils 4-0 to make the series 3-0. Game four the Devils beat the Kings 3-1 to make the series 3-1. Game five the Devils beat the Kings 2-1 to make the series 3-2. Game six the Kings beat the Devils 6-1 to take the series and the Stanley Cup for the first time in the team’s history. Chris Brown, the King’s captain, is the second US born captain to lead his team to the Stanley Cup. The other is Derian Hatcher for the Dallas Stars. Congratulations to the Kings on their first Stanley Cup. Enjoy being the Stanley Cup Champions for the next year and good luck next season.
The 112th U.S. Open – The second major of the year and this year’s US Open went to Webb Simpson. In the first round Webb shot a 72 +2 over par six off the lead at -4 under par. In the second round he shot a 73 to go to +5 over par six off the lead again, but the lead was at -1 under par. In the third round he shot a 68 -2 under par to go to +3 over par four off the lead that was still at -1 under par. In the final round he shot another 68-2 under par to go to +1 over par to win the US Open. Now I know what you are thinking how is that possible if the lead was at -1 under par. Sad to say the leaders didn’t do very well in the final round and ended up losing by one shot. This is Webb’s first Major and the third win of his career. If you want to know more about Webb go to my March Article. He is in my paper about the Christian Golfers. Webb’s wife Dowd is now seven months pregnant. The baby is due in early August. Since the baby is due in early August Webb will not play in the next Major, which is the Open Championship that is held in late July. Well, congratulations to Webb on his first major and the coming of his second child. God bless and the best wishes for the rest of Dowd’s pregnancy.
The 2012 French Open – The French Open was won by Rafael Nadal of Spain. This is the seventh French Open of his career. In the First Round he beat Simone Bolelli of Italy. In the Second Round he beat Denis Istomin of Uzbekistan. In the Third Round he beat Eduardo Schwank of Argentina. In the Fourth Round he beat Juan Manaco of Argentina. In the Quarter Finals he beat Nicolas Almagro of Spain. In the Semi Finals he beat David Ferrer of Spain. This meant he would meet Novak Djokovic in the Finals for the fourth major finals in a row. In the Final Round he won the first set and finished half of the second set before a rain delay. After an hour and a half rain delay they finished the second set. Rafael Nadal won the second set and they started the third set but half way through the third set there was another rain delay. This delay pushed the match to the next day. The next day they finished the match without any delays. Novak Djokovic won the third set but Rafael Nadal came back to win the fourth set and win the match and his seventh French Open. Here are some cool facts about Rafael Nadal throughout his career and the tournament. He has the most French Open wins in Tennis History with Seven Wins. During the French Open he only lost one set the whole Tournament and that set he lost to Novak Djokovic in the Finals. This French Open win gives him eleven Major Titles. His is one of only two male tennis players in Tennis History to win all the Majors and a Gold medal in the Olympics, the other is Andre Agassi. He is the World Number Two right behind Novak Djokovic. Well, congratulations to Rafael Nadal on his win and Good Luck in the rest of the Majors this year.
Sports Events in July
MLB: In July there will be 382 baseball games; except on July 6 through July 10, because it is All-Star Weekend.
Men’s Tennis: Wimbledon June 25 to July 8, there is four different tournaments from July 9 to July 15 the Skistar Swedish Open, Campbell’s Hall of Fame Tennis Championships, the Mercedes Cup, and the Studena Croatia Open. There are three tournaments from July 16to July 22 the German Open Tennis Championships, the Allianz Suisse Open, and the Atlanta Tennis Championships. From July 23 to July 29 is the Farmer’s Classic and the Legg Mason Tennis classic July 30 to August 5.
Women’s Tennis: Wimbledon June 25 to July 8, the XXV Snai Open and the Band of the West Classic are both from July 9 to July 15. The Sony Ericsson Swedish Open and the Mercury Insurance Open are both from July 16 to July 22. The Baku Cup July 23 to July 28 and the Citi Open July 30 to August 5.
PGA Golf Tour: AT&T National June 28 to July 1, The Greenbrier Classic July 5 to July 8, John Deere Classic July 12to July 15, True South Classic and The Open Championship July 19 to July 22, and RBC Canadian Open July 26 to July 29.
European Golf Tour: The Irish Open June 28 to July 1, Alstom Open de France July 5 to July 8, Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open July 12 to July 15, The Open Championship July 19 to July 22, and Lyoness Open July 25 to July 28.
Ladies PGA Golf Tour: Walmart NW Arkansas Championship June 29 to July 1, U.S. Women’s Open July 5 to July 8, and Evian Masters July 26 to July 29.
Summer Olympics: The Summer Olympics start on July 27 and end on August 12.
Caela’s byline: I am the oldest of six children. I am a Christian. I love watching movies, playing on my computer, and I love watching sports. I want to go to Syracuse University, and eventually become a sports journalist. My favorite sports are hockey, football(soccer), and golf.