Serena Williams Defeats Elena Dementieva in What Is Being Hailed As the Best Women’s Match Ever

Posted in Blogroll on July 2nd, 2009 by Michael Tillery

Classic. Pam Shriver and Darren Cahill are calling this match one of the best they’ve ever seen. Serena Williams is going for her 11th Grand Slam title and Elena Dementieva gave her everything she had and more before ultimately succumbing 6-7 (4), 7-5, 8-6 . I’m not a huge tennis fan, but this was really a great match to watch. Both women played Rasheed Wallace hard and Serena fought off a match point in the second set at 5-4 to spur the comeback. Dementieva made some great returns but Serena subsequently pumped the fist seemingly every single time. There were challenges that just didn’t go Dementieva’s way in the second set that could have swayed the match and despite Serena missing on her forehand a couple of times late, she broke Dementieva to win at 8-6 in the third most likely because of her dominating serve and will to win. This is Serena’s second straight Wimbledon Final. Dementieva, 27, has yet to win a Grand Slam (She was an Olympic champion for Russia in Beijing) but seems talented enough to one day do so. Venus plays at 12 against Dinara Safina and if she wins, another all Williams Championship Final is in store.

Ben Gordon and Charlie Villanueva Say Yes to the Detroit Pistons, Doug Collins Does Not

Posted in Blogroll on July 2nd, 2009 by Michael Tillery

Joe Dumars has had what should be considered a typical week for an NBA exec. He fired his head coach and former teammate Michael Curry minutes away from the free agency signing period…sending shockwaves through the organization…and has no coach in place before summer league begins, but being one of the most determined GM’s in the league, Dumars will do whatever to get the Pistons back among the NBA elite so risks have to be taken. Though free agents can’t officially sign until July 8th, the Pistons have locked up former UConn stars Ben Gordon and Charlie Villanueva to multiyear contracts. Ben Gordon’s deal is reportedly 5 years, 55 million with Villanueva receiving a 5 year, 35 million dollar deal. Look for Gordon to compete for NBA Sixth Man of the Year award for seasons to come based on his scoring explosiveness…specifically in the 4th quarter. I’m sure after the Pistons were butt kicked out of the playoffs by LeBron and the Cavs, Joe reminisced about his former teammate Vinnie the “Microwave” Johnson and recognized the Pistons had to do something about their offense fading late in pivotal games. Ben Gordon, the former Chicago Bull, is definitely the answer. Gordon is Andrew Toney like with his scoring binges and has been known to put up 20 plus in a quarter. In Villanueva, formerly of the Milwaukee Bucks, the Pistons get a versatile forward who fits the Pistons hardworking likeness. He’s long, athletic and young. He’ll probably play both forward spots. Crazy how Dumars has done all of this without a coach in place by most likely selling a D Rock City championship pedigree to the top free agents on his wish list. Incredible the Bucks didn’t extend a qualifying offer to Villanueva and Dumars pounced. As far as a head coach, Avery Johnson would be a great fit for Detroit and when Doug Collins withdrew his name from consideration, Pistons fans envisioning the Little General on the sidelines is almost inevitable. When will the ‘Sheed shoe drop?