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28-year-old Serena Williams continues to show the wide and large hole between her game and the rest of the WTA Tour when she defended and retained her Wimbledon singles crown with a dominating 6-3, 6-2 win over Russia’s Vera Zvonareva on Saturday in London, England.

Serena Williams (WTA)

The victory, her fourth at the all England club which took an unbelievable 67 minutes, means that Williams overtook Billie Jean King with 13 grand slam singles titles to move to sixth place on the all-time list.

Vera Zvonareva, was only the third Russian to appear in the women’s final at Wimbledon.


Rafael Nadal swept Tomas Berdych in straight sets Sunday to win his second Wimbledon title and eighth Grand Slam championship.

The number 1 ranked Nadal beat the 12th-seeded Czech 6-3, 7-5, 6-4 in 2 hours, 13 minutes to keep his current status as the top-ranked player in tennis.

Nadal broke Berdych four times and never lost serve in 15 service games.

This is the second time that Nadal has won the French Open and Wimbledon back-to-back. He is now 5-0 in his last Grand Slam finals.

Rafael Nadal (ATP)

The Spaniard now has eight Grand Slam titles and now joins a list of great players that includes Andre Agassi, Jimmy Connors, Ivan Lendl, Fred Perry and Ken Rosewall.

Nadal has five French Open championships and one Australian Open title.

With Sunday’s win, he has won 14 straight matches at the All England Club and defended his title.

Nadal is the first Spanish male to win Wimbledon twice. Manolo Santana won it in 1966.

Berdych was the first Czech to reach the Wimbledon final since Ivan Lendl in 1987.

‘Fan Favorite’ Jim Thome belts 2 homers to pass Harmon Killebrew for 10th all-time

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During spring training 2010, Minnesota Twins 1b/DH Jim Thome had a chance to meet and talk baseball with Twins Hall of Fame slugger Harmon Killebrew. They talked about several things and one of those was about Thome passing up Killebrew on the all-time Home run list at some point in 2010.

Killebrew. who number 3 uniform has been retired by the Twins, has long been a fan of Jim Thome because he has never been linked nor associated with the steroid scandal that has rocked baseball’s sluggers this decade.

Jim Thome (MLB)

Jim Thome homered in his first two at bats Saturday to pass Hall of Fame slugger Harmon Killebrew for 10th place on the career list with 574 home runs. The home runs came in a 2-1 win over Tampa Bay.

Afterwards, the Minnesota Twins played a video taped message from Killebrew, one of the most loved and popular players in Twins history, congratulating Thome for his accomplishments.

Up next for Thome on the career list is the controversial Mark McGwire, an admitted steroids user, at 583 homers.

Minnesota signed Thome to a one-year contract and he’s been a big help with 10 homers and 24 RBI’s in 121 at-bats.

ENTERTAINMENT FOR INDEPENDENCE DAY, SUNDAY, JULY 4, 2010: Almanacs, News & Celebrity Birthdays

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Today is Sunday, July 4, 2010, Independence Day. This is the 185th day of 2010 and there are 180 days left in the year.


* On July 4, 1776, The United States declared its Independence from Great Britain.

* In 1826, Former U.S. Presidents John Adams and Thomas Jefferson both died.

* In 1831, Former President James Monroe died.

* In 1845, Author Henry David Thoreau moved into his shack on Walden Pond.

* In 1884, The Statue of Liberty was presented to the United States in Paris.

* In 1895, Katharine Lee Bates published American the Beautiful.

* In 1939, Baseball star Lou Gehrig, stricken with ALS, made his farewell to Yankee Stadium.

* In 1976, The United States celebrated its bicentennial.

* In 1997, The U.S. Pathfinder probe landed on the planet Mars.


* The mother and daughter duo, The Judds will be making their last joint appearance in Columbus, Ohio and everywhere else on their recent tour.

The Country music combo of mother Naomi and daughter Wynonna, recently announced their farewell tour, which will include a December 2, 2010 stop at Value City Arena.

The tour dubbed “The Last Encore,” will celebrate the duo’s 26-year musical relationship as well as feature holiday tunes.

The information on tickets will be released in August.


100 Gloria Stuart, actress from Titanic

99 Mitch Miller, conductor known for “Sing Along with Mitch” fame

86 Eva Marie Saint, actress from All Fall Down

83 Gina Lollobrigida, actress from Trapeze

83 Neil Simon, playwright of The Odd Couple

80 George Steinbrenner, Rocky River, Ohio native, Ohio State graduate and New York Yankees owner

55  John Waite, singer of the hit song Missing You

12 Malia Obama, Oldest daughter of our 44th President, Barack Obama

Dayton Dragons can’t handle Great Lakes Loons again; lose 7-6

Info courtesy of Dayton Dragons

One thing that the Dayton Dragons have found out this 2010 baseball season, the Midwest League team that gives them the most trouble is the Great Lakes Loons, Single-A team of the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Dragons are always trailing in the games and even when they have a big lead, the Loons always come back as evident on Saturday night.

Christian Lara’s three-run triple in the eighth inning capped a four-run inning as the Great Lakes Loons battled back from a big deficit to defeat the Dragons, 7-6 at Fifth Third Field in Dayton, Ohio. A crowd of 8,605 witnessed the Loons complete the three-game sweep.

Christian Lara Great Lakes Loons (MiLB)

Dayton had built a 6-1 lead over the first six innings before Great Lakes started it’s comeback.

Dragons starting pitcher Justin Walker worked the first six innings and faced two batters in the seventh, allowing eight hits and three runs with one walk and five strikeouts.

Andrew Means led the way at the plate for Dayton, going 2-for-4 with an RBI.

Columbus Clippers extends win streak to five & IL West lead to 7

Info courtesy of Columbus Clippers


Our “Hometown Heroes”, the Columbus Clippers extended their winning streak to five games on Saturday night as they defeated the Toledo Mud Hens, 7-1 at Fifth Third Field. The Clippers’ bats continued their impressive stretch, pounding out 12 base hits and their pitching staff stepped up to pitch a great game.

Luis Valbuena (MiLB)

Wes Hodges (MiLB)

Columbus jumped out to an early lead as Luis Valbuena belted his second home run as a Clipper in the first inning, a two-run homer to right field driving in Josh Rodriguez. Columbus’ second two-run inning was led by Wes Hodges in the fourth, as he drove home Jared Goedert on a single to left field. Hodges would later score on a bases loaded walk to Cord Phelps.

Josh Tomlin continued to be the Clippers’ most consistent pitcher, going seven shutout innings, allowing four hits while striking out six.

The Clippers increased their International League West Division lead to 7 games over Indianapolis.


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