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Sunday, May 20, 2018

Getting Tight

Andrea Serra
Claudio Coviello
Neil Marshall
Roberto Bolle
Andrew Morrill
Francois Sagat
 Bruno Endler
Tarik Kaljanac
Gabor Hegyi
Appropriate clothing is important to any athlete.  Sometimes, tights are appropriate....

Sport Sunday: Diving In


Don't miss the US National Men's Diving Championship today, featuring Men's 10 m platform divers.  This is part of the USA Senior National Championships in Dallas. Competition is being held at the Aquatic center of Southern Methodist University.




Divers will include Jacob Cornish, of the University of Texas.  He walked onto the Texas team, having never dived competitively before, and now competes at the highest levels.  He trained as a gymnast, but left that discipline behind.  He said he liked the relaxed atmosphere of diving.  Recently, he came out via social media.  



Another competitor is David Dinsmore.  David Allen Dinsmore is an American diver,  now studying at the University of Miami.  He dives under coach Randy Ableman. In March 2017, Dinsmore won the NCAA Division I title on the men's platform event with a score of 528.20.   


Watch, also, for Anton Hoherz, who dives for the University of Iowa.  He loves diving, but is a music major at College.  


Also competing, and well known to readers of this blog, is Steele Alexander Johnson, who has won multiple national titles at both the junior and college level.

David Boudia was not competing.


Today is also day three of TYR Pro Swim Series in Indianapolis, Indiana. 

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Leather

Ramon Jorge
Reniel Villareal
River Viiperi
Robert Van de Pas
Rodiney Santiago
Travis Fimmel
Tsvetan Sokolov
Some say leather is a young mans game....  What do you think?

Saturday Sport: Premier League Finals and IPL, Preakness


In India:  This is the last weekend of regular play before the playoffs begin in IPL, India Premier League Cricket.  Saturday, the Rajasthan Royals take on Royal Challengers Bangalore, potentially for a place in the play-offs. Later, the  Sunrisers Hyderabad will be pitted against Kolkata Knight Riders, which also has playoff meaning.  Hyderabad have already reached the qualification round, as they are at the top of the standings.   

Unless they are creamed by Kolkata, they will remain at the top of the table, with Chennai second.  Kolkata are in third place and are, indeed, formidable  opponents.  Either of the Royals could best Kolkata in the standings, depending on the outcome.   On Sunday, Mumbai visit the basement team, Delhi with an NRR superior to even Bangalore's (0.384). Of course, Bangalore could either reduce the NRR gap or even overtake Mumbai in this regard depending on how big their margin of victory over Rajasthan is likely to be.


In the English Premier League, Manchester United have a chance to salvage the season, and their reputation, whilst meeting Chelsea.  United’s FA Cup rivalry with Chelsea is a mostly modern affair. The pair meet at Wembley Stadium in the cup final on Saturday, the third time they have done so since 1994.  Historically, they have clashed 14 times in the competition, with United winning eight of those games and losing only four. Nine of those encounters have come since that 1994 final, which United triumphed 4-0. 


United came from behind with goals in besting Tottenham Hotspur in the semifinals  to win 2-1. The semi-final was the first time United has beaten Spurs in London in five attempts.  United, who have won 12 FA Cups and will match Arsenal’s record 13 wins if they triumph, will be hoping for a similar change in fortune against a team which has also found it easy to beat them in England’s capital in recent years.


In the USA, in Baltimore Maryland, the Preakness Stakes will be run at the Pimlico Race track this afternoon.   The Preakness was first run in 1873, and is the second of the Triple Crown, run two weeks after the Kentucky Derby, and three weeks before the Belmont.  It is always run on the third Saturday of May. The course is 9.5 Furlongs, or 1 3/16 miles (1900m).   Justify, which won the Kentucky Derby two weeks ago, is a favorite.