Talking Points: Flying saucer alert
Saturday, July 7, 2012
What's the buzz from the world of sports? Here are some items that will have people talking:
Flying saucer alert!
With summer weather officially here, this weekend will be a good time to hit the links. But hitting and chasing little white balls isn't the only linked-up game in town.
The largest disc golf tournament in Southwest Washington takes place today and Sunday at Leverich Park in Vancouver. It's too late to enter the Bad Monkey Open — the field features 99 amateur disc golfers — but spectators are welcome to watch players compete for $3,000 worth of prizes.
Play begins at 8:30 a.m. today and concludes around 5:30 p.m. Sunday play starts at 10 a.m., with the Final 9 playoff set for 2:30 p.m.
Maybe it's a stretch, but we have to ask: Did Brandon Roy benefit from National Hockey League free agency?
The Timberwolves signed up the former Trail Blazer a day after the Minnesota Wild put smiles on faces across the State of Hockey (as Minnesota likes to call itself) by signing two of that league's most sought-after free agents: forward Zach Parise and defenseman Ryan Suter.
Sorry Brandon, but don't expect Minnesotans to go wild over you the way they have those guys on skates.
"Jolly Good Show Awesome Andy!"
That's what you probably can expect the headlines to scream across the Internet and newspapers if Great Britain's Andy Murray can beat Roger Federer for the Wimbledon men's singles title on Sunday.
As the headline screamed in The Sun: "Murray could be the first male Brit to win Wimbledon since Fred Perry was in long trousers."
If you don't know the story, Fred Perry is the last British player to have won the men's singles title. He did it in 1936, when guys wore white "trousers" to play matches.
Murray could be the person to put British tennis fans at ease. The Brits have suffered through near misses by the likes of Tim Henman (four-time semifinalist), as well as two other lesser-known players (in the U.S. anyway) in the 1960s and 1970s.
To make it even more tantalizing for the Brits, Murray has defeated Federer eight out of their 15 meetings. However two of Federer's wins came in Grand Slam finals (2008 U.S. Open, 2010 Australian).
British sports fans can be a rather optimistic bunch. But Chicago Cubs fans will tell them they aren't even close to suffering.
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